Archive - April 2020

Canada adds 589 newcomers to those invited to the country

Canada Express Entry Draw

Another Express Entry draw was conducted by Canada on April 29, 2020. This was Canada Express Entry draw no. 145. The draw invited candidates who had a provincial nomination.

A total of 589 candidates got invited in the draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score stipulated was 692. As the candidates had 600 points from their provincial nomination, they needed only 92 basic human capital points for eligibility. The human capital points involved are education, age, work experience, and language skills in English and French.

The COVID-19 crisis has not dampened immigration Canada’s efforts to bring in more foreign immigrants via such draws. Ever since the beginning of 2020, Canada has had a number of Express Entry and Provincial Nomination draws. In the first quarter of this year itself, Canada has invited more candidates than those in the first quarters of the last 2 years.

Consistency in conducting draws has been exemplary in Canada. In the period starting March 18, 2020, the Canadian government has held 7 Express Entry draws. In these draws, candidates of the Canadian Experience Class immigration program and provincial nominees have been invited.

The consistent draws also show a trend of reducing the CRS requirement. It dropped to 455, which is the lowest seen this year.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) already sent 8,389 Invitations to Apply (ITA) so far in April itself. Before April, 8,000 invitations in February has been the highest number of invitations sent in a month.

In this draw, IRCC used its tie-break rule. The time chosen for tie break was of March 11, 2020, at 13:46:21. So, all candidates with a CRS score above 692, and those candidates who scored 629 having submitted their profile before this date and time, got an ITA in this round of invitation.

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Nova Scotia is up for workers with French language skills

USCIS releases updated immigration law to prevent fraud

USCIS false citizen law update

The USA immigration has been tough on unlawful practices like fraudulent immigration documents or falsification of immigration status. Lately, the US updated its law applied to those who falsely claim to be US citizens, knowingly or out of ignorance. This update has brought more clarity to how the USA looks at tackling this issue with measures like inadmissibility and deportation.

Unlawful and unfair practices in immigration for personal benefits have always been detected and dealt with by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS is in charge of overseeing lawful immigration in the US. It’s a component of the Department of Homeland Security.

The updated Policy Manual was released by the US with clear provisions regarding illegal practices after immigration to the USA. The updated law is drafted in line with the case in precedence, Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision in Matter of Zhang.

In the case, a US permanent resident, Mr. Zhang was found to be posing as a legitimate US citizen through unfair practices. The naturalization he obtained was found to be legally unacceptable as he didn’t comply and qualify with respect to standard immigration procedures.

Now, every foreigner (called “alien”) in the US has to be well aware of his/her immigration status and can’t be excused for misrepresentation. If such an unlawful instance is found, the person concerned will be deemed inadmissible and could be deported.

Nevertheless, such policy of inadmissibility was challenged on grounds of:

  • The alien has been a permanent resident before attaining the age of 16
  • The alien believed to be a US citizen in a reasonable manner while claiming to be one
  • Each parent of the alien was or is a citizen of the US

The newly updated law concerning the alien’s inadmissibility may be waived if:

  • The alien applies for asylee/refugee status
  • The alien applies for an adjustment of his/her status
  • The alien is a registry applicant
  • The alien is an applicant for legalization
  • The alien is a special immigrant juvenile seeking adjustment of status

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Nova Scotia is up for workers with French language skills

Nova Scotia invites

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia had a recent draw conducted on April 27, 2020, to invite Express Entry candidates with skill in the French language. The invitation was for eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence via the Labor Market Priorities stream.

The Labor Market Priorities stream allows the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to look for eligible candidates in Canada’s Express Entry pool. They must match the labor market needs in Nova Scotia.

This eastern province of Canada has a few highly desirable qualities that make it a special place to migrate to. It has a quality of life to offer that is as much and even better than the USA. The province has great natural attractions and is highly suitable for family life. Besides, the province has the virtue of affordable living with the lowest living costs in Canada.

So, as the province needed more skilled labor, they conducted the draw that invited candidates with specific traits like:

  • Candidates with a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) score of at least 8 in French and 6 in English
  • Candidates who had selected French as their first official language
  • Candidates with a valid Express Entry number
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree or a 3-year program completed at a college, university, technical school or trade school
  • Candidates who have met the minimum criteria to be taken into the pool

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is not yet confirmed. The CRS score, calculated based on factors such as education, work experience, age, and language skills is essential in Canada immigration. Having a provincial nomination will give the candidate a guarantee to get invited to apply for a Canada PR immigration visa. This is because 600 points will get added to their basic score.

Those who got a Letter of Interest (LOI) in this draw are given 60 days to submit their completed applications to NSNP. They must also submit copies of their language test results and proof of education.

The list of professionals invited in the draw includes:

  • Financial auditors
  • Early childhood education workers
  • Social workers and nurses
  • Accountants

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Ontario does it again, 26 entrepreneurs welcomed in latest draw

Ontario does it again, 26 entrepreneurs welcomed in latest draw

New Ontario draw

Ontario gets on with a draw again! The latest addition to Canada immigration, the province conducted an Entrepreneur draw on April 22, 2020. 26 invitations were sent in the draw.

Those coming through the Entrepreneurship stream get Permanent Residence. The Entrepreneurship stream comes under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Those coming under this stream are entrepreneurs from abroad moving to Canada to start a new business. They may even buy an existing business in Ontario.

Invitations were sent to candidates in the latest draw who scored between 132 and 200 points. The eligible candidates were those who gave their Expression of Interest (EOI) between November 22, 2019, and April 17, 2020.

This has been the second entrepreneur draw by Ontario in 2020. The draw before this one was conducted on February 26, 2020. In that one 20 candidates were invited. Their minimum score was 136.

Here are a few points about financial requirements for Ontario Entrepreneur Stream:

Net Worth

  • The minimum net worth of the proposed business in ICT or digital communications is $400,000 anywhere in the province.
  • The minimum net worth of $800,000 is required if the proposed business will be in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). If it’s outside the GTA, the minimum net worth required is $400,000.

Investment and Ownership

  • The proposed business must be in either ICT or digital communications, with at least $200,000 as an investment. Candidate should own at least 33% anywhere in the province.
  • Candidate must invest at least $600,000 in an Ontario business. He/she must own at least 33% of business is in GTA.
  • Outside GTA, investment of at least $200,000 is needed. The candidate must own at least 33%.

Here are some non-financial requirements for Ontario Entrepreneur Stream:

  • The candidate must physically be present in Ontario for a minimum of 75% of the time of managing the business.
  • The candidate must have at least 24 months of full-time business experience in the past 60 months. He/she must have been an owner or senior manager.
  • The candidate must explore Ontario in the 12 months before submitting the application. This applies only to those buying a business in Ontario.
  • The business must create 2 full-time jobs for Canadian permanent residents or citizens in the proposed company if it’s located inside the GTA. The business must create 1 full-time job if it’s:
    • A business located outside the GTA, or
    • Is in either ICT or digital communications
  • The candidate must have a minimum CLB of 4 in English or French.

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USCIS and its plan to reopen offices on June 4, 2020

USCIS offices reopen

Do you feel the US immigration has been a tough nut to crack in the recent COVID-19 days? Well, the US has been working a lot on the pandemic prevention front, keeping travelers out in the process. There were exempted categories of people though. But generally, and for a lot of people, the country suddenly became out of access.

On March 18, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services had suspended in-person services temporarily. These services were delivered at its field offices, application support centers (ASCs), and asylum offices. The move was made to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.

If that made you concerned, you have some good news! The USCIS is preparing offices to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. The employees in these offices are currently managing mission-essential services that do not need face-to-face contact. These tasks are mainly carried out online while the offices remain closed.

Even though offices are temporarily not working, USCIS will go on with providing limited emergency in-person services. You can call the USCIS Contact Center to avail of help and assistance with emergency services.

There are many petitioners and applicants with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies affected by the extended temporary closure. They will be sent notices by USCIS field offices. USCIS asylum offices will dispatch notices of interview cancellation. The asylum interviews will be automatically rescheduled.

Upon rescheduling, asylum applicants will get a new interview notice. That will show the new date, time, and location of the interview. When USCIS resumes operations again for in-person services, it will reschedule ASC appointments automatically. This is due to the temporary closure of the office.

Individuals will get a new appointment letter via mail. The ones who had Info Pass or any other appointments will need to reschedule via the USCIS Contact Center. This can be done after the field offices are reopened to the public. Ensure that the respective office has been reopened before you proceed to call the Contact Center.

Now, isn’t it great that the US is already considering opening immigration functions and get back to business as usual sooner? Surely, these measures will come with enough care and caution. For those who are waiting to get their nearest opportunity in the US, there is hope. So, keep yourself updated and get ready to start a new episode of success in the USA.

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132 candidates get a chance in Manitoba’s Express Entry draw

Manitoba draw

In the latest event in Canada immigration, Manitoba conducted an Express Entry draw on April 23, 2020. In the event, 132 candidates were issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The candidates were chosen from the province’s Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. It included 7 Express Entry candidates too.

The invitations sent via the draw were issued to candidates in the streams of:

  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • Manitoba’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • International Education streams

Manitoba has issued 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) that went to immigration candidates in these streams for so long this year. The latest draw was Manitoba’s 88th draw counting from when it began in April 2014.

Among the LAAs issued in the latest draw, 7 were issued to candidates having a valid profile existing among the profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

As always, a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is applied to rank and select candidates who qualify for the Express Entry pool. The CRS score is determined by considering human capital factors like:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language skills

Candidates who score in the highest range are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This happens through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.

600 extra points are awarded to those who receive a provincial nomination. They are effectively guaranteed to get invited to apply from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Express Entry candidates who got a provincial nomination from Manitoba through this draw gave a valid Express Entry ID. They also provided a job seeker validation code.

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream

93 LAAs were sent to candidates, each one of them with an EOI that comes under the Manitoba’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream. This way, temporary foreign workers who are eligible can go on to get permanent residence in the province. This path is also accessible to international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary schools.

To be eligible, these candidates must be employed in Manitoba. They must also have a full-time, permanent job offer from their employer.

Skilled worker EOIs are ranked with a score out of 1,000. Those ranked highest are issued LAAs.

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba’s lowest-ranked candidate who got chosen in this draw had a score of 489.

The Skilled Workers Overseas stream

25 LAAs went to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream.

Candidates selected under this category got invited directly via a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. This could include overseas recruitment missions by the MPNP. They are often conducted in association with Manitoba employers.

The ranking of candidates for this stream also goes as per the scoring system of Manitoba’s EOI.

Skilled Worker Overseas candidates needed a score of 714 or more to get eligible for an LAA.

The International Education stream

Manitoba graduates with particular skills that are in demand may be invited under the International Education Stream.

This stream includes 3 sub-categories:

  • Graduate Internship Pathway
  • Career Employment Pathway
  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

The MPNP issued 14 LAAs to International Education Stream candidates in the latest draw. No EOI minimum score was specified.

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British Columbia invites 271 skilled candidates for PR

Alberta PNPs add lower CRS scores to its attractions

Alberta CRS lower

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirements at federal and provincial levels have been garnering more attention of candidates the world over. Their intention to migrate to Canada has become easier with this trend. Even during the COVID-19 crisis, Canada has kept its immigration programs going to meet the need for skilled workers.

Alberta has proven to be a potential player in the provincial immigration scene.  In April 2020 itself, the province has conducted 2 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. These draws have asked for qualifying CRS scores in the 300s range. An interesting observation has been the decreasing CRS score requirements. Between the 2 draws that has already happened, the scores needed has come down from 381 to 353. For those who wish to live and work in Canada, this has been a motivating trend.

While 120 Express Entry candidates were sent invitations for provincial nominations on April 1, 2020, 200 candidates were invited on April 14, 2020. The candidates in the April 1 draw were chosen with their profiles in the Express Entry pool, without the need for job offers.

A provincial nomination guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as they get an additional 600 points upon their basic score. This will be applied for them in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

Canada manages applications for 3 federal immigration programs with Express Entry. These are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

After the implementation of COVID-19 preventive measures by Canada on March 18, the Express Entry draws have been active. Through the Express Entry draws, Canada has been inviting candidates under specific skill categories. These candidates had provincial nominations they got through streams like the Alberta Express Entry Stream. They also belonged to the Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in Alberta Express Entry Stream need to possess work experience in some particular job categories. These jobs align with Alberta’s priorities. Alberta has always been giving prominence to diversification and economic development. Priority goes to candidates with:

  • a job offered and/or work experience gained in Alberta,
  • a degree earned from a post-secondary institution in Canada along with a valid job offer, or
  • a parent, sibling, or child currently residing in Alberta

To date, in 2020, 1,207 invitations have been given out by the province. All of them went to Express Entry candidates. There is surely a very positive scenario building that can be attributed to the lowering CRS scores with every new draw.

Summer days and hopes for EU tourism from the EC President

Summer holidays in Europe

It’s tempting to reach the summer holidays and pack your bags to some amazing tourist destinations in Europe. This year, COVID-19 has hit those plans and the tourism industry is suffering really hard. Many must have canceled their travel plans as the pandemic is still around. Seems like there’s no other way to deal with it.

But those who have not yet given up on the dream for a tourist visa to Europe has some good news. The President of the European Commission, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, has expressed hope in reopening European tourism. This could be possible with some specific measures being followed. Social distancing is a major one among them.

From being skeptical about the possibility of European summer holiday plans just a week before, she has come up encouraged to think positively. She has stated that smart solutions implemented in tourism can make it possible to open it to tourists. This should be encouraging for those who are trying to apply for a tourist visa.

Ms. Ursula is quite enthusiastic about the possibility of reopening European tourism with some essential measures been taken. This includes ensuring the hygiene of travelers, social distancing at tourist spots, and better crowd management. Nevertheless, she is of the opinion that care should be taken at every step of allowing relaxations.

Her major reference to such a positive thought has been the way in which production in industries has changed its ways. Now, there are more shifts, smaller groups of workers, and ensuring hygiene and social distancing.

Her yet another observation was that the COVID virus is going to stay active till next year. It would be needed that people learn to live with it and gain more strength against it. Despite the idea she put forward, she too shared her concern of the uncertainty looming on the summer season tourism in the current scenario.

There are European leaders who differ with the idea of lifting travel restrictions to attain normalcy until later this year. One such voice has been of the French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron. He has suggested that the EU should stay closed under the present circumstances, at least until September 2020.

It would be confusing to consider the possibilities of a summer vacation in Europe at this point in time. But just wait and see if you can still go ahead with your favorite plan.

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Another round of Canberra Matrix welcomes 171 candidates

Canberra Matrix latest draw

Those overseas who are interested to live and work in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Canberra, will need to qualify in the scoring system of ACT. Canberra is one of the most happening cities. Immigration Australia sees a lot of migrants coming to this city with work or resident visa.

Canberra is largely favored by the migrants because it offers lots of opportunities for leading a great life due to:

  • High-quality education
  • Amazing employment
  • Affordable housing
  • Multicultural environment

Many skilled workers from abroad arrive in Canberra through nominations. This is similar to what happens in any other state or city in Australia. They would be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence. The nomination requests are sent to the federal immigration authority, I.e. the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). There are 2 categories of visas dealt with here. They are:

  • the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190, or
  • the Skilled Work Regional (Provincial) Subclass 491.

The most recent Canberra Matrix was conducted on April 21, 2020. 171 applicants who came under the ACT 190 nomination class were invited in the round to apply for state sponsorship. All Matrix submitted had 95 to 70 points.

No invitations were issued In the ACT 491 Nomination category due to the presence of sufficient applications in the queue. These applications are going to be considered in the May 2020 monthly allocation of Subclass 491 nomination places.

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa allows workers to live and work in Australia with permanent residence. Any place in Australia is allowed for them to study and work from. They can also sponsor relatives eligible for Australian permanent residence. The visa holder may even become an Australian citizen in time if eligible.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provincial) Subclass 491 visa is a provisional visa. It goes to skilled workers with plans to live and work in regional Australia. Holding this visa, they can stay for 5 years in Australia. They can work, live, and study in a designated regional area in Australia. They can also travel to and from the country as many times they wish, provided the visa must be valid at the time of travel.

The influx of skilled workers into Australia is thus kept happening with immigration programs like Canberra Matrix. These newcomers to Australia will contribute to their economy in a highly desirable manner too.

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It’s a green for Common-law partners to be sponsored in Canada

Sponsoring common law partners

Canada immigration is making special arrangements even for partners in life to be with each other during this tough phase due to COVID-19. Canada has relaxed the restrictions to prevent COVID-19 for immediate family members and common-law partners. This is surely going to bring relief to those who desire to be with each other in these difficult times.

The common partnership has a very simple definition in the parlance of Canada immigration eligibility. If two people have lived together for more than a year, the Canadian government may consider it as a marriage-like relationship. In this context, citizens of Canada or permanent residents may sponsor their common Law partners’ Canadian immigration.

Doesn’t that sound wonderful when it comes to Canada PR immigration? That too in these depressing times when we fear for our partners and dear ones the most! Now, to prove that a foreign partner is a Common Law partner, any of the following documents should be produced:

  • A lease or mortgage in both names
  • Utility bills
  • Bank statements
  • Credit card bills
  • Phone bills
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Or any document that shows that the couple has lived together for 12 consecutive months.

Producing these documents at the Port of Entry can help the partners who are arriving in Canada to prove their relationship status.

There are 2 types of sponsorship allowed in this regard. They are Outland or Inland sponsorship.

Under Outland sponsorship, an application for sponsorship is processed via the visa office serving as the foreign national’s country of origin. They are normally allowed to travel to and from Canada. But in the current special circumstance owing to COVID-19, Canada advises everyone in the country not to travel outside if not for essential purposes.

Under Inland sponsorship, both partners will already be residing in Canada. The Common-Law partner is in Canada on a temporary visa that is allowing them to work, study or visit.

It’s the Open Work Permit Pilot program that allows the inland Common-Law partners to work in Canada while their applications for sponsorship are under processing. This permission will be available until at least 31st July 2020.

To be eligible for the Open Work Permit it’s needed that:

  • both partners must live at the same address
  • the application for permanent residence through common-law or spousal sponsorship must be under processing
  • the applicant must have a temporary resident status that’s valid, as a visitor, student, or worker
  • both partners must be eligible under the spousal or Common Law sponsorship program

Common-Law partners may apply to extend their temporary resident status online. In case their work or study has stopped, they may be eligible for a visitor visa. Otherwise, working or studying, they may extend their current permit. Visitor visa holders can also apply to get their stay extended.

The icing on the cake is that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may accept incomplete applications too. This is applied only where the documents are not currently handy due to COVID-19 service disruptions. The Common-law partners must in such case submit a letter explaining the delay in detail.

Incomplete applications will be kept and reviewed in 90 days. If the application is not complete in 60 days, IRCC officers have instructions to ask for the missing documents after granting 90 days added to the deadline.

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