Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 183 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates looking to immigrate to the province on June 27.

The invitations issued to candidates in this draw were under the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams.

Under the Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate, a successful nomination awards a candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

Any candidate invited under the Skills Immigration categories will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system after they receive a nomination from the Government of British Columbia.

Individuals interested in immigrating to British Columbia can begin the process by creating an online profile with the BC PNP and submitting a complete registration form. Applicants profiles are then assessed and are assigned a score based on education, work experience and other factors.

Most candidates applying to the categories managed under the BC PNP require an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province.

The BC PNP, however, recently announced that an exception to this requirement applies to candidates who have a job offer in one of the 29 occupations in the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot program. For candidates applying under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, the job offer must be at least one year in duration (365 days) and must have 120 calendar days remaining at the time of application.

The Government of British Columbia

The Government of British Columbia issued 177 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs looking to immigrate to the province in a draw that took place on June 13.

Invitations were issued to candidates through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Skills Immigration, Express Entry and Entrepreneur streams.

For candidates invited under the Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate, a successful nomination results in 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a later federal Express Entry draw.

Candidates invited through the Skills Immigration categories will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system after they receive a nomination from BC.

Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada through the BC PNP must begin the process by creating an online profile with the BC PNP and submitting a complete registration form. Applicants profiles are then assessed and are assigned a score based on education, work experience and other factors.

An indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province is required in order to become eligible for most BC PNP immigration categories.

Visa Application Centres and Service Points

The Government of Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres and service points in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to support the expansion of its biometrics program.

The new Visa Application Centres (VACs) and service points will assist in the collection of biometrics including fingerprints and a photograph for facial recognition, which all foreign nationals from Europe, the Middle East and Africa applying to visit, work, study or settle in Canada will have to provide starting July 31.

Foreign nationals from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will also need to provide their biometrics when applying for a visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence beginning December 31, 2018.

New VACs will open in:

  • Kigali, Rwanda; Stockholm, Sweden; and Tel Aviv, Israel by mid-September 2018
  • Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; Lyon, France; and Vienna, Austria in early November 2018 and
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar and Cape Town, South Africa in early December 2018

The federal government says more VACs will open in 2019.

Meanwhile, transitional biometrics collection service points have now opened to applicants at some Canadian embassies in Europe.

The following biometrics service points will be dedicated to biometrics collection and no applications will be accepted at these service points.

  • From July 31 to mid-September 2018: In Stockholm, at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, for applicants from Sweden and neighbouring countries.
  • From July 31 to early November 2018: Canadian embassies in Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; and Vienna, Austria for applicants from Greece, Germany, Austria and neighbouring countries.
  • From July 31 to early November 2018: In a leased commercial space in Lyon, France for applicants from France and neighbouring countries.

Before visiting a biometrics service point, applicants must first receive a Biometrics Instruction Letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The following applicants are exempt from the Biometrics requirement:

  • Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents;
  • children under the age of 14;
  • applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants);
  • visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid electronic travel authorization;
  • heads of state and heads of government;
  • cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business;
  • U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada;
  • refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit;
  • temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress.

The federal government uses biometrics to prevent:

  • identity fraud and theft;
  • known criminals from entering Canada;
  • deportees from re-entering Canada without permission; and
  • failed refugee claimants from re-entering Canada using false identity documents.

Is it secure?

The Government of Canada says biometrics information is handled with the highest level of security and privacy. It is also stated that all information collected at a service point is deleted once it has been sent to the Canadian Immigration Biometrics Identification System, where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stores fingerprints in the National Repository.

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Canada to open new Visa Application Centres

The Government of Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres and service points in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to support the expansion of its biometrics program.

The new Visa Application Centres (VACs) and service points will assist in the collection of biometrics including fingerprints and a photograph for facial recognition, which all foreign nationals from Europe, the Middle East and Africa applying to visit, work, study or settle in Canada will have to provide starting July 31.

Foreign nationals from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will also need to provide their biometrics when applying for a visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence beginning December 31, 2018.

New VACs will open in:

  • Kigali, Rwanda; Stockholm, Sweden; and Tel Aviv, Israel by mid-September 2018
  • Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; Lyon, France; and Vienna, Austria in early November 2018 and
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar and Cape Town, South Africa in early December 2018

The federal government says more VACs will open in 2019.

Meanwhile, transitional biometrics collection service points have now opened to applicants at some Canadian embassies in Europe.

The following biometrics service points will be dedicated to biometrics collection and no applications will be accepted at these service points.

  • From July 31 to mid-September 2018: In Stockholm, at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, for applicants from Sweden and neighbouring countries.
  • From July 31 to early November 2018: Canadian embassies in Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; and Vienna, Austria for applicants from Greece, Germany, Austria and neighbouring countries.
  • From July 31 to early November 2018: In a leased commercial space in Lyon, France for applicants from France and neighbouring countries.

Before visiting a biometrics service point, applicants must first receive a Biometrics Instruction Letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The following applicants are exempt from the Biometrics requirement:

  • Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents;
  • children under the age of 14;
  • applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants);
  • visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid electronic travel authorization;
  • heads of state and heads of government;
  • cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business;
  • U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada;
  • refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit;
  • temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress.

The federal government uses biometrics to prevent:

  • identity fraud and theft;
  • known criminals from entering Canada;
  • deportees from re-entering Canada without permission; and
  • failed refugee claimants from re-entering Canada using false identity documents.

Is it secure?

The Government of Canada says biometrics information is handled with the highest level of security and privacy. It is also stated that all information collected at a service point is deleted once it has been sent to the Canadian Immigration Biometrics Identification System, where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stores fingerprints in the National Repository.

British Columbia invites candidates under Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 183 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates looking to immigrate to the province on June 27.

The invitations issued to candidates in this draw were under the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams.

Under the Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate, a successful nomination awards a candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

Any candidate invited under the Skills Immigration categories will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system after they receive a nomination from the Government of British Columbia.

Individuals interested in immigrating to British Columbia can begin the process by creating an online profile with the BC PNP and submitting a complete registration form. Applicants profiles are then assessed and are assigned a score based on education, work experience and other factors.

Most candidates applying to the categories managed under the BC PNP require an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province.

The BC PNP, however, recently announced that an exception to this requirement applies to candidates who have a job offer in one of the 29 occupations in the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot program. For candidates applying under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, the job offer must be at least one year in duration (365 days) and must have 120 calendar days remaining at the time of application.

Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category reaches intake cap within hours

Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker’s Express Entry sub-category reopened for 400 new applications on June 13. The intake period was filled within hours and closed on the same day.

The Government of Saskatchewan made this announcement following a recent reopening of its International Skilled Worker In Demand subcategory of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

The Express Entry sub-category is for skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan and who are already in the federal Express Entry pool. Saskatchewan’s In-demand Occupations list consists of 36 occupations, 12 of which do not require professional licensure.

A successful nomination under the International Skilled Worker — Express Entry sub-category will result in candidates obtaining 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System and most likely receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence at the next federal draw from the Express Entry pool.

This is the second time the sub-category has opened in 2018. The first time this sub-category reopened this year was on January 10 for 400 applications.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SINP’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry pool and have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
    • The Number and Code must be included in the SINP application.
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in their Express Entry profile;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate;
  • Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list below);
    • At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); OR
    • At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years; OR
    • At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Hold a certificate of qualification (also known as a letter of invitation) in their skilled trade from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission if their work experience is in a skilled trade;
  • Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.

Canadian Immigration News

The Government of British Columbia issued 177 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs looking to immigrate to the province in a draw that took place on June 13.

Invitations were issued to candidates through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Skills Immigration, Express Entry and Entrepreneur streams.

For candidates invited under the Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate, a successful nomination results in 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a later federal Express Entry draw.

Candidates invited through the Skills Immigration categories will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system after they receive a nomination from BC.

Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada through the BC PNP must begin the process by creating an online profile with the BC PNP and submitting a complete registration form. Applicants profiles are then assessed and are assigned a score based on education, work experience and other factors.

An indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province is required in order to become eligible for most BC PNP immigration categories.