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How to Apply For a Student Visa in Canada

Do you want to complete your high school or post-secondary education in Canada? Over half a million people from around the world are accepted and issued international student visas to study in Canada each year.

The process of immigration can feel overwhelming, but Green Light Canada’s immigration consultants are available to help you with completing and submitting your study permit application, paying the fee, and navigating any roadblocks you may face.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about student Visas in Canada so you can clearly understand how to have the best chance at successfully obtaining a Canadian study permit.

This article will cover the following topics:

  • Do I need a study permit to study in Canada?
  • How do I get a student Visa for Canada?
  • How do I start an application for a study permit in Canada?
  • How much does a Canadian study permit cost?
  • Application Through the Student Direct Stream
  • Working While Studying in Canada
  • How long does it take to get a Canadian study permit?

Do I need a study permit to study in Canada?

Regardless of whether your nationality requires you to have a visitor visa to visit Canada, you will need a visa to study at a Canadian high school, college, or university.

There are a few exceptions where you may not be required to have a study permit. Here are some scenarios:

  • If you’re visiting the country and enrol in a course or program of study less than six months long.
  • If you’re taking a short self-improvement class or learning about a general interest.
  • Children or family members of the private staff of accredited foreign representatives.
  • If you are simply auditing a class (not getting any credit or grade for it).

There are other situations where applicants may be exempt from Canadian student visa requirements. We can help you determine whether you need a visa, or you can learn more here.

In most cases, if you plan to arrive in Canada for the purposes of enrolling in a full-time program of study, you will require a study permit.

How do I get a student visa for Canada?

The application to study in Canada is not complicated, but there are a number of steps you need to follow in order to increase your chances of success. It’s estimated that around 30% of applications are refused, so it’s important to prepare and submit your application carefully.

Here are the basic steps you must follow:

  1. Apply and receive a letter of acceptance at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI). You can find a complete list of Canadian DLIs here.
  2. Secure acceptable proof of identity. This is generally a valid passport or another travel document. You will also need two passport-sized photos. Learn more here.
  3. As soon as you receive acceptance at your DLI, pay for your first year of school in full, or be able to provide sufficient evidence of financial support. This will require you to have money to cover a full year’s worth of tuition and housing as well as living expenses.
  4. To improve your chances of acceptance, you can write a letter of explanation. This will help a visa officer understand your desire to study in Canada, and that you understand your responsibilities as a student.
  5. Complete your application. The study permit application can be completed online on the Canadian Government immigration website, or you can complete the application form on paper and mail the application in. The online application is recommended and can generally be processed faster than a paper application.
  6. Be sure your application is complete. When you begin your application process online, the IRCC will generate a specific list of requirements for you based on the answers you provide. Make sure you answer honestly and completely or your application may be delayed or refused. Depending on where you live, you may be required to provide:
    1. Biometrics
    2. A medical exam
    3. A police clearance
    4. English or French proficiency testing
    5. You may need additional documents if you plan to study in Quebec.
  7. Attend any interviews you may be requested to attend from within your home country.
  8. Keep an eye on your email as well as your application portal for status updates and correspondence from the IRCC. You will be notified of your acceptance or refusal on your application portal.

What happens if I’m approved?

If your visa is approved, your visa will be issued to you at your port of entry. If you’re already in Canada, your visa will be mailed to you at the address you specified in your application.

What happens if I’m refused?

If Immigration Canada (IRCC) refuses your application, you will be notified and given the reasons why the officer who refused you felt you were not a suitable candidate. A refusal does not disqualify you from applying again. You may be able to strengthen your application and apply in the future.

The most common reasons for refusal are:

  • You didn’t provide adequate proof you could financially support yourself in Canada
  • The officer wasn’t convinced you would leave Canada at the end of your stay
  • You weren’t able to provide an acceptable certificate of health

How do I start an application for a study permit in Canada?

start an application for a study permit in Canada

  • You will need to visit the IRCC website to either download a paper application or to apply online.
  • You will be asked to create an account on the Government of Canada website. From there, you will enter your personal details and begin your application.
  • The application will begin by asking you to provide information that will determine if you are eligible to apply, whether or not you need a visa, and what documents you will need to provide. Your application may be completed in multiple sittings. You may find you need to walk away from the application to gather documents or other information. You will be able to save your application and come back at a later date to complete it.
  • Before you can submit online, you will need to pay your application fees.
  • If you plan to apply on paper, you will need to gather all of your documents including the application form and mail it to your designated IRCC office.

How much does a Canadian study permit cost?

Your study permit application fee is $150 CAD. This will be payable at the time you submit your application. You will need a valid credit card or debit card to make the transaction when you apply online. Additional fees you may incur:

  • Biometrics – Typically $85 for the first applicant
  • Passport Fees – This varies by country. Please see your country’s passport application service for details.
  • Police Clearance – This varies by country. Please contact your local authorities for more information.
  • Passport Photos – In most cases, passport photos cost $5 to $25 CAD or your country’s equivalent.

You will also need to prove financial support and proof of the ability to pay for your tuition and housing expenses.

What is the Student Direct Stream?

Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) was established in 2018 to expedite and simplify the pathway to studying in Canada for certain applicants. The program was created in response to the rapid growth and expansion of the number of student visa applications.

You may be eligible to apply if you meet certain criteria. The most basic qualification is that you must have legal residency in one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

Please note that being a citizen of one of the qualifying countries does not give you access to the SDS. You must legally reside in one of these countries.

You must also have a valid acceptance at a DLI within Canada.

International students must apply for this expedited stream online. This is a list of documents you will need to apply:

  • A copy of your acceptance letter from your DLI.
  • A copy of your medical exam (if required).
  • A police clearance (if required).
  • Proof you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAN.
  • Proof you have paid your first year’s tuition in full.
  • A copy of the high school or university transcript you used to apply to your DLI.
  • Proof that you have completed a language test successfully with:

To learn more about what supporting documents you may need to apply, visit the IRCC website.

Working While Studying in Canada

working while studying in canada

It’s possible you can work in Canada while you are studying. Your visa must include the condition that you can work while in the country studying. It will also designate whether you can work on or off campus. In most cases, you’ll be eligible to work while you’re studying.

However, you cannot work during the period of time that is outside your study period. You may work during your DLIs study calendar, as well as designated holidays within the study period.

Should your program require an internship or co-op placement, you will need to apply for a separate visa.

How long does it take to get a Canadian study permit?

In most cases, a Canadian study permit takes 9 – 11 weeks to process after you have submitted your application. Your application will not begin processing until you have submitted all necessary documents.

If you are eligible for the Student Direct Stream, you can receive an approval within 20 days of submission.

Help Applying for Canadian Study Permit

If you need help applying for your Canadian study permit or if you want to know your chances of getting approval, Green Light Canada’s friendly, expert consultants can help! We can evaluate your chances, give you a plan for strengthening your application, and make sure your paperwork is complete so there are no delays in processing.

The best chance of success is by working alongside certified immigration consultants. Contact Green Light Canada today and take the first step toward getting your dream education in Canada.

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Vacancies for truck drivers at the transportation

Job In Canada =

Immigration to Canada!

Attention Foreign Workers!!!

4 open vacancies for truck drivers at the transportation company in Toronto.

The company offers work permit as well as support in immigration through Ontario Provincial.

 

Position Requirements:

  1. Age: 25-45 years old
  2. At least two years of experience in the long-haul transportation
  3. Functional English
  4. Advantage to candidates who are already in Canada on a visitor, work or student visa.

 

Job Conditions:

Long-haul transportation routes across Canada.

Wage: 45 cents per mile, average monthly wage $4,500 – $5,000

 

Why this job opportunity is interesting to the foreign workers:

  • After 9 months of employment as a truck driver, the candidate is eligible for immigration through Ontario Provincial Program (The company offers support with the immigration process)
  • Immigration Process takes approximately one year to get the Permanent Resident Status.

 

If you are interested in this job opportunity, please send your CV to

info@greenlightcanada.com and our employment coordinator will contact you.

 

Sincerely,

Green Light Canada Inc.

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International Student Work Permit

Many international students choose to work while studying in Canada for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to gain valuable work experience, earn more income, and help cover their tuition costs.

If you want to work in Canada and don’t know where to start – we can help you with selecting your options and the most appropriate immigration stream that is available for foreign workers. To start, those who wish to work in Canada, whether it’s long-term or short-term, must obtain a valid work permit.

Exemptions

Professions that do not require a work permit:

1. Foreign Representatives and their family members
2. Military Personnel
3. Foreign Government Officers
4. On-Campus Work
5. Performing Artists
6. Athletes and Team Members
7. News Reporters and Media Crews
8. Public Speakers (only non-commercial speakers)
9. Convention & Conference Organizers (excluding technical workers & personnel)
10. Members of Clergy
11. Judges, Referees and Similar Officials involved in sports and arts activities
12. Examiners and Evaluators
13. Expert Witnesses or Investigators
14. Health Care Students
15. Civil Aviation Inspectors
16. Crew Members
17. Emergency Service Providers
18. Farm Workers

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International Student Work Permit

Many international students choose to work while studying in Canada for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to gain valuable work experience, earn more income, and help cover their tuition costs.

They may or may not need a work permit depending on their circumstances and eligibility in the following cases:

1. On-campus work: A work permit is not required if the student is enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program which leads up to a post-graduate degree at a designated learning institution (a post-secondary school approved by a province or territory for international students). In this case, the student is allowed to:

– Work at the school (such as with a faculty member)

– If the student is working as a teaching or research assistant, they are permitted to work a separate institution that is associated with the school (such as a library, hospital, or research facility) even if it is not physically located on the campus

– Work for a student organization

– Work for a private contractor

– Work for a business that provides on-campus services at the school

– Be self-employed

2. Off-campus work permit: Depending on your student visa, you may or may not need a permit to work off-campus

3. Co-op or internship work permit:If your studies include a co-op or internship as part of the program, a valid work permit is required

4. Post-graduation work permit. If you have completed a post-graduate program with a designated learning institution, you can apply for an open work permit for up to 3 years

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Heavy-duty mechanic position in Saskatchewan!

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WHAT IS THE RED SEAL CERTIFICATION?

The government of Canada recognizes the importance of trades and the role that they pay in the economy of our country. According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 5 people in the workforce are a part of skilled trades and are involved in the construction and manufacturing sectors of our economy.

In Canada Provinces and Territories are responsible for skilled trades training and certification. However, in the modern day economy, the interprovincial mobility of the workforce becomes crucial with so many construction, infrastructure and manufacturing projects and businesses looking for the skilled labour force.  

The Red Seal Program was originally created to facilitate the ability of skilled workers to move across provinces for employment. Over the years The Red Seal Program has become a recognized standard for skilled workers certification on the national scale.

Red Seal Trades

Although the overall list of professions defined as trades includes over 400 professions, only 55 of them are designated as Red Seal Trades such as:

  • millwrights,
  • plumbers,
  • carpenters,
  • industrial mechanics,
  • heavy duty equipment mechanics,
  • automotive service technicians.

The program sets unified standards to assess the skills of tradespeople across Canada, with each industry closely involved in developing the national standards for entire trade.

Canadian provinces and territories use the Red Seal examination as the final certification exam in designated Red Seal trades to provide standardized evaluation will be accepted across Canada. The organization responsible for the Red Seal Program is called the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) where the provinces and territories participate as members.

Red Seal Certification: An Immigration

Opportunity For Candidates Through The

Federal Skilled Trades Program And

Provincial Nominee Programs.

What to expect at Red Seal Examination for your trade?

During the examination, you will have to answer 100 to 150 question (the number varies by trade)

There are 100 to 150 multiple choice questions per exam, depending on the trade. The goal of the examination is:

  • To test the level of your knowledge of the trade
  • To test your ability to use mathematical formulas to solve trade-related problems
  • Use metric/ or imperial system in trade-related situations
  • Check your problem-solving abilities

The duration of the exam cannot exceed 4 hours. The examination is scored by the computer, so all answers have to be marked clearly. The pass mark is 70 %.

The test cannot be completed remotely. You can only pass the test while you are in Canada. You may be accompanied by an interpreter at the exam.

Manitoba Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island are accepting candidates with Red Seal Certification, without the job offer from the employer.

If you have more questions on Red Seal Examination and immigration opportunities that it offers for professional tradespeople, please contact us

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HOW TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA WITHOUT TAKING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST?

Canada has two official languages, thus the initial requirement for potential immigrants is the proficiency in English or French language at a sufficient level for integration into Canadian society. Since the level of language proficiency is very subjective, there are several tests that determine the level of language knowledge that meets the immigration requirements.

Unfortunately, not all applicants, even those who speak English or French at the required level, can successfully pass the exam and score the required grades. Moreover, passing the test can become an insurmountable obstacle for a person who does not speak the language at all.

Potential immigrants tend to think that the language can be learned within the appropriate environment, and usually it is so. But how can you get into this language environment if you need that knowledge of the language for immigration? There are several ways of immigration for people with a low level of language skills.

The most effective way of immigration, in this case, is to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. If you have a job offer you just need to prove that your level of language is sufficient to fulfill your job duties. Accordingly, if the work does not require fluency in the language, then it is quite simple.

Our company has extensive contacts with local employers who have the right to employ foreign workers. After assessing your education and work experience, Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will help you to obtain a work permit based on your occupation.

There are also provincial immigration programs that have lower language proficiency requirements if you have a certain work experience in the in-demand occupation in a particular province or a valid job offer from an employer from that province.

Most of the Canadian provinces are willing to grant provincial nominations to candidates who have worked for a certain time within the province or have a job offer from that province. The provincial nomination is practically a pathway to obtain permanent resident status in Canada.

Our experts can develop an immigration strategy based on your personal history. We will be able to evaluate your situation and recommend you the best way to immigrate.

Another effective method of immigration without taking the language test is enrollment in language courses with subsequent enrollment to a full-time study program which will allow the applicant to receive a work permit for up to three years. This time is enough to complete your immigration and obtain Canadian permanent residency.

Finally, the easiest way to visit Canada and determine whether immigration to Canada is really what you want is to get a tourist visa. During your visit to Canada, you can choose whether this visit will be a pleasant tourist trip or the first step towards immigration.

Our certified consultants will help you to arrange all the documents properly and will accompany you throughout the entire immigration process.

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STUDY PERMIT REFUSAL – DO I HAVE TO RE-SUBMIT THE APPLICATION?

Study in Canada is a dream of many international students. According to official data, about 30 percent of all applications for obtaining a study permit are rejected.

Most applicants think that if a refusal is received, it is impossible to obtain a study permit afterwards. It is a myth. Our practice proves that the refusal of a student visa is a completely fixable situation.

To obtain a study permit after the refusal you need to understand why your application was rejected. As a rule, the main reason for the refusal will be indicated in the letter you received about the refusal. However, this may be just one of the standard formulations, not concretizing the real facts that caused the refusal.

We always recommend ordering a detailed explanation on the refusal, also known as Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) notes. In the letter of refusal, you can find only a common cause, while the CAIPS note is a more detailed entry of the Canadian Immigration Officer. In the CAIPS statement, you can find the comments for your situation and not a set of common phrases. Therefore, after a careful exploration of the CAIPS notes, you can find out what caused suspicions of the visa officer and served as the reason for refusing a student visa.

There are several reasons for refusal and here are the most frequent:

1. Insufficient funds

You haven’t shown enough money in your bank account or you did not show the source of income. This is the most common reason for refusal. The amount on the account must cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, meals and related costs for the entire stay in Canada;

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. offers you an Assistance Refundable Fund (IRF)

If the study is paid in full or in part, then the chance to obtain a study permit increases. That’s why we are ready to help you to cover your college/university fees to minimize the possibility of refusal. You need to show the Canadian government that you have the means to study in Canada.

2. The reasons for choosing a particular program are not clear.

Sometimes study permit applications are rejected if the visa officer does not understand the logic of program selection. If you graduated from university in your country as an economist and applied for a veterinarian program in Canada, your choice may seem suspicious.

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will help you to write an explanatory letter to the officer, explaining why you chose this program so that they could understand your choice;

3. Letter of admission to your institution.

The institution that sends you a Letter of Admission must be a registered Canadian educational institution. You also need to meet all the requirements of the program. If the visa officer doubts that your Letter of Admission is genuine, he may refuse to grant you a study permit. When studying in some private schools, there may be difficulties in obtaining a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Therefore, the selection of an educational institution and the training program should be very careful.

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will help you with the choice of a registered educational institution and will suggest options for various programs.

4. You filed an incomplete application, or some documents are filed incorrectly.

The applicants often miss some details which they think are minor, while those details can be critical for the immigration officer. Some translations or specific documents may be not included in the package of documents at all.

Our team at Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. is ready to help you to collect the correct and complete package of documents for re-submission.

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HOW TO APPEAL AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER’S DECISION?

All applicants who submit applications for temporary and immigration visas hope to get a positive decision of the immigration authorities. Unfortunately, the point of view of the Canadian immigration officer does not always coincide with the expectations of potential visitors to Canada. The percentage of application refusals at the moment is quite high and is due to numerous reasons, depending on each case in particular. Sometimes the reason for refusal can be the incorrect preparation of a package of documents when applying for a visa, and sometimes simply the mistake of the officer considering the case, due to his subjective vision.

For someone, visa refusal can be a reason for great disappointment. A tourist trip, study, or immigration to Canada costs a lot and requires a long time and many efforts.

There is a misconception that visa refusal is an irreversible decision that cannot be appealed. However, this is not true. Each application refusal is caused by specific reasons that led to a negative decision. The correct identification of these causes and the correction of the circumstances that led to the refusal, there is a chance for a positive result. At the same time, re-submission of the application without an analysis of the reasons for refusal and correction of possible mistakes, most likely won’t change the officer’s decision.

The Canadian Immigration Authorities carefully review each application, taking into account many factors that have an impact on the final decision. Such factors as the financial condition, marital status, education, age and scope of the applicant’s professional activities are being evaluated.

What to do if after long months and in some cases years of preparations, you got a refusal?

There is a certain algorithm of actions, which may help to fix the situation and get an opportunity to visit or move to Canada.

Initially, it is crucial to find out the detailed reasons for the refusal. Sometimes, a small detail that you did give importance to, could become that very obstacle for your application. There is a specific mechanism for requesting detailed information on each case. Such a query is called ATIP.

When you know the reason for the negative decision, there are several options for further actions.

If the reason for refusal was the incorrect submission or the absence of any documents when filing, then, needless to say, it is necessary to correct these issues and re-arrange the application in the proper form. Naturally, this will ensure the desired result.

Sometimes the situation is a bit more complicated when, due to certain circumstances, the officer responsible for your case has found that at the moment you do not meet the requirements of immigration law. The reason may be related to your employment, the travel history to other countries, family reasons or financial situation. In such cases, you should be patient and spend some time and energy on correcting these gaps in order to have the maximum chance of getting a positive decision when reapplying.

It is also impossible to exclude the human factor and the possibility of an immigration officer’s error. This simplifies the task and, in this case, to obtain a visa can be achieved by a simple review of the application. There is a special online form for that.

Unfortunately, sometimes we encounter complicated cases when immigration authorities are firmly convinced of their decision and do not want to change their mind. However, even this is not a final verdict. In such a situation, in search of justice, one has to apply to the highest supervisory authority overseeing the activities of the Ministry of Immigration of Canada: the Federal Court. Appeals to the Federal Court often lead to a positive outcome. With the proper explanation of an appeal and a logically arranged submission of facts and evidence, the Federal Court will review the case with due objectivity and issue a reasoned decision that often satisfies the applicant’s requirements.

And yet, what are the chances of getting a positive result when you reapply? Naturally, this directly depends on the approach to the resubmission process. The main approach of the Canadian immigration system is the lack of absolute guarantees, but at the same time, this system is clearly regulated by certain laws, rules and regulations, knowing and respecting which, the chances of getting rejected are negligible and tend to zero.

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will provide you with full support in drafting documents and conducting the entire litigation.

We will analyze your case, identify all the reasons for which you received a refusal and find a solution that is the best for you.

Our team will give you full support and will fight for your interests at all levels.

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WHAT IS AN ATIP NOTE AND WHY IS IT USEFUL?

Unfortunately, not every application for a visit, study, or work permit to Canada is successful. Unlike most countries, Canada is a less popular tourist destination, and also suffers from a constant influx of illegal immigrants, which entails certain difficulties in opening even a temporary tourist visa, not to mention long-stay visas.

If you received a refusal for a visa application, the reasons may vary. If these reasons are not clarified, the re-submission doesn’t make any sense and the chances of obtaining a positive decision are extremely small.

In the case of a negative decision on your application, IRCC sends a letter containing the reasons for the refusal. However, the reasons given in this letter are purely formal and not informative at all. Based on this letter, it is difficult to find out any conclusions that shed light on the true reasons for the refusal.

How to get reliable information that gives an understanding of the real situation? For detailed information on your case, you can order a detailed statement in electronic form, containing both all the general information on your file and the specific motivation of the immigration officer in making the decision. This is called ATIP – Access to Information and Privacy Online Request.

You can order ATIP yourself if you are a Canadian citizen or have a permanent resident status. If you are outside of Canada, you can request the assistance of the third-party.

The process of obtaining ATIP takes about a month, but in the end, the applicant has all the necessary data to fix all problems.

After carefully analyzing the factors that led to the refusal, you can re-submit your application, making changes in the package of documents, or try to change the circumstances that adversely affected the decision of the immigration officer.

Our specialists will help you to order ATIP, and also provide a detailed analysis and give recommendations on how to improve your file. With the correct presentation of the facts, supported by the relevant documentation, the chances of obtaining a Canadian visa will significantly increase.

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HOW TO FIND A JOB IN CANADA AND WHAT IS LMIA?

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How To Find A Job In Canada And What Is LMIA?

In a long list of different ways of immigration to Canada, one of the best is immigration through work. In fact, it is not so difficult for a qualified specialist who knows English and has the necessary work experience to find a Canadian employer who is ready to hire such a valuable employee.

However, everything is not so simple. The mutual desire of the employer and the potential employee is not enough to get a work permit and start your Canadian career.

In terms of employment, the Government of Canada is granting priority to the residents of Canada. Therefore, before employing a foreign worker, the employer must make every possible attempt to employ a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If after all the numerous attempts, a suitable candidate could not be found among the locals, the employer has the right to apply to the government for permission to hire a foreign worker. This permit is called the LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment, or an assessment of the impact on the labour market of hiring a foreign specialist. This impact should be assessed as positive to the Canadian economy.

The employer’s application for LMIA is carefully reviewed by the Canadian authorities to assess if enough effort has been made to find a local candidate.

The employer should place a job posting on several resources and conduct a series of interviews with potential candidates. After carrying out all the necessary measures, he must prove that there is no proper Canadian candidate and show how the potential foreign worker is unique for this position to launch the whole process of obtaining LMIA.

Without a positive LMIA, a foreign candidate is not eligible to apply for a work permit, therefore, can not legally work in Canada.

Despite all the above difficulties in obtaining LMIA – this is just a set of regulated procedures, knowledge of which will ensure a positive LMIA.

Numerous companies that regularly receive LMIA for their potential candidates are the customers of Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. Our specialists will help you to apply for LMIA for the employer. In addition, they can also take on all the difficulties associated with opening a work permit. If you have the necessary skills and work experience, we can help you find an employer who is interested in your job placement.

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HOW TO SPONSOR YOUR PARENTS IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH INCOME?

How To Sponsor Your Parents If You Don’t Have Enough Income?

Many new immigrants have to leave their parents in home countries. Those of them who are at the old age cannot take care of themselves.

The temporary invitation of parents to visit and the opening of a tourist visa is not a big deal, immigration of old parents is a complex process.

Sponsorship of parents is a complicated process since the potential sponsors should meet very high requirements. First of all, this is the family income level, which meets the minimum criteria. Not all candidates are able to show the required income, especially over the past three years, which is also an indispensable condition for sponsoring parents.

Even those candidates who meet all the criteria of the parental sponsorship program cannot apply for sponsorship because there is a limited quota for this immigration program. Following the recent changes in immigration legislation, sponsorship of parents is carried out in a lottery format and the final decision is the matter of fortune.

What can you do if you don’t meet the conditions of the program, or were not fortunate to win the family sponsorship lottery? Is everything so hopeless?

Many years of Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd.’s experience suggests that there are other opportunities for reunification with parents.

The most effective way is to apply for permanent resident status on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds, the so-called principles of humanity and compassion. This is the exception when Canada is ready to give status to a person who is not eligible for any immigration program but has serious reasons for living in Canada.

In most cases, parents are exactly the category of people who fit within the framework of Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. These are people of advanced age who need constant care, support and medical supervision. With the correct presentation of the facts and the proper application, it is quite possible to obtain a positive decision and provide parents with permanent resident status in Canada.

The complexity of this path is that Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds is an exception to all other immigration programs. And accordingly, it is necessary to carry out an exceptional work on the preparation of a package of documents to prove that the applicant is worthy of the right to exclusion.

The team of Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. is proud of its experience in the successful filing of such cases. Our specialists will conduct an assessment of your individual situation, and subsequently help to prepare the entire package of documents, thus ensuring maximum chances for a positive decision.

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PILOT IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS 2020 – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

So, it seems that everyone is so excited about the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program and throws at you these attractive slogans like “You Have No Money? No Problem!” or “Your CRS is Low? No Problem” or “Your English Level is Low? No Problem!”

All these sentences sound so attractive as many of us can’t get to these fantastic CRS scores of 470 and up because of multiple factors, such as age, English/French level and education.

Of course, when such options are announced people get super excited about it and start promoting them to everyone. The same happened with the Atlantic Pilot Program. The language level required was relatively low, the funds one had to possess to qualify for the program was also lower than the usual Express Entry settlement funds requirement. People became excited. They started to look for opportunities to apply for this program.

EVERYBODY MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE

Immigration To Canada

If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under these somewhat facilitated processes, you need a JOB OFFER from a qualifying Canadian employer. Then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),how to update your resume,

then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),Thow to update your resume, how to set up a virtual Canadian phone number to have the employer reach out to you and not to be discouraged from you being not in Canada. All these advices are very nice and are somewhat true, but the reality is different. Canada experiences a shortage of labour in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. Canada also suffers from a shortage of Canadians that can’t or don’t want to work and prefer to stay on certain social programs for long periods.

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So, the reality is somewhat positive for prospective candidates. It seems that you can find a job because Canadian employers are in real need of the workforce. The government, however, says that they are facilitating the processes of foreign nationals’ employment in Canada with privileges of becoming permanent residents

PILOT IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS

after they find a qualifying employer who would be willing to wait for their arrival as permanent residents in Canada. This is true when big and established companies plan their staffing ahead of time and are ready to wait for the employees to come in the XYZ time. Alternatively, there are, as the government says, expedited procedures for Canadian employers to relocate foreign workers to Canada.

Another important fact is small and mid-sized businesses in Canada that need their employees immediately and can’t afford to wait for a long time until their prospective foreign workers arrive.

All these factors combined add to the complexity of the situation, but they do highlight the need in foreign workers thus increasing chances for qualifying foreigners to obtain job offers from Canadian employers and apply for permanent residence based on these. Of course, it is not an easy task to find an employer who would be ready to wait for a foreigner until they come to Canada, but it is a fact. More and more positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA or former name LMO – Labour Market Opinion) are issued in support of permanent residence and more and more Arranged employment endorsement for pilot programs are obtained by qualifying employers.

See approved LMIA statistics here, In Q4 of 2019 alone more than 30 thousand jobs were approved for LMIA.

Everybody understands that finding a qualifying job offer being overseas is not an easy task, but it can be done.

We, at Green Light Canada, processed more than two hundred (200) of successful LMIA’s, qualifying job offers under Pilot immigration programs in the last quarter (Jan to March) of 2020.

There is a lot of interesting and important information about immigration options, strategies, and tips that we are willing to share with you. Please like and share this post if you’d like us to keep posting.

Pavel Lifanov

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT UPDATES MEDIAN HOURLY WAGES FOR THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

Earlier in May, the Canadian government decided to increase the median hourly wage for the 2020 Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.

The new adjusted median hourly wage is being used in a bid to keep the Canadian economy going and to help Canadian employers find workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Currently, the Canadian government has decided to continue it’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to support Canadian industries such as agriculture, agri-food, and food processing. 

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What Is Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The TFWP is a program that allows Canadian employers who are facing labor shortages to recruit foreign workers after the businesses have made certain that Canadian residents and permanent residents were given the opportunity first to apply for said open positions. 

Typically, to ensure that Canadian residents or permanent residents are considered for these positions first, employers are given a cap on how many low-wage temporary foreign workers they can employ. 

In addition to employers offering a wage that satisfies LMIA requirements, other demands include the following:

  • Pay for round-trip transportation for the temporary foreign worker
  • Ensure affordable housing is available
  • Pay for private health insurance until workers are eligible for provincial health coverage;
  • Register the temporary foreign worker with the provincial/territorial workplace safety board
  • Provide an employer-employee contract

Lastly, unlike other counties, Canadian businesses must receive permission from the government before they can hire or employ temporary foreign workers.

How Does The Median Hourly Wage Increase Affect Canadian Employers Who Are Participating In The Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The new median hourly wage requirement for temporary foreign workers determines if Canadian employers will need to apply for Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) under the high wage or low wage streams. 

Canadian employers who are looking to hire temporary foreign workers will need to use the provincial and territorial median hourly wage to know what TFWP requirements they must satisfy.

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 The Updated Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Workers In Canada

The new median hourly wage increase went into effect on May 11, 2020. 

Province/Territories Median Hourly Wages Before May 11, 2020 Median Hourly Wages After May 11, 2020
Alberta $26.67 $27.28
British Columbia $23.98 $25.00
Manitoba $21.00 $21.60
New Brunswick $20.00 $20.12
Newfoundland and Labrador $22.00 $23.00
Northwest Territories $34.00 $34.36
Nova Scotia $20.00 $20.00
Nunavut $30.00 $32.00
Ontario $23.08 $24.04
Prince Edward Island $19.49 $20.00
Quebec $22.00 $23.08
Saskatchewan $24.52 $24.55
Yukon $30.00 $30.00

The Canadian Government Focuses On Helping Employers And Temporary Workers Amid The Pandemic

While the Canadian government is still working to help employers navigate the challenges of hiring temporary foreign workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) has applied the following measures to both new and existing LMIA applications. 

The new ESDC measures include:

  • Employers do not need to submit minor administrative changes to the LMIA that would not change the terms and condition
  • Recruitment requirements for LMIAs in agriculture and agri-food sectors are being waived until October 31, 2020
  • LMIAs for occupations in the agriculture and agri-food sectors are being prioritized
  • The maximum duration of employment under LMIAs has increased from one to two years for employers of workers in the low-wage stream as part of a three-year pilot
  • Employers applying under the Agricultural stream or Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program can submit a previously valid Housing Inspection Report
  • The name change process has been expedited for employers who need to put a different person’s name on the LMIA for reasons related to COVID-19

In addition to these new measures, Canada is also offering employers resources to help make their operations safer for new and existing temporary foreign workers, including a $50 million initiative which will allow workers to complete the mandatory self-isolation period after arriving in Canada. 

The Government of Canada will provide employers with up to $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to ensure that public health requirements are being fully met. The government funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the 14-day self-quarantine protocols or any other additional public health orders. This program will be available to employers as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the self-isolating protocol is followed.  

Temporary workers who are being hired from abroad will only be allowed to cross the border if they are coming for what the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) deems as an essential reason. For example, if a foreign national is coming to work in an occupation that supports the critical infrastructure of the country, they will be likely admitted on the basis that they can prove that their position requires them to be physically present in Canada to complete their job and that they have an adequate coronavirus self-isolation period plan. 

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HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR IMMIGRATION JOURNEY

Immigration is a key driving force that allows Canada to supplement its shrinking labor market, supplement an aging population and provide safe haven for those in need. It’s the foundation for Canada’s tradition of shielding that fleeing persecution and welcoming others with talents and skills that enhance life here.

But immigrating successfully requires a clear understanding of the procedures and documents required for specific immigration programs. Knowing where you fit in and what you need to prepare are important if you are going to succeed.

Which Immigration Category Applies Best To You?

Different immigration categories have varying individual requirements and each classification is distinct. Are you a student, a business professional, a skilled or semi-skilled worker, a caregiver or someone who is self-employed? Your status will determine the category under which you apply and whether your application is accepted. Most importantly, thorough preparation is essential to ensure a smooth transition.

Let’s examine some of the application options so you can decide which immigration program is best for you.

Family Sponsorship: If you’re a Canadian citizen, are registered under the Canadian Indian Act, or a permanent resident, you’re eligible to sponsor relatives or adopted children. Required documents may vary, depending upon the country where the relative to be sponsored resides. Spouses, partners, childrenparents or grandparents; and adopted children and other relatives may be eligible. Fees range from $150 for a child to $1,050 for a spouse.

Caregivers: The Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot are two ways you can apply for permanent residence if you meet eligibility requirements and have a job offer. These programs enable applicants to work in Canada temporarily, are occupation-specific and do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Fees range from $1,050 per application and $150 per child.

Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class): If you want to live permanently in Canada and apply for a skilled job, you may be eligible to apply under Express Entry, which offers three immigration options. To find out if you are eligible, you will have to answer questions about nationality, age, language ability, family members, education, work experience and any details on a job offer. Required documents may include a passport, language test results, a written job offer or a provincial nomination. The Federal Skilled Trades Program oversees the issuance of Skilled Trade Certificates.

Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Provincial Nominees: This program is for workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. A medical exam and police check are required for all applicants. The application process may be paper-based or online, depending on the province. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Atlantic Canada includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate through this program. A language test is required, as well as an Educational Credential Assessment. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Start-Up Visa: This program targets innovative entrepreneurs who can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale. A language test is required and to apply, your business must be supported by any of these three: venture capital funds, angel investor groups or business incubators. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: This program is for skilled foreigners who want to work and live in one of the participating communities. Participants must meet IIRC requirements and have one year work experience that includes all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC). Other requirements focus on language and education, and may be community-specific.

Refugees: Asylum-seekers must have a legitimate claim or they will be removed from Canada. Refugees may seek protection in Canada if they are fleeing torture, risk to their life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. Eligibility is determined by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers: Skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec should consider this program, which has a two-stage application process. First, apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate. If chosen, then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence. Fees range from $1,325 and higher.

Self-Employed: This program allows the self-employed to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. Applicants are assessed on experience, education, age, language and adaptability. A medical exam and police certificate are required. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Agri-Food Pilot: This program helps address the labor needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. This program provides a pathway to permanent residency. Requirements include eligible Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation, a full-time job offer, language and educational requirements and the ability to maintain temporary residency status. A temporary residency permit costs $200, a work permit $155, among other fees.

IMMIGRATION JOURNEY

Good Preparation Equals Immigration Success

Whether you’re a caregiver hoping to work as a nanny in Quebec or a lawyer hoping to practice elder law in Ontario, the success of your Canadian immigration journey hinges on planning and preparation.

Compile your documents carefully and have a clear understanding of your program’s specific requirements so you can successfully navigate your trek across the Canadian border to a new life.

One of the best ways to be sure you are prepared is to speak to an immigration consultant about your specific situation, qualifications, and goals when you immigrate. By working with a Canadian immigration expert, you greatly increase your chances of success.

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GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE

Since its founding in 1967, the George Brown College has been welcoming in thousands of students from over 120 countries. In the fall of 2018, nearly five thousand international students were enrolled in the college with diverse courses and programs to suit the needs of students and requirements of employers.

With its education system evolving throughout the years, the college now specializes in both the culinary arts and the trades which involve skilled labour. This college was also the first college who was able to become a completely smoke free college.

The George Brown College provides international students with many services that help them not only adjust to the academic standards, but to also meet friends who understand what they are going through.

Services For The International Students

Tutoring Learning Center (TLC).

An academic service that is provided to international students is tutoring at the Tutoring Learning Center (TLC). This skill is not only useful in the academic environment but also gives the international students the ability to make connections and friendships.

the Language Cafè

The Language Cafè, which allows the students to meet others from out of the country. The Language Cafè is a meeting spot for international students from around the campus to meet up, which can be used as a method of improving their English through practice and make new friends in the process.

George Brown College Admission Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Pay the Application Fee
  • Proof of the English knowledge requirements (results of approved tests)
  • Proof of Education
  • Proof of Age ( applicants must be over 18 years of age)

For more information, please visit the George Brown College website at www.georgebrown.ca

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SENECA COLLEGE

With thousands of students graduating every year, Seneca is truly a marvel to behold. Since it was first founded in 1967, it has welcomed over 3,000 international students annually from over 113 countries.

They run many exciting programs including HELIX, which encouraged students to explore and develop their own businesses relating to the field of medicine. This college specializes in sending their students out into the field. They provide programs and courses which send students into work environments in order for them to build experiences in their fields.

Services For International Students

Student Mentoring In Life and Education (SMILE)

Immigrant assistance on site and providing trips and activities to help build connections between international students. The certified immigrant practitioner can help with visas, study permits and work permits for any international students who are in need.

Student mentoring

The student mentoring involves a senior student in your field of study helping you with the transition into Seneca both academically and culturally.

Trips and Social Activities

There is a great selection of trips that the college provides to help international students connect with others who know what they are going through and make friends.

College Admission Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Pay application fee
  • transcript for grades 10,11 and 12
  • Submit the results of the official English Language Proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE). Or Proof of instruction in English for not less than 2 years.

For more information, please visit the Seneca College website at www.senecacollege.ca

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HUMBER COLLEGE

Since its founding in 1967, Humber College has grown to become Canada’s largest college. Since Humber first opened its doors, it has welcomed over 220,000 students from all over the world.

In the fall semester alone Humber welcomed almost 5 thousand international students from over 138 countries. However, Humber is not only known for its diverse range of students, but also for their excellent technological program. In addition to Humber College’s many strengths and diversity, they were also ranked as the most sustainable college in Ontario, as of 2013.

Services For The International Students

Visas & Permits Assistance

Humber College offers services to help international students with obtaining visas, study permits, and work permits.

Student Healthcare

The college provides the international students with student health care, while also assisting the student in obtaining a health card if applicable.

Financial Advisors

Humber college offers financial advisors on site to help students with planning their financing, application for funding for tuition fees, loans and grants.

Housing  Assistance

If necessary, the college will also provide advisors to help the international students manage their finances. In addition, Humber College also provides international students with assistance if they have trouble finding appropriate housing and accommodations.

Peer Tutoring

If international students have trouble with any courses or programs that they have, the college also has a peer tutoring service. This service can not only help the international students with the subject, but it will also give them the opportunity to practice the English language through active communication.

Individual Counselling

Onsite counseling service is available, which can be used for any issues, academic or private.

Last but not least, there are trips available that allow international students to learn more about the culture. These trips are organized and led by staff and students at the college and allow international students to develop a sense of home in this new country.

Humber College Application Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Application fee paid
  • Proof of working  knowledge of the  English Language.  (English language test results,  have proof of at least three years of education with English instruction, or 8-week s of  Humber English for Academic Purposes course).

For more information, please visit the Humber College website at www.humber.ca

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RED RIVER COLLEGE

Dating back to 1938, Red River College has been a diverse and exceptional college. Throughout the years Red River College has grown to welcome thousands of new students from around the world.

In 2018, Red River welcomed in international students from over 60 countries, and these students now make up nearly a  quarter of the college’s population. Embracing the evolution of education, Red River College now specializes in applied learning and research. This allows students to take a step past the ordinary classroom and experience their programs in a workspace.

Services For The International Students

Language Learning Program

The College offers an exceptional Language Learning Program, which can help the international students in the learning of English in their transition. Red River

Application Representative Services

College helps international students who have trouble applying to the college by supplying them with an application representative.

Individual Counselling

Red River College offers special counseling to international students in order to ensure that both their academic and their personal lives are going smoothly.

Immigration & Income Tax Workshops

Red River College offers workshops to help students learn about and understand immigration laws and income tax.

The Trips and Activities

The college organizes trips and activities for international students encouraging them to make new friends who understand the process that they are going through.

Admission Requirements

  • Pay the RRC program application fee and the International Foreign Credential Assessment fee,
  • provide a transcript for their marks in grades 11 & 12
  • provide proof of English proficiency (In order to fulfill the English requirement the student must either, take an English proficiency test (IELTS test, TOEFL test, and PTE )or have proof that their education was instructed in English in the past 2 years.

For more information, please contact Red River College at www.rrc.ca/

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CONESTOGA COLLEGE

Since its founding in 1967, Conestoga has been leading in innovation and offering new programs. It has made connections with different Universities across the nation including the University of Windsor and McMaster University in order to be able to provide their students with programs such as the Masters of Business Administration.

Conestoga College invites thousands of new students to its campus every year from around the globe from over 80 countries. In addition to providing students with the knowledge that for specific fields and practices, Conestoga College also organizes seminars and workshops in order to improve student’s chances for employment ranging from “How to write a resume” to “How to use LinkedIn.”

Services For The International Students

Activities, field trips and workshops

A variety of activities, field trips and workshops geared at the international students at their college to help them make a meaningful connection to Canada, their new friends and environment  This experience can help those who might be having a tough time adjusting to the new lifestyle meet someone with similar experience.

Assistance and Guidance

There is also guidance and assistance provided to ensure that all the international students enjoy their time in Canada. The support is not only offered for academic challenges but also to make sure that the student’s personal lives are going smoothly as well and help those who experience difficulty adjusting.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Fill out an application form,
  • Completing an English proficiency test

adhering to the additional requirements for the specific program. The additional requirements may include, admission tests and providing a transcript of the senior years (Grades 10,11,12) of high school.

For more information, Please visit the Conestoga College website at www.conestogac.on.ca

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RYERSON UNIVERSITY

In the heart of Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, lies Ryerson University. With many activities and events available both inside and outside of the school it is no wonder that over 40,000 students from over 148 countries flock to the University every year.

Since joining the Council of Universities in 1971 and being recognized as an official University in 1993, the Ryerson Institute of Technology has advanced to surpass its fellow Universities and became one of the highest ranked Universities in Ontario by enrollment.

Services For International Students

ESL Foundation Program

One of the more academically focused services that Ryerson offers to their International Students is an ESL foundation program, which allows for the international students who are not at a sufficient level in English to take a huge stride towards the right level and even beyond.

Student-Run Workshops, Seminars, and Events

The University offers a large number of student run events, workshops and seminars to help students adjust to the society, culture and get insight/information about immigration and how it works.

One on One Counselling

Allows students to privately discuss with a counselor any problems that they may have in adjusting to the new lifestyle, culture, social environment, academic environment, and other challenges.

Career Boosting program

The career-boosting international program for international students to assist them in finding work while studying at Ryerson University.

Educational Program Enrollment Requirements

if the international student does not retain the level of english proficiency that is required, they could apply for a spot in the ESL foundation program instead and then begin the academic program they wish to pursue.

For more information, please visit the Ryerson website at www.ryerson.ca

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YORK UNIVERSITY

With the rapid increase in the number of students entering Universities in the late 1950s, there was a need for more universities to be built to accommodate them. That decree started with York University, the first University of the to be affected by the movement. Since then, York University has welcomed hundreds of thousands of students to its halls, with over 6000 international students in 2018. Students come from over 170 countries to the University that welcomes them to exceptional programs in Education and Science, while also allowing the students to research in their field.

Another reason that York University attracts so many students is because of the bounty of services that the University and its students offer for International students. Firstly, the University provides an English Language course, known as York University’s English Language Institution (YUELI), to help prepare new International students for the academic and social uses of the language. Unlike many other Universities, the students provide webinars (online seminars) before school starts in order to prepare international students for a life in Canada. These webinars cover a wide range of topics including information about housing, what life is like in Toronto and so much more. In addition to the webinars there is also guidance available from the staff and faculty about many of the issues that international students face whether it is, mental, social, cultural, financial and/or academic. Finally, there is also peer tutoring available to the international students, which can be used as an opportunity to, not only improve in the academic field that the student is struggling in, but also as an opportunity to improve their english communication in an oral sense. Before being able to join this historic University and take part in the services they offer, international students must meet a few requirements. Firstly, there are the specific program expectations and requirements which every students must adhere to, whether they are local or international. These requirements may include, but are not limited to: admittance tests or a certain mark in a relevant course during the students secondary education, find your course on the York University website to discover what the requirements are for your course. After the international student has made sure that they qualify for the course they have to prove their proficiency in the english language by completing english proficiency tests, preferably, IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. In York University there is also the alternative option of taking the YUELI course and completing level 9. Finally, they also need to submit an application form. This form will include, course descriptions for all courses taken outside of North America, an official transcript of your secondary school courses, the application fee and the international services fee as well.

For More Information, please visit the York University website at www.yorku.com
Or visit the York University website for international students at yorkinternational.yorku.ca

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Back in 1827, King George IV ordered the construction of a new type of college. A college which would consist of the same style and privileges as a University, which evolved later into the now world-famous University of Toronto.

Since its reform in 1849, the University of Toronto has focused on Scientific and Literary studies. The University is also a diverse community, welcoming in students from over 168 countries. Throughout the years the University has sent millions of students on their path to success.

The University of Toronto has educated Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, foreign leaders and Justices of the Supreme Court.

Along with the outstanding academic program, the University of Toronto is famous for its services for international students

Centre for International Experience

The Center allows students to learn other languages while practicing their own language through teaching. This counts as one a credits towards completion of their University education.

Graduate Center for Academic Communication

The university offers assistance for graduate international students necessary to develop communication skills that are needed in both the academic and personal Canadian experiences.

Mandatory Student Healthcare Insurance

The University of Toronto requires mandatory student Healthcare Insurence to cover students in case of illness or accidents or any health problems during their study there.

In order to apply the application form must be completed before submitting an application, which can be found online on the University of Toronto website at future.utoronto.ca/apply/applying,

To complete the application process the international students need to provide proof of proficient knowledge in English or proof that the previous two or more years of their education were under English instruction. There is a number of recognized tests to prove English proficiency IELTS, TOEFL

For More information, please visit the University of Toronto’s website at www.utoronto.ca

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CENNTENNIAL COLLEGE

The oldest college in Ontario is welcoming thousands of students to its halls.

Since Centennial college first opened in 1966, it has welcomed thousands of international students from over 100 countries.

This college was even recognized as the #1 college for international students in Ontario. The Centennial College demonstrates its support for the environmental cause. In 2011 it has constructed a new library, but the building was also certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) at the highest rank.

Centennial College also offers services to its international students to help assist them in feeling comfortable in the Canadian environment. The college helps international students by providing them with health care and assistance with housing to ensure that the experience that they have in Canada is not stressful for them.

Peer Tutoring Programs

Centennial College offers peer tutoring sessions where you can make friends while getting help in a subject. Students are given the opportunity to help out fellow students who need help.

Academic English Center

The College helps international students to develop and practice their English skills so that they can easily communicate and learn.

Individual Counselling for Foreign Students

Individual counseling is offered on site to help students cope with both academic and personal life challenges 

Before the international students are able to take advantage of these services, they must be admitted into the college, and there are some requirements: 

  • an application form must be filled out,
  • the international student must have a diploma equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

For more information, please visit the Centennial website at www.centennial.com

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ANDERSON COLLEGE

From the minute the students walk in and throughout the rest of their lives, they know they made the right choice.

Since 1988 the private institution known as Anderson College has attracted thousands of students to, not only study but gain experience. Anderson College provides a bounty of opportunities to help students to get the most out of their enrollment.

They have flexible schedules to give students the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week, in order to get experience or to help students finance their education. Anderson College also has the advantage of being a private college, giving it the ability to provide students with smaller classes to increase one on one time with the teacher.

Services For International Students

Beyond the services offered to most students, there are also services offered exclusively to International students. These services help students with personal problems that they may face, such as finding a friend group to helping with academically based issues, including one on one counseling.

International Student Advisor

On their campus, Anderson College has employed an “International Student Advisor,” and one of their tasks is to help connect international students to ethnic clubs or associations, which they are welcome to join. It helps to reduce the loneliness that many international students experience when leaving their home country.

The students in these clubs have often gone through a similar experience to what the new students are feeling which can help them bond and assist in the forming of a relationship.

Student Workshops

Anderson College also provides a number of workshops to assist new international students with their transition to Canada, whether it is the culture, academic structure, obtaining a higher level of fluency in the English language or anything else.

Financial Consultation and Assistance

The College also offers special financial assistance to international students as well as financial consultation. It helps them to understand the financial system in Canada, as well as help with any funding.

Career Path Evaluation

The College has successfully developed a career evaluation counseling program. The goal of the program is to help students understand their future career development potential.

Individual Counselling

The College makes sure that counseling is available to help students with any personal issues that they may be facing, such as anxiety, stress, loneliness, and homesickness. 

To access the services there are a few admission requirements. In order to enroll the students must be:

  • at least 18 years old,
  • Complete the International Student Application Form online
  • pass the Wonderlic personnel test,
  • provide photographic identification
  • and provide proof of English proficiency.

After being accepted into a program, there is also a registration form that must be completed.

For more information, please visit the Anderson College website at www.andersoncollege.com

For more information on the application process, please visit www.andersoncollege.com/admissions/

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ALGONQUIN COLLEGE

When colleges were opening in 1967, one stood out from the crowd. The product of both the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology and the Ontario Vocational Centre in Ottawa, Algonquin College.

Named after the Algonquin First people who originally inhabited the area, the College continues to invite thousands of students every year to their campus from over 100 countries. After more than 50 years of development, Algonquin College has managed to not only constantly break its record for the number of enrolled students.  It also made it to the list of the top 50 research Colleges in Canada.

There are more reasons why Algonquin College brings in more than 2000 international students semi-annually, but one of the biggest reasons is the services that the College offers its international students.

Student Counseling Service for Students

Firstly, there is a counseling service available to any students who are suffering from, anxiety, depression, relationships, adjusting to life in Canada and/or everything in between. To help with the adjustment to Canada Algonquin College offers an international student orientation a few days before the semester begins. This orientation allows international students to explore the school,  the neighborhood and make friends and new connections.

Peer Tutoring Program

The idea of working together with a student slightly older in order to solve problems can give the international students the motivation they need to talk to someone else and use the skill on other students as well in order to make friends.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) support program

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) support program is offered onsite to international students in order to help them master the English language.

Essential Study Skills website

Essential Study Skills website helps international students with academic problems:  such as time management, stress management, reading, note taking, studying and test-taking.

Before those services can be used, there are a few requirements that students must fulfill, including completing an English proficiency test, submitting an International Student Application Form and paying the required fees.

Along with the International Application form, students will need to submit Secondary (high) school transcripts as well as proof of Secondary (high) school completion. The proof of completion requires a for an equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma,

To determine the equivalent for your country please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/international/future-students-2018/admissions-apply/

For more information, please visit the Algonquin College Page at www.algonquincollege.com

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COVID19 AND CANADIAN IMMIGRATION

As you know, we’re experiencing an unprecedented pandemic in terms of the global impact of all industries including immigration.

Canada has implemented a restrictive policy on incoming travelers and limited entry into Canada for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members, and humanitarian and compassionate reasons and United States citizens.

Work permit holders, students, visitors cannot arrive in Canada for now.

Only four major airports in Canada accept travelers from overseas.

Canada-US border has been closed for non-essential traffic. Meaning that visitors, shoppers, and others will not be allowed to cross the border. Goods transportation will operate as usual.

In terms of immigration processes, RCIC (Refugees, Citizenship, Immigration Canada) and Service Canada’s call centres are affected by some internal procedures. Probably they are reducing the number of workers that work from the office. As a result, the wait times are unreasonable. We called a few times to both call centres and were advised that our calls would not be answered due to the high volume of calls. It is frustrating because we have a few dozens of LMIA applications in process. At the same time, our observation is that 70% of the LMIA applications submitted by us on behalf of our Clients – Canadian employers that wish to hire foreign works, are being processed much faster. The employers were contacted by Service Canada officers within a week or two after submitting the applications. Interesting but still to early to make assumptions.

IRCC has provided 90 days extensions to applicants to respond to requests and provide documents. The same applies to IRCC’s new requests to undergo biometrics. Usually, 30 days are given but Service Canada centres where in Canada applicants can have their biometrics done are closed in Ontario (probably other provinces as well) and the appointments are being canceled. For now, 90 days extensions are automatically provided.

It is safe to presume that COVID19 will have direct effects on the immigration process but it’s too early to give any forecasts.
We will keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.

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Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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What is Business Immigration to Canada

Business Immigration is a very popular term. People search for it really a lot on Google and other search engines. Probably you were exploring “business immigration” options for your Canadian immigration dream.

We think that this is the time to shed some light on what really is behind business immigration to Canada.

The Federal government of Canada is in charge of the Canadian immigration policies, regulations and programs. The Federal government makes the final decision about admission of foreign nationals into Canada under various immigration statuses as prescribed by applicable regulations.

As you probably know, the Canadian provinces have their own avenues of immigrating to Canada – Provincial Nominee Programs (and a few other names). The provinces are allowed to select candidates that meet their economic demands. In times, provinces have more flexibility and may be more attractive to potential immigrants.

Federal and Provincial Immigration programs have business immigration paths.

Federal Immigration Options

The Immigration, Refugees Protections Act and Regulations define “business immigration” as two possible immigration programs:

  1. Self-employed Persons
  2. Start-up Visa

In short, Self-employed Persons is a direct path towards permanent residence in Canada for self-employed athletes and individuals that specialize in artistic and cultural fields and
meet the program’s requirements.

Jonathan’s Self-Employed Story

Jonathan is an Israeli photographer. He is a relatively well-known photographer. He participated at international events, his works were published in internationally recognized and well-known magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science. He was never a celebrity or a world-class artist but to our discretion, he met the requirements of the program. Jonathan had to score at least 35 points out of 100 maximum available points as per the following points grid:

Selection Criteria Maximum Points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Ability in English and/or French 24
Adaptability 6
TOTAL 100
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How to Simplify Your Immigration Journey

Immigration is a key driving force that allows Canada to supplement its shrinking labor market, supplement an aging population and provide safe haven for those in need. It’s the foundation for Canada’s tradition of shielding those fleeing persecution and welcoming others with talents and skills that enhance life here.

But immigrating successfully requires a clear understanding of the procedures and documents required for specific immigration programs. Knowing where you fit in and what you need to prepare are important if you are going to succeed.

Which Immigration Category Applies Best to You?

Different immigration categories have varying individual requirements and each classification is distinct. Are you a student, a business professional, a skilled or semi-skilled worker, a caregiver or someone who is self-employed? Your status will determine the category under which you apply and whether your application is accepted. Most importantly, thorough preparation is essential to ensure a smooth transition.

Let’s examine some of the application options so you can decide which immigration program is best for you.

Family Sponsorship: If you’re a Canadian citizen, are registered under the Canadian Indian Act, or a permanent resident, you’re eligible to sponsor relatives or adopted children. Required documents may vary, depending upon the country where the relative to be sponsored resides. Spouses, partners, children; parents or grandparents; and adopted children and other relatives may be eligible. Fees range from $150 for a child to $1,050 for a spouse.

Caregivers: The Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot are two ways you can apply for permanent residence if you meet eligibility requirements and have a job offer. These programs enable applicants to work in Canada temporarily, are occupation-specific and do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Fees range from $1,050 per application and $150 per child.

Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class): If you want to live permanently in Canada and apply for a skilled job, you may be eligible to apply under Express Entry, which offers three immigration options. To find out if you are eligible, you will have to answer questions about nationality, age, language ability, family members, education, work experience and any details on a job offer. Required documents may include a passport, language test results, a written job offer or a provincial nomination. The Federal Skilled Trades Program oversees the issuance of Skilled Trade Certificates.

Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Provincial Nominees: This program is for workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. A medical exam and police check are required for all applicants. The application process may be paper-based or online, depending on the province. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Atlantic Canada includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate through this program. A language test is required, as well as an Educational Credential Assessment. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Start-Up Visa: This program targets innovative entrepreneurs who can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale. A language test is required and to apply, your business must be supported by any of these three: venture capital funds, angel investor groups or business incubators. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: This program is for skilled foreigners who want to work and live in one of the participating communities. Participants must meet IIRC requirements and have one year work experience that includes all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC). Other requirements focus on language and education, and may be community-specific.

Refugees: Asylum-seekers must have a legitimate claim or they will be removed from Canada. Refugees may seek protection in Canada if they are fleeing torture, risk to their life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. Eligibility is determined by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers: Skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec should consider this program, which has a two-stage application process. First, apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate. If chosen, then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence. Fees range from $1,325 and higher.

Self-Employed: This program allows the self-employed to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. Applicants are assessed on experience, education, age, language and adaptability. A medical exam and police certificate are required. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Agri-Food Pilot: This program helps address the labor needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. This program provides a pathway to permanent residency. Requirements include eligible Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation, a full-time job offer, language and educational requirements and the ability to maintain temporary residency status. A temporary residency permit costs $200, a work permit $155, among other fees.

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Good Preparation Equals Immigration Success

Whether you’re a caregiver hoping to work as a nanny in Quebec or a lawyer hoping to practice elder law in Ontario, the success of your Canadian immigration journey hinges on planning and preparation.

Compile your documents carefully and have a clear understanding of your program’s specific requirements so you can successfully navigate your trek across the Canadian border to a new life.

One of the best ways to be sure you are prepared is to speak to an immigration consultant about your specific situation, qualifications, and goals when you immigrate. By working with a Canadian immigration expert, you greatly increase your chances of success.

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Canadian Government Updates Median Hourly Wages For The Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Earlier in May, the Canadian government decided to increase the median hourly wage for the 2020 Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.

The new adjusted median hourly wage is being used in a bid to keep the Canadian economy going and to help Canadian employers find workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Currently, the Canadian government has decided to continue it’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to support Canadian industries such as agriculture, agri-food, and food processing. 

What Is Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The TFWP is a program that allows Canadian employers who are facing labor shortages to recruit foreign workers after the businesses have made certain that Canadian residents and permanent residents were given the opportunity first to apply for said open positions. 

Typically, to ensure that Canadian residents or permanent residents are considered for these positions first, employers are given a cap on how many low-wage temporary foreign workers they can employ. 

In addition to employers offering a wage that satisfies LMIA requirements, other demands include the following:

  • Pay for round-trip transportation for the temporary foreign worker
  • Ensure affordable housing is available
  • Pay for private health insurance until workers are eligible for provincial health coverage;
  • Register the temporary foreign worker with the provincial/territorial workplace safety board
  • Provide an employer-employee contract

Lastly, unlike other counties, Canadian businesses must receive permission from the government before they can hire or employ temporary foreign workers.

How Does The Median Hourly Wage Increase Affect Canadian Employers Who Are Participating In The Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The new median hourly wage requirement for temporary foreign workers determines if Canadian employers will need to apply for Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) under the high wage or low wage streams. 

Canadian employers who are looking to hire temporary foreign workers will need to use the provincial and territorial median hourly wage to know what TFWP requirements they must satisfy.

The Median Hourly Wage The Updated Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Workers In Canada

The new median hourly wage increase went into effect on May 11, 2020. 

Province/Territories Median Hourly Wages Before May 11, 2020 Median Hourly Wages After May 11, 2020
Alberta $26.67 $27.28
British Columbia $23.98 $25.00
Manitoba $21.00 $21.60
New Brunswick $20.00 $20.12
Newfoundland and Labrador $22.00 $23.00
Northwest Territories $34.00 $34.36
Nova Scotia $20.00 $20.00
Nunavut $30.00 $32.00
Ontario $23.08 $24.04
Prince Edward Island $19.49 $20.00
Quebec $22.00 $23.08
Saskatchewan $24.52 $24.55
Yukon $30.00 $30.00

The Canadian Government Focuses On Helping Employers And Temporary Workers Amid The Pandemic

While the Canadian government is still working to help employers navigate the challenges of hiring temporary foreign workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) has applied the following measures to both new and existing LMIA applications. 

The new ESDC measures include:

  • Employers do not need to submit minor administrative changes to the LMIA that would not change the terms and condition
  • Recruitment requirements for LMIAs in agriculture and agri-food sectors are being waived until October 31, 2020
  • LMIAs for occupations in the agriculture and agri-food sectors are being prioritized
  • The maximum duration of employment under LMIAs has increased from one to two years for employers of workers in the low-wage stream as part of a three-year pilot
  • Employers applying under the Agricultural stream or Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program can submit a previously valid Housing Inspection Report
  • The name change process has been expedited for employers who need to put a different person’s name on the LMIA for reasons related to COVID-19

In addition to these new measures, Canada is also offering employers resources to help make their operations safer for new and existing temporary foreign workers, including a $50 million initiative which will allow workers to complete the mandatory self-isolation period after arriving in Canada. 

The Government of Canada will provide employers with up to $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to ensure that public health requirements are being fully met. The government funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the 14-day self-quarantine protocols or any other additional public health orders. This program will be available to employers as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the self-isolating protocol is followed.  

Temporary workers who are being hired from abroad will only be allowed to cross the border if they are coming for what the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) deems as an essential reason. For example, if a foreign national is coming to work in an occupation that supports the critical infrastructure of the country, they will be likely admitted on the basis that they can prove that their position requires them to be physically present in Canada to complete their job and that they have an adequate coronavirus self-isolation period plan. 

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What is Business Immigration to Canada

Article by Pavel Lifanov May 30

Business Immigration is a very popular term. People search for it really a lot on Google and other search engines. Probably you were exploring “business immigration” options for your Canadian immigration dream.

We think that this is the time to shed some light on what really is behind business immigration to Canada.

The Federal government of Canada is in charge of the Canadian immigration policies, regulations and programs. The Federal government makes the final decision about admission of foreign nationals into Canada under various immigration statuses as prescribed by applicable regulations.

As you probably know, the Canadian provinces have their own avenues of immigrating to Canada – Provincial Nominee Programs (and a few other names). The provinces are allowed to select candidates that meet their economic demands. In times, provinces have more flexibility and may be more attractive to potential immigrants.

Federal and Provincial Immigration programs have business immigration paths.

Federal Immigration Options

The Immigration, Refugees Protections Act and Regulations define “business immigration” as two possible immigration programs:

  1. Self-employed Persons
  2. Start-up Visa

In short, Self-employed Persons is a direct path towards permanent residence in Canada for self-employed athletes and individuals that specialize in artistic and cultural fields and
meet the program’s requirements.

Jonathan’s Self-Employed Story

Jonathan is an Israeli photographer. He is a relatively well-known photographer. He participated at international events, his works were published in internationally recognized and well-known magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science. He was never a celebrity or a world-class artist but to our discretion, he met the requirements of the program. Jonathan had to score at least 35 points out of 100 maximum available points as per the following points grid:

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Selection Criteria Maximum Points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Ability in English and/or French 24
Adaptability 6
TOTAL 100

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Education Maximum 25 points
You have a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 25 points
You have two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 22 points
You have a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 22 points
You have a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 20 points
You have a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 20 points
You have a one-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 15 points
You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 15 points
You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study. 12 points
You completed high school. 5 points

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Relevant experience must have been obtained in the period that begins five years before you sign your application and ends when a decision is made on your application.

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Two years of relevant experience 20
Three years of relevant experience 25
Four years of relevant experience 30
Five years of relevant experience 35

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You will be awarded selection points based on your age at the time when the visa office receives your application.

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Age Points
16 or under 0
17 2
18 4
19 6
20 8
21-49 10
50 8
51 6
52 4
53 2
54+ 0

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Your proficiency in English or French is one of the 5 selection factors. You’ll be awarded up to 24 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French. You’ll be given points based on your ability to:

  • listen
  • speak
  • read and
  • write

If you have some proficiency in both English and French, decide which language you’re more comfortable using. This is your first official language. The other is your second official language.

You must prove the level of language proficiency you claim on your application if you wish to have your official language proficiency considered in the assessment of your application for permanent residence.

Designated language testing agencies

You can arrange to take a language test from any of the following designated agencies.

English

IELTS has 2 options for the reading and writing tests:

  • General Training
  • Academic

You must take the General Training option.

CELPIP has two tests:

  • CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)
  • CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A)

You must take the CELPIP-G test.

French

You must submit results from the following TEF Canada tests as proof of your French language proficiency:

  • compréhension écrite
  • compréhension orale
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale

 

You must submit results from these TCF Canada tests as proof of your French language skills:

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’oral
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale

You can use language test results for up to two years after the date you take your test, but the test results must be valid when you submit your application.

Description of each level of proficiency

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Proficiency Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations. Speaking: High Listening: High Reading: High Writing: High
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations. Speaking: Moderate Listening: Moderate Reading: Moderate Writing: Moderate
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty. Speaking: Basic Listening: Basic Reading: Basic Writing: Basic
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency. Does not meet Basic Level Does not meet Basic Level Does not meet Basic Level Does not meet Basic Level

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A maximum of 6 points for adaptability can be earned by any combination of the following elements.

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Adaptability Maximum 6 points
Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education

  • Secondary school (high school) diploma or less: 0 points
  • A one-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 3 points
  • A two or three-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 4 points
  • A master’s degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 5 points
3–5
Previous work in Canada
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit.
5
Previous study in Canada
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. You must have done this after you were 17 years old and with a valid study permit.There’s no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points.
5
Relatives in Canada
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, have a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
5

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Jonathan’s story

Jonathan was 42 years old, had a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanics from an Israeli university and had been a photography studio business owner for four years before submitting his application for permanent residence represented by our company’s licensed immigration consultants (RCIC). Jonathan took his IELTS exam and scored 6.5 in each band. He had no relatives in Canada and did not know any French language. As such, Jonathan scored 15 points for education; 30 points for relevant experience; 10 for age. At this stage, he already had scored the sufficient number of points thus his English test results were not that important. Jonathan was single, never worked or studied in Canada and had no relatives here as already mentioned above.
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We assisted Jonathan with all the relevant paperwork to prove his education credentials, self-employed work experience, confirmation that he met all the requirements of the definition of a self-employed artist as per the immigration regulations and sent in his application to Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada.

Back then, the average processing time for the application was 36 months as per the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada website. Jonathan was very upset about it. He sought another consultation with one of our RCIC’s to look for a solution to relocate to Canada faster to be able to work as a photographer here.
Jonathan had an online consultation with one of our RCICs and after a thorough discussion, we recommended an owner-operator LMIA based work permit for him. For more information on LMIA and LMIA owner-operator, you can refer to this article.

We assisted Jonathan with company registration, business plan, studio location wire transfer and CRA and bank accounts set up. Once all was in place, we filed his company’s application for an LMIA. This application was approved after a series of interviews and emails with Service Canada and Jonathan arrived at the Toronto Lester B Pearson Airport and obtained his work permit for a position of a director of a photo studio.

It is important to note that the fact Jonathan had applied for permanent residence as a self-employed person had nothing to do with his work permit application. It is a part of the dual intent clause in the immigration regulations which allows a foreign national to intent to become a permanent resident but still be admitted into Canada for a temporary residence (e.g. studies, work, business, visit)

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Start-up Visa

This program is designed for entrepreneurs who meet the requirements of the program. They need to come up with a business idea, establish a business in Canada, hold not less than 50% of its shares (could be combined with the designated supporting organization) and have a letter of support from a designated organization (an approved for investment or support for such start-up businesses a business incubator, angel investor group or venture capital fund. The Start-up Visa program allows foreign nationals to team up with other entrepreneurial foreign nationals (up to four), form partnerships and immigrate together as a group with their families, become Canadian permanent residents and actively manage their start-up businesses together in Canada. The required language ability is relatively low – one needs to score CLB 5 in each band and education requirements are not mentioned. It makes sense as a lot of talented and successful business people were, in fact, college dropouts.

In our opinion, it is a great program which allows great minds to fulfill their ambitions in Canada. It also allows Canadian funds and incubators to have more business to support and invest in. Of course, they do it for potential profits and not only out of altruism. All these factors, when working smoothly, meet the economic objectives of Canadian immigration policies – they will potentially create jobs for Canadians, make Canadian start-up companies larger and better, make profits, pay taxes and make certain inventions and unique ideas materialize into successful Canadian business. In return, Canada allows foreign nationals to become permanent residents and eventually Canadian citizens if they meet the program’s requirements.

In our opinion this program is great, but to really be attractive for a designated organization, you, as business owners need to be able to show real value in your business ideas. Not always of course. Sometimes you can really come up with a great idea and be very lucky to be supported by a designated organization but in reality, we believe that to have the best shot, you need to have your business already established in Canada.

Did you know that you are not required to have a work permit and in fact, even be in Canada to have your business incorporated?

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Here’s the story of Ronen.

Ronen is also an Israeli entrepreneur. Israel is well-known for its start-up companies and regularly referred to as a “start-up nation”. There is even a book called Start-Up Nation, written by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. So, Ronen was an IT engineer and a team lead at one of the Israeli hi-tech companies. In the same time, he was working on his own project – he wanted to create a mobile app that would allow users to instantly make international wire transfers to bank accounts overseas using their credit cards or bank accounts with low commissions and without a need to actually go to their bank’s branches. This might sound trivial but back then it was not that easy. Some banks still require their clients to physically come to their branches to make such wire transfers.

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One day Ronen decided that he wanted to move to Canada. He read about the Start-up visa program and was confident that his idea would be so attractive to Canadian designated organizations (a list of which is here) but unfortunately, it was not so. Ronen had a couple of interviews, but his applications were ignored.

Ronen was disappointed but not hopeless. He was confident that managing his business in Canada would be the right step. He also wanted to become a permanent resident of Canada. He just didn’t know how to make it happen. Luckily, he was referred to us by one of his former colleagues. Ronen had a consultation with one of our RCICs and we offered him a different approach. We assisted Ronen to incorporate his Canadian company, set up all the relevant accounts, assisted him with wire transfers to have some initial working capital in his business, his business plan and financial calculations for his business. We gave Ronen some general business guidance and prepared his application for a work permit in Canada under the International Mobility Program, Canadian Interests, Entrepreneurs category.

International Mobility Program is designed for LMIA exempt work permits for qualifying foreign nationals who wish to work temporarily in Canada.
Canadian interest is a category that allows certain candidates, in certain circumstances, to obtain Canadian work permits. Entrepreneur is a category for people who manage or intend to manage a business in Canada which might be beneficial to Canada.

We filed Ronen’s applications on behalf of his Canadian company and on behalf of himself and in a very short time, Ronen was already working – managing his own company in Toronto, Ontario.

After one year of successful business operations, Ronen returned to us for further guidance on how to become a permanent resident in Canada. We then presented the Start-up visa program. At this stage, Ronen was a very attractive candidate for Start-up visa program. A few venture funds were very interested in his company and Ronen could have easily become a permanent resident using this program. Ronen, however, acted as a true businessman. He was reluctant about the option to allow other business bodies to invest in his company as he knew that he would have needed to give something in return. He came back to us seeking advice for alternatives. Our recommendation was a clear – LMIA owner-operator for the executive position of Ronen (since he has been working as a CEO of the company and was paid a salary) and the company was in business for more than one year and had filed its taxes, it could support his PR application. Ronen was extremely happy.

We applied for LMIA in support of PR (Labour Market Impact Assessment Permanent Resident stream). After two months, Ronen underwent his interview with a Service Canada officer and after a short exchange of emails with requests to provide a few additional documents to confirm an active business engagement, the application resulted in a positive decision. This was a very happy day for Ronen as he was awarded 200 points for his CRS. Ronen became a permanent resident in 4 months thereafter.

The ultimate goal is to become an eligible candidate for the Canadian business immigration programs. Sometimes, like in Ronen’s case, one doesn’t need to actually apply for permanent residence via a business immigration program but still remain a businessman/woman.
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Provincial business immigration programs

Canadian provinces have their own provincial business immigration programs. Most of them are in fact Entrepreneurial programs designed for businessmen and businesswomen who actually establish an active business in the provinces. Usually, these programs allow for a conditional temporary work permit for the entrepreneur candidate and his/her family members. Such work permits are issued to ensure the candidate’s commitment to active managerial involvement in the established business.

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Program Start-Up Visa Program
Minimum Investment CAD $200,000 if the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or designated incubators OR CAD $75,000 if it comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group
Experience No specific requirement
Managerial Role Required
Interview Upon request by IRCC
PR/Work permit PR immediately
Additional Requirements Have the support of a designated organization that will provide the applicant with a Letter of Support.

Start-up visa applicants must give proof that they sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependants after they arrive in Canada. The amount required depends on the size of the family.

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Program Self-Employed Person Program
Experience At least 2 years of relevant cultural or athletic experience in the past 5 years
Managerial Role Required
Interview Upon request by IRCC
PR/Work permit PR immediately
Additional Requirements English/French ability and work experience in a designated occupation

All self-employed persons must establish that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their family members for at least one year after they arrive in Canada.

Self-employed immigrants must obtain a minimum of 35 points out of 100 based on the five selection criteria and the program’s unique point system.

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Program Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $500,000 in a primary production farming business
Experience Farm management experience in an existing farm business
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Canadian financial institution must finance the proposed Alberta farming business

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Program BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration
Minimum Net Worth CAD $600,000
Minimum Investment CAD $200,000 OR CAD $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience 3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Upon request of BC PNP
PR/Work permit 2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal
Additional Requirements Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business

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Program BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot (launched on March 14, 2019)
Minimum Net Worth CAD $300,000
Minimum Investment CAD $100,000
Experience 3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Strongly Recommended
Interview Upon request of BC PNP
Refundable Deposit Refundable Deposit
PR/Work permit Minimum 12-month work permit period before nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal
Additional Requirements Community referral required to register; Must create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

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Program Manitoba Business Investor Stream — Entrepreneur Pathway
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region. OR CAD $150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region AND must be made in an eligible business AND must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
Experience Business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. AND Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. AND Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Business research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.
Interview Required
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Score 60+ points on assessment grid

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Program Manitoba Business Investor Stream — Farm Investor Pathway
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $300,000 tangible assets to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba AND investments in a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
Experience Minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Farm Business Research Visit required.
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit CAD $75,000
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is no longer required.

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Program New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Net Worth CAD $600,000
Minimum Investment CAD $250,000
Experience 3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR 5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit CAD $100,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements 22-55 years old
CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking

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Program New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Investment The applicant must have 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
Experience 6 or more years in the last 10 years in NOC O, A or B OR 1-5 years in the last 10 years in the NOC O, A or B
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan May be requested (business must be of economic benefit to the province)
Interview Required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements 22-40 years old
CLB 7 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit

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Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth CAD $600,000
Minimum Investment CAD $150,000
Experience At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR
+5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required
PR/Work permit Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5

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Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Investment 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
Experience At least 1 continuous year of business ownership experience in Nova Scotia prior to EOI submission
Completed a degree of at least 2 years’ duration at a university/college in Nova Scotia
EOI System Yes (province may publish info on draws after future draws are made; EOI must be submitted while on valid work permit)
Managerial Role Required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 7

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Program Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) — Entrepreneur Business Stream
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in Yellowknife: CAD $500,000 OR for businesses outside Yellowknife: CAD $250,000
Minimum Investment In Yellowknife: CAD $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR outside Yellowknife: CAD $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment
Experience Relevant business experience required
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit CAD $75,000
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements CLB 4 in English or French

Business must generate significant benefits for the Northwest Territories, including jobs for local residents.

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Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Corporate Stream (terminated)
Minimum Investment CAD $5,000,000 OR CAD $10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
Experience The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Encouraged
Interview Required
PR/Work permit Applicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Create 5 new jobs for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident per key staff member seeking nomination

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Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): CAD $800,000 OR for businesses outside the GTA: CAD $400,000 OR for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): CAD $400,000
Minimum Investment In the GTA: CAD $600,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR Outside the GTA: $200,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $200,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
Experience At least 24 months of full-time business experience in the last five years as business owner or senior manager
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required upon request of OINP
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 4
Create at least 2 permanent, full-time jobs for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident

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Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment or more
Experience At least 3 years’ experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
Interview Upon request by SINP
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon

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Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Experience Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Upon request
Refundable Deposit CAD $75,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a Farm Establishment Plan
Sign a Performance Agreement

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Find out your eligibility for immigration to Canada!

 

Free assessment

 

 

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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Immigration to Canada After COVID-19

COVID-19

After COVID-19 Canada’s immigration will resume in full power as Canada will need more qualified workers to boost the economy. However, #immigrationtocanada is not easy for everyone. CRS of 450-470 is very high because of factors like age, English/French, education and more. Of course, there are #pnp provincial immigration programs and federal pilot programs such as Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Atlantic Pilot Program, and more.

For pilot programs The language level required is relatively low,the settlements funds required are less than #expressentry entry but EVERYONE MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE:

Immigration

If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under these facilitated processes, in most cases, you need a #joboffer from a qualifying employer.

Canada indeed experiences a shortage of labour in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. So, the reality is somewhat positive for prospective candidates.

Employment in Canada is equal to permanent residence in most cases. Are you looking to immigrate to Canada?

Fill out our assessment form here and one of our consultants will get back to you to find the best option for your Canadian immigration

 

Pavel Lifanov

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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2021 Labor Market Impact Assessment

2021 Labor Market Impact Assessment

Today, you will uncover everything you need to know about getting your Canadian Job Offer supported by LMIA.

We will explain in plain English what is an LMIA, why do you need one and how to get it. And what is most important how to leverage to get a massive lead for your immigration process.

So, let’s start with a real story which has happened to our recent client.

JENNIFER’S STORY

It just makes perfect sense that one person could become a permanent resident in Canada if they have a job offer from a Canadian employer who wishes to hire this individual.

Jennifer, a Croatian citizen, experienced marketing specialist, wishes to move permanently to Canada. Jennifer is an educated applicant. She had researched the official website of the Canadian immigration department, and she knows that under the Federal Skilled Worker program via Express Entry, she doesn’t score enough points to be invited to apply for advanced processing.

She had been exploring popular Canadian job search websites such as IndeedLinkedInJob BankZip Recruiter and others trying to find a job in Canada.

Jennifer was contacted by Harpreet, an HR manager of a Toronto-based marketing firm. She underwent a Skype interview with the Marketing manager of this Canadian firm, and the company issued her a job offer. Jennifer was very excited; Harpreet was happy, and the firm was excited to hire Jennifer. Harpreet asked Jennifer when she could start.

And then, all parties encountered a problem. Jennifer said that she did not have a work permit and asked Harpreet whether the company could request LMIA for her to get a work permit. Harpreet did not know how to do it and whether the company was able to obtain such a document.
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COVID19 and Canadian immigration

March 18, 2020

As you know, we’re experiencing an unprecedented pandemic in terms of the global impact of all industries including immigration.

Canada has implemented a restrictive policy on incoming travelers and limited entry into Canada for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members, and humanitarian and compassionate reasons and United States citizens.

Work permit holders, students, visitors cannot arrive in Canada for now.

Only four major airports in Canada accept travelers from overseas.

Canada-US border has been closed for non-essential traffic. Meaning that visitors, shoppers, and others will not be allowed to cross the border. Goods transportation will operate as usual.

In terms of immigration processes, RCIC (Refugees, Citizenship, Immigration Canada) and Service Canada’s call centres are affected by some internal procedures. Probably they are reducing the number of workers that work from the office. As a result, the wait times are unreasonable. We called a few times to both call centres and were advised that our calls would not be answered due to the high volume of calls. It is frustrating because we have a few dozens of LMIA applications in process. At the same time, our observation is that 70% of the LMIA applications submitted by us on behalf of our Clients – Canadian employers that wish to hire foreign works, are being processed much faster. The employers were contacted by Service Canada officers within a week or two after submitting the applications. Interesting but still to early to make assumptions.

IRCC has provided 90 days extensions to applicants to respond to requests and provide documents. The same applies to IRCC’s new requests to undergo biometrics. Usually, 30 days are given but Service Canada centres where in Canada applicants can have their biometrics done are closed in Ontario (probably other provinces as well) and the appointments are being canceled. For now, 90 days extensions are automatically provided.

It is safe to presume that COVID19 will have direct effects on the immigration process but it’s too early to give any forecasts.
We will keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.

Stay healthy! We’re here for you!

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Pavel-Lifanov

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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Pilot Immigration Programs 2020 – What You Need to Know

So, it seems that everyone is so excited about the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program and throws at you these attractive slogans like “You Have No Money? No Problem!” or “Your CRS is Low? No Problem” or “Your English Level is Low? No Problem!”

All these sentences sound so attractive as many of us can’t get to these fantastic CRS scores of 470 and up because of multiple factors, such as age, English/French level and education.

Of course, when such options are announced people get super excited about it and start promoting them to everyone. The same happened with the Atlantic Pilot Program. The language level required was relatively low, the funds one had to possess to qualify for the program was also lower than the usual Express Entry settlement funds requirement. People became excited. They started to look for opportunities to apply for this program.

EVERYBODY MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE

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If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under these somewhat facilitated processes, you need a JOB OFFER from a qualifying Canadian employer. Then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),how to update your resume,

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then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),Thow to update your resume, how to set up a virtual Canadian phone number to have the employer reach out to you and not to be discouraged from you being not in Canada. All these advices are very nice and are somewhat true, but the reality is different. Canada experiences a shortage of labour in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. Canada also suffers from a shortage of Canadians that can’t or don’t want to work and prefer to stay on certain social programs for long periods.

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So, the reality is somewhat positive for prospective candidates. It seems that you can find a job because Canadian employers are in real need of the workforce. The government, however, says that they are facilitating the processes of foreign nationals’ employment in Canada with privileges of becoming permanent residents

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Pilot Immigration Programs

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after they find a qualifying employer who would be willing to wait for their arrival as permanent residents in Canada. This is true when big and established companies plan their staffing ahead of time and are ready to wait for the employees to come in the XYZ time. Alternatively, there are, as the government says, expedited procedures for Canadian employers to relocate foreign workers to Canada.

Another important fact is small and mid-sized businesses in Canada that need their employees immediately and can’t afford to wait for a long time until their prospective foreign workers arrive.

All these factors combined add to the complexity of the situation, but they do highlight the need in foreign workers thus increasing chances for qualifying foreigners to obtain job offers from Canadian employers and apply for permanent residence based on these. Of course, it is not an easy task to find an employer who would be ready to wait for a foreigner until they come to Canada, but it is a fact. More and more positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA or former name LMO – Labour Market Opinion) are issued in support of permanent residence and more and more Arranged employment endorsement for pilot programs are obtained by qualifying employers.

See approved LMIA statistics here, In Q4 of 2019 alone more than 30 thousand jobs were approved for LMIA.

Everybody understands that finding a qualifying job offer being overseas is not an easy task, but it can be done.

We, at Green Light Canada, processed more than two hundred (200) of successful LMIA’s, qualifying job offers under Pilot immigration programs in the last quarter (Jan to March) of 2020.

There is a lot of interesting and important information about immigration options, strategies, and tips that we are willing to share with you. Please like and share this post if you’d like us to keep posting.

Pavel Lifanov

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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Immigration program for rural Ontario communities up for consultation

According to the Ontario government, a new immigration pilot program aimed at bringing foreign skilled workers to rural and small communities in Ontario may be approved by 2020.

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade said in a statement that it is working with stakeholders in select community to determine interest in the proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot, and research “existing community immigrant attraction and retention efforts.”

The names of the communities involved in the consultations have not been revealed.

The communities are a “geographically and culturally diverse sample” according the Ontario government, with a population size of 20,000 to 200,000, with undisclosed “economic characteristics”, and of which all have the appropriate institutions for newcomer support.

The government stated that the consultation will allow it to determine whether the selected communities have both local interest for immigration, as well as appropriate capacity. It would be operated by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, a provincial immigration stream.

The update goes on to say, “final selection of pilot communities would be based on data analysis, along with the results of engagement with communities.”

No date has been determined when the selected communities will be revealed, or when prospect immigrants may apply.

Regional immigration streams a new trend in Canada

The Government of Ontario says it aims to support community-led efforts to attract foreign skilled workers.

In a statement, it reads “An Ontario pilot would specifically target the needs of Ontario communities and explore how to better regionalize the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to better support Ontario employers in smaller communities.” It goes to clarify that the proposed pilot would not duplicate the federal government’s new immigration stream, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

The federal immigration pilot works with six communities in Northern Ontario, as well as many more rural and remote communities in other provinces to attract foreign skilled workers and provide them permanent residence.

These pilots, and others such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) and British Columbia’s Regional Entrepreneur Pilot are vital to the country’s economy as they address the issue of an aging population and growing emigration of younger, skilled individuals to more populated towns and cities.

The proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot comes after various businesses in Northern Ontario have asked the government to create an immigration program similar to those in other provinces, designed to hire foreign workers for positions they haven’t been able to fill locally.

For more information on how to take advantage of these immigrations streams, contact Green Light Canada.

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Ontario’s first immigration lottery invites 1,600 tech workers with low CRS scores

Ontario held its first draw for tech workers on July 12, inviting 1,623 Express Entry candidates with technological work experience to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Those invited in the July 12 draw had a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 439 to 459, with an Express Entry profile created between July 12, 2018 to July 12, 2019.

The Ontario Nomination Program (OINP) announced that it would begin holding Tech Draws to meet the growing demand for workers in the province’s tech sector.

Ontario is home to several tech companies, located in cities such as Waterloo, Toronto, and Ottawa.

According to GBRE Group, tech companies in Toronto alone created more jobs in 2017, than in the San Francisco Bay area.

First step: Apply for Express Entry

Candidate to wish to be considered for a tech draw invitation must be registered until the federal Express Entry system, under the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in the Express Entry are assessed by various factors under the CRS scoring system.

A provincial nomination is very helpful as it gives candidates 600 more CRS points, which can guarantee permanent residence.

Usually, the minimum score required to receive an invitation from Express Entry draws range from 438 to 470 as of this year, with 450 being the most common.

It has only occurred once this year, that candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class streams have made the cut-off in an Express Entry draw with a CRS score of 439.

How do Tech Draws work?

Tech Draws are run by the province’s Human Capital Priorities immigrant stream, which allows the OINP to search for Express Entry candidates who meet the stream’s requirements.

A job is not required to be eligible, however, candidates must have one year of full-time experience (or equivalent part-time experience) in one of the following six tech fields:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

NOC means “National Occupational Classification”, a system of classification for all job types in the Canadian labour market.

For more information on how to be eligible for tech draws, contact Green Light Canada.

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Canada announces new permanent residency pathway for temporary agri-food workers

Temporary foreign workers who have experience in Canada’s agri-food sector will have the opportunity to obtain permanent residence status, as of early 2020.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is a three-year long program designed to keep experienced foreign workers with job offers in Canada, for the benefit of the agricultural and agri-food industry.

According to the Government of Canada, the industry exported $66.2 billion in products, and is responsible for 1 in 8 jobs in the country. Additionally, industries such as meat processing and mushroom products have experienced “ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees.”

At the moment, migrant farm workers who come to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker program for season work only receive work permits that allow a limited stay in Canada, and do not have a pathway to permanent residence status.

The jobs and industries eligible under the new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are:

  • Meat processing
    • Retail butcher
    • Industrial butcher
    • Food processing labourer
  • Mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, livestock raising
    • Harvesting labourer
    • General farm worker
    • Farm supervisor

Only 2,750 applicants will be process into the pilot each year. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) estimates that the pilot could bring 16,500 new permanent residents (which includes family members) into Canada over the pilot’s three year duration.

Eligibility requirements

The eligibility requirements for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are:

  • 12 months of full-time, non-seasonal work experience in Canada, through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Must be in one of the eligible occupations.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 in English or French
  • Foreign equivalent of a Canadian high school education or greater
  • A job offer for full-time, non-seasonal work in Canada

Additional details on how to apply will be available in early 2020, according to the federal government.

For any questions about applying for a work permit, contact Green Light Canada.

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Nova Scotia Nominee Program helps bring skilled newcomers to shrinking province

Nova Scotia is well-known for its long history of immigration. Called Canada’s equivalent to New York’s Ellis Island, from 1928 to 1971 had more than one million immigrant arrive by boat at its Halifax Harbour.

Famous for its beautiful coastline, Nova Scotia is home to Halifax, it’s capital and largest city.

With its shrinking population and aging labour force, the province is eagerly looking for people to fill job vacancies and call the province their home. In 2018, the province welcomed a record number of newcomers and saw its population peak at its highest.

Express Entry-linked streams

The need for new immigrants is aided by the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP), which allows the province to select skilled worker for permanent residence.

The NSNP has a number of streams under the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia receive 600 additional CRS points, thereby guaranteeing them an opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

Nova Scotia’s three streams are:

Nova Scotia Demand is for candidates with post-secondary education and experience in one of 11 occupations, divided into two categories:

  • Category A is open year-round to Express Entry candidates with an eligible job offer in the province
  • Category B opens occasionally to applications from Express Entry candidates without a job offer

Nova Scotia Experience is designed for high-skilled individuals who have one year of eligible work experience in the province.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream is for Express Entry candidates who have work experience in a specific occupation.

In order to apply for NSNP’s many nominations streams, it is mandatory to create a profile on the federal Express Entry system.

In order to be considered for any of the NSNP’s enhanced nomination streams, the first step is to enter a profile in the federal Express Entry pool.

Base Streams

The NSNP has many nominations streams that operate outside of the Express Entry system. These include:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Physician
  • Occupations in Demand

Entrepreneur Streams

The NSNP also has two streams for those who want to establish a business in Nova Scotia:

  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Nova Scotia also participate in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, a program in collaboration with three other provinces (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador)

The AIP helps employers hire foreign workers for job vacancies they haven’t been able to fill locally.

For more information on immigrating to Nova Scotia, contact Green Light Canada.

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Express Entry candidates with tech experience eligible for Ontario draw

The Government of Ontario has announced plans to target experienced tech workers who are registered in the Express Entry system, for a new provincial immigration draw. The selected candidates will have a pathway to permanent residence.

The draw will be targeted to Express Entry candidates who have work experience in six tech-related occupations, through the current Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Express Entry candidates and ranked based on their CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), which is based on several factors such as language skills, education, etc.

Express Entry candidates who have a provincial nomination receive 600 additional points, thus guaranteeing permanent residence.

Ontario is the top choice of new immigrants to Canada, as 65% of newcomers chose the province as their choice of settlement.

To be eligible for the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) tech draw, individuals must create an Express Entry profile.

Tech draws will reflect employer needs

Tech draws have been a recent immigration trend for Ontario, due to an ongoing shortage of tech workers in major tech-hubs such as Waterloo, Toronto, and Ottawa.

It is reported that up to 220,000 skilled workers are needed for Canada’s technology sector by 2021.

OINP will search for Express Entry profiles that meet the following occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

Job offers are not required in order to be eligible. As well, the Human Capital Priorities Stream has in the past invited candidates with lower than average CRS scores.

Selected candidates will receive a Notification of Interest from the OINP, and will need to apply by 45 days.

For more information on how to be eligible for tech draws, contact Green Light Canada.

 

 

 

 

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41,800 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence, according to ExpressEntry mid-2019 report

The first half of 2019 saw the most invitations in the entire history of Canada’s Express Entry system, with 41,800 candidates selected.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held 13 draws during those six months, issuing 41,800 invitations.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of recruiting foreign skilled workers. It manages several streams, such as Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates who wish to be eligible for programs and draws must create a profile in the Express Entry, where they are ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points based on various factors such as language skills and educational background.

Additional points are awarded to candidates with a provincial nomination, job offer, or past education in Canada. High-ranked candidates can be invited to apply for permanent residence.

A job offer is not mandatory for being selected under the Express Entry pool.

For more information on the Express Entry immigration system, contact Green Light Canada.

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Quebec’s immigration program for post-secondary graduates suspended until November 2019

The Quebec Experience Program’s stream for post-secondary graduates has suspended applications until November 1, 2019, as announced by the Government of Quebec.

The exceptions to the new ruling include:

  • Graduates who reside in Quebec, and hold a work permit that is valid on July 10, 2019, and expires before November 1, 2019
  • Candidates who had their application for a Quebec Selection Certificate denied on June 16, 2019, and were either a temporary resident of the province when they applied or were working or studying in the province on June 16, 2019

On June 16, 2019, the province enacted several reforms to its immigration laws, cancelling pending applications on its Quebec Skilled Worker Program, and other applications under the Quebec Experience Program.

The Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ) provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible temporary residents who have studied or worked in Quebec on a temporary basis.

“The basis of this decision is to give priority to applicants who occupy a job in Québec during this period,” the government said in a statement.

The new ministerial guideless cited the need for the reason for the increase in international students being selected by the PEQ is to fill job vacancies for occupation in-demand in the province, as well help regions in the province where labour shortages exist.

The ministerial instructions cited, among other factors, the significant increase in international students being selected through the PEQ in recent years, saying there is a need to focus on the selection of candidates with either work experience or training in an area of expertise that’s currently in-demand in Quebec and especially those regions of the province where labour shortages are more acute.

Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration clarifies that Quebec graduates who wish to remain in the province can apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit from the federal government.

For more information on how to immigrate to Quebec, contact Green Light Canada.

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Invitations for Quebec’s Expression of Interest system coming soon

Quebec will soon commence issuing invitations to candidates under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), who have registered an Expression of Interest (EOI) through its online system Arrima, according to the province’s immigration minister.

The Arrima portal was introduced last year, to process EOIs for Quebec’s skilled worker program.

An EOI is a way potential immigrations can notify the Quebec government that they wish to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ).

An estimated 100,000 EOIs have been filed since Arrima was launched last September.

Under the EOI system, candidates create a profile in Arrima and are awarded a score based on a number of factors, such as language skills, age, education, etc.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for a CSQ based on their score, or based on factors such as filling job shortages in specific regions in the province. Those who receive a CSQ can apply for permanent residence.

The Government of Quebec will issue first invitations to candidates who:

  • previously applied for a selection certificate under the QSWP, and were a temporary resident at the time of their application;
  • had applied for a CSQ in the Quebec Skilled Worker Program and were in Quebec as of June 16, 2019;
  • hold a valid job offer from a Quebec employer.

To learn more about your options for immigrating to Quebec, contact Green Light Canada.

 

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Immigration to British Columbia: the province’s pathways

British Columbia (BC) is Canada’s third largest province in terms of size and population, and is home to the city of Vancouver. It’s well-known for its pacific coastline, and beautiful suburban neighbourhoods.

Due to efforts for population growth and economic growth, BC operates its own provincial nominee program, known as the BC PNP. Under the BC PNP, there are two streams:

  • Skills Immigration/Express Entry B.C
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

The Skills Immigration Stream is for skilled and semi-skileld candidates in high-demand occupation, as well as graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The Skills Immigration Stream has five categories: Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate, International Post-Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker.

The first four of these categories – Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate and International Post-Graduate – are linked to the Express Entry, a federal immigration pool.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points, which guarantee them an opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

In 2018, BC nominated 6,500 candidates, of which half came from the Express Entry pool.

Eligibility requirements vary depending on the category. However, candidates under Skills Immigration and Express Entry usually require a permanent, full-time job offer, with exception to those in the International Post-Graduate category.

Points-based system

BC uses a points system called Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which ranks candidates on language skills, education, job offer, and more.

All Skills Immigration/Express Entry categories (except Healthcare Professional and International Post-graduate) require a SIRS profile.

Tech Pilot

The Tech Pilot is a program of the PC PNP that targets skilled candidates in 29 designated tech occupations, using the Skills Immigration/Express Entry system.

Entrepreneur streams

BC also welcomes candidates with entrepreneurial experience. There are three categories under BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration pathway: the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category; the Regional Pilot; and the Strategic Pilots Category.

Candidates who apply and are approved are able to apply for a two-year work permit from the Canadian government.

Entrepreneurs who successfully establish their business, and meet the PC PNP’s business performance requirements can apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

 

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The positive benefits of immigration are the “best weapon” against fear, according to Canada’s Immigration Minister

At an immigration conference in Ottawa where international immigration experts were in attendance, Canada’s Immigration ministers stressed the positive impact of immigration to the country and its economy.

“We here in Canada understand that we need to keep talking to each other on this subject, to learn from each other the proven benefits of migration and the importance of working together to tackle the challenges of irregular migration,” says Ahmad Hussen, Minister of Immigration.

He goes on to say that his experience in his role has made him see how essential immigration is for Canada and other industrialized countries to help with labour shortages, aging populations, and declining birthrates.

“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 traveled 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.”

Accuracy on immigration facts are the “best weapon” against fear

Hussen added that immigration efforts should be supported to curb against rising anti-immigrant sentiment.

“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,” he said.

“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 added that according to a United Nations report, Canada settled more refugees than any country in 2018.

“Instead of being the number one country for political prisoners, or the number one country for nuclear bombs, I’d rather be known as the number one country for compassion toward refugees,” he added.

“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.”

To learn more about your eligibility for immigration to Canada, contact Green Light Canada.

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Quebec reduces application deadline for Quebec Selection Certificate to 60 days

The Government of Quebec has announced that Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) candidates who have received an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate must do so within 60 calendar days, as of June 26.

This reduces the previous deadline of 90 days to 60 days.

The shortened application deadline is one of the many immigration reforms enacted by the Government of Quebec.

The government added that Expressions of Interest (EOIs) currently in the QSWP database will remain valid for six more months.

Furthermore, the EOIs of candidates who decline an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate will remain in the bank of candidates for their full validity period.

The reforms will commence immediately, says the Government of Quebec.

To learn more about your eligibility to immigrate to Quebec, contact Green Light Canada.

 

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Canadian government introduces new pilot for family members excluded by past immigration streams

The Canadian government has introduced a new two-year pilot for family members whose sponsorship applications were previously denied under Canada’s past immigration regulations.

It concerns family members who were never declared, and therefore never examined by immigration authorities when the sponsor applied for permanent residence.

Those family members had been ineligible for the Family Class Sponsorship stream, under Section 116(9)(d) of Canadian’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

The ban has been criticized by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), calling it a “significant barrier” for family reunification in Canada.

“Newcomers who failed to declare immediate family members as they first came to Canada were barred to sponsor them. Today, we right that wrong,” said Ahmad Hussen, Minister of Immigration.

The pilot will run from September 9, 2019, to September 9, 2021.

For professional advice on your immigration case, contact Green Light Canada.

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IRCC quietly settled lawsuits against the Parents and Grandparents Program

According to a report by the CBC, the federal government of Canada allowed 70 potential sponsors to apply to its Parents and Grandparents Program in exchange for them to drop two lawsuits in relation to the program’s controversial expression of interest intake in January.

The settlement was confidential and involved a non-disclosure agreement, adds the CBC.

The lawsuits are due to a January 28 opening for expressions of interest in the program.

IRCC had a quota of 27,000 Interest to Sponsor forms, and 100,000 attempted to submit one.

The opening lasted less 10 minutes, and resulted in widespread criticism and frustration from individuals who were unable to access the form or complete it on time.

IRCC used a “first in, first-served”, in response to a previous system of randomized selection, which received criticism for handling family reunification as a lottery.

The lawsuits reported by the CPC claim that this year’s Interest to Sponsor process was “arbitrary, capricious, procedurally unfair and unjust.”

In a statement, Canada’s Minister of Immigration said “We are continually monitoring all of our programs to find ways to improve them. It is too early to speculate on potential changes to next year’s application process.”

 

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Nova Scotia targets skilled workers for in-demand occupations in new immigration pilot

Nova Scotia has revealed a new three-year pilot for immigration candidates who have a job offer in one of its targeted skilled occupations.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stated that professions targeted in the new pilot (which is entitled, the Occupation in Demand Stream) are “in high labour market demand”.

The stream is open to all eligible candidates who have a job offer in the following occupations:

  • NOC 3413 — Nurses aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 7511 — Transport truck drivers

Additional requirements include:

  • Have one year of work experience related to the job
  • Be 21 to 55 years old
  • Have a high school diploma
  • have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job
  • Have a CLB level of 4 in English or French
  • Provide proof of financial resources to settle in the province

Candidates who are approved through this stream will receive a provincial nomination, which allows them to apply for permanent residence

For more information on how to take advantage of Nova Scotia’s immigration streams, contact Green Light Canada.

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Candidates with CRS score as low as 301 receive Express Entry invitations from Alberta

Alberta has invited 197 Express Entry candidates who have a score as low as 301 to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The draw was done through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, held on May 15. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) published the draw results.

The AINP is a provincial nominee program, designed to serve the economic needs of the province.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream is a new program established in 2018, and allows the AINP search the federal Express Entry system for candidates who meet their requirements.

Eligible candidates in the Express Entry system are assigned a score by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Those with the highest scores are invited for permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Express Entry candidates who have a provincial nomination receive 600 additional points, guaranteeing them an invitation for permanent residence.

Through this stream, 3,554 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who wish to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream must have a CRS score of at least 300, and be working in an occupation that is in-demand in Alberta’s economy, in order to be considered for an invitation from the AINP.

The AINP has not released the occupations that are eligible.

The AINP gives priority to those who:

  • Have a job offer in Alberta, or work experience in the province
  • Graduated from a post-secondary institution, and have a job offer
  • Have a parent, child or sibling living in Alberta

So far in 2019, the Alberta Express Entry Stream has held 15 draws, 7 of which had a minimum score requirement that ranged from 300 to 302.

In comparison, a recent federal Express Entry draw, where the lowest score drawn was 438.

For more information on immigrating to Alberta, contact Green Light Canada.

 

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Majority of Canadians have positive views on immigration, new poll says

A new Environics Institute survey entitled “Spring 2019 Focus Canada” found that a majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views on immigration, with a minority viewing immigrants and refugees as an urgent national concern.

The findings showed that Canadians’ views have remained the same since its previous study in October 2018.

The survey is done every six months and surveys a sample of 2,000 Canadians.

 “As has been the case most of the past two decades, positive sentiments outweigh negative ones on such questions as the overall level of immigration, its positive impact on the economy, its low impact on crime rates, and the impact on the country as a whole,” according to the survey.

The survey showed that issues such as the economy, environment, and poor government leadership are a more pressing concern to Canadians. Three percent of Canadians stated that immigration and refugees are an important issue facing the country.

59% of respondents do not think we have too much immigration

When asked whether there is “too much immigration in Canada”, 59 percent disagreed.

Source: Environics Institute

Respondents living in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia had the most positive outlook on immigration, with 64 percent disagreeing that there is too much immigration.

 “Canadians’ level of comfort with immigration is grounded on the belief that it is good for the country’s economy, and this perspective held steady over the past six months,” according to the institute.

In Ontario, 80 percent of respondents agreed that “immigration has a positive impact on the economy of Canada.”, with the lowest response coming from Alberta, with 70% of respondents agreeing.

Age, education, income affect attitudes

Younger, university-educated, and those who view their income as “adequate” expressed more positive views on immigration. Meanwhile, Canadians over the age of 60, without a high school diploma, and who are low-income expressed more negative views.

Integration still a concern

The poll showed that Canadian are equally divided on whether immigrants are adopting Canadian values after their arrivals. 51 percent say immigrants are not integrating, while 42 percent disagree.

Source: Environics Institute

Provinces who expressed the most concern for integration were Quebec (56 percent) and Alberta (55 percent), with the lowest being Atlantic Canada (41 percent).

53 of percent of Canadians agreed that immigrants work harder than people born in Canada.

Environics added that 45 percent of Canadian agree that immigration is making Canada a better place, with 15 percent disagreeing.

1/3 of Canadians believe immigration hasn’t made a difference to the country, with 7 percent having no opinion.

The poll also shows that most Canadians agree that the country is welcoming to immigrants.

Source: Environics Institute

80 percent of Canadians said, “immigrants are made to feel very or somewhat welcome by public agencies in their community and by the local population.”

Refugees

37 percent of Canadians agreed that “most people claiming to be refugees are not real refugees.” with 80 percent of respondents saying that refugees “are made to feel very or somewhat welcome by the local population.”

 

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Disproportionate number of jobs in Canada is due to immigrant-owned businesses, new study shows

A new Statistics Canada study shows that immigrant-owned business created a “disproportionate share of new job creation” from 2003 to 2013, in comparison to businesses with Canadian-born owners.

Immigrant-owned businesses were responsible for 25 percent of net jobs created, during the 11 year period, while making up 17 percent of all business studied.

This translated to 400,000 net new jobs from 2003 to 2013, higher than Canadian-owned businesses.

Immigrant-owned businesses were shown to be 1.3 times more likely to become high-growth firms, with annual employment growth shown to exceed 20% more than Canadian-owned businesses.

A majority of immigrant-owned businesses were less than four years old, which according to Statistics Canada, is an important factor.

“In any given year, young firms … were much more likely to increase employment than to shed employment,” the report says. “Young firms accounted for 40.5 percent of gross job creation, but only 17 percent of gross job losses.”

Statistics Canada adds that younger firms are more dynamic when it comes to job creation, due to their high rates of growth than older firms.

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Canadian provinces looking for immigrants with in-demand occupations

Individuals with work experience in one of many skilled professions can be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the country’s Express Entry stream, and can also take advantage of one of many provincial immigration streams which target skilled workers in in-demand professions.

Canada has federal and provincial immigration streams, each targeting specific skilled workers.

Express Entry uses the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scoring system, and helps determines whether candidates have the appropriate occupation and experience.

Occupations are rated under 3 categories, type 0 (manaerial), skill level A (professional) and skill level B (technical) under the NOC system (National Occupational Classification).

Provincial Nominee Programs

Work experience is required by most provincial nominee streams, some of which are linked to the Express Entry system.

These streams allowed provinces or territories to nominate foreign workers for with the appropriate work experience for Canadian permanent residence.

Most of them operate using the Expressing of Interest system (EOI), which requires all candidates to create a profile with the provincial nomination program of their choosing.

Express Entry candidates who have a provincial nomination can guarantee themselves an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence (from an Express Entry draw), as a nomination gives them 600 additional CRS points.

Almost all provinces have one immigration stream that uses a list of in-demand occupation to determine eligibility.

The list is based on what jobs are in-demand in each of the provinces or territories, which can change without warning.

Some popular provincial streams that require specific work experience are:

Most commonly targeted occupations include:

  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Administrative assistants (NOC 1241)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
  • Early childhood educators (NOC 4214)

Tech occupations

British Columbia (B.C.) has been known for prioritizing immigrants with experience in tech-related occupation, through its Tech Pilot.

It targets 29 in-demand tech occupations that reflect the province’s labour demands, and provides a fast-tracked route to permanent residency for foreign workers and international students.

Manitoba also has an In-Demand Occupations List which features tech-related professions.

Ontario is also set to create a dedicated immigration stream for tech workers. Details have not been released yet.

Occupation-specific draws

A number of provincial streams have held draws targeting specific occupations. 

One of them is Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream, which was launched in August 2018 and targets early childhood educators, financial auditors, and accountants. 

 

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IRCC now issuing invitations for Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada’s federal government is now issuing invitations to apply to its immigration stream for parents and grandparents.

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program lets Canadian citizens and permanent residents sponsor their parents and/or grandparents to come to Canada, for eventual permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that the invitations will be issued in the same order that the Interest to Sponsor forms were received, during the submission period which began on January 28.

The first invitations were issued on April 24, and the rest will take a few days to be received. They will be sent using the same email address that the applicant used on the Interest to Sponsor. Afterward, there are 60 days to accept the invitation and complete a sponsorship application.

IRCC stated that it aims to have 20,000 completed applications for its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019, and if they don’t meet their quota they will conduct more invitation rounds.

Application process

Sponsors who are interested must receive an invitation to apply, and submit two complete applications. These applications are: to become a sponsor and from the parents or grandparents wishing to be sponsored for permanent residence. 

Both applications must be received by IRCC at the same time.

For more information on parent and/or grandparent sponsorship, contact Green Light Canada.

 

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First quarter of 2019 sees Express Entry issues over 20,000 invitations for permanent residence

Express Entry, Canadian’s federal immigration stream, has issued 21,200 invitations for permanent residence during the first quarter of 2019, surpassing the first quarter of 2018 by 3,700 invitations.

2018 set the record for most Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued ever issued since Express Entry was introduced in 2015, with 89,800. 2019 is expected to be an even bigger year for immigration, as part of the federal government’s three-year immigration plan.

The plan includes rising annual immigration target, peaking with 350,000 admissions in 2021. These higher admission targets means more ITAs may be issued in 2019 than ever before.

The federal government uses Express Entry as their primary immigration stream for several programs, mostly for skilled workers. They are assessed and chosen using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The Government of Canada regularly conducts draws where a pool of eligible candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence.

2019 saw the largest-ever first draw of a year, since Express Entry began in 2015.

Lowest minimum CRS required since 2017

The first quarter of 2019, the minimum CRS score required dropped to 438, the lowest seen since 2017, when it was 436.

CRS score requirement can depend on the time between draws. Less time between draws means less profiles have been submitted into the Express Entry system, which means less high-scoring candidate are entered into the pool. This can result in a lower CRS cut-off at the time of the draw.

CRS score cut-offs can also depends on the draw size. If IRCC continues to have larger and more frequent draws, then we can expect the minimum CRS requirement to be reduced.

For more information on Express Entry draws, contact Green Light Canada.

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New federal immigration pilot for agri-food workers expected

The Canadian government is set to commence a new three-year immigration pilot designed to support Canada’s growing agri-food industry

In a statement, the government writes:

 “To help the agri-food sector meet Canada’s ambitious export targets and attract and retain needed labour, the federal government will launch a three-year immigration pilot to bring in full time, non-seasonal agricultural workers that will include a pathway to permanent residency.”

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) has expressed support for the pilot. In a statement, they say that they have requested foreign workers to fill 2,750 job vacancies in areas such as meatpacking and meat processing.

According to Industry Canada’s Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report released in September 2018, the country is facing serious labour shortages in the agricultural sector, and the government must utilize immigration programs to attract foreign workers.

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry contributes $111 billion to the economy every year and $304 million every day.

No further details have been announced about the pilot.

For more information on how to take advantage of Canada’s many immigration streams, contact Green Light Canada.

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New immigrants responsible for 61% of Canada’s population growth in 2018

A new Statistics Canada report reveals that immigration continues to be the main source of population growth in Canada, with a total 321,065 new immigrants arriving in 2018. 

The beginning of 2019 has seen Canada’s population reach 37,314,442.

During 2018, Canada’s population has seen a growth of 528,421, of which 80.5 percent accounts for international migration, and the rest being natural births.

Statistics Canada, 2019

Source: Statistics Canada, 2019

The graph above shows that international migration has been responsible for most of Canada’s population growth. This is due in part to the federal government’s many initiatives to improve its immigration system, such as enacting the Express Entry system, which runs various immigration streams.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, IRCC released its three-year immigration targets for 2019 to 2021.

Immigration for skilled workers is central to the plan, as it has a target of 330,800 for 2019, and 350,000 for 2021.

The federal government hopes to fill various labour shortage nationwide with more skilled talent from newcomers.

Another valuable resource is Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows provinces and territories to nominate eligible candidate who meet their region’s economic needs.

For more information on Express Entry and PNP, contact Green Light Canada.

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Canada is going to strengthen control on borders at departure from the country.

How does the system work?

According to the immigration law of Canada, when entering the country, each traveler is obligated to honestly answer all questions asked by the immigration officer on the border. This process was introduced for the purpose of collection of data on people who officially visit the country.

However, a similar system was not adjusted for the accounting of people who leave the country. Therefore, for official structures, it was difficult to define dates of departure of travelers and their presence or absence in the country.

What innovations were introduced?

The ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will shortly be able to obtain objective data on each person leaving and visiting the country. CBSA will have access to information from several official institutions and airlines, which will be obliged to provide this information 72 hours prior to the passenger’s departure. IRCC, in its turn, will be able to use multiple data resources for confirmation of the reliability of information on the immigrants applying for permanent residence, sponsorship, family immigration, refugee programs, etc.

What will be the cost of this innovation?

According to preliminary estimates, it will be necessary to allocate $79.6 million for the development of new systems for the collection of information within the next ten years. Airlines will also be responsible for investing $30.33 million during the same period. Estimated profit in 10 years is expected to be of $357.17 million.

This information will help to easily find illegal penetration into the country of unregistered immigrants and/or terrorists and to react to the announcements of disappearance and kidnapping more effectively. Also, with this system, it will easier to find those who avoid paying taxes. This practice is already effectively used in several developed countries, in particular, Great Britain and the USA.

Contact us to find out if you can immigrate to Canada. Our experts will advise you on all issues of this immigration path.

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By 2024 the immigration of Alberta could bring about 40,000 immigrants to rural communities.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) of Alberta offers a new course thanks to which it plans to integrate up to 40,000 immigrants into the rural communities within four years.

Local elections will take place in Alberta this spring, and several polls showed the leading positions of the United Conservative Party and its head Jason Kenney among the voters. Kenney, who used to hold a post of the minister of immigration of Canada from 2008 to 2013, said that UCP plans to recover the smallest rural communities by involvement of immigrants through two programs: Rural Renewal Program and Rural Entrepreneurial Stream.

Read also: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

In case of a winning over the New Democratic Party, Kenney promises that, being integrated, both programs will be able to provide communities with up to 10,000 permanent residents a year, or 40,000 during the first term of UCP rule.

Kenney said: “The goal will be to end large backlogs, speed up processing time, proactively attract talented newcomers from overseas, welcome job-creating entrepreneurs and encourage settlement in rural Alberta, which needs population the most.”

Rural Renewal Program, which according to Kenny, may attract approximately 32,000 potential immigrants (including their spouses and children) within four years, will give an opportunity to obtain additional points for the Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates, who also have the Provincial Nomination, will collect 600 additional points, which almost guarantees obtaining permanent resident status.

Another program is the Rural Entrepreneurial Stream. Jason Kenney said that UCP plans to invite about 500 experienced entrepreneurs a year, or 2,000 during the first term of UCP rule which will result in creation of at least 4,000 jobs. He also suggested that this program will become a “green light” for 8,000 new permanent residents.

The condition, which obliges potential businessmen to invest a certain minimum of funds and to commit to actively operate business in which they should own at least 51% of stocks, will be one of the Stream criteria. Suitable candidates will be able to obtain the two – year work permit which will let them apply for permanent residence in Canada.

If you are interested in immigrating to Alberta, contact Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. to assess your chances in one of Alberta’s provincial streams.

 

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Express Entry №106 – Canada is getting closer to the record

December 12, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new qualifying round for the selection of candidates from the Express Entry system. The government of Canada sent 3,900 invitations to candidates with the highest score. The minimum ranking score (CRS) of this selection remained the same as in the previous round and amounted to 445 points.

In total this year, Canada issued 85,900 ITAs via its Express Entry system. IRCC has already exceeded the goal announced at the beginning of the year to invite 74,900 immigrants in 2018 and is approaching the absolute record of the 86,023 candidates set in 2017. According to a new 2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan, in 2019, Canada intends to invite 81,400 immigrants via Express Entry.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws

  • Draw #106 – Dec 12, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #105 – Nov 28, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #104 – Nov 15, 2018 – 449 points
  • Draw #103 – Oct 30, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #102 – Oct 15, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #101 – Oct 3, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #100 – Sep 24, 2018 – 284 points (this round was aimed solely on the candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of December 7, 2018, the Express Entry system has registered 94,823 profiles of candidates. We remind you that the registered profile is valid for one year. After a year, the profile that did not receive the invitation is automatically deleted, and in order to become a candidate again, you need to create a new profile.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada via Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to immigrate and to fulfill your Canadian dream! Start your immigration today!
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Canada and other 160 countries embrace UN migration pact

On Monday, December 10, 2018, Canada joined more than 160 United Nations (UN) member states that signed a new Global Migration Compact.

The new UN agreement sets 23 objectives for improving international cooperation on all forms of migration, from refugees to skilled workers.

While emphasizing the need to eliminate the “adverse and structural factors” that cause migrants to leave their country of origin, the objectives call for increasing “accessibility and flexibility of regular migration routes,” investing in skills development and promoting recognition of migrant’s skills, qualifications and competencies.”

The document also states that its goal is to optimize the “positive impact” of migration, which is called “the source of prosperity, innovation and sustainable development in our globalized world.”

The Canadian government stated that the pact is “the first multilateral framework for a global response to migration” and this happens at a time when about 258 million people are moving around the world. Of this number, 68.5 million are internally displaced persons who flee from war, violence, and discrimination.

Read also: Canada Gives A Green Light to Skilled Workers

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, Ahmed Hussen, said that the agreement provides the foundation for the international community on migration issues.

Ahmed Hussen, said the agreement helps countries empower migrants so that they can play a more active and positive role in their host communities. He also stressed that the agreement is not binding, which means that it serves as a set of guidelines for best practices in the field of migration.

Read also: Red Seal Certificate Is a Great Opportunity for Immigration to Canada

The Canadian government recently announced 2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan, according to which Canada will accept more than 1.3 million new immigrants. In 2019, Canada expects 330,800 new immigrants via various economic, family, and refugee immigration programs.

To assess your chances for immigration, contact Green Light Canada. We will be happy to make your Canadian dream come true!
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Pavel Lifanov: Alberta and Manitoba are waiting for students

Opportunities for immigration through education have always attracted many talented young people from around the world. More recently, important changes have occurred in the provinces of Manitoba and Alberta regarding foreign students. Pavel Lifanov, Vice president of Green Light Canada, provides more details about these changes.

According to Lifanov, the government of Alberta is extending the transition period for the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials to allow students and post-secondary educational institutions enough time to meet the new requirements. The new changes for Post-Graduate Work Permit holders will go into effect on April 1, 2019.

Foreign students who started their studies before April 1, 2019, in one-year certificate programs, and post-graduate certificate and diploma programs that are not on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials will still be able to apply for the AINP based on old conditions if they meet all other requirements. Students who are admitted and registered on or after April 1, 2019, in one of these programs, will not be eligible to apply for AINP with a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Nevertheless, they will still have an opportunity to apply for the provincial Express Entry stream.

Read also: Pavel Lifanov: Provincial Immigration Is a Good Alternative for the Federal Programs.

On November 30, 2018, Manitoba has opened a new immigration path for foreign students who graduated from the post-secondary institutions in the province. In order to be eligible for the Career Employment Pathway, candidates must have graduated from a full-time program of at least one year in length and be residing in the province at the time they submit their Expression of Interest (EOI). Therefore, Lifanov emphasizes that international graduates in Manitoba now have additional ways of immigration under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Lifanov concludes that provincial immigration through education continues to gain momentum, so those who want to take advantage of this way should keep your eyes open.

Pavel Lifanov, Immigration consultant / ICCRC #R515679

To assess your chances for immigration through education, contact Green Light Canada. We will be happy to assist you.
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Express Entry Invitation Round #105

On November 28, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC issued 3900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates whose comprehensive ranking score (CRS) was 445 or higher. This round’s lowest CRS is 4 points lower than in the previous round.

In total this year, Canada issued 82,000 ITAs via its Express Entry system. IRCC has already exceeded the goal announced at the beginning of the year to invite 74,900 immigrants in 2018 and is approaching the absolute record of the 86,023 candidates set in 2017. According to a new 2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan, in 2019, Canada intends to invite 81400 immigrants via Express Entry.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws
  • Draw #105 – Nov 28, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #104 – Nov 15, 2018 – 449 points
  • Draw #103 – Oct 30, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #102 – Oct 15, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #101 – Oct 3, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #100 – Sep 24, 2018 – 284 points (this round was aimed solely on the candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled TradesProgram, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of November 23, 2018, there are 96,492  profiles of candidates registered in the Express Entry system. We remind you that the registered profile is valid for one year. After a year, the profile that did not receive the invitation is automatically deleted, and in order to become a candidate again, you need to create a new profile.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada via Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to immigrate and to fulfil your Canadian dream! Start your immigration today!
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Evgeny Blumin summarizes the results of immigration to Ontario in 2018

Evgeny Blumin summarizes the results of immigration to Ontario in 2018

Ontario is the most populated province of Canada, and its economy attracts the most successful immigrants. Evgeny Blumin, president of Green Light Canada, summarizes the results of immigration to Ontario in 2018.

In January 2018, the provincial government reported that the federal government, recognizing the success of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and its importance to the economy of Ontario, increased the provincial quota to 6,600 people, which is 600 more nominations compared with 2017.

OINP accepts applications for Ontario Express Entry, Job Offer Stream, International Graduates Streams, and Entrepreneurs Stream.

Ontario Express Entry

As part of the most popular provincial program, the Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, the government conducted several rounds of invitations to relevant candidates.

In the first three months of the year, Ontario invited candidates on a general basis. A mandatory requirement was at least 400 points in the profile of the federal Express Entry system.

  • January 23, 2018, – 340 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 440
  • January 26, 2018 – 380 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 433
  • February 8, 2018 – 89 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 433
  • February 13, 2018 – 488 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 435
  • March 28, 2018 – 480 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 351
  • March 28, 2018 – 299 candidates were invited (francophones targeted) – a minimum score was 351

Inviting 2,076 candidates by the end of March, the government focused on two subcategories — francophones and representatives of the trade occupations. Invitations were sent every week, Blumin emphasizes:

  • April 11, 2018 – 55 candidates invited (francophones)
  • April 12, 2018 – 87 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • April 18, 2018 – 34 candidates invited (francophones)
  • April 19, 2018 – 29 candidates (trade occupations)
  • May 2, 2018 – 36 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 3, 2018 – 59 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • May 9, 2018 – 18 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 10, 2018 – 48 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • May 16, 2018 – 30 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 17, 2018 – 45 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • May 23, 2018 – 34 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 24, 2018 – 30 candidates invited (trade occupations)

After the summer break, Ontario continued to select candidates, and in September, the government abolished the mandatory requirement of 400 points in the Express Entry profile. Emphasis was placed on francophone candidates, as well as candidates who have a valid job offer from an Ontarian employer.

  • August 16, 2018 – 31 candidates were invited (francophones)
  • August 23, 2018 – 15 candidates were invited (francophones)
  • September 6, 2018 – 15 candidates were invited (francophones)
  • September 13, 2018 – 44 candidates were invited (francophones)

Beginning with August, the OINP stopped publishing the number of candidates and their scores, especially regarding candidates with an existing job offer.

Read also: Why Ontario Attracts So Many New Immigrants?

The main disadvantage of the Ontario Express Entry remains the “passive” selection. The candidate has no opportunity to influence the system. The government of Ontario chooses the candidates it wants. Blumin notes that to increase the chances of being invited to this program, you should either pass the French language test or find an employer from Ontario.

Masters’ and Doctoral Steams

As in 2017, the bulk of invitations for Ontario graduates were issued in the first months of the year. Unfortunately, in these programs, there is still a system of the short-term opening of the registration window, during which the first who submit an application receives an invitation. Due to the significant number of masters and Ph.D. graduates, the system often fails to cope with the influx of visitors, and the website of the program simply stops working. As a result, the speed of the Internet and your own luck are decisive.

In 2018, the program opened on January 29 and April 5 but closed just an hour after opening.

Entrepreneurs Stream

Inviting entrepreneurs remains an important part of the development strategy of the Ontarian economy. Qualifying rounds for entrepreneurs were held almost every month:

  • February 6, 2018, 13 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 137 points.
  • March 14, 2018, 10 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 135 points.
  • April 16, 2018, 13 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 132 points.
  • May 14, 2018, 10 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 127 points.
  • August 24, 2018, 21 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 110 points.
  • September 21, 2018, 16 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 117 points.
  • October 23, 2018, 18 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 110 points.
  • November 23, 2018, 15 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 112 points.

Thus, as of today, Ontario has invited 116 entrepreneurs in 2018, summarizes Blumin.

At the moment, Ontario has used its quota of 6,600 candidates, but according to our sources in the government, the success of the OINP has led to a likely increase in the quota for 2019 to 7,000 spots.

Evgeny Blumin, Immigration consultant / ICCRC #R513445

To learn more about immigration to Ontario, contact Green Light Canada. We will help you to immigrate to this province.
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Evgeny Blumin: “What you need to know about parental sponsorship in 2019?”

The new year is getting closer, and therefore the time of the entry of new rules for parents and grandparents’ sponsorship via Family Immigration Class. Evgeny Blumin, an immigration expert and vice president of Green Light Canada, discusses the new rules and procedures.

According to the information received by our company from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, acceptance of applications for parental sponsorship will begin in January of next year, and the selection process is likely to start in February. According to a recently published 2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan, the Canadian government announced that it would accept 20,500 applications for sponsorship of parents or grandparents in 2019, and in 2020 and 2021 quotas will be 21,000 each, Blumin said.

Another major change in the process of parental sponsorship is the termination of the lottery system when selecting applications for parental sponsorship, Blumin stresses. Starting from January 2019, applications will be accepted in the “first come, first served” order. The first 20,500 full applications, supported by the appropriate package of documents, will have the opportunity to bring their relatives to Canada next year. The Canadian public has criticized this program a lot because, in fact, this program did not satisfy everyone, and because cybersecurity experts have repeatedly stated that the lottery system is vulnerable, making the possibility of manipulating the results very likely.

Another serious problem of the old system was the incompatibility of many applications with the program requirements. As a result, the second round of lottery selection was needed. For these reasons, the government decided to increase the annual quota and cancel the lottery.

Finally, the latest major change announced by the Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen will be the online application process. Previously, it was required to print out the entire package of documents and send it for consideration by mail or courier. However, it seems that the government is seeking to transfer the maximum number of immigration programs to electronic document management.

Regarding the basic documents that will be required for the application, Blumin said that the ministry explained that they would need the income statements of the applicants for 2016, 2017 and 2018. In order for your chances to bring your parents to Canada in the new year to be as high as possible – the best thing is to entrust the matter to professionals. Especially in the light of such significant changes in the procedure. Those who submit documents first will fall into the quota allocated by the government, while others will have to wait for their chance in 2020.

If you want to sponsor your parents or grandparents, contact Green Light Canada. We will help you bring your family to Canada.
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Express Entry Invitation Round #104

On November 15, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC issued 3900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates whose Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 449 or higher. This round’s lowest CRS is 7 points higher than in the previous round.

In total this year, Canada issued 78,100 ITAs via its Express Entry system. IRCC has already exceeded the goal announced at the beginning of the year to invite 74,900 immigrants in 2018 and is approaching the absolute record of the 86,023 candidates set in 2017.  Considering that before the winter holidays there may be additional rounds of invitations, we can expect a new record. In 2019, Canada intends to invite 81400 immigrants via Express Entry.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws
  • Draw #104 – Nov 15, 2018 – 449 points
  • Draw #103 – Oct 30, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #102 – Oct 15, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #101 – Oct 3, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #100 – Sep 24, 2018 – 284 points (this round was aimed solely on the candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of November 8, 2018, there are 94,823 profiles of candidates registered in the Express Entry system. We remind you that the registered profile is valid for one year. After a year, the profile that did not receive the invitation is automatically deleted, and in order to become a candidate again, you need to create a new profile.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada via Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to immigrate and to fulfil your Canadian dream! Start your immigration today!
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2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan

On October 31, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a new three-year plan on levels of immigration to Canada for 2019-2021. This plan will replace the previous three-year plan published last year. According to established practice, the Minister of Immigration reviews the plan every fall to make necessary adjustments regarding the number of immigrants in all categories and programs, if necessary, in accordance with the needs of Canadian economy and society.

According to the new plan, in the next three years, Canada will increase the number of immigrants, which should have a positive impact on the country’s economy and the labour market, as well as contribute to the overall “rejuvenation” of the country’s population. The strategic goal of the plan is to strengthen the Canadian middle class, maintain population diversity, and help create a dynamic and inclusive society.

As in previous years, the government divides all immigrants into several categories:

  • Economic category
  • Family category
  • Refugees and Protected Persons
  • Humanitarian and other

Economic category

Economic immigrants are the biggest category of immigrants. These people contribute to the development of the country’s economy and its further prosperity. Canada plans to invite 191,600 economic immigrants in 2019, 195,800 in 2020, and 202,300 in 2021. These impressive numbers combine all types of immigration programs.

2019

In 2019, the government allocated 81,400 spots for federal immigration programs, 61,000 for provincial programs, 14,000 spots for caring personnel, 700 spots for business immigrants (not including provincial business immigration programs), and 2,000 for the Atlantic Pilot program.

2020

In 2020, the total number of quotas will increase. Canada plans to get 85,800 immigrants for three federal programs and 67,800 for provincial programs. With regard to the number of caregivers, the number of quotas will be reduced to 5,000, and the number of immigrants in the Atlantic Pilot program will double to 4,000 spots. The number of federal business immigrants will remain unchanged.

2021

In the last year of the new plan, the total number of economic immigrants will increase again: 88,800 spots are planned for federal programs and 71,300 for provincial programs. The number of federal business immigrants will remain the same – 700. As for the Atlantic Pilot program and caregivers, their number for 2021 will be determined in the future.

Family category

The number of quotas for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents will be 20,500 people in 2019 and 21,000 in 2020 and 2021. As for the spousal and child sponsorship – in 2019 Canada plans to get 68,000 candidates, and in 2020 and 2021 – 70,000 each year.

Refugees and Protected Persons

Canada will continue to fulfill its obligations to the global community accepting refugees from different countries. In total, the government expects to accept 46,450 refugees in 2019, 49,700 in 2020 and 51,700 in 2021.

Humanitarian and Other

Canada also allocated 4,250 spots for Humanitarian programs in 2019, 4,500 in 2020, and 4,750 in 2021.

The number of immigrants to the province of Quebec will be determined in the future.

In total, Canada plans to accept 1,021,800 immigrants in the next three years. The population of Canada has exceeded 37 million, and thus Canada is approaching the strategic goal to accept the number of immigrants that is equal to 1% of the total country’s population.

If you want to be one of the lucky ones and immigrate to Canada – contact Green Light Canada. We will help you to fulfill your Canadian dream!
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Express Entry Invitation Round #103

On October 30, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC issued 3900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates whose Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 442 CRS or higher. This round’s lowest CRS is 2 points higher than in the previous round.

In total this year, Canada issued 74,200 ITAs via its Express Entry system. IRCC has almost reached the goal announced at the beginning of the year – to invite 74,900 immigrants in 2018.  Considering that before the winter holidays there are still two months, we expect a few more draws to be held this year, which means that the government will exceed its quota. In 2019, Canada intends to invite 81400 immigrants via Express Entry.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws
  • Draw #103 – Oct 30, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #102 – Oct 15, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #101 – Oct 3, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #100 – Sep 24, 2018 – 284 points (this round was aimed solely on the candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #97 – Aug 22, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #96 – Aug 8, 2018 – 440 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of October 25, 2018, there are 93,817  profiles of candidates registered in the Express Entry system.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada via Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to immigrate and to fulfil your Canadian dream! Start your immigration today!
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The USA Vs. Canada: The Battlefield is A High-Tech Industry

Canada has been aggressively moving to compete for the top foreign high-tech talents with Silicon Valley and other technology-rich regions of the U.S. The Canadian government, of course, does not recognize that it is using uncertainties with the immigration climate in the United States. But experts say that the Canadian Global Skills Strategy program is focused on attracting highly qualified foreign technical workers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Another initiative of the Canadian authorities is the Global Talent Stream program, which allows issuing work permits to foreign workers in just two weeks. The tightening of the immigration policy of the current US government under President Donald Trump encourages the best AI developers to turn their eyes to the north instead of Silicon Valley.

While United States tightens H-1B visa requirements, Canada takes the opportunity to attract the top talents.

Statistics show that more and more highly qualified specialists from countries such as India and China prefer Canada over the United States. Recent government studies have revealed a growing number of job seekers in technology companies in Canada. The share of choosing Canada among high-tech job seekers from India increased from 6% to 13% between August 2016 and July 2018. As for the United States, the numbers for the same period decreased from 60% to 50%.

Not only the federal government takes such steps. In August 2017, British Columbia successfully launched a new immigration program aimed at IT-professionals. The new program is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and is called the Tech Pilot. Within the framework of this program, every week the government sends invitations to qualified candidates who have a valid job offer in one of the key technological occupations. BCPNP Tech Pilot is intended for professionals whose occupations are on the list of 29 IT professions that the province considers to be key to the technology sector of British Columbia. IT is one of the main factors of economic growth in the province, and employment in this area is at the highest level ever recorded in British Columbia.

To apply for BCPNP Tech Pilot, candidates need to have a valid job offer in an eligible tech occupation; be at least one year (365 days) in length, and have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.

If you are a high-tech specialist and want to continue your career in Canada or even immigrate here, contact Green Light Canada!
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Green Light Canada Is Hiring!

Green Light Canada Is Hiring!

 
We are looking for a talented Immigration Consultant Assistant/Case Manager and a multilingual Receptionist
 
We focus on all aspects of Canadian immigration, hence our employees must:
 
Be able to work with clients’ documents;
Provide excellent customer service;
Speak Russian+Hebrew+English;
Work with very little supervision;
Computer literacy is an asset (MS Office, Gmail, Adobe, etc.)
 
Assistant/Case manager – salary depends on experience and skills. Main responsibility to work with docs, preparing immigration applications. Attention to details is a must. Previous immigration experience is an asset. Hours: 9-5. In the beginning, the employment may be part-time or 3-4 days a week a promotion to full-time after a month or two.
 
Receptionist – 14-15$/hr. – Main responsibility is to communicate with clients and visitors, respond to calls and emails. Hours: 9-5. In the beginning, the employment may be part-time or 3-4 days a week a promotion to full-time after a month or two.
 
Please submit your resume and cover letter to oleg.s@greenlightimmigration.net
 
Please indicate the name of the position in the subject field.
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The Results of Express Entry Draw #102

Today, on October 15, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC again issued 3900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates whose Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 440 CRS or higher. This round’s lowest CRS is 5 points lower than in the round #101.

In total this year, Canada sent 70,300 ITAs via the Express Entry system. This figure has almost reached the goal announced at the beginning of the year – to invite 74,900 immigrants in 2018. If Canada issues another 3900 ITAs in the next round, this goal will be fulfilled. Also, it is likely that the government will exceed its own quota. According to Statistics Canada, the population of Canada increased by 168,687 people in the second quarter of 2018 and 82% of this number are immigrants. Canada’s goal in 2019 is to invite 81400 immigrants via Express Entry.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws

  • Draw #102 – Oct 15, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #101 – Oct 3, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #100 – Sep 24, 2018 – 284 points (this round was aimed solely on the candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #97 – Aug 22, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #96 – Aug 8, 2018 – 440 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of October 11, 2018, there are 92,578  profiles of candidates registered in the Express Entry system.

If you are ready to start your immigration process now, book a consultation at Green Light Canada. The consultation fee is $250 CAD. The cost of the consultation will be included in the full cost of our services. The duration of the consultation is one hour. Our company employs only licensed immigration consultants who are registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
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Anderson College

From the minute the students walk in and throughout the rest of their lives, they know they made the right choice.

Since 1988 the private institution known as Anderson College has attracted thousands of students to, not only study but gain experience. Anderson College provides a bounty of opportunities to help students to get the most out of their enrollment.

They have flexible schedules to give students the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week, in order to get experience or to help students finance their education. Anderson College also has the advantage of being a private college, giving it the ability to provide students with smaller classes to increase one on one time with the teacher.

Services for International Students

Beyond the services offered to most students, there are also services offered exclusively to International students. These services help students with personal problems that they may face, such as finding a friend group to helping with academically based issues, including one on one counseling.

International Student Advisor

On their campus, Anderson College has employed an “International Student Advisor,” and one of their tasks is to help connect international students to ethnic clubs or associations, which they are welcome to join. It helps to reduce the loneliness that many international students experience when leaving their home country.

The students in these clubs have often gone through a similar experience to what the new students are feeling which can help them bond and assist in the forming of a relationship.

Student Workshops

Anderson College also provides a number of workshops to assist new international students with their transition to Canada, whether it is the culture, academic structure, obtaining a higher level of fluency in the English language or anything else.

Financial Consultation and Assistance

The College also offers special financial assistance to international students as well as financial consultation. It helps them to understand the financial system in Canada, as well as help with any funding.

Career Path Evaluation

The College has successfully developed a career evaluation counseling program. The goal of the program is to help students understand their future career development potential.

Individual Counselling

The College makes sure that counseling is available to help students with any personal issues that they may be facing, such as anxiety, stress, loneliness, and homesickness. 

To access the services there are a few admission requirements. In order to enroll the students must be:

  • at least 18 years old,
  • Complete the International Student Application Form online
  • pass the Wonderlic personnel test,
  • provide photographic identification
  • and provide proof of English proficiency.

After being accepted into a program, there is also a registration form that must be completed.

For more information, please visit the Anderson College website at www.andersoncollege.com

For more information on the application process, please visit www.andersoncollege.com/admissions/

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Provincial Nominee Programs Updates for September 2018

Provincial Nominee Programs Updates for September 2018

In September, there were several rounds of invitations for immigration to Canada via provincial programs. In the last month, invitations were issued in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario. In addition, some important changes have occurred in the immigration programs of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Green Light Canada provides a monthly review of Provincial Nominee Programs.

Ontario (OINP)

At the beginning of the year, the province was allocated a quota of 6,600 spots, of which 5327 have been used to date. Ontario is still accepting applications through the Job Offer Stream, as well as the Human Capital Priority Stream. These streams can be used by foreign graduates who have low scores in the Express Entry system. Also, on September 21, 2018, Ontario sent invitations to 16 candidates via the Entrepreneur Stream. Another 44 invitations to Express Entry were sent to skilled French-speaking candidates, bringing the total number of invitations for francophones released in 2018 to 1065. With regard to the Human Capital Priority Stream, Ontario revised the requirements for the minimum Express Entry score. Previously, candidates had to have a score of 400 CRS, but now this requirement has been removed.

Manitoba (MPNP)

In September, there were two rounds of invitations to the provincial program via the Expression of Interest (EOI) system. On September 14, 2018, 200 invitations were issued in Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, and the lowest score was 721 points. In the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, 82 invitations were sent, and the lowest score was 709. Another 150 invitations were received by candidates with ties to the province. The lowest score in this category was 604.

On September 28, 2018, in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, the number of invitations was 201, and the lowest score was 679 points. In the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, 31 invitations were sent for applications under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative and the lowest score was 713 points. Finally, the province has issued 160 invitations to apply to candidates who have ties to the province. The lowest score in this category was 592.

In total, Manitoba issued 824 invitations under the MPNP in September.

Saskatchewan (SINP)

On September 27, the Province of Saskatchewan has issued 213 invitations to Occupation In-Demand candidates via the new Expression of Interest (EOI) system. The score of lowest-ranked candidate invited in this draw was 66 points. SINP also nominated 225 Express Entry EOI candidates. The lowest score in this stream was 75. SINP nominated 438 candidates in September. All EOI’s had Educational Credential Assessments.

British Columbia (BC PNP)

In September, British Columbia held four rounds of invitations via BC PNP – two regular rounds and two rounds under the Tech Pilot program. In total, the province issued 866 invitations, of which 60 were via Tech Pilot. The minimum passing score in the Skilled Immigrants – Skilled Worker category in all four rounds was 82 points. The minimum score in the Skilled Immigrants – International Graduate category was 91 points in all four rounds. The lowest score in the Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker category ranged from 82-84 points. The minimum score within the Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate was 91 points in all qualifying rounds. Finally, the passing score in the Skilled Worker – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker category was 65 points. For this category, invitations were sent only in two qualifying rounds.

Newfoundland and Labrador (NLPNP)

The list of Newfoundland and Labrador employers taking part in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been made public, and the provincial government is encouraging foreign nationals to get in touch with them. The list contains 172 employers that have been designated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which fast-tracks eligible foreign workers and international graduates with a job offer from a designated employer for Canadian permanent residence

Prince Edward Island (PEI PNP)

The Government of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, announced that the business immigration program had been cancelled. The program allowed applicants to pay a $200,000 refundable deposit and to invest $150,000 in the local economy to get permanent residence. Unfortunately, this program did not bring any results for the province: according to the authorities, more than half of the 269 applicants did not open any business. Numerous frauds associated with false firms that served exclusively as a cover for people trying by any means to move to Canada led to a large-scale investigation by the Canadian customs and border agency. As of today, Prince Edward Island does not accept applications for this program anymore.

If you are unable to immigrate to Canada via one of the federal programs – use the opportunities of the provincial nominee programs. Contact us for further information and to choose the best program in your case.
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Algonquin College

When colleges were opening in 1967, one stood out from the crowd. The product of both the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology and the Ontario Vocational Centre in Ottawa, Algonquin College.

Named after the Algonquin First people who originally inhabited the area, the College continues to invite thousands of students every year to their campus from over 100 countries. After more than 50 years of development, Algonquin College has managed to not only constantly break its record for the number of enrolled students.  It also  made it to the list of the top 50 research Colleges in Canada.

There are more reasons why Algonquin College brings in more than 2000 international students semi-annually, but one of the biggest reasons is the services that the College offers its international students.

Student Counseling Service for Students

Firstly, there is a counseling service available to any students who are suffering from, anxiety, depression, relationships, adjusting to life in Canada and/or everything in between. To help with the adjustment to Canada Algonquin College offers an international student orientation a few days before the semester begins. This orientation allows international students to explore the school,  the neighborhood and make friends and new connections.

Peer Tutoring Program

The idea of working together with a student slightly older in order to solve problems can give the international students the motivation they need to talk to someone else and use the skill on other students as well in order to make friends.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) support program

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) support program is offered onsite to international students in order to help them master the English language.

Essential Study Skills website

Essential Study Skills website helps international students with academic problems:  such as time management, stress management, reading, note taking, studying and test-taking.

Before those services can be used, there are a few requirements that students must fulfill, including completing an English proficiency test, submitting an International Student Application Form and paying the required fees.

Along with the International Application form, students will need to submit Secondary (high) school transcripts as well as proof of Secondary (high) school completion. The proof of completion requires a for an equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma,

To determine the equivalent for your country please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/international/future-students-2018/admissions-apply/

 

For more information, please visit the Algonquin College Page at www.algonquincollege.com

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3900 ITAs Issued in the 101st Express Entry Draw

Today, on October 3, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC Issued 3900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) just as in the draw #99 a month ago.  The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of this draw was 445 CRS, four points higher than in the round #99.

In total, this year Canada has already invited 66,400 candidates out of 74,900 planned. This means that about 10,000 candidates will get the ITAs by the end of this year. We expect there will be at least four rounds of invitations this year. In 2019, the government expects to invite 81,400 immigrants through the Express Entry system. The minimum CRS required to get an ITA remains stable with minor changes.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws

  • Draw #101 – Oct 3, 2018 – 445 points
  • Draw #100 – Sep 24, 2018 – 284 points (this round was aimed solely on the candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #97 – Aug 22, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #96 – Aug 8, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #95 – July 25, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #94 – July 11, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #93 – June 25, 2018 – 442 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of September 27, 2018, the Express Entry system registered 91,332  profiles of candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to find out all information about immigration to Canada.
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Cenntennial College

The oldest college in Ontario is welcoming thousands of students to its halls.

Since Centennial college first opened in 1966, it has welcomed thousands of international students from over 100 countries.

This college was even recognized as the #1 college for international students in Ontario. The Centennial College demonstrates its support for the environmental cause. In 2011 it has constructed a new library, but the building was also certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) at the highest rank.

Centennial College also offers services to its international students to help assist them in feeling comfortable in the Canadian environment. The college helps international students by providing them with health care and assistance with housing to ensure that the experience that they have in Canada is not stressful for them.

Peer Tutoring Programs

Centennial College offers peer tutoring sessions where you can make friends while getting help in a subject. Students are given the opportunity to help out fellow students who need help.

Academic English Center

The College helps international students to develop and practice their English skills so that they can easily communicate and learn.

Individual Counselling for Foreign Students

Individual counseling is offered on site to help students cope with both academic and personal life challenges 

Before the international students are able to take advantage of these services, they must be admitted into the college, and there are some requirements: 

  • an application form must be filled out,
  • the international student must have a diploma equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

 

For more information, please visit the Centennial website at www.centennial.com

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University of Toronto

Back in 1827, King George IV ordered the construction of a new type of college. A college which would consist of the same style and privileges as a University, which evolved later into the now world-famous University of Toronto.

Since its reform in 1849, the University of Toronto has focused on Scientific and Literary studies. The University is also a diverse community, welcoming in students from over 168 countries. Throughout the years the University has sent millions of students on their path to success.

The University of Toronto has educated Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, foreign leaders and Justices of the Supreme Court.

Along with the outstanding academic program, the University of Toronto is famous for its services for international students

Centre for International Experience

The Center allows students to learn other languages while practicing their own language through teaching. This counts as one a credits towards completion of their University education.

Graduate Center for Academic Communication

The university offers assistance for graduate international students necessary to develop communication skills that are needed in both the academic and personal Canadian experiences.

Mandatory Student Healthcare Insurance

The University of Toronto requires mandatory student Healthcare Insurence to cover students in case of illness or accidents or any health problems during their study there.

In order to apply the application form must be completed before submitting an application, which can be found online on the University of Toronto website at future.utoronto.ca/apply/applying,

To complete the application process the international students need to provide proof of proficient knowledge in English or proof that the previous two or more years of their education were under English instruction. There is a number of recognized tests to prove English proficiency IELTS, TOEFL

For More information, please visit the University of Toronto’s website at www.utoronto.ca

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York University

With the rapid increase in the number of students entering Universities in the late 1950s, there was a need for more universities to be built to accommodate them. That decree started with York University, the first University of the to be affected by the movement. Since then, York University has welcomed hundreds of thousands of students to its halls, with over 6000 international students in 2018. Students come from over 170 countries to the University that welcomes them to exceptional programs in Education and Science, while also allowing the students to research in their field.

Another reason that York University attracts so many students is because of the bounty of services that the University and its students offer for International students. Firstly, the University provides an English Language course, known as York University’s English Language Institution (YUELI), to help prepare new International students for the academic and social uses of the language. Unlike many other Universities, the students provide webinars (online seminars) before school starts in order to prepare international students for a life in Canada. These webinars cover a wide range of topics including information about housing, what life is like in Toronto and so much more. In addition to the webinars there is also guidance available from the staff and faculty about many of the issues that international students face whether it is, mental, social, cultural, financial and/or academic. Finally, there is also peer tutoring available to the international students, which can be used as an opportunity to, not only improve in the academic field that the student is struggling in, but also as an opportunity to improve their english communication in an oral sense. Before being able to join this historic University and take part in the services they offer, international students must meet a few requirements. Firstly, there are the specific program expectations and requirements which every students must adhere to, whether they are local or international. These requirements may include, but are not limited to: admittance tests or a certain mark in a relevant course during the students secondary education, find your course on the York University website to discover what the requirements are for your course. After the international student has made sure that they qualify for the course they have to prove their proficiency in the english language by completing english proficiency tests, preferably, IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. In York University there is also the alternative option of taking the YUELI course and completing level 9. Finally, they also need to submit an application form. This form will include, course descriptions for all courses taken outside of North America, an official transcript of your secondary school courses, the application fee and the international services fee as well.

For More Information, please visit the York University website at www.yorku.com
Or visit the York University website for international students at yorkinternational.yorku.ca

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Ryerson University

In the heart of Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, lies Ryerson University. With many activities and events available both inside and outside of the school it is no wonder that over 40,000 students from over 148 countries flock to the University every year.

Since joining the Council of Universities in 1971 and being recognized as an official University in 1993, the Ryerson Institute of Technology has advanced to surpass its fellow Universities and became one of the highest ranked Universities in Ontario by enrollment.

Services for International Students

ESL Foundation Program

One of the more academically focused services that Ryerson offers to their International Students is an ESL foundation program, which allows for the international students who are not at a sufficient level in English to take a huge stride towards the right level and even beyond.

Student-Run Workshops, Seminars, and Events

The University offers a large number of student run events, workshops and seminars to help students adjust to the society, culture and get insight/information about immigration and how it works.

One on One Counselling

Allows students to privately discuss with a counselor any problems that they may have in adjusting to the new lifestyle, culture, social environment, academic environment, and other challenges.

Career Boosting program

The career-boosting international program for international students to assist them in finding work while studying at Ryerson University.

Educational Program Enrollment Requirements

if the international student does not retain the level of english proficiency that is required, they could apply for a spot in the ESL foundation program instead and then begin the academic program they wish to pursue.

For more information, please visit the Ryerson website at www.ryerson.ca

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Conestoga College

Since its founding in 1967, Conestoga has been leading in innovation and offering new programs. It has made connections with different Universities across the nation including the University of Windsor and McMaster University in order to be able to provide their students with programs such as the Masters of Business Administration.

Conestoga College invites thousands of new students to its campus every year from around the globe from over 80 countries. In addition to providing students with the knowledge that for specific fields and practices, Conestoga College also organizes seminars and workshops in order to improve student’s chances for employment ranging from “How to write a resume” to “How to use LinkedIn.”

Services for the International Students

Activities, field trips and workshops

A variety of activities, field trips and workshops geared at the international students at their college to help them make a meaningful connection to Canada, their new friends and environment  This experience can help those who might be having a tough time adjusting to the new lifestyle meet someone with similar experience.

Assistance and Guidance

There is also guidance and assistance provided to ensure that all the international students enjoy their time in Canada. The support is not only offered for academic challenges but also to make sure that the student’s personal lives are going smoothly as well and help those who experience difficulty adjusting.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Fill out an application form,
  • Completing an English proficiency test

adhering to the additional requirements for the specific program. The additional requirements may include, admission tests and providing a transcript of the senior years (Grades 10,11,12) of high school.

For more information, Please visit the Conestoga College website at www.conestogac.on.ca

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Red River College

Dating back to 1938, Red River College has been a diverse and exceptional college. Throughout the years Red River College has grown to welcome thousands of new students from around the world.

In 2018, Red River welcomed in international students from over 60 countries, and these students now make up nearly a  quarter of the college’s population. Embracing the evolution of education, Red River College now specializes in applied learning and research. This allows students to take a step past the ordinary classroom and experience their programs in a workspace.

Services for the International Students

 

Language Learning Program

The College offers an exceptional Language Learning Program, which can help the international students in the learning of English in their transition. Red River

Application Representative Services

College helps international students who have trouble applying to the college by supplying them with an application representative.

Individual Counselling

Red River College offers special counseling to international students in order to ensure that both their academic and their personal lives are going smoothly.

Immigration & Income Tax Workshops

Red River College offers workshops to help students learn about and understand immigration laws and income tax.

The Trips and Activities

The college organizes trips and activities for international students encouraging them to make new friends who understand the process that they are going through.

Admission Requirements

  • Pay the RRC program application fee and the International Foreign Credential Assessment fee,
  • provide a transcript for their marks in grades 11 & 12
  • provide proof of English proficiency (In order to fulfill the English requirement the student must either, take an English proficiency test (IELTS test, TOEFL test, and PTE )or have proof that their education was instructed in English in the past 2 years.

For more information, please contact Red River College at www.rrc.ca/

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Humber College

Since its founding in 1967, Humber College has grown to become Canada’s largest college. Since Humber first opened its doors, it has welcomed over 220,000 students from all over the world.

In the fall semester alone Humber welcomed almost 5 thousand international students from over 138 countries. However, Humber is not only known for its diverse range of students, but also for their excellent technological program. In addition to Humber College’s many strengths and diversity, they were also ranked as the most sustainable college in Ontario, as of 2013.

Services for the International Students

 

Visas & Permits Assistance

Humber College offers services to help international students with obtaining visas, study permits, and work permits.

Student Healthcare

The college provides the international students with student health care, while also assisting the student in obtaining a health card if applicable.

Financial Advisors

Humber college offers financial advisors on site to help students with planning their financing, application for funding for tuition fees, loans and grants.

Housing  Assistance

If necessary, the college will also provide advisors to help the international students manage their finances. In addition, Humber College also provides international students with assistance if they have trouble finding appropriate housing and accommodations.

Peer Tutoring

If international students have trouble with any courses or programs that they have, the college also has a peer tutoring service. This service can not only help the international students with the subject, but it will also give them the opportunity to practice the English language through active communication.

Individual Counselling

Onsite counseling service is available, which can be used for any issues, academic or private.

Last but not least, there are trips available that allow international students to learn more about the culture. These trips are organized and led by staff and students at the college and allow international students to develop a sense of home in this new country.

Humber College Application requirements

 

  • Submit application
  • Application fee paid
  • Proof of working  knowledge of the  English Language.  (English language test results,  have proof of at least three years of education with English instruction, or 8-week s of  Humber English for Academic Purposes course).

For more information, please visit the Humber College website at www.humber.ca

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Seneca College

With thousands of students graduating every year, Seneca is truly a marvel to behold. Since it was first founded in 1967, it has welcomed over 3,000 international students annually from over 113 countries.

They run many exciting programs including HELIX, which encouraged students to explore and develop their own businesses relating to the field of medicine. This college specializes in sending their students out into the field. They provide programs and courses which send students into work environments in order for them to build experiences in their fields.

Services for International Students

 

Student Mentoring In Life and Education (SMILE)

Immigrant assistance on site and providing trips and activities to help build connections between international students. The certified immigrant practitioner can help with visas, study permits and work permits for any international students who are in need.

Student mentoring

The student mentoring involves a senior student in your field of study helping you with the transition into Seneca both academically and culturally.

Trips and Social Activities

There is a great selection of trips that the college provides to help international students connect with others who know what they are going through and make friends.

College admission requirements

 

  • Submit application
  • Pay application fee
  • transcript for grades 10,11 and 12
  • Submit the results of the official English Language Proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE). Or Proof of instruction in English for not less than 2 years.

For more information, please visit the Seneca College website at www.senecacollege.ca

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George Brown College

Since its founding in 1967, the George Brown College has been welcoming in thousands of students from over 120 countries. In the fall of 2018, nearly five thousand international students were enrolled in the college with diverse courses and programs to suit the needs of students and requirements of employers.

With its education system evolving throughout the years, the college now specializes in both the culinary arts and the trades which involve skilled labour. This college was also the first college who was able to become a completely smoke free college.

The George Brown College provides international students with many services that help them not only adjust to the academic standards, but to also meet friends who understand what they are going through.

Services for the International Students

Tutoring Learning Center (TLC).

An academic service that is provided to international students is tutoring at the Tutoring Learning Center (TLC). This skill is not only useful in the academic environment but also gives the international students the ability to make connections and friendships.

the Language Cafè

The Language Cafè, which allows the students to meet others from out of the country. The Language Cafè is a meeting spot for international students from around the campus to meet up, which can be used as a method of improving their English through practice and make new friends in the process.

George Brown College Admission Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Pay the Application Fee
  • Proof of the English knowledge requirements (results of approved tests)
  • Proof of Education
  • Proof of Age ( applicants must be over 18 years of age)

For more information, please visit the George Brown College website at www.georgebrown.ca

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A New Round of ITAs for Federal Skilled Trades via Express Entry

A New Round of ITAs for Federal Skilled Trades via Express Entry

On September 24, 2018, the 100th round of the invitations was held through the online selection system Express Entry. This time, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada surprised the experts by selecting candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program. The FST is designed for candidates who work in the trade occupations. In this draw, the government sent out 400 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates whose CRS score was 284 or higher. Green Light Canada decided to review this program, as well as to analyze its prospects.

It is worth emphasizing that candidates for FST can usually be selected on general grounds if they have a high score. However, candidates in the trade occupations usually don’t get high scores. This is the fourth time the government held separate rounds of invitation exclusively for FST candidates.

Federal Skilled Trades Express Entry rounds

Draw #100 – May 30, 2018

  • Number of invitations issued: 400
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 284

Draw #91 – May 30, 2018

  • Number of invitations issued: 500
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 288

Draw #76 – November 1, 2017

  • Number of invitations issued 505
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited 241 points

Draw #64 – May 26, 2017

  • Number of invitations issued 400
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited 199 points

As can be seen from these data, in the Express Entry rounds for FST the government does not issue many ITAs, and the CRS score to get the ITA is well below the usual minimum scores for the Federal Skilled Workers. Most candidates if the trade occupations immigrate to Canada through various Provincial Nominee Programs, since the provincial certificate grants an additional 600 points, which is always enough for ITA.

In 2017 a total of 905 candidates were invited through the FST, and only one candidate was invited as part of the regular Express Entry invitation round. The candidates for this program simply did not have a chance to receive an invitation, without having a nomination from the province or the LMIA supported job offer. For this reason, since May 2017, there have been separate rounds of invitation for the FST program.

In 2018, the government has already invited 900 candidates for this program, and probably this year there will not be additional rounds for FST. However, new FST rounds will take place in the new year, and besides that, some provincial programs still have not completed their quotas for 2018.

See also: How to increase your CRS

In general, our experts recommend trade occupations candidates to check the in-demand lists of Provincial Immigration Programs. This way of immigration takes longer time and requires more money, but the chance of moving to Canada in this way is still higher than waiting for the Express Entry invitation rounds aimed at Federal Skilled Trades class.

Contact Green Light Canada to assess your chances and to choose the best immigration strategy and a proper program.
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The Minimum CRS Score for Express Entry Draw #99 is 441

Yesterday, on September 19, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC Issued 3500 Invitations to Apply (ITA). The number of ITAs issued this time was less than in the largest draw in the history of the system two weeks ago when 3900 ITAs were issued. During this summer Canada sent ITAs to 3750 candidates each draw.  This invitation round was 99th since the launch of the Express Entry in 2015.  The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of this draw was 441 CRS, one point higher than in the previous round.

In total, this year Canada has already invited 62,100 candidates out of 74,900 planned. This means that another  13,000 candidates will get the ITAs by the end of this year. In 2019, the government expects to invite 81,400 immigrants through the Express Entry system. The minimum CRS required to get an ITA remains stable with minor changes.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws

  • Draw #99 – Sep 19, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #97 – Aug 22, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #96 – Aug 8, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #95 – July 25, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #94 – July 11, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #93 – June 25, 2018 – 442 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of September 13, 2018, the Express Entry system registered 90,076 profiles of candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to find out all information about immigration to Canada.
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Changes in the Immigration to Ontario

Since the beginning of autumn, the Ontario media has shaken with two important news in the field of immigration. Firstly, Immigration Ontario cancelled the requirement to have 400 CRS on the Express Entry selection system in order to receive an invitation through the Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP). Secondly, there might be the Northern Ontario Immigration Pilot aimed at immigration to the northern part of the province. Green Light Canada expands more detail about new opportunities and upcoming changes in immigration in Ontario.

Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities

The OINP includes several different immigration streams. One of them is the Human Capital Priorities Stream, thanks to which Ontario selects a significant part of the immigrants by the provincial quota. One of the cornerstones of this immigration program was the mandatory requirement of a minimum of 400 points in the Express Entry selection system. Thus, the provincial authorities targeted those candidates who did not get enough points to be invited through the federal quota. However, according to the last rounds of invitations in Ontario, the province reduced the minimum score to 350 points. It is also noteworthy that preference was given to candidates who had a job offer, i.e. to the candidates who already almost settled in the province. And more recently, the requirement of 400 points has also disappeared from the official Human Capital Priorities guide, and thus, the change was introduced officially.

Northern Ontario Immigration Pilot

As for the Northern Ontario Immigration Pilot, so far, this is only a promising project. The fact is that although Ontario is the most developed Canadian province,  the level of its economic development is very different in different parts of the province. For instance, the northern part of the province is in dire need of skilled specialists. That is why the Northern Policy Institute recommended Ottawa to open an immigration program focused on Northern Ontario to give impetus to the economy of the north of the province. The Minister of Immigration of Canada Ahmed Hussen has already supported this idea. The pilot program will aim to annually invite 1,500 new immigrants to alleviate the shortage of skilled middle-level workers in North Ontario. The initiative is very similar to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, successfully launched in 2017.

Our company keeps monitoring of any changes in immigration law in order to provide our clients with the full range of services and opportunities for immigration to Ontario.

Contact Green Light Canada if you are interested in immigrating to Ontario. Our experts will consult you and help you arrange all the necessary documents.
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Pavel Lifanov: Canada Gives A Green Light to Skilled Workers

The success of Canada was established by a steady influx of generations of enterprising immigrants from all over the world. And if in the past, everyone who wanted so could settle there, in the last decades the Canadian government prefers skilled workers. Pavel Lifanov, vice president of Green Light Canada, describes an ideal immigrant in which Canada is interested.

Given the goal of economic development of the country, the Canadian government has developed and constantly modifies its main immigration program aimed at qualified foreign specialists – Federal Skilled Workers. Since 2015, this program is processed through the online selection system Express Entry, in which the candidates are invited based on an evaluation of various factors.

So, who does Canada want to see? The ideal skilled worker should be relatively young. The optimal age of the immigrant is 20-29 years, for which one can get 100-110 points (depending on whether the candidate is single or married). Such candidates are given maximum points for age. In general, Canada grants some points for candidates up until the age of 44, and those aged 40 can get about half of the possible points for age, – sums up Lifanov.

Canada is looking for people with higher education. And the higher it is – the more points are awarded to the candidate. Thus, higher education gives a candidate from 112 to 150 points. The trade certificate or diploma can bring about 84-98 points.

Another important factor in the portrait of the ideal immigrant is the knowledge of English and/or French. The better the main applicant knows at least one official language – the more points he can get. It should also be noted that the maximum possible score for the main language is 128 or 136 points (depending on whether the candidate is married). You can also get some bonus points for language proficiency at the CLB 9, which can be obtained by getting IELTS score of 8.0, 7.0, 7.0, 7.0 and higher or CELPIP score 9, 9, 9, 9.

The last important puzzle in the portrait of an ideal qualified foreign specialist is his/her work experience. Canada much more highly appreciates the Canadian work experience, and the experience gained in the home country does not bring points. However, 1-2 years of home experience in combination with knowledge of the language gives the candidate 13 or 25 points, and for 3 years of experience – 25 or 50 points. Similarly, points are awarded for a combination of foreign and Canadian work experience, but with Canadian experience, a candidate can immigrate through the Canadian Experience Class.

Thus, the ideal skilled worker is younger than 30 years old, have a bachelor’s degree, English score at the CLB 9 level and at least three years of skilled work experience. The lack of points for one of the factors can easily be compensated by a higher score for another factor. Canada gives green light to skilled workers, Lifanov concludes.

Pavel Lifanov, Immigration Consultant / ICCRC #R515679

To assess your chances of immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker, and to learn more about the Federal Skilled Workers program, contact Green Light Canada.
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Breaking! IRCC Issues 3900 ITAs in the New Express Entry Draw

Today, on September 5, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. IRCC Issues 3900 Invitations to Apply (ITA), the largest number in the history of the system. During this summer Canada sent ITAs to 3750 candidates each draw.  This is already the eighteenth round of invitations in 2018 and 98th since the launch of this selection system in 2015.  The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of this draw was 440 CRS, just like in the previous round.

In total, this year Canada has already invited 58,600 candidates out of 74,900 planned. In 2019, the government expects to invite 81,400 immigrants through the Express Entry system. Despite the increase in the quota in the 98th draw, the minimum CRS remained unchanged. However, we hope for a small decrease in the minimum CRS if the government continues to invite more candidates in the following rounds of invitations.

Results of the recent Express Entry draws

  • Draw #98 – Sep 5, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #97 – Aug 22, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #96 – Aug 8, 2018 – 440 points
  • Draw #95 – July 25, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #94 – July 11, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #93 – June 25, 2018 – 442 points

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

See also: How to increase your CRS

As of August 30, 2018, the Express Entry system registered 89,137  profiles of candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our experts will help you to find out all information about immigration to Canada.

 

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The Canadian Experience Class is the easiest way to immigrate to Canada!

One of the three current federal immigration programs that are processed through the Express Entry selection system is the Canadian Experience Class.  The Canadian government welcomes the desire of foreign professionals with Canadian experience to become permanent residents of Canada. Such specialists are, in fact, ideal candidates for immigration to Canada. These people have already adapted to life in the country and already contributed to the Canadian society and the economy. Such immigrants almost do not need to learn the Canadian way of life, because they already know them – beginning with universal healthcare, banking services, or even celebrating Canadian holidays.

As practice shows, the bulk of candidates for immigration through the Canadian Experience Class, apply from Canada. However, this does not mean that those who returned to their home country cannot use this program. Canada values people who comply with the law and leave Canada after their work permits expire. Thus, if you have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the last three years, you have a chance to immigrate under this program.

The federal selection system automatically selects candidates who meet the requirements of the Canadian Experience Class. To do this, in addition to having one year of work experience in Canada, it is also necessary to pass a language proficiency examination at the level CLB 5 for candidates from trade occupations and level CLB 7 for skilled workers. However, candidates still need to score a passing CRS, through an assessment of factors such as education, age, work experience and language skills. An additional attraction of this program is that you don’t need to show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family to meet the program requirements of the Canadian Experience Class, which you need to meet under the other Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker program and the Federal Skilled Trades program.

The Canadian Experience Class is probably the best immigration program for foreign students. After completing the program at a Canadian university or college, many international graduates can stay in the country thanks to Post Graduate Work Permit. If during the validity of this permit, a foreign graduate gets at least one year of skilled work experience, he/she can apply for the Permanent Residency through the Canadian Experience Class. In addition, foreign graduates receive bonus points for studying in a Canadian institution.

If you already have a year of Canadian work experience, you can become a permanent resident of Canada in the next few months!

Contact us to find out if you can immigrate to Canada through the Canadian Experience Class program. Our experts will advise you on all issues of this immigration path.

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Tech Pilot: British Columbia Offers A New Opportunity for IT Professionals

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located on the Pacific coast. This province is the third largest in population after Ontario and Quebec. In 2018, the population of the province is almost five million people. The economy of this province is rapidly developing thanks to innovative technologies.

In August 2017, British Columbia successfully launched a new immigration program aimed at IT-professionals. The new program is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and is called the Tech Pilot. Within the framework of this program, every week the government sends invitations to qualified candidates who have a valid job offer in one of the key technological professions occupations. BCPNP Tech Pilot is intended for professionals whose occupations are on the list of 29 IT professions that the province considers to be key to the technology sector of British Columbia. IT is one of the main factors of economic growth in the province, and employment in this area is at the highest level ever recorded in British Columbia.

To apply for BCPNP Tech Pilot, candidates need to have a valid job offer:

  • In an eligible tech occupation;
  • at least one year (365 days) in length;
  • and at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.
List of occupations for the Tech Pilot:
  • Telecommunication carriers’ managers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • Civil engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Biological technologists and technicians
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Computer network technicians
  • User support technicians
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • Authors and writers
  • Editors
  • Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • Broadcast technicians
  • Audio and video recording technicians
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  • Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

The processing time for Tech Pilot applications is extremely short. Most of the invitations are sent 2-3 months after the application is submitted. The demand for talents in the technological sector of British Columbia is growing faster than the supply. That is why the provincial government extended the program for another year until June 2019. This fact indicates that the province has assessed the results of the program exceptionally positively.

Contact Green Light Canada if you are interested in immigrating to British Columbia via the Tech Pilot. Our experts will consult you and help you arrange all the necessary documents.

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Recent Updates of the Provincial Immigration Programs

Recent Updates of the Provincial Immigration Programs

All those who are not eligible for Federal immigration programs can always try to immigrate to Canada through the provincial programs. Most economic immigrants apply for immigration using one of the Federal programs such as Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class. However, in addition to the Federal programs every Canadian Province also has its own immigration programs. Green Light Canada is continuously monitoring all updates in the Provincial Immigration Programs.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island issued new invitations to candidates in its Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories in an Expression of Interest draw held August 16. A total of 118 invitations were issued in all three categories, of which 111 went to candidates in Prince Edward Island (PEI)’s Express Entry and Labour Impact categories and the remaining seven went to Business Impact candidates.

Saskatchewan

The Entrepreneur stream of Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) increased the number of the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool selections this year and continues to be the largest entrepreneur program in Canada. The reason for Saskatchewan to add an additional round of invitations is probably because the number of qualified candidates has increased in the pool, as the neighbouring province Manitoba added additional language requirements, resulting in many candidates applying for the SINP Entrepreneur program instead.

Manitoba

On August 17, 2018, Manitoba held a new draw from the Expression of Interest pool of candidates within the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. In the draw #49, Manitoba issued 410 Letters of Advice to Apply to candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream. The lowest-ranked candidate invited had a ranking score of 500. The number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued in the Skilled Workers Overseas was 105. Those candidates were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative

Ontario

A new draw through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream on August 9 issued 947 invitations to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 350. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program says the CRS score range for this latest draw was 350 to 439 and those issued Notifications of Interest submitted their Express Entry profile between January 1, 2018, and August 9, 2018. Express Entry candidates targeted in this draw were required to have a job offer in Ontario. The Citizenship and Immigration Ontario was allocated 6,600 spots for the OINP in 2018. So far this year, OINP has used 4,800 of the allocated 6,600 places, leaving 1,800 available places for the remaining four months this year. The OINP has also updated the information about the processing timesNotifications of Interest issued under our Express Entry streams and the issue of Invitations to Apply under our Entrepreneur stream.

British Columbia

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) was allocated 6,000 nominations for 2018 and has reached the quota. British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates for Canadian permanent residence in 2017, with a notable boost in the number nominated through its EEBC — Skilled Worker category. In addition, British Columbia continues issuance of weekly invitations through BCPNP Tech Pilot.

Follow Green Light Canada to get the recent updates on the Provincial Immigration Programs and contact us to assess your chances for one of the PNPs.

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Express Entry: Trends of Summer 2018

On August 22, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. This is already the seventeenth round of invitations in 2018 and 97th since the launch of this selection system in 2015. IRCC again sent Invitations to Apply (ITA) to 3750 candidates. It seems like this was the last round of invitations in summer 2018. In the remaining week of August, there will be no more draws and the next candidates will get the ITAs in early September. Thus, Green Light Canada provides a brief overview of the Express Entry results of this summer.

Today, IRCC again sent ITAs to 3,750 candidates. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of this draw was 440 CRS. This is the third time of the lowest CRS in 2018. The same lowest score was also shown on May 23, 2018, and August 8, 2018.

In the last six rounds of invitations, Canada invited 3,750 candidates each draw. Our consultants are convinced that this quota per one draw will remain a regular number. The total number of candidates from the Express Entry pool who received ITA during this summer is 22,500. The Canadian government continues to invite the maximum possible number of immigrants each draw. During the summer, the lowest CRS has dropped to 440.

In total, this year Canada has already invited 54,700 candidates out of 74,900 planned. In 2019, the government expects to invite 81,400 immigrants through the Express Entry system.

See also: How to increase your CRS

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

As of August 16, 2018, there are 88,215 profiles in the Express Entry system.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada to asses your chances for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our immigration consultants will help you find out all information about immigration to Canada.
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Destination – Saskatchewan!

Destination – Saskatchewan!

Saskatchewan is one of the Canadian prairies. In the last decade, Saskatchewan has one of the fastest growing economies of the country, as well as a rapidly growing population. Its opportunities attract more immigrants every year.

The economy of Saskatchewan is mainly based on agriculture, fisheries and forestry as well as on such natural resources as oil and gas. The province’s GDP is fifth in the country and has reached CAD $79.4 billion. At the same time, GDP per capita is the fourth in Canada and is CAD $70,138.

An important advantage of Saskatchewan is real estate prices. For the amount you will spend on buying a one or two-bedroom apartment somewhere in Toronto or Vancouver, in Saskatoon and Regina, the two largest cities of the province, you can buy a huge house with a plot of land. After all, the Canadian dream is to have a home of your own, and that is why many immigrants are striving for Canada.

In addition, Saskatchewan attracts many foreign students. The University of Saskatchewan entered the list of the top 500 universities in the prestigious World University Rankings 2018. The provincial authorities expect that the University of Regina, which today is approximately 700th in the world, will also soon join the top 500 world universities. Universities of the province attract foreign students with more flexible conditions for admission. For instance, usually, it is enough to get 18 points in all four categories of the TOEFL exam or 6.0 in the IELTS Academic.

The provincial government has also developed the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP). Under this program, the province invites candidates within three categories: International Skilled Worker Category, Saskatchewan Experience Category, and Entrepreneur Category. Through SINP, future immigrants with the skills and experience required by the province can receive a provincial nomination that will allow a foreign citizen to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

This year the Saskatchewan stream for Entrepreneurs has become one of the largest programs for entrepreneurs in Canada. The reason for this may also be that the neighbouring province of Manitoba added additional language requirements, as a result of which many candidates began to apply for the Saskatchewan program.

To assess your chances of immigrating to Saskatchewan and to learn more about the opportunities for immigration, work or study in this province, contact Green Light Canada.