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University of Regina: New IELTS requirements for Indian students

Please be advised that there has been a recent change in the English requirement for students from India.

As of October 1st, 2018students from India must meet the general ELP (English Language Proficiency) requirements to obtain final acceptance to the University of Regina. The general ELP requirements can be found here on the University’s official website.

Please rest assured that if a student does not have the English qualifications, you can still apply. In that case, the International Enrolment Services office will issue a conditional letter of acceptance if the student is academically admissible. Once the student meets the English requirement, they will need to provide proof of English Proficiency in order to obtain a final letter of acceptance.

Nova Scotia Express Entry invites 314 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

New Labour Market Priorities Stream issued 314 new invitaitons to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Government of Nova Scotia has issued 314 Letters of Interest to apply for a provincial nomination to Express Entry candidates who meet the eligibility and work experience requirements of its new Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Express Entry candidates invited through the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities must provide evidence of having two years of work experience in NOC 4214 — Early childhood educators and assistants under the Government of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016.

To receive a Letter of Interest under this stream, the NSOI says that the work experience a candidate details in an Express Entryprofile must match the job description for the targeted occupation listed in the federal government’s NOC 2016.

Selected candidates are required to provide letters of reference from previous employers with the following details:

  • Company letterhead;
  • Signature by the responsible human resources officer, supervisor, or manager;
  • Company’s full address, telephone number, e-mail and website addresses and be stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable); and
  • include all of the following information in one document:
    • the specific period of the employment with the company
    • the positions held during the period of employment and time spent in each position
    • the main responsibilities and duties in each position
    • the annual salary plus benefits in each position
    • the number of hours worked per week in each position
    • proof that the work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties as set out in NOC 2016.

Express Entry candidates who have received a Letter of Interest from the NSOI will have 30 calendar days to submit a complete application for a Nova Scotia provincial nomination. An additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points will be awarded to candidates whose applications are approved by the NSOI.

Dynamic Express Entry selections

The NSOI says that occupations specified in each draw and will depend on labour market needs and the priorities of the province. Nova Scotia’s Minister of Immigration Lena Diab says this new stream is the “first of its kind in Canada” and will be utilized by the province as an ‘innovative and flexible new tool’ to address Nova Scotia’s labour market needs.

April 25 Express Entry draw sees lowest CRS-cut off the year

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued 3,500 new Invitations to Apply for permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool in a draw that took place on April 25. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for the draw was 441.

The Government of Canada implemented the ‘tie-break’ procedure for the latest draw to select candidates from the pool who submitted their profile on or after December 8, 2017, at 10:25:33 UTC. The tie-break rule prioritizes the profiles of Express Entry candidates who have been in the pool longer.

This means that all candidates in the pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above 441, as well as those candidates with scores of 441 who submitted their profile before this time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

The April 25 draw was not limited to any one program managed under the Express Entry system.

Individuals interested in entering the federal Express Entry pool need to first meet the eligibility criteria for one of the three immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker (FSWC)Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Candidates are then assigned a CRS score based on various factors, such as education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. The assigned CRS score determines a candidate’s ranking in the pool. Candidates who receive an ITA can submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Candidates interested in maximizing their potential in the Express Entry pool can increase their CRS scores in different ways. Visit our dedicated page to learn more about improving your profile and ranking in the Express Entry pool.

For more information on draws from the Express Entry pool that have taken place so far, consult this table.

For detailed analysis of the April 25 draw, please refer to this article on CICNews.com

Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool with our free assessment form.

 

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1, 2015 to April 25, 2018

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: March 14, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: April 25, 2018
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC): 199 (May 26, 2017)
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC): 413 (May 31, 2017)
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 413 (May 31, 2017)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 3,923 (April 12, 2017)
  • Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 143 (May 26, 2017. Note: This draw invited candidates with a provincial nomination only.)
  • Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 273 (from May 22, 2015 to June 12, 2015 draws)
  • Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 0 (on three occasions)
  • Longest gap between dates of two consecutive draws: 35 days (from April 17, 2015 to May 22, 2015 draws)
  • Shortest gap between dates of two consecutive draws: 5 days (from May 26 to May 31, 2017)
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2015: 31,063
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2016: 33,782
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2017: 86,023
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2018: 24,500
  • Total number of ITAs issued since the system was launched: 175,368

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2018

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
88 441 April 25, 2018 3,500
87 444 April 11, 2018 3,500
86 446 March 26, 2018 3,000
85 456 March 14, 2018 3,000
84 442 February 21, 2018 3,000
83 442 February 7, 2018 3,000
82 444 January 24, 2018 2,750
81 446 January 10, 2018 2,750

Express Entry Draws: 2017

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
80 446 December 20, 2017 2,750
79 452 December 6, 2017 2,750
78 439 November 15, 2017 2,750
77 458 November 8, 2017 2,000
76 241 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) November 1, 2017 505
75 673 (*Provincial nominee programs only) November 1, 2017 290
74 436 October 18, 2017 2,757
73 438 October 04, 2017 2,801
72 433 September 20, 2017 2,871
71 435 September 6, 2017 2,772
70 434 August 23, 2017 3,035
69 433 August 9, 2017 2,991
68 441 August 2, 2017 3,264
67 440 July 12, 2017 3,202
66 449 June 28, 2017 3,409
65 413 May 31, 2017 3,877
64 199 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) May 26, 2017 400
63 775 (*Provincial nominee programs only) May 26, 2017 143
62 415 May 17, 2017 3,687
61 423 May 4, 2017 3,796
60 415 April 19, 2017 3,665
59 423 April 12, 2017 3,923
58 431 April 5, 2017 3,753
57 441 March 24, 2017 3,749
56 434 March 1, 2017 3,884
55 441 February 22, 2017 3,611
54 447 February 8, 2017 3,644
53 453 January 25, 2017 3,508
52 459 January 11, 2017 3,334
51 468 January 4. 2017 2,902

BC PNP invites Skills immigration and Express Entry BC candidates

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A total of 405 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued this week to candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program in an invitation round that took place on August 8.

If a candidate obtains a successful nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate categories, he or she will receive an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) toward their Express Entry profile.

The portion of candidates invited to apply for a British Columbia provincial nomination under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Streamcategories will have their applications for Canadian permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system.

Generally, candidates applying for immigration under the BC PNP require an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province. However, candidates applying under the  BC PNP Tech Pilot with job offers in one of the 29 occupations are required to have a job offer that lasts for at least one year (365 days).

Individuals interested in applying for immigration to Canada under the Skills Immigration must first create an online profile with using the BC PNP’s online system and submit a complete registration form. Applicants’ profiles are then assessed and are assigned a score based on various factors, such as education, work experience and other factors.

If you are interested in finding out how many points you may be awarded under the BC PNP, please consult the exclusive CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator.

For more information on the eligibility criteria for the BC PNP’s various categories, please visit our dedicated BC PNP page.

The minimum scores for each category in the August 8 draw were as follows:

Date of draw BC PNP Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
August 8, 2018 EEBC – Skilled Worker 87 405
EEBC – International Graduate 91
SI – Skilled Worker 82
SI – International Graduate 91
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65

BC PNP Tech Pilot invites more candidates in tech-related occupations

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 44 invitations on August 15, 2018

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 44 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in its latest weekly tech-specific draw held on August 15.

Invitations were issued to qualified registrants with job offers in the tech pilot’s 29 priority occupations.

Skilled workers and international graduates who received invitations through an Express Entry BC category obtain 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) if their application for provincial nomination is approved.

Skills Immigration candidates with a successful nomination from the province will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system. Registration to the BC PNP Tech Pilot is free and requires candidates to provide information about their BC employer.

In order to be issued an invitation to apply, both the candidate and their employer must meet all program requirements at the time of registration.

BC PNP Tech Pilot benefits

The BC PNP provides faster processing for applications submitted through its Tech Pilot.  The BC PNP web page states “processing times for 80% of BC PNP applications is 2-3 months from receipt.”

While the majority of BC PNP candidates are required to provide proof of an indeterminate job offer, candidates in the BC PNP tech pilot are only required to have a job offer that is at least one year in duration.

Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada through the BC PNP must submit a complete online profile with the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

CanadaVisa’s Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator can help you determine how many points you may be awarded under the SIRS system.

For more information on the eligibility criteria for the BC PNP’s various immigration categories, please see our dedicated BC PNP page.

The minimum scores for each category involved in the August 15 draw were as follows:

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
August 15, 2018 EEBC – Skilled Worker 87 44
EEBC – International Graduate 91
SI — Skilled Worker 82
SI — International Graduate 91