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Why Provincial Nominee Programs matter

Immigration has become a major way to maintain population growth and meet the needs of the local labour market for each Canadian province. All Canadian provinces except Quebec increased their immigration allocations in 2019. 

The data from the federal department of immigration shows that the number of immigrants brought through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) has increased year by year. In IRCC’s mute-year immigration levels plan, IRCC had a target of 55,000 admissions of new permanent residents through the PNP in 2018, 61,000 in 2019 and reach 71,300 in 2021.

There are two types of provincial nomination streams: enhanced nomination streams and base nomination streams. 

Enhanced nomination streams are linked to the Federal Economic Immigration programs. Only candidates who meet the eligibility requirements both of a province’s PNP and one of the three Federal Economic Immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class) can apply via the enhanced nomination streams. Express Entry applicants who have been nominated by one of the nine participating provinces and two territories can receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS ranking score, which will enhance their profile to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The processing time of the Express Entry is only six months. If you are eligible for one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs and do not have enough points for an ITA, the enhanced nomination streams are your best choices.

Base nominations are granted outside the Express Entry system and can also be used to apply for permanent residence. You only need to meet the eligibility requirements of a stream or category of the province’s PNP. However, the processing time of Provincial Nominees is 15-19 months. If you are not eligible for the Federal Economic Immigration programs, there are various base nomination streams in each province for you to choose. 

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H-1B problems draw more foreign workers to Canada

In light of the recent difficulties of obtaining H-1B immigration visas in the United States, more skilled foreign workers are looking to Canada.

The U.S. has an ever-increasing rejection rate for visa applications, whereas Canada’s immigration system is much more efficient and has higher approval rates. Many workers who had tried to get an H-1B visa in the United States have instead successfully moved to Canada, where they have found more opportunities awaiting them.

The H-1B program in the United States has been on the decline since Donald Trump took over from former president Barack Obama. The policies have becomes stricter, and many have lost faith in the system’s design and fairness.

While highly skilled foreign workers are being rejected in the U.S., they are greatly valued by Canadian governments. Because of this, the immigration process for moving to Canada has been made easier in recent years.

Canada Express Entry system

In 2015, Canada created the Express Entry system, which evaluates candidates based on age, skill level, language proficiency, and education, and does not require the applicant to secure a job offer before obtaining a visa.

In addition, the Provincial Nominee Programs are designed to fit the local needs of each province, making it easy for residency applicants to see where they will find the most opportunities.

There are temporary work permits available for skilled foreign workers, which can take only 10 days to obtain.

With Canada’s better immigration system, it is easy to see why so many workers are making the move to the Great North.

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The Atlantic province of Nova Scotia invited a record high, 1400 immigrants through its PNP programme in 2017.
 
The Nova Scotia Nominee Programme (NSNP) has five streams to attract and nominate applicants. These five streams are
 

  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
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    One of Nova Scotia’s nominee programme most agile facet was the ‘Category B’ of the NSNP’s Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream. This stream opened to applications only three times in 2017 and each time. Whereas the Category A of this stream calls for applicants who have an LMIA supported job offer from a Nova Scotia employer and is targeted at NOC skill level O, A and B; the category B invited applicants who have at least one year of full time continuous paid work experience in the last 6 years in one of the opportunity occupations. These occupations are
     

    Occupation title NOC Skill level
    Financial Auditors and Accountants 1111 A
    Other financial officers 1114 A
    Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123 A
    Administrative assistants 1241 B
    Accounting and related clerks 1311 B
    Civil engineers 2131 A
    Information systems analysts and consultants 2171 A
    Computer programmers and interactive media development 2174 A
    Computer network technicians 2281 B
    User support technicians 2282 B
    Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012 A
    Licensed practical nurses 3233 B
    College and other vocational instructors 4021 A
    Paralegal and related occupations 4211 B
    Social and community service workers 4212 B
    Financial sales representatives 6235 B

     
    This stream is a first-come, first-serve category where applicants do not need a job offer, But they must qualify in the opportunity occupations listed above with one year of paid work and they must have an active federal express entry profile. Another 200 immigrants arrived in Nova Scotia through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programme, which is a new and innovative pilot programme devised between the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
     
    Nova Scotia has announced that it has welcomed more than 4000 new comers in 2017. But surprisingly this no is still lower than a record 70 year high in 2016 of 5500 immigrants which included 1500 Syrian refugees.
     
    The Government of Nova Scotia says that immigration is the key to growing the province and its economy and they are very hopeful that the good work will continue in 2018.
     

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    The year began with a bang and lots of good news for the Express Entry pool applicants with the first threshold lowering to 446, which is a record low as a first draw in a year since Express Entry came into functionality in 2015
    In this first draw the Canadian government invited 2,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The draw was held on January 10, 2018.

    This score is the same as the last CRS threshold for 2017, which was held on December 20. Since 2015, this first cut off is the lowest ever. IRCC also made use of the tie-break rule again and the cut- off date and time was set to November 18, 2017, at 6:30:42 UTC.

     

    In 2017, the first draw had a cut off of 468, but subsequent draws saw lower thresholds with the minimum dip ever in June at 413. This year is expected to be a busy one, with immigration targets set at almost 1 million till 2020. 16 draws were held in the first half of 2017, but this year is envisaged to see many more draws as immigration targets go up. CRS thresholds are also expected to fall as more ITA’s are sent out in each draw.

     

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    In 2017 a total of 30 draws were held with 86,023 ITA’s being sent out. 3200 more ITA’s are expected to be sent out in the three Express Entry economic streams alone, with many more immigrants finding way into the country through the Family Class and the PNP programmes.

     

    A total of 153,618 ITA’s have been issued since the Express Entry economic streams came into existence in 2015. The no of ITA’s issued in 2017 alone is almost 56 percent of the total ITA’s issued so far.

     

    This year has started at almost 22 points less than the first draw of 2017. It is expected to translate into more people coming in through the Express Entry during the course of the year as larger and more frequent draws are held to accomplish immigrant targets. This in turn will definitely mean lower cut offs all throughout the year.

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    A move that is being as the most ambitious in the Canadian history will usher in nearly 1 million new immigrants till 2020. The immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen has stated that in the period between 2018 till 2020, nearly 10 lakh new immigrants will find home in the country.

     

    Most of these economic immigrants will find way to Canada through the express entry system. In an expansive target tabled in the House of Commons a few weeks ago, new multi-year immigration levels plan has been set out. All immigration targets through the various Express Entry streams will increase every year until 2020.

     

    The new plan is very different from the previous plans that have set targets for the upcoming years. This plan is touted to benefit all Canadians because immigrants will help contribute to the economic growth and innovation in the country and keep the country as a front runner in the Global economy. 3,10,000 new immigrants will settle in Canada in 2018 with these numbers increasing to 3,30,000 in 2019 and 3,40,000 in 2020, which are the targets as set out in the new plan.

     

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    Around 5,65,000 amongst these new immigrants will find entry into Canada through the economic programmes. Through the year, the Government has again and again reiterated that Express Entry will the main driver for all federal immigration. More ITA’s (Invitation to apply) have been issued in 2017 compared to the previous two years put together. Almost quarter million new immigrants are envisaged to come in through one single economic programme managed under Express Entry.

     

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    The intake for the Express Entry applicants in 2017 saw a decrease in the CRS scores with the minimum falling to 413 in June whereas last year this minimum was 450 for the Federal Skilled Workers Class. The reason for this fall was the increase in no of immigrant’s intake set out. The Federal Skilled Trades Class also saw a decline in the CRS scores at which ITA’s were sent. This threshold dipped to 241.Higher intake targets may contribute towards even lower CRS thresholds in the coming years.

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    The November 2nd Express Entry draw has seen a minimum threshold of 458, which is by far the highest in many months now. The CRS draw in June had seen a historical dip at 413. But it has constantly been increasing since then. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has sent out ITA’s to 2,000 candidates in the pool to apply for the Canadian permanent residence. ITA’s are issued according to the CRS scores and dependant on the requirement of the Canadian immigration system

     

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    The candidate profiles are ranked according to the date and time of their submission. 27 draws have been taken out so far in 2017. Since its introduction in 2015, there have been 77 draws under the Federal Skilled Worker Express Entry stream.  In the event that multiple candidates have the same score, invitations are based on the exact time of the submission of their profile. This strategy was introduced by IRCC in June this year and is being called the tie-break strategy. What this translates into is that the profiles that have been in the pool that have been there for a longer time are being prioritized over the new ones being made.

     

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    Candidates who are able to receive a nomination through the enhanced provincial streams add 600 points on their Federal Express Entry profile. The federal Minister of Immigration, recently gave a go-ahead to two express entry draws in which only applicants for Federal Express Entry Skilled trades stream and the PNP streams were invited to apply.

     

    In these draws IRCC invited a total of 795 applicants to apply for PR. These draws are usually an exception and not a normal course. This could actually be a factor as to why such low no of applicants were sent an ITA. This also seems to be a logical reason to the increase in the CRS minimum threshold.

     

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    Canada’s most popular Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP) streams are helping candidates in the Federal Express Entry pool to immigrate into the country. Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream opened last week and allowed certain candidates to qualify for receiving an ITA (Invitation to Apply).

     

    The specific criteria of the Human Capital Priorities stream, which is a part of the Ontario Immigration Nominee Programme(OINP) are; a minimum score of 400 on the CRS, and a few other eligibility criteria. Candidates who are identified through the stream receive a notification of interest from the province. They then apply for receiving a nomination certificate, which adds 600 points for them on the Express Entry pool, and are sure to receive an ITA in the next draw.

     

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    Ontario is Canada’s most populous provinces with both the country’s largest city, Toronto as well as the national capital city, Ottawa. More than 39 percent of landed immigrants choose Ontario for settling. The Human Capital Priorities is one of the three enhanced OINP streams which are aligned to the Federal Express Entry stream. OINP also offers a French speaking skilled worker stream as well as the Skilled Trades stream which was recently started.
    These streams under PNP are playing a very crucial role in Canada’s economic immigration system. In 2016, almost 26 percent of applicants received ITA’s through the PNP’s. This number was only 13 percent in 2015. The target for receiving immigrants through the PNP’s in 2017 is 51,000 which will increase to 55,000 in 2018.

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    The new Alberta Opportunity Stream will start accepting applications from January 2, 2018. This new stream comes under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Programme.

     

    This new stream will ease the process of Permanent Residence for foreign workers who are already working and staying in Alberta. Just like all the other streams operating under the AINP, this stream is a base Provincial Nominee Programme Stream, which means that all applications are processed outside the Federal Express Entry system of Permanent Residence. All candidates who are successful through this stream get a provincial nomination and then apply for permanent residence.

     

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    Previously two streams were operating under the AINP, namely the Employer driven stream and the Strategic recruitment stream, which are now being replaced by this Opportunity Stream. Till such time that this new stream starts operating, applications will be accepted, which is in January 2018. Applications received till January under the old streams will continue to be processed but no new applications will be accepted. Canada Education Immigration Consultants leads your way in the quick and easy manner to migrate to Canada, for Canada Express Entry & PNPs.

     

    Candidates can apply to the new stream only if they have a valid job offer from an employer in Alberta. The best part is that this stream brings under its ambit, most occupations under the NOC Canada, not only O, A and B skill levels. So, the job offer could be in any skill occupation, even C and D. At the time of application, all applicants must have a valid TRV (temporary resident visa) and should be working or living in Alberta. Job should either be LMIA positive or LMIA exempt under existing international trade agreements.

     

    English or French ability needs to be at least CLB 4. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates need to have a higher CLB 7 at the minimum. All applicants should also at least have finished High school. Applications will be accepted from those who have at least one-year full time work experience in Alberta in the last one and a half year.

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    The province of British Columbia under the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) as the economic immigration pathway. BCPNP allows nomination for limited number of foreign individuals & their dependent family members with skills and expertise to grow the provincial economy. IRCC has final selection authority for Canada Immigration. It sets the available number of nominees under PNP Canada.

    The nominee must meet certain criteria–
    The nominee must fulfill the particular criteria determined by the province. The nominee should have the required education and work experience along with skills that make positive contribution towards the economy of Canada,

    Needs that are being based on particular needs- The province evaluates the intensions of the nominee to settle in Canada. It takes into account whether their needs and criteria match the appropriate nominees skill & requirement.

    Categories and Subprograms–
    For each PNP, there are particular subprograms and categories, usually called streams. The particular candidate interested for nomination must abide by the following criteria:-
     Apply for British Columbia PNP
     Receive PNP Certificate
     Apply for IRCC to get ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Permanent Residence for Canada.

    Note: – Recently the federal government has increased the annual allocations for the provinces in Canada to focus on the PNPs.
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    How the PNP Process operate–
    Some PNPs require a particular candidate interested for nomination to register first, while other operate on first come first serve basis. Some PNPs operate under the federal express entry immigration system. Some of the PNPs operate outside the federal express entry system, known as base streams.

    Most territories and provinces have specific streams connected with federal express entry selection allow to award nominees an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points

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    When you are maintaining your express entry profile for Canada, you are given definite points by IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada). If your Express Entry Profile has higher point scores as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), your chances for getting an ITA (Invitation to apply) for PR are very high

    Here are a few key tips to improve your Express Entry Profile: –

    1. Language

    Higher language proficiency is a key requirement for Canada express entry. It helps you get a higher CRS score for Express Entry. Higher language proficiency increases scores for education and work experience. So, if you don’t have sufficient language proficiency, give another test. You should always aim at improving your language proficiency to be able to get an ITA for PR

    1. Provincial Nomination

    A provincial nomination Canada lets you have additional 600 points in the CRS points on express entry. So, eligibility for Provincial Express Entry for skilled workers is a great entry point as a start for your PR application.

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    1. Qualification

    Higher Qualification proves to be a booster for increasing your CRS points on express entry. So,while planning for immigration to Canada, qualifications need to be kept in mind.

    1. Work Experience

    Higher Work Experience always adds on to your CRS points and thereby improving your Express Entry profile. Certified, verifiable 40 hours employment within the NOC increases your probability for receiving an ITA for Canada PR.

    1. Valid Job Offer

    A valid job offer from a Canadian Employee lets you have 600 additional CRS points and gives you better opportunity for ITA(Invitation to apply) for PR. But the job offer should be supported by an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). It will help if you search for better jobs from job banks and other important job portals in Canada.

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