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Express Entry Draws: Canada invites 545 candidates

Every two weeks, Express Entry draws are done in order to choose candidates that will be invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. All draws, since last year, have been all Provincial Nominee Programs applications.

The minimum CRS score was 753, with a total of 545 candidates given an ITA (Invitation to Apply). The previous round saw a CRS score of 772 with a total of 829 candidates

Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) have been on pause since December 2020 and September 2021 respectively, due to a backlog of applications. It was announced recently that the programs will be back in July 2022 and most of these programs applications will be processed within the six months standard.

What is Express Entry? 

Express Entry is one of the pathways to immigrating to Canada for some of the most popular programs, which include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Programs. It allows candidates to submit their profile and be chosen to become permanent residents based on some factors which include age, education, work experience, language ability, and others.

It uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System, to assign points and choose top candidates to invite to apply for permanent residency. These draws happen biweekly throughout the year.

You can check out this guide on Provincial Nominee Program to know more about this immigration program.

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Scam Alert: Please Beware

Scam Alert: Please Beware

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Green Light Canada is one of the best immigration consulting firms in Canada and we have built this company by striving to provide outstanding immigration services for those who desire to work, study, visit or move to Canada.

As a result of the 15 years’ expertise under our belt, sometimes we get targeted by scammers trying to stand as representatives of the company.

We are writing this for you to please take note and  beware of this Facebook page “Ranking Mills (Robin)” 

We are no way associated to him, as he has never worked for Green Light Immigration. He doesn’t work with us presently either.

All our specialists and case managers are listed on our website, in case of clarification. We also have them up on our “GLC Team” on Instagram highlights

We will never ask you to send money outside of the company’s account.

Thank you very much

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Express Entry Draws: Canada Invites 829 PNP Candidates

Express Entry Draws: Canada Invites 829 PNP Candidates

Express Entry Draws Canada Invites 829 PNP Candidates

 

Canada has invited 829 PNP candidates to apply for permanent residency. The April 27th express entry draw candidates had a minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score) of 772, which is 10 points lower than the previous draw and they have all had previously received a Provincial Nominee Program nomination.

It was announced on April 22nd that the Express Entry draws that consist of the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades will resume soon and invitations to apply will start to go out in July.

What is Express Entry? 

Express Entry is one of the pathways to immigrating to Canada for some of the most popular programs, which include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Programs. It allows candidates to submit their profile and be chosen to become permanent residents based on some factors which include age, education, work experience, language ability, and others.

It uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System, to assign points and choose top candidates to invite to apply for permanent residency.  These draws happen biweekly throughout the year.

Express Entry for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class is currently on hold. The only active draw is the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) draw.

You can check out this guide on Provincial Nominee Program to know more about this immigration program.

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PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) holders can now apply for open work permit

PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) holders can now apply for open work permit

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A new policy has been announced, by IRCC (Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada),  that allows former international students with expiring Post graduate work permits between January to December 2022 to apply for an open work permit that can be extended up to 18 months. This policy will start in the summer of 2022, and this gives the international students a chance to stay in Canada longer and gain more work experience, which will eventually help them with the application for their permanent residency.

Every year, thousands of post-graduate work permit holders successfully transition into permanent residents. In 2021, over 88,000 post-graduate work permit holders were able to become permanent residents. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship says, “With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

Other policy changes that will take effect this summer include:

  1. Applicants for the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway won’t have to be in Canada while the application is being processed.
  2. Applicants who apply for open work permits while waiting for their permanent residency application decision will be able to get work permits valid till 2024. 
  3. Open work permit eligibility for immediate family members outside of Canada who were included in the PR application. 

These new measures are to help address Canada’s labour shortages.

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Express Entry Draws Back in July 2022

Express Entry Draws Back in July 2022

Express Entry Draws Back in July 2022

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not held Express Extry draws for Federal Skilled Workers Program and Canadian Experience Class since December 2020 and September 2021 respectively.

Travel restrictions in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, held up the processing of applications, which led to an increase in the backlog of those applications. Officials were beginning to struggle, so they had to put a temporary pause on the express entry draws.

Minister Sean Fraser, Honourable of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that Express Entry draws will soon resume, and invitations to apply for permanent residency will start going out in July.

IRCC were able to double the number of permanent residence decisions made in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 2021, they made decisions on 156,000 permanent residency applications, leading to Canada having to welcome 113,000 new permanent residents between January 1st 2022 to March 31st 2022. They were also able to process more than 100,000 work permit applications during this quarter.

This is good news overall and this means Express Entry applications can now resume again

Take our assessment test and lets discover if you’re available for any of the Express Entry programs: Assessment Form

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Express Entry Draw – Canada Invites 787 PNP Candidates

Express Entry Draw – Canada Invites 787 PNP Candidates 

Canada invited 787 PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) candidates to apply for permanent residency. All the invited candidates had a minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score) of 782

The CRS is one of the highest scores thus far this year, with the highest being 808 dated January 5th, 2022, which was the first draw of the year.

What is Express Entry? 

Express Entry is one of the pathways to immigrating to Canada for some of the most popular programs, which include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Programs. It allows candidates to submit their profile and be chosen to become permanent residents based on some factors which include age, education, work experience, language ability, and others.

It uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System, to assign points and choose top candidates to invite to apply for permanent residency.  These draws happen biweekly throughout the year.

Express Entry for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class is currently on hold. The only active draw is the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) draw.

You can check out this guide on Provincial Nominee Program (internal linking to https://greenlightcanada.com/provincial-programs-immigration-canada/)  to know more about this immigration program.

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Canada Welcomes 108,000 immigrants in the first quarter of 2022 

Canada Welcomes 108,000 immigrants in the first quarter of 2022 

According to IRCC, Canada welcomed 108,000 immigrants in the first quarter of the year, they exceeded their goal of making a final decision for 147,000 permanent residency applications. As Canada targets to welcome 432,000 new immigrants in 2022, this is a direction to a good start. Canada welcomed a total of 401,000 immigrants in 2021, which is the highest since 2019.

These applicants were invited under the Provincial Nominee Program under the Express Entry system, as the other Express Entry Programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class) are currently still on hold.

It was mentioned that applications for those programs might be back as early as spring.

“While navigating unprecedented challenges in Canada’s immigration system, we have kept client experience as our focus, leading to record levels of newcomers in Canada. Helping clients come to Canada quickly, with predictable processing times and efficient communication, remains a top priority for me. Canada is proud to be a destination of choice for so many people around the world, and we will continue to work hard to provide the best experience possible for them.’, said The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Canada also reached its target goal for citizenship, by inviting over 210,000 people to become Canadian citizens 2021- 2022.

Want to find out which immigration programs would be best suited for you? You can take our assessment test (link internally to the assessment test page https://greenlightcanada.com/assessment-forms/)   to find out your eligibility

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How to immigrate from UAE to Canada

If you live in the United Arab Emirates and have the Canadian dream, the good news is that the dream can become a reality.

There are many pathways to immigrate from the UAE to Canada. Here we’re going to cover many of the best ways to immigrate from the UAE to Canada.

The Canadian immigration programs for Emiratis can be broadly categorized into three:

  • Permanent residency program
  • Temporary residency program
  • Family Sponsorship program

We’ll take a look at each one in detail to see what is going to be the right solution for you. Let’s get started!

Permanent Residency Program

Most people immigrating to Canada pursue the permanent residency pathway. This will allow you to become permanent residents, and allowed to permanently live and work in the country. This is equivalent to a US green card.

There are various programs created by the Canadian government for immigrants seeking permanent residency. However, some of the most popular among Emiratis are:

1. Business Immigration

This program is designed for people who can invest or start businesses in Canada. If you are an investor or an entrepreneur in the UAE seeking to immigrate to Canada, Business Immigration is a pathway for you.

However, to be eligible for the business immigration programs, the following apply:

  • You must have an existing business good enough to qualify you for the program
  • You must have received a letter of support from a specified organization
  • You must have enough money that can take care of your bills in Canada before you start getting returns from your business
  • You must meet the language requirements

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2. Economic Immigration

Economic immigration is for workers who can contribute to Canada’s economy with their skills and abilities.

The programs include:

Federal Skilled Worker – For skilled workers with foreign experience who want to become permanent residents in Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades – For trade workers with experience in specified trade occupations who want to become permanent residents in Canada.

Canadian Experience Class – For skilled workers who have Canadian work experience of at least one year and want to become permanent residents.

Provincial Nominee – For skilled workers who have education and work experience that is enough to contribute to the economy of a particular province.

Agri-food pilot program – For skilled workers who can take care of the labor needs of the Canadian Agri-food sector.

You must have heard that one of the best ways to immigrate to Canada is through Express Entry. That is a reference to these economic immigration programs for skilled workers.

If you are eligible for one of these programs, you can visit the online application page and submit your details to join the pool of candidates.

Candidates are ranked using a comprehensive ranking system. This is the origin of the CRS scores. Candidates with the highest CRS scores will receive ITA (Invitation To Apply for permanent residency).

The comprehensive ranking system looks at:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Language proficiency
  • Work experience
  • Canadian connection

Thus, as an Emirati, you can boost your CRS score and have a higher chance of getting an ITA and immigrating to Canada by doing the following:

  • Get a higher education
  • Improve your proficiency in the two official languages of Canada (English and French)
  • Have over a year of work experience
  • Have a sibling already living in Canada, get a Canadian job offer, or get provincial nomination

Temporary Residency Program

The different temporary residency programs give Emiratis legal authority to move to Canada on a temporary basis.

Some of the most popular temporary residency immigration pathways are:

1. International Experience Canada (IEC)

This program allows young people from participating countries (including the UAE) to apply for a work permit in Canada to enable them to live and work in the country for a limited period of time.

Working temporarily in Canada gives you valuable Canadian work experience which makes you more suitable for the CEC (Canadian Experience Class) pathway to becoming a permanent resident.

That is, it is easier to transition from temporary residency to permanent residency.

2. Study Permits

This is the “study in Canada to stay in Canada” route. Study permits are issued to allow students to study in designated universities in Canada for a limited period of time.

Know that the study visas are only for the duration of the study program. However, a Canadian education will give you better opportunities when you do gain permanent residency.

Also, there are some programs that make you eligible for Post Graduation Work Permits (PGWP). This permit allows you to remain and work in Canada for a while after finishing your studies. This makes transitioning to permanent residency relatively smoother.

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Family Sponsorship

One of the easiest ways if you’re living in the UAE to immigrate to Canada is for your relative in Canada to sponsor you down to the country.

This is possible via the family sponsorship Canada immigration program. However, the “sponsor” (the relative in Canada) must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada and must be eighteen years and above. Sponsors must also undertake to provide financial assistance for the person they are sponsoring to Canada if need be.

Under the family sponsorship program, relatives that can be sponsored to Canada include:

  • A spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner
  • Dependent children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Siblings (brothers or sisters), nephews, and nieces
  • Another relative of any age (under specific conditions), and the spouse/ partner or dependent child of this relative

Final Thoughts

Canada has many great job opportunities, offers a high quality of life, and is a multicultural country that is tolerant of immigrants. So, it is a perfect country for Emiratis to immigrate to.

Thankfully, Canada has many immigration programs for people from the Emirates country. All you need to do now is choose which program is most suited to your needs and get the process started.

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How to Immigrate From Ukraine to Canada?

The Canadian government’s immigration policy was always considered one of the most liberal, at least in developed countries. While that’s true, the whole process can take a little while for anyone wishing to enter the country.

However, due to the recent political developments and the imminent danger Ukrainians are now facing, the Canadian government made it a priority to help Ukrainians and their families get to Canada as quickly and as safely as possible. Here we will look at how you can immigrate from Ukraine to Canada, the options to explore and the regulations you still must follow.

Exploring Your Options

When it comes to immigrating to Canada, people with a primary residence in Ukraine have several options. The first one is to arrive through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) – and it only grants temporary residency. If you want to remain in Canada, you may want to explore some of the options, before, or after arriving in the country:

Federal Economic Class – It includes three different programs, Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canada Experience Class. Each of these comes with different requirements and regulations.

Provincial Economic Class – Ukrainians who don’t qualify for a Federal Economic program may still apply for a Provincial program that grants permanent residency.

Quebec Immigration – This province has a much broader selection of immigration programs, including investor programs that Ukrainians can explore.

Business Immigration, including the Start-Up Visa Program – This is for those with the capital to invest in a Canadian business. You can buy a company, move to Canada on a temporary work permit and later transition to permanent residency.

Temporary Residence First, Then Transition To Permanent – If you didn’t immediately qualify for permanent residency when applying from Ukraine, you can still transition to one later.

Family Class Sponsorship – Ukrainians who have family members who are already permanent residents or citizens of Canada can get sponsored by them to gain residency themselves.

The general process of application consists of submitting a profile and entering Express Entry Pool, and after getting approved, applying for a suitable permit. Under normal circumstances, this process takes anywhere from 60 days to 6 months. However, due to the current war in Ukraine, the application of Ukrainian immigration claims is processed much faster.

Employment, Housing and Medical Care

Knowing how challenging it is for new immigrants from Ukraine to find work in Canada, the government has set up a website to assist Ukrainian nationals looking for employment. The site comes with instructions to use in Ukrainian and options for employers wanting to hire Ukrainians to leave their information.

Employers are also encouraged to offer jobs with benefits, such as health insurance, so Ukrainians can apply for a health card in their residential province. This way, you could take care of your and your family’s physical and mental care as soon as possible.

There are also different communities in every province offering affordable housing for Ukrainians and their families. Those with children and elderly family members have an advantage in this field.

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Finances and Settlement Services

While the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) waived most of the fees applicable for immigration services, you will still need to secure your finances while staying in Canada.

If you have just arrived and have no savings or income, you might be eligible for benefit and credit payments that can help you out until you find a job. If you are immigrating with your children, they can register for and start attending school right away, after paying only a minor fee and providing the necessary documents.

Apart from this, there are also settlement services ready to help out Ukrainians in almost every province. For those who have arrived under the CUAET program and have difficulties with the English language, these services can be incredibly useful.

They provide Ukrainian-speaking employee assistance in finding employment and the other necessities discussed above. They often offer English language training to make the transition go even smoother. And until you learn the language, you can use a multilingual workbook for general orientation for your daily aspects of living.

Ukrainians who are already in Canada on a temporary visa, whether they are working, studying or under a family sponsorship program that’s not yet finalized, can secure their stay in the country. If you fall under any of these categories, you may extend your work permit or visitor’s visa for three years. You can also apply for a new permit if your circumstances have changed.

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Regulations That Still Apply

While there has been an easement on regulations for Ukrainians when entering the country, they still need to meet certain requirements. For example, Ukrainians are exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination entry requirements, but they must undergo mandatory testing and quarantine upon arrival.

Ukrainians can immigrate to Canada under the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel) program but still must use ArriveCAN. This is a platform that verifies you’ve successfully provided the necessary information, such as contact, vaccination and anything else mandatory in the province you will be arriving. In addition, all applicants must undergo a complete background check before gaining eligibility for immigration.

The information to ArriveCAN needs to be submitted at least 72 hours before the arrival. It can be done in any country that has a Canadian VAC (Visa Application Centre). Ukrainians only have to apply for a Canadian visitor visa but are encouraged to get a three-year open work permit as well. This allows you to stay in the country for up to three years, and if you find steady employment, apply for a permanent residency after that.

Final Thoughts

Exploring your options before immigrating from Ukraine to Canada is still advised as it can help you settle in a more secure position.

However, failing to do so before leaving your home country won’t limit your eligibility for gaining temporary residency in Canada. In fact, due to the newly established regulations, the Canadian government allows even current temporary residents to extend their stay in the country.

For Ukrainians just immigrating to Canada, the new rules mean safe heaven and a chance for a new beginning. Whether you are travelling alone or with family, you can be issued an emergency travel permit, then sort out your situation once you are in Canada.

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How Much Does it Cost to Sponsor a Family Member in Canada?

Through its extensive immigration programs, Canada allows its new residents to sponsor permanent residency of their family members. Unlike many other countries, the Canadian government extends these programs beyond spousal or parent-child sponsorship.

That said, it’s not that easy to support the immigration of family members, nor is it inexpensive. This article discusses how much it costs to sponsor a family member in Canada and what other requirements you need to fulfill in order to reunite with your loved ones.

Who Can Become an Eligible Sponsor

To qualify for the official Canadian Family Sponsorship program, the sponsor must be a citizen or permanent resident of the country. This usually means that you must reside in Canada, though they are some exceptions.

For example, when applying, a sponsor can live temporarily outside the country but after the family member becomes a permanent resident, the sponsor must return to Canada. To sponsor, you also must be at least 18 years old.

Who Can’t Sponsor a Family Member

If you are currently in prison, have committed a crime, or are subject to a removal order, you won’t be able to sponsor a family member in Canada. Similarly, those who have debt from immigration loans, child support, or have recently filed bankruptcy aren’t allowed to sponsor either.

If you receive financial assistance from the government (disability excluded) or were also sponsored to become a permanent resident less than five years ago, you will not qualify. Nor will you be eligible to sponsor if you sponsored a family member less than three years ago, whether they were granted permanent residency or not.

Who Can Qualify for Sponsorship

The person you are looking to sponsor must live outside Canada (or have only a temporary residency) and be related to you in one of the following ways.

Dependent Child

The children of the sponsor, or children of their spouse, or common-law partner, can qualify for sponsorship if they are under the age of 22 and unmarried. Children with mental or physical disabilities who rely on their parents or sponsor for financial support can become dependents even if they are over 22 years old.

If your dependent child meets the requirement but has a child on their own, you will have to sponsor them as well. Plus, you will need to fall into the low-income cut-off. If your dependent child is in the sole custody of the other parent, they can still qualify for sponsorship, but your application must include permission from a custodial parent.

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Parent or Grandparent

Adult citizens or permanent residents of Canada can also sponsor their parents or grandparent’s residency if both parties qualify and the sponsor meets the minimum income requirements to support their relative.

Spouse, Common-law, or Conjugal Partner

To qualify for sponsorship, they must fall under one of these categories:

Spouse: The marriage must be legal both under Canadian law and your country of origin.

Conjugal partner: At least a year of relationship for couples not living together due to immigration, marital status, religion, or any other valid reasons

Common-law partner: At least 12 years of uninterrupted relationship for couples living under the same roof.

Same-sex relationships: For immigration purposes, these relationships are valid under the previous categories.

Sibling, Niece, Nephew, or Grandchild

This category includes unmarried adult siblings or nieces, nephews, and grandchildren under 18. If the person you want to sponsor is underaged, their parent has to be deceased, and you must have a court-ordered legal guardianship over them. The same rules apply for sponsoring a dependent child.

Financial Requirements

Unless you are sponsoring a spouse or dependent children, you will need to show that you can meet the minimum necessary income (MNI) to support your entire family. To determine this, you must subtract all debts, welfare, social or employee training assistance, and compensation payments from your total family income.

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To grant sponsorship, the Canadian government requires the payment of the following fees:

  • $75 Sponsorship fee for all categories
  • $75 Processing fee for all categories
  • $490 Right of permanent residence fee (isn’t required for dependent children or orphaned relatives under the age of 18.

You will also sign a Sponsorship Agreement, obligating you to financially support your sponsored relatives if they cant provide for their own needs. The new permanent resident will not qualify for government assistance, even after the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident, separates from you, or leaves the country.

The duration of the Sponsorship Agreement depends on your relation to the sponsored individual. For example, you will only have a financial obligation for three years for your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner.

For a dependent child, this period lasts until the child becomes 22 years old or for ten years. If the child is over 22 years old, this period is reduced to three years. To sponsor a parent or grandparent, you must obligate yourself for 20 years of financial support.

Other Requirements and Options

Along with their applications, the sponsor family member must submit the results of medical tests. For applicants from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, this also means providing biometric identification keys.

In addition, each adult applicant must submit police certificates from their country of origin or any country they have lived in for more than six months.

Apart from the federal requirement, certain provinces have their own requirements for their own family sponsorship programs. For example, Quebec has detailed instructions on obtaining their special agreement to sponsor a family member.

If your family member does qualify for the Family Class Sponsorship, there are other avenues you can try to help them immigrate to Canada. If they possess skills or experience in a field with significant job vacancies, they can apply for Express Entry. Adopted children can’t qualify for the Family Sponsorship program, but they may be eligible for other programs granted by individual provinces.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the Canadian government offers the possibility of reunification through several family lines. To make this possible, the sponsor must reside in Canada, meet the minimum income requirement, and several other conditions of the sponsorship program.

The sponsored individual also must pass several checkpoints, which will determine whether they qualify for the official Family Sponsorship Program. If not, there are still other venues to turn to, such as the Express Entry system, which allows immigration for those adept in a specific skill.

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Canada’s Processing Fees for Immigration

There are different routes to legally immigrate to Canada. In addition to filling out the application forms, some fees are required. These fees are paid to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).

In this article, we’ll examine the different Canadian immigration programs, as well as applicable fees (in Canadian Dollars).

The different options when seeking Canadian immigration are:

  • Permanent Residence
  • Temporary Residence
  • Family Sponsorship
  • Citizenship
  • Other applications and services

1. Permanent Residence

A permanent resident is someone who can reside in Canada permanently but who is not a citizen of the country. There are different paths to gaining Canadian permanent residency. Below, we’ll discuss the different programs and the applicable fees.

Business Immigration

This program is designed for entrepreneurs and investors seeking opportunities in Canada.

The applicable fees are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $2,075
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,375
Dependent child $225

 

Economic immigration

These programs are for workers who can contribute to Canada’s economy with their skills and abilities. The programs include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, Provincial Nominee, Agri-food pilot, and more.

Applicable fees are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,325
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,325
Dependent child $225

 

Caregiver Programs

These are three programs that open the way to permanent residency to persons who have experience working as caregivers. These programs are Live-in Caregiver Program, Home Child Care Provider, and Home Support Worker.

The applicable fees include:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Dependent child $550

 

Humanitarian and Compassionate

Known as H&C, this program opens the door to permanent residency to people who are already in Canada, and have resided in the country for a number of years but do not have legal status.

The applicable fees are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Dependent child $150

 

Permit Holders Class

This program opens the door to permanent residency to persons who were considered inadmissible to Canada (for permanent residency) but have held Temporary Resident Permits for a number of years.

The fees that apply to the program are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee)  $825

 

Protected Person

If the IRCC or IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada) decide that you are in need of protection, you can apply for permanent residency under this program.

The applicable fees are:

Application processing fee $550
Spouse/ partner $550
Dependent child $150

 

2. Temporary Residence

A Canadian temporary resident is a foreign national who is legally authorized to enter Canada for temporary purposes. There are different programs that grant persons temporary residency.

These programs and applicable fees are:

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International Experience Canada (IEC)

These are programs that allow young people from participating countries to apply for a work permit in Canada that’ll allow them to live and work in the country temporarily.

The applicable fee is:

International Experience Canada participation fee $156

 

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

The eTA is something that visa-exempt foreign nationals are required to obtain before traveling to Canada by air.

Electronic Travel Authorization fee $7

 

Study Permits

This is issued to foreign nationals, allowing them to study at designated learning institutions in Canada. The study permit will most likely be valid for the entirety of your studies, with an additional 90 days. This is to allow you to leave the country or apply for an extension.

The applicable fees are:

Study permit per person $150
Restore your student status ($200 to restore status plus $150 for new study permit) $350

 

Temporary Resident Permits (TRP)

This is different from a Temporary Resident Visa. The TRP is issued to persons who are considered inadmissible, but whose need to enter or stay in Canada outweigh the health or safety risks to Canada.

The temporary resident permit fee per person $200

 

Work Permits

If you are to enter Canada to work, you’ll need a work permit regardless of the job.

The applicable fees for work permits are:

Work permit per person $155
Work permits per group (3 or more performing artists) $465
Open work permit (a work permit that is not job-specific) $100
Restore worker status ($200 to restore status and $155 to get new work permit) $355

 

Visitor Visa

This is an official document stuck to your passport to show that you meet the requirements to either enter Canada or transit through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.

The applicable fees are:

Visitor visa per person $100
Visitor visa per family (5 or more people) $500
Extend your stay as a visitor (per person) $100
Restore your visitor visa $200

 

3. Family Sponsorship

You can sponsor certain relatives to Canada if you’re 18 years old and a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

The fees depend on who you are sponsoring as follows:

Spouse, Partner, or Children

The applicable fees are:

Spouse or partner – $75 sponsorship fee + $475 principal applicant processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $1,050
Dependent child (per child) $150

 

Adopted Children and Other Relatives

Applicable fees are as follows:

Relative (22 years or older) – $75 sponsorship fee + $475 principal applicant processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $1,050
Relative (under 22 years and not your dependent child) – $75 sponsorship fee + $75 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $650
Dependent, adopted child, or orphaned relative – $75 sponsorship fee + $75 processing fee (per child) $150
Spouse or partner of relative $550

 

Parents and Grandparents

The applicable fees are:

Parent or grandparent – $75 sponsorship fee + $475 principal applicant processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $1,050
Spouse or partner of your parent or grandparent – $550 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $500 $1,050
Dependent, adopted child, or orphaned relative – $75 sponsorship fee + $75 processing fee (per child) $150
Dependent child of your parent or grandparent $150

 

4. Citizenship

Gaining Canadian citizenship is becoming a Canadian, and this is the ultimate step of your Canadian immigration.

For this final step, fees that apply include:

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Citizen application fees

Adults (18 and over) – $530 processing fee + $100 right of citizenship fee  $630
Stateless adult born to Canadian parent $100
Mino $100

 

Other citizenship fees and services

Citizenship certificate $75
Search for record of citizenship $75
Resume citizenship (under 18) $100
Resume citizenship (18 and over) $530
Renounce citizenship $100

 

5. Other Applications and Services

In pursuant of your Canadian immigration dream through any of the above-mentioned pathways, there would be other fees. These include:

Biometrics

Biometric fees follow virtually every Canada immigration application. The fee is to cover the cost of taking and processing your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph).

The biometric fee is:

Per person $85
Per family (2 or more people) $170
Per group (3 or more performing artists) $255

 

Verify Status or Replace an Immigration Document

You can verify your immigration or citizenship status at any time. If you lose an immigration document (like a temporary resident document), you can also get a replacement.

The fee for either of these services $30

 

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How Much CRS Score Required for Canada?

Canada Express Entry is an electronic system that manages applications submitted by skilled and qualified immigrants seeking permanent residency in Canada.

Applicants are ranked and invited to apply for permanent residency using a CRS scoring system. In this article, we’ll discuss CRS scores.

We’ll tackle all the key questions such as:

  • What is a CRS score?
  • How are the CRS scores calculated?
  • What CRS scores have been required in recent times?
  • What is the lowest ever CRS score for Canada Express Entry?
  • What is a good CRS score?

Let’s get started!

What is CRS?

CRS is short for Comprehensive Ranking System. It is the points system that is used to rank applicants seeking permanent residency via Canada Express Entry.

Canada Express Entry is the fastest way for skilled immigrants to gain permanent residency in Canada. Millions of skilled immigrants submit their profiles every year. Sadly, not everyone can be invited to apply for permanent residency.

CRS scores are used to rank the applicants in the pool. The higher your CRS score, the more likely you are to receive an ITA (invitation to apply) towards realizing your Canada dream.

How the CRS points are calculated

The highest number of CRS points that an applicant can have is 1,200. CRS points are awarded based on the applicant’s skills, experience, education, adaptability, and more.

CRS point = Core/ human capital factors + spouse factor + skill transferability factors + additional points

Core/ Human capital factors include

If a spouse is immigrating with you, the maximum points you can get from human capital factors is 460, but without a spouse, you can get up to 500 points.

These factors are (assuming with a spouse):

  • Age – up to 100 points
  • Education – up to 140 points
  • Official language proficiency – up to 128 points
  • Second language proficiency – up to 22 points
  • Canadian work experience – up to 70 points

Spouse Factors

If you are immigrating with your spouse or common-law partner, you can get additional 40 points.

  • Spouse’s education – up to 10 points
  • Spouse’s language proficiency – 20 points
  • Spouse’s Canadian work experience – 10 points

Skills Transferability Factors

This section measures your suitability based on the combination of your skills and qualification. 100 points are up for grabs.

  • Language skill + post-secondary education – up to 50 points
  • Canadian work experience + post-secondary education – up to 50 points

Additional points

There are ways to earn additional points. But sadly, the additional points each applicant can get are limited to 600 points.

  • A sibling living in Canada – 15 points
  • French language skill – 50 points
  • Post-secondary education in Canada – 30 points
  • Arranged employment in Canada – 200 points
  • Provincial nomination – 600 points

How many CRS points are required to get an ITA?

To get an ITA from an Express Entry draw, you need CRS points equal to or greater than the CRS cut-off points for that draw.

The CRS cut-off varies from draw to draw, depending on the number of CRS points of applicants in the Express Entry pool and the number of skilled applicants wanted at the time. That is, if more people are needed, and/or the CRS points of applicants are generally low, expect the CRS cut-off to be low.

As can be seen from recent Express Entry draws, CRS points required for an ITA have ranged from an all-time low of 75 to 462 for the CEC program. While for the PNP program, it has ranged from 674 to 813.

Table 1: Summary of draws and CRS points requirement since 2021 till date (Feb. 22, 2022)

Year Program No. of draws Lowest CRS point Highest CRS point Average CRS point
2022 PNP 4 so far 674 808 735
2021 PNP 25 in total 682 813 738
CEC 17 in total 75 462 387

 

Table 2: Draws and CRS requirement since Jan 2021

Draw No. Date of Draw Program CRS cut-off No. of ITAs issued
#216 Feb 16, 2022 PNP 710 1,082
#215 Feb 2, 2022 PNP 674 1,070
#214 Jan 19, 2022 PNP 745 1,036
#213 Jan 5, 2022 PNP 808 392
#212 Dec 22, 2021 PNP 720 746
#211 Dec 10, 2021 PNP 698 1,032
#210 Nov 24, 2021 PNP 737 613
#209 Nov 10, 2021 PNP 685 775
#208 Oct 27, 2021 PNP 744 888
#207 Oct 13, 2021 PNP 720 681
#206 Sept 29, 2021 PNP 742 761
#205 Sept 15, 2021 PNP 732 521
#204 Sept 14, 2021 CEC 462 2,000
#203 Sept 1, 2021 PNP 764 635
#202 Aug 19, 2021 CEC 403 3,000
#201 Aug 18, 2021 PNP 751 463
#200 Aug 5, 2021 CEC 404 3,000
#199 Aug 4, 2021 PNP 760 512
#198 Jul 22, 2021 CEC 357 4500
#197 Jul 21, 2021 PNP 734 462
#196 Jul 8, 2021 CEC 369 4500
#195 Jul 7, 2021 PNP 760 627
#194 Jun 24, 2021 CEC 357 6000
#193 Jun 23, 2021 PNP 742 1002
#192 Jun 10, 2021 CEC 368 6000
#191 Jun 9, 2021 PNP 711 940
#190 May 31, 2021 CEC 380 5956
#189 May 26, 2021 PNP 731 500
#188 May 20, 2021 CEC 397 1842
#187 May 13, 2021 CEC 401 4147
#186 May 12, 2021 PNP 752 557
#185 Apr 29, 2021 CEC 400 6000
#184 Apr 28, 2021 PNP 717 381
#183 Apr 16, 2021 CEC 417 6000
#182 Apr 14, 2021 PNP 753 266
#181 Apr 1, 2021 CEC 432 5000
#180 Mar 31,2021 PNP 778 284
#179 Mar 18. 2021 CEC 449 5000
#178 Mar 17, 2021 PNP 682 183
#177 Mar 08, 2021 PNP 739 671
#176 Feb 13, 2021 CEC 75 27,332
#175 Feb 10, 2021 PNP 720 654
#174 Jan 21, 2021 CEC 434 4626
#173 Jan 20, 2021 PNP 741 374
#172 Jan 7, 2021 CEC 461 4,750
#171 Jan 6, 2021 PNP 813 250

 

CRS Score FAQs

Why are the CRS cut-off for the PNP programs very high?

The PNP program is one way that the Canadian government allows applicants to boost their CS scores. Provincial nomination gets you additional 600 points.

So, if you have a low CRS score of 200 (which is highly unlikely to get you an ITA), using the provincial nomination program will give you additional 600 points. This takes your points tally to a very handsome 800 (which all but guarantees you an ITA).

Because of the big points-boost that the provincial nominations give, the CRS cut-off for the PNP program is usually significantly higher than those of other programs.

What is a good CRS score for Canada Express Entry

Since the CRS cut-off for the PNP program is usually higher than those of other programs, what makes a good CRS score depends on the program you are applying for.

That said, we’ll define a good CRS score as one that’ll get you an ITA at least 80% of the time.

Looking at the draws from the beginning of 2021 till date, a good Canada Express Entry CRS score is 450; but if using provincial nomination, a good CRS score is 760.

17 non-PNP draws that have been done since the beginning of 2021, and only two times (#204 and #172) have the CRS cut-off been more than 450. So, a CRS score of 450 will have been good enough to get you an ITA 88% of the time.

Also, 29 PNP draws have been made since 2021, and only four times (#213, #203, #180, and #171) have the CRS cut-off been more than 760. So, a score of 760 will have been good enough to get you an ITA 86% of the time.

What is the lowest CRS cut-off score ever recorded?

The lowest ever recorded CRS cut-off score was 75. This came from the draw of February 13, 2021, which saw 27,332 CEC applicants given ITAs. Before that draw, the lowest CRS cut-off point ever was 199 points, which came from the May 16, 2017 draw.

However, these draws should be taken as an anomaly. A CRS point of 0 – 300 is not likely to be enough for an ITA anytime soon.

This is because, according to the IRCC CRS score distribution of candidates (as of writing), there are 198,061 candidates in the pool, and only 5,736 of these have scores in the range of 0 – 300. So, for any CRS score less than 300 to fetch an ITA now, Canada will be inviting over 192,325 candidates to apply for permanent residency. That is highly unlikely.

Final Thoughts

The Canada Express Entry CRS cut-off requirement varies from draw to draw. However, looking at draws in recent times, a good CRS score is 450. But when using provincial nomination, a good CRS score is 760.

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How Much Is Canada Express Entry Fee

Canada Express Entry is used to manage immigration applications for skilled workers. Each year, about 11,000 skilled workers who are immigrants get permanent residency in Canada through the Canada Express Entry.

If Canada is your dream country, where you’ll want to move to and start a new life. The fastest route to realize that dream may well be getting permanent residency through this system

In this article, we’ll tell you how much Canada Express Entry costs as well as the different elements that make up the cost. By the end of this article, you’ll have the information that’ll help you to make plans to begin a new life in your dream country. Let’s get started!

Cost of Canada Express Entry

Immigrating to Canada through Express Entry will cost you $2,300 (CAD) if you are a single applicant, $4,600 if you are applying as a couple, and $5,465 if you are applying as a couple with one dependent child.

What makes up the cost of Canada Express Entry?

The cost elements of the Canada Express Entry are:

  • Application Processing fee
  • Right of Permanent Residence fee
  • Biometric fee
  • Educational Credential Assessment fee
  • Language test fees
  • Medical fees
  • Miscellaneous fees

Application Processing Fee

This is the fee you pay to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) so that they’ll process your application. You will be refunded this fee if your application is not complete, but there’ll be no refunds once your application is already being processed.

The application processing fee is $825 per person. But for dependent children, it is $225 per child.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

This is the second of the three fees that you’ll pay to the IRCC. The RPRF is a fee that you must pay before you can become a permanent resident.

Interestingly, this means that if you withdraw your application or your application is refused, Immigration Canada will refund you the RPRF.

The Right of Permanent Residence Fee is $500 per person. But this fee does not apply to dependent children.

Biometrics

The third fee that you pay directly to the IRCC is the biometrics fee. This is to cover:

  • Collecting fingerprints and a digital photo
  • Moving your documents between where you gave the biometrics and the visa office

The biometrics fee is $85 per person. But for a family (2 or more people) applying at the same time and place, it is $170.

Educational Credential Assessment

One of the requirements of Express Entry is having completed a diploma, degree, or trade or apprenticeship credential. If your credential was obtained outside Canada, then you’ll have to have it assessed to determine that it is equal to a completed certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian institution.

There are particular organizations designated by Immigration Canada to provide “educational credential assessment”. As you’ll expect, they charge service fees. On average, the educational credential assessment fee is $200.

Language Test

Another requirement of Express Canada is proficiency in English or French. So, you must take and get a certain minimum score in English or French language tests approved by Immigration Canada. Taking the language test costs $300.

Medical Fee

You are also required to complete an immigration medical exam (IME) as part of your Express Entry application. This is because permanent residency is not given to persons whose health:

  • will be a danger to the health or safety of Canadians
  • will cause too much demand on the health/social services in Canada

The cost of the medical exam can vary, but on average it’s about $300.

Miscellaneous

This covers a variety of small costs that appear as you pursue your Canada permanent residency through Express Entry. These will include such fees as:

  • Courier
  • Notary fee
  • Cost of translating document
  • Cost of police clearance certificates

Miscellaneous fees vary widely depending on the country, but a good estimate will be $140 per person.

Canada Express Entry Fee breakdown table

Below is a summary of the different elements that make up the Canada Express Entry fee.

It shows in detail how your Canada Express Entry fee is computed if you are applying as:

  • A single adult
  • A couple with no dependent child (that is, two adults)
  • A couple with one dependent child (that is, two adults and a child)

Note that all costs are stated in Canadian dollars (CAD).

Single Couple Couple + one child
Application Processing Fee $825 $1,650 $1,875
Right of Permanent Residence fee $500 $1,000 $1,000
Biometrics $85 $170 $170
Educational Credential Assessment $200 $400 $400
Language test fee $300 $600 $600
Medical Fee $250 $500 $900
Miscellaneous $140 $280 $420
Total $2,300 $4,600 $5,365

 

Other Costs to Consider When Applying for Canada Express Entry

Two other cost elements that you need to consider when applying for Canada Express Entry are:

  • Provincial Nomination
  • Proof of Settlement Funds

Provincial Nomination

The Canada Express Entry fee calculated above assumes that you do not go through a provincial nomination. However, there are various reasons why you may want to use a provincial nomination.

Submitting your profile for Express Entry does not mean you’ll receive an ITA (invitation to apply). Strong candidates with very high CRS points will be selected over candidates simply meeting minimum requirements.

A provincial nomination will give you an additional 600 points. This’ll boost your profile, and turn you into the golden fish in the pool.

However, using the provincial nominee program comes at a cost. This ranges from $250 to $1,500, depending on the province you choose.

Disclaimer: All prices listed in the table below are gathered from sources and are subject to change.

Provincial Nominee Program Application Fee
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) $1,500-$2,000
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) $1,150
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) $500
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) $500
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) $350
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP) $300
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) $250
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) $250

 

Canada Proof of Fund

As part of your Express Entry application, you need to show “proof of funds”. This means that you need to show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family.

The only exceptions are:

  • Your application is under the Canada Experience class
  • You already have a valid job offer in Canada, and you are authorized to work in the country

Technically, this is not a fee because you’re not paying out the money to anyone. However, the funds must be readily available to you. How much money you’ll need to make available for Canada “proof of funds” depends on the size of your family as follows:

Number of family members Funds required (CAD)
1 $13,213
2 $16,449
3 $20,222
4 $24,553
5 $27,847
6 $31,407
7 $34,967
For each additional family member $3,560

Final Thoughts

Immigrating to Canada via Express Entry is not cost-prohibitive. If you apply smartly, you can boost your CRS points and be a strong candidate in the pool. That way, you’ll not need a provincial nomination which jacks up Express Entry fees. You’ll need just about $2,300 to make your Canadian dream come true.

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How Much Does LMIA Cost?

LMIA is an acronym for Labour Market Impact Assessment, which was formerly referred to as an LMO, labour market opinion. It is a document that an employer in Canada needs before being able to hire a foreign worker.

A positive LMIA from the Service Canada (ESDC – Employment and Social Development Canada) is called a confirmation letter.  It is possible for a company to hire without a LMIA but one is usually required. Here, we will look at the processes in which you can hire foreign workers without or with a LMIA, the requirements for getting one, the cost, and time it takes.

Cost of an LMIA Application

The cost to process a LMIA has increased in recent years and now the application fee is $1,000. This is an increase from $275 from the old LMO cost and also the fee needs to be paid for each worker that is required.

Hiring without an LMIA

If you are unable to obtain an LMIA or would like to know a process of hiring workers for the short term without an LMIA, then you can apply for the International Mobility Program. This program helps you to hire certain foreign workers, without getting an LMIA. This program does have its stipulations, which requires you to pay an employer compliance fee and to put in the employment offer, to the employee, through the IRCC Employer Portal.

Hiring if you need an LMIA

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows you to hire a foreign worker temporarily to overcome the labour and skill shortage. Service Canada will issue you an LMIA if you meet the program’s requirements and undergo an interview with a program officer, and you will need to give a copy of the confirmation letter to each of your temporary foreign workers and ask all of them to apply for a work permit.

Requirements for an LMIA

LMIA shows that the company has a position that cannot be filled by a Canadian candidate. There needs to be proof that the company advertised and tried to hire in the local market, but with no person fitting the job description or a lack of labour force for that position, the company had to look for a person abroad.

The company will have to send the ESDC proof that the job was advertised in the ‘Canada Job Bank’ website for at least four weeks before submitting the application.

Employers applying for an LMIA also have to demonstrate at least two other different methods they used to recruit people for the position, and, in certain cases, evidence will be required that they pursued underrepresented groups of Canadians. The job position should require the language to be only English and French for it to be applicable.

Employers can also be inspected at a later date to assess their compliance after a work permit has been issued. The LMIA application is only applicable for the employee for that region, company, and position. An employee cannot change companies or move locations with the same LMIA.

Categories of Application

The LMIA is divided into two categories depending on the wage of the employee, which are classed as high wage workers and low wage workers. The category in which a prospective worker falls under depends on whether the remuneration for the particular job is below, equal, or above the territorial median wage. If it is equal or above, then the company needs to apply for a high-wage workers LMIA. If it is below the median, then the company will be looking at applying to hire a low-wage worker.

Hiring High Wage Workers

Usually, when a company wants to hire a high-wage worker then they need to submit a transition plan to get a positive LMIA. This plan exists to make sure that the employer plans to decrease their dependency and reliance on foreign labour in favour of Canadians.

This plan includes a form that needs to be submitted with the LMIA application. It asks the employers to provide three distinct actions the company will take to recruit, train or manage Canadians for their job positions, specifically to look at ways of hiring underrepresented groups, like new immigrants, indigenous people, disabled, etc. Alternatively, they could require the company to highlight one major action they will take to help facilitate their foreign worker to get a permanent residence.

Low-Wage Workers

Canadian employers who want to hire a low-wage worker do not need to submit a transition plan with their application for a LMIA. They are however subject to other regulations that are not applicable for high-wage workers.

If a company hires low-wage workers, then there Is a limit to the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers that a company can hire. Canadian employers who have more than 10 employees are not allowed to hire more than 10% of their current workforce from abroad. This limit decreases as the years pass so that the company can move from hiring a foreign workforce and move towards hiring a Canadian workforce for the positions in their company.

Time Taken For A LMIA Application

The time taken to process an LMIA can vary depending on the job, industry and the location that the application is destined for. It can take from a few weeks to even a few months. The ESDC has recently vowed to process specific LMIA applications within 10 business days. These applications include:

  • LMIA applications for skilled trades, which are the occupations in highest demand
  • Top 10% occupations, which are the highest-paid positions in the country
  • Applications for short work permits, which normally lasts 120 days or less

A LMIA is only taken by a company that feels that there is no other recourse for them but to hire someone from outside the country. It is not an easy process and there are difficulties, but it is a very stringent method to make sure that the companies prioritise looking within their own borders to fill the position. It does this while also providing avenues for companies to hire from abroad if they don’t find a suitable candidate within the country.

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How to Find a Job in Canada

Canada is the most peaceful nation outside Oceania and Europe and the world’s tenth-most peaceful country. It’s also one of the world’s most welcoming countries. Remember, every home that welcomes visitors is more blessed than a closed-door home. Canada is known for its welcoming generosity to people who want to immigrate for various valid reasons. Annually, our government allows over 400,000 foreigners to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents to fulfill their dreams and enjoy freedom.

But how difficult or easy is it to find a job in Canada? How do you find a dream job in Canada without taking shortcuts that soon backfire as deadly short-circuits? Keep reading to answer these fundamental questions and learn how we can help you immigrate to Canada legally.

What Does a Canadian Job Mean?

Canada provides hundreds of thousands of immigrants with job opportunities. Some immigrate to Canada as refugees who later on join the labour force. Others relocate to Canada, seeking greener pastures and career advancement opportunities.

These two immigrant groups can secure permanent residency by following the laid-down procedures. So, getting a job in Canada the right way is a sure pathway to obtaining permanent residence. Here are quick facts about immigration before examining how to secure your Canadian dream job.

  • The Canadian government allows a given number of permanent residents based on its annual Immigration Levels Plan. This Levels Plan is tabled in Parliament yearly.
  • In 2019, Canada welcomed over 341,000 permanent residents and admitted over 184,500 others in 2020. In 2021 Canada welcomed 401,000 new permanent residents (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/12/canada-welcomes-the-most-immigrants-in-a-single-year-in-its-history.html)
  • Immigrants constitute almost 100% of Canada’s labor force growth. They also account for approximately 75% of its population growth, predominantly in the economic category.
  • By 2036, immigration will account for up to 30% of Canada’s population, up from 20.7% in 2011.
  • Immigrants address labor shortages in primary sectors like healthcare. They comprise 37% of pharmacists, 36% of physicians, 39% of dentists, 23% of registered nurses, and 35% of nurse aides and other related professions.

Options for Your Permanent Residency Strategy

Becoming a permanent Canadian resident is easier and safer if you do it legally. The law provides you with different avenues, work and study being top ones. This section examines how you can use your career or education pursuit to become a permanent resident.

Work

Since most people seeking permanent Canadian residency and citizenship use work, we shall focus on this avenue more. Here are some tips to help you secure a job in Canada.

  • Target your search

You need to laser-focus your job search to succeed in your goal. Thus, know which job you want to get and where it is. Narrow your search to job opportunities that suit your core competencies, dreams, goals, skills, experience, and strengths.

Additionally, focus your search on the region or province with the greatest number of vacancies. For instance, if you want an ICT job, focus near large cities like Vancouver or Montreal. Below are free and helpful official state resources to help you search for your dream job.

  • The Government of Canada Job Bank: This is an official Canadian job listing website.
  • Immigration Resources: The Canadian Government has every necessary immigration resource to accelerate your search on a single page to get your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and assess your qualifications.
  • Head-hunters, recruitment agencies and licensed immigration consultants like Green Light Canada Immigration can refer you to the Canadian employers they work for.

You may also jumpstart your job search using reputable online job boards like Workopolis, Monster, Indeed, and Eco Canada.

  • Brush up your resume

Now you know where your dream jobs are. It’s time to polish your resume to secure prime interviews with potential employers. Please note that Canada has a traditional way of formatting resumes. Canadian employers prefer reading your highlighted work experience to long job lists.

It would also be better to tailor your resume to meet specific job requirements. If necessary, follow up your resume with a cover letter to consolidate your application and make your resume outstanding.

Find a Job in Canada

  • Perfect your interview skills

Have you applied for your dream job? Are you ready to open your next career frontier? Then preparing for it is a must-have step. Perfecting your interviewing skills prepares you for your next job.

A successful interview requires effective communication skills and professional body language. Your dressing code should also match your desired job type because people will address you the way you dress. Also, apply the same principles to online interviews.

Take time to think about the soon-coming conversation and figure out how to answer questions. Always focus on the conversations because recruiters easily detect disconnected interviewees. Overall, don’t wear yourself out seeking 100% perfection because most employers seek employees willing to learn and grow. So, just focus on presenting yourself as the perfect “raw material” for greatness by showing the right attitude.

  • Get accreditation 

Getting accreditation boosts your chances of securing your ideal Canadian job. Get certification for your past work, education, and papers. This certification ensures your job experience and education match Canadian academic and professional standards.

You can follow these steps to accredit your credentials and experience in Canada. All papers must be French or English. Otherwise, translate them before submission.

  • Up your networking game

Landing your dream job isn’t a solo cheetah hunt but a networked lion pride hunt. You need other people’s input to secure your Canadian job opportunity because networking enhances your chances.

Leverage a professional social platform like LinkedIn to move closer to your desired job. LinkedIn has many recruiters seeking qualified candidates. Go ahead and draft a stellar profile to attract potential employers within your professional field.

Connect to these prospective employers and engage them on the platform without sounding pushy and desperate. Don’t forget to attend online networking events in your chosen city and career field to boost your network.

  • Accept help

Just like networking, don’t pursue your immigration dream alone. Instead, accept help from well-meaning people. Many people are willing to help you with professional guidance.

For instance, some can offer you pre or post-arrival services like employment mentorship to prepare you for your stay in Canada. These services help you plan for your immigration to Canada early enough to avoid unnecessary shocks on your arrival.

A firm like Green Light Immigration is an excellent model that offers a full range of immigration services. The company has top Canada immigration consultants leading this preparation stage to make your Canadian immigration more meaningful. You enjoy customized immigration solutions that connect you to academic and career opportunities when settling in Canada.

Studies

Education is another avenue you can use to settle permanently in Canada. Although this option isn’t better or cheaper than working, it’s still beneficial. Additionally, the Canadian Government allows you to work while studying. This option lets you help your spouse secure a work permit, work temporarily, or secure permanent Canadian residency after graduating.

Luckily, international students in Canada may work for up to 20 hours weekly or full-time during planned breaks, without work permits. You only need a study permit and full-time enrollment in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to work on or off-campus.

You can work directly for your college or essential service providers like gyms operating on your campus. This multitasking approach helps you support yourself financially, connect with new people, and build work experience.

Alternatively, you may focus on your studies full-time and work after your graduation in your career field. The law gives you different options for becoming a permanent Canadian resident. You can use the Come to Canada tool to explore available options.

Get the Green Light to Immigrate Today

Working and studying in Canada are two valuable pathways to secure permanent Canadian residency. You can use whatever suits you best to fulfill your dreams in Canada. So, which of these two options is cheaper and better you ask? Working is definitely the better option because you can use it to further your studies online.

That’s why we shared invaluable insights to help you secure your dream job as you settle in Canada. Go ahead and utilize them to boost your employment and live your Canadian dream.

Do you have obstacles standing in your way? Don’t worry because we can help you get a secure green light and settle in Canada legally without any fears. Our custom services prepare you for a prosperous future in Canada. Step forward and contact us today to help you realize your dream to immigrate to Canada.

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Canada’s Job Vacancies

While the coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on Canadian employment, the country’s job market has shown some promising signs of recovery. One of these signs is the recent jump in the overall number of job vacancies recorded in the third quarter of 2021.

However, not all sectors show the same amount of growth in their job openings. This leaves the overall unemployment records still lower than before the pandemic. Here is a general outlook on Canada’s current job vacancy stats.

Sectors With The Highest  Job Vacancy Rates

According to the latest statistical records, Canada had 912,600 job openings in the third quarter of 2021. This is a staggering 62.1 % increase compared to the same period back in 2019. Needless to say, due to the pandemic, labor demand has dwindled in some sectors but even considering this, the overall job vacancy rate has risen by 5.4%. When considering the state of the matter across the different provinces, Nova Scotia had a slightly smaller increase in vacancies. Whereas provinces such as Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec were hit with much higher unoccupied positions.

Although job vacancies have been on the rise in 18 of the 20 principal industrial sectors in the country, the issue has not affected all sectors the same way. In fact, around 60% of the empty positions were recorded in the disciplines where the unmet labor demand has continued to rise. These sectors are social and healthcare, the hospitality and food industry, retail, manufacturing, and construction.

Due to the increasing age of the local population, these jobs were in high demand for at least five consecutive years, but the recent events have only exaggerated the situation. On the other hand, in the sectors such as fishing, hunting, agriculture, rental, leasing, and real estate, the number of vacancies at the end of 2021 isn’t showing any incline compared with the same period of 2019.

Even prior to the pressure caused by the pandemic, the healthcare system has already been increasing its number of employees. Now, they have an even greater need for qualified workers, similarly to the retail, food services, and accommodation sectors which, after a temporary downsizing during the lockdown, now wish to resume operation with their regular number of employees. In healthcare or the food industry, employers are trying to fulfill the positions by increasing the average payroll, this is not the case in construction, where the wages saw very little change.

Factors That Affect Job Vacancy Rates

job vacancy rates

The two factors having the most significant impact on these numbers are declining unemployment rates and overall employment growth. As the Canadian economy does its best to bounce back from the staggering blow of the pandemic, this allows employers to open up new positions. Because many of the public health restrictions were also lifted, higher customer demand has become noticeable, further contributing to the latest vacancy rates.

Naturally, many other factors played a part in shaping the current state of the Canadian employment market. For example, in various sectors, the labor demand was unmet due to its significant increase, such was the case in the health sector. In other sectors, employees were forced to leave their positions due to the sudden changes in the skill profile that was required of them. Some decided to change their occupation and find something that was more suitable for their skill levels, while others have decided to upgrade their skills so they could find jobs with better wages.

Foreign seasonal workers and students could no longer fulfill their positions – nor can they find new ones as easily as they did before due to travel and other personal safety restrictions. Since these are typically low-wage jobs, they were ultimately left vacant for the better part of the last two years. In some sectors, the increased vacancies were due to shortages of specific skills or simply because of the geographical restrictions imposed by the new travel and safety guidelines within the country.

How Do The Wages Compare

It’s important to note that employment vacancies are more pronounced in disciplines where the average wages are on the lower side. Albeit this is not a new phenomenon, the average number of employees in these sectors has fallen by 2.7%, while the rate of vacancies in the same fields has risen by 2%, compared to the third quarter of 2019.

In comparison, the occupations with higher average wages saw a 9.4% decline in their share of vacancies between October 2019 and October 2021. There is also a drop of 6% in the unemployment rate in the last two months of 2021. This is partly because, in these sectors, the average rates have risen by 4.3% during the same two-year period.

The average wage in occupations with the highest raise in employment vacancies, such as construction, healthcare workers, restaurant workers and retail employees, has been raised by 9.7%. The hourly wages in the same sectors have already been increased by between 4.9 and 6.6 percent, depending on the profession.

It’s also true that in many of these sectors, employers are looking for more specific and advanced skill sets than they did before. In almost 90% of vacant positions, the candidates are expected to have active listening and critical thinking skills. The ability to solve complex problems without their supervisors’ intervention and social perceptiveness is also in demand in these sectors.

Final Thoughts

The record-high job vacancies cannot provide an ideal solution for unemployment in all sectors. Nevertheless, their statistics provide essential information about the disciplines that do need more workers. It also allows employers to channel their resources in a direction that will result in a higher employment rate.

Offering higher wages is one solution to increase occupational rates in these sectors, but it’s not the only one. Due to the ongoing pandemic, workers and students preparing to work in these fields demand more security and benefits. This also applies to the immigrants who, due to the new laws and safety regulations, can’t secure proper education or a permanent work position in Canada.

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Immigrant Wages in Canada

While the immigration rates have slightly slowed due to the worldwide pandemic, some countries are starting to welcome a surge of new immigrants into their workforce. Canada, for example, is promising many benefits for its new permanent residents in terms of wages, insurance, and much more.

This article discusses current immigrant wages in Canada and the factors that affect them. We’ll also offer a few tips on how newcomers can make the most of their situation in their new state of residence.

The Different Wage Profiles

Over the past couple of years, the profile of immigrants admitted to Canada has changed drastically. Before, a significant number of immigrants were either seasonal workers or arrivals with low educational profiles who needed additional experience to climb the corporate ladder. These days, immigrants fill in-demand positions, many of which are much higher paid than in other countries. In fact, some of them can grant higher salaries than the median wage for Canadians.

To better understand what this means, a distinction between the average wage and the median wage has to be made. The average wage represents the sum of all of a group divided by the number of its members. On the other hand, the median wage represents income that’s in the middle of the income ranges for a group. This provides a more thorough insight into the situation of this group. Since immigrants represent a minor group compared to the rest of the Canadian population, a detailed influx of information can give us a more representative image.

The Recent Movement of Canadian Immigrant Wages

Until 2019, Canada has been focusing on raising the number of admitted immigrants and integrating all newcomers into its workforce. This has been done through different tactics such as educational and work programs, which allowed foreigners to gain Canadian work experience in and outside of the country.

Through their pre-admission and experience, a record number of new arrivals were able to show proficiency in languages and deep knowledge of the Canadian job market. Armed with these skills, they were able to secure high-wage entry positions. In addition, many employers made favorable changes in their admission requirements, acknowledging foreign certificates. This was typically done in sectors locals showed a lack of interest for, creating a void that needed filling.

After the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, immigration came to a short standstill. Canada focused on securing the wages for those already living in the country, including the temporary residents. However, as the world has opened up again, the Canadian government has seen the opportunity to fill in vacant positions with a much-needed foreign workforce once again.

That said, the pandemic also brought on the need for new laws and regulations securing personal safety measures, which often limit the movements of the new immigrants. At the same time, they are provided with more favorable health insurance plans and higher entry-level wages than ever before. Healthcare, transportation, and production are just some of the most in-demand fields where these new rules were applied.

Factors That Affect Immigrant Wages in Canada

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Despite the favorable movements of the median entry wages, it’s important to note that not all immigrants will earn the same salaries even in the same positions. Here are some crucial factors that may affect the Canadian immigrant wages:

Country of origin: Studies show that those arriving from English-speaking and well-developed countries can secure jobs with much higher salaries than those coming from developing or poorly developed countries.

Pre-admission experience: Those arriving in Canada with previous work experience will have salaries that can be even higher than the median wage for permanent residents.

Education level: Apart from the required proficiency in English, a new arrival showing aptitude in French or any other major language group may also have a chance to acquire higher entry wages.

Age: Younger immigrants are much more likely to pursue higher education and work experience prior to their arrival to Canada, which helps them secure better-paying jobs.

Previous stay in the country: Most people who obtained a lucrative position after immigrating to Canada have already stayed in a country beforehand for education or seasonal work.

Willingness to commit: Immigrants with pre-admission experience willing to remain in their providence of admission are seen as more trustworthy and will climb the corporate ladder faster.

Country regulations: The coronavirus pandemic has brought the need for new laws that limit the possibility of looking for other jobs, encouraging many to pursue professional development.

Category of admission: Immigrants entering a country with a short-term work visa (such as seasonal workers) will have lower wages than those granted with even a temporary residency.

How Immigrants Can Raise Their Wages

After close observation, it becomes obvious that to obtain better-paying jobs, the new residents will need to arm themselves with knowledge and experience in the field of admission. While education in the relevant field is appreciated, this alone won’t qualify anyone for a higher salary.

For those wanting to earn a better than average wage, it’s a good idea to enter into a Canadian economic program organized in the home country. By combining their proof of education with their newly acquired skills, they will be much more likely to secure a permanent job in their providence of admission.

Doing thorough research and study of the job market can help foreigners prepare for landing a higher-wage entry position in Canada. There is a wide variety of in-demand positions that offer higher pay and more security through health insurance and other policies. For some, securing these benefits can be even more valuable than the amount of the wage itself.

Conclusion

While immigrant wages in Canada are still below the sums earned by the local residents, they are showing a steady increase. The pandemic had some negative effects on immigration to Canada but it only reinforced the stability of newcomers’ earnings.

The lack of interest shoved by permanent residents in some fields also contributes to the climb of Canadian immigrant wages. The country has established several economical programs, allowing foreigners to gain Canadian work experience before arriving into their province of admission.

Independently of their immigration status, the more extensive skill set someone possesses, the higher their salary will be. It is now a great time for anyone to find work in Canada, especially for highly skilled workers.

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A Review of Canadian Immigration in 2021

From the beginning of 2020, every country in the world encountered disruptions in all sectors. Whether it is the government or private settings, countries faced major setbacks. They noticed major changes in consumer behavior and productivity growth, which led to an amendment in government policies.

Like other countries, the Canadian government also faced many challenges to deal with public issues. But, the government made its way through these issues by changing the immigration system in 2020. However, situations didn’t go well throughout the year, so they had to make major adjustments in 2021.

Let’s review the role of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and see how they managed to offer permanent residency to 401,000 applicants during 2021.

Challenges Encountered by IRCC

IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada faced many challenges at the beginning of 2021. Major challenges include:

  • Immigration application backlogs were rapidly increasing
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders were waiting for their approval
  • COVID cases were drastically increasing
  • Canada’s public health issues were rapidly growing
  • The number of vaccinated people wasn’t increasing
  • Travel restrictions became mandatory

But, regardless of these challenges, IRCC issued 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021.

How IRCC Managed Immigration Challenges?

In 2020, IRCC started offering Express Entry invitations to all the applicants. But, their priorities shifted towards offering Canadian Experience Class candidates. Handling CEC invitations was easier since almost 90% of those candidates lived in Canada.

They intend to transfer temporary residents to permanent, especially for applicants already settled in Canada. This was an effective solution to meet the newcomer target. They got some warning signs in the beginning, especially due to the absence of an official IRCC policy statement. But over time, the strategy turns out to be effective.

On February 13, 2021, IRCC selected more people for permanent residence than they ever selected before. They handed out 27,332 Express Entry invitations. This exceptional draw was only suitable for members of the Canadian experience class. IRCC also stated that they will welcome more people from different countries after the pandemic ends.

In May, IRCC made a major leap and accepted 401,000 new applicants in six different groups. The approval includes 90,000 essential workers and international graduates, who were already living in Canada. This was a huge advancement in the immigration sector.

After June 2021, IRCC improved its process and offered permanent residence to 35,000 applicants each month. Most applicants were already living in Canada. With time, they increased the landings to 45,000 applicants each month.

In December 2021, the department expressed their welcoming gesture with the good news.
They stated that current government broke previous record to offer highest number of permanent residence in a calendar year. IRCC looked proud while they released this statement. And why wouldn’t they would be proud as their strategy was a success?

Resulting of this new policy, IRCC managed to achieve its goals to boost in-Canada landings. Furthermore, hundreds and thousands of newcomers also achieved their dream to become permanent Canadian residents. It was a win-win situation for the government and new permanent residents of the country.

The Shift of Canadian Immigration Policies in 2021

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IRCC backlog is drastically growing with 1.8 million applications. However, this was part of their strategy to increase in-Canada applicants. For a long time, many COPR holders waited in the hope for IRCC to accept their applications. The applicants include people on work, study, and visitor visas. Even Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants waited passionately for residence approval. Surprisingly, they were the majority to get permanent residency through Express Entry immigration.

This strategy is a success on many levels as Canada’s population and the workforce were slowly growing for many years. As a result, the country faced the highest job vacancy levels. But, since many applicants received permanent residency in 2021, they would be able to participate in the country’s progress. Therefore, we can say that this was a successful strategy adopted by IRCC.

That doesn’t mean that IRCC didn’t face challenges in 2021. They had to force this strategy through:

  • Increasing COVID cases
  • Canadian government’s strict travel policies
  • Government lockdown measures throughout the world

For instance, the Canadian government imposed ban on flights, arriving from India. Unfortunately, the restriction is active. Under all these circumstances, IRCC offered record-breaking numbers of permanent residencies.

Another noticeable thing to consider is that the immigration system of Canada functioned, regardless of ongoing challenges and obstacles. And the credit for such a progressive strategy goes to IRCC. Besides permanent residency, they also announced policies in January 2021. The policy enabled Post-Graduation Work Permit holders to apply for extensions.

Although it was a one-time extension, it led to an open work permit for the applicants. The purpose of this policy was to give residents more time to get work experience and get eligibility for permanent residence. For instance, in autumn, they invited 30,000 sponsors and allow them to submit for the Parents and Grandparents Program.

These policies, designed by the current elected government, helped many people to achieve their dream. They waited for so long for approval and pandemic appeared to be good luck, at least for them.

In September, Canadian residents elected the Liberal Party for the third consecutive time. Their policies increased immigration to over 400,000, which is a significant number of new permanent residents. The new immigration minister, Sean Fraser introduced significant and successful policies.

Justine Trudeau appointed Fraser to this designation soon after the elections. And this is clear that he has done a great job so far. The marching orders of Fraser include:

  • Improvement of application process time
  • Increase immigration levels to new heights
  • Quickly bring families together
  • Resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees

Conclusion

2021 is over with massive improvement in Canadian immigration policies. And experts predict that IRCC will approve more applications this year as well. They will continue to improve immigration policy goals, regardless of COVID-19 challenges.

Keep in mind that improvement in immigration policies will eventually reflect on the economic and social condition of Canada. Furthermore, it will help the government to tackle the crisis.

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2021 Labour Market Impact Assessment

Today, you will uncover everything you need to know about getting your Canadian Job Offer supported by LMIA.

We will explain in plain English what an LMIA is, why you need one, and how to get it. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Government of Canada’s LMIA process to get a massive head start on your immigration process.

In this article, we will discuss:

  • Jennifer’s Story
  • What is an LMIA?
  • National Occupational Classification (NOC) and LMIA
  • LMIA Supported Job Offers
    • Advertising
    • Employer’s Legitimacy
    • Compensation
    • Application
  • LMIA Exempt Job Offers

We’ll begin with a true story that recently happened to our client.

Jennifer’s Story

It makes perfect sense that one person could become a permanent resident in Canada if they have a job offer from a Canadian employer who wishes to hire them.

Jennifer is a Croatian citizen and an experienced marketing specialist who wanted to move permanently to Canada. Jennifer was an educated applicant. She researched the official website of the Canadian immigration department, and knew that under the Federal Skilled Worker program via Express Entry, she wouldn’t score enough points to be invited to apply for advanced processing.

She had been exploring popular Canadian job search websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Job Bank, Zip Recruiter and others, trying to find a job in Canada.

Jennifer was contacted by Harpreet, an HR manager of a Toronto-based marketing firm. She underwent a Skype interview with the marketing manager of this Canadian firm and the company issued her a job offer. Jennifer was very excited; Harpreet was happy, and the firm was excited to hire Jennifer. Harpreet asked Jennifer when she could start.

And then, all parties encountered a problem. Jennifer said that she did not have a work permit and asked Harpreet whether the company could request an  LMIA for her to get a work permit. Harpreet did not know how to do it and whether the company was able to obtain such a document.

Does it sound familiar?

If you have a potential employer lined up, but you don’t know where to start to get a positive LMIA, schedule your consultation with a registered Canadian Immigration Consultant right now!

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Harpreet started looking for an immigration consulting company and scheduled a consultation with one of the immigration consultants at Green Light Canada.

WHAT IS LMIA?

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A Labour Market Impact Assessment is a document an employer may need to apply for if they plan to hire a foreign national to work in Canada. Applying for an LMIA is a process that helps the federal government of Canada determine whether a foreign worker from the global talent stream is needed. The process can take up to several months unless you qualify for an exemption.

When we met Harpreet, he was shocked that a Canadian company was unable to hire Jennifer right away. He said that the company was satisfied with her credentials, background, skills and knowledge and was ready to hire her immediately.

We explained the process of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to Harpreet and that he would need to obtain an LMIA for Jennifer to even be able to request the permit to work in Canada.

We also told Harpreet that obtaining a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) would make the company’s job offer to Jennifer a Qualified Offer of Employment. Such an offer would add 50 additional points to Jennifer’s CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score under the Express Entry points grid.

Since Jennifer had registered her profile with Express Entry, she scored 451 points. The threshold at the time was 471. This means Jennifer’s application was 20 points too low to receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) via the Express Entry system.

A lot of Express Entry candidates encounter the same problem. They are relatively young, educated, possess high English/French abilities and have a few years of skilled work experience, but they still don’t score enough points to move forward with the process.

Often, candidates think that when they’re asked whether they have a job offer from a Canadian employer, they can say yes because someone has offered to hire them when they move to Canada. Then, candidates are disappointed with the fact that their applications are rejected since their job offers were not supported by an LMIA or were not legitimately exempt from one.

Let’s dig a bit deeper into what constitutes a qualifying job offer for your Express Entry profile.

It is essential to point out the fact that such qualifying job offers can give temporary foreign workers from 50 to as much as 200 additional points for their express entry profile.

National Occupational Classification and LMIA

When a Canadian employer offers you a job, you are offered to work in a particular occupation. The majority of existing occupations are categorized by a National Occupational Classification – NOC. NOC is a four-tiered hierarchical structure. The first level contains ten broad occupational categories, the second level is made of 40 major groups; the third level consists of 140 minor groups, and the last level comprises 500-unit groups.

For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs such as:
    • restaurant managers
    • mine managers
    • shore captains (fishing)
  • Skill Level A – professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
    • Doctors
    • Dentists
    • architects
  • Skill Level B – technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
    • Chefs
    • Plumbers
    • electricians
  • Skill Level C – intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
    • industrial butchers
    • long-haul truck drivers
    • food and beverage servers
  • Skill Level D – labour jobs that usually offer on-the-job training, such as:
    • fruit pickers
    • cleaning staff
    • oil field workers

What Education is Needed to Qualify?

  • Skill Level A – Occupations usually require a university education
  • Skill Level B  – Occupations usually require a college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training
  • Skill Level  C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training
  • Skill Level D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations

Canadian immigration programs use the NOC to determine if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) considers “skilled” jobs to be those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B.

Skill Type 0 (zero) consists of jobs that are classified as 0*** and 00**

For example – a restaurant manager is NOC 0631 – 0***. So if you have a job offer from a Canadian restaurant and they wish to hire you as a restaurant manager, you get 50 additional CRS points.

Top management and executive positions are classified as 00**. For example, CEO, vice president, director and more. If you have a job offer for one of these positions, you could get 200 additional CRS points.

Now, not any written job offer will qualify to be considered a job offer for your immigration process under the Express Entry system. Below we will discuss each option in more detail.

It is essential to point out that other non-Express Entry and/or not Federal immigration programs, may have a different set of requirements to grant you additional points or help you qualify to apply for permanent residence under certain provincial programs. The requirements for such offers are different and are discussed in other articles on our website.

So, how do you get 50 or 200 additional CRS points for your Express Entry profile if you found a Canadian employer that is willing to hire you?

LMIA Supported Job Offers

Usually, a hiring employer needs to submit a form to apply for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA, formerly known as LMO – Labour Market Opinion) under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) managed by Employment Services Development Canada (Service Canada).

Employment Services Development Canada has a set of four important requirements for every LMIA request. Your application would have to satisfy every single one of them in order to be approved.

  • Advertising
  • Employer’s Legitimacy
  • Compensation
  • Application

Advertising

According to Canada’s employment policy, Canadian employers need to prioritize Canadian workforce applicants for their job opening. This means that if the employer applies for an LMIA, they need to prove that they were trying to recruit a Canadian worker to fill labour openings for at least one month beforehand.

To fulfill this requirement, employers need to advertise the position on a few national-scope websites to the general Canadian job market, searching for a Canadian employee. The resources where they advertise need to meet the strict requirements of the TFWP.

The way these advertisements are written and presented to the Canadian workforce needs to meet rigorous requirements as well.

The main reason for the rejection of such LMIA applications is that the advertisement was not done according to TFWP requirements and rules.

Employer’s Legitimacy

If it’s been more than two years since a business has processed a successful LMIA application, they may be required to provide additional documentation to prove that the business is legitimate. According to the IRCC website, businesses will need to show that they:

  • have not had any past compliance issues
  • can fulfill the terms of the job offer
  • are providing a good or service in Canada
  • are offering an employment opportunity that is consistent with the needs of their business

Compensation

The wage the employer is willing to pay for the position determines the stream the application must go through when being processed. The distinction is made between low-wage and high-wage jobs and is based on the median wage within the province where the job is being offered.

For example, if the median hourly wage in Ontario is $24.04, a job offering a wage of $25 hourly would need to follow the high-wage stream, whereas a job offering $23 hourly would be required to follow a low-wage stream.

There are separate advertising requirements for each type of wage, as well as minimum salary requirements when advertising to Canadian national workers.

Application

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LMIA Cost and Pricing

Applying is a 2-step process. First, the employer must pay the processing fee and submit an application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for the LMIA. The processing fee is $1,000 Canadian dollars per foreign worker. They can pay by certified cheque, money order, or major credit card. As part of the rules of this program, employers are not able to attempt to recover these fees from employees.

If the application is denied, the Canadian Government will not refund the processing fee. The most common reason for denial is that it is deemed that citizens or permanent residents are ready and able to perform the job duties. If an employer wants to appeal the denial, they will need to submit another application and pay another $1,000.

How To Apply

The application process does not require an immigration lawyer. Employers must submit the following documents to the Service Canada Center responsible for their specific LMIA applications:

  • Complete and sign this LMIA Application form and be sure they are prepared to include the name of the employee they wish to hire.
  • Complete and sign this Schedule D – Skilled trades job offer – Employer #2 if applicable.
  • Provide a signed job offer. This must be signed by the employee and employer.
  • This proof of business legitimacy.
  • Proof of advertisement of the job to Canadians and permanent residents (which should show where, when, and how long the job was advertised for).

How Long Will the Application Take to Process?

The LMIA processing time will take up to 6 months. In fact, you must apply 6 months before you intend for the employee to begin work. However, there are certain categories that fall into an express process:

  • High demand occupations as specified by the region (ex. skilled trades)
  • Highest-paid (top 10%) occupations
  • Short-duration work periods (120 business days or less)

An important part of a company’s application is to provide corresponding paperwork proving that the company has been unable to find an employee with suitable work experience locally. In addition, it must provide details on the jobs they are advertising, the number of Canadian residents who have responded, who has been interviewed, and the reasons why they have not been hired.

LMIA EXEMPT JOB OFFERS

As previously stated, not all Qualifying Job Offers for Express Entry’s immigration programs require a positive LMIA.

While it’s true the absolute majority of qualifying job offers require an LMIA, there are some exemptions for temporary workers who are in Canada on a valid work permit issued based on one of the following:

  • an international agreement (e.g. NAFTA; CETA, CPTPP, etc.)
  • a federal-provincial agreement (Provincial nominees, etc.)
  • the “Canadian interests” category (Intra-company transferees, entrepreneurs, etc.)

Your job offer still needs to meet all applicable conditions discussed above and a crucial factor is that you have to be working for this Canadian employer based on your valid permit issues as described above for not less than one year.

Such job offers will also grant you an additional 50 or 200 points.

For example, we had a client named Kenneth who had been working in Canada as a work permit holder. He received his permit based on an International Experience Canada program. This program allows citizens from certain countries that meet certain conditions to obtain a one-year open work permit to work in Canada.

Kenneth was from Australia. Kenneth was a foreign temporary worker at a warehouse in Toronto. He was excited about the opportunities he could develop for the logistics industry in Canada by using a computer software he had been developing in his spare time. Near the end of his work permit validity, Kenneth came in for a consultation with one of Green Light’s immigration consultants to see what his options were to acquire Canadian permanent residency.

During the initial assessment, he advised us of his idea of finalizing the development of his software, and we encouraged him to make it an official Canadian Start-Up. We assisted Kenneth with the initial registration and setup of a company in Canada and offered some advice on how to develop a business plan. Once all was finalized, we filed Kenneth’s application for a work permit under the Entrepreneur category.

The application was approved. Kenneth obtained his two-year work permit in the capacity of a CEO and started managing the business.

After one year, Kenneth came back to us to explore his options for permanent residency. We created Kenneth’s Express Entry profile. He scored 378 points. The threshold of Express Entry for an ITA was 466 at the time.

We advised Kenneth that since he was working for his own Canadian company for one year on a work permit issued under the Entrepreneur category and this company still required his management for at least one year after, he could become a permanent resident leveraging his own company’s labour needs.

The company had the financial ability to pay his wages, was engaged in legitimate business activities, and was compliant with all applicable labour regulations, so we decided to claim the additional 200 points. He received his permanent residence 4 months later!

It is important to realize the difference between:

  • LMIA required and LMIA exempt qualifying job offers
  • Dual intent LMIAs
  • LMIAs that allow you to claim additional points and apply for PR
  • LMIAs that allow you to apply first for a work permit and only later to claim additional points for the PR process

You must also understand there are rules and regulations for LMIAs that are high or low-wage, the caps, the advertisement, the salary, and duration requirements for each, the owner-operator category LMIA, and job offers that require different types of approvals and are not or are suitable for Express Entry categories (e.g. Saskatchewan job approval letter for Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program, Nova Scotia Nominee program and other).

Canadian immigration is a complex system that requires experience in navigation for success.

With the help of qualified and experienced professionals, your journey will be much smoother and you will avoid a lot of mistakes and disappointment – not to mention, save a lot of money.

Of course, choosing an immigration consultant is not mandatory and is a matter of preference, recommendations, reputation, and more. Should you wish to be represented by an immigration consultant, make sure they are licensed and are in good standing. You may verify it here at the ICCRC and IRCC websites.

Be advised that we have processed thousands of successful LMIAs for Canadian employers. Canadian employers also contact us looking to hire temporary foreign workers from within our pool of clients awaiting Canadian job offers.

For this purpose, we created our own bank of candidates to provide to our employer clients. As our client, you may register, and our employers will review your resume. This job match service is entirely free of charge for you. You will pay only for a work permit/permanent residence application should you choose us to represent you before the Canadian immigration authorities.

We encourage you to reach out to us to assess your immigration options and to discuss your case with one of our licensed consultants. We will be more than happy to help you make your immigration journey fast, smooth and successful.

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How to Apply For a Student Visa in Canada

Do you want to complete your high school or post-secondary education in Canada? Over half a million people from around the world are accepted and issued international student visas to study in Canada each year.

The process of immigration can feel overwhelming, but Green Light Canada’s immigration consultants are available to help you with completing and submitting your study permit application, paying the fee, and navigating any roadblocks you may face.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about student Visas in Canada so you can clearly understand how to have the best chance at successfully obtaining a Canadian study permit.

This article will cover the following topics:

  • Do I need a study permit to study in Canada?
  • How do I get a student Visa for Canada?
  • How do I start an application for a study permit in Canada?
  • How much does a Canadian study permit cost?
  • Application Through the Student Direct Stream
  • Working While Studying in Canada
  • How long does it take to get a Canadian study permit?

Do I need a study permit to study in Canada?

Regardless of whether your nationality requires you to have a visitor visa to visit Canada, you will need a visa to study at a Canadian high school, college, or university.

There are a few exceptions where you may not be required to have a study permit. Here are some scenarios:

  • If you’re visiting the country and enrol in a course or program of study less than six months long.
  • If you’re taking a short self-improvement class or learning about a general interest.
  • Children or family members of the private staff of accredited foreign representatives.
  • If you are simply auditing a class (not getting any credit or grade for it).

There are other situations where applicants may be exempt from Canadian student visa requirements. We can help you determine whether you need a visa, or you can learn more here.

In most cases, if you plan to arrive in Canada for the purposes of enrolling in a full-time program of study, you will require a study permit.

How do I get a student visa for Canada?

The application to study in Canada is not complicated, but there are a number of steps you need to follow in order to increase your chances of success. It’s estimated that around 30% of applications are refused, so it’s important to prepare and submit your application carefully.

Here are the basic steps you must follow:

  1. Apply and receive a letter of acceptance at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI). You can find a complete list of Canadian DLIs here.
  2. Secure acceptable proof of identity. This is generally a valid passport or another travel document. You will also need two passport-sized photos. Learn more here.
  3. As soon as you receive acceptance at your DLI, pay for your first year of school in full, or be able to provide sufficient evidence of financial support. This will require you to have money to cover a full year’s worth of tuition and housing as well as living expenses.
  4. To improve your chances of acceptance, you can write a letter of explanation. This will help a visa officer understand your desire to study in Canada, and that you understand your responsibilities as a student.
  5. Complete your application. The study permit application can be completed online on the Canadian Government immigration website, or you can complete the application form on paper and mail the application in. The online application is recommended and can generally be processed faster than a paper application.
  6. Be sure your application is complete. When you begin your application process online, the IRCC will generate a specific list of requirements for you based on the answers you provide. Make sure you answer honestly and completely or your application may be delayed or refused. Depending on where you live, you may be required to provide:
    1. Biometrics
    2. A medical exam
    3. A police clearance
    4. English or French proficiency testing
    5. You may need additional documents if you plan to study in Quebec.
  7. Attend any interviews you may be requested to attend from within your home country.
  8. Keep an eye on your email as well as your application portal for status updates and correspondence from the IRCC. You will be notified of your acceptance or refusal on your application portal.

What happens if I’m approved?

If your visa is approved, your visa will be issued to you at your port of entry. If you’re already in Canada, your visa will be mailed to you at the address you specified in your application.

What happens if I’m refused?

If Immigration Canada (IRCC) refuses your application, you will be notified and given the reasons why the officer who refused you felt you were not a suitable candidate. A refusal does not disqualify you from applying again. You may be able to strengthen your application and apply in the future.

The most common reasons for refusal are:

  • You didn’t provide adequate proof you could financially support yourself in Canada
  • The officer wasn’t convinced you would leave Canada at the end of your stay
  • You weren’t able to provide an acceptable certificate of health

How do I start an application for a study permit in Canada?

start an application for a study permit in Canada

  • You will need to visit the IRCC website to either download a paper application or to apply online.
  • You will be asked to create an account on the Government of Canada website. From there, you will enter your personal details and begin your application.
  • The application will begin by asking you to provide information that will determine if you are eligible to apply, whether or not you need a visa, and what documents you will need to provide. Your application may be completed in multiple sittings. You may find you need to walk away from the application to gather documents or other information. You will be able to save your application and come back at a later date to complete it.
  • Before you can submit online, you will need to pay your application fees.
  • If you plan to apply on paper, you will need to gather all of your documents including the application form and mail it to your designated IRCC office.

How much does a Canadian study permit cost?

Your study permit application fee is $150 CAD. This will be payable at the time you submit your application. You will need a valid credit card or debit card to make the transaction when you apply online. Additional fees you may incur:

  • Biometrics – Typically $85 for the first applicant
  • Passport Fees – This varies by country. Please see your country’s passport application service for details.
  • Police Clearance – This varies by country. Please contact your local authorities for more information.
  • Passport Photos – In most cases, passport photos cost $5 to $25 CAD or your country’s equivalent.

You will also need to prove financial support and proof of the ability to pay for your tuition and housing expenses.

What is the Student Direct Stream?

Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) was established in 2018 to expedite and simplify the pathway to studying in Canada for certain applicants. The program was created in response to the rapid growth and expansion of the number of student visa applications.

You may be eligible to apply if you meet certain criteria. The most basic qualification is that you must have legal residency in one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

Please note that being a citizen of one of the qualifying countries does not give you access to the SDS. You must legally reside in one of these countries.

You must also have a valid acceptance at a DLI within Canada.

International students must apply for this expedited stream online. This is a list of documents you will need to apply:

  • A copy of your acceptance letter from your DLI.
  • A copy of your medical exam (if required).
  • A police clearance (if required).
  • Proof you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAN.
  • Proof you have paid your first year’s tuition in full.
  • A copy of the high school or university transcript you used to apply to your DLI.
  • Proof that you have completed a language test successfully with:

To learn more about what supporting documents you may need to apply, visit the IRCC website.

Working While Studying in Canada

working while studying in canada

It’s possible you can work in Canada while you are studying. Your visa must include the condition that you can work while in the country studying. It will also designate whether you can work on or off campus. In most cases, you’ll be eligible to work while you’re studying.

However, you cannot work during the period of time that is outside your study period. You may work during your DLIs study calendar, as well as designated holidays within the study period.

Should your program require an internship or co-op placement, you will need to apply for a separate visa.

How long does it take to get a Canadian study permit?

In most cases, a Canadian study permit takes 9 – 11 weeks to process after you have submitted your application. Your application will not begin processing until you have submitted all necessary documents.

If you are eligible for the Student Direct Stream, you can receive an approval within 20 days of submission.

Help Applying for Canadian Study Permit

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