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Latest Express Entry draw sees ITAs increase and cut-off score drop

Cut-off score of 442 continues record low start to 2018 The Government of Canada has invited 3,000 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 442 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place February 7. The total of 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) represents an increase of 250 over …

Websites falsely promoting a 2018 Canadian Visa Lottery Application

Online posts promoting news of a “Canadian Visa Lottery Application” for 2017/2018 or 2018/2019 are misleading and readers are advised not to interact with the websites involved. Residents of Ghana and Nigeria in particular have reported articles on a variety of websites entitled either “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2017/2018” or “Canadian Visa Lottery Application …

Ontario reopens popular immigration streams targeting international graduates

The Canadian province of Ontario reopened its Masters Graduate Stream and PhD Graduate Stream on January 29. The Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams are two of the most sought-after immigration programs offered under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). No job offer is required to apply to these streams, which are designed to retain international graduates who studied in the province. Intake limits …

Deadline for Parents and Grandparents Program’s Interest to Sponsor form is February 1

Canadian citizens and permanent residents interested in sponsoring their parents or grandparents for permanent residence have until February 1 to submit their Interest to Sponsor form. The form will be available until 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 1. The Interest to Sponsor form is not an application but completing it is the first step in …

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Second selection round this week for Ontario’s popular Express Entry-aligned immigration stream Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream has issued 380 new invitations to apply for provincial nomination to immigration candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. This is the second announcement this week of new Notifications of Interests, or NOIs, issued through the Human Capital Priorities …

New Express Entry draw continues record low start to 2018

The Government of Canada has invited 2,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw that took place January 24. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score for this draw was 444, a reduction of two points from the  previous Express Entry draw on January 10, which had a CRS cut-off score of 446. As …

Canada ranked first for quality of life in 2018 Best Countries survey

A new international survey is ranking Canada the second best country in the world to live in, and the first in terms of quality of life. Conducted by the U.S. News & World Report, the poll ranked 80 countries based on attributes in nine broad categories. More than 21,000 people from around the world completed the …

New information hub a must for foreign tech workers with AI experience

Candidates for Canadian immigration with Information and Communications Technology experience will want to take note of Canada.ai, a new information hub showcasing developments and research in Canada’s burgeoning Artificial Intelligence industry. The platform was recently unveiled in Toronto, Ontario, at TechTO, one of the largest gatherings of Canada’s technology sector. Canada.ai was built primarily by the …

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

155 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in January 11 draw Manitoba’s new Express Entry-aligned pathway has invited 155 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in its first-ever draw. Conducted on Thursday, January 11, the draw saw the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issue 155 Letters of Advice to Apply, or LAAs, to eligible candidates through …

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Statistics Canada finds greatest year-over-year increases in Quebec, British Columbia The number of job vacancies reported by Canadian employers in the third quarter of 2017 was up 15 per cent over the same quarter in 2016, Statistics Canada reports. Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 62,000 …