The BC Provincial Nominee Program

BC PNP has reopened its doors. Many new ways for workers and international students to apply for Permanent Residence.

Economic growth in B.C. depends on people – on having the qualified workers and entrepreneurs we need to meet labour market and economic development demands and ensure the continued prosperity of our province. Immigration plays an important role in helping B.C. meet current and future labour market shortages.

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers an economic immigration pathway for in demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs who can contribute economically to the province.

Individuals nominated by the BC PNP are eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence for themselves and their dependants.

The BC PNP is only one way of applying for permanent resident status in Canada. See the IRCC website for further information of other immigration pathways.

For complete program requirements, please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.

For more information about how to complete the online registration and application, please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical Guide.

Immigration to Canada: Last round for Quebec starts

2,800 will be accepted from January 18 on first-come basis

The last round of this year’s application cycle for the popular immigration stream the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) to the Canadian province of Quebec will open on Monday, 18 January.

With an expected ‘application rush’ those interested are recommended to keep their files ready and apply as soon as they can.

The QSWP is a programme similar to its federal equivalent but considered to be more lenient in terms of criteria, especially with the recent changes to the programme.

The stream enables the regular immigrant to move to Canada to live and work there, provided the person settles in the province of Quebec.

The intake round could run until March 31, 2016 at the latest, however, the intake cap is expected to be reached before this date. A maximum of 2800 applications will be accepted.

What is new?

Applications for this intake round will only be accepted through the new online system dubbed the Mon projet Québec online application management system. During the previous intake round, which was closed in November, the province accepted the last applications through post.

However, that is not all. In the first week of this year some changes were made to the programme, widening the window of opportunities for applicants.

Previously, recent work experience in the field of education had to be demonstrated of this education was completed more than 5 years ago. This is no longer the case; applicants will receive points for their diplomas regardless of when they were earned.

In August last year Quebec made another welcoming announcement stating that the adaptability interview, judging one’s capability to settle in the province, was scrapped from the requirements and would no longer determine the number of points for applicants.

Although the intake cap has been reduced, applicants have more chances to be accepted this year.

How it works

The programme uses a point-based system, where a minimum threshold applies in order to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

A single applicant must score at least 49 points, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 57 points.

Considerable emphasis is placed on language. An applicant can receive a maximum of 22 points for language. Up to 16 points can be awarded for French proficiency, and up to 6 for English.

However, French language proficiency is not a requirement.

Area of training can be allocated 6-16 points. Specifying which occupations are in demand, the Canadian province requires candidates to have qualifications in one of the training fields on the list.

Individuals who have degrees in areas such as computer science, computer engineering, accounting, translation, and banking and financial operations are in demand.

The programme operates on a first come, first serve basis.

Application to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents

We will start taking new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents on January 4, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. There will be a cap on the number we accept. We will not accept applications we receive before this date.
You can now get the 2016 application package on this site.
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Table of Contents
Overview
Before You Apply
Step 1. Gather Documents
Step 2. Complete the Application
Step 3. Pay the Fees
Step 4. Mail the Application
What Happens Next
How to Contact CIC
Overview
Application package

This application package consists of:

an instruction guide, and
the required forms.
The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and
assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents.
Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.

Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step
What you must do to have your application processed.

Important information
Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.

Get more information
Where to get more information.

Note:
Tips that will assist you with this application.

Before You Apply
Sponsorship of parents and grandparents

The Canadian government allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their parents and grandparents, but it requires that arriving immigrants receive care and support from their sponsors.

Who may use this application?

This application guide is designed for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are 18 years of age or older and wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

Whom may I sponsor using this application package?

You can use this application package to sponsor your:

parents, or
grandparents.
What does it mean to sponsor parents and grandparents?

When you sponsor persons who are members of the family class, you must sign an undertaking with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (or with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion [MIDI] if you live in Quebec).

The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support and basic requirements for the family members you are sponsoring.

Basic requirements are:

food
clothing
utilities
personal requirements
shelter
fuel
household supplies
This also includes other health care not provided by public health, such as eye and dental care.

The undertaking ensures that these persons and their family members do not have to apply for social assistance. The length of undertaking for sponsorship of parents, grandparents and their accompanying dependents is 20 years.

Your obligations as a sponsor begin as soon as the person you are sponsoring and, if applicable, his or her family members arrive in Canada.

Important information: The undertaking is an unconditional promise of support. For example, the granting of Canadian citizenship, divorce, separation or relationship breakdown or moving to another province does not cancel the undertaking. The undertaking also remains in effect even if your financial situation deteriorates.

May I have a co-signer?

Your spouse or common-law partner may help you meet the income requirement by co-signing the sponsorship application. A common-law partner is a person who is living with you in a conjugal relationship and has done so for at least one year prior to the signing of the undertaking.

The co-signer must:

meet the same eligibility requirements as the sponsor;
agree to co-sign the undertaking;
agree to be responsible for the basic requirements of the person you want to sponsor and his or her family members for the validity period of the undertaking.
The co-signer will be equally liable if obligations are not performed.

If your co-signer is a common-law partner, you must submit the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409).

Note: Assets, potential earnings, or assistance from other family members will not be considered.
Sponsorship eligibility

In order to sponsor, you must…

be 18 years of age or older;
be a Canadian citizen, Registered Indian or permanent resident;
be sponsoring a member of the family Class;
live in Canada;
sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored;
sign an agreement with the person you are sponsoring that confirms that each of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities;
prove that you have sufficient income to provide the basic requirements for your family members in Canada as well as the persons included in your sponsorship undertaking. You may also have a co-signer.
You may NOT sponsor if you…

are in receipt of social assistance for a reason other than disability,
are in default of an undertaking, an immigration loan, a performance bond, or family support payments,
For more information. See Defaults below.
are an undischarged bankrupt,
were convicted of an offence of a sexual nature, a violent criminal offence, an offence against a relative that results in bodily harm or an attempt or threat to commit any such offences—depending on circumstances such as the nature of the offence, how long ago it occurred and whether a pardon was issued
For more information. See Sponsorship Bar for Violent Crime
are under a removal order,
are detained in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison,
Defaults

You are not eligible to sponsor if you are in default of a previous undertaking. If you are in default and you submit an application to sponsor, it will be refused and the sponsorship fees that you have paid will not be refunded or applied to subsequent sponsorship applications.

If you are in default of…

A previous sponsorship undertaking

Relatives you sponsored in the past received social assistance or welfare while the undertaking was valid.

You may not sponsor until you repay the full amount of any social assistance or welfare payment or repay the debt to the satisfaction of the government authority that issued the benefit or ordered you to pay.

An immigration loan

You received a transportation, assistance or Right of Permanent Residence Fee (previously called the Right of Landing Fee) loan and have missed payments or are in arrears.

You may not sponsor until you pay all arrears on your loan. For more information, contact Collection Services at 1-800-667-7301 (in Canada and the United States only).

Support payment obligations

You were ordered by a court to make support payments to a spouse or child and have neglected to do so.

You may not sponsor until you resolve the family support matter.

A performance bond

You agreed to pay money to guarantee that an immigrant would fulfil his or her obligations under immigration legislation.

You may not sponsor until you pay the full amount of the bond.

Full article on: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5772ETOC.asp#apply

Liberals unveil new plan for immigration focused on family reunification, middle class growth

BRAMPTON, ON – A Liberal government will bring real change to Canada’s immigration system so it is focused on compassion, economic opportunity, and family reunification, said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today.

“Immigration is critical to job creation and long-term economic growth for the middle class. In so many ways, Canada is what it is today thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of those who chose to build their lives here,” said Mr. Trudeau. “During the Harper decade, our immigration system has been mismanaged, politicized, and re-oriented away from welcoming those who choose to make Canada their new and permanent home. Liberals will reform our immigration system, and make family reunification a core priority of our government.”

Liberals will significantly improve the current immigration system to, among other things, ensure that families can stay together and successfully integrate into their new communities. We will immediately double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents to 10,000 each year. To help make that happen, and to restore processing times to levels that existed before the Harper decade, we will nearly double the budget for processing family class applications. In addition, we will provide greater access to applicants who have Canadian siblings, and we will restore the maximum age for dependents to 22 from 19, to allow more Canadians to bring their children to Canada. A Liberal government will also change the rules so that spouses immigrating to Canada receive immediate permanent residency, getting rid of the current two-year waiting period.

“The Harper Conservatives froze family reunification applications for two years, then made the rules so rigid that thousands of hard-working people who would like to bring their parents to Canada don’t even bother to apply. Making it easier for families to be together makes good economic sense. When Canadians have support – like family involvement in child care – it helps to drive our productivity and economic growth, while strengthening the middle class,” said Mr. Trudeau. “I’m constantly inspired by the way Canadians come together to build strong communities, create jobs, and grow our economy. Liberals will continue to work with all Canadians to build a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed.”

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENTS

We will give international students and temporary residents credit for time already spent in Canada.

We will make it easier for international students and other temporary residents to become Canadian citizens by restoring the residency time credit. We will also make changes to the Canadian Experience Class, to reduce the barriers to immigration imposed on international students.

http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/international-students-and-temporary-residents/

Vancouver economy set for fastest growth of any major Canadian city, says Conference Board

The Conference Board of Canada has lofty economic expectations for Vancouver.

In the influencial board’s fall “Metropolitan Outlook,” Vancouver is predicted to have the fastest-growing metropolitan economy in Canada this year.

“Vancouver’s economy is on track to extend its streak of strong growth this year. In fact, 2015 will mark the fifth time in the past six years that growth in the region has topped 3 per cent,” Alan Arcand, associate director, Centre for Municipal Studies, said in a statement.

“The manufacturing sector will lead the way this year, but widespread gains are expected across all sectors of the city’s economy.”

In the conclusion by the board, Vancouver is expected to have the fastest economic growth out of 13 major cities that were reviewed in the forecast.

Vancouver’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 8.6 per cent in 2015.

Hit hard by the slump in oil prices, long-standing economic leaders Calgary and Edmonton face recession in 2015.

Vancouver’s economy is forecast to expand by 3.4 per cent in 2015 and rise by a further 3.5 per cent in 2016.

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New draw…Express Entry

MINISTERIAL INSTRUCTIONS RESPECTING INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM (AUGUST 21, 2015)

Determination — number of invitations

1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on August 21, 2015 and ending on August 22, 2015 is 1,523.

Required rank

(2) Foreign nationals who, on August 21, 2015 at 14:38:31 UTC, have been assigned a total of 456 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System that is set out in the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Express Entry System, as published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 1, 2014 and as amended from time to time, occupy the rank required to be invited to make an application for permanent residence

Express Entry Mid-Year Report

Express Entry is a dynamic application management system that changes each day as people enter and exit the pool. This report is a snapshot of the Express Entry system for the initial six months of implementation. It is based on a data extract as of July 6, 2015 and it represents only one moment in time. It includes information on the number of invitations issued since the launch of Express Entry in early January 2015, as well as information on candidates in the Express Entry pool.

It is important to note that:

  1. The following tables are based on self reported information. CIC only verifies information once a formal application for permanent residence is received.
  2. Express Entry is still in the early days of operation and as such represents initial observations only.

Background

Launched in January 2015, Express Entry is a new application management system for certain economic immigration programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee program.

The management of applications via the Express Entry system results in faster processing; prevents the build-up of application backlogs; and, improves the economic outcomes of immigrants by ensuring that skilled newcomers with the best indicators for success in Canada’s labour market are invited to apply rather than those who happen to be first in line. Only the highest ranking candidates are invited to complete an application for permanent residence.

Express Entry also increases the labour market responsiveness of the immigration system through a greater role for employers who have a more direct role in recruiting economic immigrants using the new system. When an employer is unable to find a qualified Canadian or permanent resident for a job, they can now be matched with qualified Express Entry candidates through the Government of Canada’s Job Bank. All jobs offered to Express Entry candidates need to be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Invitation Rounds

Implementing the Express Entry system was a significant undertaking and we continue to monitor it closely. During this initial start-up period, it is expected that the majority of admissions in 2015 are likely to come from applications submitted before January 1, 2015, i.e. not through Express Entry.

CIC has planned for small and regular invitation rounds in the first few months to allow for adjustments to the system, ensuring program integrity and its success.

As anticipated, small and frequent rounds have shaped the results to-date. For example, a large number of foreign nationals already working in Canada have received invitations to apply because they have job offers supported by an LMIA which awarded them 600 additional points under the Express Entry system. These early rounds have also likely included foreign nationals who were unable to apply before Express Entry because of occupation caps or because application space for programs was surpassed.

Future rounds from the Express Entry pool will become the main source of applications to meet annual immigration levels targets for certain economic immigration programs under the Express Entry system as the older inventories are reduced.

Express Entry Pool

Our ability to meet immigration levels in the three federal economic immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system requires sufficient candidates in the pool with the skills and experience that the Canadian labour market needs.

At present, the pool is growing by about 1,500 persons per week. Over the coming months, the size of the pool is expected to remain large offering a broad range of candidates from around the world who are ready to contribute to Canada and the Canadian labour market.

Express Entry Profiles submitted to the Express Entry Pool

Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system (i.e. Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program) are accepted into a pool of candidatesFootnote1.  Provincial Nominees participating in Express Entry must also meet the criteria of one of the three federal immigration programs.

As of July 6, 2015, a total of 112,701 foreign nationals had submitted an Express Entry profile. Of these, 48,723 were found not eligible because they did not meet the criteria of at least one of the three programs managed by the system; 4,302 were pending due to Job Bank registration or verification of their Provincial Nomination by a Province or Territory; 6,441 withdrew their profile; 41,218 were eligible to be invited to apply; and 12,017 were invited to apply for permanent resident status.

Express Entry Profiles submitted to the Express Entry Pool as of July 6, 2015
Number of Profiles Completed 112,701
Not Eligible 48,723
Number Pending (i.e. Job Bank Registration, PN Validation) 4,302
Withdrawn 6,441
Invited 12,017
Number of Active Candidates in the Pool 41,218

The number of candidates invited is lower than the number of invitations sent because some candidates have received more than one invitation. Express Entry candidates may decline an invitation, return to the Express Entry pool and may be eligible to receive another invitation.

Express Entry Pool

Express Entry automatically assigns a Comprehensive Ranking System score to candidates who submit a profile. The Comprehensive Ranking System score is based on the information they provide in their profile including their age, education, official language proficiency and work experience. All self-reported information must be supported with appropriate documentation at the application stage or a candidate will be refused.

Candidates are ranked according to their CRS scores at the time of an invitation round. CRS scores may change as a candidate’s particular circumstances change. For example, a candidate may complete another post-secondary degree, gain more work experience or be nominated by a province or territory. The Express Entry pool is dynamic and a candidate’s rank may change as other candidates join and leave the pool.

Potential candidates can receive 600 additional points for a job offer or a provincial/territorial nomination. Candidates with higher scores have a higher likelihood of being invited. As of July 6, 2015, the CRS scores of the 41,218 eligible foreign nationals in the pool were distributed as per the table below.

It shows the distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of July 6. This distribution is made up of candidates with a wide range of score based on their human capital attributes, LMIA-backed job offers and provincial nominations. More information on the Comprehensive Ranking System is available on ourwebsite.

Comprehensive Ranking System Score Distribution of Candidates in the Express Entry Pool as of July 06, 2015
Comprehensive Ranking System Score Number of candidates
>1000 51
950 – 999 38
900 – 949 40
850 – 899 65
800 – 849 62
750 – 799 64
700 – 749 27
650 – 699 7
600 – 649 1
550 – 599 2
500 – 549 38
450 – 499 1,786
400 – 449 8,770
350 – 399 14,597
300 – 349 12,517
250 – 299 2,247
200 – 249 585
150 – 199 225
100 -149 75
<100 21
Total 41,218

Results of Express Entry Rounds for Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence

A growing number of invitations have been issued through Express Entry but we are still in the early stages of implementation. The following tables display distribution of those invited across economic immigration programs as well as the top ten countries of residence and countries of citizenship. Over time, this will likely change as the number of rounds and invitations grow.

Almost all candidates invited in the first four invitation rounds had job offers supported by LMIAs. The vast majority of these candidates were working in Canada, were familiar with Canada’s immigration system and were able to submit a profile quickly. With 600 points for a job offer they became top-ranked candidates. In March, candidates without job offers or provincial nominations (CRS score less than 600 points) began to be invited on a regular basis.

Invitations issued by economic immigration program as of July 6, 2015
Round Date Comprehensive Ranking System Cutoff Invitations Issued Above 600 pts Provincial nominees Federal Skill Workers Federal Skill Trades Canadian Experience Class
1 Jan. 31 886 779 100% 13 432 163 171
2 Feb. 7 818 779 100% 17 167 221 374
3 Feb. 20 808 849 100% 0 0 0 849
4 Feb. 27 735 1,187 100% 24 114 409 640
5 Mar. 20 481 1,620 75% 43 500 336 741
6 Mar. 27 453 1,637 20% 3 1,187 103 344
7 Apr. 10 469 925 70% 24 329 159 413
8 Apr. 17 453 715 41% 35 389 87 204
9 May 22 755 1,361 100% 278 240 253 590
10 June 12 482 1,501 68% 150 526 104 721
11 June 26 469 1,575 40% 111 925 52 487
Total 12,928 70% 698 4,809 1,887 5,534

In the early weeks of Express Entry, Canada was the dominant country of residence for invited candidates because of the number of foreign workers with LMIA backed job offers that wish to settle in Canada permanently. The country of origin reflects the origin of qualified candidates from the pool.  Express Entry is still in early stages of implementation and it is anticipated that the top ten countries will continue to shift as more candidates are invited to apply.

Country of Residence of Invited Candidates as of July 6, 2015
Country Number Percentage
Canada 11,047 85.5%
India 420 3.2%
United States of America 231 1.8%
Philippines 153 1.2%
United Kingdom 111 0.9%
China 99 0.8%
Nigeria 77 0.6%
France 66 0.5%
United Arab Emirates 57 0.4%
Australia 43 0.3%
Top 10 12,304 95.2%
Country of Citizenship of Invited Candidates as of July 6, 2015
Country Number Percentage
India 2,687 20.8%
Philippines 2,514 19.4%
United Kingdom 951 7.4%
Ireland 682 5.3%
China 531 4.1%
United States of America 521 4.0%
South Korea 327 2.5%
France 258 2.0%
Australia 257 2.0%
Mexico 249 1.9%
Top 10 8,977 69.4%

Aggregate Data on Applications for Permanent Residence through Express Entry

As indicated in the table below, CIC received 7,528 applications for permanent residence from candidates who were invited to apply for permanent residence during the invitation rounds. The majority of the applications are still in progress but 655 were approved resulting in 844 visas issued to principal applicants and their dependants; and, 411 admissions in Canada.

Aggregate Data on Applications for Permanent Residence through Express Entryas of July 6, 2015
Application Received (Principal Applicant only) Applications in Progress (Principal Applicant only) Applications Approved (Principal Applicant only) Visas Issued (Principal Applicant and dependants) Admissions (Principal Applicant and dependants)
7,528 5,835 655 844 411

Some interesting Facts on Canada

Canada Facts

 

  • Canada is the second largest country in the world.
  • Canada is a peaceful country with a politically stable democracy.
  • Canada with its official policy of multiculturalism encourages immigrants to preserve their cultural values, language and religion.
  • Canada is the 7th largest economic powerhouse in the world.
  • Canada is a world leader in technology.
  • Canada is world renowned for its peace keeping forces seen around the world.
  • Canadian citizens & new comers to Canada enjoy universal free health care.
  • Canada offers free primary & secondary school education.
  • Canada offers a generous Social Security & Guaranteed Old Age Security Plan for all its people.
  • Canada boasts some of the best universities in the world.
  • Canada can take pride of it’s safe and clean neighborhoods.
  • Canada has a market based free enterprise economy.
  • Canada is bilingual – English & French.

Population:  32,207,113 (July 2003).

Languages:  English official, French official, other.

Political system:  Confederation with parliamentary democracy.

Capital:  Ottawa

Education:  97% literacy rate (1986 est.)

Culture:  British Isles origin 28% ; French origin 23% ; other European 15% ; Amerindian 2% ; other NA ; mostly Asian NA ; African NA ; Arab 6% ; mixed background 26%.

Religions:  Roman Catholic 46% , Protestant 36% , other 18%.

Age structure:  

  • 0-14 years: 18.5% (male:3,052,005; female:2,903,007)
  • 15-64 years: 68.6% (male:11,099,907; female:10,984,903)
  • 65 years and over: 12.9% (male:1,774,262; female:2,393,029)

GDP – per capita:  Purchasing power parity – $29,400 (2002 .est).

Terrain:  Mostly plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast.

Geography:  Second-largest country in world (after Russia); strategic location between Russia and US via north polar route; approximately 85% of the population is concentrated within 300 km of the US border.

Climate:  Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north.

Provinces and capital cities:  Alberta (Edmonton); British Columbia (Victoria); Manitoba (Winnipeg); New Brunswick (Fredericton); Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s); Northwest Territories (Yellowknife); Nova Scotia (Halifax); Nunavut (Iqaluit); Ontario (Toronto); Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown); Québec (Québec); Saskatchewan (Regina); Yukon (Whitehorse).