The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populated province and a magnet for immigrants the world over, has announced a new stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) known as the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. Successful applicants to this stream will benefit from 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the federal Express Entry pool. [Read more…]
The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has seen candidates with 413 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence, making this the lowest ever CRS cut-off point for candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Most Express Entry candidates are eligible under one of these programs. [Read more…]
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A unique Canadian business immigration program opened for new applications on May 29. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) offers international investors the opportunity to obtain permanent resident status in Canada by making a risk-free $800,000 CAD investment that is guaranteed by a Quebec government entity. [Read more…]
Un unique programme d’immigration au Canada pour les gens d’affaires s’est ouvert le 29 mai 2017. Le Programme des Immigrants Investisseurs du Québec (PIIQ) offre l’opportunité aux investisseurs étrangers d’obtenir le statut de résident permanentent au Canada en investissant la somme de 800,000$ CAD sans risque, qui est garantie par le gouvernement du Québec. [Read more…]
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a new type of Express Entry draw, with two separate Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off thresholds for Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) candidates and provincial nominees, respectively. Indeed, officially two draws took place — the 63rd and 64th since Express Entry was first launched.
The CRS cut-off threshold of 199 for FSTC candidates is the lowest ever by some margin, and the threshold of 775 for provincial nominees means that candidates with a core CRS score as low as 175 received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) this time around. [Read more…]
The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has taken place, bringing with it the joint-lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold of all time. A total of 3,687 candidates in the Express Entry pool — each of whom had at least 415 CRS points — received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence on May 17, 2017. [Read more…]
Some of Canada’s most desired destination provinces have been active with respect to their Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams this Spring, giving candidates in the Express Entry pool a range of opportunities to obtain a provincial nomination certificate. With such a nomination, a candidate obtains 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool. [Read more…]
New figures show a significant increase in the number of international students enrolling in Canadian universities for the 2017/2018 academic year. Many stakeholders have attributed this increase to the growing perception of Canada as a stable and welcoming study destination in the wake of various political events worldwide. In recent months, increasing numbers of international students are choosing to study in Canada, and immigrate after graduation. [Read more…]