Friday 11 January 2019

Canada PR Visa Options Will Open For Grandparents and Parents January 28, 2019

The Canadian Government has announced that the popular Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP) will open on January 28, 2019. The program allows Canadians to sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents. It is expected that government will invite 20,000 new applicants through a first-come, first-served application process in 2019.

In 2018, the application forms cycle went live on January 2, 2018 and was available until February 1, 2018. Canadian Citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors through this program are required to first complete an online form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website to indicate their interest in applying to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s).

However, the application process for PGP has not been released but one thing is clear that Canada has shifted from randomized lottery system for the selection of applicants for the PGP. In the last two years, the applications under this stream were selected through lottery system after applicant’s submission of their Expression of Interest.  In 2019, the government has decided to move to ‘first-come, first-serve method’ from lottery system. Visit Source Link for more details.

Thursday 10 January 2019

The First Express Entry Draws 2019 Gives 3900 ITAs

The Canadian Government kicked off the first new Express Entry draw on January 10, 2019 in an impressive way by issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence with CRS 449 and above. 

The highest numbers of invitations are issued in the first draw of the year making way for the large number of invitations in the coming draw cycle. It is expected to see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) break last year’s Express Entry record of 89,800 Invitation to Apply (ITAs).

The Canada’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, the federal government will welcome more Federal High Skilled Applicants in 2019 than it did last year. The government of Canada has set a target of 81,400 through the programs compared to 74,900 last year. 

 The latest draw conducted by IRCC applied tie-break rule for inviting migrants under Express Entry. The break even date and time were January 2, 2019 at 11:40:53 UTC. This means that all the candidates who have submitted their profile before the said date and time with CRS 449 and above were invited in this current invitation draw.

To meet the new targets of 2019 and 2020, it is expected that IRCC will issue more ITAs over the course of this year. The previous draw size was increased from 2750 ITAs to 3,900.
If the similar pattern continues, the draw size 3900 ITAs could remain constant or grow larger that might affect the minimum score if the draws are conducted on regular basis.Visit Source Link for more details.

Wednesday 9 January 2019

BC PNP Conducts 2nd Skilled Draw For January 2019!

The province of British Columbia gave 35 invitations to the migrants under tech-pilot occupations. The draw took place on 9th January, 2019.

The invitations were issued to those applicants of BC PNP who already have a valid job offer in one of the tech pilot programs which lists 32 key technology occupations.

The Tech Pilot program came into force in 2017 to help support British Columbia’s technology sector by attracting foreign tech workers to the province. The technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended till June 2019 to provide employers with a degree of stability for planning their future staffing needs.

The invitations were awarded to the applicants who already have a valid job offer in one of the tech pilot programs which has 29 key tech occupations.

The minimum score for each category in the January 9, 2019 draw is as follows:
  • EEBC- Skilled Worker got the invitation with 85 minimum points
  • EEBC-International Graduate got the invitation with 95 minimum points
  • SI-Skilled Workers got the invitation with 85 minimum points. SI-International Graduate got the invitation with 95 minimum points.
 Visit Source Link for  more details.

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program Key Changes: New Programs Implemented For 2019

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program continued to assert as the rising star of Canada’s economic immigration programs in 2018 and it is expected to play an even more prominent role in the coming months.

The Provincial Nominee Program or PNP allow skilled and qualified workers to come and settle in the particular province on permanent basis. A small portion of the enhanced programs are also processed through Express Entry System.
An express entry applicant receives additional 600 CRS points for successful provincial nomination that further boosts the Canadian immigration chances.

Provincial Nominations are also issued outside the Express Entry system through numerous PNP streams across Canada.
The Provincial Nomination Invitations are set to rise this year as well, though the numbers have not been released. The 2018 allocations were 34,700 nominations for nine Canadian provinces and two territories.   In 2018 report to Canada’s Parliament, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) noted that the PNP has grown exponentially since its creation in 1996 when only 233 people were admitted through the program.

The admissions through the PNPs are projected to increase this year to 61,000 new permanent residents and reach 71,300 in 2021. 

The Following Provinces Key Changes That Were Felt in 2018 are:

  • Ontario, Canada’s most populous province had the largest individual PNP allocation of 2018 with 6,600 nominations that was later increased to 6850 in the end of 2018.
  • The year 2019 may have even bigger allocation for OINP with increased 7,600 nominations from IRCC
  • Ontario issued a total of 6978 invitations in 2018 to Express Entry candidates through the province’s three express entry-linked streams-the Human Capital Priorities Stream, French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream.
  • The human capital priorities stream alone issued 3719 invitations to Express Entry candidates in 2018 and another 1633 were issued through the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and 1,626 went to Express Entry candidates through the skilled trades stream
  • A major change in the Human Capital Priorities Stream was the OINP decision to revise the requirement that Express Entry candidates have a ranking score of at least 400 points in order to be considered for the nomination. The OINP draw is now conducted as per the director’s requirement.
The other significant development was the PNP development in 2018 was the introduction of new Express Entry-linked streams in the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Manitoba and Alberta introduced their express entry-linked streams as part of a general overhaul of the provincial nominee program last year. Visit Source Link for more details.

Monday 7 January 2019

Canada Offers Settlement Services For The New Migrants Before Arrival

Pre-Arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. The program provides newcomers (refugees and other) with the information and settlement support for making their informed decisions in starting their new life in Canada. To combat these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $22.4 million to S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is a 4 service provider that offers national-level information, orientation and onward referrals to economic and family-class pre-arrival clients. The organization will offer online services and in-person services abroad including comprehensive services and specialized supports for specific immigration categories and client groups. The program also delivers online general employment services including information about the Canadian workplace and soft skills development. Visit Source Link for more details.

Sunday 6 January 2019

Express Entry Forecast For Canada PR 2019!

Invitations to Apply Set to Increase 

The year 2018 saw the introduction of the multi-year immigration targets plan. The plan was delivered in November and extended to 2021 and promises to welcome over one million newcomers to the country. This plan marks the highest immigration targets in Canadian history, and intends t attract the skilled workers to the country. 

The fastest and most efficient pathway for Canada PR is Federal Skilled Worker Program through Express Entry System. With the increased demand for skilled workers in the coming years, the number of invitations to apply under express entry will increase. With more number of ITAs issued every week, the chances to be selected for Canadian Permanent increase.

The Provincial Nomination Program Quotas are Set to Increase!

Canada’s provinces host a number of specific immigration streams called Provincial Nominee Programs. The PNPs allow skilled and qualified worker to come and work in the particular province on permanent basis. There are different eligibility requirements for different PR programs under PNP. The PNP opens and closes at different times throughout the year for Canada PR. As the unemployment remains at a record low and job availability grows across the country, provinces are increasingly seeking more skilled workers to fill market gaps. 

As Express Entry continues to prove more efficient and time-saving, more PNPs are aligning with Express Entry.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score is Expected to Drop!

The CRS tool is used for Express Entry system for the applicants applying for immigration under Express Entry. The eligible applicants are ranked according to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The highest ranking applicant will be invited to apply for Canada PR in the next round of ITA invitations. Visit Source link for more details.

Friday 4 January 2019

Ontario and British Columbia The Highest Employment Rate Provinces of 2018!

The province of Ontario has net employment gains in 2018 that saw Canada’s unemployment rate reach its lowest point score since 1976. 

The Canadian unemployment rate of 5.6 percent was lowest since 1976

The number of people employed in Ontario grew by 78,000 over the course of 2018 for full-time employment while the province’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points to 5.4 percent.

The Canadian Province with lowest unemployment rate in 2018 was British Columbia at 4.4 percent.  The new employers in BC grew by 44,000 in 2018 with most of them working full-time. Statistics Canada said BC’s employment growth rate of 1.8 percent was double the national average. 

Saskatchewan national average was also outshined by the average employment growth in 2018 with 11,000 more employed in 2018- a growth rate of 1.9 percent. The province unemployment rate was also lessening by 0.9 percentage points to 5.6 percent.

This was on par with Canada’s unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in the year 2018. This rate is the lowest since 1976.

On the national level, the employment grew by 163,000 in 2018, a growth rate of 0.9 percent. The increase was entirely driven by gains in full-time work, as told by Statistics Canada. Visit Source Link for more details.

Thursday 3 January 2019

Canberra State Nomination EOI result 3rd January, 2019

The Australian state of Canberra conducted new invitation draw for the year 2019 on 3rd January where the state issued total 205 invitations to the applicants applying for Canberra Skilled Nomination Program.
The invitation was given through new expression of interest called ‘Canberra Matrix’ with the score range of 70 to 115. This matrix is different from Australian Department of Home Affairs Expression of Interest.
The selected candidates were invited by Canberra who has scored at least 20 points on the ACT parameters along with fulfilling the basic point eligibility requirements of Australia PR.
Canberra State Nomination EOI result 3rd January, 2019

The applicants applying for ACT must have a strong presence in the territory before actually applying for the nomination programs. The 20 point factors are calculated for study in Canberra or duration of stay, language ability skills and partner assessment etc. The applicants will receive invitation on the bases of these points. The highest ranking applicant will be invited to apply.

Also read– Canberra Skilled Visa Program is now open for the migrants to apply for ACT Nomination Program
The process of applying for ACT nomination is as follows:
  • The applicants applying must indicate their interest by completing the Canberra Matrix.
  • The Canberra Matrix points are calculated for:
  1. Length of residence in Canberra
  2. English Language Proficiency
  3. Partner English Language Proficiency
  4. Nominated Occupation
  5. Length of current employment in Canberra
  6. Spouse/partner employment in Canberra
  7. ACT employment type
  8. Education
  • The Canberra Matrix is remained valid for 6 months
Also, the next Expression of Interest draw for Canberra Nomination Program is stated to be released on 15th January, 2019. The draws are conducted after every 15 days.
To apply for Australian Permanent Residence, you must check your eligibility requirements under different PR programs available. For further information in this regard, fill the free assessment form and one of the visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global will contact you soon to discuss Australia PR case.
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SINP New EOI Draws 2019 For Entrepreneur Category Out!

The province of Saskatchewan conducted new expression of interest draw for the year 2019 under The Entrepreneur Category Process on January 3, 2019.  The applicants with the expression of interest draw score of 115 and above were invited in this current draw. The total number of expression of interest draws were given to 90 candidates. 

The Entrepreneur Category process involves three steps to the nomination process:
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) submission to the SINP
  • EOI selection and invitation to submit an application
  1. The applicants are invited on the basis of their EOI score with highest points selected during each draw. The number of invitations are however dependent upon the requirement in Saskatchewan
  2. The candidates after ITA are processed
  • Nomination

The SINP Entrepreneur Program is specifically created for the migrants who are willing to start, obtain or partner in business in Saskatchewan to contribute towards the growing economy of Saskatchewan.

To be able to apply for SINP Entrepreneur Program, you are required to:
  • Must meet the basic requirements under the Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement
  • Must possess potential to create economic benefit for Saskatchewan
  • Be the continued operation of an existing business or the establishment of new business meeting economic needs in Saskatchewan.
  • Must meet the minimum entry criteria of having CAD 500,000 at minimum in Net Business and Personal Assets
  • Must have a minimum three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience gained in the past ten years 
Visit Source Link for more details.