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Ontario's Masters and PhD Graduate streams reopened for more applications
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reopened its Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams on January 29.
Both streams function on a first-come, first-served basis and usually reach their application limit fairly quickly. This was the case with the Masters Graduate Stream, which reached its application intake limit within hours of reopening. The PhD Graduate Stream remains open to applications at this time.
Neither stream is aligned with the federal Express-Entry system, therefore they are considered 'base' streams. A successful applicant who receives a provincial nomination through either of these streams may later apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which oversees the remainder of the process.
A job offer is not required for either of these streams. The PhD Graduate stream targets individuals who have graduated from a Doctoral level program at an Ontario university, while individuals who have graduated from a Masters-level program in Ontario may apply under the Masters Graduate stream.
For more details about the two streams, please visit our dedicated page on the OINP International Student Category.
International graduates benefiting from additional points for Canadian education
More international graduates have received invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada following changes to the way Express Entry candidates are ranked, a new study shows.
New statistics from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) show that the proportion of former international students invited to apply for permanent residence from the Express Entry pool increased by 10 per cent in the first six month after it introduced an additional 15 or 30 points for Canadian study experience.
Prior to those changes, Express Entry pool candidates with Canadian education credentials were not awarded any additional points.
British Columbia drops minimum scores in latest draws
The Canadian province of British Columbia issued a total of 340 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in its first draws of 2018, which took place on January 3 and 10. In these draws, which included a tech-focused draw, the number of invitations increased and the cut-off score for four out of the five categories involved decreased.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued invitations to skilled workers and international graduates through the Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration — International Graduate, Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC — International Graduate categories.
The January 10 draw only invited candidates through the province's BC PNP Tech Pilot initiative. BC did not specify how many ITAs have been issued in the tech-only draw.
The cut-off scores in the latest draw were:
A portion of the candidates in the January 3 draw received an invitation through one the BC PNP's Express Entry-aligned sub-categories. Those candidates are now in a position to apply for an 'enhanced' provincial nomination. A successful nomination results in applicants receiving 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the federal Express Entry pool. It is important to note that an invitation to apply for the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the federal Express Entry level.
The remaining candidates under the Skilled Immigration sub-categories will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside Express Entry if they receive a nomination from BC.
Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada, and who meet the eligibility criteria for one of the the BC PNP's categories, are required to create an online profile and complete all sections of the BC PNP registration form. Applicants receive a score based on the information they supply and are entered into the selection pool for the immigration category they selected.
In order to be considered under the BC PNP, most candidates must have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province who is willing to support them through the application process.
The BC PNP conducts periodic draws from the pool and issues invitations to apply for provincial nomination to the highest-scoring registrants from each category.
British Columbia had a 2017 allocation of 6,000 provincial nominations. The province has yet to announce its 2018 allocation.
BC issues 290 invitations to apply for provincial nomination
The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued 290 invitations to apply for provincial nomination in two draws that took place Dec. 6 and 13.
The draws saw a slight increase over recent cut-off scores in the Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration — International Graduate, Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC — International Graduate categories.
The Dec. 13 draw was limited to the Tech Pilot, a weekly technology-focused draw that B.C.’s Provincial Nominee Program launched last summer. The pilot issues invitations to qualified registrants in any immigration category who have valid job offers in the 32 key technology occupations.
Registrants who were issued an invitation have 30 calendar days from the day they received it to submit their application for provincial nomination. Applicants who are nominated by B.C. can then apply for permanent resident status.
Canada is home to some of the best schools in the world.
The number of international students studying in Canada is over 300,000, a figure that is constantly growing. Many of these students are choosing Canada over other developed countries because of certain advantages that studying in Canada can bring.
Individuals who study in Canada receive a top-quality and internationally-respected education, preparing them for professional pursuits in Canada or abroad.
Yet, the cost of tuition and living fees in Canada are generally lower than in other developed countries
Canada voted 2nd most beautiful country in the world
Canada has come in on top once again.
British-based travel publisher Rough Guides released their latest inspiring list of the most beautiful countries in the world, as votes by readers. And it’s no surprise Canada lands in second place. It comes second only to Scotland, which took first place among 20 nations.
“There’s nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you’re drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain peaks,” notes Rough Guides. “To help spark your imagination, we asked our readers to vote for the most beautiful country in the world.”
Rough Guides, who probably mostly have European readers, said that Canada came in a “close call” for second place.
“In a close call for second place is Canada: home of lumberjacks, beavers and maple syrup (if you believe everything you read). But there’s much more on offer in Canada, not least its mixture of raw beauty and majestic landscapes,” it said.