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.

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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.”



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.


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.