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Canada Reopening Border For Fully Vaccinated Travelers from 9 August 2021

Canada is ready to reopen its borders for travellers who are fully vaccinated. Initially, borders will be opened for US citizens then travelers from other countries will be welcomed. Read to know all detail;

Canada has all set to ease its COVID-19 border restrictions step-by-step. The Public Health Agency of Canada has shown concern toward the safety and health of everyone residing in the country and that is why plan to take a risky and measured approach towards border opening. Recently, the Government of Canada has announced the detail of the reopening of the country’s border and new changes that need to be followed by every traveller who is planning to visit Canada in the coming months. New changes permit fully vaccinated travellers to enter Canada for non-essential and discretionary travel.

Adjusted Key Border Measures

As a preliminary step, Canada will open its borders for US travellers (American citizens and permanent residents) from 9 August 2021. Entry will be allowed only for those travellers who have been fully vaccinated 14 days before coming to Canada. This initial step will help Canada to implement newly announced border measures successfully at the forefront of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans. Additionally, there are no exemptions for travellers without full vaccination. Exemptions stay in place for people meeting requirements laid out under the Quarantine Act. 

Are You Eligible To Travel Canada?

1. You have got the complete series of doses of vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.   

2. The vaccine should be approved or accepted by the Government of Canada.

3. You may have received the vaccine in any country;  

4. You should have to show the pieces of evidence supporting your vaccination. 

5. Documents to show should be in English, French, or with a certified translation and the original.


Accepted Vaccines
Canada has approved vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Above all, you have to submit all your information related to COVID 10 electronically through the ArriveCan app prior to take-off for Canada. You should be asymptomatic during arrival to Canada and also need to have paper or digital proof of vaccination documents in English or French, all along with the original documents as Government officials may ask to show the original documents for verification. You must have more queries! Ask Sia Immigration for assistance.
 

PGP Program 2021 Canada to Invite 30000 Applications

Canada plans to acknowledge up to 30,000 extra applications, giving more Canadians and permanent residents’ opportunity to carry their parents and grandparents to Canada. The PGP expression of interest window began in the week of 20 September 2021 and invitations will be sent in two weeks.   
Now it is easy to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada as you have an opportunity to sponsor them under the newly announced Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Programs 2021. IRCC will hold a draw from the week of 20 September 2021, to invite 30,000 Canadians to submit their sponsorship applications.

Canada’s PGP Program 2021
The PGP Program 2021 is unique as it gives opportunity to your parents and grandparents to enjoy all the benefits of Canadian permanent residence including having an option to work in Canada, get full protection under Canadian law, and attain health care with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Even they can also apply to be a Canadian citizen once they meet the eligibility criteria. The announced program has an intake capacity of 30,000 applications. Approved applicants will receive Canadian Permanent Residency and eventually they will be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship.

Eligibility Criteria 
To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Be a Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Canada or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • Have applied through IRCC’s website between 13 October 2020 (12:00 PM EDT) and 3 November 2020 (12:00 PM EST). 
  • Exceed the minimum income level (need to submit the proof of income to IRCC). 
  • Have to submit notices of assessment (for the minimum income requirement) issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).

Furthermore, you should be ready to support the sponsored person financially for 20 years. Also, you should have to repay for all social benefits availed by the sponsored person for a period of 20 years. If you are a Quebec resident, an additional “undertaking” must be signed.
 
How You Can Apply
The application process for the PGP is a bit different for 2021. Invitations are selected randomly via a draw from the pending list of potential sponsors who have submitted applications in 2020. If you are invited to apply to be a sponsor to your parents and grandparents, again you will have two options: 
1.    You must apply to become a sponsor.
2.    Your parents or grandparents must apply for permanent residence.

You need to submit both the sponsorship and the permanent residence applications together online at the same time. The status of your application will be cleared within 2 months with deadline detail on your invitation.  Your invitation will be generated online on the mail that you have provided to the department during the time of application submission. This year, applications will be accepted only via online mode.  This is another chance for those who are not drawn during the PGP window 2020 closed on 3 November. Still, you have doubts and questions regarding the PGP 2021, contact Sia Immigration, your first step and the last stop to Canadian immigration.

New Update: Proof of Funds 2021 Revised For Canada Express Entry

The updated proof of funds applied to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates. They have to submit their proof of funds by 15July, 2021.
 
Canada’s IRCC has updated the table of proof of funds under the Express Entry program for2021. The new funds are applied to the certain skilled working classes who wish to immigrate to Canada. The federal government says that the deadline to update Express Entry proof of funds is 15 July, 2021. Candidates need to update the funds before the said date in their Express Entry profile so, that they must have written proof of the updated amount in their profile. The federal government also confirmed that submission of this amount in profile doesn’t change the candidate’s profile rank or the time and date IRCC received it. The rank will remain maintained and will be helpful in any a tie-breaker situation.


Who needs to update proof of funds?
The changes apply to Express Entry candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) without valid jobs. It does not apply to those candidates who have a valid job offer and enough funds to survive and support their families in Canada.
 
How much funds are required?
The amount of money required depends on the size of the family or dependent children. See the table below to check out the amount that the above-mentioned categories need to immigrate to Canada.

Number of family members Minimum needed funds (in Canadian dollars)
1 $13,213
2 $16,449
3 $20,222
4 $24,553
5 $27,847
6 $31,407
7 $34,967
For each additional family member $3,560

According to the IRCC website, for submission of proof of funds, all financial detail need to be submitted in print form on the letterhead or official letter of a validated institution or with its address and contact detail. Additionally, you also need to provide the list of all bank accounts, available funds for each account, outstanding debts, investments, current balance, and the financial details for the past 6 months.  Husband and wife can submit joint account details provided they both have access to that account. 


Finally, if you still have any query about revised funds, you can ask Sia Immigration, a licensed consultant known for providing all kind of visa services and immigration related services successfully. Call NOW!!

Virtual Free Immigration Consultation Week

Sia Immigration bringing Virtual Free Consultation Week. We will serve clients in all regions of BC on different dates. Please refer to below schedule and book your slot today.

Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford etc and all other adjacent cities) residents
Mon 28 and Tuesday 29 June, 2021

For Thompson, Nicola and Okanagan (Kelowna, Kamloops, Merrit and adjacent areas) 
30 June, 2021

For rest of the BC including interior and Northern 
1st and 2nd July, 2021

This event is only four candidates who are inside Canada.

No Overseas appointment will be taken

Book an Appointment

 

Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program

The “Canadian Experience Class” can be defined as an immigration program that supports temporary foreign workers and students to apply for permanent residency in Canada on behalf of their work experience in the country. This program is the simplest and the fastest route to permanent Canadian residency as the process just requires a near 6 months or may be less. This program uses a “Comprehensive Ranking System” (CRS) to select the interested candidates and is managed under the “Express Entry System”. The applicants receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence based on the competitive CRS score.
There are few requirements for the candidate to fall under this category and to apply for the Canadian Experience Class program are as follows-

  • The candidate must have skilled work experience in Canada for at least one year in a full-time job (30 hours per week/ 1560 total hours in one year) or an equivalent amount of part-time job (15 hours per week/ 1560 hours in 2 years).
  • The experience should have been acquired within the last 3 years from the date of application.
  • The candidate must have worked in Canada with temporary resident status with authorization to work.
  • This program is not available for foreign people who do not have recent work experience in Canada. 
  • Your employment duties must fall under the NOC code skill level O, A, or B.
  • Your work experience in Canada should be genuine and legally obtained.
  • Certain medical conditions or criminal offenses may make the candidate ineligible to apply for it. 
  • A candidate’s work experience will not be counted if he/she was engaged in full-time studies in Canada.
  • Students can score good points in CRS rankings if they went to high school or post-secondary institutions and have a certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian institute.
  • Language- The candidate must reach a Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 on an approved English or French language test for NOC skill level O, or A jobs. And reach a CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
  • The candidate must be ready to live outside the province of Quebec. 

Conclusion

So, concluding it, we can say that the Canadian Experience Class is a program that allows a class of temporarily residing foreign people to live permanently in Canada based on their work experience, education, and contribution towards the country as temporary citizens. They can easily become a permanent citizen in very less time if meet the above-required eligibility criteria with the documents proof. 

Big Breaking News: 2 New Immigration Pathways Are Open for Hong Kong Youths

Canada has introduced 2 new pathways for Hong Kong residents to get permanent residence here. New immigration measures are taken to support Hong Kong residents who are recent graduates or already in the country on a working visa.
 
Obtaining permanent Canadian residency is easy for Hong Kong residents, particularly for those who are young fresh graduates from Canada or on a temporary work permit to gain employment experience. As another relief, Canadian immigration has announced immediate measures to help Hong Kong residents in immigrating to Canada. Newly announced pathways are open for those Hong Kong residents who are already in Canada with valid temporary residency. Marco Mendicino, Immigration Minister, Canada says, “Canada is offering two new paths to permanent residency for Hong Kong residents who work and/or are recent graduates already living in the country.” 
A Historic Decision
The announcement of these pathways is a historic decision as it will give an opportunity to Hong Konger fresh graduates and young talent to stay in Canada and of course in the future, they will contribute to strengthening Canada’s economy. After the change in the National Security Law in Hong Kong and violations of Human Rights, the Canadian Government has come up with several initiatives to offer support for Hong Kong Citizens. 
Who Can Apply?
All the Hong Kong youths (students, visitors, and workers) who have temporary residency in Canada can apply all the way through these two new pathways for permanent residency. The applicants need to meet to the some specific educational and language requirements when fulfilling their applications.


Eligibility Criteria:
Eligibility criteria to apply for the permanent residency under Stream A includes;

  • Applicants should have a post-secondary credential from the Canadian institute. 
  • Must have completed the half-study program in Canada.
  • Graduate or post-graduate credentials must be of 1 year. 
  • Eligibility criteria to apply for the permanent residency under Stream B includes;
  • Applicants must have 1 year of full-time work experience or 1,560 hours of part-time working within the last three years. 
  • They must have completed post-secondary credentials within the last five years.

1,842 Express Entry applicants issued ITA

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a surprise draw for applicants under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category on 20th May 2021. It was also a pleasing surprise because the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score came down to 397 only and 1,842 applicants were issued invitations to apply (ITA). This is the second-lowest score requirement of 2021 under this category.


The candidates who received the last invitation submitted their Express Entry profile before April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC as per the tie break rule (an administrative requirement by IRCC to publish the cut-off regardless of whether there was an actual tie).


Canada is committed to achieving their immigration target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers in 2021. Below is a graphical representation of the last 10 Express Entry draws held in 2021.

 

Please contact us now for more details or an Express Entry Assessment!

Express Entry Draw: 557 PNP Applicants issued ITA for PR

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) IRCC on 12th May 2021 issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency (PR) to 557 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Applicants.

The latest Express Entry draw closed at a score of 752 and 557 eligible applicants received an ITA. All these applicants mandatorily required a PNP nomination. The applicants who have a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-linked-PNP, get 600 additional points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This is why the score requirements for PNP approved applicants is so high, without the PNP nomination, the score would be just 152.

IRCC always publishes a cut-off time for the tie-break rule as part of an administrative requirement, whether or not there was an actual tie. In this draw, the cut-off time was 29th April 2021, 10:18:12 am UTC, only those applicants who submitted their profile before this time were considered for the draw. 
Tip: It has been observed that PNP applicants with Canadian work experience get an edge during the draw. One year Canadian work experience can get you 40 points on the CRS.

Express Entry – Canada 2021

Ever since 2021 has begun, Express Entry draws have only invited applications for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The reason being the travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 which do not allow approved permanent residents to come to Canada from abroad. IRCC is doing everything possible to achieve its target of 401,000 new-comers in 2021. Through Express Entry managed programs alone, IRCC has set a target of welcoming 108,500 new-comers and till date, 62.328 applicants have been issued ITA.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a graphical representation of the last 10 Express Entry draws held in 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Graduate stream Filled up for IRCC TR to PR but you still have a chance to apply in ot

Workers in Canada: Essential, non-health care, Number of applications that will be accepted: 30,000 and Workers in Canada: health care Number of applications that will be accepted: 20,000 (English Speakers). These streams are still accepting applications.
 
IRCC opened the new portal for TR to PR on May 6, 2021. Very surprisingly, the portal is not only easier to operate, but also running smooth. It did not crash, IRCC proved all the speculations false.
 International graduate stream has reached its limit of 40000 applications in near about 24 hours. However Essential workers non-health care and health care are filling slower and expected to last for coming weeks.
If you are working in one of those essential occupations in Canada you can still start your application and most likely you will be able to finish it in time even if you do not have language results and other required documents ready yet. But you must be able to get those in the coming week ASAP.

Health care worker : For temporary residents with work experience in one of the health-related occupations listed in Annex A.
Essential worker : For temporary residents with work experience in one of the other essential occupations listed in Annex B.

Be employed in Canada in any occupation at the time of application.
 

  • If you have already given an English test and Waiting for your Physical copy of the Test Report form: We can submit your application with your online result with the full explanation letter.
  • If you have not done with your Medical Examination yet: We can submit your application with your upcoming medical appointment confirmation with the full explanation letter.
  • If you have not done the RCMP police record check: We can submit your application with your upcoming appointment confirmation with the full explanation letter.
  • If you have not done police clearance certificate from your home country: We can submit your application with the full explanation letter.

Seat Status can be checked live on IRCC website Temporary residents – Find out if you can apply for permanent residence (canada.ca)
 
Eligibility
To be eligible, you must

  • be in Canada.
  • have valid status in Canada.
  • plan to live outside of Quebec.
  • meet or exceed the language requirements.
  • be currently employed.
  • have eligible work experience.
  • not be a refugee claimant in Canada.


1.  Language requirements -You must prove your ability in English or French. The minimum language requirements are Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4.
2.  To be eligible, you must be employed in Canada when you submit your application.
3.  Work experience = You need 1 year of work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years. Unlike your current employment, which can be in any job, your experience needs to be in one or more eligible occupations.
 
Seat Status all streams  can be checked live on IRCC website Temporary residents – Find out if you can apply for permanent residence (canada.ca)

Study Permit - Fall 2021 semester

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires the candidates to submit their complete study permit application for the fall 2021 semester before and on 15th May 2021. The final decision will be sent to the applicants by 6th August 2021, in time to attend the fall semester.  

Things to know:

•    Application Fees for Study Permit: $150
•    Processing Time: It generally varies from country to country (you are advised to check the application processing times). The applicant may be required to give biometrics with their application. This processing time does not include the time you need to give biometrics.

What exactly is a Study Permit?
The study permit is a document issued by IRCC that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada. Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. 
It is essential that the students aspiring to obtain a study visa have all the documents needed before they apply and the application has to be made before they travel to Canada. 

Word of caution: A study permit is not a visa. It does not facilitate your entry to Canada. The candidate may need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). It can be issued by IRCC along with your study permit (if approved).

Applicants from China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal or Vietnam might get their study permit faster by applying through Student Direct Stream.

Validity of Study Permit:
You can stay in Canada for the length of your study program, plus an additional 90 days. You can prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay during this extra period.

1. If you’re taking prerequisite courses
If your school asks you to take courses before they accept you into the main program (you have conditional acceptance), your study permit will be valid for the length of those courses, plus 1 year. When you get accepted into the main program, you must then apply to extend your stay as a student.

2. If your study permit expires before you complete your course, then what?
If you don’t finish your courses before the date on your permit, you must apply to extend your stay as a student. If you don’t, unfortunately, you’ll have to leave your course midway and leave Canada.
3. If you finish your studies before your study permit expires, then what?
If you finish your studies before your study permit expires, your permit will be valid for 90 days from the day of completion of your studies.

4. What is the proof for completion of studies?
Your school will notify you by giving you a completion letter, transcript, degree or diploma and the date printed will be considered the date of completion. This document has to be shared as a proof of completion.

Can you go back home while studying?
Yes, you can go back home while you are studying, you may need to show proof you’re enrolled in your school upon return. If you have a visitor visa or an eTA, it must still be valid when you return to Canada.

Canadian Study Visa to Permanent Residency

With 3 of the top 10 most livable cities in the world according to the Global Liveability Index 2019, Canada is also home to some of the world’s finest academic institutions and medical facilities. The Government of Canada recognizes international students and graduates as some of the most desirable future immigrants and thus introduces new ways to support international students in their efforts to gain permanent residence after graduation.

Right program, right school and right province
We understand the challenges that a student might face when they start looking at their education and migration prospects before making their first move. As students, we all dream of entering a world class academic institution and our initial hesitation keeps us from exploring it but you know what? It is easier than you think. You can take the right first step by taking a first free consultation from our team.

Sia Immigration has an expert panel that helps you understand the study visa application process. Right from finding the perfect course for you to helping you find the right institution; we add value to your experiential journey. Our experts help you choose the right program, right school and right province for your studies in Canada. 
Once you get in touch with us, we will search and look for the potential academic programs that you can pursue in Canada. Once you have determined an ideal academic program, next comes the application process. You are required to submit your application to the Canadian Designated Learning Institute (DLI) of your choice. Making sure that your application follows the required format and fulfills all the prerequisites is our responsibility.
Upon obtaining a letter of acceptance from the DLI, you must submit an application to the Government of Canada for a study permit (a document that you need to legally remain in Canada as a student).
We can even provide assistance in case you feel dissatisfied with the course you are enrolled in and wish to change it. With a Canadian study permit, if you are following the right procedure and obeying all the conditions of your study permit, you can change your school or program at any time. 

Post Graduate Work Permit
The post-graduation work permit (PGWP) allows students to stay in Canada and gain work experience after they have completed their graduation. However, students must graduate from a recognized Canadian institution i.e. from DLIs, to be eligible for a PGWP.
Wondering, what is PGWP?


PGWP is an open work permit, allowing its holder to work for any employer in any location in Canada, and to change employers freely for up to three years after their graduation. 

To obtain a post-graduation work permit, one must: 
•    Currently hold valid temporary status or have left Canada.
•    Have graduated from an eligible DLI.
•    Have completed an academic, vocational or professional training program at an eligible institution in Canada that is at least 8 months in duration leading to a degree, diploma or certificate.
•    Have maintained full-time student status in Canada during each academic session of the program(s) 
•    Have received a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI confirming that you have met the requirements to complete your program of study. 
The PGWP helps graduates transition to permanent resident status in Canada. This permit smoothens your way to adopting the Canadian way of living and eventually be part of the larger community. 
Connect with us for a hassle-free experience or to know more about how you can apply for permanent residency.
 

6000 Express Entry applicants invited with CRS score as low as 417

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the second largest draw in the Express Entry history on 16th April 2021, inviting 6000 applicants who had scores of at least 417 points on the comprehensive ranking system (CRS). The number of invites were increased by 1000 in comparison to the last Canadian Experience Class (CEC) only draw with the score requirement being 15 points less than the last time. It is a rare instance of an Express entry draw taking place on a weekend rather than on a weekday, which normally gives the applicants more time to work on their permanent residence (PR) application.
IRCC has evidently increased the draw sizes with the last three being the largest ever. This increase is to compensate for the pandemic induced decline in immigration in 2020. Canada is committed to achieving their immigration target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers in 2021. The previous record of 5,000 invitations was shattered in February when 27,332 candidates were invited to apply for PR.
The candidates who received the last invitation submitted their Express Entry profile before 1st March 2021 at 19:53:46 UTC, as per the tie break rule (an administrative requirement by IRCC to publish the cut-off regardless of whether there was an actual tie).

Please contact us now for more details or an Express Entry Assessment!

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #181 – April 1, 2021

Canadian Experience Class

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued: 5,000Footnote *

Rank required to be invited to apply: 5,000th or above

Date and time of round: April 1, 2021 at 11:04:53 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 432

Tie-breaking rule: February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.
Footnotes
Footnote *
Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class were eligible for this round of invitations.

Convert your visitor visa to a student/ study permit

We, at Sia, have an amazing opportunity for all those wanting to visit Canada or are currently in Canada on a visitor visa.


Convert your visitor visa to a student/ study permit. 

No age criteria.

No IELTS required.


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Visitors in Canada can apply for work permits - a blessing in disguise

A temporary policy shift will allow the visitors to now apply for a work permit. If you are a visitor in Canada right now, you can get your stay extended till 31st August 2021 without having to leave Canada. The visitors with a valid job offer can also apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of when they entered Canada.


This policy shift has come into effect from 1st April 2021 and the applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
•    have a valid visitor visa
•    have a job offer
•    submit an in-Canada application for an employer-specific work permit supported by Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than 31st August 2021
•    fulfill all other mandatory norms


An exemption has also been made for all those with a valid work permit in the last 12 months to start working for their new employer till their application is being processed. The applicants must adhere to the formalities required to be fulfilled to gain authorisation to work till the approval.
This policy shift was first announced in August 2020 and since then, more than 1,000 people with visitor visas have applied.

Since March 2020, starting with the first lockdown, the Government of Canada has not allowed visitors inside except for the ones exempted for reasons like reuniting with family.

If you are in Canada on a visitor visa and wish to know more about this program, contact us right away.

BC issues Invitations for Skilled Immigration & Express Entry

The British Columbia PNP has issued invitations to apply (ITA) to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories. 

Temporary suspensions have been lifted for 31 occupations that were previously excluded and ITAs are being sent to these candidates from February 16, 2021.
 
A separate draw has been conducted for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers (NOC 0621) and Restaurant and Food Service Managers (NOC 0631) as both occupations have a high number of registrants and the need across all sectors of the provincial labour market must be balanced.

All candidates must have previously met and should continue to meet all program requirements at the time of registration.
Immigration plays an important role to support quality economic growth throughout British Columbia, hence program requirements will be continuously monitored and adjusted.

For more information contact us now at +1-778-257-5508, +1-778-257-5709

Canada is relaxing the eligibility requirements for Post-Graduate Work Permit and reiterating its co

Canada is relaxing the eligibility requirements for Post-Graduate Work Permit and reiterating its commitment to International student graduates during the pandemic.

Students who finish their entire postsecondary course online will be eligible for the three-year open work permit after graduation, which was not possible before.

Those applying need to meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria, including the requirement to have an approved study permit. The new policy will prove to be ideal for the students who hope to work in Canada after graduation as they will not have to miss out on opportunities, and the economy and society on the other hand will continue to benefit from all that international students bring.

These measures apply to all International students whose study program was already in progress in March 2020 when Canada first went into lockdown as well as those who are currently enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program, whose study program begins in any semester between spring 2020 and fall 2021. This new measure has come just weeks after Canada announced the renewal of PGWPs for up to 18 months. It must be noted that generally, the Post Graduate Work Permits have a fixed duration and cannot be extended.

According to statistics, in 2019, $21 billion were contributed to the Canadian economy by more than 572,000 international students, supporting 170,000 jobs through tuition and spending. More than 58,000 graduates also became Canadian permanent residents that year.

The service disruptions and travel restrictions put in place because the pandemic make it difficult for international students to come to Canada. Currently, international students are allowed to travel to Canada if they are attending a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.



Does PGWP support permanent immigration?

The PGWP lets international graduates from Canadian DLIs to work for any employer anywhere in Canada for up to three years. Immigration pathways like Express Entry, Quebec Experience Program, and the Provincial Nominee Program, value Canadian work experience greatly and some programs even require it. Therefore, work experience from a PGWP can actually support a future application for permanent residence.

Largest ever Express Entry draw

For Canadian experience class required candidates to have a record breaking low CRS of 75!

Canada had invited 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residency in its latest Express Entry draw!

Not only is this the largest draw for candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), this invitation round requires candidates to have a Comprehensive Ranking System score of at least 75- which is the lowest ever!

If you have worked one year in Canada and meet minimum requirements, you can still create your Express Entry Profile despite your score.
We can hope that the next draw holds a surprise for you, based on the current trend.

Please contact us more for more details if you have worked one year in Canada despite of your score as long as you meet minimum requirements you can still create your Express entry profile for the next draw with a good hope to receive invitation based on the current cut off.

A pathway to strengthen the Canada-Hong Kong 150 years old ties

150 years ago, the first Hong Kong residents arrived in Canada and the ties have only grown stronger with time.



With the recent change in Hong Kong’s National Security Law and the cases of disrespect for human rights violations rising in Hong Kong, Canada is committed to the cause of persecuted nationals and enabling provisions to settle in Canada. Honourable Macro E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), the Government of Canada announced several initiatives in support of immigration from Hong Kong to Canada in the month of November 2020.



Continuing with the trend, Minister Mendicino announced that the residents of Hong Kong can apply for open work permits, with effect from 8th February 2021. These work permits will be valid for 3 years, enabling them to gain valuable employment experience and actively participate in the socio-economic life of Canada. Certain eligibility criteria to apply for the open work permit has to be fulfilled such as the applicant must have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, or hold a foreign equivalent. A post-secondary diploma must be of a minimum 2 years.



Who all can apply?

All the Hong Kong residents currently living temporarily in Canada, including visitors, students and workers, can apply online. All those applying from outside Canada may not be able to come to Canada owing to the travel restrictions unless they have a job offer or qualify for travel exemption subject to fulfilling public health requirements.

Yet another relief for Hong Kong residents to become permanent residents of Canada, the government will roll out two other pathways by the end of 2021. The first being for applicants with one year work experience in Canada, who meet the language and education criteria. The second being for applicants who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada. Stay tuned for more updates.



P.S. These measures apply to the Hong Kong residents who hold Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HGSAR) or British National (Overseas) passports.

Express Entry: Ray of hope for Canadian Experience Class candidates with lower scores

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its 2nd Express Entry draw on 21st January 2021 and invited 4,626 candidates for permanent residency. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score also came down to 454 (7 points lower than the previous draw of 2021), expanding scope for potential low score applicants. The express entry consistently attracts skilled workers from the world over.

As per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-23, IRCC is planning to invite 110,000 immigrants under the Express Entry draws per year. The same enthusiasm of welcoming skilled immigrants will continue for the next three years as this new workforce will help strengthen the Canadian economy.
 

Do you know about the Express Entry process?

The Express Entry process has two steps:

First- The eligibility check. All the applicants applying under the skilled worker category must be eligible for at least one program amongst the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All eligible candidates can submit their profile on IRCC’s website, based on which they will be awarded a CRS score.

Second- The draw system. IRCC usually conducts draws fortnightly and issues Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency based on the CRS cut-offs.

If the applicants are able to get a provincial nomination through Express Entry draws, they are given 600 additional CRS points which guarantees their ITA.

In 2021 till now, only program specific draws have been conducted, IRCC is yet to conduct an all-program draw.

The new year has also brought a shift towards Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and CEC specific draws and this also means that the IRCC would want to achieve its ITA targets by people already in Canada. It is very likely that FSTP and FSWP applicants would find their names in the Express Entry draws soon and just like last year, the trend of draws is likely to shift towards all program draws.

The tits-bits of BC PNP Tech Pilot program

Immigration systems in the jurisdiction of British Columbia have stretched the prevalent BC Tech Pilot till June 2021 to offer B.C. tech companies the constant capability to recruit and recall international flair. Tech and IT employees might settle in BC and obtain Canadian permanent residence swiftly through the BC Tech Pilot, which is a fragment of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This program was initially launched for the reason that demand for bent in BC’s tech sector is snowballing quicker than supply. By generating an exclusive path for accomplished tech and IT workers, BC can gratify the mandate for tech talent.

Going through the application Process

Candidates who are effectively designated through the BC PNP Tech Pilot program will be delivered a work permit sustenance letter, consenting them to apply for a provisional work permit. In addition, they will be asked to defer to an authorized application for Canadian permanent residence. The BC Tech Pilot is not an entry program. Applicants who are qualified and have itemized a profile for one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration programs, and who meet the necessities for the BC Tech Pilot might be able to apply to the Tech Pilot to obtain improved application dispensation and further assistance.

Prerequisites to get a job offer

The BC Tech Pilot has an exclusive job offer necessities. So as to meet the requirements for the Tech Pilot, the job offer must be for one of 29 nominated in-demand professions. The proposal does not need to be unlimited, but it must be for a period of as a minimum of one year. If the candidate is previously working for the employer in the position that is being obtainable to them, they must have no less than 120 days remaining in that position at the time they give in to their application.

Exploring the eligible Occupations

Intending to be qualified for the BC Tech Pilot, the applicant is ought to be itemized for the BC PNP tech pilot program occupation list. Candidates must as well be working in one of 29 tech professions recognized as in-demand by the BC PNP. The process cares companies to entice and recollect desirable talent by providing an accelerated immigration pathway for globally trained workers who have the special skills, knowledge, and experiences needed by BC employers, in addition to international scholars who have completed their education in BC or a different place in Canada and have the necessary skills obligatory for BC’s technology sector.

Coming to a Conclusion

If one has graduated in the field of technology from British Columbia and somewhere else in Canada, with the help of the BC PNP tech program one can give wings to their career.

 

New policy for former international students to extend their expired post graduate work permits

On January 8, 2021, IRCC has announced a new public policy under COVID-19 pandemic for former
international students having expired or about to expire post graduate work permit. Former students
can now extend their post graduate work permit for 18 months under this new policy.

You may be eligible to apply if you meet following conditions.

To apply for an open work permit under the new policy, the following criteria must be met:


you must have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020 or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application.

you need to be in Canada.


you need to have a valid temporary status, or you are applying to restore your status.


The application process will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

News did spread a wave of relief and happiness amongst former international students who were before
thinking that they have lost the fair chance of gaining Canadian work experience due to pandemic.
Government once again proved that Canada believes strongly in fairness and stands by all its residents
despite of their temporary or permanent status in country.

Please note that if your work permit has been expired for over 90 days you can still apply under this
program because you are eligible to restore your status in Canada until August 2021 under that another
public policy that was announced on January 1, 2021.

So, if you think that you are in this situation or know any of your friend or family member in same
situation. Please contact us today to start the process to lodge your application once applications open
on Jan 27,2021.

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Process to obtain Canadian citizenship likely to change in future

The short-comings brought to light by the self-evaluation done by the immigration department highlights areas where Canadian citizenship processes need improvisation. A report in this regard (an analysis of the period between 2013 to 2018) was released in November 2020 and mentions that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) has come out with some recommendations on how to address these short-comings. The report is an outcome of an accountability exercise under the supervision of the Treasury Board.

As is the case now, after living in Canada for at least three years, the permanent residents become eligible to apply for citizenship, subject to fulfilling other eligibility conditions. The permanent residents must pass a citizenship test/ interview and must prove their language competency skills in English or French.

Some insights are as follows:

  • Between 2005 and 2015, out of the 2.8 million permanent residents, 50% converted their status to citizens by 2018. Also, in 2016, 86% permanent residents converted their status to citizens. This also leads to the fact that most people migrating to Canada want to settle in Canada permanently. But these trends have not shown consistency, the recent trends depict that permanent residents are delaying to attain citizenship status.
  • As Canada is one of the most sought-after destinations for settling abroad, with increase in application fees, certain refugees and low-income families were discouraged to apply although the total application count was nearly the same as before.

The current application fee rates are $630 for adults and $100 for minors (children under 18 years of age). IRCC has commented that there is a need to re-examine the fee structure in order to bring equity in the application process.

 

  • The current knowledge and language requirements act as hindrances for those facing socio economic challenges in their country.

As per IRCC’s findings, the two requirements of knowledge and language are difficult, especially for the refugees and people with low language proficiency and education. These requirements can be waived-off on compassionate grounds, but the problem is that parameters are not well-defined for these cases. As a result, most waivers end up being issued on medical grounds.

As per the process, waivers have to be requested by applicants, but the process is cumbersome, due to which there were very few waivers requested during the evaluation period.
As per IRCC, the criterion for assessing the applicant’s language ability does not always reflect the applicant’s actual language ability. Due to the assessment’s broader range and given that ability in itself is subjective, it becomes difficult for immigration officers to assess language ability. To add to this further, the officers concerned are themselves not formal assessors.
Therefore, IRCC is inclined upon creating a system in place to equip officers to validate language evidence and provide better support to assess language ability.

IRCC found that the study guide and knowledge test already have a higher language level requirement than the actual test itself and there is a need for more tools and support for applicants. Therefore, there are plans to implement a new approach for the knowledge requirement. Possible revisions to consist study guide or other tools to improve the accessibility of the required information.

 

  • It was observed that Immigrants who turn into citizens, usually have strong feelings of connection to Canada, and their community. Many of the immigrants who desire to become Canadian, tend to participate in volunteer organizations. An individuals’ socio-economic situation generally

PGWP post graduate work permit Eligibility facts

Some interesting factors of the post graduate work permit today

What is a post graduate work permit?
It is an opportunity that international students get after finishing the program of study in Canada which allows them to have a work permit anywhere from the length of eight months to three years it is an open work permit which means they can work for any employer in Canada full-time.

This work experience that they gain on the postgraduate work permit can be used for various Immigration Programs in Canada to apply permanent residency including federal and provincial programs.

What are the eligibility requirements of post graduate work permit? 

First and most important fact is Student must study at an eligible DLI which is designated learning institute in Canada.

Student must maintain their full-time status during each  academic session of program or programs in Canada which is three courses or nine credits. 

Exceptions can be made in special cases like final academic session-  so if a student  register part time only in the final academic session which is less than 3 courses 9 credits,  they will still be considered eligible for post graduate work permit

Second exception is a leave from studies Now , this is a very interesting topic when it comes to leave even though a leave is  an exception it doesn’t mean that you can take leave anytime you want from your studies. Leave can adversely impact your post graduate work permit application . Real suggestion for all international students out there is try not to take any leave if possible during your studies unless you have finished one program of study and you’re switching to a new one and the new program is not starting until the next semester. Even in that case leave must not be more than 150 days.

Another example of leave that does not impact your eligibility of post graduate work permit is , if your Institute is on strike but you are available to study which means its out of your hands. 

Apart from these exceptions if you think that in any other way you became part time during your studies or your grades were lower consistently or you see other components in your official transcript that might impact your post graduate work permit eligibility like you dropped one or more semester for any reason , Then you should put a very good explanation with your application along with the supporting documents to prove to the officer that you had no choice except from becoming part time or drop the semester or whatever your situation was. Still it will be officers discretion if he or she would want to approve or refuse your application

Now let’s talk about the length of the post graduate work permit .

Length of a post graduate work permit depends on the length of your program for an example if you finish a program of eight months you might get a work permit of 8 months or one year. So, lets take a scenario that the actual length of the program is one year which is three semesters but you have finished it accelerated which is in eight months you still might get 1 years work permit. On the other hand if the official length of the program is 8 month and you have also finished it in eight months you might get only eight months work permit. Again every individual case can be different but this is just an example to explain this.

Some institutes allow you to accelerate your studies for an example sometimes the official length of the program is two years and student finishes it in 1 1/2 years still they will get a completion letter of two years in those cases student may get three years work permit even if they have studied one and a half year.

Another points that I would like to highlight is if you are studying two different programs in Canada try to finish those two programs in two years and both programs must be Pgwp eligible. And you must meet all of the requirements of bg WP eligibility during the entire term of both programs. For example if you were part time in just one of the semesters in the middle of your first or second program that can make you ineligible for pgwp.

Travellers arriving and exiting Canada to use the ArriveCAN app starting from November 21, 2020

As part of the efforts by the Canadian government to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the government has launched a new free app known as ArriveCAN. The app was introduced earlier this year April, 2020 and set to become operational by November 21, 2020.

A statement released by the official media handle of the federal government stated that that the app would be helpful to travellers by making them abide by the set border guidelines and measures put in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The app is available for download as a mobile app on the App store for iOS users and on Google Play store for Android users. The app is also accessible via the online sign in portal.

From November 21, 2020, all travellers that are moving into Canada must ensure that all their necessary and vital information are submitted via the ArriveCAN app before boarding the flight. The information required includes – contact information of the traveller, COVID-19 self assessment report as well as quarantine plans while observing the compulsory 14 days quarantine period in Canada.

The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) will demand the ArriveCAN receipt from all travellers before allowing them entry into Canada. Any traveller that fails to comply with the requirements of the ArriveCAN app might be subjected to certain enforcement actions which may include a fine of $1000 or a verbal warning. However, certain classes of travellers might be exempted from the enforcement actions. This will include all those with disabilities or persons that do not have the adequate infrastructure to submit their documents via the ArriveCAN app.

All travellers are strongly advised and encouraged to make use of the ArriveCAN app as well as show the Border officers the receipt generated from the ArriveCAN app to avoid any delay or possibly missing a flight due to non compliance.

The federal government went further to state that all travellers that just arrived Canada by air, sea or land must also submit their information via the ArriveCAN app or call the toll – free number 1-833-641-0343 on a daily basis to submit the necessary information during the period of their quarantine. For those that have a mandatory order of exemption, they do not need to submit their information via the app.

Travellers arriving Canada must ensure that they have arrived their place of quarantine within 48 hours and they must carry out a daily COVID-19 symptom self – assessment during the duration of their quarantine.

Travellers that fail to submit their information will be highly prioritized for follow-ups by the Canadian authorities until they submit the necessary documents.

The government stated that the aim of the introduction of this app is to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is curbed and there is less physical contact between travellers and Border Control officers and also to reduce time wasting and delays at the border.

The federal government further stated that the privacy of the travellers are fully recognized and this is the reason why the ArriveCAN app does not contain any GPS tracking feature.

International students arriving Canada must abide by the new regulatory health and safety guide

The Canadian government has just announced a new travel restriction exemption for international students that are just arriving Canada amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a notice titled “COVID-19:  guide for international students in Canada arriving from abroad.” Which was released on the official government website, the federal government clearly outlined the various roles to be played by the government of Canada, territories and provinces as well as Designated Learning Institution (DLIs) in ensuring that international students are properly supported.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also contributed to the notice by rendering the necessary health and safety advice for the return of the international students.

One of the key highlights of the notice will be that all international students as well as their family members who show both mild and serious symptoms of coronavirus will not be allowed to board any flight coming to Canada. If the symptoms however show up upon entry into Canada, the student will have to be properly examined by a medical expert and may not be allowed to enter Canada yet or the student will be transported to a hospital for proper medical check-up.

Canada has a regularly updated and approved list of schools that have exhibited a high level of readiness for coronavirus. International students will only be allowed to start up their studies in any of these schools.

International students would need to be granted travel authorization which is different from a study permit or study permit approval. The students would be communicated once there is a cancellation in the travel authorization as a result of any change in circumstances at the school or territory or province.

International students may be turned back by the Border Services Officer if they fail to show that they are entering Canada for the purposes of studying in any of the approved DLIs in Canada.

An immediate family member of the student may be allowed to accompany the student into Canada provided that such a person is the husband or wife of the student, child or parents/guardian where the student is a minor. The family member must be able to show the student that they are not coming into Canada for leisure purposes rather they are moving in to help the student get established in Canada.

The Canadian government has also made quarantine plans for both international students as well as their family members arriving Canada. This is a compulsory 14 days quarantine that requires the students as well as their family members to wear a face mask during their travel and also to the place of quarantine.

Students are advised to make a plan for the quarantine period which would also be inspected by the Border officers. The students must ensure that they stay in an individual apartment during the quarantine period. They should also avoid contact with every other person especially those that are at higher risk of being adversely affected by the coronavirus such as the elderly, those with underlining health challenges and others who have a compromised immune system. The students should also make plans for home food delivery services during the quarantine period.

Where the student is living in a family house with other members of the household or living with housemates, the student should always self – isolate in a separate room or space. The student should regularly disinfect the area at all times during this period.

The Canadian government has placed a fine of $750,000 CAD as well as six months jail time for failure to abide by the quarantine regulation. Where any person causes the death of another due to the failure to abide by the quarantine regulations, the person would liable to a fine of $1 million as well as a three years jail term.

Canada to create more permanent resident pathways for the Home Support Worker Pilot Program

The Home Support Worker Pilot Program is an initiative to cater for the disabled citizens of Canada that needs support at home. The Canadian government has just announced its readiness to accept more applications for this program.

According to the official homepage of the Canadian government, the expected limit for the number of pilot applications has not been reached. As soon as the cap is reached, the application portal for the pilot program on the homepage will be closed for 2020.

On the other hand, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program which was launched by the Canadian government in Tandem has reached its application limit after accepting about 2,750 applications. The application portal will be open for accepting more applications on January 1, 2021.

These two pilot programs have a duration of five years and it gives both qualified caregivers and members of their families the opportunity to move into Canada for the purposes of work and study and then apply for permanent residency.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made it known that all persons that submitted applications to any of the two pilot programs do not need to make contact with the immigration department. The IRCC stated that all applicants will be notified once the processing of their applications start as well as the outcome of their application. The IRCC stated that there might be some unexpected and unusual delay in the application process due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application process might differ individually and this is because of the fact that the qualifying work experience might come into play as well as other factors. The work experience will be determined by a 24 months committed full time work experience either as a home support worker or a child care giver.

The first step towards the application process is for the applicants to provide a very credible evidence that they have at least 24 months full time working experience in the relevant field in line with the pilot program. However, in certain circumstances, the applicants might not need to meet the 24 months full time working experience provided that they meet other eligible requirements.

Applicants for the permanent residency must also apply for work permit and once the applicants meets the eligibility requirement, they will be issued with a temporary work permit. This is an open – work permit that allows caregivers to work for any employer provided that such an employer has not been blacklisted by the Canadian government.

Once all the required eligibility criteria are met including the 24 months work experience, the Canadian government would then make a final decision on their application and the outcome of the decision will be communicated to the applicants.

Changes to Canada Express entry for easy PR for Students/ workers

76 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence in a BC PNP tech draw

On November 17, 2020, the British Columbia invited about 76 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The invitations were sent out by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) via the Skills Immigration streams and Express Entry BC (EEBC).

The BC PNP Tech Pilot program was used as the platform for inviting candidate that fall under the following categories – Entry level workers, semi skilled workers, skilled workers and international graduates.

For the invited candidates to be eligible for the nomination, they must have a valid job offer in any of the 29 tech occupations. The occupations that are eligible and approved for the BC PNP Tech Pilot include but not limited to the following – Audio and video recording technicians, translators, developers, web designers, civil engineers as well as computer and information systems managers.

The candidates from all categories must attain the pass score of 80 to be considered for the nomination. Applicants will be evaluated and given a pass score based on several factors including – English proficiency, location of employment, work experience and level of education.

For a candidate to be able to apply for the Skills Immigration or EEBC streams, such a person must create a profile on the BC PNP online portal and thereafter register under the website’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

On approval of the provincial nomination, the candidate can proceed to apply to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence under the BC PNP Pilot. An additional 600 points would be awarded to candidates under the EEBC stream to use towards their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These candidates are also assured of an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in any other future Express Entry draw organized by the federal government.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot program operates through existing BC immigration streams and it is designed for international students and IT workers.

Unlike other BC PNP streams that require an offer of permanent employment, the BC PNP Tech Pilot program only requires one year employment duration by the employer. Employments that are above one year would also be considered provided that it is on a full time basis and the offer of employment is from an eligible employer in the province.

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