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Ontario's Human Capital Category

Ontario's Human Capital Category

OINP: Human Capital Category

Canada is a great country to live and work in. However, many employers in Canada face problems in filling in jobs. Therefore, to boost Canada’s economy and fill in positions, Canada welcomes many immigrants to Canada.

To help fill in those jobs, the federal government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has created the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The Provincial Nominee Program allows employers to locate foreign workers that have the skills, experience and education level to fill the jobs.

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Express Entry to Canada

Express Entry to Canada

Express Entry and How Does it Work

Express Entry (EE) was introduced by the Federal government in 2015 as an online immigration application system offering Canadian permanent residence to foreign skilled workers. Candidates are ranked based on their individual profiles and only those with the highest rankings are invited to apply for permanent residency.

Do I Qualify for Express Entry

The Express Entry system allows Citizenship and Immigration Canada to analyze and choose immigrants under the following economic programs: (1) Skilled Worker program; (2) Skilled Trades program; or (3) Canadian Experience Class. In order to qualify for Express Entry, you must meet the eligibility criteria for any of the abovementioned programs.

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Move to Canada through Express Entry

Move to Canada through Express Entry

ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS OF EXPRESS ENTRY

Are you interested in coming to Canada? Do you want to immigrate as a permanent resident? Do you want to give your family and yourself a better quality of life by immigrating to Canada? Do you want to apply for Express Entry? Or have you applied and you're not sure as to what to do next? Do not worry, as this blog will fully explain what the process of express entry entails.

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Applying for Express Entry

Applying for Express Entry

What is the best way to apply for Permanent Residency?

Are you considering moving to Canada in the future? Have you started looking into how this could be done, and come to the realization it feels like there are a million ways to become a permanent resident of Canada, so you now have no idea where to even begin? This is the case for many individuals who wish to become permanent residents of Canada. It is VERY hard to know what route to take to apply for permanent residency. Though, the most important thing to know is the best route for you may not be the best route for someone else. The best place to start is by assessing your own specific circumstances to determine which path to permanent residency is the most applicable for you. Therefore, if you are married to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you’ll probably want to consider spousal sponsorship as your path to permanent residency. In other cases, you may assess your skills and qualifications to engage in the Canadian working economy, and see that you are in fact an asset to the Canadian economy. If this is the case, you could be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the express entry program. In this article, we will focus on the ways an individual can qualify and apply for permanent residency under the express entry program.

What is Express Entry?

Since 2015, the Canadian government has made it a priority to use immigration as a tool to help balance the Canadian economy. Therefore, the express entry program was introduced as a way to allow qualified applicants to apply online by uploading a profile of their skills, abilities and work experience to a Canadian database which is accessible to immigration officers. Profiles are assessed, and candidates who are considered an asset to the Canadian economy will receive an invitation to apply. Therefore, once you receive an invitation to apply, you have 90 days to complete and submit an application for permanent residence.

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Record Low for Express Entry Draw

Record Low for Express Entry Draw

Start of 2018 Brings Record Low for Express Entry Draw

One of 2018’s first draws, on January 24, had approximately 2, 750 invitations for Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency in Canada. It is important to note that the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was cut off at 444, which is a reduction of two points compared to the Express Entry draw that was made on January 10, 2018. With the previous five draws that were made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the tie-break rule began which means that any and all candidates that had a CRS score of above 444 as well as those who scored exactly 444 would be invited into the Express Entry pool and will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). In this article, I will address more information pertaining to the new record lows for Express Entry draws and how it affects the Express Entry immigration system altogether.

Record Low on Express Entry Draw

Interestingly enough, the first two draws of 2018 are already lower than the previous year of 2017. The draws made in the first two draws of 2017 already set record lows; therefore, these new draws and the CRS scores are now even lower and are making new records. This is very interesting as well because in previous years, specifically in 2015, the first two draws had records of upwards of 800 for the CRS scores. Therefore, they have almost been cut in half.

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How to Make a Job Offer and Hire Permanent Workers

How to Make a Job Offer and Hire Permanent Workers

Get a Labour Market Impact Assessment

When looking to hire a foreign worker permanently, there are several steps that one must consider and take prior to hiring that individual. These steps are taken in order for the foreign worker to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. You may be able to hire this individual by offering them a job through Express Entry. Specifically, Express Entry is an advanced system that is utilized to manage applications for economic immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The only way that a Canadian employer can hire a foreign national permanently is if there are no Canadians or permanent residents to fill the intended position. In this article, I will address how to make a job offer and hire permanent workers through Express Entry supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Steps Before Making a Job Offer

As previously mentioned, when hiring a foreign worker permanently, a Canadian employer may be able to do so through Express Entry in order to meet the needs of that company when they cannot find any Canadian or permanent resident to fill the intended job. Specifically, for skilled work, the Express Entry candidates must fall under Skill Type 0 and Skill Level A and B in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This NOC system is utilized to classify jobs and occupations with detailed descriptions of the specific job duties and responsibilities.

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Prepare to Work in Canada

Prepare to Work in Canada

What you need to know in order to Work in Canada

In order to work in Canada, you must first be well-prepared and accumulate the proper documentation to provide to a prospect employer. There are several steps that you must take beforehand as well as documents that you are required to provide. When looking to work in Canada, Immigration must be able to analyze the documents in English and verify that the information is relevant in Canadian standards. Therefore, in this article, I will explain what is needed before working in Canada, such as getting your credentials assessed accordingly, assessing your language ability, finding a job in Canada, and how to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Getting your Credentials Assessed

Depending on how you intend on coming to Canada, you must first have your education, work experience or professional credentials assessed. This must be done if you are coming to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker under Express Entry, coming to Canada to work in a specific profession or trade, and/or coming to Canada to study. The reason for the credentials being assessed is for the Immigration officer to analyze whether your credentials can be equated to a Canadian standard. For instance, the credential assessment will allow you to see whether your credentials are equal to Canadian worker’s standards; to find out whether more training, education or Canadian work experience is required from you; to understand what kinds of jobs you are qualified for; and lastly, to assist employers in understanding your qualifications.

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LMIA and Permanent Residence

LMIA and Permanent Residence

Can LMIA lead to Permanent Residency?

Yes it can. However, this depends on the type of occupation you apply for in the beginning. Let’s take a look at what occupations will garner you a permanent residency in Canada.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Assessment Impact is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada and Service Canada to employers who have proved that there is a shortage of skilled labour that they’re looking for. With an LMIA employers can go ahead and hire temporary foreign workers.

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Applying for Permanent Resident through Federal Skilled Trades Program

Applying for Permanent Resident through Federal Skilled Trades Program

Is the Federal Skilled Trade (FSTP) program for you?

If you are in a skilled trade and looking to become a permanent resident in Canada you could apply in Federal Skilled Trade (FSTP) upon being qualified. The government introduced the Express Entry system starting from January 2015 for candidates interested to apply under this program.

What is Express Entry?

For the management of applications under the federal economic immigration programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class, Express Entry is used.

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Federal Skilled Trades Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program

What Is The Federal Skilled Trades Program

Individuals who are qualified in a skilled trade and wish to gain permanent residency in Canada may apply under the Federal Skilled Trades Program. The application process for this has been bundled into the Express Entry program as of January 2015, along with the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry is a process by which the above-mentioned classes of workers can apply for permanent residence in Canada with a fast-track method. Applicants create an online profile and are selected into a pool of eligible candidates for permanent residence based on certain criteria. This pool of eligible candidates is then ranked against each other using a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and candidates that score the highest points are given invitations to apply for permanent residence. These candidates must apply within sixty (60) days or the invitation goes invalid.

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