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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.