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.

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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!

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!

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.