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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.

EE CRS

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.
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Why Ontario Attracts So Many New Immigrants?

Ontario is the most economically developed province of Canada. The share of the provincial GDP is 39% of the national GDP and is almost CAD $795 billion. At the same time, GDP per capita is CAD $56,000. One of the reasons for such high economic indicators is Ontario’s large population. According to the 2016 census, the population of Ontario is almost 14 million. In addition, the largest Canadian city Toronto with a population of 2731571 inhabitants is in Ontario. Toronto is also the third biggest city in North America just after New York and Los Angeles. The population of the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto and its suburbs), is 6,417,516! It is about the same as the population of countries such as Denmark, Bulgaria, Serbia or Israel. Moreover, about 53% of Toronto’s residents are immigrants who were not born in Canada. The 2016 census showed that the city is home to more than 17% of all recent immigrants in Canada, although less than 8% of Canada’s population lives in Toronto. The city authorities expect to receive about 170,000 new immigrants in the next three years.

The provincial authorities are making great efforts to attract even more immigrants to Ontario, and for this purpose, they spent a lot of time to develop a provincial immigration program within the framework of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). For instance, Ontario selects immigrants in four categories: the Ontario Express Entry, the category of candidates with a job offer, the student category and the category of business immigrants and entrepreneurs.

The motivation of the provincial authorities is extremely simple – Ontario is looking for those immigrants who have more chances for success in the province. In each of the categories, the province creates the most flexible conditions for preferred candidates. For example, graduates of Ontario universities who have completed a master’s or doctoral program receive preferential conditions for immigration within the master’s and doctoral streams, respectively, and within the framework of Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities stream, the Province sends invitations to candidates from the Express Entry pool, who have at least 400 points. Usually, candidates need 440-450 points to get the Invitation to Apply, and therefore many candidates do not get enough points. Ontario gives such candidates a provincial nomination, for which they receive 600 additional points.

The province of Ontario provides a set of unique opportunities for immigration that are not available in other parts of Canada.

To learn more about the immigration to Ontario, contact Green Light Canada. We will help you to immigrate to this province.

 

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New Round of Invitations in British Columbia

On August 8, 2018, British Columbia held a new round of invitations for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). 405 candidates were invited within the five provincial streams. The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, and to registrants from the Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

The minimum score in this round of invitation was different in various categories:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker – 82
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate – 91
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled – 65
  • Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker – 81
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate – 91

HealthCare Professional and International Post-Graduate applicants under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams do not need an invitation to apply. The provincial government allows them to apply directly via BCPNP Online.

The number and frequency of invitations to apply are based on annual nomination allocations from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the ability of the province to process applications.

In addition to the above-mentioned immigration stream, in August 2017 British Columbia has successfully launched the Tech Pilot Under the BC PNP. In this stream, the government issue weekly invitations to qualified registrants with valid job offers in the key technology occupations. The BC PNP Tech Pilot is designed for specialists from a list of 32 eligible occupations important for British Columbia’s technology sector, which is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in BC’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply. The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2019. This Nominee Program, which was just implemented last year, has been well received. Some candidates received a nomination in one day.

If you are interested in immigration to British Columbia, contact Green Light Canada to assess your chances in many of the provincial immigration streams.
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Express Entry: New Invitation Round Results of August 8, 2018

On August 8, 2018, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw of candidates from the Express Entry system. This is already the sixteenth round of invitations in 2018 and 96th since the launch of this selection system in 2015. IRCC again sent Invitations to Apply (ITA) to 3750 candidates. It seems that it is going to be a standard number for each round. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of this draw was 440 CRS. This is the lowest score in 2018. The same lowest score was also shown on May 23, 2018.

The new draw was the fifth draw in which 3,750 candidates received ITAs. Thus, the total number of candidates from the pool who received ITA during this summer has already reached 18,750. The Canadian government continues to invite the maximum possible number of immigrants each draw. Since the quota has increased to 3750 ITA per one invitation round, the minimum CRS score continues to remain in the range of 440-450.

Results of Express Entry draws in Summer 2018:

  • 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
  • Draw #92 – June 13, 2018 – 451 points

In total, this year Canada has already selected 50,950 candidates out of 74,900 planned. In 2019, the government expects to invite 81,400 immigrants through the Express Entry system.

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 1, 2018, the Express Entry system registered 87,573 profiles of candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions 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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Studying in Canada Is a Pathway to Immigration

Many people who dream to live in Canada cannot get enough points through the Express Entry system. Young people often do not have three years of work experience in their occupation yet. Other do not know English well enough to get high scores in the selection system. Those who are over 35, on the contrary, do not get enough points because of their age. In such cases, studying in Canada is the optimal solution for immigration.

The quality of Canadian education is one of the best in the world, and top Canadian universities provide the equal quality of education same as the education in the oldest universities of Europe or the top universities and colleges in the United States. A pleasant bonus is also the price of Canadian degree or certificate. The average annual cost of tuition in Canada is two times lower than in the US and about four times lower than in the UK!

The Canadian government is interested in foreign students staying in Canada after their graduation. That is why a foreign student has the right to apply for a post-graduation work permit for a period equal to the duration of his or her program, but not more than three years. Moreover, recently, all those who study in two-year programs are being issued three-year work permits after graduation.

The ratio of the Canadian authorities is extremely simple: a foreign student becomes a competent specialist in the labour market, who speaks English fluently or almost fluently and has also adapted to the Canadian way of life and culture and respects Canadian laws.

From the point of view of the Canadian Government, a foreign student is a double investment in the national economy. A foreign student has already invested in the Canadian economy, paying for his tuition, and after completing his or her studies and obtaining a post-graduation work permit, a foreign graduate works and pays taxes for the benefit of the Canadian society!

In conclusion, Canada equally appreciates both those who graduated from the university with bachelor’s and master’s degree or those who had chosen one- or two-year programs for obtaining a diploma or certificate. After studying in Canada, a foreign student can get more opportunities for immigration, both through the federal Canadian Experience Class program or through one of the numerous Provincial Nominee Programs aimed at foreign students.

Canada keeps being one of the most attractive destinations for international students. In 2017, Canada registered a new record of international students living in the country: 495,525, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). That is already more than the numbers forecast by IRCC for the year 2022 when Canada was expected to be hosting 450,000 foreign students.

Come to study in Canada! You will receive a prestigious education, learn English and get the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. If you have questions about studying in Canada, contact Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd.! Our experts will advise you on all issues related to education and immigration to Canada.