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Express Entry : Canada invited 681 PNP candidates on October 13, 2021 draw

A total of 681 candidates who had already received an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination were invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency in the Express Entry draw which took place on October 13, 2021. The cut-off CRS score in this draw was 720. In the previous PNP only draw, minimum cut off was 742 points and 761 candidates were invited by IRCC.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application process for skilled workers in Overseas or Canada who want to settle in Canada permanently. This is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. Interested Candidates are required to submit an online application to express their interest by creating Express Entry (EE) profile and, providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and some other details. After submitting the profile, candidates get a score to determine their place in the pool using the point-based system called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS system considers skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other factors (e.g. having a sibling in Canada, Canadian education or a valid job offer in Canada, etc.) to award points. Highest ranking candidates from Express Entry pool are regularly invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. Express Entry manages applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Express Entry streams of the Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Class (PNC) allows provincial and territorial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province or territory. Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have provincial nominee programs which:

  • Establish its own standards and processes by which it chooses its nominees,
  • Try to nominate those candidates who would be most likely to settle effectively into the economic and social life of the region.

PNP has two (2) steps

  1. First apply to the province or territory where you want to live and be nominated.
  2. After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to IRCC for permanent residence. An IRCC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration rules.

All Canadian Provinces have their unique immigration programs that can either support a Federal Immigration application via ‘Express Entry’ or through a stand-alone PNP application. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gives provinces and territories an active role in immigrant selection as it authorizes them to nominate for permanent residence individuals who will meet specific local labour market needs.

Need help staying in Canada!

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to challenging times in Canada and around the world. Many people are under distress and anxiety. We understand! We may help you figure it out, so you can have peace of mind. You could be an international student, worker, or visitor looking to extend your stay in Canada. You may be seeking a pathway to permanent immigration. Or you may be looking to reunite with a loved one. Or you may want to be a Canadian Citizen. Whatever the reason, contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and help as much as we can during these difficult times.

Express Entry : Canada invited 761 PNP candidates on September 29, 2021 draw

A total of 761 candidates who had already received an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination were invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency in the Express Entry draw which took place on September 29, 2021. The cut-off CRS score in this draw was 742. In the previous PNP only draw, minimum cut off was 732 points and 521 candidates were invited by IRCC.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application process for skilled workers in Overseas or Canada who want to settle in Canada permanently. This is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. Interested Candidates are required to submit an online application to express their interest by creating Express Entry (EE) profile and, providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and some other details. After submitting the profile, candidates get a score to determine their place in the pool using the point-based system called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS system considers skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other factors (e.g. having a sibling in Canada, Canadian education or a valid job offer in Canada, etc.) to award points. Highest ranking candidates from Express Entry pool are regularly invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. Express Entry manages applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Express Entry streams of the Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Class (PNC) allows provincial and territorial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province or territory. Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have provincial nominee programs which:

  • Establish its own standards and processes by which it chooses its nominees,
  • Try to nominate those candidates who would be most likely to settle effectively into the economic and social life of the region.

PNP has two (2) steps

  1. First apply to the province or territory where you want to live and be nominated.
  2. After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to IRCC for permanent residence. An IRCC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration rules.

All Canadian Provinces have their unique immigration programs that can either support a Federal Immigration application via ‘Express Entry’ or through a stand-alone PNP application. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gives provinces and territories an active role in immigrant selection as it authorizes them to nominate for permanent residence individuals who will meet specific local labour market needs.

Need help staying in Canada!

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to challenging times in Canada and around the world. Many people are under distress and anxiety. We understand! We may help you figure it out, so you can have peace of mind. You could be an international student, worker, or visitor looking to extend your stay in Canada. You may be seeking a pathway to permanent immigration. Or you may be looking to reunite with a loved one. Or you may want to be a Canadian Citizen. Whatever the reason, contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and help as much as we can during these difficult times.

How to sponsor your parents or grandparents through Super Visa

If you want to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada, you can apply for a Super Visa Application. Super Visa allows the parents and grandparents of Canadians and permanent residents to stay in Canada for up to 2 years without the need to renew their status. It also provides multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years.

Eligibility Requirements for Super Visa

  • Parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Applicant (parent or grandparent) require a financial assistance letter from their child or grandchild in Canada that fulfills the minimum gross income as per LICO.
  • The applicants must have a signed Invitation Letter from the child or grandchild who invites them to Canada that including the list and number of people in the household of the sponsor.
  • The applicant must have proof of a Canadian medical insurance covering a minimum of $100,000 for at least one year and meeting minimum requirements, including coverage for health care, hospitalization, and repatriation.
  • Applicants must be eligible for a temporary resident visa and should not be ineligible on criminal and/or medical grounds.
  • Document confirming that the applicant had an immigration medical exam

The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds while applying for Super Visa

  • The most recent tax year’s Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1
  • Letter of employment that includes salary terms and hiring date
  • Bank statements
  • Pay stubs

In addition, immigration officers will also consider whether the applicant (parent or grandparent) will actually leave the country at the end of the authorized stay. It is important to take note that no dependents can be included in the application for super visa.

Benefits of super visa for applicants from TRV and TRV-exempt countries

The super visa is also ideal for parents and grandparents living in countries that require a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) for entry into Canada. With the Super Visa, people can travel without having the need for routinely re-applying for a TRV between Canada and their country of residency.

Super Visa is also beneficial to applicants from TRV-exempt nations. The same application process can be used. Instead, issuing a visa, they will be handed a formal letter from IRCC authorizing travels to Canada for a period of up to two years.

What is the difference between a parent and grandparent super visa and a multiple entry visa?

The super visa is a multi-entry visa that allows multiple entries for up to 10 years. The main distinction is that a Super Visa permits an individual to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time, whereas a 10-year multiple entry visas only provides for a six-month status period for each entry.

If you are considering applying for Canadian Super Visa, you can get help from professional immigration consultant at Can X immigration.  Contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and assist you in your immigration journey.

Welcoming Parents and Grandparents to Canada through PGP 2021

Canada has announced the Parents and Grandparents program through which Canadians and Permanent Residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) expects to draw 30,000 people from the lottery over the course of two weeks. The IRCC Web site only takes into consideration individuals who filed an interest for sponsorship form between midsummer EDT on 13 October 2020 and midday EDT on 3 November 2020.

An IRCC directive stated, to avoid utilizing outdated forms or following previous instructions, IRCC advises candidates to wait until they get an ITA before filling out an application. Those who apply but do not receive an ITA will not be repaid their application fees.

Application process for parents and grandparents program

Upon receiving the ITA, – the applicant needs to complete two applications that include-

  • Application for Request of sponsorship
  • Parents’ and grandparents’ application for permanent residency

These two requests can be submitted simultaneously online. The applicant needs to pay an application fee, biometric fee and other fees. The application fees can be paid online that include the following payments such as-

  • Sponsor processing fees, which means fees for the sponsored people and their employees
  • Entitlement to permanent residence fee

The applicant shall also pay the biometric fee charged on filing the application. However, after the application is filed, biometrics is collected. The applicant may also need to pay fees to third parties for carrying out Medical examination and issuing of Police Certificate.

The family members may be asked to provide their biometrics through a letter after paying the biometric fees. The family members are given 30 days to provide biometrics at the nearest collection point. In addition, pursuant to COVID-19, IRCC has put in place particular arrangements or measures for biometrics collecting.

IRCC provides a period of 60 days to receive completed sponsorship applications from invited sponsors. Sponsored parents and grandparents will become permanent residents of Canada and as such would be eligible for all benefits, including free health care.

There exists a high demand among Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their loved ones and receiving a PGP invitation is tough. Previously, IRCC has received about 100,000 website visits displaying interest for submitting sponsor forms within minutes of the policy being launched.

If I receive a PGP 2021 invitation, what should I do?

It is critical that you meet the eligibility requirements for the PGP 2021. The following conditions must be fulfilled to meet the PGP eligibility criterion:

  • You must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a member of a status First Nations.
  • You must also show that you have the Minimum Necessary Income to IRCC (MNI). Your notifications of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018 must be submitted.

In case you fit the criteria and want to move further, you will have 60 days to submit your complete sponsorship application to IRCC, with the necessary payment. PGP is emerging as an opportunity to reunite families as part of family reunification program assisting applicants on humanitarian grounds.

Individuals who live in Quebec and who want to sponsor a parent or grandparent need to have their income assessed by the Quebec Immigration Ministry, which is based on the province’s income standards.

How Can X Immigration can assist you?

If you have been invited to sponsor, please contact us it would be our privilege to paly a part in reuniting families.

To help you with your PGP 2021 application, we will –  

  • Our experienced RCIC consultants will provide free consultation and help you understand the PGP program
  • We will answer all queries from you (sponsor) and the applicant (parents and grandparents)
  • Verify that you meet the PGP 2021 eligibility requirements
  • Gather all required paperwork, supporting documents and fill out necessary application forms
  • Submit your application to IRCC within the 60-day period
  • Keep you informed about the status of your application
  • Communicate with Canadian government on your behalf

Canada: An Educational Hotspot for students

In our life, the drive to experience new things makes us step out of our comfort zones. One such experience is to study in a foreign country. Studying abroad has become increasingly popular among students around the world, and the reasons range from better education, job opportunities or experiencing a different culture.

Few countries like the USA, Australia and the UK are popular amongst students, but it should come as no surprise that Canada is becoming increasingly popular especially amongst the students from Asia.

According to a research conducted by Financial services provider Remitly using Google search data, Canada is the most desirable place to live on Earth. People from 29 countries wish to immigrate to the true North, due to friendly locals, beautiful scenery, safety, low unemployment, and high immigration options. Despite travel restrictions causing severe disruption in international mobility, hopeful immigrants do not seem to be reconsidering their immigration plans and timelines.

The influx of students into Canada has tripled in the last 10 years and currently there are 642,000 individuals on study permits in Canada ranking it 3rd in the world, after the USA and Australia in terms of foreign student population.

The students who choose Canada receive world-class education, tremendous growth and career opportunities and a shot to settle in a developed country, but what does Canada receive in return? Students pay hefty fees to come and study in Canada directly benefiting the colleges/ universities. These international students contribute approximately $22 billion into the Canadian economy by paying taxes, fees and fill about 170,000 part-time and full-time positions.

Source: IRCC, Government of Canada

Students from around the globe choose Canada as their preferred destination but Canada is particularly popular amongst the students from India and China, and the principal cause is the large middle-class population in these countries. Studies show that 2 out of 5 students coming to Canada are Indians. In 2019 an all-time high of around 175,000 study permit applications were received form India, while in the first half of 2021 around 90,000 applications have already been received and it is expected to rise as the world adapts to the new normal after COVID-19.

Closed biometric and VFS centers made it difficult for international students to begin or continue their study abroad journeys in 2020 and early 2021. However, as travel restrictions eased and government offices reopened in mid-2021, study permit processing times continued to improve. We expect the prolonged processing delays to become less common, barring any significant difficulties due to COVID-19 variant outbreaks.

Tips to follow for Shorter Processing Times

  • Take assistance from licensed RCIC consultants to ensure letters of acceptance and other documents can be collected quickly.
  • Make sure that all necessary documents are included with the study permit application at time of submission.
  • Look for current study permit processing times and gain a better understanding of processing delays.
  • Check your email for any communication from the IRCC about missing or additionally required documents.

Canada needs international students as their impact on the Canadian economy is profound; they support the economy and meet the necessary labor market needs in terms of workforce availability. With latest policies like TR to PR pathway, it is clear that Immigrant-focused financial recovery plan is at the forefront of Canada’s post-pandemic goals.

At Can X we assist our clients throughout their immigration journey starting from obtaining a study permit to settling in Canada. If you want professional help from licensed RCIC consultant, contact us.

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