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July 15, 2019
Author: Stephan

The largest Express Entry draw of 2019 has just been held, issuing a staggering 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to successful candidates. This massive draw accounts for the greater immigration target of 2019, which is set to break the records of 2018. The same draw also saw the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score continue to drop for the 3rd consecutive draw to a low of 460.

Want to know more about Express Entry (EE) and the latest draw? We’re here to help. In this article, we take a deeper look into this expedited route to Canada. Find out how we can help you secure your very own ITA in 2019.

How Express Entry Works

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The Express Entry system was created in 2015 to assist Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) process visa applications faster. It was made to address the increasing need for foreign skilled workers in Canada due to a rapidly aging population and low population growth. Express Entry has proven to be a successful initiative to reduce the application processing time to as little as six months.

If you would like to have your application processed through this system you will first have to meet the requirements for one of the Federal economic immigration programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. Following this step, you will have to create a separate online Express Entry profile that measures your core human capital (age, work experience, language ability, educational background etc.) according to the CRS. Your profile will be assigned a score out of a possible 1,200 and thereafter it will be entered into a pool of candidates from which the IRCC holds regular draws, issuing ITAs to the highest ranking individuals.

Once you have received an ITA, you will be given 6 months to complete your application for permanent residence. If you did not receive an ITA, your profile will remain in the pool of candidates where it will be considered for draws until it expires after one year.

Unlike other immigration systems that can be seen as so called “lottery systems”, Canada uses a merit-based immigration system. This means that candidates are able to immigrate to Canada based on their skills not their luck. In other words, you need to make sure your CRS score is as high as possible so that you can secure your very own ITA for Canadian permanent residence. If you are concerned about your CRS score, don’t worry, there are many ways to improve it, such as earning a provincial nomination, improving your IELTS score and furthering your education.

Who Gets Issued ITAs?

Skilled foreign workers typically get issued ITAs through Express Entry draws.

To answer this question we’ll take a closer look at the latest Express Entry draw. The July 10 draw issued 3,600 ITAs and used a minimum score of 460 as the cut-off point. The tie-break rule was also enforced with the timestamp being, June 11, 2019, at 12:27:18 UTC. This means that all candidates in the Express Entry pool with scores higher than 460 and those with scores equal to 460, who completed their profiles before the aforementioned time and date, were issued ITAs for Canadian permanent residence.

Below are some hypothetical examples of the kind of profiles that qualified for an ITA in the latest draw.

Mohammed is a 29-year-old software engineer with six years of work experience. Both Mohammed and his wife Fatima are proficient English language speakers and neither of them has ever been in Canada. As the secondary applicant, Fatima also scores CRS points because she has a bachelor's degree, an additional tertiary certificate and four years of work experience as an elementary school teacher. Thanks to all these factors, their combined CRS score amounts to 460.

Sarah is a 35-year-old master’s graduate with five years of work experience as a dentist. She scored an eight in every category when she took the IELTS exam. Thanks to this high IELTS score, her work experience and qualifications, Sarah earned 462 points on the CRS.

The Future of Express Entry in 2019

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Canada is set on its goal of welcoming 1,3 million immigrants into the country by 2021. To meet this target, the country will have to continue holding regular and larger Express Entry draws, which means this year could very well be the easiest year to immigrate Canada. The reason for our prediction stems from the fact that more regular draws leave less time for the Express Entry pool of candidates to replenish with high scoring candidates, thus pushing down the minimum cut-off CRS score for subsequent draws.

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Do you want to have your Canadian visa application processed in as little as 6 months? Then Express Entry is the route for you. Once you sign up for our services, we will determine your eligibility for over 70 different immigration routes, including those managed by the Express Entry system. Our government authorized Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) will then apply for the visa on your behalf ensuring everything is correct, complete and delivered on time. So make your journey stress free, choose MDC for your Canadian immigration application today!

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July 10, 2019
Author: Stephan

Do you have a low Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score? Don’t give up on your dream to immigrate to Canada. There are several routes you could still take to Canada like the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The latest draw of the AINP was held on the 21st of June and issued 262 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in the Federal Express Entry Draw. These nominations will essentially guarantee the candidates Canadian permanent residence allowing them to live and work in Canada freely.

Have you heard of the AINP? Do you want to apply? Well, you have come to the right place. Find out everything you need to know about the AINP to secure your own provincial nomination right here. Learn how we can help you make the move to Canada swiftly and easily.

What Is The AINP?

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The AINP is an immigration program specifically designed according to the province of Alberta. It is part of the larger Provincial Nominee Program that gives every province and territory of Canada (excluding Quebec) the autonomy to regulate their own immigration program according to their particular needs. The AINP has several streams created with particular individuals in mind. Currently the streams are the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Alberta Express Entry Stream and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

Latest Alberta Express Entry Stream Draw

The latest Alberta Express Entry Stream Draw issued 262 Notifications of Interest to applicants in the Express Entry pool of candidates with CRS scores of as low as 300. It is the lowest CRS minimum cut-off score of any Express Entry-linked draw this year with the lowest previous draw only hitting the 332 mark. This brings the total number of NOIs issued by the stream in 2019 to 3,816.

How The Alberta Express Entry Stream Works

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The stream allows Alberta to pick candidates from the Express Entry pool of candidates, who qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class, to apply for a provincial nomination. Typically, PNPs require candidates to indicate their interest in coming to the province; however, the AINP operates differently with the province actually notifying candidates of their interest in immigrating to their region. If a candidate accepts the NOI and applies for a provincial nomination, he or she will score 600 CRS points for their EE profile which is more than enough to guarantee them an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence during the next Express Entry draw.

In general, candidates who want to qualify for this stream must qualify for one of the aforementioned Federal economic immigration programs and have a valid online Express Entry profile. Though it is not needed to have a job offer to qualify for the program, priority is given to those with a job offer or work experience in Alberta, a tertiary qualification from a valid Canadian institution and family already living in the province.

Alberta does not have a published of in-demand occupations needed in the province. Instead, the province has a list of occupations that are considered as unessential, meaning if it is your profession, you will not be considered for an NOI.

List of Unessential Occupations
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managersAdvertising, marketing and public relations managers
Engineering managersArchitecture and science managers
Computer and information systems managersCorporate sales managers
Supervisors, finance and insurance office workersPurchasing agents and officers
Geoscientists and oceanographersCivil engineers
Electrical and electronic engineersConstruction estimators
Industrial designersContractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting tradesIronworkers
Electricians (except industrial and power system)Industrial electricians
PlumbersCarpenters
InsulatorsMotor vehicle body repairers
Crane operators (except all terrain crane operators)Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

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July 5, 2019
Author: Stephan

British Columbia is steadily becoming Canada’s tech hub and, for this reason, the province is always on the lookout for skilled IT workers. To do this, the province created the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot (BC PNP Tech Pilot), which expedites visa processing for skilled foreign workers in the technology sector who want to immigrate to Canada. This pilot program has been immensely popular in 2019 and has thus been extended well into 2020.

The first BC PNP Tech Pilot draw was held on the 2nd of July and issued a total of 42 invitations to apply for a provincial nominee through four of the province’s PNP streams. The minimum required score for the draw was 90 for every stream.

Are you in tech and looking to immigrate to Canada or just curious about different Canadian immigration options? Then this article is for you. Find out more about BC PNP Tech Pilot and how to apply right here. Let’s help you start a new life in Canada.

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How Does the BC PNP Tech Pilot Program Work?

Created due to the need for tech workers in British Columbia, the pilot program processes visa applications much faster than regular applications. To qualify, you will have to first meet the requirements of one of the traditional PNP streams, namely the Skilled Workers, Health Care Professionals, International Graduates, International Post-Graduates, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Workers Stream.

Another requirement of the pilot program is that you must have work experience in one of the 29 technology sector occupations identified by British Columbia immigration. These occupations range from telecommunication carriers managers to graphic designers and illustrators. For a full list of occupations see the list below.

What are the target occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot?
Telecommunication carriers managersComputer and information systems managersManagers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
Civil engineersMechanical engineersElectrical and electronics engineers
Chemical engineersComputer engineers (except software engineers and designers)Information systems analysts and consultants
Database analysts and data administratorsSoftware engineers and designersComputer programmers and interactive media developers
Web designers and developersBiological technologists and techniciansElectrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)Industrial instrument technicians and mechanicsComputer network technicians
User support techniciansInformation systems testing techniciansAuthors and writers
Translators, terminologists and interpretersBroadcast techniciansAudio and video recording technicians
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing artsOther technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing artsGraphic designers and illustrators
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

Latest British Columbia Immigration BC PNP Tech Pilot Draws

The last two draws both required applicants to have a minimum score of 90 on the British Columbia immigration assessment grid. The 2nd of July draw issued 42 invitations to apply whereas the draw that took place on the 25th of June issued 57. Your profile score is calculated according to multiple factors ultimately giving you a score out of a possible 200.

The following factors affect your assessment grid score:

  • Skill level of the BC job offer
  • Wage of the BC job offer
  • Regional district of employment
  • Directly related work experience
  • Highest level of education
  • Language skill

How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada

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July 2, 2019
Author: Stephan

41, 800 people have been issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence through the Express Entry (EE) system in 2019 so far. We predicted that 2019 will be a stellar year for the EE systems and it seems we have been spot on. 2018 was a record breaking year for the immigration system and 2019 has already outperformed the previous year with the largest Canadian immigration quota ever. We expect great things coming in the following months and we are sure the coming draws won’t disappoint.

If you want to get to Canada quickly, the EE system is for you. Find out how you can get your Canada visa application processed through this system right here. In this article we will also look at the previous draws held throughout the year to get an understanding of the kind of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score that you’ll need to secure your own ITA in 2019. But first, let’s have a look at what Express Entry really is.

What is the Express Entry System?

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The EE system was created in order to address Canada’s increasing need of skilled workers. Like many developed nations, Canada is experiencing a diminishing population growth rate, which spells bad news for their economy. In order to keep their economy booming, they need more skilled workers and have thus turned to immigration. The problem with most immigration systems are that applications just take too long to be processed. Canada needed foreign workers fast and hence created an expedited route to Canada called Express Entry.

In order to get your application processed through this system, you will have to qualify for one of the three Federal Economic Immigration programs, namely, the Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class. You will also have to create a seperate online Express Entry profile. Once you have completed this step, your profile will be assigned a CRS score out of a possible 1, 200. This score is used to rank your profile against others in the Federal Express Entry pool.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada holds regular draws from this pool of candidates issuing ITAs to apply for permanent residence to profiles with the highest CRS scores. If you received an ITA, you will have 60 days to complete your application which will be processed in under six months. If you did not get an ITA, your profile will remain in the Express Entry pool where it will be considered for the coming draws for a year. For this reason, you must make sure to continually update your EE profile so that your CRS score is as high as it can possibly be. Find out what kind of CRS scores will get you issued an ITA below.

2019 Draws so Far

January

There were three draws held in January with CRS scores of 449, 443, and 438 respectively. The drop in minimum CRS scores can be attributed to the fact that 13 days passed between the first two draws and only seven days between the last two. When there is less time between draws, there is less time for the Express Entry pool to replenish with high scoring candidates.

February

There was only one draw held in February and 3,350 candidates were invited. It was held on the 20th and the minimum CRS cut off score was 457.

March

March held two draws each inviting 3,350 candidates with CRS cut-off scores of 454 and 452 respectively. Together the draws invited 6, 700 candidates for permanent residence, 700 more than the previous year.

April

April followed March with two draws and both of these draws had minimum cut off scores of 451.

May

May changed up this pattern holding three draws! The first draw held on 2 May and the final draw held on 30 May were both typical EE draws with cut off scores of 450 and 470 respectively; however, the second draw, held on 15 May, only selected candidates who qualified for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Together these three draws issued a total of 7, 200 ITAs.

June

June held two draws each inviting 3, 350 candidates for permanent residence with respective cut off scores of 465 and 462.

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June 27, 2019
Author: Robynn Farrell

3,350 Express Entry Draw candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency in the recent draw which took place on June 26, this year. It was the second consecutive draw to see a decrease in points from the cut-off score. Points decreased from 470 in May to 462 in the previous draw on June, 12, and then again by a further 3 points in the latest draw held on June 26.

The unusually high cut-off rate in May could be attributed to the fact that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had allowed almost a month to pass between draws. The greater the amount of time that passes between draws, the greater the number of higher-scoring candidates are added to the Express Entry pool. In effect, this could be what drove up the cut-off score.

The IRCC has also reverted to having draws every 2 weeks, which has now lowered the cut-off score. All candidates with a score above 462 or higher received “Invitations to Apply” (ITA’S), which brings the total number of invitations issued this year to a staggering 41, 800. This is already 2, 100 more than the amount of ITA’S issued mid year in 2018. 89, 800 applicants received ITA’s in 2018, a number that, at this rate, is estimated to be surpassed by the end of 2019. So what is the Canadian Express Entry system, you may be asking, and how do I apply?

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Express Entry System

The Express Entry system was originally implemented in 2015 by the Canadian Government to fast track and simplify the immigration process. Due to a gap in the Canadian labour market, skilled foreigners seeking employment in Canada can choose from a number of federal programs, but by selecting the Express Entry program, you automatically stand a greater chance of receiving an ITA to apply for permanent residency. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's look at how to apply.

How to Apply

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1. Check that you meet the minimum criteria:

  • Meet the requirements of at least one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs:
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
    • Canadian Experience Class
  • Create a Federal Express Entry Profile and be placed in the pool of candidates. You can create a profile at any time through IRCC

2. Choose your destination

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Please note that each province or territory may have their own category and some even have multiple categories to choose from.

Province/TerritoryExpress Entry Program
AlbertaAlberta Express Entry Stream
British ColumbiaSkilled Worker Category
Healthcare Professional Category
International Graduate Category
International Post Graduate Category
ManitobaManitoba Express Entry Pathway
New BrunswickNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Newfoundland and LabradorNewfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Stream
Northwest TerritoriesExpress Entry Stream for Skilled Workers
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream
OntarioOntario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
Ontario Express Entry French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Express Entry Stream
SaskatchewanInternational Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry
YukonYukon Express Entry Stream

3. Create your online profile

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Your online profile should include information such as your qualifications, work experience, education, language ability, and age. All candidates are awarded points, based on these factors, according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Express Entry candidates however, receive an extra 160 points. Once your total score has been calculated and you will be entered into the Express Entry Draw pool and will be ranked against other applicants. The highest ranked individuals will then be offered an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

4. Submit your application

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Candidates are required to submit their completed application online within 90 days of receipt of ITA, and can expect it to be processed within 6 months of submission

With all these options and information at your fingertips, it is understandable that the process can seem tedious and overwhelming. But with MDC, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) know exactly what it takes to get your visa approved and are ready to assist you through the process. Thousands of candidates immigrate to Canada each year, and you could be one of them. Simply contact us for your assessment and take the first step in making your dreams of living in Canada a realty.

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June 21, 2019
Author: Megon Venter

Unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers applying to immigrate to Canada are looking to find work in the country in whatever sector of the economy they can. For this reason, we have compiled a few top industries in Canada that are in-demand in several of the 13 provinces and territories. This guide makes it easier to assess which of the sectors you may already be qualified for or which of the up-and-coming fields in an unskilled area that you may not have known that you are suitable for.

There are plenty of different routes towards immigrating to Canada with the most popular and largest quotas being invited through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry programs. This is all a part of the federal government’s plans to welcome over a million foreign nationals into the economy within the next three years. This article focuses on the pathways that allow candidates to settle in a specific province or territory in a specific occupation but if you are a skilled/experienced worker, you should consider the federal programs as well.

1. Engineering

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Engineers in Canada are considered skilled workers with a skill level A according to the National Occupation Classification (NOC). The best province for engineers to work in the country would be Alberta where this profession garners the highest income. Workers can get paid anything from $60, 200-$102, 340 CAD per year.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
New Brunswick
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
Northwest Territories
  • Skilled Worker
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker

2. Healthcare

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Healthcare is a big sector in Canada with a lot of areas not having enough professionals to service the demand, especially considering that public healthcare is paid for by the government. Not only will you be paid well ($271,000 CAD on average for family physicians) for filling this position but doctors are also an essential part of every Canadian community.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Physician Stream
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
Northwest Territories
  • Skilled Worker
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker

3. Food and Hospitality

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While this industry can be quite demanding, the average salary stands at $22,128, CAD, above that offered for unskilled work in most countries. With free basic education for your family as well as free public healthcare, you don’t need to have a degree to have a high standard of living in Canada.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
Prince Edward Island
  • Labour Impact Category
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Northwest Territories
  • Employer Driven Program
Yukon
  • Critical Impact Worker

4. Long-haul Truck Driving

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A surprising occupation that is in-demand in Canada is long-haul truck driving. Seen as semi- or unskilled work, truck driving is actually a very lucrative occupation (earning an average of $48,376 CAD per year) with only a driving permit and a bit of experience needed to work in the country on a temporary work permit. From here, you are free to apply for permanent residence through one of the streams below.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
Prince Edward Island
  • Labour Impact Category
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Yukon
  • Critical Impact Worker

5. Technology

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The tech sector is certainly one of the fastest-growing top industries in Canada with many pilots being developed by different immigration bodies to increase the number of individuals available to fill these vacancies. A software developer in Canada earns an average of $90,000 per year, far above the national average salary.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
New Brunswick
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
Northwest Territories
  • Skilled Worker
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker

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June 19, 2019
Author: Megon Venter

Canada is made up of 13 provinces and territories, some more known about by the rest of the world than others. One of these is the Northwest Territories which is actually just a single region in the country, housing several natural wonders of the north. The local population is made up mostly of descendants from Canada’s first nations which form a critical part of the nation’s history. The diversity in this territory’s communities has given rise to 11 official languages, including the country’s usual French and English.

Canada hopes to welcome over a million foreign nationals into the economy within the next three years. This is to address pressing labour market concerns happening across the country, most especially in less-populated regions such as the Northwest Territories. These provinces and territories are less popular choices for newcomers to Canada which causes in-demand vacancies to grow. Read on to find out how to immigrate to the Northwest Territories through one of many programs offered by Canadian immigration.

Living in the Northwest Territories

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The largest city centre in the Northwest Territories is Yellowknife, where you can witness the northern lights as well as natural wonders such as the Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada. Known for gas, petroleum and mining, the region has a lot more to offer than this in terms of vacancies in various sectors. You can read more below to find an occupation that suits you under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system.

National Occupation Classification Category Examples
NOC CategoryExamples
A
  • Social Workers
  • Physiotherapists
B
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
C
  • Foundry Workers
  • Transport Truck Drivers
D
  • Logging & Forestry Labourers
  • Service Station Attendants

The Northwest Territories benefit from the same national perks as other provinces and territories in terms of free basic education and public healthcare. On top of this, smaller communities also tend to be warmer and offer adaptation workshops as well as language classes to help you settle easier. The average yearly salary is around $64, 832 CAD with rent standing at $1, 800 CAD per month for a family home. Getting around has also never been easier with no need for a car - monthly transport passes are only $59 CAD.

Ways to Immigrate

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There are a few ways that you can immigrate to Canada. These include getting sponsorship from a spouse/common-law partner or family member who is a permanent resident or citizen living in the country or starting work on a temporary work visa for a recognized Canadian employer. However, the most direct ways to immigrate to the Northwest Territories would be to go through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Express Entry system’s federal programs.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was designed to address specific labour market shortages happening on the ground in 11 of the 13 participating provinces and territories across Canada. Each of these has developed their own programs and streams according to labour needs and will continue to update them according to emerging quotas and targets.

Northwest Territories PNP
ProgramStreams
Employer Driven Program
  • Northwest Territories — Express Entry Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
Business Immigration Program
  • Business Stream

Express Entry System

The Express Entry system was created in 2015 in order to umbrella the three federal programs which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. These pathways all take around six months or less to process, making them the most popular routes towards permanent residence.

To get started with your application you will need to create an online profile that details all your skills and qualifications. There is something called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is effectively a set of criteria that is used to award a total number of points to each profile. The profiles are entered into the Express Entry pool from which the highest-scoring candidates are pulled and issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) during draws that happen in two-week intervals.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

  • Age
  • CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
  • Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
  • Arranged employment
  • Provincial Nomination achieved
  • Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
  • Your spouse’s profile (if married)

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Sign up with our service today in order to get yourself and your family evaluated for immigration. Why not use our professional service to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward when it comes to applying for permanent residence? You too can immigrate to the Northwest Territories through one of the over 60 different programs on offer by the government.

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June 14, 2019
Author: Nicole Carew

A massive labour shortage is looming in Canada and according to industry experts the shortage of work in Canada has escalated with each passing year. 32% of employers in Canada are challenged with vacant positions and difficulties to hire unskilled workers, for example, there are 50, 000 jobs in retail, 38, 000 in jobs in construction and 45, 900 jobs in hospitality just waiting to be filled. The situation urged the government to advertise jobs for unskilled labourers in various sectors such as drivers, office support staff, farm workers, grocery clerks, painters and assembly line factory workers just to mention a few. To work in Canada as an unskilled labourer comes with an average annual salary exceeding $20, 000.

The federal government has plans to welcome over a million immigrants by 2021 to fill these positions. To work in Canada in the unskilled labour jobs requires very little or no training. These are jobs that can be learned completely in 30 days or fewer. Applying to work in Canada as a foreign national in the unskilled field will have some requirements and a suitable application process. The possibility of successful immigration is high for job seekers as it has been estimated that Canada will have nearly 40, 000 unfilled positions in unskilled occupations by next year. This leaves Canadian companies with one option, to hire foreigners to fill these labour shortages.

You must be wondering what your options are involving the application for immigration to work in Canada. One of the best options is to apply for a stream under the Provincial Nominee Program because Express Entry works with the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class, which all require some form of a qualification.

What Is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

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11 out of 13 of Canada’s provinces and territories participate in the PNP. These PNPs have been created for those who wish to live and settle in a particular region to fill the market shortages with the specific experience and skills needed in the province or territory. The PNP streams are some of the easiest ways to immigrate and work in Canada due to the urgent need in the specific province or territory in Canada. The provinces have created their own unskilled worker streams and the requirements for the streams include skills, education and work experience needed as candidates have to make an economic contribution to the province.

Should the candidate meet the criteria and score the province’s required amount of points, they will be issued with a nomination and Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence with the federal government. Alternatively, if you applied for a category that falls under the Express Entry system, you either need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to your chosen province or wait for them to send you a Notification of Interest (NOI) depending on how that province works. Your nomination from the province adds 600 points to your profile in the Express Entry pool which uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank you. If you are successful in this, you will be invited to create a separate application for a nomination and you are then issued with your Invitation To Apply. However not all of the programs use the fast track system.

Alberta

The province of Alberta has a shortage of skilled and unskilled workers. Currently nearly 33, 900 positions are open for the following vacancies:

  • Food and Beverage Production Worker;
  • Bakery Production Worker;
  • Food and Beverage Processing Equipment Cleaner;
  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters; and
  • Poultry Production Workers in the Food and Beverage Industry.
  • Food and Beverage Servers;
  • Room Attendants; and
  • Front Desk Agent in the (Hospitality) Industry.
  • Long-haul truck driver in the Trucking Industry.
  • Food Counter Attendants, and Kitchen Helpers in Food Services Industry.
  • Shipper and Receiver and Production Clerks amongst other jobs in the Manufacturing Industry.

Should you consider applying for permanent residency under the Alberta PNP stream as a semi-skilled or unskilled worker, you need to either have an offer from a Canadian employer under one of the above occupations, already have a temporary work permit or completed high school.

Yukon

The province of Yukon has a high job vacancy rate of 5,1%. The province needs unskilled workers to fill positions, particularly in the tourism and corporate industry. The province invites foreigners to apply for several streams in these sectors through the Critical Impact Worker Program. Candidates will only qualify under this stream if they have a full-time position or a temporary work permit in any of the fields that don’t require intensive skills training or qualifications. Candidates will have to be proficient in English or French as a lot of these roles involve interaction with customers and clients. Vacancies would be in hospitality, construction, industrial work or other fields.

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Saskatchewan

Saskatechwan has nearly 8, 200 vacancies, which compares quite low to other provinces, but hospitality and long-haul truck driving are the specific industries that have need. Applying for immigration through the hospitality sector project stream requires applicants to have a high school education, be working in Saskatchewan for at least six months on a temporary work permit and be proficient in English. Food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helper’s and housekeeping or cleaning staff positions are occupation vacancies that need to be filled in the province.

Applying under the long-haul truck driver project stream requires candidates to have a Class 1A driver’s license, have an offer of full-time employment from an approved trucking firm and have been working in Saskatchewan for six months. This program offers great earnings of up to $70, 000 per year due to the deepening shortage of qualified drivers. The hourly rate has increased to nearly $35 higher than the national average for all occupations.The industry is facing unprecedented challenges and trucking companies currently reached crisis situations where loads of goods are sitting at truck terminals ready for delivery to the customers but there are no means to transport the goods.

The truck driver supply and demand gap will continue to widen. It is thought that there will be a driver shortage of over 50, 000 by the year 2024. The demand for truck drivers is expected to grow in other provinces such as Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.

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June 13, 2019
Author: Stephan

The first Express Entry draw of June 2019 is here! Held on June 12, the latest draw invited 3, 350 candidates to apply for permanent residence (PR) and reduced the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score by 5 points to 465. This draw marks a welcome return to two-week intervals between draws which allow for more candidates and lower-ranking candidates to earn their own Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR.

Do you want to immigrate to Canada in as little as six months? Then the Express Entry (EE) system is for you. Find out how the system works, how we can help you apply and more about the latest draw below.

What is Express Entry?

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The EE system was created to speed up Canadian immigration application processing. It manages the pool of candidates who qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. To have your application processed by EE, you will need to create a separate online EE profile in addition to meeting the requirements for one of the aforementioned programs. Your EE profile will be assigned a CRS score, which is out of a possible maximum 1, 200, and entered into the pool of candidates. Here it will be ranked against other candidates based on their CRS score.

Every two week or so, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (RCIC) holds an EE draw wherein they select the top scoring profiles for Canadian PR. Candidates who receive an ITA from a draw have 60 days to complete the application for permanent residence otherwise they forfeit the invitation. If you do not get selected, you will be reentered into the pool where it will be considered for the following draws for the rest of the year.

As you can see from the above, Canadian immigration follows a merit-based system, meaning you will need a high CRS score in order to migrate to Canada. There are several ways you can improve your score and you can continually update your profile to match these changes.

Latest Express Entry Draw

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The latest draw is a welcome departure from previous draws. With a minimum CRS cut off score of 465, 5 points less than the previous draw, the June 12 draw invited 3, 350 candidates to apply for Canadian PR. The time between draws was the normal 14 days, which could explain the drop in CRS. A shorter time between draws gives the pool of candidates less time to replenish with high ranking candidates, which pushes down the CRS requirement.

The tie break rule was instituted for the latest draw and the timestamp used was June 6, 2019 at 13:51:59 UTC. This means that all EE candidates with CRS scores of more than 465 and those with CRS scores equal to 465, who also entered their profile into the pool of candidates before the timestamp, were issued ITAs.

Below are hypothetical examples of the kind of profiles that obtained ITAs:

James is a 30-year-old doctor with 5 years of work experience, a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree. He is also fluent in English and scored very highly on his IELTS test. He has never studied or worked in Canada. Taking these factors into consideration, his CRS score would be 467 which is enough to be issued with an ITA.

Susan is a 31-year-old software engineer with 6 years of work experience. She is also fluent in English but has never worked in Canada before. Her CRS score is 465 which would have earned her an ITA.

Following the latest draw, the IRCC has issued a total of 38, 450 ITAs to EE candidates in 2019. This trend has kept Canada on track with their EE target of 81, 400, but as with previous years, it is likely the country will issue more ITAs than this figure. With higher immigration targets than ever before, 2019 will surely surpass 2018 as the new record year for EE!

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There are over 70 different Canadian immigration programs, each with their own unique set of requirements. Figuring out which program to apply for can be very difficult, which is why the first step of our services is determining which programs you qualify for. Our team of dedicated Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) will evaluate your profile against the criteria of all the immigration programs, including those managed by Express Entry, to find the ones best suited to you.

After you have received your results, we will apply for your chosen program on your behalf. Again, our team of RCICs will ensure that your application is correct, complete and delivered on time. This process will allow you to be confident in your application’s success.

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June 12, 2019
Author: Megon Venter

Manitoba is one of the Prairie Provinces of Canada along with Saskatchewan and Alberta. It’s capital, Winnipeg, houses over half the population of the province but considering how populated a province such as Ontario is, Manitoba is still in its early stages of growth. Most of the population are native English-speakers while many newcomers are pleasantly surprised by the amount of diversity to be found in the smaller communities. With so many occupations still in-demand in the province, it’s no wonder so many foreign nationals choose to immigrate to Manitoba specifically.

The Canadian federal government has unveiled plans to welcome over a million internationals into the workforce within the next three years, especially through targeted programs such as those offered by Manitoba immigration. There are plenty of opportunities for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers in the country and our experts can show you exactly how to immigrate to Manitoba.

Why Manitoba?

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While Manitoba is not one of the cheapest places to live in Canada, it offers the same high quality of living that the other major provinces do without as steep a price tag. For example, residents can rent a family house in the province for $1, 000 CAD while the average salary ranges between $46, 820 CAD and $69, 503 CAD.

Just as in other provinces and territories across Canada, Manitoba offers free basic education and public healthcare as part of the national programs. This means your family is well-taken-care-of in terms of life’s biggest concerns, giving them room to really start over in Manitoba.

At the time of publishing, a monthly transport pass in Manitoba stands at $100 CAD which will allow you to easily commute to work and further out to the province’s natural wonders such as Riding Mountain National Park and Churchill where you can witness polar bears and the Northern Lights.

Immigration Options

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There are plenty of immigration options open to you but when it comes to settling in a specific province or territory, there are some that are more direct than others. If none of the following pathways apply to you, you can also build up your eligibility by studying in Canada or beginning experience in a certain occupation through a temporary work permit. Otherwise, there is the Family Sponsorship Class which requires you to have a family member already living as a permanent resident or citizen in Canada (and in this case specifically Manitoba) who is able and willing to sponsor you financially until you can also apply for permanent residence.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was designed to target specific crucial labour market shortages happening in 11 out of Canada’s 13 participating provinces and territories. One of the most direct ways to immigrate to Manitoba is through one of these streams as a general requirement is for the candidate to want to work and settle in their chosen province while meeting a vacancy there.

Manitoba PNP Streams
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  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
  • Business Investor Stream (formerly MPNP-B)
  • Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
  • International Education Stream

Express Entry System

The Express Entry system was created in 2015 to fast-track the three federal programs which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. The are processed in as little as six months and allow workers in skilled and/or qualified positions to immigrate.

Applications work through a step-by-step process whereby the candidate creates an online profile which is then measured according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and awarded a total score based on the criteria outlined. The profile is entered into the Express Entry pool and the highest-scoring candidates in the pool are issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. This happens through a draw system that generally takes place every two weeks.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

  • Age
  • CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
  • Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
  • Arranged employment
  • Provincial Nomination achieved
  • Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
  • Your spouse’s profile (if married)

How We Can Help

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We are a group of three Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) who have all been through the immigration process ourselves. Our job is to assess your eligibility for the most likely pathway to Canada based on your background and then develop a personalized immigration strategy to help get you permanent residence.

Sign up with our services today in order to get started on your Canadian visa assessment. Seeing as there are over 60 different programs to choose from, why not use a professional to guide your journey? With our help you will soon be on your way to immigrate to Manitoba or any of the other 13 provinces and territories in Canada.

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