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New Pathway Program Essential-non health care slot closed
On May 7, 2021, one of the six temporary Canadian permanent residency programs of the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway, Worker in Canada: Essential, non-health care streams, closed early on July 16, 2021. In other words, on May 6, the Immigration Service announced six special immigration programs to select 90,000 new immigrants. Among the programs announced at this time, the programs that received a lot of attention are international graduate stream, compulsory occupation stream, and medical-related employee stream. The international graduate stream, which attracted the most attention, ended early after receiving 40,000 applications just 25 hours after its opening. And on July 16, the required job stream closed early 69 days after opening. Originally, the program was announced to close on November 5th, but due to more interest than I thought, both streams were closed early. The remaining stream is for healthcare workers, with only about 2,600 out of a total of 20,000 registered to date. And the other three streams are for French speakers, which will continue to receive applications through November 5, regardless of the number of applicants. As both programs were closed so suddenly, applicants who were preparing for this program were unavoidably unable to register. However, not all programs are yet over and there is still a stream for healthcare workers. A total of 20,000 healthcare workers were scheduled to be selected and there are still about 17,000 seats left. The program meets the requirements if you have worked full-time for more than a year in the last three years, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists, as well as dental workers, dental hygienists, massage therapists, psychologists and social workers. In addition, you must currently work in Canada and submit a score of CLB 4 or higher within two years of the date of application for permanent residency. These permanent residency programs require the main applicant to live in Canada, but family members can acquire permanent residency together, even if they are overseas. You should check to see if your job is included in the stream of healthcare-related workers, as well as a variety of jobs that require you to work at the hospital. In addition, like the Pathway program, we may suddenly open a temporary permanent residency program like a gift to the immigration office, so we should prepare thoroughly to proceed with permanent residency anytime in the future so that we can seize the opportunity we missed this time.
Statistics on permanent residency acquisition of international students
More and more international students are choosing to study in Canada, and the Canadian government is also investing a lot in attracting international students. According to statistics from the Canadian Immigration Department, the number of international students was 122,700 in 2000, while the number more than tripled to 642,500 in 2019. Additionally, 30% of international students who entered Canada after 2000 have obtained permanent residency within 10 years. More specifically, 50% of students with master's degrees in Canada and 60% of those with doctorate degrees have obtained permanent residency in Canada. In addition to students with master's and doctorate degrees, the number of students who graduated from high school or college in Canada has increased by two to three times compared to 2000. This suggests that the number of international students coming to Canada to receive higher education to get the opportunity to become permanent residents of Canada is increasing. For your information, higher education programs such as college can be easier to enter and shorter than university programs, so you may enter other higher education institutions than universities when you come to study abroad. It was confirmed that international students with experience of working in school or after graduation had a 60% higher chance of becoming permanent residents after graduation. The reason is that most permanent residents require a career in Canada or if they have an experience in Canada, they can receive additional immigration scores, so the probability of obtaining permanent residency varies depending on their work experience. Graduates with high-wage jobs were more likely to get permanent residency. Eighty-seven percent of graduates with annual salaries of $60,000 or more earned permanent residency, while 46 percent of graduates with annual salaries of $30,000 or less earned permanent residency. This seems to be advantageous for high-paid graduates to acquire permanent residency because they can receive additional points according to their annual salary, such as the BCPNP immigration program. Based on the above data statistics, it seems to be a strong motivator for international students with experience working in Canada and high-paying jobs to decide on settling in Canada. The reason why we are trying to attract international students in Canada is that international students are an essential part of Canada's economy, which not only revitalizes educational institutions but also helps to increase labor and population. International students are relatively young, have Canadian credentials, English ability, a second language, and experience in Canada or abroad, so they are talented people who cannot be missed in Canada. Also, many networks are built around international students, so we can aim to further revitalize the Canadian economy. In the future, the Canadian Immigration Department will encourage Canadian students and maintain permanent residency more easily. As a support, once you graduate from school in Canada, you can pursue your Canadian career through Post graduation work permit (PGWP), which allows you to apply for permanent residency in Canada, and the Pathway program in May has been temporarily opened to allow students who graduate from Canadian schools to apply for permanent residency. If you are studying in Canada or preparing to study abroad, you can also obtain permanent residency in Canada more easily, so please consider obtaining permanent residency as well.
Exemption from physical examination when applying for permanent residency
If you apply for permanent residency in Canada, you will be exempted from the mandatory physical examination. Through this special temporary policy of exemption from physical examinations, the Canadian Immigration Department will simplify the process of permanent residency and expedite the process of permanent residency. This will help support the government's goal of accepting 401,000 new immigrants this year. Currently, the Canadian Immigration Department is unable to keep up with the previous target speed due to a sudden influx of permanent residency applicants and a lack of examiners from the Canadian Immigration Department. To make matters worse, we expect more and more applications to continue to flock, so we have introduced a special policy called exemption from physical examinations to overcome this situation. However, this special provisional policy does not apply to everyone, but only to applicants who meet all three conditions as below. The first condition is that you have not yet completed a physical examination if you have or plan to apply for permanent residency. The second condition corresponds to a situation in which a physical examination required by the Immigration Department has been taken in the last five years and does not pose a risk to public health examinations or safety. The last third condition is to continue living in Canada for the last six months. The above three conditions apply not only to the main applicant, but also to the family members who apply together, if they meet the above conditions, they will be exempted from physical examinations. If permanent residency is carried out without further physical examination in accordance with these physical examination exemptions, you must submit a physical examination confirmation or a physical examination unique number submitted during the previous physical examination called Unique Identifier number. However, even if all the above conditions are met and the previous physical examination confirmation is submitted, additional physical examination may be requested at the discretion of the examiner. This may be requested if the previous physical examination results are insufficient or if a re-examination is available. This temporary policy will be implemented from June 30, 2021 to December 28, 2021. Applicants who apply for permanent residency and are exempt from physical examinations can save $300-400 in physical examination costs and reduce the hassle of having to retake physical examinations. Additionally, after receiving permanent residency documents, I stopped waiting nervously for passing the physical examination. Furthermore, the entire process has become easier for applicants who had previously been re-examined for tuberculosis or other reasons to pass without being re-examined this time. As such, the Canadian Immigration Service continues to lead the way in attracting permanent residents during the Pandemic period and is providing support in various ways. As the Immigration Department continues to say, Canadian immigration is expected to be bright for the next two to three years, so I hope you can get permanent residency without missing the right time.
Entry process for new immigrants.
The border, which had also been closed to applicants who were granted permanent residency overseas, was reopened on June 21, 2021, 15 months later. Applicants who had previously received permanent residency certificates overseas, or COPR, but had not been able to complete their permanent residency through landing, are now officially eligible to obtain permanent residency in Canada as they arrive at the border. Of course, even if you enter the country for landing with COPR, the restricted entry restrictions and regulations to Canada will be applied together. With the closure of the Canadian border from March 18, 2020, new immigrants with COPR and green card certificates have been restricted from entry. As a result, permanent residency has already been approved on paper, but we could not receive the landing and PR card, which are the last procedures, because we were not able to enter Canada. There were about 23,000 new immigrants waiting for landing, all of whom were granted permanent residency, but were unable to receive official PR cards. Fortunately, however, on June 21, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino allowed all new immigrants with COPR to enter the country and receive PR cards. However, COPR does not mean that everyone can receive permanent residency as they enter Canada. Once COPR has not yet expired, it must be valid and meet the conditions for entry into Canada like any other entrant. COPR has been used before Pandemic as a document confirming the approval of permanent residency and also as a document allowing entry into Canada. In order to enter the country through this document, you must receive a PR card after entering the country before the document expires, and this regulation is still in effect. Because the entry restrictions have already been in place for more than a year, some of the COPRs received since March 18, 2020 have already expired, and in this case, you cannot enter Canada right now. However, in order to remedy these cases, the Immigration Department has announced that it is preparing procedures to reissue expired COPRs. There will be an announcement soon about the related procedures, so even if COPR expires, you can wait without applying for permanent residency, and I recommended you to contact the immigration office first until the procedures are completed. In order to enter Canada at this time, you must comply with COVID-19 entry restrictions applicable to all travelers. Basically, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you cannot enter the country. And when you enter the country, you have to upload the self-isolation plan, voice COVID-19 test certificate, and additional necessary documents using the ArriveCAN app. After that, you have to enter the country and conduct 14 days of self-quarantine, including hotel quarantine, but if you have recently been vaccinated, you only observe hotel self-quarantine and do not have to proceed with additional 14 days of self-quarantine. Given that applicants for permanent residency overseas are also announcing measures to enter the country after approving permanent residency, it is expected that FSW and FST, which are currently suspended, will resume their progress soon. Soon, the Canadian Immigration Service will be back to normal and all immigration will be able to proceed again, so applicants who were preparing for permanent residency, which is currently suspended, should start preparing for permanent residency again.
Extension of entry restrictions to Canada
Public Safety Secretary Bill Blair has decided to extend the entry restrictions to Canada for another month on 18 July. Due to this decision, the restriction on entry to Canada has been confirmed until July 21st, and it seems possible to extend it further. As a result, applicants who are currently eligible to enter Canada will remain the same as Canadians, permanent residents, immediate family members of Canadians and permanent residents, work permit holders, some international students, and pre-entry certificates recognized as mandatory travel. Blair also announced that measures were in place for Canadians vaccinated with COVID-19, permanent residents and other travellers exempt from entry restrictions. As most expect, Canadians who have been vaccinated and travelers who can enter the country will probably have no self-isolation on the 14th after entering the country. In addition, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the method of proving vaccination would be divided into two steps. First, travelers who are about to enter Canada must upload vaccination documents to the ArriveCan app. And second, the government will provide documents that can be certified globally for vaccination soon, so this document will have to be prepared separately. For your information, he admitted that not all vaccinations were valid, but only if he received one of the four vaccines approved in Canada, Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Geneca and Johnson & Johnson, as previously announced. If you are not a traveler who can enter the country as above, you may enter the country with a prior entry letter from the Canadian Immigration Department. A typical case for applying for a pre-entry certificate is that if a family member is already legally working or studying in Canada and is unable to live with his family, they can apply for a pre-entry certificate and enter the country with approval. Of course, prior immigration forms are not always approved, and the results may vary depending on the case, so you need to specify why you should visit from the beginning. Once rejected, it is likely that the application will be rejected again, so it is a way to get approval in detail so that it can be approved at once, and the immigration usually answers within 1-3 weeks of receipt. Entry restrictions to Canada began in March 2020 and have been restricted to non-travellers with mandatory purposes. After that, only four international airports were opened, with additional mandatory 14 days of self-isolation, 3 days of hotel quarantine, and COVID-19 inspection before and after arrival. As such, Canada imposed stricter entry restrictions due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, while adding ways to visit Canada. For example, I have added to the list the purpose of the entry and entry of international students who attend designated educational institutions. As such, the Canadian government is reducing entry to a minimum, but continues to allow entry if necessary. Although entry is not yet free due to self-isolation and entry restrictions, as mentioned above, the restrictions are expected to be lifted soon as the vaccination rate increases and the Canadian Immigration Department will return to normal.
The future prospects of Express Entry
There were two Express Entry PNP and CEC announcements this Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10. These two selections were only PNP and CEC selections, which had the largest number of applicants in Canada, just like last time for Express Entry, and this trend allowed us to look at future immigration trends in Canada. Since early 2021, the Canadian Immigration Service has selected only Express Entry CEC and PNP selections for candidates who may already be in Canada. This policy seems to be aimed at achieving Canada's immigration goals throughout the year, as well as minimizing travel restrictions and impact on international candidates due to Corona. In other words, FSW and FST programs, which can be accepted after receiving permanent residency from abroad, have not been selected this year, and it is difficult to predict exactly when they will be selected again. But what's certain is that if the spread of COVID-19 decreases significantly with the spread of COVID-19, FSW and FST programs will be selected again. If you look at the Express Entry PNP selection, which was selected this time, the selection was selected with 711 points and the invitation was issued with a starting score that was two points lower than the last selection. The reason why the score was further lowered in this selection is that 940 people were selected, about twice as many as 500 invitation issuers of the last selection. Express Entry PNP has a relatively higher selection score than other Express Entry because state-approved nominees apply for PNPs and automatically add 600 points to Express Entry. In other words, in order to be selected from EEPNP at 711 points, the applicant who had previously registered Express Entry as 111 points and received 600 PNP additional points could receive invitation. If you look at the Express Entry CEC on June 10, the selection was 368, down 12 points from the last selection. If you look at the latest scores, the score continues to fall to 417 on April 16, 400 on April 29, 401 on May 13, 397 on May 20, and 380 on May 31. CEC is a program that can be carried out by anyone with more than a year of full-time experience in Canada and an English score of CLB 5 or higher in the past three years, so most experience immigration permanent residency is conducted through this program. As the CEC score has been lowered, it is giving a lot of hope to applicants who had given up on the process due to a lack of permanent residency scores last year or before. Recently, the influx of people into Canada has decreased, and the number of applicants who have already entered Canada and are preparing for permanent residency has decreased, and EE selection is also increasing. If this continues, the Express Entry selection score will likely be lower. In addition, Canada sent more invitation compared to the same time in 2020, thanks to 27,332 major applicants selected at the time of the selection with 75 points on February 13. With the recent selection, Canada's immigration office is doing well on its promise to increase the number of immigration prisoners by 2023, and the prospects for permanent residency for the next two years are bright. If you are preparing for permanent residency now, or if you are planning to, don't wait any longer and try harder to prepare for permanent residency so that you don't miss this opportunity.
BCPNP "Techpilot Program" Extended indefinitely
The Techpilot program, popular as one of the most important programs for BCPNP state immigration, has been extended indefinitely and adopted as a formal program. According to a May 28 announcement by the BCPNP State Government, the Techpilot program, which was previously temporary, was supposed to run until June 30, 2021, but after June 30, it has been changed to a formal program and can be supported permanently supported. This is good news for applicants who were urgently preparing and accepting Techpilot by June 30 this year or those who couldn't apply due to lack of time. Techpolit was introduced temporarily in May 2017, with applicants working in 29 NOC Technology Sectors in the BC state. The reason why the BC state is implementing the Tech Pilot Immigration Program for only 29 sectors is that they are a major economic growth factor in BC, while the demand for Tech jobs is growing faster than supply. In other words, demand continues, but there is not enough labor to fill the vacancy, so it is to promote economic growth along with the promotion of the workforce. However, the shortage of talent in related fields has not been fully resolved despite the Techpilot progress from 2017 to 2021, so we decided to extend it permanently and implement it as a formal program for growth in certain areas and economic growth in provincial areas. Techpilot has continued despite COVID-19, and 1,855 people have applied for permanent residency in 2020, up 23% from 2019.The reason why Techpilot continues to gain popularity and proceed a lot is because of the advantages of this program. The first advantage is that unlike other BCPNP programs, they are selected every week and issued Invitation. That's why applicants in 29 major technology professions at Techpilot can get invitation faster. Of course, in order to register for BCPNP Techpilot Pool, you must register after meeting the qualification criteria for applying for the four BCPNP programs, such as for ordinary BCPNP applicants. The four BCPNP programs described here are Skilled Worker, International Graduate, International Post-Graduate, Healthcare Professional, and you can apply for BCPNP after meeting one or more of the basic application conditions. You must also earn enough Invitation draw points to receive Invitation. The second advantage is that the processing period of the application is very short. Applicants who apply through Tech Pilot have been announced that BCPNP will review and give results before other cases, and BCPNP nominee, or primary state approval, 24 hours at the earliest, or 1-2 weeks at the latest. It's a very fast procedure compared to the average three months for BCPNP applicants. Finally, the score selected for the Tech Pilot draw is lower than the BCPNP draw every other week. For example, the BCPNP score selected on May 25, 2021 was approximately 90-94 but the Techpilot score selected on June 1, 2019 was 80. Since BC state is a human resource that it wants to supply urgently, even the score to receive Invitation is being measured lower. As the Techpilot program, which has additional advantages over the basic BCPNP, has been adopted as a formal program, applicants in related jobs will be able to prepare for permanent residency thoroughly in the future. If you thought it was due in June this year and tried to give up your Techpilot job, please check again if you are included in the Techpilot job and get permanent residency.
What if the employer changes after receiving LMIA?
In fact, we can see that there are often instances where employers change after receiving work permits through LMIA. Usually, if an existing company is merged with another company, or if a new company purchases the current company, the current employer may change. In this case, many work permit holders will have many concerns, such as whether they should get LMIA again, whether they can have more experience, or whether permanent residency support is no longer available. However, even if the employer's company that supported LMIA is merged with another company or changed to another company, if you maintain the following two conditions, you can work without getting a new work permit. Of course, in this case, you can accumulate experience for permanent residency and apply for permanent residency. The first condition is that the new company must maintain the same business as the existing company. For example, if it is a restaurant company, it should be maintained as it is, and if it is a trading company, it should be maintained as a trading company. For example, even if you change from a restaurant to a production company and your position remains the same as before, you may need to get a work permit again because your business sector has changed. For your information, there is no provision that even the name of the company should be kept intact, but if you keep the name of the company, it can be easy to prove that it is the same field, so it is advantageous to maintain it as possible. The second condition is to keep the employee employed on the same terms as when the new company approved the existing LMIA. The conditions here are salary, position, and place of work. In other words, if the type of business changes or the wage, position, job, or company address changes, a new work permit must be issued. If the above changes are required to obtain a new work permit, you will not be able to start working for a new company until you receive a new permit. In order to get a new work permit, most cases have to start over with LMIA, so if the employer and conditions are going to change, they should be prepared in advance so that they can work immediately after the company changes. For example, if the employer does not change but moves to a position or other place within the company, LMIA and work permit may be required again. In this case, contact the person in charge of Service Canada who approved the LMIA to obtain approval for the change and maintain the work permit, but this may vary depending on the examiner. This change of employer does not necessarily require a new LMIA or work permit, but it can be maintained depending on the circumstances. Therefore, if there is a similar situation, we must consult with Service Canada, immigration or experts to check and proceed accurately.
Canadian immigration trends in 2021
As we enter June 2021, the first half of 2021 is almost over and we are facing the second half. The first half of 2021 gave applicants preparing for permanent residency a lot of hopeful news and opportunities, and showed that the prospects for permanent residency in Canada will be bright in the future. Like this, in the second half of 2021, permanent residency in Canada seems positive, but certain situations can affect immigration to Canada, so we need to know and prepare in advance what situations can affect. Immigration to Canada in the remaining 2021 is likely to be affected by two major factors. First, the end of COVID-19 and secondly, the Canadian general election. The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic has had a positive impact on immigration to Canada as well as the global economic downturn, as everyone feels. In the months since March 2020, when COVID-19 Pandemic began, all immigration programs in Canada were temporarily suspended, but then again Canadian immigration continued and introduced a number of policy changes and new programs to meet immigration targets. As the COVID-19 situation gradually improved, there was also a massive immigration selection and program announcement in February and May this year. On the other hand, some of Express Entry's programs, FST and FSW, have been temporarily suspended since March 2020, and some PNP state immigration has been delayed. Due to COVID-19, all parts of the immigration office have not been normalized yet. Canada currently has more than 40% of its population in the first round of vaccinations, with Canada being among the top five most vaccinated countries along with Israel, the United Kingdom, the United States and Chile. In addition, an additional 20 million people are expected to receive vaccinations by the end of June this year, which will normalize not only immigration but also all activities in the future. Like this, Canada is trying to normalize the immigration process by ending COVID-19 and re-progressing the immigration program, which had been suspended for a while, and immigration process. Secondly, the start of the general election in Canada is also expected to affect immigration to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reportedly considering making a decision to proceed with the general election in the second half of 2021. Generally, the big program of immigration, Express Entry or PNP state immigration, is not significantly affected by elections. However, new immigration and temporary programs may be affected by the time of the election, as new policies and improvements to existing immigration issues are limited until the election is over. The aforementioned end of COVID-19 and the timing of the general election are expected to affect the progress of permanent residency in Canada for the rest of 2021. The sooner the COVID-19 ends, the faster the normalization of all immigration programs will be, and when the new immigration programs will be implemented depending on the timing of the general elections. I don't know the exact timing of both issues, but I'm preparing to emigrate to Canada as they have a big impact, so I hope you always watch these two issues carefully.
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