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September 22, 2022

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Shiva Pillai

Health Care workers are invited to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program in Saskatchewan.

Why Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan a province with a high standard of living helps attract immigrants to settle in the province, with a low average family income also a low cost of living. Why would one miss an opportunity to settle in such a beautiful, affordable province?

The province recently opened wide doors for immigrants by holding back-to-back draws and maintaining the low score to increase selection rates. This Blog gives you a detailed understanding of the recent draws conducted and also what opportunities open up for you!

Saskatchewan introduced a new pathway for candidates with enhanced experience in the health stream such as Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Pharmacists, Occupational therapists, Diagnostic Cardiac sonographers, Diagnostic Medical sonographers, Continuing Care assistants, and Psychologists on 22nd December 2021.

An International Healthcare Worker EOI submission is not an application to Saskatchewan, but it’s an Expression of Interest that shows that an applicant having work experience in Health Care sectors can be selected and get Invited to apply for Provincial Nomination. Based on this expression of interest a job offer from Saskatchewan could be expected. The International Healthcare Worker EOI provides the opportunity to link foreign-trained workers with Saskatchewan healthcare employers.

The occupations listed in this stream were previously in the excluded list of Saskatchewan. The International Healthcare Workers EOI system is open to the following Health sector occupations:

 

NOC Occupation Titles
1252
  • Health Information Management Practitioner
3012
  • Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse
3122
  • Chiropractors
3124
  • Nurse Practitioner
3131
  • Pharmacist
3141
  • Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist
3142
  • Physical Therapist
3143
  • Occupational Therapist
3211
  • Combined Laboratory & X‐ray Technologist, Clinical Genetics Technologist, and Medical Laboratory Technologist
3212
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214
  • Respiratory Therapists, Cardiopulmonary Function Technologists, Perfusionists
3215
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, Medical Radiation Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist

 

If you had filled the pre-application form to indicate your interest in working in SK in a selected Health sector occupation and showcased your application accordingly, you would have been an eligible contender for this draw.

Draw Updates

Saskatchewan Conducted the first ever draw of 2022 in the specialized field (Health Care Workers), these occupations were listed in the excluded list of Saskatchewan since the day when Saskatchewan changed its system of accepting applications for Provincial Nomination i.e., in September 2018 they introduced a new system of accepting applications for Provincial Nomination known as EOI and they published two occupations list:

 

1. Professional Requirements by Regulated Occupations (Some jobs in Saskatchewan are regulated or need professional certifications from the concerned authority.)

 

2. Excluded Occupation List (This is a list of occupations that are not eligible for these program sub-categories) (Which almost included all the medical occupations)

Saskatchewan conducted a draw on 12th January 2022 and issued 104 Invitations to all Express Entry as well Occupations in Demand Category applicants with the EOI Score of 68 and the occupations included in this draw were specific to International Health Care Workers. The occupations invited to apply for this draw are as mentioned below:

  • 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3234 – Paramedical occupations
  • 4151 – Psychologists
  • 3216 – Medical sonographers
  • 3143 – Occupational therapists
  • 3215 – Medical radiation technologists

Saskatchewan invited all those candidates who have an EOI Score of 68 and whose occupation matches the above job titles.

There are possibilities SK might draw field-specific draws in the upcoming draws, Get in touch with our Experts today and know more about Saskatchewan and its programs.

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You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Etobicoke, Canada), or +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad, India).

E-mail: support@spscanada.com (Canada), and support.amd@spscanada.com (India), for further information.

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Major Changes in the NOC System can Affect your Canada PR
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September 5, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

What is Canada’s new NOC and how it will affect your chances of PR

Canada utilizes a system called the National Occupation Classification (NOC) to identify the amount of education and training required for various occupations and careers, so to put it in easy language, NOC Code determines which occupations are skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled. Canada generally requires candidates possessing skilled work experience.

Currently, IRCC uses the NOC 2016 to determine the eligibility of occupation, and soon in November 2022, it will be reintroduced! The NOC is updated by the federal government every ten years.

This will allow the Immigration aspirants to understand the impacts on their application once these rectifications are introduced.

NEW CHANGES TO NOC SYSTEM

Alteration of Terminology

This new terminology is more precise as the NOC assesses not just the level of skills, but also the level of training, formal education, and experience required to enter an occupation including the responsibilities associated with it.

Change in Skill level Categories-

The next change here is an increase in the number of categories. The new NOC has 6 teer categories, while the current NOC structure has 4 skill levels. The change will bring a clear difference between employment requirements with TEER being Categorised.

The New TEERs are as follows-

Categories Requirements
TEER – 0
  • Management Jobs (require a degree)
TEER – 1
  • Completion of a university degree i.e., bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate)
  • Experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 2 (when applicable)
TEER – 2
  • Completion of a post-secondary education program within two years at community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP
  • Apprenticeship training within the span of 2 years
  • More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category
TEER – 3
  • Completion of a post-secondary education program within two years at a community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP
  • Apprenticeship training with experience of at least 2 years
  • More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable)
TEER – 4
  • Completion of secondary school
  • Several weeks of on- training with any secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5
TEER – 5
  • Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements

Change in the Classification System

The change from a four-digit NOC code to a five-digit NOC code will be the third big change. The new code is more flexible than the previous system and allows to add-in new units if required.

The New 5-digit NOC Code is Defined as Follows:

  • The first digit represents the broad occupational category.
  • The second digit represents the TEER category.
  • The first two digits together represent the major group.
  • The first three digits represent the sub-major group.
  • The first four digits represent the minor group.
  • The full five digits represent the unit group or the occupation itself.

Along with these major changes there have been changes to the occupation themselves, the new NOC 2021 contains 516 occupations up from 500-unit groups in 2016. All in all, these changes are more reliable and will bring a lot of clarity to the system.

SPS Canada helps you with solutions on matters related to Canada Immigration, if you have any queries, get on a call today and get tailored solutions on your matter.

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Consult with our Senior Practitioner to assess your profile and advise you on the right track.

You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad)

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How to Write an SOP for your Study Visa Canada
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May 31, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

What is a Statement of purpose? A statement of purpose or SOP is a document containing information about your intention and purpose to study in a particular country. The SOP will say a lot about you, your attitude, clarity of thoughts, and aptitude towards work, it is easy to assess your personality and helps you stand out from the crowd. SOP is a vital piece of the document containing information that secures your chance of admission as it is and thus very Important for your Study Visa for Canada 

Points to Consider before you start Writing your SOP

Now as discussed earlier, writing an SOP is crucial for your journey to study in Canada in any country you would like to go to, what the universities look for is a candidate who would make the best of the education received and make a valuable impact on the specific industry. 

Be youWe all individuals perform at our peak when we are ourselves because we all have certain uniqueness which is reflected in any piece of work we do. Therefore, when you write your SOP as all students do, write it in a way that shows your uniqueness.

Listing your Failures is fine – Normalising failures is very important, “as no one can know it all”.

If there are any failures, mention them with a proper explanation, and elaborate on how you overcame them and how they helped you to enhance your personality; however, the catch is to showcase the failures in a smart way!

Style of writingWhat makes you different from several SOPs that will be submitted is your style of writing. A compelling SOP is the one that is engaging and holds the attention of the admission committee, so it should not be just a paper sharing all the information but a conversion happening between you and the examiner. Your SOP should be honest and precise.

Checklist for SOP and What does an SOP include.

SOP Study Visa Canada

Introduction – Start your SOP with an eye-catching statement, this could be a quote from a famous author or a theme from the course you opt for.

The introductory section will be an overview of the key elements that will be presented in the upcoming paragraphs of your SOP.

What to write in an SOP introduction?

  1. Present your understanding of why you choose to study in this field and how you would like to contribute to the given field.
  2. Explain your background in brief and link it with your future goals.
  3. Explain your long-term goal that will show them your vision for the future.

Background and Professional experience

This includes what you have done so far in terms of your academics and what you are currently doing, the ongoing projects, your subject strength, and industrial exposure if you have attained any.

Career Goals

Now this section is crucial for your SOP since this includes your long-term and short-term goals, you must have a vision for yourself therefore dividing your career goals in two will help you give a perspective and if you are going in the right direction to reach your goal of Canadian study permits  

Short-term goals are the ones that are specific i.e., what kind of job you will do once you graduate, what will be your plans for the job, and what skills you will acquire to achieve that goal of yours.

Long-term goals can also be called your life goals, as this will depict what you will do in the coming 10- 15 years down the line whether it is further studies like Ph.D. to expanding your family business overseas. Also, it is very important for you that your short-term goal resonates with your long-term plan.

Why Choose this Course?

In this paragraph, you should explain why you want to join the course and what modules you would like to tap according to your area of interest. Also, the choice of your course should cover the skills you would like to acquire for your future goals.

Why Choose this Institute?

The reasoning for the choice of the university or college helps understand how thoroughly you’ve researched the benefits that it offers and how the culture, as well as the curriculum, offered, can help you excel on various fronts.

Financial Planning

It is very important to share the information about how you are planning to finance the course, which bank are you affiliated with, and how you will cover all the expenses.

Example of Financial planning in SOP– I have paid CAD 20,997 as my first-year fees OF Humber College and a secured G.I.C in Scotia bank of CAD 10,000, to cover my expenses during my stay in Canada.

Things you can also Include in your SOP

  • Why did you choose this country to pursue the course?
  • What experience do you have in your field?
  • What are the different projects, courses, etc you have chosen in your past college experience?
  • What is that one unique aspect/characteristic about you that the admission officers should know?
  • Future planning.

How to end your SOP?

Conclude your SOP with gratitude, explain to the committee your need for the program, convince the evaluator that this program is the solution and that you are a good fit, and close all the loops you have started in your SOP.

The key tip for SOP – When you have been asked to write a statement of purpose and present it to the admission committee, the most important thing to consider is accurate grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. Although there is no specific word count for the SOP, it is advisable to maintain a word count of 1200 to 1500 words.

START YOUR ASSESSMENT apply to study in Canada, Get in touch and understand different routes to study in Canada with a free Profile assessment. 

Consult with our Senior Practitioner as we would be able to assess your profile and advise you in the right track. You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.

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How to Move to Canada from India Permanently?
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May 13, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

Are you looking for options to Immigrate to Canada and wish to slide easily through the complex Immigration journey? Then we, SPS Canada Immigration, bring our 20-year experience to guide you through it.

Why Choose Canada?

There has been a sudden spike of overseas Immigrants and graduates moving to Canada in recent years, The question that arises in your mind is why so many people choose Canada over other countries. The answer is very simple! Other than the scenic landscapes, wonderful hiking places, and freshwater lakes, there are also some key benefits we all look for before moving to a new country such as great career opportunities, world-class universities, affordability, a better lifestyle, and not to forget the easy Immigration process. So, if you are in the category of “I want everything”, then Canada is the answer for you.

What are the Different Ways to move to Canada?

Tempting, isn’t it? Let’s dig deeper into How to move to Canada and explore 3 different ways to get your Canadian Permanent Residency.

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Express Entry Draw – Immigrate as a Skilled Worker

A Point-based Canadian immigration regulatory system (IRCC) is an online immigration application system. It allows people to submit a profile to be selected as a skilled immigrant. Candidates with the highest rankings are invited to apply for PR.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program allows different provinces across Canada to select Immigrants all over the world depending on their education, work, and skill and to work in Canada depending on the economy and the labor needs. An applicant who wants to become a Permanent Resident of Canada can apply to the different provinces as per their respective requirements.

  • There are two ways to apply – An online or a Paper-based application.
  • You must meet the eligibility criteria for the province which has nominated you.
  • Submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry.
  • If you are invited, you submit an electronic application to IRCC

Business Immigration

The Government of Canada offers an immigration program for individuals who wish to be self-employed or start their own business in Canada. Hence, if you hold experience in managing or owning your own venture, the easiest way to migrate to Canada is through the Business Immigration program. Moreover, The Federal and provincial/territorial governments welcome business immigrants and help them start their businesses and settle in Canada.

  • In this program, you need Investment in the company you wish to start in Canada. (Low investment is needed when you settle in a less populated country).
  • An investment of at least $75,000 in a qualifying business or two or more Investors together confirming their interest in investing a total of at least $75000.
  • A designated venture capital fund confirming that it is investing at least $200,000 in a qualifying business.
  • A designated business incubator confirming that it is accepting the application into its business incubator program.

If you fall into any of these categories and to know more about the business immigration visa then SPS Canada is here to guide you through the complex immigration journey, get in touch and get your profile assessed with our Certified and seasoned country counsellors.

If you are interested in learning more about these or any other Canadian immigration program, we can help you. At SPS Canada Immigration, our mission is to help you fulfill all your Canadian immigration goals. Everything we do is to navigate you smoothly through the Immigration process.

Consult with our Senior Practitioners as we would be able to assess your profile and advise you in the right track. You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.

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Chinook – How is it Affecting Your Canada Immigration Process.
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May 5, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

The number of applications issued by IRCC has increased from 1 million in 2011 to 2 million in 2020; dealing with such a caseload stresses officials at IRCC, and due to this, they have also encountered a high refusal rate of 54% in the year 2022.

Due to many qualified students receiving refusals, they intent to seek recourse in federal Court for unreasonable refusal for their application, this led IRCC to disclose the never-before-introduced tool used for processing applications named “Chinook”

What is Chinook?

Chinook is an Excel-based tool and not an AI (“big debates around Chinook is whether it is Artificial Intelligence!), in-house by IRCC to allow visa officers to review bulk applications, Chinook scans your application, looks for the keyword and gives red flag to certain keywords which may have result into refusal.

Even when you apply for a multiple-page explanation letter that states the intention of your visit or your statement of purpose (SOP) for a study visa, these applications are scanned through a system that makes the work of an Immigration officer much easier.

But the more we learn on how this efficiency-enhancing tool operates, the more we are concerned about the effect on its results. This question arises because the spreadsheet created by Visa officers allows them to review up to 1000 applications at the same time, and the visa officers could make notes as they review files simultaneously. There are chances that their notes may not be transferred back to GCSM system as the excel sheets will be deleted at the end of the session, which means you will not be able to know or refer the specific pointer jotted at the time of the assessment/review was made which might have been the actual reason for the Refusal.

IRCC is being challenged with a backlog that stands at 1.8 million applications as of February 1 and increased its target to 432,000 immigrants. Therefore, preparing a strong application will put you ahead in the game and will prevent your application from being reviewed. Due to this officer will think twice before refusing an application as they will be prepared thoroughly.

Automated processing of some categories of applications is not new. The Triaged model automatically approved low-risk online temporary resident visa applications. Visa applications were sorted into tiers – the lowest risk for auto-approval and medium-high risk for officer review. This triage model was deployed for all applications from China in 2018, and in the same year was piloted in India. The goal is for artificial intelligence to automatically approve low-risk applications, with officers only manually assessing those that have been flagged as a medium to high risk.

The concern for applicants and their counsel is for IRCC to develop a tool that allows the decision-maker to make a reasonable decision.

The Supreme Court in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has asked at minimum that such tools must have the following characteristics –

  1. Oversight and checks built into the system to prevent errors.
  2. Necessary time and resources/training to review the application and decide on the evidence they get.
  3. Clear and accessible guidance on parameters for decision-making so that applicants are aware of the test to be made when submitting the application.

IRCC should be commended for attempting to develop tools to assist in the processing of applications. However, processing tools should be developed with input from key stakeholders and the goals of fairness.

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SPS Canada is an ICCRC-regulated firm with a team of independent and licensed professionals who are trained on the latest legal and immigration processes and follow the best practice to help you navigate smoothly to complex procedures of migration to Canada.

Start your Assessment and find your Canadian immigration options and answers to all doubts and concerns by scheduling a one-to-one initial consultation meeting with our Senior Practitioner at SPS Canada Immigration.

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Sponsor Your Partner to Canada – A Detailed Guide to Sponsorship
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July 30, 2021

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Sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner is a common way to immigrate to Canada. In this way, the Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their partner to live in Canada permanently. 

Who is eligible to be a sponsor?

You can be a sponsor if you are

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • living in Canada or planning to live in Canada when the person you sponsor obtains a permanent residence.
  • Not receiving social assistance for a reason other than a disability
  • Able to provide basic financial needs for yourself and the person that you want to be a sponsor for 3 years (you must sign an undertaking)

What are these basic financial needs?

Basic needs are:

  • Everyday living needs such as; food, clothing, shelter
  • Health care needs include dental care, eye care, and other needs that aren’t covered by public health services.

Who you can sponsor?

  • Spouse
  • Common-law partner
  • Conjugal partner
  • Dependent child/children

Definitions 

SPOUSE 

If you are legally married to a person, you can sponsor that person to become a permanent resident. In order to apply for this sponsorship, opposite or same-gender marriage must be legally recognized in the country where the marriage is held and in Canada. 

COMMON-LAW RELATIONSHIP 

If you have lived or are living together for at least 12 consecutive months, such as in marriage, you can sponsor your same or opposite-sex partner. 

CONJUGAL RELATIONSHIP 

If your partner; 

  • is living outside of Canada 
  • has been in a conjugal relationship with you for at least 1 year 
  • cannot live with you because of religious reasons or sexual orientation 

This relationship is considered a conjugal relationship. 

If the relationship between you and your conjugal partner for at least 12 months is in the dimension of an interdependent relationship beyond the physical interaction and the reason why you cannot live together is due to reasons such as religious or sexual orientation existing, then you can become a sponsor for your partner.

What Documents Do You Need To Sponsor Your SPOUSE? 

 If you are married and looking into sponsoring your husband or wife, immigration officers will expect to see the following evidence:

  • A valid marriage certificate or proof of registration of your marriage with your application
  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire
  • Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Generic Application Form 
  • Photos of the wedding and invitations
  • Proof of relationship between partners such as text messages, letters, social media conversations, photos which are taken at different times and places
  • Photocopy of sponsor’s PR card or citizenship card/certificate or Indian status card (certificate of Indian status)
  • Passports and/or travel documents
  • Police certificates and clearances

And also, you need to provide at least two of the following documents:

  • Proof of joint ownership of property
  • The rental agreement that includes both partners’ name
  • Utility bills (i.e., electricity, internet, gas) that consists of both partners’ name
  • Car insurance
  • Tax forms that show your address and indicate that you live at the same address together

What Documents Do You Need To Sponsor Your COMMON-LAW PARTNER?

 If you have a common-law relationship, you should show these documents to the officer:

  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union
  • Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Generic Application Form 
  • Photocopy of sponsor’s PR card or citizenship card/certificate or Indian status card (certificate of Indian status)
  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire
  • Proof of relationship between partners such as text messages, letters, social media conversations, photos which are taken at different times and places
  • Proof that you have lived together for at least one year
  • Police certificates and clearances

What Documents Do You Need To Sponsor Your CONJUGAL PARTNER?

For this partnership, it is essential to know what precisely conjugal partner means. As we mentioned above, a conjugal partner is a foreign national who residing outside Canada and has been in a relationship with the sponsor for at least 1 year. 

Documents that you need to show the officer are:

  • Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Generic Application Form 
  • Police certificates and clearances
  • Evidence that your friends and/or family recognize that the two of you are in a relationship 
  • Proof of relationship between partners such as text messages, letters, social media conversations, photos which are taken at different times and places
  • Proof that you have been in a relationship for at least one year

Outland Sponsorship 

If your spouse or common-law partner lives outside of Canada and you are currently living in Canada, you can still be a sponsor. 

The outland spousal sponsorship stream allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for PR, regardless of where the partner is currently living. 

If the sponsor lives in the province of Quebec, they may need to meet additional requirements. 

On the contrary of inland sponsorship, the sponsored person does not have to hold valid temporary status in Canada for sponsorship applications, as long as he or she is not living in Canada. 

The relationship between the sponsor and his/her partner must be recognized by IRCC. If the marriage between them is not valid in Canada, they may apply for sponsorship as common-law or conjugal partners.

Inland Sponsorship 

This sponsorship program allows the applicants to continue living in Canada while the application process continues. 

If the applicant’s temporary status document is not valid for the sponsorship processing period, they will need to apply for an extension or a new status document. Otherwise, they cannot maintain their legal status in Canada.  

Inland sponsorship applications’ processing time is generally 12 months. Although it is not an obstacle to travel abroad during the application process, it is not recommended.

If you want to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or children, or if you want to be sponsored, you can start to fill the assessment below. SPS Canada Team is here to help you with your immigration journey from the beginning to the end. 

Consult with our Senior Practitioner as they would be able to assess your profile and advise you in the right track. You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.  

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Month-end Immigration Updates for June 2021 – What Did You Miss?
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July 6, 2021

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As Canada entered the phase-wise reopening of the country and beautiful summer weather adding up the enthusiasm to these moments, we are beginning to witness people walking in the streets, in restaurants’ patios, and a lot more delightful environment around us.  

The federal government has announced that they will reopen the borders once 75% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. As of early July, almost 37% of Canada’s population was fully vaccinated. The good news was given by Canada’s vaccine Procurement Minister Anita Anand. The President stated that they expect 80% of the population to be fully vaccinated by the end of July. 

With this excitement of reopening, there is impressive news for immigration because more express entry candidates were invited in the second quarter than in the first quarter of 2021. As of June 30, IRCC has issued 88,715 ITAs for permanent residents, which is the highest number since 2017. 

Express Entry Draws

June 9 – IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 940 applicants under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with the lowest CRS score of 711. 

June 10 – One day after the PNP draw, IRCC issued ITAs to 6000 applicants under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream with the lowest CRS score of 368.  

June 23 – IRCC issued ITAs to 1002 applicants under PNP with the lowest CRS score of 742, which is 31 points higher than the previous draw. 

June 24 – ITAs to 6000 applicants were issued by IRCC under the CEC stream with the lowest CRS score of 357, which is the second-lowest score in 2021 after the draw on February 13 (lowest CRS score of 75). 

OINP Updates  

June 1 – The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted notifications for applicants with a ranking system score between 300 – 379 who could qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.  

June 16 – OINP issued ITAs to candidates with the lowest score of 38 in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system pool who could qualify for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign worker.  

Also, ITAs were issued by OINP to candidates with a score of 66 and above in the EOI who could qualify for the International Student stream. 

June 23 – Notifications of interest were issued by OINP to candidates with a ranking system score between 464 – 467 and work experience in specific NOC codes. These notifications were issued for those who could qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. 

June 28 – OINP expression of interest system opened for intake to the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream. The system will remain open throughout the year. 

Other Provincial Updates  

June 17 – Quebec invited 69 applicants who had filed an EOI in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima to apply for permanent selection. This invitation has been made under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP). 

June 17 – Prince Edward Island invited Express Entry and Labour Impact 101 candidates and 12 Business Impact candidates with at least 60 points.  

June 22 – British Columbia invited a total of 395 candidates in two PNP draws.  

341 candidates with a ranking system score between 75 – 93 were invited under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.  

The second draw was conducted under SI and EEBC categories and targeted applicants who have occupations under NOC 0621 and NOC 0631. 

June 22 – The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 184 candidates with a minimum of 300 points to apply for a provincial nomination.  

June 28 – The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 1,017 candidates with a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code to apply for the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. Candidates needed a minimum of 565 EOI points to receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) for application. 

June 29 – British Columbia issued ITAs to 52 applicants who work in the IT sector under The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech. Those who are invited must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.  

COVID-19 updates on immigration  

June 18 – Canada extended travel restrictions on non-essential international travel until July 21, 2021. 

June 29 – In March 2020, as one of the measures related to COVID-19, IRCC extended the application period for express entry to 90 days. 

As of June 29, IRCC has reverted the 90-day application period allowed for Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency to 60 days. 

Interested in learning the best immigration pathway for your profile? Simply Start your Assessment or Call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.  

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How to Choose The Right Institution in Canada?
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June 22, 2021

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To achieve your personal and professional goals, it is critical to choose the right institution for your success. Many international students live in a dilemma of choosing between the number of available options of institutions to picking the right one for them. There are several factors involved in determining what institution to choose for higher education abroad.

For international students planning to study in Canada, it is essential to understand the difference between DLI institutions and private institutions. The choice of an institution will not only affect your education or job opportunities but also the time duration involved in getting permanent residency.

The Process of Choosing the Right Institution is Crucial and can be Divided into Two Categories:

The Application Stage

It is the first step when a student plans to apply for an institution. Several factors are involved in choosing these institutions like geographic location, cost, size, availability of courses etc. This is the time when a student must think properly about what institution they want to go for.

The Application Decision Stage

Once the student has received the application decisions and received their offer letter, they must think hard on deciding out of all the institutions who offered them to study at their institution, which one you want to begin your journey with.

There are Many Factors that Could Help you Decide on the Right Institution for your Higher Education:

Geographic location

This factor is one of the most crucial ones in deciding the right institution. Every student has different needs and priorities. Some students prefer living in rural areas to stay connected to their communities and make strong peer relations. For some, living in metropolitan areas is a must to have better job opportunities and social connections. The cost of living also varies as per the geographic location of the institution.

Educational Excellence

Yet a significant decision is to see which institution has academic excellence in all faculties. It will not be justified to say every institution has excellence in each faculty they offer to study. Every institution has its specializations, and international students should look for those institutions specializing in their program choice.

Cost

Every individual has different pocket sizes, and all Canadian institutions have different cost structures. Students must pay more in universities comparing to colleges. The fee structure of the institution plays a vital role in choosing the right institution.

Once you consider all these factors and shortlist some institutions to apply, you should be ready with some documents which are required to apply for these institutions:

  • Academics from Grade 10 to most recent
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System
  • Passport

These are the three most important documents that you should be ready with before applying to any institution. Other documents could be required depending upon different case profiles.

You can find the right program for you and calculate the cost involved by using this tool EduCanada: the official Government of Canada website for study in Canada information

How can SPS Canada Help?

Our team at SPS Canada is a team of regulated practitioners who can help unburden your dilemma of picking the right institution for you. We can provide you with detailed information about every factor involved in choosing the institution for you, starting from geographic location pros and cons to funding an institution.

Throughout your journey, we will be there with you, starting from choosing the right institution to study to help you get your permanent residency.

Don’t live in a dilemma and Start your Assessment or Call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.

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Ontario’s Expression of Interest: How will the new EOI system work?
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June 8, 2021

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One of Canada’s most preferred immigration programs is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has introduced the Expression of Interest system in 5 streams. We will explain what EOI is, which streams in OINP will use this system, the registration process and how SPS Canada Immigration team can help you through this process according to the Government of Ontario. 

What is Expression of Interest (EOI)?

It is a point-based system in which skilled migrants are selected based on information collected according to related fields such as education, language, skills, and work experience to meet Ontario’s economic and labour market needs.

With Expression of Interest, OINP aims to abandon the former first-come-first-served model and create a scoring and ranking system in line with the information to be obtained on specific subjects and make applications accordingly.

Which Streams in OINP will use the EOSystem?

OINP uses the EOI system in the following streams:

  • Employer Job Offer – Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer – International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer – In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream

Employer Job Offer – Foreign Worker Stream

This stream is for the foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation at an eligible Skill Type (0, A, B) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) to get the opportunity to apply for a nomination from the OINP to live and work permanently in Ontario with this stream.

Employer Job Offer – International Student Stream

International students who are offered a job in a skilled occupation in Skill Type 0, A or B of the NOC get the opportunity to apply for a nomination from the OINP to live and work in Ontario permanently.

Employer Job Offer – In-Demand Skills Stream

With this stream, foreign workers who have a job offer in certain demanded professions such as agriculture, trucking, construction get the opportunity to apply for a nomination from the OINP to live and work in Ontario permanently.

Masters Graduate Stream

This stream will give the chance to apply for a nomination from OINP to live and work in Ontario permanently to people who are international graduates holding an Ontario master’s degree.

Ph.D. Graduate Stream

International graduates with an Ontario Ph.D. degree get the opportunity to apply for an OINP nomination to live and work in Ontario permanently.

Registration process

1- Registration of an expression of interest

Before applying to the above streams, interested parties must register an expression of interest to inform OINP that they want an invitation to apply.  

With registration, OINP can collect important information about the applicant, such as education, language, skills, work experience, to meet Ontario’s economic and labour market needs.

Registering an expression of interest is not the same as applying to OINP or applying for permanent residency.

This registration is valid for up to 12 months until the application is invited if registration is not withdrawn. EOI registration is automatically deleted from the system after 12 months if there is no invitation.

2- Invitation

To apply for these streams, the person must have received an invitation.

When the applicant gets an invitation, the application must be submitted within 14 calendar days from the date of receipt of the invitation.

3- After the nomination

If the person is nominated as a result of the application to be made after the invitation, the next step is to apply through the IRCC for permanent residence.

Determine your immigration pathway

SPS Canada Immigration team, consisting of experts in their field under the management of senior practitioner Pradyuman Jhala, who has been working in immigration for more than 15 years, is ready to assist you in OINP Expression of interest as well as in all immigration programs.

From the beginning to the end of the process, our experts will help you and work to get the best result. 

As everyone knows, failure to take action within the time limit is a situation that causes the loss of the right to apply. If you receive an invitation, you have a short period of time to apply for OINP, as mentioned above. In this process, our expert team will ensure that your application is made entirely. After being nominated as a result of your application, you will set out for PR and get one step closer to your dreams. 

Simply Start your Assessment or Call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.  

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Month-end Immigration Updates for May 2021 – What did you miss?
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June 1, 2021

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May has been a busy and yet the most popular month for many international students and essential workers as many eligible candidates took their first steps to get PR under the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident pathway, although the stay-at-home order was extended until June 2.

Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway

May 6 – The Temporary resident to permanent resident pathway, which will affect many people’s lives and is a hope for those who have been waiting for such an opportunity for a long time, was launched on May 6. There are six streams on this pathway, three streams for both English-speaking and French-speaking candidates and three streams for French-speaking candidates only. 

There are limited spots for both English-speaking and French-speaking candidates;

  • 20,000 spots for Workers in Canada: healthcare
  • 30,000 spots for Workers in Canada: Essential, non-healthcare
  • 40,000 spots for recent international graduates (since 2017) from a Canadian institution 

However, for French-speaking candidates only, there are no limitations about spots. 

These streams will end on November 5, 2021, unless all the limited spots are filled before this date. 

May 7 – As of 1:00 pm, all the spots for recent international graduates from a Canadian institution have been filled.

May 28 – As of 09:18 am, there are approximately 18,444 spots left for Workers in Canada: Essential and 19,491 spots for Workers in Canada: Essential for non-healthcare.

Express Entry Draws 

May 12 – IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 557 applicants under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with the lowest CRS score of 752, which is 35 points higher than the previous draw.

May 13 – One day after the PNP draw, IRCC issued ITAs to 4147 applicants under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream with the lowest CRS score of 401.  

May 20 – IRCC issued ITAs to 1842 applicants under the CEC stream with the lowest CRS score of 397.

May 26 – IRCC issued ITAs to 500 applicants under PNP with the lowest CRS score of 713, which is the lowest score since March 17.

May 31 – IRCC issued ITAs to 5956 applicants under the CEC stream with the lowest CRS score of 380, which is the second-lowest score in 2021 after the draw on February 13 (lowest CRS score of 75).

OINP Updates 

May 4 – The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted notifications for applicants with a ranking system score between 458 and 467 who could qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry French-speaking skilled worker stream. 

May 11 – OINP issued ITAs to candidates with the lowest score of 31 and work experience in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system pool who could qualify for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign worker stream and mentioned which specific national occupational codes (NOC) are valid for this stream.

May 13 – OINP has received its 2021 nominations allocation from the federal government, with 8,350 plus and an additional 250 nominations for temporary foreign workers who have a job in the NOC C level.

May 18 – OINP issued ITAs to candidates with a score of 77 and more in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system pool who could qualify for the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.

May 25 – OINP issued ITAs to applicants in the EOI system pool who could qualify for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign worker stream.

May 26 – OINP issued ITAs to applicants in the EOI system pool who could qualify for the Employer Job Offer: International student stream. OINP’s target was applicants who registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot and under this stream with the lowest score of 73 in a separate draw. 

Other Provincial Updates 

May 18 – British Columbia issued ITAs to 82 applicants under The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) through its Tech Pilot. 

May 18 – Alberta issued ITAs to 250 Express Entry applicants under provincial nomination with the lowest CRS score of 301.

May 20 – Prince Edward Island issued ITAs through its PNP to 155 immigration candidates, of which 17 are Business Impact candidates and the rest for Express Entry candidates.  

May 25 – Saskatchewan invited 269 applicants in the Occupations In-Demand sub-category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) with the lowest score of 65.

May 25 – British Columbia issued ITAs to a total of 370 applicants according to the two PNP draws.

May 25 – Manitoba issued ITAs to 232 candidates under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

COVID-19 updates on immigration 

May 13 – The stay-at-home order, which was announced on April 8 and planned to last for six weeks, was extended until June 2 since the number of cases did not decrease. 

May 21 – Although Prime Minister Trudeau recommends that the Canada-US border should be reopened when the first dose of vaccine is taken by at least 75% of Canadians, it was announced that the restriction of travel would continue until June 21 due to the increasing cases.

Interested in learning the best immigration pathway for your profile? Simply Start your Assessment or Call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.  

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