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Canada’s new category-based Express Entry draws: A focus on transport occupations
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September 21, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

On May 31, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to Express Entry through category-based selection. These changes will help address labor shortages and support economic goals by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language ability to apply for permanent residence.


The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the first round of invitations for transport occupations through category-based selection in Express Entry will occur this week. This focus on candidates with experience in the transport sector—including commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers—will help the sector attract the skilled talent it needs across the country.


What is category-based selection?

Category-based selection is a new feature of Express Entry that allows IRCC to invite candidates from specific occupations or language groups. This helps IRCC to target its recruitment efforts and address specific labor market needs.

What does this mean for skilled workers in the transport sector?

Category-based selection is good news for skilled workers in the transport sector who are interested in immigrating to Canada. This new feature of Express Entry makes it easier for them to be invited to apply for permanent residence.

If you are a skilled worker in the transport sector and you are interested in immigrating to Canada, I encourage you to create an Express Entry profile and regularly check the IRCC website for information about category-based selection draws.

Express Entry Draw Targets Transport Occupations

On September 20, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first Express Entry draw in over a month. The draw targeted candidates with work experience in transport occupations. IRCC invited 1,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 435.

This draw is part of IRCC’s efforts to address the labor shortage in the transportation sector. Transport occupations include truck drivers, pilots, aviation mechanical engineers, and seafarers. These occupations are essential to the Canadian economy, and IRCC is looking to attract new talent to these fields.

Express Entry: Canada’s Fast Track to Permanent Residence

The Express Entry system is a points-based system that IRCC uses to manage applications for permanent residence. Candidates are awarded points based on their age, education, work experience, language skills, and other factors. The candidates with the highest scores are most likely to be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry has a number of benefits for both Canada and immigrants. For Canada, Express Entry helps to attract skilled immigrants who can contribute to the economy. For immigrants, Express Entry is a relatively quick and easy way to immigrate to Canada.

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through Express Entry, you can create a profile on the IRCC website. You will need to provide information about your work experience, education, language skills, and other factors. Once your profile is complete, you will be entered into the Express Entry pool. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will have 60 days to submit your application.

Here are some tips for increasing your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry:

  • Improve your CRS score by getting more education, work experience, or language skills.
  • Get a provincial nomination. A provincial nomination is a letter from a Canadian province or territory that indicates that the province or territory is interested in nominating you for permanent residence. Candidates with provincial nominations have a higher priority in the Express Entry pool.
  • Create a strong Express Entry profile. Make sure to include all relevant information and to proofread your profile carefully.

If you have any questions about Express Entry, you can visit the IRCC website and get in touch with SPS Canada for any Information in this matter.

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Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) vs. Temporary Resident Permit (TRP): Know the Differences
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September 15, 2023

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Shreya Udani

The two most confusing types of temporary entry into the country are the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). These two visas serve different purposes and have their own sets of requirements, validity periods, and application procedures. In this article, we will explore the key differences between TRPs and TRVs to make sure you are choosing the right one. 

Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) 

The Temporary Resident Permit, or TRP, is a travel document designed to allow individuals who are otherwise inadmissible to Canada to visit the country temporarily. Here are some key details about TRPs: 

  • Eligibility: TRPs are available to anyone who is deemed inadmissible to Canada for various reasons. 
  • Ineligibility: You cannot apply for a TRP if your refugee claim is currently being processed, your refugee claim was denied in the last 12 months, or you are eligible for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA). 
  • Application Process: You can apply for a TRP in advance at a Canadian visa office in your home country or at a Point of Entry (e.g., a border crossing or airport). 
  • Required Documentation: To obtain a TRP, you need to demonstrate that your trip to Canada is necessary, that the benefits outweigh any risks of your entry, that you will leave Canada when your TRP expires, and that you will not work or study in Canada without authorization. Additionally, you must commit to following all Canadian laws while in the country. 
  • Validity Period: TRPs can be valid for a duration ranging from one day to up to three years, depending on the decision of the immigration authorities. 
  • Single or Multiple Entry: Whether you receive a single-entry or multiple-entry TRP depends on the immigration authorities’ discretion. 
  • Renewal: TRPs cannot be renewed; you must exit Canada and reapply for a new one. 
  • Cost: The application fee for a TRP is $200 CAD per person. 


Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) 

On the other hand, the Temporary Resident Visa, or TRV, is an official document placed in your passport to confirm that you meet the requirements to enter Canada as a temporary resident. Here’s what you need to know about TRVs: 


  • Eligibility: Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident generally requires a TRV to enter Canada, unless they have a visa exemption. 
  • Application Process: You must apply for a TRV before arriving in Canada; it cannot be obtained at a Point of Entry. 
  • Required Documentation: To obtain a TRV, you must demonstrate that you intend to leave Canada at the end of your stay, have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members during your visit, will not work or study in Canada without authorization, will comply with Canadian laws, have no criminal record, and are in good health. 
  • Single or Multiple Entry: Similar to TRPs, whether you receive a single-entry or multiple-entry TRV depends on the immigration authorities’ discretion. 
  • Renewal: TRVs can be renewed if needed. 
  • Cost: The application fee for a TRV is $100 CAD per person. 


TRPs are designed for individuals who are inadmissible to Canada for various reasons, while TRVs are for temporary residents such as students, workers, and visitors who need to meet specific requirements. Each visa comes with its own application process, eligibility criteria, validity periods, and costs.  

SPS Canada is here to help by carefully considering your circumstances and needs and choosing the right option to ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit to the beautiful country of Canada. Feel free to contact SPS Canada for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.    


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What is the Cost and Demand of Childcare in Canada
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September 14, 2023

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SPS Canada

Newcomers to Canada typically settle in the country when they are younger than the average Canadian, leading to the likelihood of them starting families at a younger age. Consequently, the availability of diverse and affordable childcare solutions becomes crucial, not only to ensure the well-being of children but also to stimulate economic development and enhance social well-being.


Affordable Childcare Boosts Employment, Especially for Women.

In Quebec, the introduction of low-cost universal childcare led to more women participating in the labor force and utilizing paid childcare services. From 1998 to 2015, working hours for mothers increased by 9%, contributing $2.8 billion to the GDP.

For newcomers, lack of affordable childcare options may lead them to stay at home to care for their children. Unlike native Canadians, immigrants may lack local family support or the financial means for daycare as they adapt to their new lives.

How to Locate Childcare Alternatives in Canada

Canada offers a variety of childcare choices, including nannies, daycare facilities, home-based daycare services, and before and after-school programs.

The availability of quality childcare options tends to be more extensive in provinces and territories that allocate greater public funding, while others may offer fewer alternatives.

To identify a suitable childcare solution, initiate your search by visiting your city’s website and the Ministry of Education website for your province. Both resources will furnish lists of licensed childcare centers in your area. For unlicensed facilities or informal care arrangements, peruse community center bulletin boards and seek recommendations from fellow parents in your community.

Childcare Costs in Canada – 2022 Summary

In 2022, a survey by Statistics Canada looked at how much parents paid for childcare in Canada. Here’s what they found:

  • Full-Time Childcare for Young Kids:

    • On average, parents paid about $7,790 per year for full-time childcare.
    • This means around $649 per month or about $31 per day.
    • Full-time care means at least 30 hours a week.
  • Childcare Costs for All Ages (Including Part-Time):

    • For kids getting any amount of care, including part-time, the average yearly cost was around $6,565.
    • This works out to roughly $547 per month or about $29 per day.
  • Considering Age:

    • Parents generally paid more for very young kids (0 to 3 years) compared to slightly older kids (4 to 5 years).
    • In 2022, full-time childcare for 0-to-3-year-olds cost an average of $8,146 per year, while for 4-to-5-year-olds, it was about $6,880 per year.
  • Different Types of Childcare:

    • The cost of childcare depended on what kind of childcare parents chose.
    • For full-time childcare at centers, parents paid about $7,957 per year for kids aged 0 to 5.
    • If they used family childcare homes, it cost them around $7,042 per year for kids of the same age.
    • The most expensive option was full-time care by a non-relative (like a nanny) at the child’s home, which averaged about $26,669 per year.
    • On the other hand, parents paid less, around $3,517 per year, when a relative other than a parent took care of the child. Many parents didn’t have to pay anything for this type of care.

For more information and support, visit our website at www.sps canada.com Our website is a valuable resource where you can find additional information and resources related to childcare in Canada, making your journey as a parent smoother and more manageable. We’re here to help you every step of the way.




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Canadian Passport Ranks 6th in the World, Surpassing the US.
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September 13, 2023

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SPS Canada

The Canadian passport has been ranked 6th in the world, surpassing the United States, which is now ranked 7th. This is the first time that Canada has ranked higher than the US in the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

The improvement in Canada’s passport ranking is due to a number of factors, including the country’s strong economic performance and its reputation for safety and security. Canada also recently added 13 more countries to its visa-free travel list, including Panama, the Caribbean island states of Antigua and Barbados, and the Philippines.

How powerfull is the Canadian Passport?

In 2023, the Canadian passport holds a prominent position among the world’s most influential passports. It grants its holders entry to 186 countries and territories without the requirement of a prior visa, either through visa-free access or by obtaining a visa upon arrival at their destination.

1 Singapore 192
2 Finland, France, Germany 190
4 Denmark, Italy, Sweden 189
5 Austria, Luxembourg, Spain 188
6 Canada, Portugal, United Kingdom 187
7 United States 186
8 Belgium, Netherlands, Norway 185
9 Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, South Korea 184
10 Japan 183


What are the positive Travel Opportunities with Canadian Passport

The extensive travel opportunities offered by the Canadian passport are not only a matter of convenience but also a reflection of the country’s international reputation and diplomatic ties. Whether you’re planning a business trip, a leisurely vacation, or an exploration of new cultures, having a Canadian passport opens doors to a world of possibilities.

On June 6, 2023, Canada expanded its visa-free travel program to include 13 more countries. These countries are now eligible to travel to Canada visa-free or with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

The new countries eligible for visa-free travel to Canada are:

  • Panama
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Costa Rica
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina
  • Morocco
  • Seychelles
  • Thailand
  • Philippines

The expansion of Canada’s visa-free travel program is a positive development for both Canadian and international travelers. It will make it easier and more convenient for people from these countries to visit Canada, which will boost tourism and economic activity.


As an ethical immigration firm, SPS Canada is your dedicated partner when it comes to planning a move abroad. Our primary focus is on ensuring that your international journey is not only smooth but also ethical, complying with all immigration laws and regulations. Whether you’re considering relocating for work, study, family, or any other reason, we are here to provide trustworthy guidance and support throughout the entire process.






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Citizenship Countdown: The Role of the Physical Presence Calculator
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September 11, 2023

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Shreya Udani

When it comes to achieving Canadian citizenship, one of the most important factors to consider is your physical presence in Canada. For permanent residents aspiring to become Canadian citizens, the Physical Presence Calculator is an invaluable tool that can help you to easily calculate your eligibility required for physical presence in achieving citizenship dream. In this article, we’ll discuss into what the Physical Presence Calculator is, its significance, and how it can help in your journey toward becoming a Canadian citizen. 


Requirements for physical presence in Canadian Citizenship: 

To qualify for Canadian citizenship, you must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 1,095 days (about 3 years) within the five years immediately preceding your citizenship application date.  

However, it’s essential to note that merely meeting this minimum requirement might not be enough. It is recommended applicants to aim for more than 1,095 days of physical presence, as this can account for potential errors in absence calculations or other factors that might inadvertently reduce your total physical presence days. 

Moreover, a key requirement for meeting the physical presence eligibility is having a minimum of two years as a permanent resident. This underlines the significance of obtaining and maintaining your permanent resident status before embarking on your citizenship journey. 


Key points to note for Calculation: 

When using the Physical Presence Calculator, it’s crucial to understand how your time in Canada is tabulated: 

  • Five-Year Window: Five years immediately leading up to your citizenship application date are taken into account for calculating your physical presence. 
  •  Temporary Presence: Each day you were physically present in Canada as an authorized temporary resident (such as students or temporary foreign workers) or protected person before becoming a permanent resident is counted as half a day, with a maximum cap of 365 days (about 12 months).  
  •  Permanent Residency: Every day you spend in Canada after becoming a permanent resident count as one full day toward your physical presence requirement. 
  •  Exclusions: Time spent serving a sentence for a criminal offense in Canada, does not contribute to your physical presence total. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. 


The Physical Presence Calculator is an indispensable tool for permanent residents pursuing Canadian citizenship. It offers a clear and accurate assessment of whether you meet the physical presence requirements, enabling you to plan your path to citizenship with confidence. By understanding the calculator’s requirements and ensuring you meet the minimum criteria, you can take the next step toward unlocking the privilege of Canadian citizenship. 


Feel free to contact SPS Canada for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.   


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IRCC Unveils Changes to the Parents and Grandparents Program for 2023
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September 10, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has just unveiled an update regarding the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). For this year, IRCC is prepared to accept a maximum of 15,000 complete sponsorship applications under the PGP.

Starting on October 10, IRCC will commence sending invitations to apply to a pool of 24,200 potential sponsors who have expressed interest, with the goal of receiving a total of 15,000 completed applications.

Instead of initiating a new round of interest submissions, IRCC will be sending invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from the pool of submissions made in 2020. If you submitted an interest form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022, it is recommended that you check the email account you provided when you submitted your interest form in 2020.

For those who are invited to apply as part of the 2023 intake, IRCC will continue to use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, which enables electronic submission of applications.

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan

In 2022, IRCC extended invitations to 23,100 potential sponsors, inviting them to apply for the sponsorship of their parents and grandparents, with the objective of receiving 15,000 completed applications.

Each year, IRCC releases its Immigration Levels Plan, which serves as a blueprint for its operations and outlines its objectives for welcoming newcomers to Canada.

For 2023, Canada’s target for new permanent residents is set at 465,000. Specifically, the goal is to welcome 28,500 parents and grandparents during the year.

By 2025, Canada aims to reach a newcomer target of 500,000, with the aim of welcoming 36,000 parents and grandparents.

The Super Visa

The Super Visa is a popular choice among Canadian citizens and permanent residents seeking to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.

This visa is temporary and grants parents and grandparents the privilege of visiting their family in Canada for up to five consecutive years without needing to renew their visitor status. Super Visa holders are allowed multiple entries into Canada over a 10-year period. Additionally, those already holding a Super Visa may be eligible to apply for an extension, allowing them to remain in Canada for up to seven years as visitors.

Unlike other immigration programs, the Super Visa is not subject to a lottery system and is available throughout the year, providing greater predictability for those interested in sponsoring their parents or grandparents.

To be eligible for the Super Visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Not be inadmissible to Canada due to criminal or health-related reasons.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to meet the income requirements as determined by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO).
  4. Provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild in Canada, including a commitment to provide financial support throughout the visit and details of the household members’ list and numbers.
  5. Present evidence of medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance company.

SPS Canada invites you to take the first step towards your Parents and Grarandparents Program application today. With a team of seasoned experts boasting over 22 years of experience, we are here to guide you through the process seamlessly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and let’s embark on this journey towards your future in Canada together.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions on Canada Immigration Part -1
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September 5, 2023

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SPS Canada

Canada has consistently been a top destination for immigrants seeking a better life. With its high quality of life, strong economy, and diverse culture, it’s no wonder that many individuals and families dream of making Canada their new home. However, navigating the Canadian immigration process can be complex, and prospective immigrants often have several questions. In this blog, we’ll answer five frequently asked questions on Canada immigration to help you better understand the process. make it short and simple.


How do I get a PR card in Canada?

A permanent resident (PR) card serves as official confirmation of your permanent resident status in Canada. For newcomers to Canada, the issuance of the PR card is automatically handled as part of the immigration process, and there is no need for you to submit a separate application to obtain one. Canadian border officials will complete the necessary paperwork when you arrive in Canada, and your first PR card will be mailed to you within approximately three to four months. For the most current processing times, you can refer to the government website.

Helpful Tip: While not mandatory, it can be beneficial to have a Canadian address readily available when you arrive at the border, as this is where your PR card will be delivered. If you relocate within Canada before receiving your PR card, it is important to notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of your change of address.

However, if you need to renew your PR card, update your legal name or gender designation on the card, replace a lost, stolen, or damaged card, or if you have a unique immigration circumstance, the following steps outline the process for applying for a new PR card:

  • Gather Required Documents: This includes your existing PR card (if renewing), a valid passport or travel document, photographs, and translations of documents if they are not in English or French.
  • Complete the Application Form: Fill out the “Application for a Permanent Resident Card and Document Checklist” form.
  • Pay the Fees: The fee for a PR card is $50 CAD, and there is an additional biometrics fee of $85 CAD per person or $170 CAD per family. Include the payment receipt with your application.
  • Submit Your Application: You can either mail your application or send it via courier for processing.

What is a PR Visa ?

A PR visa, or Permanent Resident visa, is granted to foreign nationals who have been given permanent resident status in Canada but are not Canadian citizens. This visa is placed in their passport and allows them one-time entry into Canada. It comes with a validity period during which individuals are expected to travel to Canada and complete their landing formalities. It’s important to note that individuals in Canada temporarily as students, foreign workers, or visitors do not hold permanent resident status and, therefore, are not issued a PR visa.

Becoming a permanent resident in Canada is typically pursued through immigration streams such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Refugees can also attain permanent residency through programs like the Government-Assisted Refugee Program or the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

How to migrate to Canada? Canada offers various immigration pathways for newcomers seeking permanent residency, including:

  • Express Entry (EE): Known for its fast processing times, EE is a popular choice.
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): Tailored for individuals with skills and experience to contribute to specific provinces or territories.
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP): Designed for skilled foreign workers and international graduates in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
  • Start-up Visa (SUV): Entrepreneurs can apply to build innovative businesses in Canada.
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP): A community-based program promoting economic immigration to smaller communities.
  • Family Sponsorship: Allows family members to live, work, and study in Canada as permanent residents.
  • Quebec-selected Skilled Workers: Designed for skilled workers interested in living and working in Quebec.
  • Caregivers: Options include the Home Child Care Provider Pilot, Home Support Worker Pilot, and Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).
  • Self-employed: The Self-employed Persons Program welcomes individuals with experience in cultural activities or athletics.
  • Agri-food Pilot: Addresses labor needs in the Canadian agri-food sector and offers a pathway to permanent residency.

How to move to Canada as a family? Your family can potentially immigrate to Canada as your dependents.

  • Your spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent children
  • Dependent children of your spouse or common-law partner
  • Children of dependent children

However, it’s important to note that your dependents cannot enter Canada before you do.

Alternatively, you have the option to sponsor eligible family members through the Family Sponsorship Program, enabling them to reside, work, and study in Canada. As a sponsor, you must demonstrate that you can:

  • Provide for your family member’s essential needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing.
  • Financially support your family member for a specified period.
  • Not be receiving social assistance, unless due to a disability.

To have your profile evaluated and receive professional advice on any of your questions regarding Canadian immigration, get in touch with us experienced immigration consultants from SPSCanada. For additional information, contact support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad), or by phone at (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada) or +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad).



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5 Frequently Assumed Myths About Canadian Express Entry
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September 1, 2023

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Labdhi Sheth


Canada Express Entry is one of the fastest and most convenient immigration programs. It allows candidates from all over the world to submit their applications to immigrate to Canada. The Canada Express Entry program oversees applications for three different Federal Immigration programs. Candidates must create a profile in the portal with information about their educational background, work experience and other skills they possess. These attributes help the government of Canada to determine their eligibility based on a point-based system.


Myth 1. Express Entry is the sole method to obtain Canadian economic immigration.

Fact – Express Entry manages and supervises most of the Federal economic immigration programs but is not the only approach.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an essential part of Canada’s immigration system. It is provided by 11 Canadian territories and provinces, each having its own streams and criteria designed to address their specific economic and labour market needs. The candidates who need to clear the Express Entry program opt for the PNP program.


Myth 2. You must have a job offer to participate in the Express Entry Pool.

Fact: Arranging a job or having a job offer isn’t mandatory.

Having a job offer is usually advantageous because it increases the likelihood that your application will be accepted. If you work for a company with headquarters in Canada, it might, on a good day, have a direct impact on your application. The CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), which is a component of the Express Entry system, is the only metric used to analyse the application you submit. You can apply for provincial nomination or try to make your application stronger if you need more points to have a Canadian company sponsor you.


Myth 3. Upon being selected for the Express Entry program, you are granted an indefinite period to apply for permanent residency (PR).

Fact: You will be given a timeframe within which you are required to apply for Canada PR as an Express Entry candidate.

After being chosen in the Express Entry program, candidates receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply), which allows them the opportunity to apply for PR. Within 60 days of receiving the invitation, the response application must be submitted and reverted to the ITA. documents proving your identity, your education, your job history, and your references from previous employers.


Myth 4. The Express Entry profile cannot be updated.

Fact: The Express Entry profile can be edited.

While your application is still in the Express Entry pool, you can make the required changes. The profile must be updated with revised data on the primary factors. The factors, including work expertise, language proficiency, and level of education, will directly sum up the points in the CRS system.


Myth 5. Express Entry is the easiest way to migrate to Canada.

Fact: Express Entry is comparatively easy but has strict and uncompromising evaluation.

Express Entry has made the migration process simple, but the application evaluation procedure could be more tolerant and accommodating. When determining eligibility for and granting PR visas, the Canadian government follows tight procedures. The program is primarily concerned with facilitating the economic immigration of candidates who have the necessary training and work experience to fill market gaps. Although the processing time may vary, the reviewing procedure will always be the same.


How can SPS Canada Immigration help you?

We provide the services below to help a candidate to migrate to Canada.

Coaching Services: SPS Canada provides coaching services for language proficiency tests which include IELTS and CELPIP.

Counselling: SPS Canada provides counselling services.

Canada PR Visa: Avail of complete guidance related to Canada PR visa.

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British Columbia PNP Invites Tech, Childcare, and Healthcare Candidates in Latest Draw
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August 31, 2023

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The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new Skills Immigration draw on August 29, 2023, inviting a total of 155 Skilled Workers and International Graduates. The minimum CRS score required to be invited in this draw was 60.

The BC PNP has five categories for inviting immigrants:

Skills Immigration: This category includes the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-level and Semi-Skilled streams.

Skilled Worker: This stream is for experienced workers with a job offer in British Columbia.

International Graduate: This stream is for recent graduates from a British Columbia post-secondary institution.

Entry-level and Semi-Skilled: This stream is for workers with lower levels of education and experience.

Express Entry BC: This category is for candidates who have already submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the federal Express Entry system.


What is the latest British Columbia Draw 29th August ?

  • The BC PNP issued 102 invitations to Skilled Workers and International Graduates in a targeted draw for Tech occupations. The minimum CRS score required was 88.
  • The BC PNP also issued 28 invitations to Skilled Workers and International Graduates in a targeted draw for Childcare occupations. The minimum CRS score required was 60.
  • The BC PNP also issued 20 invitations to Skilled Workers and International Graduates in a targeted draw for Healthcare occupations. The minimum CRS score required was 60.
  • The BC PNP issued less than 5 invitations to Skilled Workers and International Graduates in a targeted draw for Other priority occupations. The minimum CRS score required was 60.

Focused invitations to submit applications for the Skills Immigration streams might consider a combination of the subsequent aspects


  • Educational background – both the area of study and the level of education, as well as the location where the education was obtained.
  • Qualifications recognized by the province of British Columbia.
  • Proficiency in language.
  • Chosen occupation.
  • Extent and level of professional experience.
  • Compensation and/or proficiency level linked to the job offer.
  • Commitment to residing, working, and establishing oneself in a particular region.
  • Strategic priorities – elements aligned with specific labor market requirements within British Columbia or in support of governmental experimental projects and endeavors.


The latest BC PNP draw showcases the province’s foresight in recognizing the value of skilled professionals in the technology, childcare, and healthcare sectors. By extending invitations to candidates in these fields, British Columbia not only addresses immediate labor shortages but also positions itself as a forward-thinking destination for individuals seeking to make a positive impact. As the province continues to welcome new talent, it strengthens its position on the global stage and reinforces its commitment to a prosperous and inclusive future.


Are you eager to make Canada your new home and embark on an exciting chapter of your life? Look no further than SPS Canada Immigration – your trusted partner in turning your Canadian dreams into reality.



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Quick Guide on Networking as an International Student in Canada
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August 29, 2023

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SPS Canada

Networking is important for everyone, but it is especially important for international students. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It can help you learn about the Canadian job market and culture –

    As an international student, you may not be familiar with the Canadian job market or culture. Networking can help you learn about the different industries, companies, and opportunities available in Canada. You can also learn about the cultural expectations of the workplace and how to best navigate them.

  • It can help you get your foot in the door with potential employers –

    Networking can help you get your foot in the door with potential employers. When you meet people in your field, you can let them know about your skills and interests. They may be able to connect you with someone who is hiring or give you some advice on how to get your foot in the door.

  • It can help you find mentors and sponsors –

    Mentors and sponsors can be invaluable assets to international students. They can provide you with guidance, advice, and support. They can also help you network with other professionals and open up doors for you.

  • It can help you stay up-to-date on industry trends –

    Networking can help you stay up-to-date on industry trends. When you meet people in your field, you can learn about the latest developments and challenges. This information can help you stay ahead of the curve and make better career decisions.

  • It can help you build a support network of people who can help you succeed-

    Networking can help you build a support network of people who can help you succeed. When you have a network of people who care about you and your success, you are more likely to achieve your goals.

What is Networking and how does it work ?

Networking works by creating a web of connections that can help you get ahead in your career. When you meet someone new, you can ask them for advice, or for introductions to other people in your field. You can also offer to help them in some way, such as by providing them with information or resources. By building relationships with people, you can create a network of support that can help you succeed in your career.


When should international students start networking in Canada?

If you are an international student studying in Canada, it is important to start networking early. This is because you will be at a disadvantage compared to local students who already have established connections. Networking can help you get a job, learn about the Canadian job market, and navigate the Canadian work culture.

There are many ways to network, such as attending networking events, connecting with people on LinkedIn, and reaching out to alumni. When you network, it is important to be genuine and interested in other people. You should also be prepared to talk about yourself and your skills.

Networking is an ongoing process that should not stop once you get a job. You should continue to nurture your relationships and expand your network. Your network can be a valuable asset throughout your career, helping you with job searches, career changes, and skill development.

Starting to Network as an International Student When you want to begin networking as an international student?


As an international student, your first step is to reach out to people you already know. This could be family or friends in Canada, or even alumni from your previous school you haven’t spoken to in a while. Create a list of these connections and learn about their jobs. Don’t forget about your classmates – some might have useful connections through jobs or internships. Staying in touch with them is smart, as they could end up in similar careers.

After tapping into your existing connections, consider online platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Ten Thousand Coffees, and Lunchclub. These websites are great for linking up with professionals you admire in your field, industry hiring managers, or potential mentors.

Remember, networking isn’t just online. Going to events in person, such as school gatherings, industry meetups, or even workplace get-togethers if you have a part-time job, can also be valuable for building connections. And don’t underestimate family events or community gatherings – these can also introduce you to new people and opportunities.


In summary, at SPS Canada Immigration, we understand the vital role networking plays in the journey of international students pursuing their dreams in Canada. As you strive to connect, learn, and grow, remember that your existing relationships, both within and outside the classroom, can be stepping stones to a prosperous career. Our team encourages you to leverage these connections, tapping into the power of family, friends, and classmates who might guide you toward unforeseen opportunities.

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