September 24, 2020

The September 22 draw saw the minimum score remain within the low 80s, as has been the case for Tech Pilot draws since the start of May.

The pilot program was launched in 2017 and has been extended several times, last until June 2021.

In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates got to be registered in one among B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a legitimate job offer of at least 12 months in one among the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skill Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score that determines whether or not they could also be invited to apply during a given invitation round. The score is predicated on variety of things like level of education, years of direct work experience and having a B.C. employment offer.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to apply (ITA) during a future federal Express Entry draw.

So far in September, B.C. has 6 draws through its various PNP categories and streams and invited numerous candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Invited candidates have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

September 23, 2020

Mr. Mendicino stated that Canada has already issued 56,000 first stage approvals for study permit applications.
Secondly, the minister confirmed that the federal government, led by Health Canada, continues to work with designated learning institutions to identify how they can physically welcome international students onto their campuses during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mendicino, Minister Patty Hajdu is working to ensure each designated learning institution (DLI) has met the public health requirements of the province and territory they are located. This approach will protect health and safety of international students and Canadian students.

Some DLIs have indicated an interest in welcoming international students during the pandemic. However, due to Canada’s travel restrictions, most international students are currently unable to travel to the country.The discussions between Health Canada, provinces, territories, and DLIs are aimed at identifying whether DLIs can safely form quarantine and socially distancing plans that would enable them to potentially welcome international students in the coming months. Under Canadian law, most travellers must quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arriving to Canada. Moreover, provinces and territories across Canada have strict social distancing measures in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

In the meantime, Canada has announced a number of major policy reforms to enable international students to pursue their Canadian studies amid the pandemic. Among the reforms, Canada announced a two-step study permit process in the summer to give students certainty so they can begin their studies while overseas.In addition, international students can study online while overseas but still be able to work in Canada under a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) once the pandemic is over.

The minister revealed that 56,000 international students have been approved for a study permit under stage one so far. This means that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided students with approval after reviewing each applicant’s letter of acceptance from a DLI, proof of funds that they can support themselves and their studies financially, among other criteria.

Once the students are able to travel to Canada, they need to complete a medical exam, criminal background check, and biometrics in order to get stage two study permit approval.

Mr. Mendicino delivered the remarks during a webinar hosted by the Canadian International Council, which is an organization that brings Canadians together to explore foreign affairs issues.He made sure to affirm Canada’s ongoing commitment to welcoming immigrants, international students, and global talent in general.

September 9, 2020
September 9, 2020

The City of North Bay is prepared to launch the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot within the next few weeks.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven program designed to enable small communities to profit from the contributions of economic immigration by providing potential candidates with a pathway to permanent residence. The program is meant for skilled foreign workers who wish to work and live in one among the participating communities.

North Bay will become the tenth community to simply accept applications through the RNIP once it launches its website within the coming weeks.

The RNIP is meant to attach foreign workers with employers facing labour shortages in small Canadian communities. Each community is chosen for its size, location, employment opportunities, and skills to assist newcomers settle.Once the North Bay site is online, it’ll be possible for candidates to submit applications and for employers to post job offers.

An eligible offer of permanent full-time employment in one among the participating communities is required and only applicants who receive a community referral through the RNIP may apply for permanent residence in Canada.

As RNIP is community-driven, participating communities take the lead in attracting new immigrants or temporary foreign workers already in Canada and matching them with local job opportunities.
The matching process varies from community to community. In North Bay’s case, interested candidates who become involved within the community and who are bilingual may have a plus.

September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020

Canada economy has started recovering from the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Some 3 million jobs were lost following lockdowns introduced across Canada in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

However, more people are now back to work .
The results of the August Labour Force Survey released on Friday show that the recent easing of public health restrictions has meant more employment for Canadians generally and for immigrants especially .

In August, employment rose 1.4% for Canadians, rising to within 5.7% of pre-COVID levels. Meanwhile, employment for landed immigrants was up 1.6% while employment for recent immigrants was up 2.2%, a rise driven mainly by the reduction within the population of recent immigrants because of lower newcomer arrivals during the pandemic.

The overwhelming majority of the utilization gains were in full-time positions.
Employment growth was concentrated within the services sector (+1.5%) as against the products producing sector.

The services sector growth was concentrated in educational services, accommodation and food services, and therefore the “other services” industry which incorporates hard-hit hair and wonder salons.
“In the products producing sector, gains in manufacturing were partially offset by declines in natural resources.”

This new report, however, shows that Canada’s economic recovery is moving in the proper direction. Nearly 1.9 million jobs are recovered in recent months. Additionally to the 246,000 jobs created in August, another 419,000 were recovered in July, and 1.2 million were recovered in May and June.

September 7, 2020

Canada has always stood with their citizens, the way the government is lessening the burden on masses is incredible. Canada continues to implement new measures to help its citizens and stimulate the economy, many of which are accessible to immigrants.

Among the most recently implemented measures is the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the end of September, bringing the total duration of benefits to 28 weeks. As a result, the many individuals for whom payments were expected to end in August will now have access to an additional month of support.

CERB is a temporary income support program for people who are impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic. The program provides $2,000 per month to those affected.

When CERB ends at the end of September three new proposed benefits may be offered to those who continue to face financial hardship, particularly those who have been laid off due to the pandemic.

Those who were already eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) can move to this program, while those who are not eligible can apply for three new “restoration” benefits starting September 27.

1. The new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks to self-employed individuals or those who do not qualify for EI and still need income support and are looking for work.

2. The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks to workers who are sick or who need to be isolated for reasons related to COVID-19. However, it is not possible to receive both this benefit and any other sick leave allowance at the same time.

3. The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week per family for up to 26 weeks to eligible individuals who are unable to work due to caregiving responsibilities, such as

  • a child under 12 years of age whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19;
  • a family member with a disability or a dependent whose daycare program is suspended or care facility closed due to COVID-19; or
  • a child, disabled family member or dependent who is not attending school, daycare or other care facilities on the advice of a health professional because of high risk for COVID-19.

Any Canadian resident who is at least 15 years of age and has a valid SIN will be able to apply for the new recovery benefits. All three of the new proposed benefits will be in effect for one year starting September 27, 2020.

Facilitated access to CERB for temporary residents

In May, the Government of Canada introduced a special measure that made it easier for eligible temporary work permit holders and eligible international students in Canada to apply for the CERB.

The government lifted the condition requiring proof of a valid work or study permit or confirmation that newcomers to Canada have applied for renewal by email, deeming verbal confirmation to be sufficient proof.

This change was one of a series of measures introduced by the federal government to accommodate immigrants and provide more support to foreign workers and international students during this difficult time to encourage them to stay in Canada.

September 3, 2020
September 3, 2020

The Government of Canada issued 4,200 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates having CRS 475 or above in a draw held September 2.

The latest Express Entry draw was the third all-program draw since March 18 and the 162nd overall held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this latest invitation round was 475.The large number of invitations issued during this draw is a strong indication that Canada remains committed to welcoming high levels of immigration in 2021 and beyond.

IRCC has been issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent residence (ITAs) through Express Entry every fortnight for most of 2020 but has been alternating between all-program and program-specific draws. In latest draw, 300 more invitations were issued to immigration candidates.This draw was the 29th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 69,950 a new record for this date.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in current draw. The timestamp used was September 2, 2020, at 14:17:32 UTC. This means that each one candidate with a CRS score above 475, also as those candidates with score of 475 who entered their profile within the Express Entry pool before the chosen date and time, received an ITA during this invitation round.

The tie-break rule is employed to rank candidates who have an equivalent CRS score. A candidate’s CRS score remains the first think about selecting candidates to be invited to apply for permanent residence.Factors that can affect the cut-off CRS score include the size of the draw (larger draws can produce a lower minimum CRS score) and the time between draws (shorter periods between draws can help to lower the CRS score).

September 3, 2020

British Columbia invited more than 430 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence during a draw held September 1.

Invitations went to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates within the Express Entry BC (EEBC), Skills Immigration (SI) also as those in Entrepreneur streams.

The EEBC category is for candidates with a legitimate profile within the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled immigrants who hope to get Canadian permanent residence.

The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand within the province of B.C.

The minimum score requirements in today’s draw ranged between 76 and 98 for the five EEBC and SI categories that were involved.

The minimum scores were:

• SI – Skilled Worker: 94
• SI – International Graduate: 98
• SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
• EEBC – Skilled Worker: 94
• EEBC – International Graduate: 98

In order to receive an invitation through the EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Invitations were also issued to applicants within the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category Stream and within the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Stream on September 1.

September 2, 2020

This blog is about the immigration options available for businessmen, entrepreneurs or investors to settle in New Brunswick or New Foundland And Labrador.

New Brunswick

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Process to apply under New Brunswick entrepreneurial stream:

Step 1 – Check your eligibility for this stream.

Step 2 – Make sure you have all the required documents on hand to prepare and submit a complete and correct application to the Government of New Brunswick and to the Government of Canada.

Step 3 – Submit an EOI indicating your interest in applying for permanent residence through the NBPNP. It is an expression of your interest(EOI) to apply for immigration through the Entrepreneurial Stream.

Step 4 – Before submitting an EOI, make sure that you have at least one of the following eligible connections:

a) You have visited New Brunswick for at least five business days within the previous 24 months prior to submitting your EOI; or

b) You have participated in an Entrepreneurial Stream information session offered by an official representative from the Government of New Brunswick within the previous 24 months prior to submitting your EOI.

c) You or your spouse have been awarded a diploma or certificate that required at least two years full-time study at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick after completion of high school; or

d) You or your spouse have worked 30 hours per week for at least 12 consecutive months in a high-skilled occupation (NOC O, A, B) for a company located in New Brunswick; or

e) You or your spouse have family members (i e, parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, who are Permanent Residents or citizens of Canada living in New Brunswick for at least 12 months, or dependent children studying in NB).

Step 5 – EOIs will remain in the pool for a period of 12 months. If after 12 months a candidate does not receive an ITA, they can re-apply to the program.

Step 6 – Selected candidates will receive an ITA informing them to submit a full application online via the New Brunswick online system.

Step 7 – Submission of provincial application to PETL (Department of PostSecondary Education, Training and Labour)Once you have submitted your complete application online and paid the processing fee, PETL will conduct a full review of your application and it will be assessed according to eligibility requirements and selection factors.

Step 8 – Preparing your Business Plan, in developing the plan you must demonstrate that you have conducted extensive research and considered relevant economic, market and cultural factors. You must also take into account your strengths and weaknesses.

Step 9 – PETL may request additional evidence and information as reasonably required for verifying and processing your application.

Step 10 – PETL may require you to participate in an interview as reasonably required to verify information related to your application, or any other reason to be disclosed at the time of the request. The interview shall be held in your preferred language of English and/or French. Interpreters are not permitted during the interview. The format, location and time of the interview shall be determined by PETL. Failure to attend your scheduled interview may result in the refusal of your application.

Step 11 – PETL will advise you and your representative, if applicable, of the final decision in writing and upload that decision to your online profile’s dashboard.

Step 12 – If you are nominated, you will receive a letter with instructions for submitting a signed and dated Business Performance Agreement and the deposit of $100,000 CAD to PETL within 60 days of issuance of the letter.

Step 13 – After receiving your nomination certificate, you can apply to IRCC for PR.

Newfoundland And Labrador

                                                                            Newfoundland & Labrador

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant age must be between 21 to 59 years.
  • Applicant need to provide a business plan with supporting financial documentation verified by a recognized third-party professional.
  • Applicant need to have a minimum of Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential verified by an Education Credential Assessment (ECA), taken in the last five years prior to the date the EOI is submitted.
  • Applicant must be willing to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador while owning and actively managing a local business that has the potential to create significant economic benefit to Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Applicant need to have at least $600,000 CAD in unencumbered net business and personal assets that can readily be transferred to Canada;
  • Applicant must be able to invest at least $200,000 CAD of their own money to establish a business in the Newfoundland and Labrador with a minimum ownership of 33.3 per cent, or $1 million in equity investment;
  • Applicant must demonstrate ability to create at least one full-time equivalent job for local population (permanent residents and Canadian citizens);
  • Applicant must demonstrate that the business is a for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services;
  • Applicant must have at least two years’ experience actively managing and owning a business (25 per cent minimum ownership) in the last five years OR 5 or more years’ experience in a senior business management role in the last ten years;
  • Applicant must have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French (acceptable tests are Canadian English Language Proficiency Program (CELPIP) General Test, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), General Training Test; or Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF)

Process To Apply

Step 1 – Complete an online Expression of Interest (EOI)

Step 2 – Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Step 3 – Applicants intending to support regional economic development or focus on high-demand industries or sectors (e.g. Agriculture, Aquaculture, Technology, Natural Resources) will receive priority consideration.

Step 4 – All prospective International Entrepreneur applicants applying from outside the province must conduct an initial exploratory visit to Newfoundland and Labrador prior to submitting an official application to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.