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16 NOC C Occupations To Become Eligible For Express Entry!

16 NOC C Occupations To Become Eligible For Express Entry tomorrow on November 16 with implementation of new NOC 2021 (TEER system). Furthermore, 12 NOC occupations will become ineligible for Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

16 occupations that were previously under NOC C will now fall under TEER 3 of new NOC codes. Similarly, 12 occupations will also move from NOC C (TEER 4) to NOC D (TEER 5) level affecting eligibility for Atlantic Immigration Program(AIP).

List of 16 NOC C occupations that will shift to TEER 3 and become eligible for Express Entry System

  1. Payroll Administrators
  2. Dental Assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  3. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  4. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  5. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  6. Sheriffs and bailiffs
  7. Correctional service officers
  8. By-lay enforcement and other regulatory officers
  9. Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
  10. Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  11. Pest controllers and fumigators
  12. Other repairers and servicers
  13. Transport truck drivers
  14. Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
  15. Heavy equipment operators
  16. Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors


List of 12 occupations that will shift from TEER 4 (NOC C) to TEER 5 (NOC D) – This will effect applicants of Atlantic Immigration Program which allows NOC C and above skill levels!

  1. Pet groomers and animal care workers
  2. Other support occupations in personal services
  3. Longshore workers
  4. Material handlers
  5. Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
  6. Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
  7. Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
  8. Livestock labourers
  9. Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  10. Trappers and hunters
  11. Food and beverage servers
  12. Labourers in textile processing and cutting

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  • OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream: Here Is Full Eligibility

    If you are a foreign national with work experience in eligible skilled trades, you can apply for a nomination and get permanent residency in Ontario. Below, you can learn about the six eligibility requirements for the OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.

    Overview of Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades stream

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has an immigration stream called Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. It enables foreign nationals with relevant skilled trades work experience to apply for permanent residence to live and work permanently in Ontario.

    Before you can submit an online application to be recommended for permanent residence by the OINP, you must have a current profile in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry system, and you received a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario in a PNP draw.

    If you receive a nomination, the next step is applying to the federal government through IRCC. The federal government has the final say on who gets permanent residency. 

    You must first meet the eligibility requirements for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream to apply. Below is how to meet the eligibility requirements. 



    Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream requirements

    Work Experience Requirements 

    To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: 

    • Have a minimum of one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario Major Groups 72
      • excluding occupations under transportation officers, 73, 82, 83, 93 (excluding aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors), or Minor Group 6320 (excluding cooks), as per the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

    Previous work experience 

    Your previous employment must be:

    • Acquired within the two years before the date you submitted your application to the OINP.
    • In one or more of the occupations listed on your Express Entry profile
    • In Ontario, while you maintained a legal status in Canada

     Cumulative work experience 

    Having cumulative work experience means your total work experience adds up to one year. However, it does not be one year of continuous work. 

    Full-time and part-time work experience 

    Full-time work implies working in a paid position for at least 30 hours per week, totalling a minimum of 1,560 hours of paid work in one year. 

    Equivalent part-time employment entails

    • Working at least 15 hours per week for two years, accumulating at least 1,560 hours in that time period, or
    • Working in more than one job for a minimum of 30 hours per week for one year, resulting in at least 1,560 paid work in that year. 

    Other work experience requirements 

    • Your work experience needs to have been obtained over a minimum of one year.
    • A total of 1,560 hours of work experience obtained in less than a year does not qualify.
    • Only work experience obtained after being qualified to practice that occupation in Ontario will qualify if you worked in a compulsory trade.
    • Paid work experience earned while attending a post-secondary institution full-time (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment is not qualified.
    • Volunteering and unpaid internships are not considered work experience.

    Getting a licence or certificate 

    Suppose you are claiming work experience in a compulsory trade. In that case, even if you are no longer working in a trade occupation, you must have a valid certificate or licence when applying to Ontario. 

    In addition, you must have a valid certificate or licence covering the work experience used to satisfy the minimum one year of work experience requirement in an eligible skilled trades occupation.

    Determine whether your job is in a compulsory trade, which requires a license.

    Ontario residency and legal status in Canada

    You must be a resident of Ontario with a valid work permit when you apply. If your work permit has expired, you can apply to the OINP if you have applied IRCC to renew or extend your work permit before it expires.

     In certain instances, you are considered to have implied status. Therefore, you can remain in Canada and continue to work under the same circumstances as your current work permit while the pending application decision is made. 

    However, you are not required to have a job when applying.

    Language Requirements For OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream 

    You must be able to understand, write, read, and speak English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or above.

    Before applying to this program, you must complete an approved English or French language test to demonstrate that you have the required language skills. When you submit your application, your language test results should be less than two years old. 

    For English:

    There are two acceptable tests for English, which are:

    • International English Language Testing (IELTS)- General Training test
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)- General test 

    For French: 

    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

    Settlement funds requirements 

    When you move to Canada, you must have the resources to sustain yourself and any dependant family members.

    Remember that a family member can include your spouse, common-law partner, and children below or not yet 22 years old. 

    You can fulfill the settlement fund requirement by selecting one or a combination of the following:

    • Funds as evidenced by bank statement balances or statements of accounts displaying other investments such as non-locked-in, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc 
    • Annual earnings from an ongoing job in Ontario
    • Having a job offer in Ontario 

    The total amount of money you must have available depends on your family size. Check out the table below for your reference.

    Ontario PNP Express Entry Stream

    You can also combine your income from your current job and savings to prove that you meet the settlement fund requirement. 

    For example, suppose you’ve calculated how much money you’ll need based on your family size and determined that you’ll need $29,000. You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual salary of $25,000 and a savings account balance of $5,000, for a total of $30,000. You could meet the settlements fund requirement by combining your job offer and bank statement.

    Please remember that if you provide bank statements that include a big one-time deposit, you may need to provide additional evidence to prove that your finances are free of debt or liabilities.

    The desire to reside in Ontario

    You must intend to dwell in Ontario after being granted permanent residence. While assessing your application, the government may determine this by looking at your ties to Ontario, which can include the following

    • Currently working or have prior work experience in Ontario 
    • Applying for jobs in Ontario and getting job offers and interview 
    • Have studied Ontario 
    • volunteering experience in the province 
    • Have a lease or own property 
    • Visited Ontario 
    • Possess professional networks and affiliations or family ties and personal relationships

    Source: OINP


  • Childcare In Canada – Here Is All You Need To Know!

    The journey might sound too overwhelming if you are getting permanent residency of Canada, starting a new life and have kids. As a parent, childcare is usually the top priority. Everyone wants to provide their child with the best care. However, it is also essential to manage the costs and ensure that the childcare service is top quality. 

    So, if you have a child or are planning on having one, you are in the right place. This article lists the many childcare options in Canada. Also, it helps you understand the costs so that you can plan your budget accordingly. Moreover, it will also help you choose a service that is best suited to your needs.

    Types of child care in Canada

    In Canada, there are many options available for child care. A few examples of these are – daycare centres, home daycare, nannies, and preschools. Some of the services are regulated while others might be unregulated.

    Regulated services are monitored, licensed, and regulated by provincial and territorial authorities. Examples of these are full-day childcare, home child care, and school-age child care.

    On the other hand, unregulated child care is provided either in the caregiver’s or the child’s own home. In such cases, it is the parent’s responsibility to assess the quality of child care provided.

    Moreover, you will have to manage your relationship with the caregiver. Listed below are the different kinds of child care in Canada – 

    childcare in canada

    Full-day child care centres

    These centres are inspected regularly by government officials. Full-day child care should be licensed and meet the province’s regulations. These include group size, staff training requirements, physical space, nutrition, health and safety, and so on.  Any childcare centre that is not licensed cannot operate anywhere in Canada.

    Part-day programs

    These programs are regulated in almost all provinces through the same licensing systems as full-day programs. However, some requirements may be different. Also, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Yukon allow unlicensed part-day programs. Examples of such programs are nursery schools or preschools.

    School-age programs

    These programs are regulated in all provinces, usually up to age 12. However, starting age and specific requirements for school-age programs vary. Some before and after-school programs, recreational and skill-building programs, as well as programs for young school-aged children during summers and school holidays are not required to be licensed

    Regulated family child care (home child care)

    This program is available in all provinces. It is provided to a group of children in a caregiver’s own home. In some provinces, regulated family childcare homes are inspected or monitored by a government official.

    They make regular visits. Some regulations in this program include the physical environment, number of children by age, record keeping, nutrition, health and safety, and also sometimes caregiver training.



    Cost of childcare in Canada

    Child care is expensive in Canada and varies by province. So, it often becomes a challenge to find affordable child care. The monthly cost can be around $179 to $1,934 CAD depending on the province.

    In Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and Newfoundland, and Labrador half of the childcare spaces are at a provincially-set fee. Child care in Toronto is the most expensive.

    Also, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan, all cities in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) follow with the highest median fees for childcare. The cities with the lowest fees for infant care are in Quebec. Winnipeg also has affordable childcare. 

    How to find a perfect childcare option 

    Listed below are the steps you should take to find childcare that best suits your situation – 

    • Search for Child Care Services in your city. You can find them on your city’s website or the province’s Ministry of Education website. This will provide you with a list of licensed centers in your neighborhood.
    • Choose the location that best suits for based on your work location or home. Ask about their hours of operation. See if they match the days and times when you’ll need childcare
    • Check the environment of the childcare. It should be welcoming, safe, and child friendly. 
    • Confirm that the provider is licensed, regulated, or monitored by the government. Confirm their qualifications. See if the staff is trained in providing emergency first aid.
    • Lastly, ask about the fees and see if it fits your budget. 

    Tips for newcomers to Canada

    Here are a few tips for newcomers- 

    Budgeting – It is important to budget your expenses. Note down all your monthly costs. This will help you better plan your finances and choose the right kind of childcare program. Also, this helps you decide if you should go for private or public care. For example, hiring a nanny may prove to be slightly more cost-effective if you have two or more kids. 

    Grants – The federal government offers Canada Child Benefit to families with children. This grant provides a tax-free monthly payment to all eligible families living in Canada to assist with the cost of raising children under the age of 18. You should apply for these grants. 

    Subsidies – All provinces provide childcare subsidies. However, the criteria, limits, and options may vary depending on the province. You should consider this. You can Reach out to your nearest newcomer settlement centre for assistance.


  • Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship Applications!

    Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship: When applying for spousal sponsorship, you have two options: either as an in-land or outland. Both application types have different processing times and requirements to maintain. 

    One frequently asked question is whether you should apply as an inland or outland applicant for spousal sponsorship. The answer depends on your situation and needs. For example, it is best to submit your application as an outland applicant if you need to travel or be outside Canada. 

    However, if you prefer to work and remain inside Canada, the most suitable option is to apply as an inland spousal applicant. 

    Often, most people want to take both options: to work in Canada and depart when needed. However, leaving Canada while your application is processing comes with several risks that can lead to application refusal or denied entry at the border. 

    Hence, inland applicants are strongly advised to remain in Canada while their application is processing. The main reason is that if you depart Canada, you may not be allowed to re-enter. 



    Why should inland spousal sponsorship applicants not depart the country?  

    Considering that you enter Canada as a visitor, having family or spouse inside Canada sometimes serves as a disadvantage because, as a visitor, your stay in the country is limited to 6 months (if extension is not applied or status is changed). 

    Furthermore, when the border official is aware that your spouse or common-law partner is in Canada, it becomes harder, not easier, to enter. It may seem contradictory, but keep in mind that you are asking to enter as a guest at the port of entry, which means you are only visiting for a limited time and will return home after that. 

    If you have established your home with your spouse or common-law partner, you are not truly a genuine guest who intends to return home outside of Canada, and a border officer may reject your admission.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Class Sponsorships in Canada

    Can you depart Canada in case of an emergency? 

    If an emergency requires you to leave Canada, get in touch with a licensed immigration practitioner (consultant or lawyer) before you leave. It would help if you honestly weighed the importance of being allowed to travel against the risk you are taking with your application. 

    Nevertheless, there is documentation that you may prepare in advance that may help you at the port of entry upon your return.

    What to do if you have already left Canada and were denied entry?

    Unfortunately, you will need to start your sponsorship application again if you cannot return to Canada, this time with an outland spousal sponsorship application. 

    To begin a new application as an outland applicant, you must first withdraw your current ongoing application. Moreover, the $550 application fee may not be refundable if your application is already processed.

    You may be eligible for a refund if your application is not yet processed, but it is not guaranteed, and the refund process can take months. 

    Remember that applying again comes with a new set of updated forms, proof of support with a more current date, and sometimes new police clearances. 

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that numerous applicants for inland sponsorship do arrive and depart successfully. Every time they leave the country, though, they run the possibility of having their application for permanent residence delayed or denied if they can’t get back into Canada immediately.

     In addition, living together while the application was being processed is one of the requirements for approval of an inland sponsorship, so even if you are permitted to enter Canada again, a prolonged absence from the country can still present issues.

    Can you change your application from inland to outland or vice versa? 

    No, even though the application materials will be identical, an inland sponsorship has a different legal structure and procedure than an outland sponsorship. 

    Even separate IRCC offices handle the processing of the applications. You cannot request that an application be changed to a different stream once filed under one stream. Withdrawing your spousal sponsorship and submitting a fresh application would be the option if you discover that you must switch categories for some reason.

    For more details on spousal sponsorship, refer to official IRCC page.


  • Express Entry Glitch Invited Some Ineligible Profiles In Latest Draw

    With the implementation of the new TEER system on November 16, IRCC Express Entry management system has reflected several glitches. In addition, many lawyers and immigration specialist have voiced their concerns about the ongoing IRCC glitches. 

    Certain Express Entry profiles didn’t receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in November 23 draw; although, they had CRS score above the declared cut off. While some ineligible profiles got the invite because some profiles received additional CRS points that they were not entitled to.

    This article highlights some of the glitches in the Express Entry system that has affected the system after implementation of new TEER system on November 16. 



    Glitches in the Express Entry system

    Ottawa based Immigration lawyer Tamara Mosher-Kuczer highlighted some of the glitches in the Express Entry system. She mentions that since November 16, there have been “serious” Express Entry glitches. 

    As a result of these glitches, some applicants did not receive an invitation to apply in the latest Express Entry draw, which has had severe consequences for some applicants. 

    “IRCC should own up to the errors, apologize to those in the pool, and ideally find some way to rectify for those seriously impacted,” says Tamara.

    The applicants who did not receive an invitation in the latest Express Entry draw had a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) above the minimum required score to receive an invitation. However, they were not invited. 

    Another glitch was that the applicants did not get the points for their spouse’s Canadian work experience. Generally, applicants receive 70 CRS points for a spouse’s Canadian work experience. 

    Furthermore, some applicants were marked eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and received an invitation to apply, but they did not possess the Canadian work experience to be eligible. 

    In addition, certain applicants received additional CRS points that they were not qualified for and were invited to apply based on those invalid scores. 

    IRCC is yet to respond to glitches

    IRCC is yet to respond to these ongoing glitches. Recently, several applications process has been moved online for faster processing. Yet, they continue to pose problems in the portal. 

    Good news is that certain Express Entry profiles just got lucky because of the above mentioned glitch. However, bad news is that certain deserving Express Entry profiles were left out in the latest Express Entry draw.

    We will continue to update you if there is any future update on the ongoing glitches in the Express Entry system to help you prepare for your immigration journey. 


  • Recommendations To Improve Canada Immigration Made By CIMM

    The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) released a report, Promoting Fairness in Canada Immigration Decisions, where the Committee investigated visa outcomes in the immigration system. Upon examination, they found the system systematically and unjustifiably disfavours particular groups based on race and country of origin.

    As a result, the Committee makes wide-ranging suggestions to improve the immigration system, which consistently disadvantages some groups depending on race and country of origin.

    After hearing from several immigration advocates, lawyers, and settlement agency staff, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration decided to examine the immigration system. 



    CIMM’s Key recommendations for the immigration system 

    IRCC will share their response to the CIMM report and recommendations in a few months. Meanwhile, below are the key recommendations:

    • Visa officers should record applicant interviews to prevent miscommunication.
    • Ottawa should expand the extraordinary measures already available to Ukrainians, such as the provision allowing for the sponsorship of extended family members to people from other nations and regions experiencing humanitarian crises.
    • The Canadian government should establish a separate monitoring body responsible for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whose mandate should include dealing with racism and complaints concerning the agency. 
    • Immediate implementation of an Anti-Racism Quality Assurance process for decisions made by visa officers to investigate the impact of individual bias and systemic racism on decisions and refusal rates at visa offices
    • Requesting that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicate more resources to process caregiver permanent residency applications from all streams faster. 

    As per IRCC, they train all officers to assess all applications equally and use the same criteria regardless of their country of origin. With the upcoming reports, they are looking to examine the impact on racialized applicants and minority community members. 

    CIMM highlights longer wait times in application processing 

    According to the Committee’s information, waiting for durations for various refugee groups may differ depending on shifting government priorities and quotas.

    A non-denominational charitable group called Remember Ministries’ executive director, Jennifer Miedema informed the Committee that fund allocation tells you where priorities are placed or who are the favoured demographics.

    Miedema says that “the uneven distribution of delays equals the uneven distribution of suffering,” adding that even holding out hope for final resettlement could be harmful over a prolonged period of waiting and delay.

    Further, she explains the impact on refugees, as their hopes are raised when they submit their applications, but they need to wait for a year or two without any response. As a result, it has a heavy impact on their mental health. 

    According to the Parliamentary Committee, the government should raise the overall number of refugees it welcomes to Canada during a crisis rather than backtrack on or delay receiving those whose applications are currently on hold. 

    They also want a complete racial equity assessment of Canada’s immigration and refugee system and to allocate more resources to process and give priority to privately sponsored refugees. 

    An increasing number of federal appeals 

    The number of people requesting federal appeals to become new Canadians has increased seven times in the last three years. 

    The court system is becoming overburdened with these judicial requests to contest allegedly unjust decisions made by visa officers and procedural delays. These applications are a judicial remedy in the immigration context that compels the IRCC to carry out a public legal obligation owed to an applicant.

    The recording of candidate interviews has been recommended as a potential solution to help with court-ordered redeterminations of unsuccessful applications. According to Vancouver-based immigration lawyer Victor Ing, IRCC needs to be more transparent and honest with clients to avoid more mandamus applications.

    Next, the Committee highlighted the increased wait times in the caregiver program. 

    The caregiver Program has the longest wait times

    The Live-in Caregiver Program saw some of the longest wait times before and after the pandemic. For example, the average time to process caregiver visas in 2020 was about 57 months and two days. While in 2021, the wait time was 68 months plus one day to process applications. 

    As a result, 15,621 applications were pending or anticipated to be pending in the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot backlog as of December 31, 2021. In addition, there were 1,639 more applications in the Live-in Care Program’s database.

    Arlene Ruiz, a licensed and regulated immigration consultant and a recruiter from Alexene Immigration & Employment Services, informed the Committee that many caregivers are from the Philippines. For them, the delays in application processing cause breakdowns in their marriages and children growing out of their dependent status. 

    Immigration attorney Steven Meurrens also mentions that the IRCC lacks transparency, which adds to the problem. For example, the processing times mentioned on IRCC are inaccurate. Further, the Access to Information Act shows that there have been no caregiver files processed since 2019.

    Following this month’s announcement by the federal Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, that Canada aims to settle 500,000 new immigrants by 2025, a new report by the Parliament has been released.

    The announcement comes after a record-breaking year for immigration to Canada in 2021, when more than 405,000 people arrived. The nation is also dealing with an unprecedented backlog of visa applications, with 2.2 million being processed by IRCC as of this month.

    Source: CIMM Report


  • Know Latest Average Weekly Earnings In Canada & All The Provinces

    On November 24, 2022 – Statistics Canada released September 2022 data for average weekly earnings in Canada and all provinces. Due to administrative steps that lead to the collection and compilation of data from our widely dispersed Canada, this data is typically delayed by two months.

    In September 2022, the number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer increased by 85,300 (+0.5%), according to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls, and Hours. Average weekly earnings in Canada is at $1,175.37, an increase of 3.5% year-on-year.

    Overall, the payroll employment were largest in Quebec (+39,100; +1.0%), Ontario (+15,300; +0.2%), British Columbia (+10,500; +0.4%) and Alberta (+10,400; +0.5%). The only province to see a decrease in payroll employment was Newfoundland and Labrador (-900; -0.4%).

    Overall, average weekly earnings increased by 3.5% year on year in September 2022, slightly higher than the 3.2% increase in August. Below are the province-wise and industry-wise weekly earnings as per Statistics Canada.

    Industry-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada (Including overtime) – September 2022

    IndustryAverage Weekly Earnings
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction2304.44
    Utilities1927.56
    Finance and insurance1724.12
    Professional, scientific and technical services1639.86
    Information and cultural industries1621.54
    Public administration1532.19
    Management of companies and enterprises1493.67
    Construction1456.61
    Forestry, logging and support1411.59
    Wholesale trade1399.45
    Manufacturing1248.50
    Transportation and warehousing1226.55
    Real estate and rental and leasing1204.10
    Sector aggregate1175.37
    Educational services1145.01
    Health care and social assistance1016.67
    Other services (excluding public administration)981.10
    Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services952.89
    Arts, entertainment and recreation729.04
    Retail trade704.73
    Accommodation and food services468.30


    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    GeographyWeekly Earnings Sep 2022Weekly Earnings Aug 2022
    Nunavut$1593.33$1559.50
    Northwest Territories$1560.30$1552.27
    Yukon$1334.02$1348.75
    Alberta$1266.05$1257.16
    Ontario$1206.70$1198.79
    British Columbia$1175.98$1170.23
    Newfoundland and Labrador$1159.31$1145.71
    Saskatchewan$1155.70$1143.55
    Quebec$1118.25$1120.40
    New Brunswick$1082.99$1066.62
    Manitoba$1066.67$1070.27
    Nova Scotia$1020.83$1027.02
    Prince Edward Island$985.73$975.54

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Canadian province has the highest average weekly earnings?

    Nunavut has the highest weekly earnings at $1593.33 followed by Northwest Territories at $1560.30 and Yukon at $1334.02. However, these provinces have very low population being in the northern Canada.

    Alberta has the average weekly earnings of $1266.05 among the major Canadian provinces followed by Ontario at $1206.70 and British Columbia at $1175.98.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Canada?

    Canada has the average weekly earnings of $1,175.37 as per latest data by Statistics Canada released on November 24, 2022.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Ontario and British Columbia?

    Ontario has the average weekly earnings of $1206.70, while British Columbia has average weekly earnings at $1175.98

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1118.25

    Source: Statistics Canada


  • IRCC Testing New Automation Tools To Improve Processing

    IRCC is implementing tools to help process applications more efficiently as more people apply for IRCC programs. With these tools, IRCC will be using the technology to aid, support, and inform IRCC decision-makers, but not replace them. 

    However, IRCC staff will continue to play an essential role in IRCC’s decision-making processes. The new tools are to automate certain tasks and activities, such as using systems to sort applications so their staff and decision-makers can dedicate more time to complex applications, issues, and final judgments.

    For applicants to have digital transparency and better understand the tools used by IRCC, below is how IRCC states that they use automation and advanced data analytics to process applications.

    Use of Advanced data analytics by IRCC to sort and organize

    With advanced data analytics tools, IRCC uses these tools to sort and expedite applications for temporary residence visa applications submitted from outside Canada. 

    IRCC has also begun a pilot program to use similar technology to speed up the processing of Canadian applications for spousal and common-law partner sponsorship. Modern data analytics solutions can identify patterns to speed up the job and provide better information to decision-makers.

    Additionally, advanced analytics help officers identify routine applications for quicker processing, such as certain applicants who have already received approval to travel to Canada within the last ten years. With this procedure, IRCC can manage their workload better and help applicants receive decisions on their applications sooner. 

    However, it is important to note that using advanced data analytics only determines if an applicant is eligible. For example, when an applicant is considered for streamlined processing, advanced data analytics will help determine if the applicant is eligible before their file is passed to an officer. Then the officer screens for admissibility, including security and criminality. 

    IRCC officers being highly trained will continue to:

    • Conduct background checks on all applicants for security and criminal records 
    • be responsible for the final decision

    Moreover, applications that are not considered routine are prioritized and sent to officers for standard manual processing. It is only the officer who always has the final say on applications.

    As per IRCC, their system never refuse or recommend rejecting applications. According to the department, only an officer makes the decision of refusing an immigration/visa application. 

    In addition, IRCC will routinely examine the system to ensure that they are operating as planned and that the outcomes align with applications that have undergone thorough human assessment. Before extending advanced data analytics to new fields, IRCC will evaluate its performance.



    Responsible technological development

    Before implementing any future technology, IRCC will be investigating its use and evaluate the need for that service, including its benefits and impacts on clients. 

    A team of experts, including decision-makers, will be involved in developing and using future advanced data analytics tools at IRCC, including a comprehensive examination for bias and discriminatory implications.

    Personal information protection

    IRCC designed complex data analytics technologies using information from previous clients’ apps. Other IRCC systems will be designed in the same manner. 

    If you are currently applying to an IRCC program or have previously applied, the information in your application and additional information gathered to support your application may be used by IRCC to create an advanced data analytics system within IRCC. 

    IRCC may use these analytics technologies to assist in processing applications and decision-making in line with the Privacy Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    The advanced data analytics systems exclusively use personal information that is relevant and required for the application process, including information provided by our law enforcement partners in compliance with established information-sharing agreements. However, the systems do not use data from social media channels.

    As IRCC extends complex data analytics, privacy will remain a top consideration. Accordingly, IRCC continues to take its personal information privacy obligations seriously and to observe and respect Canada’s Privacy Act and related directives and regulations. 

    Source: IRCC


  • CBSA Administrative Jobs Hiring Now For Calgary & Edmonton Airport

    Canada Border Services Agency is hiring for various admin jobs in Central Alberta District, Calgary International Airport (Alberta) and Edmonton International Airport (Alberta). 

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the second-largest law enforcement agency in Canada, employs over 15,000 individuals across the country and works around the clock to defend Canada’s borders by obstructing the entry of high-risk people and commodities while facilitating legal trade and travel.

    To apply for this position, all you need is a two years of secondary school. Learn about the position details, requirements and how to apply. 

    Employment conditions 

    • Must have a Reliability Status for security clearance
    • Hold a valid driver’s license or personal mobility 
    • Can operate a government vehicle.
    • Be able to take job-related travel with advance notice
    • Can work various shifts, such as evenings and weekends
    • Be able to work overtime and on weekends, including statutory holidays.
    • Have the ability to carry up to 25 kg


    Position Requirements

    Education: The applicant must have completed two years of secondary school “OR” other employer-approved alternatives as listed below. 

    The employer-approved alternative includes the following: 

    • A satisfactory result on the test given by the Public Service Commission, which is accepted as a substitute for two years of secondary education; or
    • An acceptable balance of experience, training, and education

    Candidates are considered to have completed the two years of secondary school if they satisfy one of the following requirements:

    • Candidates who passed the Public Service Commission exam, which is accepted as a substitute for two years of high school; or
    • Candidates who have been assigned or deployed to a position in the CR classification for an indefinite period

    Experience: Candidates must have experience providing administrative support in an office setting. For example, buying office supplies, receiving supplies, entering data, managing communications, preserving documents, etc. As well as have experience offering client service to both external and internal clients.

    Job Summary? 

    All you need is your résumé and two references to apply for these positions. You would have to create your candidate profile and fill out your details. Additionally, ensure that you demonstrate how you meet the position requirements in your application. 

    Who Can Apply:

    Anyone living in Calgary, Alberta, and surrounding locations, such as Standard, Cayley, Exshaw, and Didsbury, AB, is welcome to apply for the Calgary position.  

    Additionally, those residing in Leduc (AB) and close-by locations such as Legal (AB), Ryley (AB), Ponoka (AB), and Breton (AB) can apply for the Edmonton position. 

    • Salary: $50,821 to $54,857
    • Closing date: 31 December 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

    To apply for the Calagary position, click here. The reference number for this position is BSF22J-016272-003382. 

    If you would like to apply for the Edmonton position, click here. The reference number for this position is BSF22J-016272-003380. 


  • Canada Open Work Permit – All You Need To Know

    Most foreign nationals need a work permit to work in Canada; there are two types of work permits: open work permits and closed work permits. An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada. In contrast, closed work permits are employer-specific, enabling you to work for a specific employer under particular conditions. 

    With an open work permit, you do not require any job offer or LMIA from a Canadian employer. Moreover, you can work a maximum of 40 hours per week on an open work permit. It also comes with the benefit of working anywhere in Canada with any employer. 

    However, a person can apply an open work permit in 11 scenarios as instructed by IRCC. In this article, you can learn about the eligibility requirements of an open work permit for Canada. 

    Who can apply Canada open work permit? 

    According to IRCC, an open work permit is only available in certain circumstances, and you may be eligible if you meet the following: 

    1. International students who have graduated from a designated learning institution and qualify for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
    2. Destitute students who can no longer afford to pay for their studies  
    3. Employer employer-specific work permit holders who are being or are at risk of being exploited in their job in Canada 
    4. Those who have applied for permanent residency in Canada and awaiting for decision on your application.
    5. Dependent family members of permanent resident applicants 
    6. Common-law partner or spouse of a skilled worker or of an international student 
    7. Spouse or common-law partner of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant 
    8. Refugee claimant, refugee, protected person or their dependent family members
    9. You are subject to an unenforceable removal order, meaning you have requested a federal judicial review, pre-removal risk assessment, or humanitarian and compassionate considerations in response to a removal order
    10. A temporary resident permit holder
    11. Young workers who participate in special programs such as CUSMA. 

    Please note that an open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, excluding those who are:



    Work Permit General Requirements

    Depending on where you are when applying for an open work permit, you need to meet specific requirements. However, you must meet the following requirements regardless of where you are and the work permit type you apply for. 

    • Demonstrate to an official that you intend to depart Canada after your work permit expires;
    • Prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and return home;
    • Obey the law and have no criminal history (you may need to provide a police clearance if requested);
    • Not pose a security risk to Canada;
    • Be in good health and undergo a medical exam if needed
    • Not plan to employers work for an employer included on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the requirements with the status “ineligible”;
    • Have no intentions to work for a business that regularly provides striptease, exotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages; and
    • Provide the officer with any additional documents they request to confirm your eligibility to enter the country.

    How To Apply Canada Open Work Permit?

    There are different instructions to apply for Canada work permit depending on location. It depends whether you want to apply work permit from within Canada or outside Canada or at a Port of Entry (POE). Click here to get instructions depending upon your situation.


  • 4 Canada Study Permit Refusal Reasons And Your Options 

    Canada has become one of the most popular destinations for students. With growing interest in Canadian universities and colleges, the number of students applying for study permits has increased significantly. However, not all students get their study permit; according to IRCC, at least 30 percent are refused. 

    If your study permit is refused, you have two options: appeal the refusal or apply again, addressing the reasons for refusals. This article will help you identify 4 common reasons for study permit refusals and what you can do about them. 

    4 Common reasons for study permit refusals 

    Reason 1: The visa officer is not convinced you will leave the country after your studies

    A study permit is a temporary visa. Hence it has an expiration date and a period of validity. You must demonstrate to the visa officer in your study permit application that you will depart the country when it expires. It does not prevent you from requesting to extend your study permit or request a permanent residence. 

    The government has created some initiatives to assist students in either transitioning to permanent residency or helping them stay and work in Canada after finishing their education.

    It implies that the visa officer must have faith in your ability to leave the country once your status has ended without violating the law. This is usually an issue if you don’t show valid reasons for wanting to go home.

    In most cases, your personal statement is the only opportunity to address this issue. However, you should revise your statement to address the visa officer’s concerns if your first application doesn’t persuade them. 

    In your updated personal statement, you can provide reasons to return home. It can include having family back home, job opportunities, property, etc. 



    Reason 2: lack of sufficient funds 

    When you apply for a study permit, you must show that you have the resources necessary to cover the cost of your travel to Canada, your tuition, and the living expenses of any family accompanying you while you take classes.

    The government often requests six months of bank statements to verify that you have sufficient funds. As a result, your application may get rejected if you do not have the resources to support yourself and your family in Canada. 

    If your application is refused due to a lack of sufficient funds to support yourself, you should pay close attention to the financial documents you included with your application. 

    Remember that the amount of funds you demonstrate in your application is to show the visa officer that you have enough funds to support yourself. It does not mean that you need to spend that amount of money. 

    Reason 3: Choice of program 

    Applications for study permits may occasionally be rejected if the visa officer doesn’t understand the reasoning behind your program of choice. 

    For instance, someone who wishes to study hospitality or travel management and has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from India and four years of experience as a nurse does not explain the program choice. In addition, the applicant’s educational background and career history don’t seem to fit very well with the chosen program in Canada.

    In your personal statement, you must precisely clarify why you wish to study the program you have chosen if, in light of your prior education or professional experience, it seems out of the ordinary. Furthermore, accessing the visa officer’s notes can be quite beneficial.

    Applicants typically have good reasons for selecting the schools they apply to, even if they don’t seem obvious. To ensure that the immigration officer understands your decision, you must express your motivation to them clearly. 

    Reason 4: Your Letter of Acceptance is from a non-DLI 

    A letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institution is required before you can apply for a study permit. Your acceptance letter must come from a Canadian-designated learning institution (DLI) registered with the government. 

    Additionally, you must satisfy all program criteria. The visa officer may reject your acceptance letter if they have issues with its validity or your ability to fulfill the program’s requirements.

    You can reapply to a DLI and get a new acceptance letter to resolve this issue. For example, suppose the visa officer has concerns about your ability to fulfill program requirements, such as not having required IELTS scores or meeting specific program requirements.

    In that case, you can provide additional documents showing how you meet the requirements or reappear for IELTS with better scores. 


  • Dual Intent Canada Immigration Applications-All You Need To Know

    When a foreign national seeks to enter Canada temporarily as a visitor, student or worker while concurrently applying for permanent residency in Canada, they have dual intent.

    While it is legal to have two intents, one for temporary residency and one for permanent residence, the applicant must satisfy both requirements. 

    The possibility that a temporary resident applicant may be approved for permanent residence in the future does not exempt the individual from meeting the requirements of a temporary resident. In particular, the requirement to leave Canada at the end of the period authorized for their stay. 

    How do officers evaluate dual intent applications? 

    While evaluating dual intent applications, the office assesses if a temporary residence applicant genuinely intends to fulfill their obligations as a temporary resident—to depart Canada at the end of their period of authorization. 

    Accordingly, the officer distinguishes these applicants from an applicant who will not depart Canada at the end of their authorized stay if their application for permanent residence is denied.

    While evaluating applications, the officer considers the specific circumstances of the temporary residence applicant o determine the applicant’s intentions, for which the officer may look into numerous factors. 

    These factors include the following while deciding whether to approve a request for temporary residence: 

    • The duration of time the applicant will spend in Canada. 
    • Applicant’s financial means of support 
    • Valid ties to home country and other obligations 
    • the purpose, context and reasons for the applicant’s stay in Canada
    • Submitted information and documents’ credibility 
    • Previous compliance with IRPA and IRPR regulations on temporary residents (visitors, students, and workers), as well as information available in biographic and biometric information sharing

    Evaluating an application with dual intent implications is no different than evaluating any other temporary residence application. Each applicant benefits from a procedurally fair, such as individual evaluation. 

    Before any temporary residence application is approved, the applicant must satisfy the officer that they meet all of the conditions of the IRPA and the IRPR relating to temporary residence.

    If an officer has concerns or doubts about an applicant’s intentions, they inform the applicant and provide them with an opportunity to respond to the officer’s concerns. Similarly, if a temporary resident application is refused, the officer will mention the reason for the refusal in the letter. 



    Applying with your spouse or partner

    When you apply for dual intent with your spouse or partner, the officer considers the sponsored partner’s circumstances. While assessing, the officer considers the following: 

    • whether or not the sponsorship application was approved
    • whether or not the application for permanent residency has been approved at the first stage
    • how much the applicant has maintained ties in their home country
    • what the applicant’s plans are if their application for permanent residence is denied

    Officers may issue a temporary resident visa if the sponsored spouse or partner can satisfy the officer that they will leave Canada after their authorized period of stay and if their permanent residence application is denied. 

    Applying with Grandparents and parents

    Suppose you are a dual intent applicant who applies with their parents and grandparents. In that case, the officer considers the following factors when issuing TRVs, including multiple-entry visas, to parents and grandparents. 

    • have permanent residency applications pending
    • intend to visit but not immigrate to Canada

    The purpose of becoming a permanent resident does not restrict a person from becoming a temporary resident. Officers will typically issue a TRV if a parent or grandparent plans to become a permanent resident in the future and can convince an officer that they will leave Canada after the approved period of stay. 

    Source: IRCC


  • Alberta Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream – Know Full Eligibility

    The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program that nominates talented and eligible foreign-educated graduates from outside Canada for permanent residence in exchange for establishing startup enterprises and innovative businesses in Alberta. 

    The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is a great opportunity for interested candidates outside Canada looking for pathways to permanent residency. 

    In this article, you can learn: 

    Overview of the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

    The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) and approved designated organizations collaborated to create the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.

    Foreign graduates who want to apply for the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream must work with a designated agency. If the designated agency believes the foreign graduate meets the AAIP requirements, it will provide a letter of recommendation. The foreign graduate must submit a letter of recommendation and Expression of Interest (EOI) via the AAIP Portal.

    The designated agency will evaluate business plans based on the foreign graduate’s ability to demonstrate market need or demand, the potential for successful market entry in the short- to medium-term, customer acquisition, business development, key partnerships, and financial plans to fund the development and operation of the startup. 

    The designated agency will submit a written report evaluating the proposed business plan. Foreign graduates must submit this report with their Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream Business Application.



    Eligibility Criteria for the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

    To be eligible for this stream, you must meet the following requirements. 

    Work Experience 

    You must have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience. It can include actively managing or running a business or its equivalent. For example, work experience with a business incubator or accelerator is equivalent.

    Educational Requirements 

    • Have completed a post-secondary degree from an institution outside of Canada with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
    • The degree must be:
      • Completed within the last ten years of EOI submission; and 
      • It should be equivalent to a Canadian degree.

    Business Plan 

    To reflect your interest, you must have a business plan with projected financials. Interested applicants should prepare a 10 minutes presentation with only slides outlining the prospective business venture and focus on what an investor would want to see.

    Language Requirements

    As an interested applicant, you must be able to read, write, understand and speak in English or French. The requirements for each are:

    • The minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level for each English language skill is CLB 5
    •  Minimum Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) level for each French language skill is NCLC 5
    •  At the time of EOI filing, official test results must be less than two years old 

    The AAIP accepts only the following language tests:

    For English: 

    For French: 

    Business establishment

    Suppose the business is located in an urban area. In that case, it must have a minimum of 34% ownership or a minimum of 51% ownership if it is located in a regional area outside the Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Areas.

    Business Partners must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Moreover, the business should not be on the list of ineligible businesses.

    Business investment

    Before coming to Alberta, a minimum investment from the candidate’s (or spouse’s or common-law partner’s) personal equity or a recognized Canadian financial institution, venture capital, or angel investment firm is required. 

    The minimum investment required for an urban centre is $100,000, whereas the minimum investment required for a regional location is $50,000. As a result, more points will be rewarded for higher levels of investment before moving to Alberta. Points are awarded for the metropolitan core or the regional area, but not both.

    Letter of recommendation

    A recommendation letter from an AAIP-approved designated agency is required.

    Settlement funds

    Interested applicants must show that they have the necessary funds to establish their firm and support themselves while on a work permit and launching their startup.

    The minimum settlement funds needed are based on the Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs)

    The table shows the settlement funds needed based on the number of family members (including yourself) and the population size of the community where you wish to establish your business. 

    The figures in the chart represent the funds required for at least the next six months to settle and support yourself (and your family, if relevant) while starting your business in Alberta.

    Designated Approved Agencies for Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

    The designated agencies will help you plan and set up your business. The authorized agency’s responsibility is to:

    • Help with the marketing of the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
    • Determine a foreign graduate’s entrepreneurial preparedness and the probable success of a startup by reviewing the business idea and assisting with developing a business plan.
    • Choose international graduates to recommend for the AAIP
    • Connect foreign graduates with suitable networks, and provide business counselling, coaching, and advice when starting a firm in Alberta and trying to meet the Business Performance Agreement standards

    Foreign graduates who want to apply to the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream should contact one of the recognized designated agencies listed below:

    Empowered Startups
    420-744 West Hastings
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6C 1A5
    Phone: 604-229-1052
    Fax: 604-229-2037
    Email: info@empoweredstartups.com

    Platform Calgary
    429 8 Avenue SE
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2G 0L6
    Phone: 403-284-6400
    Email: fgsp@platformcalgary.com


  • Saving Time With NEXUS At Canada-U.S. Border-All You Need To Know

    NEXUS is a bi-national program for pre-approved, low-risk travellers entering Canada or the United States (U.S.) at designated air, land, and sea ports of entry. The NEXUS program expedites entry into the United States and Canada for pre-screened travellers.

    Members of the program use specific processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks when flying into Canada, and Global Entry kiosks when flying into the United States through Canadian Pre-clearance airports. NEXUS members are also given priority processing at marine reporting points.

    The program allows its members to enter either country more quickly and easily by using automated self-service kiosks in the air, dedicated lanes on the land and calling Telephone Reporting Centres (TRCs) before arrival in the sea.

    In this article, you can learn about the following:

    Updates on the NEXUS program

    While NEXUS and FAST registration centres in Canada are still closed, interviews have resumed in centres in the United States. In addition, the Trusted Traveller portal allows any candidates, including Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, to schedule interviews at the closest U.S. enrollment centre. 

    However, applications are processing slowly. Check your account on the Trusted Traveller program portal for a status update on your application. To keep your membership benefits when it expires, we advise you to renew your membership.

    The benefits of the Nexus program 

    NEXUS members save time and avoid long lines using computerized self-service kiosks at nine Canadian international airports (NEXUS Air).

    NEXUS members can also bypass airport security screening lanes at 16 Canadian airports while flying domestically, to the United States, or on select international flights. However, Members must show their valid NEXUS card to use the Trusted Traveller CATSA Security Line.

    Here’s how NEXUS members can save time and avoid long lines:

    • Using computerized self-service NEXUS kiosks at nine major international airports to enter Canada and U.S. Global Entry kiosks to enter the U.S.
    • Getting priority clearance through security screening lines at major and select mid-sized Canadian airports;
    • Obtaining expedited clearance through TSA Pre-Check lines at over 200 participating U.S. airports. For additional information, go to NEXUS Air.
    • Taking advantage of a streamlined entry process using dedicated vehicle lanes at 21 designated land border crossings. For further information, check out NEXUS Land.
    • When arriving in Canada by boat, call a Telephone Reporting Centre located at over 450 marine stations around the country. For additional information, visit NEXUS Marine.

    Who is eligible to join the NEXUS program?

    To be eligible to join NEXUS, you must be a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident. Or a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident or a Mexican national. 

    For you to join NEXUS, your application must be accepted by both Canada and the U.S. Your application will be rejected if you don’t satisfy all requirements. 

    How to join the NEXUS program? 

    To become a member of the NEXUS program, follow the steps below:

    • Utilize the Trusted Travelers Programs (TTP) website;
    • Apply and complete the registration process
    • Pay the non-refundable USD 50 processing fee.
    • Fulfill the qualifying requirements
    • Be admissible to both Canada and the United States; and
    • Pass both countries’ risk assessments.

    If you are applying with your family, each person must submit a separate application to join the NEXUS program. Applicants below the age of 18 years do not need to pay the processing fees. 

    Moreover, parents or legal guardians must complete the application process for applicants under 18 years old. 


  • Express Entry Draw Sent 4,750 New Invites For PR-November 23

    Today, Express Entry Draw invited 4,750 profiles to apply for permanent residency (PR). Applicants having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 491 or above received the invitations.

    CRS cut off score has reduced by only 3 points as compared to Express Entry draw on November 9, 2022. Furthermore, number of invites remained same as in the previous draw. This is the 11th all program Express Entry draw this year.

    Below are the details of new All Program Express Entry draw.

    • Number of invitations issued: 4,750
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,750 or above
    • Date and time of round: November 23, 2022 15:42:46 UTC
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 491
    • Tie-breaking rule: October 13, 2022 11:22:17 UTC

    All program Express Entry draws include all the the Express Entry profiles under Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). Additionally, it also consider profiles under any of the aforementioned categories having a provincial nomination.

    Next Express Entry draw cut off is projected to be around 485 as per CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 22, 2022 listed below.



    CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 22, 2022

    Express Entry

    Latest processing time for Express Entry as of November 22

    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 14 months
    • Canadian Experience Class – 19 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 27 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 49 months

    Full List Of Canada Express Entry Draws In 2022

    DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
    November 23, 2022No Program Specified4,750491
    November 9, 2022No Program Specified4,750494
    October 26, 2022No Program Specified4,750496
    October 12, 2022No Program Specified4,250500
    September 28, 2022No Program Specified3,750504
    September 14, 2022No Program Specified3,250510
    August 31, 2022No Program Specified2,750516
    August 17, 2022No Program Specified2,250525
    August 3, 2022No Program Specified2,000533
    July 20, 2022No Program Specified1,750542
    July 6, 2022No Program Specified1,500557
    June 22, 2022Provincial Nominee Program636752
    June 8, 2022Provincial Nominee Program932796
    May 25, 2022Provincial Nominee Program590741
    May 11, 2022Provincial Nominee Program545753
    April 27, 2022Provincial Nominee Program829772
    April 13, 2022Provincial Nominee Program787782
    March 30, 2022Provincial Nominee Program919785
    March 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program924754
    March 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,047761
    February 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,082710
    February 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,070674
    January 19, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,036745
    January 5, 2022Provincial Nominee Program392808
    Express Entry Draws – 2022

    What is Express Entry?

    Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing time of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

    The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based methodology, is used by Express Entry to rate applicant profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit an application for permanent residence.

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP).

    Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who are in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these programmes.


  • Atlantic Immigration Program Eligibility With New TEER NOC

    The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) provides a pathway to permanent residency for qualified foreign workers and international graduates who desire to work and live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island.

    Therefore, those struggling due to high CRS scores in Express Entry can consider this pathway a potential option. Furthermore, TEER 4 (or NOC C) are also eligible for Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). This article enlists the program requirements and how you can qualify for the program. 

    Who can apply for the Atlantic Immigration Program? 

    If you would like to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

    • Posses qualifying work experience, unless you are an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary Atlantic Canada institution 
    • Satisfy the education requirements 
    • Meet the language requirements 
    • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and your accompanying family member
      • However, if you are already living and working in Canada on a valid work permit, you do not need to show proof of funds. 

    If you fulfill all these requirements, you can begin looking for work with a designated Atlantic employer. Below, you can find a detailed explanation of all the required eligibility criteria. 



    Work experience requirements 

    In the last five years, you must have worked 30 hours per week for at least one year, totalling 1,560 hours. 

    Here’s how you can calculate your hours: 

    • Calculate the hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs. 
    • Only count the hours for paid work, where volunteering or unpaid internships do not count. 
    • Do not count hours when you are self-employed. 
    • Include hours worked inside or outside Canada, and ensure that you were legally authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident. 
    • In your calculations, count the hours you accumulated over at least 12 months. 
    • Count job experience gained while studying as long as the work hours do not exceed the maximum allowed. 

    The acquired work experience should be among the following  National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEERs.

    • TEER 0 (management jobs such as restaurant managers or mine managers)
    • TEER 1 (professional jobs that usually need a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists or architects)
    • TEER 2 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring at least 2 years of college or apprenticeship, or occupations with supervisory or safety responsibilities such as police officers and firefighters)
    • TEER 3 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring less than 2 years of college or apprenticeship; or more than 6 months of on-the-job training)
    • TEER 4 (intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or several weeks of job-specific training, such as industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, or food and beverage servers)

    Your work experience must include most of the primary responsibilities in your NOC’s description and the main duties. 

    Requirements for international graduates 

    If you are an international graduate, you do not need to satisfy the work experience requirements. However, you must meet the following criteria: 

    • Have a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship that
    • You were a full-time student for the entire time you were studying.
    • Lived in one of the four provinces for at least 16 months in the last two years before graduation, these provinces include:
      • New Brunswick
      • Nova Scotia
      • Newfoundland and Labrador or
      • Prince Edward Island
    • Had a valid permit while studying, living or working in Canada 

    Education requirements 

    You must meet one of the following requirements: 

    • If you have a job offer at the NOC 2021 TEER 0 or 1 category, you must have a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher, or the equivalent from outside Canada.
    • If you have a job offer at the NOC 2021 TEER 2, 3 or 4 category, you must have a Canadian high school diploma, or the equivalent from outside Canada.

    If you studied outside of Canada, you would need an educational credential assessment (ECA) to demonstrate that your studies are at or above the required level of education for your employment offer.

    Additionally, your educational credential assessment (ECA) must be under five years old from the date you submit your application. 

    Language requirements 

    You must fulfill the minimal language criteria for the NOC category applicable to your employment offer. It might be either the meeting of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French. 

    Each NOC category’s minimum language requirements are: 

    • CLB/NCLC 5 for TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3
    • CLB/NCLC 4 for TEER 4

    Ensure that your language results are from a designated language testing organization, which must be less than two years old when you apply. 

    Required settlement funds

    Unless you already have a valid work permit and are currently working in Canada, you must demonstrate that you have enough funds to sustain yourself and your family after arriving in Canada.

    Some of the other requirements are you:

    • Can not borrow settlement funds from another person.
      • Must have this money to cover your family’s living expenses even if they are not coming with you. 
    • Provide evidence to your home country’s Canadian visa office that you have sufficient funds when you apply to immigrate. 
    • The amount of money required to sustain your family depends on the size of your family. These fund requirements are updated each year. 
    Number of family members
    (including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)
    Funds required
    (in Canadian dollars)
    1$3,327
    2$4,142
    3$5,092
    4$6,183
    5$7,013
    6$7,909
    7$8,806
    For each additional family member$896

    Getting a job offer 

    As mentioned earlier, you need a job offer from designated employers from one of the four provinces. You can find these employers on each province’s website:

    The job offer must meet all of the following requirements: 

    • In addition, the job offer should be full-time, non-seasonal and have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.  
    • Employers must offer you a position that will last at least one year for NOC 2021 TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 category (1 year from when you become a permanent resident).
    • The employer must offer you permanent employment with no set end date for NOC 2021 TEER 4 category job offers.
    • The employment offer cannot come from a firm in which you or your spouse possess majority ownership.
    • Unless you are an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, the job offer must be at the same or higher TEER level than the work experience that qualified you for the position (see the chart below).
    • Certain healthcare industry occupations may not require a job offer at the same or higher TEER level as the qualifying work experience.
      • For example, work experience in NOC 32101 (licensed practical nurses) and NOC 31301 (registered nurses) can be used as qualifying work experience if you have a job offer in NOC 33102 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 44101 (home health care workers).

    Qualifying work experience requirement for each NOC level job offer

    NOC 2021 TEER job offer categoryWork experience requirement
    TEER 0TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
    TEER 1TEER 1, 2, 3, 4
    TEER 2TEER 2, 3, 4
    TEER 3TEER 3, 4
    TEER 4TEER 4

    Source: IRCC


  • Know IRCC New Updated Online Processing Times – November 22

    IRCC updated its online processing tool in early 2022 to provide more precise processing timeframe information. As part of an effort to reform Canada’s immigration system, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced this change on March 31, 2022. This article lists the most recent processing times from the IRCC website as of November 16, 2022.

    Canada immigration backlog reduced from 1.49 million as of September 30, 2022 to 1.2 million as of October 31, 2022. This new data has been updated by IRCC today (November 16, 2022). Additionally, 1.04 million applications are still processing within service standards. So, in total, there are now approximately 2.2 million applications under processing at IRCC.

    Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Citizenship grant24 monthsNo Change
    Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)16 monthsNo Change
    Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo Change
    Renunciation of Citizenship17 monthsNo Change
    Search of citizenship records15 monthsNo Change
    New PR card98 days– 9 Days
    PR card renewals89 days– 1 Day

    Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada20 monthsNo Change
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsNo Change
    Parents or Grandparents PR37 monthsNo Change

    Processing time for Canadian Passport 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
    In-Canda Urgent pick-upBy the end of next business dayNo Change
    In-Canada Express pick-up2-9 business daysNo Change
    Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 daysNo Change

    Processing time for Economic Class

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 19 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 27 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)51 months+ 2 Months
    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) vis Express Entry14 monthsNo Change
    Non-Express Entry PNP22 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Skilled Worker22 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Business Class65 monthsNo Change
    Federal Self-Employed42 monthsNo Change
    Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)14 monthsNo Change
    Start-Up Visa31 monthsNo Change


    Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
    India: 163 days
    Nigeria: 189 Days
    United States: 60 Days
    Pakistan: 220 Days
    Philippines: 122 Days
    UAE: 196 Days
    Bangladesh: 119 Days
    Sri Lanka: 215 Days
    United Kingdom: 145 Days
    – 1 Day for India, Nigeria & UK
    – 4 Days for United States
    + 5 Days for Pakistan
    No Change for Philippines
    + 3 Days for UAE
    + 8 Days for Bangladesh
    + 16 Days for Sri Lanka
    Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 22 days
    Paper-Based: 45 days
    + 2 Days for online
    No Change for paper-based
    Parents or Grandparents SupervisaVaries by country
    India: 159 days
    Nigeria: 238 Days
    United States: 468 Days
    Pakistan: 246 Days
    Philippines: 182 Days
    UAE: 180 Days
    Bangladesh: 196 Days
    Sri Lanka: 282 Days
    United Kingdom: 178 Days
    + 6 Days for India
    – 2 Days for Nigeria
    + 1 Day for India
    – 79 Days for United States
    – 6 Days for Pakistan
    – 8 Days for Philippines
    + 2 Days for UAE
    – 7 Days for Bangladesh
    – 4 Days for Sri Lanka
    + 2 Days for UK
    Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 205 days
    Paper-Based: 167 days
    + 1 Days (Online & Paper-Based)
    Study Permit Outside Canada12 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 69 Days
    Paper-Based: 98 Days
    – 5 Days (Online)
    + 19 Days (Paper-Based
    )
    Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
    India: 13 Weeks
    Nigeria: 32 Weeks
    United States: 14 Weeks
    Pakistan: 58 Weeks
    Philippines: 12 Weeks
    UAE: 32 Weeks
    Bangladesh: 26 Weeks
    Sri Lanka: 31 Weeks
    United Kingdom: 11 Weeks
    – 1 Week for India, Nigeria
    – 7 Weeks
    No Change for Philippines, UK
    + 2 Weeks for UAE & Bangladesh
    + 5 Days for Sri Lanka
    Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 168 Days
    Paper-Based: 84 Days
    No Change
    International Experience Canada (Current Season)**6 WeeksNo Change
    Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

    What Updates Does the Processing Time Include 

    IRCC bases processing time on the time it took to process prior similar applications. The processing period begins when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer makes a decision on the application. Furthermore, the processing time may differ depending on whether the application was filed on paper or online.

    These processing times are designed to offer new weekly timelines from the preceding 6 months’ data. Furthermore, it correlates the application volume with operational issues to assist future immigrants in better planning their journey.

    Source: IRCC

  • India Issues New Travel Guidelines For International Arrivals-Nov 22

    New Travel Guidelines For International Arrivals: The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued newly updated guidelines for international arrivals to India effective from November 22, 2022. The new guidelines are in light of declining Covid-19 cases and significant progress in Covid-19 vaccination coverage worldwide and in India.

    Updated guidelines apply to all international travellers entering by air, port or land borders. This article enlists the summary of the new guidelines that come into effect today, and remain valid until further notice. 

    india new travel guidelines

    Summary of updated guidelines for travellers to India

    The guidelines below are divided into three stages: the pre-arrival and planning stage, the guidelines to follow during in-flight travel, and the last on arrival to India. 

    Pre-arrival-when planning to travel to India 

    All travellers should ideally be completely vaccinated under their country’s primary immunization program approved against Covid-19. 

    In-flight travel-while travelling to India

    There will be in-flight announcements about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and instructions on staying safe throughout the flight and at all ports of entry. Passengers are to continue to take precautionary measures by wearing masks and keeping physical distance to stay safe. 

    In addition, if any passenger exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 while travelling may be separated under the established protocol. It requires wearing a mask, isolation and segregation from other passengers during flight travel, and transfer to an isolation centre for further care. 

    On arrival in India 

    While de-boarding, the passengers must maintain physical distancing. Health officials at the port of entry may check all passengers for thermal screening. Moreover, if a passenger shows symptoms during their screening, they shall be isolated immediately and taken to a designated medical facility as required by health protocol. 

    Lastly, all passengers should self-monitor their health after arrival. Then, in case of symptoms, they can contact their nearest health facility or call the national helpline number 1075 or the state helpline number.  

    We will continue to monitor and share any updates and developments regarding the new or updated travel guidelines for international travellers to India. 




  • CBSA Tips For Easy Travel Between Canada-U.S. This Thanksgiving

    With the United States Thanksgiving approaching this week, on Thursday followed by Black Friday sale, many Canadian will travel to U.S. Passport Canada recently announced that Canadian citizens aged 15 years and below could cross the U.S. border by land or sea without their passports. 

    However, they do need to have one of the following documents if they do not have a valid pass passport:

    • Original birth certificate or copies 
    • Canadian citizenship certificate 

    If you plan to travel to the United States, whether to celebrate thanksgiving or the Black Friday sale, below are CBSA tips on border cross and information on how to return to Canada. 

    Travelling to the United States

    The ability to travel without a passport is only for minors aged 15 years or under who are Canadian citizens. Others who wish to travel to the United States need proper identification documents. 

    If you are planning to travel to the U.S., make sure you have valid identification with you and any minors or children who may be travelling with you. At the border, you must be able to prove that you have the legal right or authorization to enter Canada.



    CBSA Advice on U.S. border crossing 

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) cautions all travellers, whether they are going to or coming from the U.S. for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, what to expect when they cross the border.

    During the upcoming U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday, The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) provided the following advice for travellers for an easy border crossing experience. 

    • Plan ahead of time and research border wait times. Land travellers are recommended to cross the border at non-peak hours, such as early morning. Mondays after holiday long weekends are typically the busiest, with longer border wait times.
    • Use the CBSA Advance Declaration. Travellers travelling at Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Halifax international airports can use the ArriveCAN Advance CBSA Declaration option to submit their customs and immigration declaration to the CBSA before their arrival and save time at the border.
    • Check that you are eligible to enter Canada. Foreign nationals must comply with the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations and carry all essential travel and immigration papers. At the time of entrance, a border services officer decides on your admissibility.
    • Understand your exemption limitations. Returning residents who plan to make or pick up online purchases should know their personal exemption limits. Check out the CBSA duty and tax estimator to assess taxes on goods purchased in the U.S. and to help you make educated decisions when shopping overseas.
    • Prepare to declare. All travellers must declare their products upon entering Canada. It is recommended that gifts not be wrapped if travelling with them. Returning residents should save any receipts for things purchased or received while outside of Canada on hand. Travellers can examine the CBSA’s website for information on firearms and other restricted items.
    • Don’t enter with cannabis or cross the border with it. Despite cannabis being legal in Canada, it is still a serious crime to transport cannabis across the border in any form, including oils that contain THC or CBD, without a permit or other authorization from Health Canada. Offenders who do so risk being arrested and prosecuted. Moreover, Health Canada authorization does not include a doctor’s prescription.
    • Declare all foods, plants, and animals at the border, including raw meats, fruits, house plants, live animals, and wood products (including firewood and wooden souvenirs). Check the Automated Import Reference System for specific import requirements.
    • Importing raw poultry products or byproducts should be avoided. Imports of live birds, bird products, and byproducts from states affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza are currently restricted. Therefore, it is not suggested that you import poultry items into Canada, including turkey, eggs, and chicken. Otherwise, be ready to demonstrate the origin of your poultry product at the border.
    • It is advised that when travelling with children, the accompanying adult has a consent letter authorizing them to travel with the youngster. Border officials are constantly on the lookout for missing children. In the absence of a letter, officers may ask additional questions to help determine the child’s relationship with the accompanying adult.

    Acceptable identifying and citizenship documents for returning to Canada 

    Travellers must demonstrate their eligibility for admission into Canada to a CBSA border services officer (BSO) when they arrive at a Canadian port of entry. It may be done through interrogation and the verification of documents a: For Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and people registered under the Indian Act:

    • A valid Canadian passport
    • Canadian birth certificate (original or copies)
    • permanent residence card 
    • citizenship card 
    • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) card or valid Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) card

    Returning To Canada without a passport 

    If you are travelling to or from Canada without a passport, the following documents can serve as proof of identity and citizenship:

    • When entering Canada by air (when coming from the United States), land, or sea, a Canadian citizen must provide a NEXUS card.
    • FAST card (Free and Secure Trade) provided to a Canadian citizen (when arriving by land or marine modes only)
    • An emergency travel document for Canadians
    • Temporary Canadian Passport
    • Canadian citizenship certificate (issued from 1954 to present)
    • Enhanced driver’s license issued by a province or territory in Canada
    • A province or territory of Canada issues an enhanced identification/photo card.

  • VIA Rail Jobs Hiring Now For Toronto And Montreal Locations

    VIA Rail Canada is hiring for On-Train Service Attendants for Toronto and Montreal Terminals. It is an excellent opportunity for people with experience in hospitality, food restaurants, or airline companies and looking for entry level jobs.

    The position requires customer service, such as greeting people on board, answering their needs and showing sincere appreciation for their business. The job pays $26.26 per hour. 

    What’s more? You even get paid training along with several benefits. Learn about the position details, requirements and how to apply below. 

    Position Summary for Toronto candidates

    • Job Title: On-Train Service Attendant 
    • Job Category: Customer Service 
    • Hourly Rate: $26.26
    • Number of positions to fill: 12
    • Application deadline: November 30, 2022

    Position Summary for Montreal candidates

    • Job Title: On-Train Service Attendant 
    • Job Category: Customer Service 
    • Hourly Rate: $26.26
    • Number of positions to fill: 12
    • Application deadline: December 2, 2022


    Benefits

    • Competitive $26.26 hourly rate
    • generous pay and benefits package
    • Paid training 
    • A supportive and close group of coworkers 
    • A workplace that promotes employee health and happiness
    • Employees and their families can take advantage of various health and wellness benefits, including complete telemedicine service.
    • An employer who values equity and offers possibilities for advancement
    • An opportunity to be a part of a sustainable transportation service that connects Canadian communities.

    The paid training sessions begin on January 16, 2023, and last approximately seven weeks. You must complete the training session successfully to obtain the position. 

    Travel requirements

    If you apply to work in Montreal Terminal as an On-Train Service Attendant, you may need to travel to Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Jonquière and Senneterre.

    Similarly, if you apply to work in Toronto Terminal, you would have to travel from Toronto to Windsor, Niagara and Montreal. 

    Responsibilities and duties

    As an On-Train Service Attendant, some of your daily duties will include the following: 

    • Ensure that every traveller receives exceptional, professional service.
    • Provide safety instructions 
    • Escort passengers on their journey and help them with their luggage
    • Offer, provide and serve food and drinks, including meat and alcohol. 
    • Sell refreshments and snacks 
    • Maintain the cleanliness of the work areas and the restrooms.
    • During each journey, pay attention to the little things.

    Job schedule 

    The position requires you to travel, and below is how much you may need to travel:  

    • On-call schedules that are variable, including weekends and holidays (bonuses for statutory holidays)
    • Away from home travel for each trip where each trip may last for one to three days 
    • Long-distance trips include accommodation and meals.

    Job Requirements

    To be eligible for this position, you have to meet the following requirements: 

    • Greet customers and can communicate in English and French 
    • Hold a high school diploma. 
    • Possess the physical ability to repeatedly handle loads of up to 23 kg (50 lb.). 
    • Have at least one year of customer service experience, preferably in the food service industry, restaurant, or as a flight attendant for an airline

    How to apply? 

    To apply, you must create an account using your email if you are a new candidate. Then, fill out your details such as identification, contact information, educational background, experience, availability, language ability and position questionnaire. 


  • Canada Study Visa interview – Here Is How To Ace It

    Each year hundreds of students move to Canada for their higher education. This is because of the high-quality education system here. The openness and grandeur of the Canadian culture attract students from all around the world. To study in Canada you must apply for a study visa. You need to submit a few documents to get your study visa for Canada.

    After you have submitted your documents, you need to provide your bio-metrics. Once this is done you might get a call to attend an interview. This is one of the final steps in the student visa application. Please note that it is not necessary that you will definitely be called for a study visa interview. However, recently most students who have applied for a study visa are being called for an interview.

    Once the visa officer reviews your application, they decide whether they want to interview you. Also, they inform you in advance if and when you have to come for the interview. This article lists tips about preparing for the interview.

    Tips to prepare yourself before the study visa interview

    It is always a good idea to be fully prepared for the interview. This will make you come across as a confident and genuine person student who is going to Canada for studies only. Here is what you should do before the interview –

    Work on your English – One of the most important tips to ace your interview is to work on your English language skills. A visa officer will assess your language skills during the interview. So, make sure that you work on improving your fluency. 

    Research – You should do your research so that you can answer any questions about the city, your academic institution, and your program. Spend some time to understand what classes are like and the overall culture of Canada. 

    Financial Plans – It is also important for you to go through your financial plans, budget, and estimated expenses. You should be able to answer any questions about this. The officer might ask you about your family’s financial status. Also, you should know about any financial loans you or your family have taken.

    Practice – It is rightly said that practice makes a man perfect. So, make sure to practice enough before the interview. Try answering a few basic questions in front of a mirror. Make sure your body language is good. If not, work on it. Also, you can do mock interviews at home with your family members. 



    Tips for the study visa interview  

    Listed below are ​​ some last-minute preparations that can help you to feel more confident during the interview – 

    Dress well – You should wear professional clothes. This will make you look neat and sharp. Moreover, it will set a good first impression. 

    Punctuality – One of the most important things is to be on time. Going in late for the interview will leave a negative impression. Also, interviewers have limited time so being late might just rush your interview. 

    Body Language – You should walk in with confidence. Greet the officer with a smile. Also, pay attention to everything that the visa officer asks. Provide a clear and concise answer. All of this leaves a good impression. 

    Honesty – Lastly, make sure, to be honest during the interview. The interviewer just wants to know if you are someone who genuinely wants to study abroad. So, there is no need to lie. Also, officers are usually experienced enough to find out if you are lying. 

    Sample Questions For Study Visa interview:

    Below mentioned are some sample questions and possible answers. However, do not cram these answers and provide your response based on your individual profiles.

    1. How are you doing today?

    Briefly describe your feelings. You don’t need to be concerned because they are some of the most typical daily-life queries. Say something like, “Good, thank you, how about you?”

    2. Why did you select specific college/university?

    Highlight the benefits of attending that particular college/institute/university based on your research. Furthermore, you can always highlight the college’s distinct advantages.

    3. Why did you select Canada?

    Discuss your previous studies and future study intentions in Canada. You may be required to explain why you cannot locate something equivalent in your home country. Potentially, mention the availability of world-class teaching facilities in Canada as one of the reasons for selecting Canada for higher education.

    4. Have you ever travelled to Canada in the past?

    Answer; yes or no. If yes, then describe your travel history and provide facts such as the purpose of the trip, the length of stay, and so on.

    5. Have you applied to other colleges or universities?

    Be candid and discuss your applications briefly (if any). The Officer may ask you additional questions to assess your commitment to furthering your education.

    6. Details of your study course in Canada, and why?

    Make sure you know start and finish dates of the course/program. Conduct research to understand the significance of the course/program and to showcase its advantages. You can compose a statement that highlights how this particular program/course will help you improve your career based on your previous studies and experience, as well as your enthusiasm in that particular course/program.

    7. What is your father/occupation? mother’s

    This an example of basic question that you should be able to answer without any hesitation. Mention your father’s or mother’s occupation. The Officer may ask more questions to determine your parents’ financial situation.

    8. Who will pay for your costs in Canada?

    Mention the specifics, depending on whether it is supported by your parents or a bank through a student loan. This question will also validate the information you gave on the visa application form and should be consistent with your financial proofs attached while applying for the study visa.

    9. Are you travelling with someone or on your own?

    Answer this question confidently and, if feasible, provide the explanation about .

    10. Do you have any Canadian relatives or friends?

    Answer; yes or no. Mention your relationship with any relatives if you have one in Canada. If you say no, then just answer to the point. Provide explanation if further asked by the interviewing officer.

    11. In your home country, where do you live or/and study?

    Again, this is the basic information that you must know and should be consistent with what you mentioned on your visa application. Mention the location’s name and convey your desire to return after the course/program is over. Include the college/institution and city where you completed your undergraduate studies.

    12. Will you be working in Canada?

    If your course allows you to work while studying, express your desire to work there to advance your career or support yourself; however, if your visa does not allow you to work in Canada, inform the Officer that you do not intend to work there and would like to return once the course/program is completed.

    13. Will you return to your home country after completing your studies? and Why?

    All the study visa applicants should be able to convince visa officer/interviewer that they will return to their home country after prescribed tenure of their study in Canada. Mention the reason you chose to study in Canada (answer why not study it in your country).
    Provide a concise and honest answer explaining what you intend to do when you return to your native country.

    Property in your name (or the name of your parent) in your native country. This might be land, a home, or a company. Additionally, explaining that your immediate family (wife and children) are in your country.

    In nutshell, your answers should be in line with the information mentioned by you or your agent/consultant on the application for study visa. Any inconsistency, may result in visa refusal.


  • Understanding New Changes To Express Entry With Bill C19 – All You Need To Know

    As Bill C-19 receives royal assent, the Express Entry system will undergo several amendments. These new amendments will bring changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System used to evaluate and rank individuals in the pool.  

    Express Entry includes all major economic immigration categories, such as the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and a component of the Provincial Nominee Program, which will experience changes under Bill C-19 in 2023.  

    Another impact would be on the expression of interest that selects top-ranking candidates through regularly released Ministry instructions. These candidates are later invited to complete an immigration application.  

    To help you prepare for the new changes, below is the summary of amendments in Bill C-19 to the Express Entry system and fee waiver for some IRCC applications. 



    Summary of Bill C-19 Amendments To Express Entry

    Express Entry Selection based on new groups and categories 

    The new amendment will include ministerial instructions to bring additional filters to the Express Entry pool based on groups and categories rather than only immigration class. The ministerial instructions serve as the foundation for the rounds of invites.

    Express Entry ITAs to specify the stream in which the applicant must apply

    Another amendment is to create new categories with eligibility requirements for the purpose of ranking. Wherein if a foreign national qualifies for more than one class, the invitation to apply for permanent residence should specify the stream in which the applicant must apply. 

    Minister to specify an economic goal with each category 

    The new amendment also requires the Minister to specify in the instruction the economic goal that the newly established category will support. 

    Applicants who have lost points due to age can receive a permanent resident visa 

    The amendment establishes exclusions that allow Express Entry permanent residence visas to be given to candidates who have received an invitation to apply but would otherwise have lost eligibility due to changes in their circumstances. 

    For example, suppose an applicant has aged and lost points or lost qualification but has maintained a score equal to the minimum required to rank in the invitation round. In that case, they may be awarded a visa or other documents. 

    Minister’s report to include established category for foreign nationals

    The amendment adds that the Minister’s annual report to Parliament must include instructions to establish any category for foreign nationals in Express Entry. These instructions should include the economic goal it supports and the number of invitations issued under this category. 

    More details on Bill C-19 will be revealed, along with the new exact categories, its eligibility criteria in coming months.

    Changes Under Bill C-19 For Fees Of Some Applications

    The Canada Gazette typically outlines regulations and publishes immigration fees. However, for any changes in immigration fees, they need to go through regulatory impact analysis and have stakeholder input before implementation.  

    Moreover, processing applications for a temporary resident visa, a permanent resident visa, a work permit, a study permit, an extension of an authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident, and an authorization to stay 59 Bill C-19 in Canada as a permanent resident are already exempt from the Service Fees Act.

    Other fees for services, such as those associated with processing applications based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations, are exempt. These include applications submitted under public policy, services to obtain travel documents for permanent residents, including permanent resident cards, and services associated with the processing of applications to sponsor members of the family class.

    With Bill C-19, the following new service fees would become exempt:

    • Authorization for a permanent resident to return to Canada;
    • Rehabilitation for determining criminality and serious criminality 
    • Temporary status restoration and 
    • Temporary resident permits

  • Canada Work Culture – Know How To Adapt As A Newcomer!

    As a newcomer to Canada, it is common to face challenges in adapting to a new culture. Most immigrants bring valuable knowledge and skills to the Canadian market. But they are hesitant in applying to jobs. So, if you are new to Canada and are facing challenges in starting or advancing your career, don’t worry we have got you covered. 

    Often these challenges are because you might be unaware of the differences between the work environment in your home country and in Canada. This can be in regard to networking, communication, feedback, and so on.

    As a newcomer, it is important to familiarize yourself with the Canadian work culture. This will not only help you to work well in a team but will also help you grow your career. Also, this helps avoid any misunderstanding. 

    So, take some time and adopt these tips to adapt to the Canadian work culture:

    1. Focus on your Soft Skills

    The Canadian work culture focuses a lot on your soft skills. Having soft skills means being able to work in a team, being flexible, and having good time management practices. Also, it is important that you have a positive attitude. Always take initiative in your team. Canadian work culture often values these skills more than your “hard skills”. 

    2. Small talks

    Small talks is integral to Canadian culture. This applies to your workplace as well. So, always indulge in small talk in your meetings. It helps you know other people and understand any common interests that you may have. Some common topics for small talk could be weather, sports, or movies.


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    3. Punctuality

    Canadians value punctuality and time management a lot. Most people here don’t wait for more than 15 minutes if you’re late. It is considered disrespectful to keep people waiting. However, if you are running late, always send people a message. Let them know when they should expect you.

    If you are late to work regularly, you might be perceived as unprofessional. Also, it raises concerns about your time management skills Most workplaces have policies around punctuality and attendance. Make sure to follow them. By doing so, you can advance in the company.

    4. Equality

    Canadian workplaces pay a lot of emphasis on equality. People here are treated equally and fairly. People’s designation doesn’t determine respect. Even if you are an intern, you will be included in meetings and asked to share your views. Canadian workplaces are very diverse. Discrimination on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, or race is illegal. So, it is very important for you to appreciate and respect diversity and cultural differences. 

    5. Understand the non-verbal cues

    It is very important for you to understand the non-Verbal and subtle Cues in your workplace. You should try to learn and adopt these. A few examples of these are- maintaining eye contact during a conversation. This shows that you are interested in the conversation. Avoiding eye contact comes across as being untrustworthy, or having low self-confidence. Say good morning and goodbye at the end of the workday. These small gestures can go a long way. 


  • Manitoba PNP Skilled Worker Overseas: Know Full Eligibility 

    Under Manitoba’s provincial nominee programs, one of the streams is the Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) stream. Manitoba uses point assessments to determine your eligibility for the Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) stream.

    Recent MPNP draw on November 18, sent 143 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to Skilled Worker Overseas applicants having a score of 686 or above, under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. This article delves into detailed eligibility criteria and points calculation for MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

    Point Calculation for Skilled Workers Overseas Stream

    To be considered for the Skilled Worker Overseas stream, candidates must obtain at least 60 points based on five characteristics and prove a strong connection to Manitoba. You are not eligible for this stream if you don’t have a connection to Manitoba, regardless of your point total. 

    The MPNP points distribution shown below is intended for self-evaluation and information. MPNP will do a detailed assessment of any application received and assign a score to each candidate based on the information and supporting evidence you give at the time, as well as the current eligibility criteria and information, policy, and procedure provided on this website. 



    Language Proficiency

    Language Points are awarded based on documentary evidence of training and proficiency in one or both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. If you are fluent in both, use the one you are most comfortable with as your first language. 

    As confirmation of your language proficiency, you must provide the official results of a recent MPNP-approved language test. Your test results must not be more than two years old before the day you submit your MPNP Online application to be considered. 

    Applicants whose occupations are classed as National Occupational Classification C or D must have at least CLB 4 in English to be able to apply (or NCLC 4 in French).

    Age

    The MPNP calculates age points based on the date your application is received.

    Work Experience

    Work experience points are awarded based on documented evidence of full-time employment in the previous five years. Only full-time positions of continuous six months or longer are considered.

    Education

    You must provide proof of completion of education or training programs at recognized educational institutions to earn education points. 

    A program is considered completed when you have completed all requirements and acquired a certificate, diploma, or degree. However, the MPNP reserves the right to seek a third-party review to verify that trades education and training meet Canadian standards.

    Adaptability

    Adaptability points are calculated based on documented proof of a strong connection to Manitoba. In addition, it considers employability in your evaluated occupation, proving that you have the genuine intention and ability to effectively settle and economically establish in Manitoba.

    All applicants must have a Manitoba connection. Even if numerous connections apply to you, you can only receive points for one. 

    In addition to Adaptability points, you may also receive Regional Immigration points if you have a connection to, and want to settle in, a region of Manitoba other than Winnipeg. Regional points are only supplemental and cannot be used in place of another connection to the province.

    All candidates who indicate that they intend to settle outside of Winnipeg must demonstrate, at the time of application, that they have a valid connection to a region outside of Winnipeg. Additionally, the applicant must indicate a strong likelihood that they will make a long-term economic contribution to that region.

    It is important to note that Manitoba PNP Skilled Workers Overseas nominate candidates who have demonstrated an established connection to Manitoba. The established connection can be through one of the following:

    • Support from family members or friends
    • Prior education or work experience in the province
    • Have a direct Invitation to Apply from the MPNP as a part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

    Who is ineligible to apply for Skilled Workers Overseas Stream?

    The following are ineligible to apply to the MPNP:

    • Individuals involved in federal appeals or removals, as well as refugees,
    • Live-in caregivers who live in Canada currently
    • Temporary foreign workers who are now working and living in a province other than Manitoba
    • Canadian citizens and permanent residents’ spouses
    • Individuals who have been denied by the MPNP in the last six months and are unable to address the reasons for refusal
    • Individuals with an active immigration application in any other provincial or federal immigration program in Canada
      • Remember that having an Express Entry profile is not considered the same as an immigration application.

    Source: Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)


  • Here Are 10 Work From Home Jobs Hiring Now In Canada!

    Whether you are an experienced professional or trying to build up experience, there is plenty of work from home opportunities. You can make several extra bugs from the comfort of your home, and many even offer you the flexibility to choose your schedule. 

    Below are ten work-from-home opportunities, regardless of your experience levels. All you need is a reliable internet connection and your laptop. 

    Moreover, you can find positions that will probably pay you weekly due to the nature of these jobs. We have included the average base salary from Indeed data to help you calculate your estimated salary. 

    10 Work-from-home Jobs with Average Base Salaries  

    Translator

    Average Base Salary: $27.06/hr

    Main duties: Translators take a message written in one language and convert it into another. They translate while keeping the original message’s meaning intact.

    Proofreader

    Average Base Salary: $24.16/hr

    Main duties: Proofreaders examine written material and fix grammatical and spelling mistakes. Additionally, they look for good syntax, punctuation, and brand voice.

    Virtual Assistant

    Average base salary: $22.11/hr

    Main duties: Virtual assistants manage calendars for their clients, which could include scheduling meetings, calls, travel plans, etc. In addition, they frequently connect with their client through phone and email.



    Content writer

    Average base salary: 21.49/hr

    Main duties: Content writers create marketing copy to promote their client’s services or goods. In addition, they conduct research to learn more about their client’s services and goods and input their material into a content management system for evaluation. 

    Transcriptionist

    Average base salary: 21.34/hr

    Main duties: A transcriptionist listens to audio files and notes each word they hear. In addition to reviewing and organizing their transcriptions for later access, they frequently write shorthand notes. 

    Blogger

    Average base salary: 21.19/hr

    Main duties: Bloggers create online blog content and get paid for views. For example, they create blog posts, edit them for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and publish them. Or they help write content for other blogs. In addition, bloggers use social media to advertise their blog posts. 

    Interpreter

    Average Base Salary: 20.93/hr

    Main duties: An interpreter translates a message or document from one language into another. They translate these messages into other languages and frequently into sign language for hearing-impaired people. Written documents can be translated into another language by interpreters as well.

    Social media handler

    Average base salary: 19.95/hr

    Main duties: Social media experts create content for a company’s social media platforms. In addition, they may need to engage with customers to expand the company’s social media following. Social media experts may also review websites and social media stats to enhance their tactics.

    Customer service representative

    Average base salary: $18.45/hr 

    Main duties: Customer service representatives take customer calls and solve their problems. In addition, they respond to customer inquiries, provide product details, and handle exchanges and returns.

    Call center representative

    Average base salary: 18.23/hr

    Main duties: Call centre agents to speak with customers and utilize their familiarity with goods and services to serve them better. They pay attention to customers’ complaints and work to understand their needs better to offer the best solution.


  • Canada Common-law Sponsorship – Errors You Need To Avoid

    Legal proof of a common-law relationship is more challenging to establish than legal proof of marriage. With a common-law relationship, you only have a collection of various pieces of evidence that, when taken together, form a picture of a committed relationship between two people.

    Therefore, the burden of proof falls heavily on a common-law applicant. If you are a potential common law sponsorship applicant, here are 4 common errors you can avoid in your application. 

    Error 1: Not meeting the common-law definition before applying

    Before submitting your application, you must confirm that you meet the IRCC’s common law definition. It requires you to have lived together continuously for at least a year to qualify for a common-law relationship

    Cohabitation, or living together, implies that you have lived at the same address as your partner for at least one year. If your partner is away to visit their family or due to any occasion, you should wait to apply until you have lived together continuously for 12 months.

    If you have not lived with your partner for 12 continuous months, you do not meet the definition of a common-law relationship

     However, if you and your partner were both travelling to visit relatives for an occasion, your continuous time together would make you eligible for common-law. This is because you do not need to be inside Canada, but you need to be together. 

    Whether you can have time apart under the common-law standards always comes up. But, in most cases, obtaining common-law status can proceed during relatively brief and temporary absences. The general guideline is that if you want to become common-law partners, you shouldn’t be separated for more than two weeks. 

    Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you are currently living together or not, provided you have lived together for at least 12 continuous months and can prove it. You are regarded as common law as long as your relationship endures.

    Another important aspect to remember is that you must have met the cohabitation requirements the day you sign your forms or apply together. Your application may be refused if you do not meet the eligibility requirements. 

    Error 2: Failing to provide evidence of a 12-month cohabitation

     Living together for at least a year is the main factor that distinguishes a common-law from other types of relationships. Therefore, you must include supporting documentation with your application demonstrating that you both resided at the same place for a minimum of a year. 

    Some of the acceptable proofs include the following:

    • Shared lease with both applicants’ names 
    • Receiving mail at the same address 
    • Your bank statements with the same address 
    • Shared bills 
    • Or any other evidence demonstrating your cohabitation 

    If you have relocated more than once in the past year, you should provide documentation connecting the two to each residence you have occupied.



    Error 3: No Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Status 

    A Statutory Declaration of Common-Law status, Form IMM 5409, is a specific form used to disclose the details of a common-law relationship for immigration. 

    You must submit this form with your applications if you are in a common-law relationship. Ensure that you fill out the form correctly and include it in all your applications. 

    Error 4: Not keeping copies of your IRCC application 

    When you apply for common-law sponsorship application, ensure that you keep copies of the entire filing. It is important because if IRCC requests more information, you may need to refer to the information you have already submitted. 

    To avoid sending the same evidence, ensure that you keep copies of your filing and gather and document sufficient evidence of your relationship. Additionally, keeping file copies can help you identify if a specific area lacks evidence. 

    Additionally, there is a chance that the officer may overlook your application. You must always be able to demonstrate what you sent and when it was received.


  • New Immigration Plan Can Help With Alberta Labour Shortage

    As Canada intends to significantly increase the number of immigrants annually, groups in Alberta believe it will benefit businesses facing labour shortages. The immigration levels plan, which immigration minister Sean Fraser unveiled on November 1, 2022, calls for a massive influx of immigrants to enter the country: 465,000 in 2023, rising to 500,000 in 2025.

    Government has a strong focus on admitting people based on their employment qualifications or experience. Alberta-based organizations want the government to ease limitations on immigrants choosing lower-paying positions and to support organizations that assist newcomers’ resettlement in ensuring that the new Canadians can genuinely help with the labour shortage.



    Calgary Chamber of Commerce Report on Immigration 

    The Calgary Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining the crucial role immigration plays in easing labour shortages. 

    President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Deborah Yedlin, explained that whether you work in the service industry, technology, energy, or the healthcare industry, everyone is searching for that last unit of labour. Immigration has become important to address the talent shortage that every business faces across the country.

    Regarding the latest immigration levels plan, Yedlin accepts the new plan but suggests expanding the options to low-wage workers rather than solely focusing on highly skilled, technically trained experts. 

    According to Yedlin, there is a bit of a catch-22 with programs like the Alberta Opportunity Stream since you require prior work experience and language proficiency, which limits the pool of immigrants who can apply.

    She explains that the government needs to figure out how to ensure that the ability to come and work is offered as an opportunity for a broader proportion of the immigrant population than it already is, including low-wage workers.

    Affordable housing to attract immigrants

    According to Randy Boissonault, a member of parliament for Edmonton Centre, Alberta’s lower cost of living can draw people.

    Since all of the communities in Alberta have done an excellent job of continuing to create housing, Edmonton and Calgary are at the top of the list for affordable housing nationwide, according to Boissonault.

    He anticipates that the hundreds of thousands of newcomers will be able to fill employment gaps in the IT industry.

    On meeting the Alberta Machine Institute in the heart of Edmonton, they told Boissonault that many of their partners are searching for computer scientists and mathematicians who can significantly advance the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    The provincial government oversees a program whose objective is to hasten the processing of visas for foreign workers hired by IT firms in Alberta.

    Yedlin claimed that because Albertans frequently lack the qualifications required for a position, businesses are forced to rely heavily on immigration. She emphasizes the tech positions that have remained unfilled for a considerable time despite being advertised for months in Calgary. 

    Newcomer settlement organizations need more support.

    Rispah Tremblay, senior manager of settlement services at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), which assists newcomers in settling in the capital area, said the immigration levels plan presents some difficulties for other organizations.

    Such that with increasing numbers, newcomer settlement organizations need additional resources, explained Tremblay. 

    Tremblay says that EMCN would require additional funding to pay employees who handle cases, assist clients in finding housing, and teach languages.

    New immigrants might not be able to integrate into the Canadian workforce without the assistance of the staff members who assist newcomers with their settlement needs.

    There must be an additional help to settle and get the right training or support they need as soon as they get here, she said. It will allow them to integrate and start working immediately.

    Tremblay is also worried that the housing supply would start to run out with everyone migrating here. Although she hasn’t heard anything from the federal government on funding to support service expansion, she anticipates that discussions will begin in the spring.


  • Ontario Needs New Immigration Agreement To Deal With Labour Shortage

    On November 17, 2022, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) published a media release calling on the federal and provincial governments to reach a new immigration agreement that can realistically sustain the economic growth and social fabric of Ontario’s present immigration agreement. 

    The province’s present agreement with Federal Government expires on November 24. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has served as Ontario business independent, unbiased, and crucial partner for more than a century. The OCC’s goal is to promote economic development in Ontario and defend its business priorities. 

    Therefore, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce highlighted Ontario’s ongoing labour shortage in thier media release and its 2022 Ontario Economic report. It emphasizes that most industries, about 62 percent, are experiencing labour shortage and anticipate that it will persist during the coming year.

    To bring the labour shortage problem to the forefront, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce made a few recommendations to support the province’s economic growth. 



    OCC Recommendations for Ontario 

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) recognizes that the provincial government has a unique position best to understand the needs of its distinct labour markets. Therefore, following the ongoing labour shortage, OCC made the following recommendations.

    First, OCC continues to call for the province to receive twice as many economic immigrants through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Ontario had also requested to increase the province’s economic immigrant allocation earlier this year. 

    The second recommendation was to expand work permit, and post-graduate work permits eligibility to retain more international workers in healthcare and tradespeople.

    Additionally, OCC recommended having a long-term commitment to training newcomers and taking urgent action to reduce the immigration backlog, especially for new incoming and graduating international students, entrepreneurs, and workers who wish to make Ontario their home. 

    However, OCC also recognizes that increasing immigration does not solve the province’s labour shortages. It is an important factor that must be considered together with workforce development plans and vital infrastructure, such as housing. 

    2022 Ontario Economic report highlighting labour shortage

    To better understand the viewpoints of Ontario’s business community, the OCC conducts a member survey each year. Below are the survey responses from Ontario businesses for this year’s 2022 Ontario Economic report

    The survey finds that most firms in Ontario are struggling with a labour shortage. About 52 percent of respondents concur that their companies are experiencing a labour shortage, and 62 percent say the same about their sectors. 

    These businesses see labour shortage as a long-term issue. Nearly 54 percent of respondents state that their organizations anticipate a labour shortage over the upcoming year (and 62 percent agree their sectors will).

    The sectors with the greatest labour shortages were transportation and warehousing (87%), followed by mining, quarrying, and oil and gas (87%) and construction (86%), as well as accommodation and food services (85 percent).

    For businesses that depend on skilled trades, like construction, finding suitable labour has long been a problem. Some of those shortages may have been eased by immigration and recent government initiatives to encourage greater training and draw employees into the industries. 

    Supply chain delays are being made worse by specialized labour shortages in the transportation and warehousing industries. In addition, hospitality and food services businesses are dealing with a unique problem because many workers have decided to leave these sectors altogether due to the pandemic.


  • Montreal Among Top 10 Best Cities In The World For Newcomers

    For years, immigrants to Canada have made Montreal one of their favourite cities to visit. About 33,665 immigrants were admitted to Quebec from July 1st, 2020, to June 30th, 2021, with Montreal receiving the vast bulk of them. 

    Montreal was listed among the top ten cities in the world for newcomers to live in a recent post by the language study website Preply. The highest-ranking Canadian city in the report, Montreal, came in at number 10. Ottawa, the only Canadian city on the list, came in at number 23. The rankings are based on eleven variables: cost of living, salaries, safety, attractions, internet speed, and more.

    Unsurprisingly, many people have opted to immigrate to Montreal given the abundance of economic opportunities, reduced cost of living, universal health care, rich cultural diversity, and so much more. The province is also in talks with the federal government to create a new program for temporary residents in Quebec.

    It’s hardly a big surprise that Montreal made the list, considering how well-liked a place it has long been for immigrants to Canada. In actuality, Quebec is the third most sought-after province for immigrants to Canada. The city of Montreal, which has the highest population in Quebec, is a popular choice for travellers to Canada.

    The rich French tradition, culture, variety, and overall affordability of Montreal are well-known. Montreal is cheaper and has a lower living cost than other major Canadian cities. Additionally, Montreal has many job openings, so individuals wishing to go there for employment will find plenty of opportunities.

    What are the options to immigrate to Quebec?

    Due to Montreal’s location within Quebec, immigration policies may differ slightly from those in other provinces. The following are only a handful of the finest routes for moving to Montreal:

    The Quebec Experience Program is the best immigration option for French speakers (PEQ). The Quebec Experience Program has two streams: individuals with Quebec job experience and those who have completed studies there.



    Quebec Experience Program

    At the time of application, you must be employed in Quebec to be eligible for the stream for workers. A working holiday visa, a young professionals program or an international co-op internship are common ways for candidates to do this. A minimum of 12 months of recent, full-time work at a managerial, professional, or technical level is also required.

    If you are eligible and apply as a worker through PEQ, you will be granted permanent status to reside and work in Quebec.

    Skilled Worker Program in Quebec

    The government of Quebec runs the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) for immigrants who have experience in skilled employment and can contribute significantly to the economy of Quebec once they are employed.

    Quebec and the Canadian government have a unique immigration pact. As a result, Quebec has its guidelines for selecting immigrants who fit in well with the local population.

    Interested candidates must submit online Expressions of Interest (EOI). After receiving an invitation, applicants have 60 days to complete their applications. Candidates chosen are given a Quebec Selection Certificate, which entitles them to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

    Quebec Experience Program for students

    For those finishing post-secondary education in Quebec, there is a second stream of the PEQ. These candidates still need to have advanced-intermediate French skills. Candidates for the PEQ study stream must demonstrate that they have finished or will finish an appropriate post-secondary program in Quebec within six months.

    Most post-secondary courses that last two years or longer are often qualified. However, those finishing a diploma of vocational studies (DEP) should ensure that their course of study complies with the minimum standards.

    PEQ could be your best choice if you completed your post-secondary education in Quebec if you want to become a permanent resident.

    For more information on immigration programs in Quebec, click here.


  • Prince Edward Island PNP Sent 188 New Invites For PR!

    November 17, 2022 – PEI PNP Draw (Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program) sent 149 new invites for PR, under two different categories. In a separate draw on November 3, PEI sent additional 39 invites, but details were updated today.

    141 + 39 candidates were invited under Labour & Express Entry category while just 8 invitations went to Business Work Permit Entrepreneur category. October 2022 draw invited highest number of candidates under Labour & Express Entry category.

    Minimum point threshold for Business Invitations reduced by 10 points to 62 as compared to last draw in October 2022. Prince Edward Island PNP draws are held once a month and are declared around 15th to 20th of every month. So far, PEI PNP has invited 1,776 applicants in 2022.

    Below listed are the details of all the PEI PNP Draws in 2022.

    DateLabour & Express Entry InvitationsBusiness Work Permit
    Entrepreneur Invitations
    Cut Off
    for Business Invitations
    Total
    Nov 17, 2022141862149
    Nov 3, 20223939
    Oct 20, 20221941072204
    Sep 15, 2022142585147
    Aug 18, 2022117497121
    Jul 21, 20221382760165
    Jun 16, 2022127965136
    May 20, 20221371662153
    Apr 21, 20221301167141
    Mar 17, 20221301162141
    Feb 17, 2022117667123
    Jan 20, 20221211172132
    Total1647129
    1776


    PEI PNP Draw – EXPRESS ENTRY CATEGORY

    Candidates eligible for Express Entry category need to have a valid Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP in addition to their Express Entry Profile under either FSW, FST or CEC.

    PEI PNP Draw – LABOUT IMPACT CATEGORY

    Labour Impact Category also requires a valid EOI profile with PEI PNP under one of the streams; Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, or International Graduate. It also requires a valid job offer and support by an employer in PEI.

    PEI PNP DRAW – BUSINESS IMPACT CATEGORY

    Business Impact Category is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in the PEI. Cut off score for this category was 60 in this draw under Work Permit Stream.

    HOW TO APPLY FOR PEI PNP

    For more information on eligibility and how to apply for different immigration programs of the Prince Edward Island, click here

    About Prince Edward Island

    Prince Edward Island is one of maritime provinces in eastern Canada. Also, it is the smallest province of Canada. It is located just next to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Furthermore, this province is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland.

    Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island. Adding further, it is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown is home to Victorian government buildings and the modern Confederation Centre of the Arts, with a theatre and art gallery. Prince Edward Island has area of 5,660 km and population of 156,947 (in 2019).


  • Manitoba PNP Draw Sent 518 New Invites For PR-November 18

    November 18, 2022 – Today, Manitoba PNP draw (MPNP) sent 518 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) under three different categories of its provincial nominee program. Most of the LAAs; 198 sent to International Education Stream (IES). 

    177 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) were sent to Skilled Workers In Manitoba (SWM) having a cut off score of 797. This cut off score increased by 184 points as compared to previous MPNP draw. Lowest cut off score was 459 in January 2022 MPNP draw.

    Additionally, 143 LAAs went to Skilled Worker Overseas applicants having a score of 686 or above, under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. This cut off reduced by 40 points as compared to last MPNP Draw. Out of 518 LAAs, 125 were issued to the valid Express Entry profiles (FSW, FST, or CEC candidates).



    Skilled Workers in Manitoba

    This category offers permanent residency to individuals who demonstrate that a Manitoba company has offered them a long-term, full-time job. This job offer needs to be after they have completed at least six months (continuous) full-time employment with that company as a temporary foreign worker or international student working graduate.

    Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators and individuals providing services as independent contractors are not eligible.

    If you graduated from a post-secondary program in another Canadian province, must first have been working for a Manitoba employer for at least one year before applying.

    International Education Stream:

    • The Graduate Internship Pathway which need a doctoral or master’s degree program from Manitoba in the last 3 years. But, job offer is not mandatory.
    • The Career Employment Pathway which needs to be graduated in the past 3 years from a DLI. But, 1-year full time job offer is required.
    • The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot which needs a full-time post-secondary program from Manitoba. It must be at least two years in duration. It requires the applicant to be 51% owner in a Manitoban business and actively working as a senior manager for last 6 months before applying.

    Language proficiency of CLB 7 is required to apply.

    Skilled Workers Overseas:

    To apply under this category, candidates must demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through:

    • the support of family members or friends
    • previous education or work experience in the province
    • an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

    Apart from this, you must score at least 60 points based on the five selection factors.

    Click here to calculate your score.

    Who cannot apply to the Manitoba PNP?

    THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE MPNP:
    • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process
    • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada
    • Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba
    • Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents
    • Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal

    How to Apply for Manitoba PNP:

    Manitoba PNP does not necessarily requires an Express Entry profile, but need an Expression of Interest to be submitted with Manitoba. If you are eligible under one of the above mentioned programs, then click here to create an Expression of Interest with Manitoba.