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2020 EE-FST program first draw trends and expectations for future draw.
2020 was a year when COVID-19 delayed many immigration programs than expected. The FT expected an announcement in May, but there was no word until July, and the selection was made on August 6th. The selection made many applicants feel mixed feelings, and it was a week for applicants who were preparing for the FT to consider immigration methods once again. The big advantage of this selection is that the FST, which used to select 500 people on average, selected 250 people in half, and selected every six months on average, but this time, the selection was made in 10 months. The FST's starting score was slightly higher for each selection, but it was unusual for the FST to have a 58 point increase like this. Last year's selection was in the mid-300s, but this selection was 415 points, making it not much different from other EE-CEC and EE-FSW. This was the highest possible score among the last seven FST selection scores and was 216 points different from the first half of 2017. Since then, the FST selection scores have continued to rise except for the first half of 2018.
August 6, 2020: 250 starting points: 415 points [October 16, 2019] Number of invitations issued : 500 / CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 357 [May 15, 2019] Number of invitations issued: 500 / CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 332 [September 24, 2018] Number of invitations issued: 400 / CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 284 [May 30, 2018] Number of invitations issued: 500 / CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 288 [November 1, 2017] Number of invitations issued: 505 / CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 241 [May 26, 2017] Number of invitations issued: 400 /CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 199 The reason for the sudden reduction in the number of starters is not that there was no COVID-19 effect. Due to COVID-19, there has been no selection of FSW and FST for a while, and fortunately, the selection of FSW and FST was made this time, but it is considered that the number of people who are much lower than the previous ones was selected to limit the number of people. This trend is expected to continue until COVID-19 subsides, and once the effects of COVID-19 are resolved, the FST advance can be increased again. Due to this selection, there may have been a situation in which we may consider the method of permanent residency once again, but we may look forward to the next selection by improving the English score, academic score, and career score, which is not without a method, because of the lack of scores. As no new updates or changes have been announced for FST, it is unclear whether there will be another selection this year or next year, but it is always necessary to prepare in advance and maintain the pool registration. The selection score can vary depending on the applicants' scores, so rather than giving up your score because your score is lower than this one, it seems to be a shortcut to immigration by applying first and then continuing to improve your score. The applicants for this selection should prepare all the documents in 90 days and be fully prepared.
Announcement of the Changes in the Canada entry regulation due to the COVID-19
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase overseas, the Canadian government has decided to maintain the entry limit until August 31. As a result, the entry limit has been confirmed for more than 5 months from March 18 to August 31. Starting this August, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, work permit or study Permit holders, and his immediate family and lastly, immigration authorities approved the entry separately. The applicants most affected by these restrictions are international students and Canadian employers. The progress of study permit is very slow for students who need to apply for study permit in order to study new or to extend their existing studies in Canada. The CIC Immigration Bureau says it takes about 10 weeks to apply for a new study permit in Korea and 18 days to extend the study permit in Canada, but it actually takes longer than this. In addition, in September 2020, international students who were preparing to enter the school had to change their admission plans. As a result, there are many cases where applicants who have already been waiting for study permits in Canada go back to Korea and wait. Or, if the school fails to submit a study permit approved by the school, the September semester has been postponed to January semester, and if the school changed classes online, the study permit authorizes students to take online classes outside Canada first. Previously, work permit was available at the airport as soon as I entered Canada after the approval of eTA and LMIA, but entry to Canada is restricted unless there is an approved work permit due to this restriction. As a result, you can apply for work permit online first, then enter Canada after approval, and the online work permit application takes approximately 8 weeks, which is delaying the time required to enter Canada. As employers try to get back to business, the Canadian economic recovery is also slowing down as they are slow to meet the workforce. In addition to the above-mentioned news, some will be lifted from August and will resume service. The Canadian passport issue has resumed right away. You can apply by mail for general passport issuance, and in case of an emergency passport extension, you can apply by face-to-face appointment. If you urgently need to get your Canadian passport and go abroad, you can apply only if you need to leave within 30 days. The Canadian government is concerned about a large crowd of people issuing Canadian passports, which had been closed until recently, so if it is not urgent, it is recommended that urgent applicants apply first and other applicants. Little by little, Canadian air agencies were expected to resume normal business, but again, with the entry restriction being postponed until August 31, it returned to the unknown when it would be lifted.
Canada international student permit process changed and, PGWP apply condition changed
On Monday morning, July 20, the Canadian government announced new information on how to receive a Study Permit for new admissions or academic maintenance for the fall semester of 2020. Due to COVID-19, Canada has restricted entry into Canada and the issuance of a new study permit to study abroad, except for international students who received a Study Permit before March 18, 2020. In other words, only international students who have obtained their academic permits before March 18, 2020 are currently allowed to enter Canada, and those who have received them since then are restricted from entering the country. Or, if you get your academic permit before March 18, but you can study at home online instead of having to come to Canada and take classes, you may be restricted from entering Canada. In this regard, the Immigration Bureau has announced a two-step approval process called the new two-step application process to allow students to take online classes without academic permits. Applications for the new approval process program must be filed by September 15th, and the immigration office says it will process the application as soon as possible. For this second phase of the approval process, we are divided into two stages, and for the first stage of the application, we must submit an admission letter and a certificate of balance, and when our status in Canada expires, we must either extend our stay or leave Canada. If you submit these documents first in the first round, you can give prior approval at the discretion of the examiner and start studying without a formal academic permit. Submitting a physical examination, criminal record, and biometrics after prior approval will issue a formal academic permit, which will allow you to enter Canada or take classes online in third countries. The PGWP eligibility requirements have also been changed to allow you to apply for Post-Gradiation Work Permit (PGWP) even after taking classes online. Under the changed conditions, Canadian students will now be able to apply for PGWP once they complete half of the program online. PGWP is a stepping stone to apply for permanent residency through Express Entry (EE), the Provincial Nomine Program (PNP) or other permanent residency methods after completing an open work permit in Canada. In order to give this important PGWP more opportunities to more students, the Immigration Bureau has also expanded the opportunities for students listening to online programs. Although the restrictions on admission to Canada have not been eased yet, we expect changes to study permit holders following work permit as we are opening additional directions for entering Canada little by little.
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.
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