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Weekly Canadian Immigration News Update: 12 October 2019

Canada invited 10,692 prospective immigrants to apply for the PR in September 2019

In September, Canada invited 7200 candidates through federal immigration programs served by Express Entry. Another 3,492 candidates were invited under various Provincial Nominee Programs. Ontario invited 15 candidates this month, Quebec invited 32 people, Alberta invited 478 candidates, British Columbia issued ITA for 1,187 candidates, Manitoba issued 571 invitations, Saskatchewan invited 814 people, Prince Edward Island invited 122 candidates, Nova Scotia invited at least 273 people. A total of 10,692 foreign nationals received invitations to immigrate to Canada in September.

#Immigration, #Express_Entry, #PNP, #Arrima, #Ontario, #Quebec, #Alberta, #British_Columbia, #Saskatchewan, #Manitoba, #PEI, #Nova_Scotia

Use of facial recognition technology in approval of immigration visas

The latest Lexbase revealed that the Immigration Department has already completed a small-scale trial of facial recognition technology in the approval of immigration visas. Sara Michielsen, the Department’s Senior Program Advisor for Immigration, delivered a summary report on the use of facial recognition technology by Ottawa’s visa processing centre on May 1, 2019. The report revealed that the Immigration Department plans to effectuate the FRS 2.0 (facial recognition system 2.0) in the near future.

#Security, #visa_processing, #face_recognition, #AI

Application processing times in the SINP have been updated

Saskatchewan updated the processing time of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) based on average times from July 1 to September 30, 2019. In the International Skilled Worker category, the processing time in the Employment Offer stream is 4 weeks, in the Occupation In-Demand stream – 27 weeks, and in the Express Entry stream – 41 weeks. In the Saskatchewan Experience category, the processing time in the Existing Work Permit stream, the Health Professionals stream, and in the International Students stream is 3 weeks, in the Hospitality Workers and Truck Drivers streams – 1 week. In the Entrepreneur and Farm category, the processing time for the Entrepreneur Applications is 40 weeks, and for Entrepreneurs Nominations, it takes 21 weeks to process. The Job Approval Process, the authorization for an employer to hire a foreign worker through the SINP, takes 7 weeks. The processing times show the average time for 80% of applications to be processed.

#Saskatchewan, #SINP, #processing_times

50,000 illegal migrants entered Canada in two years

Close to 50,000 illegal migrants have entered Canada at the unofficial border crossing point in just two years. These illegal migrants came into Canada at Roxham Road, stepping across the border at the unauthorized crossing. Illegal entry poses a complicated and intractable problem for the Canadian government. Most of the illegal migrants are from Pakistan, Turkey, Yemen, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Eritrea, and Palestine. They entered Canada illegally by entering the US first. At the same time, there’s a misconception about the number of refugees in Canada. According to a recent survey, very few people know about the actual number of refugees that got PR last year. 28,000 refugees became permanent residents last year while many Canadians think that this figure is 70,000. However, there are 70,000 applications that are actually pending now.

#refugees, #illegal_entry

Saskatchewan held a third invitations round in 14 days!

On October 8, 2019, Saskatchewan held a third invitations round in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in the last 14 days! More than 1,900 candidates have been invited in the three draws! In the last EOI round, the province invited 559 candidates in the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). In the Express Entry category, Saskatchewan issued 231 invitations to apply. In the Occupations In-Demand category, SINP invited 328 candidates. The lowest score in both categories was 69 points, 1 point higher compared to the previous draw. This time, SINP invited candidates in 19 different NOCs. All invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. In total, in 2019, Saskatchewan invited 5,334 candidates.

#Saskatchewan, #SINP, #Express_Entry, #Occupations_in_demand, #PNP, #ITA

The minimum wage in Manitoba has been increased

On October 1, 2019, Manitoba has increased the minimum wage by 30 cents. The new minimum wage is now $11.65. “We continue to provide predictable and sustainable increases to Manitoba’s minimum wage, which achieves the right balance benefitting both employees and employers,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen. He confirmed the increase will ensure that Manitoba remains competitive with other provinces. This adjustment is based on Manitoba’s 2018 inflation rate of 2.5%, rounding up to the nearest five cents. The highest minimum wage in Canada is $15 in Alberta, the lowest is $11.40 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

#Manitoba, #minimum_wage

Canada invited 3,900 candidates in Express Entry Draw #126

On October 2, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw in the Express Entry selection system. In the invitation round #126, Canada increased the intake to 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITA), 300 more compared to the last six draws. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this round was 464, two points higher compared to round #125. The tie-breaking rule for this round was September 20, 2019 at 15:05:04 UTC. As of September 27, 2019, there are 123,423 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool, 2,145 more than two weeks ago. Canada has already invited 67,300 candidates in 20 rounds of Express Entry in 2019.

#Express_Entry, #IRCC, #ITA

Saskatchewan invited 610 candidates in the new draw

On October 2, 2019, just a week after the previous round, Saskatchewan issued a new batch of invitations to apply for the provincial nomination. In this round, the province invited 610 candidates in the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). In the Express Entry category, Saskatchewan issued 396 invitations to apply. In the Occupations In-Demand category, SINP invited 214 candidates. The lowest score in both categories was 68 points, 2 and 11 points lower compared to the previous draw. SINP invited candidates in 77 different NOCs. All invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. In total, in 2019, Saskatchewan invited 4,775 candidates.

#Saskatchewan, #SINP, #Express_Entry, #Occupations_in_demand, #PNP, #ITA

In the new round, BC invited 402 candidates under the BCPNP

On October 1, 2019, the immigration authorities of British Columbia held a new draw under Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). 402 candidates received invitations to apply for the provincial nomination in this round. The scores of this round did not change except for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled workers:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 92
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate 97
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 78 (+1 point)
  • Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 97
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 101

In total, British Columbia invited 6,869 registrants under all streams of BCPNP in 2019. BC was granted a quota of 6,500 spots under the Provincial Nominee Program in 2019.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #EEBC, #Skills_Immigration, #PNP

In 2019, Canada may admit more Family Class immigrants compared to 2018

According to the official immigration statistics by the Federal Government, in the first seven months of 2019, 2,100 sponsored children, 14,925 sponsored parents and grandparents, and 38,430 sponsored spouses were granted a Permanent Resident status. The total numbers of the previous year were 3,795, 18,025, and 62,885 respectively. So far, in 2019 Canada already granted PR to 55,455 family class immigrants. The monthly dynamics shows an equal distribution of numbers in each category. This means, that we can expect that this year Canada will admit more Family Class immigrants compared to 2018 when there were 84,705 PRs granted.

#Family_immigration, #Spousal_sponsorship, #PGP, #Parents_and_Grandparents_sponsorship, #Children_sponsorship

Yukon is developing legislation for Yukon University

On October 1, 2019, the Government of Yukon released of results of public discussion about transitioning Yukon College to become Yukon University. According to the officials, Yukon University will be a hybrid educational institution and will continue to offer college-level programs in trades, adult basic education and ESL, along with new university-level degree programs. The official launch is planned for May 2020 as the official launch. International students who are thinking of immigration path via education may consider this new opportunity. Currently, Yukon College also offers some academic programs that are eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. With the transition to university, the number of such programs may increase.

#Yukon, #international_students

International education not an education program anymore, but an immigration program

According to data by IRCC, 572,000 international students have come to Canada from around the world and contributed $21.6 billion to the country’s economy so far this year. During the past 5 years, enrolment in Ontario colleges has increased up to 155%. During Stephen Harper’s government, the colleges lobbied the Conservative government to increase the number of international students. Many immigration experts consider international education in Canada as not an education program anymore, rather an immigration program. Most students are studying for permanent residence. It has nothing to do with learning. The average international student pays $14,466 annually as tuition fees, while a Canadian pay $3,742.

#international_students, student_immigration

 

Francophone immigration in a minority setting

Canada wants to attract more new French-speaking residents. The government even set a target of 4.4% Francophone immigration, but never reached it. This indicates a deeper problem. On the one hand, francophones who come to Quebec must learn English to find a job, a trend that favours the anglicisation of the country. On the other hand, the resources available outside Quebec for Francophones are insufficient. In addition, the governments of Ontario, the largest province in Canada, and New Brunswick, the only officially bilingual province, have almost no ministers who speak French, which indicates a certain indifference to the Francophone immigration.

#Francophones, #immigration

 

6.7 times more Indian immigrants than Chinese immigrants in Canada

Canada’s immigration policy leans towards attracting more Indian immigrants. According to the federal Immigration Department, Canada brought in 92,000 new immigrants through the Express Entry system in 2018. This was a 41% increase compared to 2017, but the representation of countries was one-sided. The immigrants were mainly from India (41,675), constituting 45% of all immigrants going through the system. In comparison, only 6,248 Chinese immigrants succeeded in their immigration process, accounting for 6.8% of the total number. Canada’s current immigration policy also suggests that Indians may become Canada’s second-largest ethnic group in the next two to three decades, especially in the Greater Vancouver Area. Although people cannot conclude this is the intention of the US and Canadian governments, it is evident the Chinese community might be pushed out by the growing Indian community.

#immigration_levels, #India, #China