Pavel Lifanov: Provincial Immigration Is a Good Alternative

Pavel Lifanov, the vice-president of Green Light Immigration, recommends to all those who are not eligible for Federal immigration programs to look at 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.



For instance, Ontario, which is the most populous Canadian province, still has about 4,000 spots available under Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) quota for this year. As of now, 2,901 applications under OINP have already been filled. If you have studied in Ontario, or have any skilled work experience in the province, you may get a provincial nomination.

On June 21, 2018, the government of Prince Edward Island issued 135 invitations to apply. The officials from the province’s immigrant nominee program, the PEI PNP, said candidates who received invitations were already working in the province. Candidates who wish to be considered under the provincial program must create a profile in the province’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system, which was introduced in February.

Manitoba has recently issued 592 invitations though Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool. The June 21 draw issued invitations to candidates in Manitoba’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba itself, as well as Skilled Workers Overseas streams, with Express Entry candidates receiving invitations through the latter’s Express Entry Pathway. This pathway is linked to the federal government’s Express Entry system.

The Government of British Columbia announced the extension of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) tech pilot program for another year, to help make it easier for IT companies to recruit top international specialists to British Columbia. The pilot is being extended until June 2019.

Finally, Alberta immigration authorities announced the opening of two new streams for immigrants: the Alberta Express Entry Stream and Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS). Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties with Alberta and who can help support the priorities of economic development and government diversification will be invited to apply. The AOS is a new stream that will enable foreign experts working in Alberta to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. In order to be eligible to participate in the AOS, candidates must be working in the province in a suitable profession and meet the minimum selection criteria for residency and employment status, occupation, language, education, work experience and income level.

Lifanov concluded: Provincial nominations are an additional step in the process of obtaining permanent residence; however, it is not the fastest way to obtain it. While almost all provincial nomination categories require the employer’s support, in many provinces international Graduate students have the option of applying for a nomination even without such support. Provincial nominations are not necessary to apply for permanent residence unless they are the only way to obtain sufficient points under the Express Entry or unless the candidate does not meet the federal programs’ requirements.

Pavel Lifanov, Immigration Consultant / ICCRC #R515679

With our experts at Green Light Immigration, you can go over the current Provincial Nomination Programs to find the one that will work best for you. Contact us to evaluate your chances.

Express Entry: Immigration Trends of The First Half of 2018

Statistics Canada says that Canada’s population has exceeded 37 million in the first four months of this year. It took two years and two months for the Canadian population to rise from 36 million to 37 million. Immigration is the main source for that increase since most of the newcomers arrive in Canada through the Federal Express Entry system. The first half of 2018 is almost over, and it is a good time to sum-up and analyze the Express Entry trends.

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In October 2017, Canada announced the plans to gradually increase the number of immigrants from 300,000 in 2018 to 340,000 in 2020. As for the Express Entry, the Government’s target for 2018 was 74,900 admissions through the three economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Since the beginning of 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held 13 Express Entry draws among which (on May 30) there was only one designed for specific Provincial Programs and the Federal Skilled Trades Class, during which 700 invitations to apply were issued. Meanwhile, the other 12 draws show the execution of the declared goals. For instance, in January, in each draw, there were 2,750 ITAs issued. The number was increased to 3,000 during February and March. In April it reached 3,500 ITAs per draw, and finally, in June 3,750 ITAs have been issued. (See the graph below)

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Today, on June 25th, 2018, Canada has issued ITAs to 3,750 Express Entry candidates in a new draw. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 442. The large draw size combined with the relatively short duration between draws contributed to the score going down by nine points from the previous cut-off score of 451 in the invitation round on June 20th. The average score to get an ITA remains in the range between 440 to 450 CRS.

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39,700 ITAs were issued as of this moment, meaning that another 40,000 candidates can expect to be invited to immigrate to Canada by the end of 2018.

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Opportunities Ontario

At least 2 years of work experience in the last 5 years in the specialty for which a candidate passes an immigration process and an invitation to work from an employer approved by the province.

* Level of knowledge of English, Provincial authorities left to the discretion of the employer, that is, there is no need to take the language proficiency test to immigrate under this program.

But, like in any other immigration program, there are negative sides:

Pros of the Program:

  1. Almost any candidate with a job offer from an Ontario employer is eligible for the program (that is, not necessarily has to be in Canada and working for that employer).
  2. There is no need to confirm the knowledge of English. If the candidate’s level of skills suits the employer, the immigration authorities do not require additional confirmation of language proficiency.
  3. There is no age restriction.
  4. Terms of consideration are up to 6 months. From our experience, in 90% of cases, the program is in the time frames set.

Cons of the Program:

  1. The Ontario program collects fees at the candidate’s consideration stage ($ 1.500 CAD).
  2. Not every company has the right to issue an invitation to work. To meet the requirements, the company must exist for at least three years, if the company is located in the Greater Toronto area, must have a gross income for the previous fiscal year of at least $ 1 million and at least 5 permanent workers. Companies located outside of Greater Toronto – at least $ 500.000 gross income and at least 3 permanent employees.

Our clients are at an advantage as we help them to find an interested employer and prepare all the necessary paperwork.


 Alberta and Saskatchewan Provincial Programs.

The programs are very similar to the requirements Ontario Provincial Program.
There is also no need to take the English test, but other conditions must be met.

The main difference in the requirements to the Candidate

  • If in Ontario it is sufficient to have only a job offer from a local employer, then in these provinces, in order to be able to apply for immigration without passing a language proficiency test, you first need to work for 6 months. That is, you need to get a work visa that is certainly an obstacle, but if you are a professional in your industry, it really facilitates the process.

The companies that have the right to hire foreign professionals must meet these requirements:

  • There is no criterion either to income or to the number of employees.
  • If the company exists, is active and brings revenue, then it can hire a foreign specialist and after 6 months of work to help your worker get a nomination from the province and a permanent resident status.

Contact us at Green Light Immigration to see how we can help you to find employment opportunities and immigrate to Canada


Canada without immigrants?

The Conference Board of Canada has published a new study analyzing how would Canada look like without immigration in 2040. Obviously, Canada will not stop the immigration, however, this study helped the public to better understand the importance of immigration for the Canadian economy.

Without immigrants, Canada would suffer from a serious shortage in labour force, which in turn will reduce the economic growth and will challenge funding of the universal health care and other social services. The Canadian population is small considering its vast territory. The population is also getting older, generating high costs to a healthcare system which, in many provinces, leaves much to be desired and places significant fiscal pressure on the country. According to the 2016 Census, immigrants represent 22% of the country’s population. However, the institution notes that by 2020, Canada’s population growth will be boosted only by immigration. Kareem El-Assal from the Conference Board of Canada said: “Immigration contributes to the economy in many ways. Immigrants contribute to the workforce, but they also are going to contribute in terms of economic activity.”

The smaller labour force automatically means higher taxes for the existing ageing population that will have to handle this burden to maintain the current situation of Canada as welfare-state. Without immigrants, the ratio of workers to retirees would drop from 3.6 to 2.0 by 2040. More than 26.9 % of the population would be 65 and older, compared to 22.4 % with a gradual increase in immigration.

The report showed that without immigration economic growth would slow down to 1.3 %, while now Canada’s GDP growth is expected to grow by an average of 1.9 %, guaranteed by a gradual increase in newcomers.

The future of Canada without immigrants seems to be very dark and we are happy that in reality, the government intends to keep the immigration as Canada’s first priority. When it comes to the future of immigration to Canada, it’s no longer a question of “why immigration” but “how much,” says federal Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen.

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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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Express Entry System Gains Momentum

The Government of Canada held a new Express Entry draw on May 23, issuing 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score for this draw was 440. The score is a new low for 2018, surpassing the previous low of 441 that was established in the invitation round on April 25 and repeated on May 9.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has increased draw sizes in 2018 from 2,750 at the start of the year to 3,000 in February and March and now to 3,500 for each of the four draws held since the start of April. It is the 10th draw for Express Entry this year, and the fourth time this year that 3,500 invitations to apply were issued. So far this year, the Express Entry has issued a total of 31,500 invitations to apply. The Government of Canada’s target for 2018 is 74,900 admissions through the three economic immigration classes administered by the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

In 2017, 86,023 invitations to immigration through the Express Entry selection system were issued! In 2015 and 2016, there were only 33,782 and 31,063 respectively. Based on the statements of the government, in 2018 this number will be even greater!

Those Express Entry candidates having difficulty meeting the points requirement may have chances to increase their points by having an LMIA-based job offer from a Canadian employer. An LMIA-based job offer can get at least 50 points for a candidate. International students may also have a chance to receive a nomination through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The OINP had 6,600 as its quota for this year, of which 2,601 spots have been filled but 3,999 spots are still available.

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