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International graduates benefiting from additional points for Canadian education
16 January 2018

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
16 January 2018

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 WorkerSkills Immigration — International GraduateExpress 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:

  • Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker: 75
  • Skills Immigration — International Graduate: 70
  • Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 40
  • Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker: 75
  • Express Entry BC — International Graduate: 70

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
16 December 2017

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.
12 December 2017

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
16 November 2017

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.
 

Bringing a Spouse, Common-Law Partner, or Family Members to Canada
08 September 2017

Definition of Family Member

For the purposes of this page, “family member” refers to a spouse, common-law/conjugal partner, and dependent children. Parents may also accompany you to Canada.
 

Visitor Visas

Citizens of some countries and territories require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter Canada as visitors. A visa cannot be applied for at a Canadian Port of Entry, and, in some cases, a medical examination may be required. This can add significant processing time to your application.

Citizens of certain countries do not need a TRV, but, as of November 10, 2016, most visa-exempt persons require an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The main exception is U.S. citizens, who require neither a TRV nor an eTA.

To determine whether you and/or your accompanying family members require a TRV or an eTA, use the Visiting Canada Tool.
 

Work Permits for Spouses

Full-time students with a valid study permit can help their spouse or common-law partner apply for an open work permit. An open work permit will enable the spouse or common-law partner of the international student to work, and is usually valid for the entire length of the student's study permit. To be eligible for this program, the student must be studying full-time, and have a valid study permit at:

  • A public post-secondary institution; or
  • A private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution and receives half of its overall operations budget from government grants; or
  • A private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.

This open work permit allows its bearer to work for any employer in Canada, and does not require a job offer, or a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Bear in mind, this open work permit may exclude certain occupations (such as jobs in schools or hospitals) unless medical examination is provided.
 

Spousal Work Permit Timing and Application Procedure

Canadian visa offices overseas are generally able to process an application for a work permit at the same time as the study permit application. In such cases, in addition to the study permit processing fees, the applicant(s) must also include work permit processing fees.

Conversely, the spouse or common-law partner may come to Canada as a visitor and then apply for a work permit after arrival. For citizens of countries that do not require a TRV, this work permit application may be done at a Canadian Port of Entry. In some cases, citizens of visa-required countries may also contemplate a Port of Entry application.
 

Minor Children and Canadian Study Permit Rules

If you or your spouse or common-law partner is already in Canada, your minor child may study without a study permit at the preschool, primary, or secondary level. Once the child reaches the age of majority in their province, however, he or she must apply for a study permit to continue his or her studies in Canada. This application can be completed from inside Canada. Please consult the table below for further information.

When applying from outside Canada, you will need to apply for your child’s study permit at a Canadian overseas visa office.
 

Applying Together

if you are planning to bring your family to Canada while you study, and you’ll be arriving at the same time, you may consider filling out one application for the entire family. If you have a variety of different permit applications (your study permit and your spouse or common-law partner’s work permit, for example) you will need extra documentation and will need to include additional fees (such as the additional fee for the work permit).


Extensions

If you wish to extend or change your conditions while you are in Canada, you will need to complete a separate application. Make sure to check the date of expiry on your study permit and apply at least 30 days before that date if you would like to extend your stay.
 

Does a child need a study permit?

Children accompanying an adult who is in Canada on a work or study permit may study in Canada without a study permit at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels.

 

Foreign/International students with a valid study permit may work on- or off-campus while studying in Canada.
01 September 2017

International students may work off campus without a work permit for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.

In order to be eligible to work during their studies, international students must:

  • Hold a valid Study Permit
  • Be studying at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level.
  • Remain in satisfactory academic standing as determined by their institution; and
  • Be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.

International students in Canada must stop working on the day they no longer meet the above eligibility requirements.

The following international students are not eligible to work off-campus:

  • Students enrolled in an English as a Second Language or French as a Second Language program;
  • Students taking a general interest course or program; and
  • Visiting or exchange students at a designated learning institution.

Once the international student graduates, a Post-Graduation Work Permit may be obtained.

Studying in Canada: A Pathway to Canadian Permanent Residence
29 July 2017

There are a range of programs whereby international students may apply for permanent immigration. In some cases, this can be done without obtaining a job offer from a Canadian employer.

In addition, international students in Canada may:

  • work for up to 20 hours per week while in school, and on a full-time basis during school breaks;
  • obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit for the equivalent duration of the studies once the program is successfully completed, allowing students to remain in Canada for many years before becoming a permanent resident;
  • bring an accompanying spouse or common-law partner to Canada on an open full-time work permit, allowing him or her to work for any employer;
  • bring accompanying minor children to study in Canada at the same rate that Canadians pay; and
  • become eligible for Canadian permanent residence, either through a Provincial Nominee Program, through Quebec's immigration system, or through the Express Entry immigration selection system.

Universities and colleges in British Columbia are consistently ranked among the top-ranked institutions in Canada.
29 July 2017

The highly integrated education system in British Columbia is a global model for progressive, flexible education. In addition, the province provides a wide array of employment and immigration options once you have completed your studies.With its cosmopolitan cities, lush rainforests, coastal waters, and colossal mountains, British Columbia is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful provinces. B.C. is a peaceful and rewarding place to live and study.

  • The B.C. Transfer System

    British Columbia has far and away the best credit transfer program in Canada. The B.C. Transfer System allows students to undertake studies at one school and then transfer seamlessly to another, allowing for easier 2nd or 3rd year admission to some of the most competitive universities in the country.

  • Education Quality Assessment

    British Columbia is the only provincial government that endorses certain schools under an “Education Quality Assessment”. This helps international students choose schools that they may not have visited before, and offers them some consumer protection.

  • Employment Options After Graduation

    British Columbia has a diverse and growing economy, with a broad range of employment opportunities for graduates upon completion of their studies in the province. B.C. is projected to have the highest level of job growth in Canada over the coming years.

  • Moderate Climate

    British Columbia's climate is influenced by the Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges. Areas along the south coast have a mild climate year-round. Summers on the coast are warm, with daytime temperatures around 20°C or higher. B.C.'s coastal regions have the mildest winters in all of Canada, and, unlike most of Canada, temperatures rarely drop below freezing.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP): Skills Immigration
27 July 2017

BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into the following categories:

  • Skilled Worker Category — This category is for individuals who have received an eligible job offer in a skilled occupation. Workers are expected to have several years of experience in their skilled occupation.
  • Health Care Professional Category — Under this category individuals with experience and eligible job offers, as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals may apply. An eligible job offer must be acquired for one of 11 qualifying health occupations.
  • International Graduate Category — This category is for individuals who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college in the last three years. A job offer must be obtained from a BC employer to be eligible under this sub-category.
  • International Post-Graduate Category— This category is for graduates with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study. No job offer is required to apply under this sub-category.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category — Workers in certain entry-level or semi-skilled positions in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled positions living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia, may be eligible for immigration through this program.

Canada the Second-Best Country in the World to be an Immigrant, U.S. Study Finds
12 July 2017

Canada has been ranked as the top country outside Europe, and the second-best country worldwide, to live as an immigrant. Only Sweden is ranked higher than Canada.

U.S. News and World Report, which compiled the ranking, assesses 80 countries based on their economic stability, income equality, and labour markets in order to create its lists. Thousands of business leaders and members of the public are consulted in order for the ranking to be compiled.

On this occasion, the United States was ranked in seventh place, behind Norway.

Although Canada was pipped to the number 1 position by Sweden, the immigration project launched by U.S. News and World Report is part of an overall attempt to determine the world’s “best” countries based on a range economic and social attributes. In that overall ranking, Canada also ranks in second place, but Sweden comes in sixth, showing Canada’s strength across a wider range of assessment factors.

For the immigration rankings, U.S. News and World Report looked at the share of migrants in a country’s population, the amount of money migrants in each country were able to send abroad, and United Nations rankings of integration policies in different countries, among other factors. Canada was given strong marks not only for its healthy economy but also integration measures for immigrants, such as language training.

Interestingly, Canada comes out in first place when assessed under the Education factor. The report notes that primary and secondary education in Canada is free and mandatory, and that Canada’s de-centralized federation allows provinces to provide structure to the education system at a more localized level. Students in Canada score above average on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment.

Ontario To Reopen International Masters and PhD Graduate Streams.
23 January 2017

The International Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) are set to reopen to receive applications next week. Through these streams — which are two of the highest-volume streams under the OINP — eligible candidates may obtain Canadian permanent resident status. The province states that applications will be received through new online application systems, advising potential candidates to check online for further updates on February 21, 2017.

Clampdown on non-compliant employers
23 February 2017

From 1 April 2017, employers that have incurred a penalty for a breach of employment standards will face a set stand-down period preventing them from recruiting migrant labour for six months, one year, 18 months or two years, depending on the severity of the breach. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the Labour Inspectorate are working through the implementation of these changes. The primary component of this will be a list of non-compliant employers, provided by the Labour Inspectorate to Immigration NZ.

Luxembourg Working Holiday Visa Scheme
24 February 2017

Under this scheme, 50 places will be available annually for young people from Luxembourg wanting to stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months. The scheme will open for the first time at 10:00am (New Zealand time) on 9 May 2017.

INZ to accept UnionPay payments for online visa applications
26 February 2017

Currently, UnionPay serves the world’s largest cardholder base. In 2016, the number of tourists from China to New Zealand was nearly 410 thousand, which was expected to increase in the coming year. The opening up of this form of payment will provide more convenient payment service for UnionPay cardholders who apply for visas online

General Skilled Migration for Trades Workers
07 February 2017

Australia has a shortage of trades workers - suitably qualified and experienced trades people from overseas have always been welcomed in Australia and have great employment prospects. There are a number of different migration pathway options available - this article goes through the main requirements for trades workers migrating through the points tested General Skilled Migration program..

Employer Sponsorship - Recent Developments Feb 2017
23 February 2017

Employer sponsorship has been controversial in recent times and the Department of Immigration continues to make changes. This article goes through some of the recent trends we have encountered in the 457 and other employer sponsored programs, and also flags some possible changes which may come into effect in 2017.

Migration to Australia for Nurses
27 February 2017

Nursing is one of the most favourable occupations for migration to Australia. This article goes through the most important things you need to know if you are looking to migrate to Australia as a nurse.

UK Visas urgently needed to employ immigrants says CBI
20 February 2017

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says that the UK urgently needs immigrants because young Brits won’t relocate to areas where they are needed to fill jobs. The group claims that young people in the UK are reluctant to do certain types of work such as caring for the elderly, therefore migrants represent the ‘best bet’ for filling skills gaps.

New Permanent Residence UK Visa for EU citizens in the UK, report urges
23 February 2017

A study by representatives of EU leave campaigners, remain campaigners, business groups and the TUC (Trade Unions Congress) has recommended that EU citizens - who can prove five years of residency in the UK be given permanent residence status, which can be converted to a new type of indefinite leave to remain once the UK exits the European Union altogether.

BC Conducts Second PNP Draw in Less Than a Week
08 April 2017

British Columbia (BC) has invited another 343 candidates to immigrate to the province through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in draws that took place on February 23. This is the second batch of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) that have been issued in the past week, with the previous draws — which saw 459 ITAs issued — having taken place on February 17.

Ontario's International Masters Graduate Stream Reaches Intake Limit
08 April 2017

The International Masters Graduate Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its intake limit for the time being, just days after reopening. No registrations will be accepted through this stream until registration reopens. The OINP has alerted stakeholders that an update on when the stream will reopen once again is scheduled to be provided on May 1, 2017. The OINP will resume accepting applications for this stream within the next three months.

Quebec Expands List of Occupations for Facilitated LMIA Process
24 February 2017

Employers in Quebec can enjoy a simplified, or facilitated, hiring process of foreign workers in certain occupations after the government of Quebec expanded the list of occupations that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) advertising requirement in the province.

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