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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program allocation for 2017

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, has reached its provincial nomination allocation for 2017. The announcement caps a busy year for the OINP, which accepts applications under 10 different immigration streams. Canada’s most populous province had been allotted 6,000 nominations for the year and the OINP announced November 22 that this total had been reached. The OINP said all paid applications that have already been submitted will be processed. Approved applications will receive a provincial nomination [...]

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Canada medical inadmissibility rules for newcomers

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says current medical inadmissibility rules for newcomers are out of touch with Canadian values and need to be reformed. Hussen appeared before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Immigration on Wednesday as part of a broader review of medical inadmissibility rules for immigrants, which he said was “necessary and long overdue.” Canada’s current policy of refusing immigrants deemed likely to cause excessive demand on health and social services is more than 40 years old and needs to be brought [...]

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Manitoba changes its Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba has announced a number of changes to its Provincial Nominee Program, including the creation of an in-demand occupations list and a new pathway aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system. The measures are part of a broad restructuring and renewal of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to provide newcomers with new pathways to permanent residence in the province. The changes include the restructuring of three existing immigration streams —MPNP-B business immigration stream, Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream and Skilled Worker Overseas Stream — and the creation of [...]

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IRCC invites 2,750 Express Entry candidates to apply in November 15 draw

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has invited 2,750 candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place on Nov. 15. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the lowest-ranked candidate issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was 439. All candidates with a score above 439 were invited to apply. While some candidates with a score of 439 received ITAs, IRCC said a tie-break procedure was necessary, meaning only those candidates with a CRS score of 439 [...]

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Express Entry Candidates Benefit from Ontario Immigration Stream

The reopening last week of the Canadian province of Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities immigration stream allowed certain candidates in the Express Entry pool to benefit from one of Canada’s most popular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)streams. Even though Ontario stopped receiving applications through this stream just a few days later, the good news is that the province may invite even more applications before the end of year. Moreover, the province has confirmed that if an application is approved after the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) annual allotment is filled, the [...]

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Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream to Issue New NOIs and Accept Applications

One of the most popular Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams for immigration to Canada, Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream, is now accepting applications. The OINP also expects to issue new Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool before the end of 2017. News of the HCP stream reopening was provided by immigration authorities in Ontario on Thursday, November 2. This stream is a major component of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), one of Canada’s PNPs. Successful [...]

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Canada to Welcome Nearly One Million New Immigrants Through 2020

Nearly one million new immigrants will settle in Canada between 2018 and 2020, under what Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has labeled “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent Canadian history.” The ambitious target has been set in the government’s new multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, which was tabled in the House of Commons on November 1. Economic migrants will make up the majority of new permanent residents admitted to Canada, with most economic newcomers set to immigrate through the Express Entry immigration selection system. [...]

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IRCC Invites Express Entry Candidates With CRS Scores As Low as 241

Express Entry candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), as well as candidates with an enhanced provincial nomination, were the big winners in the November 1 draws, which mirrored similar draws that took place on May 26. In the latest draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited FSTC candidates with 241 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)points to apply for permanent residence. The CRS cut-off threshold for provincial nominee candidates was 673 points. In total, 795 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply [...]

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300,000 New Immigrants Per Year the ‘New Normal’: Immigration Minister

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, has said that the country will welcome at least as many new immigrants in 2018 as it expects to this year. The Minister’s comments on CBC radio show The House come just before the government is expected to publish its Immigration Levels Plan for 2018. “Three hundred thousand is now our new normal,” said Hussen, who did not dismiss the idea of a higher target for 2018. “As a government we went from 260,000 to 300,000 because [...]

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Saskatchewan Express Entry Opens for 1,000 New Applications

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened for 1,000 new applications, presenting an opportunity for eligible candidates in the government of Canada’s Express Entry immigration pool to apply for a provincial nomination without needing a job offer. (Update: Since this article was first published, the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category has closed for new applications.) A successful application for a provincial nomination under the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category, which operates [...]

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