British Columbia invited more skilled workers and graduates

More skilled workers and graduates invited under BC tech-pilot

More skilled workers and graduates invited under BC tech-pilot

More skilled workers and graduates invited under BC tech-pilot

British Columbia issued 27 new invitations for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates under the province’s unique tech-pilot on April 11.

The April 11 invitation round prioritized candidates with a job offer in one of the 32 eligible occupations under the BC PNP Tech Pilot. The pilot was launched in 2017 to help the province attract and retain foreign tech workers and graduates in British Columbia.

To be considered under the BC PNP’s tech-pilot, candidates must be registered in BC’s unique Skilled Immigration system and meet eligibility criteria for one the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Stream and Express Entry BC categories.

Candidates with successful applications under Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate will obtain 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a future Express Entry Draw. An invitation to apply for the BC PNP is not the same as the Invitation to Apply, or ITA, issued at the federal level.

For the remaining candidates invited through the Skills Immigration categories, permanent residence applications will be processed outside the Express Entry system after they receive a provincial nomination certificate from BC.

The BC PNP tech-only pilot process

Once a candidate has determined his or her category, he or she may register online and receive a registration score. Registration is free.

Every week (subject to processing capacity), the BC PNP will conduct a tech draw and invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.

Invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.

The BC PNP will process the application on a priority basis.

If approved, the applicant receives a nomination that he or she can use to apply for permanent residence.

Individuals who have been nominated and who meet the conditions of their nomination will receive a work permit support letter that allows them to obtain or renew their current work permit allowing them to work throughout the process

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IRCC will require biometrics for most applicants

IRCC will require biometrics for most applicants starting July 31

IRCC will require biometrics for most applicants

IRCC will require biometrics for most applicants

The Government in Canada will require biometrics including fingerprints and a photo for the majority Canadian immigration applications as of July 31, 2018.

Under the new regulations, everyone who applies for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence will have to provide fingerprints and a photo.

For the purposes of repeat travel to Canada, those who apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit will only be required to provide their biometrics once every 10 years.

“By expanding our biometrics program, we facilitate entry into Canada and protect the integrity of our immigration system, by quickly and accurately establishing a traveler’s identity,” says Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen.

Who will be affected?

The changes will take effect this summer starting July 31 for applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Applicants from all other regions, namely Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas, will be required to provide their biometrics beginning December 31, 2018.

Why use biometrics?

Biometrics is the measurement of an individual’s unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints and facial features. The collected information is used to verify an individual’s identity. The use of biometric verification decreases the chances of mistaken or false identity.

Biometrics also help prevent:

  1. identity fraud and theft;
  2. known criminals from entering Canada;
  3. deportees from re-entering Canada without permission; and
  4. Failed refugee claimants from re-entering Canada using false identity documents.

Some exemptions to the biometrics requirement include:

  1. Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents;
  2. children under the age of 14;
  3. applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants);
  4. visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA);
  5. heads of state and heads of government;
  6. cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business;
  7. S. visa holders transiting through Canada;
  8. refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit;
  9. Temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress.

Where to locate a biometric service point?

A temporary exemption is put in place for anyone who is applying for a visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence inside Canada until service centres are established across the country.

There are currently 192 biometric service points in the United States and worldwide. To find your nearest service point, please visit this page.

Privacy concerns

In an official statement, the Government of Canada reassures all future applicants that biometrics information is handled with the highest level of security and privacy. It is also stated that all information collected at a service point is deleted once it has been sent to the Canadian Immigration Biometrics Identification System.

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Ontario Continues to make use of Express Entry streams

Ontario continues to make use of Express Entry-aligned streams with 142 new invitations

Ontario continues to make use of Express Entry-aligned streams with 142 new invitations

Ontario continues to make use of Express Entry-aligned streams with 142 new invitations

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued a total of 142 Notifications of Interest to candidates in the Express Entry pool in two draws, which took place on April 11 and 12.

The draws conducted were for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Express Entry-aligned French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW) and Skilled Trades Stream. Since the draw was for candidates who met the criteria for the FSSW and Skilled Trades Stream, there was no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement to receive a Notification of Interest, or NOI, for these draws.

Under the FSSW Stream, 55 candidates who have submitted their Express Entry profile between January 1, 2018 and April 12, 2018 were issued an NOI. An additional 87 candidates with Express Entry profiles submitted between January 1, 2018 and April 11, 2018 were issued NOIs under the Skilled Trades Stream.

The FSSW Stream was launched in 2015 to help the OINP select French-speaking skilled workers who also have sufficient English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario.

The Skilled Trades Stream helps trades workers with experience in an eligible trade to settle in Ontario through the use of the Express Entry selection system.

Invited candidates with a successful application to the OINP will obtain 600 additional CRS points, leaving them well positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a later federal Express Entry draw.

OINP data show that 791 Express Entry candidates have been issued NOIs under the two streams this year.

In addition to these streams, the OINP has been issuing NOIs on a regular basis to candidates through its Express Entry-linked Human Capital (HCP) Stream. The HCP Stream has a minimum CRS requirement of 400 points.

Since the beginning of 2018, the OINP has invited a total of 3,378 candidates from the Express Entry pool.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool do not apply directly to Ontario’s Express Entry streams. Candidates must first obtain an NOI from Ontario through their IRCC online account.

Once a NOI has been received, candidates have 45 calendar days from the date the NOI letter was issued to submit an online application to the OINP.

In order to pursue any of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams, Candidates must first enter the Express Entry pool.

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