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British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program issued 279 new invitation to immigration Candidates

British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program issued 279 new invitation to immigration Candidates

Bristish Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

On June 2nd, British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program held its largest Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) draw round since March.

A total of 241 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates received invitations to apply under the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program. It comes under Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. The minimum required score for candidates varied by category.

The cut-off score for Express Entry BC subcategories were:

Such candidates needed to have already submitted profiles under Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. Following their invitation to apply for a provincial nomination by B.C., successful candidates will earn an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which will effectively guarantee that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence under IRCC’s Express Entry system.

The cut-off score for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were:

The B.C. government indicated that there was an impact of the coronavirus on the draw. As has been the case in recent months, B.C. excluded several sales and service occupations from the draw.

Entrepreneur Streams

B.C. also invited candidates to its entrepreneurs streams for the first time in nearly two months. Two draws were held in what were the sixth and seventh entrepreneur draws held by the province in 2020.

A total of 29 invitations were issued under the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category. 

The cut-off score was 121.

The purpose of the Base Category is to welcome established entrepreneurs who either wish to start a business or take over one. Candidates are assessed based on criteria such as their business experience, net worth, education, business plan, and the amount of investment they plan to make.

B.C. also issued 9 invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot candidates who had a cut-off score of at least 118 points.

Launched in 2019, the purpose of the pilot is to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs to build a new life in smaller communities in the province. Candidates are assessed on similar criteria as the Base Category, however there are some different requirements such as lower net worth and minimum investment thresholds.

This draw round was BC’s largest since March 30 when it invited 311 candidates.

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Study in Canada

Study in Canada: There is an Important Update coming for English test options for fall 2020. If anyone is looking to study in Canada this fall, here is an overview of English language tests that are widely accepted by Canadian universities and colleges.

Study in Canada

Every Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) have their own admissions policies. DLIs are colleges, universities, and other educational institutes that are allowed by the government to welcome international students.

Designated learning Institutions (DLI’s) assess criteria such as an applicant’s transcripts, professional background, motivation letter, and academic and professional recommendations. They also assess your language skills.

It is very important that you make sure which DLIs you are applying to before deciding upon which language test to take.

Now due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, language testers have had to scale back their operations to comply with government lockdown orders around the world. However, they are also options available for online tests to help international students meet the admissions requirements of Canadian schools.

Here are language test options widely accepted by Canadian DLIs, discussed in alphabetical order:

CAEL

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test is operated by Paragon Testing Enterprises. It is accepted by over 180 universities and colleges across Canada, including all English-speaking universities and 82 per cent of English-speaking colleges. According to Paragon’s website, CAEL is set to once again be available in India, the Philippines, the UAE, and in most of Canada by early June.

Test results are available within 8 business days.

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Cambridge Assessment English

C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency exams offered by Cambridge Assessment English  are accepted by over 200 schools in Canada including nearly all public universities.

Test results are available within 2-3 weeks for computer-based tests, and 4-6 weeks for paper-based tests (both of which must be completed at a Cambridge test centre).

These exams are generally taken after students have completed English language courses. As such, tests are more in-depth to prepare students to be able to put their English language skills to good use in real-life contexts, including higher education. C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency certificates are valid for life, which means that some institutions in Canada accept results that are older than 2 years. Cambridge is reopening its global test centres as local regulations allow and advises students to contact their local test centres for the latest information.

Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is accepted by almost 140 Canadian post-secondary institutions. It can be completed in just 1 hour and results are available in 2 days. The test is administered online.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is operated by three partners: IDP Education, the British Council, and Cambridge Assessment English. This test is accepted by some 400 Canadian universities and colleges. It is currently available in over 30 countries, but is usually administered in more than 140 countries.

Results are available after 13 days for paper-based tests and within 5-7 days for computer-based tests.

In response to the pandemic, the three partners recently introduced the IELTS Indicator as a temporary measure to help international students complete their English test online. IELTS Indicator is taken online from the candidate’s home.

The IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training (both of which can only be completed in person at an IELTS test centre) are the only English tests approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for students that want to fast-track their study permit application.

Under IRCC’s Student Direct Stream (SDS), residents of India, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Morocco, and Senegal can get their study permit processed within 20 calendar days, so long as they meet certain criteria, including obtaining a score of at least 6.0 on each skill of the IELTS (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

IRCC accepts both paper-based as well as computer-delivered IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training test results.

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Pearson Test of English (PTE)

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is accepted by 90 per cent of Canada’s universities and colleges. Normally available in over 50 countries, PTE is currently available in over 10 countries, including in much of India.

Test results are available for most people within 2 days.

Pearson is also offering its Versant test online during the coronavirus period so that international students can get their English assessed at home. Versant test results are available immediately after the test has been completed.

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is accepted by over 400 Canadian universities and colleges including 100 per cent of universities.

Results are available within 6 days.

The TOEFL iBT (“Internet-based Test”) is usually available in over 150 countries but the administrator of the test, Education Testing Service (“ETS”) has had to scale-back operations just like every other tester. Test dates are becoming more available for students in locations around the world in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL Special Home Edition iBT to international students in every country where it runs tests except for mainland China and Iran.

Results are available after 6-10 days.

Other options

There are other options available to international students. For instance, there are tests that are offered by individual institutions themselves, such as the University of Toronto, and McGill University.

Before registering for an English language test, make sure that the DLIs you are applying to accept the test. In addition, make sure to confirm that the DLIs will accept online tests that are currently being offered during the COVID-19 period.

IELTS General and CELPIP for Canadian immigration

Many international students go on to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit and then apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Before submitting your Canadian immigration application, you need to take another language test, and the two English tests accepted by IRCC are the IELTS General and the CELPIP.

Fortunately, your English skills will be even stronger by the time you take either test due to the time you will have spent learning, working, and socializing in Canada.

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Canada Family Visa

Canada Family Visa

Canada Prime Minister on Canada Family Visa – Justin Trudeau said in its recent interaction that Canada is looking to ease travel for families. 

Canada’s prime minister has said the country is exploring easing restrictions currently preventing some close family members from entering so we can assume that in some time we can see some changes in Canada family Visa process.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that Canada is exploring easing travel restrictions that currently prevent some individuals from crossing the U.S. border to enter Canada to reunite with their family.

Trudeau made the remarks during his daily coronavirus briefing to the Canadian public on Friday May 29.

The Canada-U.S. border was first closed to non-essential travel effective Saturday March 20th by mutual agreement as both countries sought to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The travel restrictions were initially put in place for 30 days, but have since been extended on two occasions, including most recently on May 20th. 

Among those exempt from the travel restrictions include essential workers, and immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, as long as said family members are travelling to Canada for non-discretionary purposes.

Immediate family members have been defined as spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, grandchildren, parents, step-parents, guardians, and tutors.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been provided guidelines on how to define non-discretionary travel.

CBSA is turning away immediate family from entering Canada if it deems the purpose of the trip to be non-essential.

During his remarks, Trudeau recognized the challenging nature of the restrictions for families and said he was hoping to seek a resolution.

However, he noted that easing travel restrictions is cause for concern among Canada’s provinces, who he has been consulting with on this matter.

In fact, Trudeau noted that this issue was brought up as recently as the evening of Thursday May 28 when he spoke with provincial premiers.

According to the Prime Minister, some premiers expressed openness to easing travel rules for families on grounds of compassion, while other premiers felt that doing so could make efforts to contain COVID-19 more challenging.

Trudeau concluded by saying that the federal and provincial governments will continue to explore this topic while keeping the safety and security of Canadians at the forefront of the ultimate decision that is taken.

Canada has had special immigration, visa, and travel measures in place since the middle of March.


Canada Family Visa

Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

  1. If you’re eligible, you can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada.

  If you do, you must be able to:

  • support them financially
  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government

 2. If you submit the interest to sponsor form and you’re invited to submit a complete application, you can sponsor your parents and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.

If you do, you must:

  • support them and their dependants financially
  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government.

 3. You may be able to sponsor certain relatives to immigrate to Canada under the Family Class if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

If you sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:

  • support your relative financially when they arrive
  • be able to meet basic needs for yourself and your relative, such as:
    • food
    • shelter
    • clothing
  • make sure your relative doesn’t need social assistance.
 
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Canada’s Express Entry

Express Entry: Only 440 CRS needed 3,515 ITAs issued. Canada's Express Entry cut-off scores continue to plummet, as a CRS of only 440 was needed to secure an ITA in today's draw.

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Recent Express Entry round on 28th may, issued 3,515 invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 440 or higher.

Express Entry draw cut-offs continue to plummet as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites a larger number of CEC-specific candidates. Today’s draw was the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the second-largest since Canada introduced special coronavirus measures in the middle of March.

The May 28 draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score decrease in each of the last six CEC draws held since the last all-program draw on March 4, 2020. This trend may be explained in part by the relatively regular interval and frequency between draws that IRCC has maintained during the last two months.

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The time between draws is an important factor that can have an effect on the CRS cut-off score. Shorter intervals between draws mean fewer candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.

The cut-off score of 440 is a decrease of 7 points from the previous CEC draw on May 15, which had a minimum score of 447 and was previously the lowest points cut-off for the program since January 2019.

Today’s CEC draw was the second invitation round in 24 hours to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.

The draw held on May 27 issued 385 invitations to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The minimum CRS score for these candidates was 757.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in the Express Entry pool are awarded an additional 600 points on top of their original human capital score. This is why the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement is usually much higher for draws such as the one that took place yesterday.

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs —

Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as

  • Age,
  • Education,
  • Skilled work experience and
  • Language Ability in English or French.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates receive an ITA through regular draws from the pool and IRCC typically aims to process applications for permanent residence within six months.

IRCC applied its tie-break rule in this draw and the date and time used was March 7, 2020 at 10:36: 59 UTC. This means that all CEC candidates with a CRS score of at least 440 who submitted their profile before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Today’s draw brings the total ITAs issued in 2020 to 42,100.

Despite the fact that Canada’s immigration policies and procedures have undergone major changes since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Express Entry system has remained operational and candidates can still submit a profile.

IRCC has held a total of twelve Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program draws over the past two months.

Both categories of applicants are more likely to already be in Canada than those arriving through other Express entry-linked programs, which means they will not be impacted by the current travel restrictions.

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Latest Saskatchewan PNP Draw

Latest Saskatchewan PNP Draw

Saskatchewan announces first PNP draw results since March 26, invites immigration candidates with work experience in 44 in-demand occupations

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Saskatchewan’s latest draw on May 28 issued invitations for 252 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

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

This is the first Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw out of Saskatchewan since Canada closed its borders to non-essential travel. The previous draw on March 26 was only for Occupations In-Demand candidates.

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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.

The Saskatchewan PNP Draw uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to thrive in the prairie province. 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.

The Saskatchewan PNP Draw uses these five factors to assess candidates and give them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The minimum score required in the May 28 draws was 78 for both sub-categories.

Express Entry sub-category

In the latest invitation round, Saskatchewan issued 127 invitations to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

The federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

If candidates in the federal Express Entry pool also filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, and they scored 78 on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they may have been 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 puts them in a good position to be invited to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

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.

There were 125 Occupations In-Demand candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination, and like the Express Entry sub-category, candidates needed a provincial score of 78 in order to be chosen.

To see the complete list of the 44 occupations included in this draw, go to the government webpage.

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