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Work permit program change is great news for international students and Canadian employers

In addition to its world-class education system and high standard of living, Canada offers another important advantage to international students: access to a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after graduation. This is an open work permit.Gaining work experience in Canada is often a key factor in helping candidates successfully qualify for several immigration programs, including Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Express Entry is Canada’s primary immigration pathway to PR and it works on a points-based system that takes into account human capital factors. Work experience in Canada gives those who use this route valuable additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), making them more competitive in comparison with other potential candidates in the pool.

Those with a degree and Canadian work experience will also have a better chance of success when applying under the PNPs or, in the event of having studied in Quebec, under the Quebec Experience Program (or PEQ).

While the initial process of hiring someone on a PGWP may not require much legwork on the part of the employer, the same cannot be said if the employer would like the foreign national to continue working beyond the date of the PGWP’s expiry. Work permits have a limited duration and this is where the problem with the PGWP often lies.In the vast majority of cases, a PGWP cannot be extended and an LMIA application must be submitted and approved before the worker can apply for a new, employer-specific, work permit.

This, however, is about to change. On January 8, 2021, the Canadian government introduced a new policy that will allow former international students with an expired or expiring PGWP to apply for a new open work permit.

Specifically, the new policy will allow individuals who meet the following conditions to apply for an 18-month open work permit:

  • have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application;
  • be in Canada;
  • have a valid temporary status or be applying to restore your status.

The application process is set to open on January 27, and will run until July 27, 2021.

This policy change will enable many Canadian employers who employ foreign nationals on a PGWP to continue to do so without having to go through the lengthy and costly process that was usually required in the past.

For many Canadian employers who are benefiting from foreign talent, this means that they will not need to compromise the quality of their labour force as a result of Canadian immigration constraints. Being able to keep on the workers they need, regardless of nationality or immigration status, will prove invaluable for many Canadian companies and the Canadian economy as a whole.t5

Saskatchewan PNP invited 502 immigration aspirants

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

A total of 502 invitations were sent out to immigration candidates who had work experience in select occupations. A total of 189 were invited through the Express Entry sub-category, and 313 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates.

The SINP uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to succeed in the regional labour market. Candidates need to demonstrate their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.
Saskatchewan gives candidates a score out of 100 according to the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

In order to be invited in this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed to have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP. Regardless of the category, invited candidates needed a score of at least 77 under the SINP’s EOI points grid.

Express Entry sub-category

In the latest invitation round, Saskatchewan issued 189 invitations to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.
Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Occupations In-Demand sub-category

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is open to immigration candidates who do not have a federal Express Entry profile. This program is for immigration candidates who have work experience in occupations that have labour shortages in Saskatchewan.
There were 313 Occupations In-Demand candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Nova Scotia issued invitation to express entry candidates on 19th January 2021

Nova Scotia invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through its Labour Market Priorities stream on 19th January; The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) did not disclose how many invitations were issued in the draw.

The stream is linked with Express Entry. This means that those who received invitations must have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system. In this draw, candidates must have a primary occupation as a financial officer – National Occupation Classification (NOC) code 1114.

In order to receive an invitation, candidates must have received a Letter of Interest from the NSNP through Express Entry. Invited candidates must have also met the minimum work experience requirement for the Express Entry stream they are qualified for, and must have enough money to establish them in Nova Scotia, and pay the required fees.

Those who received a letter of invitation in today’s draw will have until February 18, 2021 to submit their application. Candidates are required to include a copy of their language tests, proof of education and proof of employment.

B.C. invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on 1st Dec

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker, and International Graduate subcategories through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Invited candidates need to have job offers in an eligible tech occupation in order to receive the nomination.

The minimum required score for successful candidates was 80 in all categories.

The BC PNP also issued 11 invitations through its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The minimum score requirement for this draw was 121.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the PNP.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The BC PNP has conducted 25 technical draws since January, with minimum scores dropping from 90 to 80 points that have remained constant for several months.

Canada held its latest Express Entry draw on November 5.

Typically, IRCC holds Express Entry draws every fortnight, but this draw was delayed so as to form the update on all of the affected profiles within the Express Entry pool because of the change in points system for french speaking candidates. A total of 4,500 invitations went to Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 478.

In this year CIC mostly applied tie breaking rule and same for this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 478 or more, needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before October 26, 2020 at 22:44:19 UTC so as to receive a invitation to apply(ITA) .

This is the third instance where Canada issued 4,500 invitations at a time, the most important number of invitations issued in one draw.

At the top of October, Canada announced its multi-year immigration levels plan, promising to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents per annum until 2023. More than 100,000 of those new immigrants will are available through Express Entry-managed programs within the Federal High Skilled category.

This year, the CRS requirement has typically hovered above 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw on Transfiguration invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and former Canadian Experience Class-only draws dipped into the 440s. PNP-only draws have higher requirements because Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are automatically awarded a further 600 CRS points. PNPs offer alternative pathways to permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who have a lower CRS score.

The new draw brings the entire number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 87,350. This year is shaping up to be a replacement record-breaking year for Express Entry, because the number of ITAs issued so far is that the highest it’s ever been.

Ontario invited Express Entry candidates under two PNP streams

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued the invitations on November 4,these invitations also referred to as Notifications of Interest, or NOIs, went to candidates within the French-Speaking Skilled worker and Skilled Trades streams.

These two enhanced Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are aligned with the Express Entry system. The people who were invited in 4th November draw will get an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their overall score, if they receive the provincial nomination.This award would effectively guarantee that they will receive invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence during a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

Candidates are ranked on human capital factors that the government has determined would help them thrive within the Canadian labour market like age, work experience, education, and English or French language proficiency.

Invited candidates will be contacted by the OINP. They will have 45 days to apply online for his or her provincial nomination. Applications are done online, and it can either be done by the applicant or by a representative. The application form takes about three hours to fill out but it is not required to be completed in one session. The cost to apply is $1,500 CAD payable by credit card . The OINP accepts Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, and Mastercard debit.

About the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

This PNP is tailored for Express Entry candidates who speak English and French. They need to satisfy the eligibility requirements of the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal skilled worker Program. Each of these federal programs have their own requirements for work experience and education.
Candidates also need a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of seven in French, and a minimum of a six in English, among other eligibility requirements.

About the Skilled Trades stream

Skilled trade workers need at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, or equivalent part-time experience, in Ontario. The eligible skilled trades must be listed in Minor Group 633, or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupation Classification.
Work experience must have been done in Ontario within the last two years from the application submission date. The work experience must also be in at least one of the occupations identified in the Express Entry profile.

These candidates must even have a legitimate certificate or license if they’re claiming work experience during a trade that needs certification. Candidates need a CLB of a minimum of five in either English or French, among other eligibility requirements.

Latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 76 invitations

A total of 76 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence went out to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates. Under these streams, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) divided the invitations between the skilled worker and International Graduate categories.

A minimum provincial score of 80 was required of candidates altogether categories.The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand IT workers and international students. It operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.In order to be considered for immigration to B.C. through this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer in one of 29 eligible occupations.

Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot include computer and information systems managers, civil engineers, web designers and developers, translators as well as audio and video recording technicians, among many others.

In contrast to other BC PNP streams that require an offer of permanent employment, Tech Pilot job offers must have a minimum duration of one year. However, offers of employment that are more than one year in duration will still be eligible under the pilot. It is also required that the job offer be full-time and from an eligible employer in the province.

Invitations through the province’s tech pilot are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination have 30 days to submit an entire application. Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.

Those who wish to apply under the skilled Immigration or Express Entry BC categories must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The SIRS is a point system that allows the BC PNP to give priority to candidates who have the required skills to contribute to the province’s economic growth. Applicants are evaluated and issued a score supported factors like level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and site of employment.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to apply (ITA) during a future federal draw.

Saskatchewan held a new round of invitations on November 3rd

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from the International skilled worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand. They sent out a total of 534 invitations to immigration candidates.In order to be invited during this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed to possess submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP. Both required candidates to have a minimum cut-off score of 68, but from there the requirements differed.

The 272 invited Express Entry candidates could only qualify for an invitation with 68 points if that they had 10 years of work experience and a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 8 or higher. Otherwise they would need an EOI score of 69 or more. There were 47 occupations included within the draw under the Express Entry subcategory.

The 262 candidates invited under the Occupations In-Demand subcategory all needed Educational Credential Assessments. A total of 55 occupations were included in this draw.

The SINP uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to succeed in the regional labour market. Candidates got to demonstrate their commitment to putting together a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.
If candidates within the federal Express Entry pool also filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, and that they scored 68 on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they’ll are invited in the latest draw.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This award effectively guarantees that they’re going to be invited to use for permanent residence during a subsequent federal Express Entry draw, as most invitation rounds invite candidates with scores above 470.

The same goes for anybody of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs that are aligned with Express Entry.

Canada aims to target at least 400,000 immigrants per year

Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history.Over the approaching three years, Canada will aim to welcome the subsequent level of latest permanent residents:

  • 2021: 401,000 immigrants
  • 2022: 411,000 immigrants
  • 2023: 421,000 immigrants

The only time Canada welcomed over 400,000 immigrants in a year was in 1913, when it admitted 401,000 newcomers. It has never come close to this figure again. The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan aims to welcome about 60 per cent of all immigrants under economic class programs, including through Express Entry and therefore the Provincial Nominee Program.

The Immigration Levels Plan is that the most vital immigration announcement made by the government of Canada annually . It outlines the amount of latest permanent residents Canada aims to welcome over the approaching years, and what categories Canada aims to admit them under.

Canada welcomes immigrants under the subsequent categories: economic; family; refugee; and humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Earlier this year, on March 12, the federal announced Canada would aim to welcome over a million new permanent residents between 2020 and 2022. Days later, Canada had to shut its borders because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, Canada will likely fall well in need of the 341,000 immigration target it set for this year, however it’s been holding Express Entry draws throughout the pandemic that will end in Canada breaking its Express Entry record this year. In addition, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws remain ongoing.

Canada’s immigration record was achieved in 1913 when it welcomed 401,000 immigrants which were over 5 per cent of its population in newcomers. Today, a 5 per cent newcomer intake would result in 2 million new immigrants arriving to Canada.

British Columbia invites 354 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited candidates from 3 skilled worker immigration sub-categories and 2 Express Entry sub-categories in the draw which took place on 27th October.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued a complete of 354 invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories.

The minimum required score for successful candidates was as follows:

  • Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 93 points
  • Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 94 points
  • Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 75 points
  • Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 92 points:
  • Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 93 points

B.C. holds draws through its various PNP categories and streams on a weekly basis.The largest BC PNP draw of the current year was on September 29 when 450 provincial nomination invitations were issued.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score supported factors like level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they will then use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Such individuals are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.