Express Entry First Draw – 779 Invitations To Apply Issued

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First Invitations To Apply issued to 779 candidates, whom had higher than 886 points under CRS.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has conducted the first draw from the Express Entry pool. during the final week of January.

Number of Invitations To Apply

For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on January 31, 2015 and ending on February 1, 2015 is 779.

Ranking Requirements

Candidates who have been assigned a total of 886 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System, received invitations to apply for permanent residence.

“Express Entry is already getting impressive results in its first month. The fact that everyone who was invited to apply for permanent residence in this round of invitations already has a valid job offer or provincial nomination shows that Express Entry is working to fill Canada’s existing labour market gaps.” Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister said, “With Express Entry, highly skilled candidates with a high chance of success in Canada are invited to apply for permanent residence, bringing them to Canada more quickly and easily than ever before.”

To find out if you qualify under Express Entry, please fill out our free online evaluation today.


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Nove Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream

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Nova Scotia Office of Immigration(NSOI) announced a stream under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program called the Nove Scotia Demand: Express Entry , which allows NSOI to select candidates for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry system under certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination, to meet the current economic situation of the Nova Scotia labour market needs..

There are two categories under the Nove Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream:

  1. Arranged Employment in Nova Scotia – with a permanent full-time job offer (NOC 0, A or B) from a Nova Scotia employer.
  2. Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation – with at least one year of continuous full-time (or 1,560 hours or more) or an equal amount in part-time paid work experience in the last five years in one of the opportunity occupations.
NSNP Opportunity Occupations List

NSNP Opportunity Occupations List

Minimum Requirements including:

If you are interested in applying to the Nove Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, use our online tool to assess your eligibility, or contact us for more information.

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Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category

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The Province of Saskatchewan launched new category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) called Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category. this new category allows the SINP to nominate individuals that are in Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry Pool with eligibility to successfully establish and integrate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and community.

Minimum requirements including:

  • Successfully submitted Express Entry Profile, received an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Meet a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program point assessment grid.
  • Provide valid language test results that match the language level that declared in Express Entry Profile.
  • Have at least 1-year post-secondary education which is comparable to Canadian Education System
  • Work Experience
    • At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession, or
    • At least two-year work experience in a skilled trade in the past 5 years, or
    • At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades). This work experience must be in a high skilled occupation (NOC “0”, “A” or “B”) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan. The following occupations are considered in-demand.

If you are interested in applying to the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, use our online tool to assess your eligibility, or contact us for more information.

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Express Entry British Columbia

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Launching of Express Entry British Columbia


Vancouver, British Columbia

Under the Express Entry System, British Columbia is adding a new category in their Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) called Express Entry British Columbia. Nominee Applicants who meet all of the following requirements will receive priority processing of their PNP application, and permanent residence application once they are nominated:

  • Qualify for at least one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to CIC’s Express Entry system
  • Obtain a Express Entry Profile Number and, if applicable, a Job Bank Validation Code, and indicate their interest in immigrating to B.C.
  • Qualify under one of the PNP’s Express Entry British Columbia categories.

The PNP’s new Express Entry British Columbia stream will significantly reduce the application processing time for eligible skilled workers who are willing to live and work in British Columbia. This new stream also allows PNP to use CIC’s Express Entry system to meet B.C.’s specific labour market needs.

Streams under the Express Entry British Columbia including:

  • Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker
    • Express Entry British Columbia – Health Care Professional
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Post Graduate

If you are interested in applying to the Express Entry British Columbia, use our online tool to assess your eligibility, or contact us for more information.

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Language Requirements for Express Entry

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If you want to apply under Canada’s new skilled immigrant intake System. You will need to submit your language proficiency in English and/or French. You will need to meet the minimum language levels, which are different depending on the program you are qualified under.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

You will need to meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)7 in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)7 in French for your first official language in listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities.

Canadian Experience Class

The Language level you need will depend on the group the job is classified in under the National Occupation Classification System (NOC).

  • If your skilled work experience in Canada is in a job under NOC 0 or A, the minimum level is CLB7 (English) or NCLC 7 (French)
  • If your skilled work experience in Canada is in a job under NOC B, the minimum level is CLB5 (English) or NCLC5 (French)

Federal Skilled Trades Program

The minimum language level under the Federal Skilled Trades Program is:

  • CLB5 (English) or NCLC5 (French) for Speaking and Listening abilities, and
  • CLB4 (English) or NCLC4 (French) for Reading and Writing abilities

How to meet the language requirements for Express Entry

Higher Points, Higher Chance

Though under the Express Entry, candidates will be able to complete the profile when meeting the minimum language requirements. However, inside the Express Entry Pool, candidates do need to rank against each other. CIC will pick qualified individuals with higher score according to CRS, which means a higher points will get the candidates stronger possibility to get the Invitation to Apply (ITA). In order to rank higher in the pool, we suggest candidates to attempt the highest Language test results as possible.

For more information, please contact us.

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What’s CLB ?

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Language Levels – What’s CLB ?

CLB stands for the Canadian Language Benchmarks, is used in Canada to guide the teaching and assessment of Language levels in Canada.

The benchmarks are organized in 3 stages and 12 levels. The benchmarks describe tasks that people can do in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The CLB’s 12 benchmarks are divided into 3 parts: Stage I: Basic Proficiency; Stage II: Intermediate Proficiency; and Stage III: Advanced Proficiency. The CLB cover four skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing. There is also a French version of the CLB.





Test score equivalency chart

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – General Training








Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General 2014 Test score equivalency chart for reports issued on or after April 1, 2014







Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General — Test score equivalency chart








Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) – Test score equivalency chart for reports issued on or after April 1, 2014










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Unveiling the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

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New Immigrant Investor Pilot Program

CIC announced that Canada will launch a pilot program in January 2015, to attract experienced business persons who can actively invest in Canadian economy, stimulating innovation, economic growth and job creation.

Immigrant Investors will be required to meet certain program eligibility criteria such as language and education level, proven business or investment experience, as well as an investment of $2 million for a period of 15 years and having a net worth of $10 million. Immigrant investors who are selected will be required to obtain a due diligence report from a designated service provider in order to prove that their net worth of at least $10 million has been obtained from lawful, profit-making business activities.

This will ensure that the applicants will have a strong impact in the Canadian economy, and that those admitted for permanent residence will be well prepared to integrate into Canadian business landscape and community. The investments will be gathered into the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund, and will be used to seed innovative Canadian start-ups with high growth potential.

This new Immigrant Investor Capital Pilot Program will begin accepting application in late January in the year of 2015, and will provide a pathway to permanent residence for approximately 50 immigrant investors and their families.

The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program is designed to fulfill the government of Canada’s commitment in Economic Action Plan 2014 to create a more focused and effective pilot program that will ensure that immigrants who come to Canada deliver meaningful benefits to Canadian economy, as part of the transformational changes in order to build a fast & flexible economic immigration system.

The Government of Canada ended the previous Immigrant Investor Program and the Entrepreneur Program as neither program was determined to have contributed to Canada’s economic growth. Research indicated that immigrant investors under the previous programs were less likely than other immigrants to stay in Canada over the medium to long term. By requiring a non-guaranteed investment of $2 million and including more selection criteria for skills and abilities, the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program will test a new approach to immigrant investor program in Canada.

“Our Government is focused on building an immigration system that meets Canada’s economic and labour market needs. Through the launch of this pilot program, we are attracting investors who can make a significant investment and who have the education and proven business or investment experience necessary to achieve success in Canada. As we move forward, our Government will continue to ensure that our economic immigration programs provide a direct benefit to Canada and contribute to long-term prosperity and economic growth.”

 — Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

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Parent and Grandparent Program Re-Opening January 2, 2015

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Parent and Grandparent program re-opening January 2, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) will re-open in January 2, 2015, with similar admission criteria and application cap as last year. The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) is designed for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Permanent Residents.

CIC will accept applications until the 5,000 cap of complete applications has been reached. the intake of new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents starting January 2, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern standard time (EST). Applications must be individually packaged. All applications received after the cap has been reached will be returned to the applicant.Applications received before January 2, 2015 will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.

Basic Requirements for sponsor:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons can be included;
  • The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years, if necessary. If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional ‘undertaking’ must be signed.

Individuals willing to bring their parents and /or grandparents to Canada, can also do so through the Super Visa Program.

For more details about the parent and grandparent program (PGP), please see: Family Sponsorship -Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP)


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Open Work Permit for Spouses and common-law partners living in Canada

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Canada launches pilot program for spouses waiting for permanent residency

December 22, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched a one-year pilot program to issue open work permits for eligible spouses or common-law partners who are applying for permanent residency from inside Canada, before the decision on their PR application is made.

Applicants who have already submitted an inside Canada spousal sponsorship application can now submit an open work permit application to CIC. New inside Canada spousal sponsorship applicants can submit their open work permit application along with their PR application package to CIC’s case processing centre in Mississauga. A standard medical exam will be required for the Work Permit Application.

Before this pilot program, Canada’s Open Work Permit only issues to Spousal Sponsorship Applicant from outside Canada. Open Work Permit for Spouses and common-law partners living in Canada allows applicants to work for any employer for a specified period of time while their permanent residence applications are processed. The open work permit would also allow the applicants to receive provincial health coverage while waiting for the decision on their permanent residence applications.

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Getting Ready for Express Entry

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Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry

On December 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister, Chris Alexander, announced that the government is one month away from launching the Express Entry – Canada’s new immigration recruitment system. The system will launch at 12 noon EST January 1st, 2015. The first draw for an invitation to apply is scheduled for the last week of January.

The Minister promises the Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the Government more flexibility and adaptability when responding to Canada’s changing labour market needs. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first.

How Express Entry Works

Express Entry will manage Canada’s Permanent Residence applications under the following Economic Immigration Programs:

Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system for a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

The Express Entry System has two steps:

Step 1 – Potential Candidates to Complete an Online Profile

  • Complete a Language Test – In order to create a profile, candidates must provide their language test results from a recognized test – IELTS, CELPIP or TEF.  Candidates cannot create a profile without having their individual test information.
  • Have your Education Assessed – Candidates who completed their education overseas must have it assessed by a recognized education assessment body. Only those with at least one year of skilled Canadian Experience in the past three years, OR whose experience is in a skilled trade, are exempt from providing this report.
  • Complete an Online Express Entry Profile  – When candidates have their language test results and their education credential assessment (if required), they can now create a Express Entry Profile. This is a secure form that the candidates will use to provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details that will help CIC to assess them. Those who meet the criteria of one of the immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

If a candidate does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if applicable), or a nomination from a province or territory, by the time of the submission of the Express Entry profile, the candidate will need to register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. The Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with qualified employers across Canada.

Step 2 – The Highest-Ranked Candidates in the Pool Will Be Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence

  • Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – A points-based system will be used to score and assess a candidate’s profile and rank them in the Express Entry Pool. Express Entry candidates will be given a score out of 1200, based on the four parts of the CRS formula:
    1. Skills and experience factors (key to economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
    2. Spouse factors (such as language skills and education)
    3. Skills transferability (including education and work experience – factors that when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings)
    4. Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer.
  •  Invitation To Apply (ITA) – Candidates have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residency after receiving the ITA.

What Happens if a Candidate Does Not Get an Invitation to Apply?

The Express Entry Profile can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If candidates do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they will be eligible to re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.

Getting Ready For Express Entry

If you are wanting to apply under Canada’s new immigration recruitment system in the beginning of 2015, here are some suggestions to get ready for Express Entry.

  • You will need to take a language test. According to the new Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), candidates’ language ability will be one of the most important factors in order to rank higher in the pool. CIC will use your language test results to see whether you are eligible to immigrate to Canada under one of the immigration programs under the Express Entry. You will need to meet certain Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in order to gain more point in CRS. You can click here to see how CLB works
  • If your education experience are from outside Canada, you may need to have your educational credentials assessed against Canadian Standards
  • You will need to understand the Skill Type/Occupation of your work experience, as well as what do you plan to do in Canada. to find out the details of your skill type. Jobs in Canada are classified by what are called National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, which are divided by skill level and skill type.

Quick Facts to Know About Express Entry

  • No Eligible Occupation List: As of January 1, 2015, the eligibility for Express Entry will not include a list of eligible occupations. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have worked at least one year in a skilled occupation within the past 10 years.
  • Fully Electronic Processing System: The entire Express Entry process, including steps one and two, will be conducted online.
  • Language Proficiency required prior to entering the pool: Candidates will have to demonstrate proficiency in an official language of Canada, either English or French, in order to enter the Express Entry pool. Candidates will not be able to enter the Express Entry pool without submitting language test results that meet the eligibility requirements for one of the federal economic immigration programs.
  • Profiles in the Express Entry Pool are editable: News showing that candidates can update their profiles in the pool. This means that candidates will be able to maneuver within the Comprehensive Ranking System if they gain additional points
  • Invited applicants have 60 days to file a complete application: If an applicant gets an invitation to apply, but fails to submit a complete immigration application and all supporting documents, the applicant will not have a second opportunity to file the an application under the same invitation to apply.

“With the launch of Express Entry in January, our Government will build on our strong and proven record of helping immigrants succeed, and helping Canada’s economy thrive. Starting January 1st, we will be able to select the top economic immigrants who will contribute to our economy, labour market and communities.”

 – Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada


For more information about the Express Entry and to learn how we can help, please contact us.

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