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.2020-08-12 Read more >
- 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. 2020-08-05 Read more >
- 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. 2020-07-29 Read more >
- 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. 2020-07-22 Read more >
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