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Canada announced new temp PR streams, launched in April 2021

Canada announced new temp PR streams, launched in April 2021

Canada has announced new temporary permanent residence streams. Now, candidates for those streams can use language test results that are up to 2 years old with their visa applications.

IRCC stipulates that the test must be conducted by an agency approved by the federal government of Canada. Only then the candidate can qualify.

On April 14, 2021, Canada launched the new temporary pathways for 90,000 international graduates and temporary workers. The aim was to reach the target of 401,000 new Canada PR visa holders in 2021. This target was set ambitiously by Canada immigration despite going through the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions that resulted.

For candidates to qualify under the new streams, international graduates must possess CLB benchmark 5. Temporary workers must have at least CLB 4.

The new streams have already created a surge in demand for the necessary language tests for qualification.

The language test results will be submitted by IRCC via email or via the online portal of the testing organization.

Until May 5, 2021, Ottawa will continue to accept applications for the new streams if the number of applications won’t touch the maximum set for the same. The ceilings are as follows:

  • 40,000 applications for international graduates who graduated from a Canadian institution
  • 30,000 applications for TFWs in selected essential occupations other than healthcare
  • 20,000 applications for TFWs in healthcare

Applicants who apply under the TFW streams must have a minimum of 1 year’s work experience in Canada in an occupation in the healthcare sector. It could be any other essential occupation that’s pre-approved.

International graduates must have completed their studies at a Canadian university or college. The course must have been completed within the last 4 years.

Eligible family members can be added to the application under all the new streams. These streams are:

  • Temporary Worker Stream A for French-speakers (Health-related jobs)
  • International Graduate Stream
  • Temporary Worker Stream A (For health-related jobs)
  • International Graduate Stream for French-speakers
  • Temporary Worker Stream B (For other essential jobs)
  • Temporary Worker Stream B for French-speakers (Other essential jobs)

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New immigration pathways to be launched in Canada in May 2021

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IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Now USA will issue more work visas for seasonal workers

The-US-announces-an-increase-of-22000-visas-for-the-H-2B-program

The Biden administration has increased the number of available US visas for seasonal workers to work in USA by 22,000. The increased number of visas will add to the 66,000 H2B visas that are already available to seasonal workers. These workers include country fair staff, resort workers, fishers, and landscapers.

After the ban on such visas by Trump has been lifted by the Biden administration, there’s a surge in the issue of such guest-worker visas. The lifting of bans on visas is also applicable to other types of temporary US work visas. This has been done amid the crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The additional 6,000 visas are to be reserved for applicants from El-Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, willing to work with US.

The seasonal worker program is known officially as the H2B program. The program gives up to 66,000 foreign nationals the opportunity to enter into seasonal work in the USA. In the allocation of such work visa USA equally divides between the summer and winter seasons.

As per the strict guidelines of the H2B visa program, employers are obliged to pay foreign workers as much as their American counterparts. The program also requires that employers continue recruiting US workers even if foreign workers have been employed with them.

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France the first to start the use of Digital Green Certificates

New Canada immigration pathways to help students stay on

Extend your stay in Canada as an international graduate

Two new immigration pathways are in the making in Canada. With them, Canada immigration will make it possible for the country to rope in international student graduates skilled enough to hasten Canada’s economic recovery post-COVID.

These new policies will be implemented between May 6, 2021, and November 5, 2021. It’s necessary that the candidates live outside Quebec and intend to continue to do so.

The first pathway is meant for all recently graduated international students having a Canadian credential. Through this temporary program, Canada is aiming at welcoming 40,000 applications for Canada PR. Once the program achieves this target before November 5, 2021, this pathway will stop accepting applications.

The second pathway is reserved for international graduates who are French speakers. There’s no cap on immigrant intake for this pathway. The dearth of French-speaking skilled workers living in a Canadian province outside Quebec will be solved with this pathway.

Eligibility

Immigration candidates must have graduated from a DLI in Canada. They must have graduated not earlier than January 2017. Their educational credential could come from a Canadian university, Canadian college, Canadian technical/trade school, or a Quebec CEGEP.

What are valid university credentials?

  • A Bachelor’s degree,
  • An Associate’s degree,
  • A Master’s degree, or
  • A Doctorate

What are valid college credentials?

  • Diploma,
  • Degree,
  • Attestation, or
  • Certificate

The credentials must be proof of attending a study program that’s at a minimum of 8 months in duration. The combined duration of the credentials must be 16 months long at the minimum.

DVS or AVS must follow a study program that’s a minimum of 900 hours long. Each combined credential must satisfy the criteria of the program. They must have been completed not earlier than January 2017.

Graduates of a technical/ trade program holding a diploma, certificate, degree, or attestation may also be eligible. Here’s the list of skilled trade occupations listed by NOC that the credentials mentioned above lead to:

  • Major Group 72: Electrical, industrial, and construction trades
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in agriculture, natural resources, and related production
  • Major Group 73: Trades in maintenance and equipment operation
  • Major Group 92: Manufacturing, processing, and utility supervisors as well as central control operators
  • Minor Group 633: Bakers and butchers
  • Minor Group 632: Cooks and chefs

Candidates are required to be employed in Canada with a valid permit. Otherwise, candidates must have work authorization when the application is received. They also require a CLB of 5.

Besides these requirements, candidates must be legal residents in Canada as well as meet requirements to be granted admissibility.

The requirements are the same as already mentioned for those who want to immigrate through the pathway for French-speaking/multilingual candidates. The only addition is that they will need a French language skill of an intermediate level in all the language skills. These include listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

According to NCLC, candidates trying to get Canada PR via the French/multilingual pathway must have a French language skill level of 5.

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DVS – Diplomas of Vocational Studies

AVS – Attestations of Vocational Specialization

NCLC – Niveau de compétence linguistique canadiens

PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

DLI – Designated Learning Institutions

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark

France the first to start the use of Digital Green Certificates

France becomes first EU country to start Digital COVID certificate

France is officially the first country to commence testing Digital Green Certificates. All member countries of the EU had earlier agreed on implementing the Digital Green certificates at the EU level.

The TousAntiCovid app, which was launched on October 22, 2020, will be used to carry out the COVID testing. The app was launched as part of France’s program for contact tracing. Presently, the app has been upgraded to store information of negative COVID-19 test results on the mobile phones of travelers arriving in France on visitor visa or migration.

The app, currently clocking 15 million downloads, will be operated on trial on flights to Corsica as well as French overseas departments. This will start on April 29, 2021.

Though the certificate will be used for travel at first, in time it will be used for public events like trade fairs, festivals, and concerts.

As of now, those who have been tested for the COVID-19 virus with RT-PCR or antigen test will get an email or SMS. This will help them to download a certificate in PDF format by connecting to the SI-DEP. A QR code will be present on the certificate.

The vaccination can be downloaded through the Ameli Health Insurance portal from April 29, 2021. The police, DGS, airlines, and customs will be equipped with an app to read the DataMatrix. This will be called TousAntiCovid–Check.

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Canada gets the number one spot as the best country of the world!

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DGS – French Directorate General of Health

Canada gets the number one spot as the best country of the world!

Canada now considered the best country in the world - US News & World Survey

Canada achieves the accolade of being the best country in the world according to the report of the survey done by the US News & World Report. In the survey, Canada ranked first in aspects like social purpose and quality of life.

Today, Canada is widely observed as a country with a safe and stable society where there’s openness, equity, and fairness in the society. The opportunities and environment for people to develop and prosper are abundant in Canada. This is the reason for the success of Canada immigration even through the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current position came after the country coming second or third in the earlier episodes of the same survey. The 2021 US News Best Countries ranking was made in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The media group that conducted the survey also partnered with the BAV Group of the VMLY&R marketing communications firm.

Over 17,000 people participated in the survey. They gave their opinions of 78 nations on 76 different factors. As per the results of the survey, the following was the ranking line-up of the first 10 nations:

Canada gets the number one spot as the best country of the world

Canada is considered a very welcoming country for immigrants. Also, the country is offering great opportunities for investors to arrive in the country, make investments in prospective businesses, and become Canada PR in time.

Canada is also ranked highly as one of the friendliest nations of the world for immigrants. A multi-cultural society and policies that are anti-discriminatory give an immigrant the opportunity to confidently blend into the Canadian society as a Canadian permanent resident.

The country’s reputation rides high on its globally revered policies and laws that include the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada’s national policies on multiculturism also are worth mentioning in this regard.

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PR – Permanent Resident

New immigration pathways to be launched in Canada in May 2021

New immigration pathways to be launched in Canada in May 2021

There are 6 new immigration pathways for Canada PR that are going to be launched in May 2021. These pathways are meant for international graduates, essential workers, and French speakers in Canada.

The announcement of the new pathways was made on April 14, 2021. These pathways are expected to create 90,000 new permanent residents in Canada. The 3 streams for immigrants who speak French won’t have a cap on their intake.

On May 6, 2021, IRCC will begin taking applications from immigration candidates under the following streams:

  • TFWs in healthcare – 20,000 applications
  • TFWs in other chosen essential jobs – 30,000 applications
  • International students who graduated from an educational institution in Canada – 40,000 applications

The streams will be open until the limit is reached or till November 5, 2021, whichever happens first.

Those who are willing to work in Canada and trying to reach Canada under these streams will need a minimum Canadian work experience of 1 year. The experience must be in a healthcare profession or any other essential job that has been pre-approved.

International graduates will have to complete a post-graduate program in Canada considered eligible within the last 4 years and not earlier than January 2017.

Language proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages will be a must for graduates and workers. They will also have to meet requirements for being admissible. They must be present in Canada, be authorized to work in Canada and work in Canada while applying in Canada. Only then they will be able to qualify. They must also be living in Canada in any location other than Quebec.

In the coming 3 years, Canada is intending to invite 1.2 million new immigrants. In 2021 alone, the target is to bring in 401,000 new Canada PR visa holders. The only challenge is posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed to prevent its spread.

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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

Prince Edward Island issues 156 invites to immigration candidates

Prince Edward Island issues 156 invites to immigration candidates

On April 15, 2021, the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island held a PNP draw that invited 156 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

140 of the invites went to Labor Impact and Express Entry candidates while 16 went to Business impact candidates. All candidates required a minimum CRS score of 75 to be eligible for invitations from the PNP draw.

With PNP draws conducted, provinces can find skilled and qualified immigration candidates who are willing to work in Canada in its provinces to fill labor gaps in the market. PEI also intends to find the best candidates to join the province’s workforce through its own PNP that operates within guidelines that are federally approved. It’s also true that PNP categories and streams do align with the federal Express Entry system many a time.

With the help of Canada’s federal government, the losses from the decline in immigration to PEI due to COVID-triggered will be recuperated. This is also part of the effort to achieve the ambitious target of getting 80,800 new immigrants in 2021.

The Labor Impact category

The Labor Impact category is meant for foreign nationals with a valid job offer in PEI as well as the support of an employer in the province. There are 3 streams involved in this category:

  • International Graduate
  • Critical Worker
  • Skilled Worker

Candidates must submit an EOI to get considered for a provincial nomination via this category.

The Express Entry category

The Express Entry category is an enhanced PNP in PEI. That means the category is linked with the Canadian government’s federal Express Entry system.

The federal Express Entry system manages the applications for Canada immigration. These applications are for 3 economic-class immigration programs namely FSTP, FSWP, and CEC.

The candidate profiles get ranked by CRS considering factors like education, age, work experience, and language skills in English or French.

Express Entry candidates who get nominated by PEI will get 600 extra CRS points. This will effectively guarantee that they will receive ITAs in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw. There they can apply for Canada PR.

Business Impact category

Candidates in the Business Impact category must meet the minimum score required to go to the next stage of the application process. The minimum score required differs with every draw. In the April 15 draw, PEI issued invitations under the Work Permit Stream. This stream is meant for foreign entrepreneurs who are ready to own and run a business in PEI.

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Alberta invites 200 Express Entry candidates to get nominated

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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

EOI – Expression of Interest

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

PEI – Prince Edward Island

Malta to reward its visitors, plans to revive its tourism sector

Malta to pay International Tourists who visit this summer

Clayton Bartolo, Malta’s Minister of Tourism, has a new plan for international tourists arriving in Malta. He has announced a plan wherein international travelers arriving in Malta on a tourist visa will be handed out €200 each. This is applicable for those travelers who stay in Malta for at least 2 nights.

This move is to help revive Malta’s tourism industry that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, authorities in Malta that the country is planning to remove most of the travel restrictions imposed by June 1, 2021. There will be certain other bans too that will be lifted.

Here’s how the plan goes. If a tourist chooses to stay in a 4-star hotel will get €150. Those who choose to stay in a 3-star hotel will receive €100. Choosing the island of Gozo in Malta will fetch the traveler a 10% increase in the grant.

With this plan implemented, it’s expected that as international tourism resumes, the hotels in Malta will be placed in a very competitive position.

In 2021, Malta expects to welcome close to 35,000 travelers on a visitor visa. The tourism sector is a major contributor to the country’s economy. Tourism contributes over 27% of the country’s economy.

Comparing with 2019 numbers, the count of tourists has dipped by 80% since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Vaccination has been successfully implemented in the country. About 42% of adults received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. This is commendably the highest rate of vaccination in the EU.

This summer, the British airline Jet 2 is planning to resume flights to Malta. This was announced recently by Malta International Airport. But before the plan is put into action, the COVID-19 situation will be analyzed and be confirmed to be favorable for such a move.

As of now, among the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Malta is the 115th.

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Canada shows a positive trend in job creation in recent times

Upward trend in employment in Canada

March 2021 saw that Canada’s economy grew closer to the levels that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020.

To explore the economic growth of Canada, Statistics Canada did an examination of the labor market conditions in the week from March 14 to March 20, 2021. This was while the third wave of COVID-19 started in Canada.

At this point in time, several Canadian provinces had reduced the restrictions with public health measures. Orders to stay at home were lifted in all regions of Ontario. Nevertheless, recreation, personal care services, in-person dining, and fitness facilities stayed closed in certain areas like Toronto.

In March 2021, the total number of people taken into jobs was just 1.5% short of the number of employed people in February 2020. However, unemployment was about 32%.

The largest increases in employment gains were found in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. There was job recovery in several industries that were hit hard by the pandemic crisis. These included accommodation & food services and retail trade. Also witnessed was an increase in employment in recreation, culture, and information services. This was apparent for the first time since September 2020.

The losses that the retail industry felt in January 2021 were fully recouped in March 2021. Also, there was an increase of 21,000 people working in accommodation & food services. This was an over 2% increase. Currently, this industry has about 346,000 immigrants working in it.

Construction employs over 238,000 immigrants. This sector contributed the maximum to gains in the goods-producing sector.

Growth was also recorded in industries like health care and social assistance. This sector employs about 523,000 immigrants. Educational services employ over 264,000 immigrants.

 All these gains are attributed to the increase in national employment in March 2021.

In 2020, owing to travel restrictions imposed by Canada owing to COVID-19, only 184,000 new immigrants became Canada PR.

The number of new immigrants in Canada in under 5 years has decreased. In fact, the immigrant population has decreased faster in the COVID-19 time. The rate of employment for these immigrants in the first 3 months of 2021 was close to 65%. This was not very different from the numbers in the 3 months ending in February 2020.

As Canada is in the middle of the third wave of COVID-19 in April 2021, employment is getting affected for immigrants willing to work in Canada. This is owing to public health measures imposed to combat the pandemic.

The effects of the closures in Canadian provinces due to COVID-19 will possibly be reflected in the Labor Force Survey of April 2021. This could be published on May 7, 2021.

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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

France lets work permits for non-EU workers to be applied online

France launches new online platform for work permit

The government of France has announced the launch of an online service for non-EU nationals willing to work overseas in France. This new online service will help them get work permits for which they can apply via this service.

This online service has been commenced on April 6, 2021.

Applying for a work permit has become mandatory for employers in France who want to hire non-EU nationals. This group of people now include UK nationals too. This mandatory work permit is known as “autorisation de travail”. It’s necessary for certain job categories.

EU nationals and those from the countries in the Schengen Zone don’t require a work permit to be employed in France.

A more straightforward process with regards to issuing work permits is the major advantage of this new improvement for the French employers. The new online platform has been launched as part of the modernization of the work application process of foreign nationals.

The Ministry of Interior of France has stated that the work permit applications will be examined by 6 inter-regional platforms. These platforms were created after transferring the task to the Ministry. The transfer was done as part of the reform of the regional organization of the State.

A seventh national platform is now dedicated to application processing for seasonal workers. The issuance of residence permits to concerned foreign employers will be managed by the préfectures.

For all individuals without a passport from an EU or Schengen Zone country, it’s compulsory to have a work permit to participate in temporary and permanent work contracts. Work permits are also required to do seasonal work.

Students who wish to work in France while doing their studies must also have work permits.

Moreover, if a foreign worker has more than one employer, each of them will need to apply for a separate work permit. However, this comes with exceptions, which are for people:

  • Working at a seminar or an exhibition
  • Working at a scientific, cultural, or sport event
  • Creating and broadcasting cinematographic and audio-visual works, such as concerts
  • Providing expertise in IT, finance, architecture, insurance, engineering, management, and following a service agreement
  • Modeling
  • Teaching

As of April 7, even international students studying in France can submit digital copies of their supporting documents required to complete their application online for a visa. Only long-term student visa applicants can access this feature.

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