Canada Immigration, Visa, PR, PNP, Express Entry Latest News – Canada New Visa Rules

March 21st, 2019:

IRCC has announced 6th Express Entry draw under FSWP:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced6th EE Draw under Federal Skilled Worker Program on 20th March, 2019.

3,350 ITAs have been issued to applicants in the pool with 452 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

March 15th, 2019:

Please find below the Express Entry Draw details for 2019.

DRAW MONTH EE DRAW DATE ITA CUT OFF Points
1ST JAN 10-Jan 3900 449
2nd JAN 23-Jan 3900 443
3rd JAN 31-Jan 3350 438
4th FEB 20-Feb 3350 457
5th MAR 6-Mar 3350 454

March 07th, 2019:

Cut-off score decreases in latest Express Entry draw. 3,350 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for permanent residence.

Canada held a new Express Entry draw on Wednesday, March 6, issuing 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 454

The Government of Canada has now issued 17,850 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) this year through the Express Entry system — an increase of 6,350 over the 11,500 ITAs that had been issued by this same juncture in 2018.

Express Entry and Percent Change Draw

Today’s cut-off CRS score of 454 was a decrease of three points over the minimum score of 457 in the previous invitation round held on February 20.

Less time between draws means the Express Entry pool has less time to replenish with higher-scoring candidates, which can have the effect of lowering the cut-off score.

CRS and time between draws


 

Services coming home to newcomers in Prince Edward Island.

March 6, 2019 – Charlottetown, PEI – Newcomers in Prince Edward Island will soon have access to citizenship, immigration and settlement services with the reopening of an office in Charlottetown.

As a result of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the province is attracting more immigrants and new Canadians. Today’s commitment to newcomers will provide them with access to services closer to home.

The employees will work on permanent residency, settlement services and citizenship testing. They will also be able to provide services to more remote and rural locations with roving capabilities.

In addition, the new office will allow us to support and build closer relationships with local employers and educational institutions looking to attract top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.

 
Quick facts:
 

Over the last three years, the province has seen the number of new immigrants close to double in numbers. As well, close to 400 PEI residents have become new citizens in the last 2 years.

In the Atlantic Provinces, the department has offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship office in PEI closed in 2012.


RBC Royal Bank recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada. One of 3 Employer Awards given out by IRCC.

March 6, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Government of Canada is recognizing RBC Royal Bank for its support of newcomers to Canada, including hiring newcomers, providing them with valuable advice about the local labour market, and assisting newcomer employees to advance in their careers and achieve their full potential.

The Toronto business was named today as one of 3 winners of the 2019 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment for its exemplary work in helping newcomers find and retain jobs, and enhance their employment skills. 

This year, RBC also released a free, easy-to-use platform called Arrive, where newcomer employees can access essential information on a variety of topics, from employment to housing, and have the ability to book time and chat with qualified specialists to help guide them through their transition to life in Canada.

Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in collaboration with Hire Immigrants Ottawa, recognizes local businesses’ innovative efforts to improve the integration of newcomers into the labour market across Canada. This year’s winners – a small, medium and large employer – help reduce the barriers faced by newcomers entering the labour market and improve their overall settlement in Canada.

Winners were announced at the 2019 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards, organized by Hire Immigrants Ottawa. The summit brings together business, government and civic leaders to engage in a dialogue about the effective integration of refugees and immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence.

 

Quick facts:

Since 2015, IRCC has been recognizing private businesses that support the successful labour market integration of newcomers in Canada through these awards.

Winning employers are chosen based on nominations from settlement service provider organizations. RBC was nominated by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

Considered a large employer, RBC has hired 214 newcomer mentees since the beginning of their partnership with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership, 37 of whom were hired this fiscal year.


March 06th, 2019:

Canada extends Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Key changes also introduced to increasingly popular pathway to permanent residence.

Canada is extending its Atlantic Immigration Pilot to December 2021 in a bid to maintain the program’s momentum, the federal government has announced.  Launched in 2017 for an initial three-year run, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) was created to address labour shortages in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The pilot allows designated employers in those provinces to hire eligible foreign skilled workers and international graduates of universities and colleges in the Atlantic Canada region.

According to statistics released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region have made 3,729 job offers through the AIP since its launch in 2017 and 2,535 principal applicants and their families have been approved for permanent residence.

Demand for the AIP last year led IRCC to increase its annual allotment of new admissions to Canada through the pilot by 500 spaces. 

IRCC also introduced the following strategic program changes to the AIP:

  1. International graduates will now have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP.
    1. IRCC said this change will increase the number of eligible international graduates that can participate in AIP and give them the time they need to complete the PR application process.
  • Employers in the health-care sector will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill job vacancies.
  • The Atlantic provinces will have new authorities to focus their AIP spaces on in-demand labour market needs. This change will lead to better oversight of the pilot and give provinces greater ability to manage designated employers.
  • Beginning May 1, 2019, IRCC will require that applicants meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit.

In order to be eligible, foreign workers must have a full-time job offer from a designated employer and possess at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) paid work experience in an occupation designated Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).


Interim permanent residence pathway for caregivers now open to applications. One-time pathway will remain open until June 4, 2019.

Canada’s Interim Pathway for Caregivers is now open to applications for permanent residence from eligible in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to Canada after November 30, 2014. 

The temporary pathway will remain open until June 4, 2019, and there is no limit to the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept.

IRCC said the Interim Pathway for Caregivers responds to concerns raised by some caregivers who came to Canada under the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot programs after November 30, 2014, and did not qualify for permanent residence.

Who is eligible?

The temporary program is for individuals who have acquired work experience through Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program that matches the initial description and list of main duties for Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411 or 4412.

In order to be eligible, candidates must intend to reside outside of Quebec and have the following requirements:

  • authorization to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (at the time of applying); or
  • applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a LCP work permit; or
  • applied and is eligible for restoration of status, and held a work permit other than a LCP work permit as their most recent work permit; and
  • language skills of at least a CLB/NCLC 5 in English or French; and
  • 12 months of full-time work experience in Canada since November 30, 2014, in a relevant occupation; and
  • a minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or non-Canadian educational diploma, certificate or credential that’s equal to a Canadian high school diploma.
    1. Foreign credentials will require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) — issued within five years before the date of application by an approved organization — that indicates that the foreign diploma, certificate or credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian secondary school diploma.

Note that candidates whose educational credential was obtained outside Canada and who cannot obtain an ECA before the Interim Pathway for Caregivers closes on June 4, 2019, are still eligible if they provide proof that they have applied to get an ECA. Proof includes written confirmation from agency that they have submitted a request for an ECA and/or receipt of payment.

Caregivers whose current or most recent work permit is through the Live-in Caregiver Program will not be eligible for consideration through the interim pathway.


Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream reopens briefly. Popular stream was to accept 1,000 registrations when it reopened March 5.

Ontario had announced the previous day that the popular stream would open to 1,000 registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. It is unclear, however, if this quota was met before the technical problem occurred.

Registration periods typically end quickly for the Masters Graduate Stream, which is a popular permanent residence pathway among international students because it does not require a job offer in order to be eligible.

The stream is open to international graduates with a master’s degree obtained at an eligible university in Ontario and allows them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The stream met its quota and closed within an hour when it last opened in April 2018.

Those who register successfully then have 14 calendar days to submit a complete application for a provincial nomination.

In order to be eligible, graduates must be living in Ontario with legal status or living outside Canada, among other criteria. Graduates living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario are not eligible to apply.

The Masters Graduate Stream is one of two immigration programs offered under the OINP’s International Student Category. The other stream is open to PhD graduates who have completed a degree from an eligible Ontario academic institution.


Manitoba holds fifth expression of interest draw of 2019. Express Entry candidates among 403 people invited in March 1 draw.

The province of Manitoba held its third Expression of Interest draw in less than three weeks on March 1, inviting 403 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

 
Express Entry candidates were among a group of 216 Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received LAAs in the March 1 draw.
 
Express Entry candidates who received an LAA were required to have a valid Express Entry ID and job-seeker validation code and at least six months of recent work experience in a profession on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List.
 

Subset of Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received invitations on March 1 had the following credentials:

a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
a minimum language proficiency in English or French of CLB/NCLC 5 unless the work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation, in which case the requirement is a minimum of CLB/NCLC 7, or a compulsory trade, in which case the minimum is CLB/NCLC 6.

The lowest-ranked candidate among this group of Skilled Workers Overseas candidates had an EOI score of 565.


 

Another 41 Skilled Worker Overseas candidates were issued LAAs through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative in the March 1 draw. These initiatives can include overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP.

The lowest-ranked candidate among this group had an EOI score of 621.


Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education Stream:
 
The MPNP also issued 126 invitations to Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates with scores as low as 566 in the March 1 draw.
 
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream is for eligible qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer.
 

An additional 20 invitations went to International Education Stream candidates.

This stream provides faster pathways to permanent residence for international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions who have skills required by employers in the province.

March 6th 2019:

Students from India now outnumber those from China at Canadian schools. H1-B crackdown in U.S. leading many Indian students to apply to Canadian schools instead.

Statistics provided to the Globe and Mail newspaper by the Canadian High Commission in India show that 172,000 Indian citizens held a Canadian study permit in 2018 compared to 142,000 from China.

The Globe and Mail reports that 107,795 Indian citizens arrived in Canada on a student visa in 2018 alone — a more than 300 per cent increase over 2015. New students arriving from China in 2018 totalled 85,825.

A key factor driving Indian students to Canadian universities is the ability to access an open work permit once they graduate and Canada’s simplified pathways to both permanent residence and citizenship.
 
Such policies stand in stark contrast to efforts by the United States government to limit H1-B work visas for foreign workers, which have largely benefitted Indian nationals.
 
Other drivers that were mentioned included the quality of Canada’s universities, its multicultural, diverse population and the fact an international education is cheaper in Canada than the U.S. thanks to the weaker Canadian dollar.

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