International Students and Canada’s Prosperity

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International students contribute much to Canada. They are a significant part of the Canadian economy. They also enrich Canada’s culture and help with issues related to demographics. Canada provides a place for a graduate to start a company and hire Canadians. When graduates choose to stay after their studies are completed, they fill needs in our job market. Industries like technology, health care, and others benefit greatly from students that chose to immigrate to Canada after graduation.

International students who choose to stay are especially important as Canada’s population ages. It will take more working people to support seniors in Canada. Immigrants play an important role in this endeavour.

During the pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken action, therefore, to assist international students. Students who have a study permit may complete their courses online from abroad and still be eligible for a post graduate work permit (PGWP) in Canada. This applies to international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible course of study, as long as they meet all other necessary criteria.

An international student who has graduated and previously held or currently holds a PGWP is being offered an open work permit by the Government of Canada.

Canada wants to bring skilled immigrants to the country, and international students and graduates are part of this plan. This can be a path to Permanent Residence that is beneficial for immigrants and Canada, and can lead to prosperity for all.

Visitors to Canada Allowed to Apply for Work Permits

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In August 2020 the Government of Canada instituted a temporary policy that allows a visitor to Canada to apply for a work permit. This policy is being extended to August 2021.

As part of this policy, a visitor does not have to leave Canada but can apply within its borders for the work permit once in the country. The work permit will include the following information:

  • type of work allowed

  • where work is allowed

  • how long work is allowed

  • the employer for whom work is allowed

A visitor who wants to apply under this policy needs to:

  • have valid and legal visitor status in Canada

  • remain in Canada with valid and legal visitor status

  • secure a job offer

  • apply for the work permit for that employer, including a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or exemption

  • meet all other criteria to be allowed in the country

This will apply to visitors irrespective of when they entered the country.

This policy could help visitors provide while in Canada.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program – March 2021

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The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program nominates applicants with the highest scores. Those potential immigrants are invited to apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for Permanent Residence in Canada.

In March 2021 applicants were chosen based on B.C.’s ability to process applications and the quotas from IRCC. Applicants were chosen from the following categories for this month:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

Under the BC Tech Pilot, qualified applicants with job offers in key technology jobs were also invited to apply. Draws for NOC 0621 and 0631 were done separately.

There was no entrepreneur immigration in March.

British Columbia provincial nomination can lead to Permanent Residence in Canada.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program – March 2021

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The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invites immigration applicants based on Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada numbers. Alberta also has its own criteria for nominating applicants including the current labour market, date of application, number of applicants, and quality of the application itself.

The number of applicants being nominated through the AINP in 2021 has not been given yet. The higher the score, the better your chances are of being nominated.

Alberta is nominating applicants from the Alberta Opportunity Stream and the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

The AINP is not currently accepting applications from the Employer-Driven Stream or Strategic Recruitment Stream.

Applicants under the Self-Employed Farmer Stream can expect to work closely with the AINP and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for immigration assessment.

Alberta provincial nomination can lead to Permanent Residence in Canada.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program – March 2021

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The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program nominates potential immigrants based on quotas from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Saskatchewan nominated applicants in March from the International Skilled Worker category. Some of these applicants were from the Express Entry program and some were from Occupations In-Demand.

Applicants needed a good score and work experience in one of the high demand occupations. They also needed to show that their foreign education met the appropriate standard and that they met the language requirements.

The Occupations In-Demand category is for workers who are highly skilled but do not yet have a job offer in Saskatchewan.

Selections are also based on the labour market and provincial priorities, along with the number of applicants.

Saskatchewan provincial nomination can lead to Permanent Residence in Canada.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program – March 2021

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The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program invites immigration applicants based on quotas from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

In March 2021, Manitoba nominated applicants under the Express Entry stream if they had experience in one of Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations. Education, experience, and language are considered. Applicants were nominated from the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and International Education streams.

The Manitoba Strategic Recruitment Initiative was also a factor. This program helps employers fill job openings.

Additionally, applicants who are licensed to work in a regulated occupation in Manitoba were also nominated.

Manitoba provincial nomination can lead to Permanent Residence in Canada.

Canada’s Immigration Programs

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If you or a family member are thinking of immigrating to Canada, there are several programs that can help with immigration. Polinsys can represent and help potential immigrants with Canadian immigration.

Canada’s immigration programs include:

Express Entry – immigrate as a skilled worker

Start-Up Visa – immigrate by starting a business and employing others

Self-Employed – immigrate through involvement in athletics or culture

Family Sponsorship – immigrate through sponsorship by a family member

Refugee – immigrate as a refugee from another country

Caregiver – immigrate as a caregiver for children, elderly, disabled

Agri-Food Pilot – immigrate as a worker in specific agricultural jobs or industries

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot – immigrate to support small or remote communities

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program – immigrate by working or graduating from a school in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, or Newfoundland and Labrador

Provincial Nominee Programs – immigrate through nomination by a provincial or territorial program

If you or relatives living abroad would like information about Canadian immigration programs and how Polinsys can help, please fill in the form. Let Polinsys help with immigration to Canada.

Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a Canadian program that aims to help smaller and rural communities with economic stimulus by providing a way for skilled workers or those who have graduated from school there to immigrate. The immigrants can then apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. Polinsys can represent potential immigrants for Canadian immigration at the federal and provincial levels and with Canadian employers.

Communities that are or will be participating in this program (changes to the list will be ongoing) are:

North Bay, ON

Sudbury, ON

Timmins, ON

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Thunder Bay, ON

Brandon, MB

Altona/Rhineland, MB

Moose Jaw, SK

Claresholm, AB

Vernon, BC

West Kootenay, BC

In order to apply for immigration through this program, you need to:

  • meet Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada requirements

  • have appropriate work experience

  • meet education and language requirements

  • find an eligible work position with an employer in the community

  • meet the requirements for the specific community

Each community will assess prospective immigrants according to the local economy and the immigrant’s intention of being part of the community. Immigrants can expect help from the community in resettling and connecting with others. An immigrant can then apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

This is a great opportunity to immigrate to Canada. Fill in the form, and let Polinsys help with your immigration to Canada.

Immigration to Canada in 2020

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Immigration to Canada has been a way of supporting economic, cultural, and population growth in the country. Over the years, millions of people have immigrated to Canada on a permanent or temporary basis. Some look for a better financial situation, to be closer to family, or to find refuge in a safe and welcoming place. Immigrants seek opportunities and provide enrichment for those around them. Canada is diverse with strong economic, cultural, and social parts of its society.

Canada welcomed just over 184,000 immigrants to its borders in 2020. That was down significantly due to the global pandemic and was the lowest level for immigrants to Canada in some years.

The top three countries for immigration to Canada in 2020 were India, China, and the Philippines. India has been a leading source of immigrants to Canada over the past few years due to college/university degrees, work experience, and English fluency.

Canada is launching an ambitious objective for immigrants in 2021 and the years to follow. The IRCC and provinces/territories will continue to process applications. This will be an interesting time for immigration to Canada.

Historic Number of Immigrants Offered Permanent Residence in Canada in Early 2021

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On Feb. 13, 2021, Canada invited 27,332 immigrants currently in Canada to apply to become permanent residents of Canada. It was the largest single group offered from the Express Entry system in Canadian history. This particular group was from the Canadian Experience Class.

The Express Entry system is part of the Canadian government’s immigration system. It is used to manage applications from skilled workers for permanent residence. It includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

On Feb. 17, 2021, 654 immigrants from the Provincial Nominee Program were also invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The Provincial Nominee Program is a provincial program in Canada for skilled workers to legally immigrate to Canada and strengthen local economies.

That makes for a total of 27,986 invitations to apply to become permanent residents of Canada.

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada hopes that in 2021, it will welcome 401,000 immigrants to Canada. The country hopes to make more temporary residents into permanent residents during the pandemic. It also hopes to continue to look outside the country for skilled labour. These avenues will help boost the Canadian economy during the post-pandemic recovery.

So, now is a great time to look at immigrating to Canada and the many ways open to do so!