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Alberta Extends 121 invitations through Express Entry

August 15th saw Alberta send out 121 invitations for candidates to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence. All candidates were selected from Canada’s Express Entry system.

The province examined eligible profiles in the Express Entry system. Many of the accepted candidates had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of just 400 points. As a result, candidates received Notifications of Interest (NOIs). The NOIs will allow them to apply for a provincial recommendation. If accepted, applicants will be rewarded 600 CRS points. Such high scores all but guarantee that the applicant will be selected in a federal express entry draw.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream uses the federal Express Entry System for the purpose of finding candidates well suited to the province who meet their eligibility requirements. This provincial stream has been implemented once before: this resulted in a draw on August 7th that saw 35 invitations issued. Some candidates in that draw had scores of only 352 points. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has sent over 5,500 NOIs since the Alberta Express Entry Stream launched.

Lower Scores for Alberta Express Entry

Creating a profile with the federal Express Entry system allows applicants to be considered in the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Additionally, Express Entry profiles create connections with any other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The Alberta tends to select candidates with lower CRS score minimums compared to other Express Entry streams. For instance, score requirements have been as low as 300 in four different draws in Alberta this year. On the other hand, the lowest score in the 2019 federal Express Entry draws was 438 points.

The province of Alberta does not explicitly require previous work experience, or a current job offer in the province. However, it does give priority to applicants with them. It also prioritizes those with a degree from a Canadian post-secondary school, and those with close family currently living in the province.

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September Express Entry draw issues 3,600 invitations for Canadian ResidenceThe September 4th Express Entry draw saw 3,600 invitations sent out to applicants looking to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This month’s draw called for a score of at least 463 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The Government of Canada’s Express Entry program extends permanent residence invitations to eligible applicants. Candidates are evaluated based on their CRS score, which awards points based on skilled work and education experience, age, and language proficiency in French or English. During regular Express Entry draws a limited number of the highest scoring applicants are sent invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

There have been more Express Entry draws so far in 2019 compared to this time last year. A total of 59,800 ITAs have been sent this year, with 54,700 awarded by September in 2018.

Although more invitations have been issued at each Express Entry draw, there have been longer wait times between the draws. Because of this, the minimum score requirements have been higher on average.

Longer wait times allow more time for new applicants to enter the draw. If the new applicants have higher scores that means the minimum score requirements will increase. Shorter wait times have the opposite effect, lowering the CRS score requirements.

The September 4th draw needed to apply the tie break procedure. This procedure is used when multiple candidates have the same score. It gives priority to the candidates who have had their profiles in the system longer.

Hopeful applicants with low CRS scores can find ways to increase their points. One way is through provincial nomination programs, which can award up to 600 additional points. Provincial nomination streams also happen more frequently than Express Entry.

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Ontario Express Entry

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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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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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. 

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

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Canada Immigration

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.

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

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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
  •   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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    Canada Immigration Consultants 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.   Canada Education Consultants are one of the renowned consultants that guide you the best way for study and immigration in Canada.   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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    Migrate to Canada 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.   Canada Education Consultants (CEC)  is one of the best consultants to search out for the best Canadian Express Entry Streams and PNP Programs to migrate to Canada.   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.   Canada Education Consultants (CEC) is one of the leading Canada Immigration Consultants  with CRCIC & ICCRC accreditation.   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.