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Stay in Canada and Biometric conditions have changed.
On July 14, the Canadian government announced good news for applicants who applied for an extension of their stay in Canada and those whose status was unclear due to the expiration of their current stay visa. The first good news is Biometric exemption. Biometric (biometric recognition information), which began in earnest last year, was required to be submitted by all applicants applying for study Permit, work Permit, Visitor Record, and permanent residency, and was conducted by visiting biometric institutions to take pictures and fingerprints. However, due to this COVID-19, most Biometric agencies in Canada have been closed, and the results of all applications have been withheld. To address this situation, on July 14, the Canadian government temporarily suspended the submission of Biometric (biometric information) only for applicants residing in Canada. This means that applicants who wish to apply, extend, or restore a Study Permit, Work Permit, or Visitor Record in Canada may receive results without completing Biometric. If you already paid $85 for Biometric, you will get a refund after the application is processed. However, this is only applicable for applications within Canada and is not applicable if the applicant resides abroad. And if you apply in Canada and wait for Biometric in Canada, you have no choice but to wait until it resumes, because it does not exclude permanent residency applicants. The second good news is the extension of the restore period. Restoration is the benefit of a 90-day re-application period that allows you to restore your stay status again if you are currently unable to extend the permittance in Canada on time or if the extension is rejected. In the past, we had to apply for restoration within 90 days, but we decided to extend the application from July 14 to December 31, 2020. Specifically, this applies only to those with a status of stay expired after January 31, 2020, and only if they are restored before December 31, 2020, they can legally reside in Canada. In addition, we have announced that although we are not allowed to work during the restoration period, we can give you approval to work during this period with special approval from LMIA, Job Offer, and the Immigration Bureau. The above biometric exemptions and extended restoration are expected to help applicants who have been waiting in Canada for a long time and who have been uncertain about their status in the Canadian job market, and furthermore, they are expected to restore the insufficient number of employees in the Canadian job market.
Draw restartd FST, FSW Program of Express Entry
This July 8th, all of Express Entry's programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and the Federal Skilled Trade (FST), resumed. It was the last full selection in four months on March 4, the beginning of Pandemics, and 3,900 invitations (ITAs) were issued. This was the 22nd selection in 2020, and the total number of invitations (ITAs) issued this year was 53,800, the largest number since EE Saint-Gin. Comparing the same date by year, we issued 41,800 invitations by July 2019, 43,450 by July 2018, and 51,285 invitations by July 2017. Canada has introduced travel restrictions to prevent COVID-19 spread since Pandemic, and at the same time only selected PNP (Provenial Nomine Program) and CEC (Canadian Experience Class) among Express Entry programs. The reason why only PNP and CEC were selected was that most CEC and PNP applicants were already residing in Canada, so they were not affected by travel restrictions in Canada, and there were less COVID-19 proliferation concerns. As a result, EE's starting score went down to 431, bringing down the high score that went up to 470 points, giving many candidates the right to start. However, with the addition of FSW and FST to all EE programs, the starting score went up to 478 points, marking the highest starting score of the year. As FST was selected with the same score as other programs, the application for FST was meaningless. The advantage of FST was that certain six occupations could be selected with lower scores, but this selection was selected with 478 points, the same as other programs. There is no clear announcement yet whether the FST, which usually selects only twice a year, will include this selection or there will be a separate selection in the future except for this selection. Although there were many mixed feelings due to the sudden selection, it remains to be seen whether the EE progress will be made or divided again. With the selection of FSW and FST, which had stopped at COVID-19, it is seen as a sign that Canada will soon open its entry restrictions and start a brief pause in the process
Canada extended Entry Restrictions
Canada imposed entry restrictions on March 18 and was due to expire on June 30, but on June 30, the Canadian government announced that it would extend the entry restrictions due to COVID-19 for more than a month. The announcement said that the entry limit will be maintained until midnight on July 31st, EDT time, but the entry restriction may continue after that. As a result, only travelers who are currently allowed to enter Canada are allowed to enter the country. Currently, entry conditions are available for Canadian citizenship holders, Canadian permanent residents, work permit holders, study permit families and immediate family members. In fact, the extension was expected as part of the extended closure of the Canadian-American border, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not rush to ease the restrictions until Canada's safety is assured. This extension is aimed at preventing COVID-19 spread and will maintain a 14-day self-price ratio. Compared to March and April, the spread of COVID-19 in Canada has been significantly reduced and many restrictions have been lifted in Canada's states, but the Canadian federal government is expected to maintain the restrictions until the COVID-19 spread is eased. The Canadian Immigration Program has been in the process of permanent residency since Pandemic, extending the length of time for applicants to submit their documents further, and taking flexible steps to ensure that certain documents can be submitted next time. Also, it has been found that we will receive the results of the existing permanent residency application from June. In addition, we have resumed the online hosting of visiting visas and eTAs from July 1st. However, even if the visit visa and eTA are approved, it is unclear whether you will enter Canada without special reasons or conditions due to current travel restrictions. While it is not ideal to maintain border restrictions as much as immigration and travel to Canada have a significant impact on the Canadian economy, it has expressed its willingness to maintain them until the situation stabilizes as Canada's safety comes first.
Work permit holders, can they enter Canada?
Since March 18, Canada has announced strong sanctions on its entry into Canada to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the initial announcement, it is difficult to enter Canada unless they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members, and the new policy has been updated several times since then. Due to the frequent changes in the policy, there were many questions about the entry of work permit and study permit holders, and there were some cases where they could not enter the country because they did not receive the updated entry information even after they were ready for departure. To make this more clear, on June 19, the Canadian government issued an updated detailed guideline on work permit holders' entry into Canada. According to this announcement, foreign workers who are currently allowed to enter Canada must carry a work permit. The Work Permit should not have expired, and upon re-entry to Canada, the employer specified in the Work Permit must prove that he intends to hire immediately. If you have an open work permit like a working holiday or a PGWP holder, you must bring a job offer to enter Canada and hire them immediately after self-price. If you do not currently have work permit, you must apply online and obtain approval, and you can enter the country by preparing approved documents and job offers. In addition to the above cases, entry may be possible after special permission from the Canadian Border Guard (CBSA). Exceptions that fall here are usually limited to those who engage in jobs that are essential to Canada. The required occupations in Canada are related to health, safety and food production, and we announced that we will proceed, approve and enter the country earlier than other occupations. These areas include emergency service workers, students entering the country for health education, marine transport workers, medical and maintenance workers, and equipment delivery workers for medical treatment. Regardless of how you enter Canada, 14 days of self-price should be kept for everyone who enters Canada, so if you plan to enter Canada or plan to work after entering Canada, you should make a plan in advance of 14 days of self-price period. Although there is no mention of an extension after the initial announcement of the entry ban on June 30, there is a possibility that the entry to Canada will also be extended, considering that restrictions on travel to Canada and the United States have been extended until July 21. Still, Canadian foreign and employer LMIA (employment permit) and Work Permit (employment permit) can be submitted continuously during this period, and the Immigration Bureau continues to do so. However, it is recommended that you prepare in advance because many progress may be delayed from the previous progress period or additional document requests may come.
After COVID-19 pandemic, LMIA updates and why low-wage LMIA in the restaurant, lodging and retail sectors are now rejected
Canada's unemployment rate rose sharply due to COVID-19, which led to public opinion that LMIA approval would not be available or easy. The main reason for this opinion is that the aim of the LMIA is not in line with the current situation, with even Canadians and permanent residents in Canada losing their jobs due to the rising unemployment rate. As evidenced by this, Service Canada has sent an e-mail to employers who have applied for LMIA and are waiting to continue or stop LMIA since June 15. The purpose of this e-mail was to give you a chance to voluntarily cancel if you fail to meet any of the three conditions mentioned in Service Canada. The first condition is that LMIA of companies that have recently lost their operational capability due to COVID-19 and are unable to perform the tasks listed in the job offer, which will be supported by LMIA. In other words, if the company is no longer able to operate as before, or if the position that requires hiring as LMIA is not available for full-time employment, it can be rejected. The second condition is that we should proceed with the job advertisement for more than 4 weeks before the application to prove that we tried to hire Koreans first, but the announcement said that we should proceed with the advertisement for more than 2 weeks after March 15 because we do not accept the job advertisement that was conducted before March 15. Lastly, as the Median Wages have been changed for several occupations and regions since May 1, the changed Median Wages must be reflected in the applied LMIA and if not, the new Median Wages or higher pay should be re-submitted. As such, the LMIA application form, which cannot meet the above three cases, does not matter if it is carried out as it is, but it may be rejected, so according to the employer's decision, we will provide you with an opportunity to cancel the application in advance before the refusal. The government will cancel $1,000 if it hasn't been paid yet, and if it's already paid $1,000, we'll check whether it's refundable or not. In addition to the massive e-mailing of LMIA examiners, low-Wage LMIA applications have a significant impact on LMIA progress. Low-wage LMIA is subject to rejection when all certain conditions are met at the time of application. There are three conditions that can be divided. first applications in areas where unemployment is 6% or higher; second applications in areas of lodging, restaurant and retail; Finally, NOC 6541 (Security guards and linked security service operations), 6611 (Cashiers), 6622 (Store self stockers, clerks and order fillers), 6711 (Food counter partners, Kitchen helpers and linked support support support) and 6721 (67)These are applications through jobs such as enhanced cleaning, 6733 (Janitors, caratakers and building superintenders), 7611 (Constructions ledes helpers and labors), and 8612 (Landscaping and grounding maintenance labors). Before COVID-19, when the second and third conditions were met, low-wage applications were possible because few regions had unemployment above 6%, but this COVID-19 resulted in unemployment in most Canada exceeding 13% and the first condition being met with more than 3 million unemployed people. Therefore, the 10 NOC jobs mentioned before are expected to be difficult to apply for LMIA for the time being. Fortunately, the above jobs are those of NOC C/D and are not applicable to applicants who apply for PR Stream LMIA, so PR Stream LMIA can proceed as it is. If you rearrange it again, it is difficult to apply for low-wage LMIA through the above 10 NOC C/D jobs, and if you apply for NOC 0, A, and B through PR Stream, you can continue to apply because it does not fall under the above conditions. As the conditions and status of LMIA application in Canada are changing periodically and the new policy is frequently announced, we recommend that employers who need LMIA application or applicants who need LMIA support do not miss the updated information or take advice from experts.
After June, Canada Border admittable person has been changed
On June 12th, the Canadian Immigration Service has updated the conditions of those eligible for entry into Canada once again. Recently, it has been difficult to get accurate answers about the unclear entry into Canada, so it has often occurred to visitors who were trying to enter from abroad to go back to the airport. Further announcements have been made as we feel the need to update the conditions of new arrivals once again, depending on the progress of COVID-19. The entry conditions of foreigners into Canada have been updated since March 18th due to COVID-19. In this presentation, I gave a detailed presentation on the conditions of immediate family members entering Canada. The IRCC Canadian Immigration Department announced today that foreigners are allowed to enter Canada only for mandatory visits, and that it is their responsibility to explain the reason for the visit, so make thorough preparations in advance. The example of a mandatory visit here is that Canada has Canadian citizenship or immediate family members of permanent residents, so entry into Canada as a reason to reunite with their families is considered a mandatory. If your immediate family enters Canada from any country other than the United States, you must bring the immigration documents issued by the Department of Immigration. The entry papers are... Direct family members include spouses, cohabitants, dependents, grandchildren, parents, stepfathers, stepmothers, guardians or tutors, and must bring relevant supporting documents upon arrival. Relevant documentation includes a Canadian passport, certificate of citizenship, or card of permanent residence that can prove that the immediate family is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and must be provided with a marriage certificate, cohabitation certificate, and family relation certificate to prove the relationship. The conditions for entry must include a plan to visit Canada for at least 15 days and must be self-priced for 14 days after arrival. In addition, immediate family members or visitors must have no COVID-19 symptoms and must have a mandatory visiting travel objective. Finally, as you visit Canada for the reunion of immediate family members, you must order that the purpose of your visit to Canada is to unite with immediate family members. Currently, if you need to enter Canada for study and employment purposes other than for direct family visits, the Immigration Bureau has announced that it will announce detailed plans for studying abroad and employment purposes soon, so it is recommended that those who want to enter Canada should check the relevant policies to be announced and prepare to enter the country. Due to COVID-19 recently, the conditions of the visit have been changed frequently and the progress of the permanent residency is also being made, so if you are preparing for permanent residency as well as immigration, please listen to the immigration news and check the changes before proceeding.
BC Provincial Nominee program BCPNP's TechPilot program extends for another year.
The BCPNP-Techfilot program was extended for another year until June 2021. The main reason for this decision is to continue to employ international talent to provide sufficient manpower to employers in the field of technology, judging that local skilled workers will not be available. As before, Techfilot will maintain its support for qualified technical workers to obtain permanent residency through BCPNP in one of its 29 technical professions. The way the program works and the way the score is calculated is the same as the general BCPNP, but there is a particular difference: selection for a particular job, low selection scores, a lot of selection, and fast progress. Techfilot is an implementation program for applicants who are still engaged in special technical jobs. The primary purpose of the program was to give more permanent residency opportunities to applicants in 29 technology sectors in BC, which led the state to seek special technical workers. Twenty-nine areas consist of special jobs such as IT, Engineer, Editor, Author, and manager, which are selected as major economic growth factors in the state of BC, helping to develop the state's economy. This program is selected with a very low score compared to the regular BCPNP selection. Recently, BCPNP has been selected with more than 100 points, while Techpilot has been selected with 80 points. At a time when there is a score gap of more than 20 points and the recent rise in BCPNP selection scores makes it difficult to apply for permanent residency, Techpilot is a very important program for permanent residency applicants. 80 is a score that you can get if you usually have 5 points of CLB in English and more than 1 year of experience in Canada. Of course, it may vary slightly depending on your overseas career, occupation, and salary, but the jobs that usually Techfilot employees apply for are more advantageous because they are preferred in BC. In addition, the selection of this program is more regular than regular BCPNP, and the application of documents after the selection is made faster. Techpilot is selected almost every week, and BCPNP typically receives results on average three months after filing, but Techpolit receives responses as early as one day and finishes within a week on average. When you look at BCPNP Tech Pilot programs, you sometimes mistake them for being completely different from normal BCPNP, which means that you're applying for Tech Pilot as a program that benefits you're in BCPNP. So, if you qualify for Techpilot rather than separate BCPNP and Tech Pilot, you register BCPNP and automatically register within the Techpilot Pool. And you'll be automatically selected for Techfilot. Techfilot, which has more advantages than regular BCPNP, extended it by one year in 2019, and this time it was a great opportunity for applicants who didn't have enough time to register for the pool. Recently, there are many applicants who have not been able to prepare for permanent residency due to COVID-19's failure to obtain English grade or academic certification, or due to the company's closure or layoff, I hope this opportunity will be an opportunity to prepare and apply properly.
Regulations on PGWP for employment visa after graduation in Canada will be eased.
The COVID-19 has eased the application requirements for Post-Gradiation Work Permit (PGWP) for graduation from Canadian schools. PGWP is a work permit that provides open work permit for students who have completed their studies in Canada for up to three years and is very helpful to international students who help them gain experience in Canada or even proceed with permanent residency. However, as COVID-19 has recently prevented students from attending school properly and thus failed to meet the requirements for applying for PGWP, the Immigration Bureau announced that it would simplify the regulation on PGWP for the time being. To apply for a traditional Post-Gradiation Work Permit (PGWP), you had to meet the three conditions below. 1. Applications must be accepted within 180 days of completion of the program. The study permit must be valid before applying, but if not, you must extend it to the visor permit in Canada or apply for PGWP overseas. If you are in Canada but do not have a valid permit, you must apply for a PGWP with a Restoration application. 2. I have to graduate from school in Canada. Because not all schools and programs in Canada meet the requirements of the PGWP application, they must complete the PGWP application-capable program of the school published by the CIC, and the duration of the program must be at least eight months. You must also be a Full-Time student during the program period and not take part-time classes in the middle. However, in the case of the last semester, they acknowledge even if they take part-time classes. 3. PGWP is a program that can be received only once. In other words, applicants who have received PGWP before cannot get PGWP again even if they graduate from another school. In this PGWP deregulation, even if you can't submit a physical examination with Biometric, if you have applied for it, you won't say no until you complete the physical examination with Biometric. This can be attributed to the recent closure of most biometric centers and hospitals that allow physical examinations. Also, in order to apply for PGWP, you need a formal certificate and report card. However, as the school closed, students who graduated recently but did not receive a certificate and report card can apply for PGWP temporarily. If you apply for PGWP without a certificate and report card, you can legally reside in Canada and work until the results are released, and this period may be recognized as a career when applying for EE permanent residency later. However, if you apply for PGWP with a certificate and report card up, you must submit the relevant billing description together, and you must submit the related documents to the immigration office later. As with the PGWP application conditions above, all classes except the last semester must be full-time to apply for PGWP, but the number of online classes or classes available to attend has decreased recently, so we announced that the winter and summer classes in 2020 will not affect PGWP applications later. This is great news for students who have been forced to attend Part-Time classes due to COVID-19 recently. As such, the Immigration Bureau has eased regulations on PGWP and has sent hopeful messages to students who have to apply for PGWP in the future or those who have to apply for it now, and it has a message that it will continue to favor not only international students but also foreign employment and permanent residency.
Updated recent immigration trends following deregulation with COVID-19.
The Canadian federal government makes periodic announcements about new policies or deregulation caused by COVID-19, and many of its affiliated organizations are always making new announcements. Recently, there have been many updates on the re-opening of the English test, the government's positive response to Canadian immigration, and the extension of border closures between Canada and the United States, which will allow Canada to prepare for immigration again, which has been in a slump due to COVID-19. It is fortunate that we are able to prepare for immigration to Canada again due to the re-opening of the English test and the positive trend of Canadian immigration, but on the other hand, we believe that COVID-19 could be longer than expected due to the extension of the border closure between Canada and the United States. Reopen the English test! For permanent residency applications, most immigration programs require language scores, English tests or French tests. You can see IELTS and CELPIP for English score, and you have to prepare a TEF Canada or TCF Canada score for French test, but many language test schedules have been canceled since March 18th due to COVID-19. The tests scheduled for April and May were automatically canceled and failed to meet the language test, resulting in a number of mishaps in which permanent residency could not be registered, but as the sanctions on COVID-19 were finally lifted, the language tests are expected to reopen soon. Currently, the states where IELTS tests are open in Canada are BC, Alberta and Manitoba, and CELPIP is open only in BC states. But it is also expected to open soon in Alberta, Manitoba and Newfoundland. As many applicants are expected to be gathered due to the sudden re-opening of the English test, we should prepare well for the English test in advance so that there is no problem in the process of permanent residency after booking. Canada is favorable to immigration due to COVID-19. Federal Immigration Secretary Marco Mendi Chino recently stressed in two interviews that immigrants after the Corona virus will be an important part of economic development. In an interview, Marco said COVID-19 illustrates the need for strong immigration to Canada and the importance of immigration to the Canadian economy, and reiterated that there is "continuing value." Marco reiterated the importance of immigration because many sectors of the Canadian economy rely heavily on immigrants and believe that COVID-19 will help revive the sluggish economy by getting new immigrants. In particular, as immigrants stand out in the front-line workers, food and hospital sectors, which are essential workers for COVID-19, they want to rely more on immigration. Canada still aims to accommodate 700,000 new immigrants from 2020 to 2021, and plans to increase the number of new immigrants steadily by 2030. The government's announcement is expected to open the door to Canadian immigration for the next 10 years, as more immigration programs will be announced and encouraged in the future. Extension of Canada-US Border Closure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the 30-day border closure. The Canadian-American border was first closed about two months ago, and it was decided to close for another 30 days, so the border was scheduled to open again on May 20, but the closure was postponed until June 21. Even if the Canadian-American border is closed, visits for essential purposes are possible. Essential Visits are available for work or study visits, health, safety and security-critical services for Canadians, services for economic production activities, or family combinations. Family bonding is not just for the purpose of visiting relatives, but for family members who have lived together to reunite. Trucks and trains are allowed to export and export food, fuel and medicines as usual. As for the above sanctions relief, the Canadian government is always coming up with new policies, so it is necessary to identify the sanctions before taking the English test or before entering the United States or other countries. I hope that sanctions imposed by COVID-19 will be eased as soon as possible and that life will be normalized as well as all economic activities.
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