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Special Measures to Temporary and Permanent Residents and Applicants Affected by Covid-19
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has implemented special measures for applicants from Korea, China and Iran, where the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The special measure was introduced to apply to citizens, permanent residents, visiting visa applicants, applicants for overseas study permits, and applicants for work permits, as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents abroad, who must enter Canada safely. Visa Office Centres in China have already implemented the special measures on February 7 and South Korea and Iran as well since February 29. According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, special actions are applied to the following types of applicants: • South Korean, Chinese, Iranian citizens or residents of South Korea, China, and Iran. • Applicants subject to entry-related services or restrictions in Canada due to coronavirus (COVID-19) o visa application centres closures o service disruptions at visa application centres o limited access to local government offices and businesses o limited access to physical examination and biometric system services We will accept applications from applicants who require permission to visit, work or study abroad, and have promised to help them proceed without physical examination or biometrics. If there are insufficient documents at the time of application, you can provide the rest of the documents except the insufficient documents, and specify the documents separately. The insufficient documentation will be available within the next 90 days, which will also apply to biometric systems. The biometric recognition system must proceed within 30 days of request, but the applicant included in the above conditions will be given an additional 90 days to receive biometric recognition. For permanent residency applicants, Express Entry usually requires all documents to be provided within 60 days of receipt of the invitation. However, if you cannot receive the required documents due to the coronavirus outbreak, you can submit the reason why you cannot receive the documents and the documents except the documents you cannot provide. The rest of the documents can then be submitted as soon as they are available. However, this will put the applications on hold until further notice, so submission of documents without delays will prevent you from additional delays in the government decision on you applications. In addition, those who have been granted permanent residency but are unable to do PR Landing before the document expires must explain the situation to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. If explained, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada could postpone the appointment of an interview or the PR landing date. For Canadian citizenship applicants, if they find it difficult to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office, the Canadian citizenship test, re-test, interview, hearing, or citizenship pledge, they may re-establish an appointment by explaining the reasons in advance. This special policy regarding Corona, Canada, states that Canada is favorable to foreign nationals regardless of the coronavirus and will continue to issue visitor permits, work permits, study permits as well as newcomers. If it is not easy to enter the country due to Corona or if the document is not easy to obtain, the deadline can be extended. Contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in advance, if your flight is delayed or the required document is delayed due to the coronavirus.
BC PNP: Changes and Impacts
Any applicants who prepares to immigrate to BC province would have heard of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program(BC PNP) at least once. BC PNP is one of the immigration methods implemented in BC government for applicants who reside in BC province or prepare to acquire permanent residency in Canada through BC PNP. In the past, BC immigration enabled many applicants to acquire permanent residency because of the advantages of BC PNP. The biggest advantage is that there is no age score unlike Express Entry. Unlike Express Entry, applicants who are over 30 years old and apply for permanent residency will not be penalized for their age scores. In addition, if BC PNP is prepared in small cities due to regional scores, regional bonus points can be obtained, and points based on job and salary can be obtained. These advantages made it easier for older or inarticulate English speakers to acquire permanent residency. However, recent changes to Tech Pilot focus and Guaranteed Invitation Scores have affected BC PNP applicants as well. There have been a total of eight BC PNP selections since the beginning of 2020. Through the eight draws, you might think that the BC PNP score is steadily rising, and it is because of the selection configuration. With the exception of five Tech Pilot selections out of a total of eight draws, there were a total of three BC PNP draws. The general BC PNP draw was announced on January 7, three weeks later on January 28, four weeks later on February 27. As you can see from the draw date above, the selection is being made every three or four weeks, unlike in 2019, when the draw was frequent every two weeks. Also, the number of invitations is 200 to 300, which means the draw score is higher than before. The biggest reason for this is that BC is still focused on 29 Tech Pilot occupations. Tech Pilot is a program created by BC government to benefit permanent residency applicants through 29 occupations listed on Tech Pilot program. The BC government extended the date to June, 2020 because they still have a labor shortage in those field. Tech Pilot has already had five draws this year and has selected 349 people. It accounts for a large portion of the total number of invitations in 2020, nearly 32 % of the 1,096 people. As of February, 221 people out of 551 people were invited through Tech Pilot program. Other changes to the BC PNP are to abolish the Province Guaranteed Invitation Score as of February 19 as the BC PNP draw scores continue to rise up. The Guaranteed Invitation Score was an immigration guarantee program that insured to get an invitation if a certain score was exceeded. Few people applied for permanent residency in this way because it was a program that only few applicants could actually achieve that score. So it doesn't seem to have a direct impact on applicants who were already preparing for BC PNP, but it's still a question of whether BC PNP will create a different system with the abolition of this Guaranteed Invitation Scores. Since 2017, BC PNP scores have been gradually rising. The Canadian government's announcement says they will continue to accommodate more immigrants in the future, and it will also give more support to Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Agri-Food Immigration Pilot that are being prepared or implemented by the federal government.
Now Post-Graduation Work Permit Applicants Allowed to Travel Outside Canada
Remaining in Canada while waiting for the result of post-graduation work permit (PGWP) after application submitted is one of the requirements of post-graduation work permit application. International students no longer need to stay in Canada while their post-graduation work permit is in process. As of February 21, 2020, once post-graduation work permit application has submitted, the applicants are allowed to travel outside Canada then re-enter to Canada and work. However, not all Canadian students can apply for post-graduation work permit and work, but only if they meet the conditions below, they can get a post-graduation work permit to work legally in Canada. • Post-graduation work permit must be applied before the Study Permit expires. • After completing a Canadian academic program, you must receive a degree, diploma or certificate. • You must graduate from a college, university, or professional training school for at least 8 months. • Do not work longer than the hours permitted to be employed during your study with the Study Permit. • Graduates from schools where post-graduation work permit applications are available. • Full-time classes must be registered during the study period. If post-graduation work permit is approved after the above conditions are met, you will be able to obtain work permit, which allows you to work in Canada for at least eight months to up to three years. If your ultimate goal is to settle in Canada, you can have a career in Canada with this acquired post-graduation work permit and make it easier to prepare for permanent residency. The biggest advantage is that post-graduation work permit gives you the opportunity when you look for a job, and you can get enough work experience up to three years. In addition, there are additional points in the permanent residency system that can be applied for Canadian school graduates. In addition to this change in post-graduation work permit, the Canadian government remains to offer benefits to international students in Canada. Extended period of post-graduation work permit application, brief application conditions, and permanent residency are shown to maintain highly educated talents who have finished studying in Canada through bonus points. The Canadian government further encourages international students to come to Canada and to immigrate after their study.
The New Plan Commits to Increasing Immigration Intake: Is It Working?
The Government of Canada announced in 2019 that it was the fifth year in history to accommodate more than 300,000 immigrants, with a total of 341,000 immigrants. It is also clear that it has expressed its intention to accommodate more immigrants by accommodating 10,000 more than the previous federal target of 33,800 immigrants. But, in numbers, unlike Canada's increased acceptance of immigration, the actual immigration threshold felt by applicants was a bit higher than in 2017 or 2018. If you analyze the reasons, you can divide it into three main categories: the formation of immigration programs, the composition of immigrants by country, and the population density in preferred regions. First, there were applicants who felt that the immigration threshold was high because of the differences in the composition of the new immigration program. The composition of new immigrants depends on whether the Conservatives are in power or the Liberals are in power. In general, when the Conservatives come to power, they increase the proportion of the Economic Classes that have a career, seek to immigrate to Canada, and lower the proportion of parents and grandparents sponsorship and refugee immigration. On the contrary, the Liberals in power, economic class the upward to the Immigration and Refugees, the invitation of the family, but rather lower rate. The reason for this is a change in the nature of each party. The composition of new immigrants in 2019 when the Liberal Party was in power was Economic Class: 58%, Family Sponsorship: 27% and Refugee Class: 15% while maintaining parents and grandparents sponsorship and refugee immigration. For this reason, applicants who were willing to immigrate through parents and grandparents sponsorship were more likely to apply, while applicants who were preparing for permanent residency while working in Canada were forced to face higher immigration barriers. The second is the composition of immigrants by country. When preparing for permanent residency by emigration to the Economic Class, the most important part is language and English score. In other words, if residents in countries such as India, Philippines, and the United States, which are familiar with English, prepare for permanent residency in Canada, they will have an advantage in acquiring permanent residency due to high scores in English proficiency test. What exactly illustrates this is the composition of immigrants by country in 2019. In 2019, 25 percent of the total 340,000 immigrants, and about 86,000 immigrants, were Indian citizens, with 9 percent in China, 30,000 in the Philippines, and 27,000 in the Philippines. Korea has the ninth largest number of Canadian immigrants, with 1.7 percent and 6,110 people acquiring permanent residency in Canada. It was a year when the number of permanent residency applicants who lived in the Philippines, more English-speaking India, was overwhelmingly high. The third is increased concentration of preferred areas. Over 72 percent of new immigrants have settled in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta in the last three years. In other words, as most new immigrants want to move to big cities, the competition for immigration has become even fiercer. Federal immigration, Express Entry as well as PNP state immigration should be selected for each selection by earning higher scores than other immigration applicants by relative evaluation. However, due to the heavy competition in most large cities, the scores kept rising, forcing applicants who could not get more state immigration scores to move to other provinces or give up to acquire permanent residency. For these reasons, the actual statistics show that more and more immigrants acquired permanent residency in 2019, but the immigration threshold felt by the people of Korea was high so made them think that fewer applicants acquired permanent residency in 2019. In contrast to the announcement that it will accommodate more and more people in 2020, Express Entry has maintained a high starting point, with a sharp increase in the number of starting points since January 2020. There is a lot of pessimism about the possibility that the score may not go down again, but given the fact that Canada is preparing and implementing a lot of new immigration laws, it is likely that you will be able to acquire permanent residency if you prepare thoroughly with the correct immigration method that suits you.
Entry and Exit Information System
From February 2019, the Canadian Immigration Service was able to identify all foreigners, permanent residents and citizens entering Canada from the United States by land. And from June 2020, the system will also be improved so that all visitors who fly to and from Canada can also can be identified. In the future, if a traveler leaves Canada or enters the country by land or air, the entry/exit information will be sent to the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA). Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can then obtain name, birth date, nationality, gender and entry/exit date collected by the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) via the entry and exit program. Due to the new immigration system in Canada, much of it is expected to be carried out accurately and fairly. This system improvement will directly affect your work permit, study permit, visitor Permit, permanent residency and Canadian citizenship applications. The information collected through the program can be used to confirm how long a temporary resident has previously stayed in Canada and if he or she stayed longer than what they were allowed to reside. This will affect on eTA, work permit, study permit, and visitor permit applications and their extensions. This information makes it easy for immigration to investigate individual qualifications for travel documents in Canada and can prevent identity and travel documents fraud in advance. Permanent residents will be affected by the extension of their permanent residency card, application for citizenship and immigration to their families. This program allows you to track the dates of your residence in Canada. This will help you determine whether you have met the minimum 730 days of residence in Canada every 5 years to maintain your permanent residency and have lived in Canada for more than 1,095 days within the last 5 years to apply for your Canadian citizenship. In addition, family invitations can be sent to Canada to determine whether the invitees live together, apply from overseas, or meet the eligibility requirements. Immigration data is used to help check for potential loss of permanent residency status and false statements. While this new system is expected to provide more accurate information about applicants, there are also concerns that information will be misrepresented in the system. If the information is misplaced due to a system error, the traveler may request a copy of his personal travel record and if he finds the error, he may request the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) to correct it. The new program will have a significant impact on applying for permanent residency and citizenship as well as temporary resident permits in Canada in the future. As all immigration records are detailed, you should be more careful about applying for permits, permanent residency, and citizenship by filling out detailed information the date you enter and exit the country. We also expect the system to shorten the process of applications, as applicants can apply with more accurate information.
Make Yourself Ready for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
Many people wanting to immigrate to Canada are interested in finding other fastest ways of immigrating to Canada, as Express Entry (EE) and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) immigration scores have been raised. In particular, many of the people are interested in Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, which will be addressed in March, as the application eligibility requirements for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), which has been drawing much attention recently, were announced last week. Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, which will be announced soon, is a method of immigration prepared to address labor demand in the farm sector, especially in the mushroom and greenhouse crop production, meat processing and breeding industries throughout the year, and to attract skilled workers regardless of the season. The program will be temporarily run for three years from March 2020 to March 2023. Details will be announced in March, but the details so far are somewhat brief. The conditions presented so far are somewhat similar to those of the Atlantic Immigration Program Pilot (AIPP) and Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) There are five major categories: experience, job offer, language score, education, and settlement fund. First of all, if you look at your career, you have to work in Canada for more than one full-time year, 30 hours a week, in the last three years. You also have to work in the agri-food-related occupational groups, not in all occupational groups. Possible occupations include farm supervisors, butchering workers, food processing workers, farmworkers, and harvest workers. You cannot apply at any time for a job in this job, and you have limited the number of applications to each job group. Applications are limited to 50 farm supervisors, 1,470 butcher workers, 730 food processing workers, 200 farmworkers, and 300 harvest workers. The second condition requires a job offer from a Canadian employer in the relevant industry group. It must be reported that the offer will employ non-seasonal and permanent employees for at least 30 hours a week. Also, because the minimum wage that is most important is applied to different workgroups, an offer must be made based on that amount. For example, if the salary for Agri-Food immigration from a butcher is $15 and the job offer is $14, you are not eligible to apply. The third condition is the language score. With all immigration changing to a trend that requires language scores, the newly announced farm emigration also requires minimal language scores. You can earn 4 CLB points, which are slightly lower than other immigrants. Fourth, you need to complete a course corresponding to your Canadian high school graduation or Canadian high school graduation on a slightly lower standard of education. Finally, minimum settlement funds are required, and provincial applicants and their families must be provided with minimum settlement funds to stay in Canada until they are adjusted. Please note that if you are already working in Canada, you do not need to provide a separate minimum settlement fund, so this condition applies only to applicants who are not currently working in Canada. The above five conditions are somewhat similar to the RNIP federal government, and the biggest difference is that there are no special conditions required by each city and that it is possible to do so in any city other than a particular city, with only an offer of the above job, which would be easier than RNIP. Canada continues to announce Atlantic Immigration Program Pilot (AIPP), Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), and Agri-Food Immigration Pilot out of concern that the population is only recently flocking to large cities. If there is no reason to go to a big city or a certain city, I think it is also a shortcut to acquiring permanent residency to look at other immigration methods and choose an efficient one.
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program - Vernon, British Columbia
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program for Vernon, British Columbia, one of two regions in BC and one of the eleven regions participating in the RNIP in Canada, have been announced. In order to apply for RNIP - Vernon region, there are several eligibility requirements by the federal government, but there are additional eligibility requirements for each program required by the region. Those requirements must be met depending on the city in which you want to apply for the RNIP. The Vernon region in BC, which was the most questionable of the two to be implemented in BC, is drawing keen attention from applicants as announcements finally emerged. There are two main requirements for applying for permanent residency in the VERNON area, each of which must be met by the applicant’s and the employer's. The terms of the applicant must meet both federal and Vernon community eligibility requirements: Federal eligibility requirements are the same for all 11 RNIP-able local cities. • Have at least one year of experience in the last three years. At least 12 months of experience in Canada or abroad are recognized and paid for work is recognized. Or, if you graduate from a local school, you can apply without experience. • Job Offer must be received from within 11 Canadian employers, and Job Offer must meet full-time and job and local minimum wage. In addition, the Job Offer must be less than one level or the same NOC Level in the past history. For example, if you receive Job Offer as NOC B, your past experience must be NOC A, B, or C. • CLB 6, NOC B, CLB 5, NOC C/D, and CLB 4 or later must exist. • A minimum of high school graduation is mandatory. • Settlement funds are required for each family member. If the above federal government requirements have been met, the requirements in the Vernon area below must now be met by the applicant. • Show willingness to reside in the Vernon area. This can be shown through experience in family residences, past residences, and current Vernon. • You must have at least a minimum CLB 5 language score. As a result, the language score above CLB 5 is mandatory because federal immigration requirements said that CLB 4 or higher must be met by Bernon City. If the above applicant requirements have been met, then employers in the Vernon region supporting the RNIP must also meet the requirements of the employer. These requirements must be met by an applicant other than an employer in Vernon, and an employer who can support RNIP sovereignty in Vernon must also meet the terms of the employer. • Employers must show willingness to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents first • You must have at least three full-time Canadian citizens or permanent residents • It had to be a business with at least five years of operation, two of which had to be run by Vernon or at least $200,000 in business investment • Offer salaries must be at least $25 and must comply with the base pay for each job, region, specified by the Job Bank in Canada. If you have been living in the Vernon area for the last 12 months, you must meet a salary of $25.00 or $20.00-24.99 and a Vernon Comprehensive Ranking System (VCRS) score of 65 or more. (VCRS is a scoring system for Bernon to review the qualification of RNIP applicants. Scores are calculated based on age, experience, language score, family residence, past residence, home ownership in the Vernon area, salary and driver's license.) • It must be a legitimate business that can run on Vernon. As you can see from the above requirements, the applicant’s requirements are not very different from those of the federal ones, but meeting the two requirements, particularly the period of business operations and the offer hourly requirements, may be a bit tricky. You can also see that the requirements themselves are similar to LMIA and PNP. Considering the announced immigration to the RNIP Vernon area, these are not requirements that would not be met. If you try and prepare, you can fulfill it and proceed with your permanent residency. If you are considering a different method of immigration or local move due to a significant increase in Express Entry and BC PNP scores starting in 2019, consider acquiring permanent residency with the RNIP Vernon immigration method.
Focus: Immigration to Small Cities
The Canadian federal government has put continuous effort into developing pilot immigration programs - the Pilot Program. And many of the recent pilot immigration programs are being organized with the aim of providing small cities with scarce manpower. Although the provincial immigration program, PNP (Provincial Nominee Program), first started in 1999 played an important role in attracting immigrants to small population provinces such as Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Atlantic coast, most immigrants continue to settle in Canada’s largest city in Canada. With a few exceptions, statistics show that more than 80 percent of immigrants prefer to settle in the city among others, and as a result, immigration is having difficulty enticing immigrants into small cities that demand workforce. Pilot programs include the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), the Rural and Northern Immigration Filter (RNIP), the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP). The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) launched in 2017 to attract more immigrants to Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. It was a successful pilot program: It currently accommodates more than 4,000 immigrants. Based on these results, Canada plans to accommodate at least 5,000 people each year and then establish it as an immigration program. The federal government introduced the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in January 2019. Eleven communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are joining the RNIP to attract and maintain more of immigrants. RNIP is still at the early stage, but we will be able to see the exact content in the second half of 2020. Agri-Food Immigration Pilot was announced in July 2019. Given the importance of the agricultural sector to the Canadian economy and the continuing labor shortage facing the related industries, the three-year pilot program aims to attract new immigrants who can fill vacancies in the meat processing and mushroom farming industries. Lastly, the upcoming program is the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) to promote the geographic distribution of immigrants nationwide. This is one of the Liberal Party's policies to implement in the 2019 federal election, which is drawing more and more attention. The conditions and methods of the MNP have not been announced anything yet, but are expected to be similar to the AIPP and RNIP. The MNP allows designated local communities, local labor councils, and chambers of commerce to attract and sponsor immigrants who are involved in job hunting or in local autonomous communities. The federal government then reviews the qualifications of these immigrants to ensure that they meet certain requirements, such as language skills, educational credentials and work experience. So many pilot programs are already in place and will be in place in the future. Now, those who are about to give up their dreams of immigration to Canada due to the high CRS score of current draw and those who want to immigrate to big cities should consider immigrating through small city immigration programs.
Immigration Prospects for The Next 10 Years to Come
Looking at Canadian immigration trends from the past decade, they were the most significant changes. There have been many changes in immigration programs to regulations and processes, such as changing study retention conditions, changing post-Graduation Work Permit acquisition conditions, changing immigration conditions for parents and grandparents program, implementing Express Entry comprehensive ranking system, implementing Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, implementing Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, and reforming the Home Caregiver program. Given the need and importance of immigrants in Canada, more changes over the next decade are expected. Future trends will revolve around increased acceptance of immigration, small-town immigration centers, and post-school immigration. Canada plans to receive about 1 million more immigrants over the next three years. Government of Canada plan to attract at least 3 million permanent residents over the next ten years. The reasons for its plan are the low birth rate and labor shortage, which is the future economic activity of the aging population in Canada. The Canadian population is growing by one percent every year, and new immigrants meet 80 percent of that 1 percent. Only the remaining 20 percent of births are increasing, and, over time, the population growth from childbirth is expected to further decrease from 20 percent. That means immigration can account for more than 90 percent of Canada's population growth. This trend of population growth means that Canada will have no choice but to increase the number of immigrants, and it will have to receive more than 350,000 additional immigrants every year. This forecast is expected to accommodate 3.5 million permanent residents over the next ten years, up 25 percent from 2.8 million permanent residents over the past decade. Second, immigration is expected to be improved and increased by small cities or employers following the state government. Previously, PNP, state immigration, gave the state a lot of power to receive immigrants. Provincial governments will proceed with their immigration programs for small towns and employers. The number of immigrants selected by each province will be increased every year. Small cities will attract more immigrants, and it will lead to the growth of the population and economy in Canada. Third, the Government of Canada anticipates more international students to immigrate to Canada after their studies. Statistics show that the number of international students entering Canada has more than tripled in the last ten years, and the number of international students is increasing every year in consideration of settling in Canada. One of the many reasons for international students coming to Canada is for permanent residency programs only open for international students, giving a lot of extra points to those who have studied in Canada. Those programs can result in supplementing young and highly educated workforce. According to Statistics Canada, more than half of 600,000 international students in Canada want to continue to stay in Canada. The government of Canada attracts more international students over a decade to immigrate to Canada favorably. International students adapt well in the labor market to help develop the Canadian economy and by being consumers as well. Canada is a mosaic of cultures, and its economy is always heavily dependent on immigration, so the next decade is affirmative for Canadian immigration. If you are considering moving to Canada, you should prepare your application soon when the opportunity has come.
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