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Canada | Study in Canada | Permanent Residency options for International Students in British Columbia

The province of British Columbia offers permanent residency options to foreign students through its Provincial Nominee Program. There are two streams intended for international students under Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration Categories through BC-PNP

  • Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC)-International Graduate
  • Skills-Immigration (SI)-International Graduate

These two streams are applicable for the foreign students who have a valid qualification from an eligible Canadian University or College. Qualification should have been obtained within the last three years. These two programs help international students get permanent residence in B.C.

Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC)-International Graduate

This program meant for the candidates who have a valid Federal Express Entry profile. In order to be eligible under this stream, an International student must

  1. have a profile in the Express Entry system and qualify for one of the three economic class programs. They will have a valid Express Entry profile number and Jobseeker Validation Code if they qualify for one of the programs i.e. FSWP, FSTP or CEC.
  2. have completed a degree, diploma or any other equivalent within 3 years from any eligible  Canada’s post-secondary institutions.
  3. get a job offer from an eligible BC employer. This job offer must be full time, indeterminate in Skill Type 0, A or B of National Occupation Classification.
  4. show that they can support themselves and their family members
  5. qualify to work in their occupation in the province
  6. demonstrate the language skills either in English or French. This must be valid throughout the PNP application process.
  7. have a wage offer as per BC wage rates for their occupation.
  8. prove that they have legal status in Canada.

Skills-Immigration (SI)-International Graduate

This program is meant for the international students who do not have the Express Entry Profile. The eligibility requirements under this stream are as follows

  1. International Students have studied and obtained a degree/diploma/certificate from an eligible Canadian institution within 3 years
  2. They should have accepted a job offer from an eligible BC employer. This must be full time, indeterminate offer in skill type 0, A or B of NOC. If the job offered is a level B occupation, then they need to show minimum language requirements. For level 0 and A- job offers IELTS or equivalent exam is not mandatory.
  3. They must have legal status or be eligible for legal status in Canada at the time of application submission.
  4. Show that they have enough funds to support themselves and their family.
  5. They must qualify to work in their occupation in the province.

Application fee for Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams is CAD 1,150. In addition to the above requirements for both the streams, the employer also must meet certain requirements set by the province.

Canada | PR Visa | PNP | Ontario PNP Draw: 484 candidates received invitations


Ontario held its first PNP draw of the year on January 13, 2021. In this draw, Ontario issued 484 Notification of Interests (NOI) to French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades Candidates.

French-Speaking Skilled worker category candidates have received 146 invitations. They had a CRS score range between 456 and 467. Skilled trades’ candidates have received 338 invitations in this draw. They had a CRS score range between 434 and 460.

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Program

This program is meant for the Express Entry candidates who can speak English and French. In order to be eligible to receive an invitation, Candidates must

  1. have their profiles launched in the Express Entry System. They need to have at least one year of continuous paid work experience if they have applied under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). If they have applied under Canadian Experience Class (CEC), they must have at least one year of Cumulative (need not to be continuous) paid work experience within the last 3 years in Canada.
  2. be a graduate or Post-Graduate or PhD degree holder in Canada or its Equivalent qualifications, if they have studied in another country.
  3. demonstrate French language skills at Comprehensive Language Benchmark (CLB) at level 7 or more as well as English language skills at CLB Level 6 or more.
  4. show that they have enough funds to support themselves and their family.
  5. intend to live in Ontario after they are granted PR.
  6. have legal status in Canada if they are applying within from Canada.

Skilled Trades

It is one of the streams under OINP. In order to be eligible,

  1. Candidates must have their profiles in Express Entry.
  2. They need to have at least one-year full time or its equivalent part-time cumulative paid work experience in Canada. Experience must be in a skilled trade, i.e. NOC codes listed under Minor group 633 or Major Group 72, 73 or 82.
  3. While submitting the application, the candidates need to show valid certificate or licence, if applicable.
  4. At the time of application submission, they must be currently living in Ontario with a valid work permit.
  5. Further, they need to demonstrate either English or French language skills at CLB level 5 or more.
  6. They should have enough funds to cover themselves and their family when they settle in Canada.
  7. Candidates must show their intention to live in Ontario after they receive PR.

Application fee for the above two OINP streams is CAD 1500. Candidates who received NOI’s, have 45 days’ time to submit the application.

Summary of FSSWP- OINP draw

Draw date: January 13, 2021.
Draw Number: 1
Program: Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Stream: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Program (FSSWP)
Number of candidates invited: 146
CRS score requirements: between 456 and 467
EE profile submission date: January 13, 2020- January 13, 2021

Summary of Skilled Trades- OINP draw

Draw date: January 13, 2021.
Program: Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Stream: Skilled Trades Program
Number of candidates invited: 338
CRS score requirements: between 434 and 460
EE profile submission date: January 13, 2020- January 13, 2021

Canada | Study in Canada | Permanent residence programs for international students and graduates in Ontario.

Canada’s provinces offer many pathways for permanent residency to the international students who have studied in Canada. Many provinces have separate streams under their Provincial Nominee Programs exclusively for international students and graduates.

Some provinces may consider foreign students to apply for their provincial nomination, even if they are graduated from other provinces of Canada. On the other hand, others consider a nomination to those who graduated in that specific province.

Let us try to understand, what are such pathways or streams available for international students and graduates studied particularly in Ontario and in Canada.

Ontario

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) provides the opportunity for foreign students and graduates with jobs to live and work permanently in Ontario. It has three streams for foreign students.

  • OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • International Master’s stream
  • International PhD stream

OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream

It is one of the streams under Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. If you are an international student with a job offer in Ontario, you can consider applying under OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.

The international students with a job offer in a skilled occupation at skill type 0, A or B of the national Occupational classification get an opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

To be eligible to apply for this stream, the international students must

  • have studied full-time degree/diploma of 2 years at least or full-time degree/ diploma of one year program that requires a completed degree as an admission requirement from any eligible Canadian Institution.
  • get a job offer in a skilled occupation at skill type 0, A or B of the national classification occupation code(NOC)
  • submit the application within 2 years of completing the degree/diploma.
  • have legal status in Canada if they are applying from within Canada
  • show their intention to reside in Ontario.

Employers also must meet certain requirements as prescribed by the Ontario authorities in addition to the above requirements.

International Master’s stream

It is one of the streams of OINP that offers Masters Graduates apply for a nomination, provided they have a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario’s University.

International students must meet certain mandatory requirements. In order to be eligible,

  • Students must have completed a full-time study for at least one academic year. The application must be submitted within 2 years of completion of the graduation program.
  • They must demonstrate their language skills at the Comprehensive Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or more.
    • For English tests, Ontario accepts International English Language Testing (IELTS)- General Test. The other test that is accepted is the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) –   General test.
    •  To demonstrate skills in French, Ontario accepts Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF) or Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF)
  • Before applying, students must have lived for at least one year in Ontario Province within the last 2 years.
  • Settlement funds requirements must be met by the students to support themselves and their family when they settle in Canada.
  • Students must have legal status in Canada if they are submitting the application while they are in Canada.
  • They may either be living in the Ontario province or outside of Canada at the time of application. However, they do not qualify to submit the application if they are living in other province or territory of Canada.

International PhD stream

It is one of the streams of OINP. This stream is meant for international students who have completed a PhD degree from any eligible University in Ontario. Students must have 2 years of PhD studies at least while living and studying in Ontario legally.

In order to be eligible for this stream, students must

  • show their intention to live in Ontario
  • have legal status if they are applying from within Canada.
  • submit the application within 2 years of completion of the PhD program.
  • meet with settlement funds requirements to support themselves and their family members when they settle in Canada.

Application fee for all the above three categories is CAD 1500. Successful candidates applied under International Masters and PhD categories will receive a nomination approval letter and a nomination certificate by email.

Successful candidates applied under International Student Stream shall receive a work permit support letter also in addition to nomination approval letter and nomination certificate.

Candidates need to apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), within six months as soon they receive notification from Ontario.

Canada| PR Visa | PNP | Saskatchewan’s first PNP draw of 2021: 385 Candidates received invitations

First PNP draw of Saskatchewan in 2021 held on January 7. A total of 385 candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in this draw. Candidates who have submitted profiles through two subcategories namely Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand, under the Skilled Worker Category were sent invitations.

A total of 237 invitations sent to Occupation in Demand category candidates, whereas 148 invitations went to Express Entry candidates. A Minimum score of 71 required to receive an invitation in this draw in both the categories.

In order to be eligible, candidates should have submitted the Expression of Interest with the SINP, irrespective of the category. However, Express Entry Category candidates must have submitted their profiles in Federal Express Entry system. The candidates who do not have profiles in the Express Entry system can apply through ‘Occupation In-Demand’ category.

Saskatchewan’s previous draw held on December 17, 2020. A total of 576 candidates received invitations in that draw. In total, Saskatchewan invited 8283 candidates in 2020.

Summary of the recent SINP draw

Draw date: January 7, 2021.

Draw Number: 1

Program: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Total Number of candidates invited to apply: 385

The categories invited: International Skilled Worker (ISW)

Subcategories Invited

1.         ISW- Express Entry

            The minimum score needed under this Category: 71

            Number of invitations issued: 148

            Number Occupations included under this category: 79  

2.         ISW- Occupations in Demand

            The minimum score needed under this Category: 71

            Number of invitations issued: 237

            Number Occupations included under this category: 79

Canada | Study in Canada | Role of International students in Economic recovery of Canada

Foreign students will be critical to Canada’s economic recovery in the wake of the global pandemic, a white paper published by a post-secondary education organization shows.

Colleges and institutions are well-positioned in the months ahead to serve Canadians and help their communities recover. They are poised to foster a strong and sustainable economic recovery through their deep community relations, their dedication to responding to the changing needs of local stakeholders and employers, and their proven track record in terms of improving skills.

In a typical year, with a Canadian study permit, more than 400,000 foreign students come to Canadian colleges and universities and obtain valuable job experience at the same time. Many of them get a post-graduation work permit upon graduation and then apply via the Express Entry program for permanent residency in Canada.

Importance of Foreign students

As per IRCC data, the foreign student population in Canada was more than 6, 40,000 in 2019. It grew by 13% compared to the statistics of 2018. With these amazing figures, Canada now ranks 3rd in attracting foreign students.

In the year 2021, economic growth rises faster compared to 2020 as per the projections. For the economy of Canada, international students are extremely significant. Canada’s 6, 40,000 strong international student population is also building a diverse atmosphere on campuses throughout the country. They contribute a whopping $22 billion per year to the Canadian economy and help to create 2, 00,000 jobs as well.

The published white paper states that the risk of labor market shortages has already been recognized by industry and business leaders and issued calls for more aggressive immigration targets.

Immigrants and foreign workers bring not only experiences at all skill levels but also new ideas to the Canadian workplaces. They are often instrumental in the success of small scale businesses facing labor shortages and skills.

Foreign students who have already been in Canada are already acquainted with Canadian Culture and Society. They know how to obtain any assistance they might need.

As per the government, immigration is essential through this pandemic. At the same time, it is vital for the short and long-term recovery of economic growth as well. The citizens have seen newcomers playing a huge role in their hospitals and care homes.

The government’s plan will help with some of the most acute labor shortages. Further, raise the workforce helps to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.

Before the pandemic, the job market was evolving. However, advances in technology and the aging population creating labor shortages are to be addressed through rising immigration levels.