Manitoba kicks off 2019 with new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Manitoba kicks off 2019 with new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Manitoba kicks off 2019 with new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Manitoba kicks off 2019 with new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Manitoba issued a total of 626 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on January 17 in its first draw of the New Year.

Manitoba is one of nine Canadian provinces that take part in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, which allows participating provinces to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for permanent residence each year.

Candidates in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)’s Skilled Workers Overseas, Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education streams were issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in the January 17 draw.

A total of 394 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) went to candidates in its Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, including an unspecified number to Express Entry candidates who have registered an Expression of Interest profile with the MPNP.

Manitoba’s Express Entry pathway is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score, effectively assuring them of an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from the Government of Canada.

Express Entry candidates who would like to be considered for a nomination from Manitoba must register a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the MPNP. Profiles are issued a score based on points for factors including education, proficiency in English or French and work experience in an occupation that Manitoba considers in-demand.

Express Entry candidates issued an LAA in the January 17 draw were required to have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code and at least six months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation.

The MPNP also issued LAAs to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates with a close relative residing in Manitoba or work experience in Manitoba. The candidates were also required to have at least six months of recent work experience in an occupation that’s considered in-demand in Manitoba and meet a minimum language proficiency benchmark.

The score of the lowest-ranked Skilled Workers Overseas candidate in the two groups above was 575.

Another 27 Skilled Workers Overseas candidates were invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. Such initiatives include overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP.

The minimum score for candidates invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative was 729.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education Stream

The MPNP invited 232 candidates in the MPNP’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education streams.

The MPNP issued 200 LAA’s to Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates with scores as low as 650.

The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream is for eligible qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer.

An additional 32 invitations went to International Education Stream candidates.

Created last year, this stream provides faster pathways to permanent residence for international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions who have skills required by employers in the province.

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What is USA L1 Blanket visa, and who can apply for this visa?

What is USA L1 Blanket visa, and who can apply for this visa?

What is USA L1 Blanket visa, and who can apply for this visa?

What is USA L1 Blanket visa, and who can apply for this visa?

L1 Blanket Visa Petition

An L1 blanket visa petition allows companies to transfer many employees to the US quickly and on short notice. These often large and multinational companies can file an blanket L1 visa petition with the USCIS to obtain L1 visas for their employees.

A blanket L1 visa petition is a single petition under which the USCIS qualifies companies to transfer a certain number of executives and managers to the US on L1 visas, eliminating the need to file separate L1 individuals visa petitions for each employee. Once the L1 blanket petition has been approved, the employer only needs to complete Form I-129 and send it to the qualified employees along with a copy of the blanket L1 petition approval notice and other required evidence so that the employee may present it to a US Consular Office and apply for L1 visa. Each applicant can also apply for L2 visa for L1 dependent spouses and children.

There are two types of L1 procedures:

  • L1 Individual Visa is applicable to transfer a single individual. L1 visa petition can be applied for each individual separately.
  • L1 Blanket Visa is applicable to transfer multiple employees together. An L1 blanket visa petition can be applied for multiple individuals at a time.

With an L1 individual visa, the company or employer must file a petition with USCIS every time there is a requirement to transfer an employee.

With an L1 blanket visa, the individual visa applicant will only have to file a copy of the approved blanket L1 petition, along with other documents supporting his or her personal qualifications, giving the US consulate or embassy jurisdiction over his or her place of residence.

L1 Blanket Visa Requirements

The L1 blanket visa requirements and eligibility criteria are detailed below.

  1. Each of the qualifying organizations of the company must be engaged in commercial trade or services.
  2. The company must have an office in the US that has been doing business for one year or more.
  3. The company must have three or more domestic and foreign branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates.
  4. The company and other qualifying organizations must meet one of the following criteria:
  5. Have obtained at least 10 L1 visas during the previous 12 months,
  6. Have a combined annual sales of at least USD 25 million, or
  7. Have a US work force of at least 1,000 employees.

L1 Blanket Visa Fees

The fee requirements for L1 blanket visa are listed below.

  • The required fee for filing L-1 Blanket Visa Petition is USD 325.
  • An anti-fraud fee of USD 500 is also required.
  • There is also an optional fee of USD 1225 for premium processing.

Blanket Visa Validity

The initial validity of a blanket visa is 3 years. The US Company may also file for an extension if needed

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How to apply for New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category

How to apply for New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category

How to apply for New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category

How to apply for New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category

If you have skills, qualifications or experience that New Zealand needs you may be able to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.

The Skilled Migrant Category is a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment. You must also be aged 55 or under, and meet English language, health, and character requirements.

How it works

  1. Self-assessment

Check you meet the requirements and calculate your points

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Note the fees and offices information

Submit an EOI online

  1. Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If you have 160 points or more you’ll be selected from the EOI pool and may be sent an ITA

  1. Submit a resident application

Note the fees and offices information

Submit your resident application within six months on the form we provide you with

  1. Receive your visa

If successful, you’ll be issued a resident visa

Common mistakes to avoid

Skilled Migrant Category applicants often make these mistakes that result in fewer points being recognised:

Qualifications not recognised

If you’re claiming points for your qualifications they need to either be on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment or have been assessed by NZQA.

Work experience not comparable

If you’re claiming points for work experience it must be in the same field as your qualification and job/job offer. If you don’t have a job or job offer then this experience also needs to be in a comparable labour market, in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List or for a multinational company.

Bonus point requirements not met

To claim work experience bonus points you need to meet the strict requirements outlined in the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

More information

The content on this page is a summary of what can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website.

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