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Ontario Tech Draw Offers Nearly 1800 Invitations to Express Entry Candidates

Ontario’s new Tech Draw sent out 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw held August 1st, 2019. Over the past 20 days, close to 3,400 total candidates have been encouraged to pursue provincial nomination for draws in this stream. 

The Tech Draw is targeted towards Express Entry candidates with experience in one or more of six designated technology occupations the province has identified as high demand.The Tech Draw looks for candidates skilled in one of the six following occupations for the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level and skill type: software engineers and designers (NOC 2173), computer engineers (NOC 2147), computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174), database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172), computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213), and web designers and developers (NOC 2175).

For the August 1st draw, the lowest score on the Comprehensive Ranking System was 435, a relatively low score.The Tech Draws began in July this year, making this draw the second of its kind so far. Both draws in total have issued 3,396 invitations to candidates.

Ontario is one of Canada’s most prosperous technology bases, especially in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo. 

In the past 5 years, 80,000 new jobs in the tech industry were created in Toronto alone. These Tech Draws are designed to meet the increasing need for jobs in this sector, making it a promising stream for hopeful immigrants.

The Ontario government can search through the federal Express Entry pool of candidates to find those with the desired skills and experience in technology, and invite them to apply for permanent residence in the province. For candidates to be considered for the draws, it is mandatory to have an existing profile under the federal Express Entry system. 

Candidates with high scores on the CRS and with lots of experience in the field, and those with lower scores have both been granted invitations, or Notifications of Interest. 

Several provincial streams like the Ontario Tech Draw allows candidates with lower CRS scores to improve their ranking and be invited to apply for permanent residence, based on the province’s need for candidates in certain job industries. Candidates who receive invitations through Ontario Tech Draws will see increased CRS scores, and be prioritized to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence on the national and federal level.

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Canada Immigration Minister Advocates for Spreading the Positive Impacts of Immigration to Counteract Fear

Ahmed Hussen, the Canadian Immigration Minister, stressed the positive aspects and effects of immigration on the country and the economy while addressing international immigration experts at the annual International Metropolis Conference.

This year’s theme for the conference, which was “The Promise of Migration” is what Hussen calls “the kind of conversation we should be having”. 

Over 1000 immigration officials and experts based internationally were in attendance. 

Hussen spoke of his experience serving as Canada’s Immigration Minister, and how it has opened his eyes to the value of welcoming new citizens to the country, as well as Canada’s attitude towards immigrants. The country is generally known to be quite receptive and accommodating to immigrants, which Hussen believes has only served it well in terms of social and economic growth. 

“In Canada, I always knew intellectually and from reading reports just how crucial the injection of new immigrants and workers is to our economy. But it wasn’t until I became a minister and I travelled from coast to coast in Canada that I realized just how severe those shortages were and how small and medium and large businesses relied on workers to grow their businesses and contribute to the local economy. They’re one of the biggest champions of increasing immigration numbers into Canada.” Hussen said to the audience. 

He went on to say that putting emphasis on the good outcomes of immigration due to a recent growth in fear and anti-immigrant sentiments. Since the inauguration of current U.S. president Donald Trump, anti-immigrant and racially profiling propaganda has been on the rise.

Hussen says that promoting the positive impacts that immigrants have in the community and the nation is the best weapon to combat these fears.

 “The best weapon against fear is facts; facts don’t lie and the numerous studies continue to show that migrants make an enormous contribution to our economies and our societies,” Hussen explained.

“Our job as stakeholders as government as all of you working in [the immigration] space, is to fight fear with facts, to push the reality, the positive impact of immigration on the local economy, the positive role that immigration can and does play in meeting demographic challenges, in filling unfilled jobs, in bringing much-needed skills to countries like Canada. We need to highlight that, we cannot take those facts for granted, that everybody understands them or is aware of them.”

Hussen himself originally came to Canada as a refugee from Somalia, and cited a recent study conducted by the United Nations which revealed that Canada had welcomed the most refugees in 2018 when asked what he is most proud of. 

He felt that this shows that Canada is being recognized for its compassion towards fellow humans, and is seen as a place of hope and opportunity for those who are lost or without a place to call home. 

“I’m proud that we have demonstrated to many other countries and politicians who have tried to use immigration as a tool to divide people, we have demonstrated through our government’s actions and through the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government that you can be both strong and effective in protecting your country and the health and safety of your citizens while being compassionate and open to refugees. You don’t have to pick one or the other. You can do both, and we have demonstrated that.”

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New Express Entry draw sees cut-off score drop by 3 points

A new Express Entry draw held June 26 invited 3,350 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The cut-off score in this draw was 462, a three-point decrease from the previous draw’s minimum score of 465.

It was the second consecutive draw to see the cut-off score drop since May 29, when it reached 470.

The time between draws is a crucial variable that influences the cut-off CRS score. The lower cut-off score in the last two Express Entry (EE) draw may be because Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) returned to draw biweekly.

When more time passes between draws, a greater number of candidates with higher scores were able to enter the pool, which can have the effect of driving up the cut-off score. 

The gap of early a month between all-programs draws explains the unusual high cut-off score in the draw held on May 29.

IRCC has now issued 41,800 ITAs to EE candidates in 2019, which is 2100 ahead of IRCC’s 2018 pace.

Express Entry is an online registration system used to apply for permanent resident in Canada, which manages applications for three economic immigration programs:  Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. 

A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for the EE pool.

If you are interested in moving to Canada and have any questions, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada Immigration Consultants.

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Canada issued 3350 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence 

In the draw held on June 12, 3350 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence, with the cut-off score of 465.

It’s only been two weeks since the last round of invitation held on May 29, which means fewer candidates were able to enter the pool between the two draws, resulting in a five-point drop in the CRS score.

The time gap between draws influences the cut-off CRS score. The EE draws are usually held every two weeks. The cut-off CRS score was 470 in the last draw held on May 29, which was four weeks elapsed from the former draw. It allows a greater number of candidates with higher scores to enter the pool when the time gap is longer than two weeks. 

So far, in 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 38,450 Invitation to apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates, which is 6,250 more than it had issued at the same point in 2018.

The Express Entry system manages applications for three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. 

Each program has its requirements. Eligible candidates are issued a score in the Comprehensive Ranking System, known as CRS score, which determines their rank in the pool. 

The highest-ranked candidates are awarded an ITA for Canadian permanent residence. 

If you have any questions on Express Entry draw, please feel free to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants. We would love to share our knowledge to help you come to Canada.

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3350 candidates invited by Canada with the cut-off score of 470 in the Latest Express Entry draw 

On May 29, 2019, Canada invited 3,350 Express Entry (EE) candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Since it has been almost a month from the previous draw, the cut-off score went up to 470, 20 points higher than last all-programs draw held on May 1, 2019. 

All-programs draws involve candidates from the three Federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class, which are managed by the Express Entry system. 

All-programs draws usually are held every two weeks. The more time between two draws, the more likely EE pool can accumulate higher-scoring candidates. That could affect the raising of the cut-off score. 

So far in 2019, Canada has issued 35,100 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). 

The admissions target for 2019 is 81,400 new permanent residents. 46,300 spots are still waiting to be filled. If you want to be one of them, please feel free to contact our professional Canada Immigration Consultants.

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Saskatchewan PNP

325 invitations issued to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates by Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 325 immigration candidates to apply for a Saskatchewan provincial nomination through its International Skilled Worker Category on May 22, 2019. 

The International Skilled Worker Category consists of three sub-categories: Employment offer, Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand. 

Employment offer category requires candidates to have a job offer in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Express Entry category and Occupation In-Demand category require candidates to have work experience in one of the 19 occupations that are currently listed as in-demand in the province. However, a job offer in Saskatchewan is not required for the two sub-categories. Please see the latest Occupation In-Demand list at the bottom of the page.

221 out of the 325 invitations went to Occupation In-Demand candidates. The rest 104 went to candidates in Saskatchewan Express Entry category. 

A minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the SINP point assessment grid is needed to be considered for a provincial nomination. However, only the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply. In the May 22 draw, the lowest score among both the Express Entry and the Occupation In-Demand candidates invited was 82. 

So far in 2019, SINP has invited 854 Occupation In-Demand candidates and 814 Saskatchewan Express Entry candidates. The Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system, which is an online system managing the pool of immigration candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class. 

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which will enhance their profile to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence from the Government of Canada. 

For any questions on immigrating to Saskatchewan or other Canadian provinces, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada Immigration Consultants. 

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PEI EOI draw

PEI, a popular destination for immigrants, has issued its latest invitations

Prince Edward Island, known as PEI, one of the three maritime provinces, has experienced an incredible population growth rate of 2% year-over-year since 2016. During the same period, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which are the other two maritime provinces, had an average growth rate of 0.8% and 0.5% respectively. Amongst all of the maritime provinces, PEI has been very successful in attracting and retaining skilled foreign workers in recent years.

On May 16, PEI Provincial Nominee Program issued 104 invitations to immigration candidates in its new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw. 

90 out of the 104 invitations went to candidates applying through Labour Impact category and Express Entry category.  

The labour Impact category consists of four sub-categories: Skilled Worker in PEI, Skilled Worker outside PEI, Critical Worker and International Graduate. A job offer in PEI is required if using these streams.

The Express Entry category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system. A job offer in PEI is not required, but a priority is given to candidates who are currently living and working in the province. 

The rest 14 invitations went to candidates applying through Business Impact category-Business Work Permit Stream, with the minimum point of 107.

To be considered for a nomination, candidates must create a profile in PEI’s EOI system. Qualified candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Within the EOI system, depending on which stream you are using, there are several areas with associated points: age, language, education, work experience, employment, business ownership or senior management experience, community endorsement and adaptability. 

The EOI draw is held on the third Thursday of each month. The next Expression of Interest draw is scheduled for June 20, 2019. 

If you are interested in immigrating to PEI or other Canadian provinces and have any questions, please feel free to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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Latest Express Entry pool draw sees minimum CRS score drop

Since February 20th, the minimum Express Entry (EE) Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has dropped four times.

On May 1st, another draw for permanent residence was held. The lowest score in this draw was 450.

The minimum CRS score in the two previous draws was 451.

Scores are based on factors such as age, experience, language proficiency in English or French, and education.

3,350 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada for the May 1st draw.

So far, for 2019, the number of invitations given to EE candidates has risen to 31,250. The total goal for invitations given through Express Entry pools by the end of 2019 is 81,400.

The Express Entry system includes the candidate pools from the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. These three pools draw in the greatest number of economic class newcomers each year.

All prior candidates who have profiles in the EE pool with a score of or above 450, and did not receive an invitation to apply (ITA) previously have since received an ITA.

The minimum CRS score has the potential to drop in future draws throughout the year. If draw sizes increase, it is likely that the minimum score will continue to go down even further.

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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These provincial immigration streams

These provincial immigration streams may be looking for you, If you’re already in the Express Entry pool

Are you in the Express Entry pool and waiting to get an ITA? And it seems as if nothing is moving? Be patient, you never know which province might select you and send you a nomination. And you could land this without even trying. The passive immigration streams of Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta search up the Federal Express Entry pool to find eligible candidates.

Those selected are notified of the interest in them and asked to put in an application of interest for permanent residence in that province. But candidates can only apply after having been selected in one of the searches done by the provinces.

Candidates thus selected get 600 points for nomination.

In order to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through one of these streams, immigration candidates must first enter a profile in the Express Entry pool. The eligibility criterion varies from province to province according to their labour market needs.

For example, Express Entry candidates selected through the January 24, 2019 draw for Nova Scotia were required to have a CRS score of between 400 and 450 and at least five years of related work experience as financial auditors and accountants, among other criteria.

Alberta selected candidates with a CRS score at least 300 and the requirement that the applicant must be working in an occupation that fell in line with the provinces’ economic development and diversification apart from other criteria. Ontario has selected most candidates through the Human Capital Priorities Stream so far, out of its three express entry linked streams. It issued 1,493 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in its last draw to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores ranging from 439 to 448. This stream choses candidates from the Skilled worker class and the Canadian Experience Class.

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The Canada Express Entry system allows you to immigrate to Canada and apply for a Canada PR directly. It is used by the IRCC to manage applications of skilled workers who want to Immigrate to Canada as a skilled professional. The Express Entry system for immigration to Canada, allows applicants to apply for living and working in Canada and become permanent residents in less than a year.

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Prepare yourself for Canada Express Entry

Before your submit the online application for Express Entry you will need to take the following steps

IELTS for English and TEF for French language

Get an Educational credential Assessment or ECA done on your educational qualifications by a certified agency to prove that your educational standards are on par with Canadian education system.

Steps for Canada Express Entry

The following steps are required for applying Canada Express Entry

  • 1. Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • 2. Canadian Experience Class
  • 3. Federal Skilled Trades Class


It is important to know exactly which federal economic program you will be eligible for as applying through the wrong program can get your application rejected. Our Canada immigration experts will guide you on the right program based on your professional background