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Alberta Express Entry

Alberta invites Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300

The province of Alberta has invited 262 Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 300 to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the June 21 draw. 

The cut-off score of 300 is significantly lower than the lowest score drawn through a federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019, which was 438.

To be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) also requires EE candidates to work in an occupation that supports “Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities” among other criteria. The AINP has not listed the occupations that are eligible so far. 

A job offer or previous work in Alberta is not required to be eligible. However, the AINP may give priority to candidates who have a strong connection with the province. The following factors may improve your chance to receive a Notification of Interest letter:

1, Alberta job offer and/or work experience;

2, A graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution;

3, A relative that is living in Alberta.

A total of 3,816 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Alberta Express Entry stream in 2019. 

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which can effectively assure an invitation from the Government of Canada.

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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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Breaking Down B.C.’s PNP: How You Can Get to Canada’s West Coast

British Columbia, Canada’s third largest province for geographical territory and population, sits on the Pacific coast. British Columbia has much to offer. It is home to many small towns with local charm and breathtaking scenery, as well as the famous bustling city of Vancouver. 

The province recognizes the benefits of a successful and thriving immigrant population, which is why it has it’s provincial nominee program designed to facilitate the process of achieving permanent residency status. 

The B.C. PNP system has two main streams for applicants: Express Entry/Skills Immigration, and Entrepreneur Immigration. Express Entry/Skills Immigration paves the way for foreign workers who are international graduates of Canadian schools, or moderately to highly skilled in high demand industries in the province, granting them an easier route towards gaining permanent residence in the province.

This stream also has five categories under which its applicants are filed. These are Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate, International Post-Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker. The majority of these are a part of the federal Express Entry system, while the last one is not. Those that are on the federal level can be nominated by the province to receive permanent residency, and gain an extra 600 points on the federal Comprehensive Ranking System, making their chances of receiving an invitation far more likely.

Last year, British Columbia nominated 6,500 candidates for permanent residence, most of which came from the Express Entry categories.

Skills Immigration and Express Entry pools both require that candidates are employed in a permanent, full-time position by a B.C. employer to be considered for permanent residence, with the exception of International Post-Graduates.

2016 saw the implementation of the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) which operates on a points-based system to assess the prime candidates for permanent residency according to their education, work history, language proficiency, and type of job offer they have earned. The candidates with the best scores are then invited to apply for permanent residence in the province.

The province performs regular draws from the candidate pool. The candidates selected in these draws are then issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Everyone who hopes to apply for permanent residence, save those in the Healthcare Professional and International Post-Graduate pools are required to register for a SIRS profile in order to be eligible. 

In 2017, British Columbia created a new system called Tech Pilot. Tech Pilot is intended for Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates with job offers in any of 29 tech careers determined by the province. 

This program has been extended until 2020, and addresses the province’s need for more employees in the technology sector. 

The Tech Pilot has unique requirements designed to deal with B.C.’s need for tech workers, and allows candidates to apply with a temporary job offer of one year, with 120 days remaining ahead of the application. 

The Tech Pilot program holds exclusive weekly draws, and has much flexibility and priority application processing in order to accommodate the employers needs.

The Entrepreneur streams have different rules than Express Entry. This stream has three categories: the Entrepreneur Immigration-Base category, Regional Pilot category, and Strategic Pilots category. 

The Regional Pilot category was introduced last year as a two-year program, in order to assist rural communities that are struggling economically. It allows communities to refer entrepreneurs who they feel will benefit their community’s economy to the B.C. PNP. Candidates who are nominated are encouraged to apply for a two-year work permit. If these entrepreneurs are successful, they can later apply for Canadian permanent residence through the PNP system.

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Express Entry

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.

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Canada Express Entry

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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employment rate

The Canadian immigrant employment rate reached 71 percent in 2018

The employment rate of new immigrants aged 25 to 54 hit a 12-year high in 2018, The Canadian Press reported.

A federal Finance Ministry memo obtained by the news agency in January said that within five years of immigrating to Canada, the employment rate for immigrants of this age group was 71 percent, which was the highest rate recorded since 2006. 

Canada has taken in more immigrants in recent years. Under the federal government’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, Canada will welcome nearly 331,000 new immigrants this year, and 341,000 in 2020. The new plan also commits to increasing admissions to 350,000 in 2021, which will be equal to nearly 1% of Canada’s population. 

Many federal and provincial immigration programs focus on human capital factors, such as education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French, which help the strong employment results.

The memo also mentioned that second-generation Canadians are better educated and better paid than the children of Canadian-born parents.

Over 40% of second-generation Canadians between the ages of 25 and 44 had a university degree, which is 16% higher than Canadians whose parents were born in Canada.

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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Express Entry

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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