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Quebec reduces application deadline for Quebec Selection Certificate to 60 days

Quebec Skilled Worker Program candidates who receive an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate will now only have 60 calendar days to file a complete application, the province’s government announced June 26.  

The new deadline cuts 30 days from the previous deadline of 90 days.

A similar reduction was introduced exactly one year ago for the federal government’s Express Entry system.

The shortened application deadline was one of three measures announced by the Government of Quebec.

The government also announced that Expressions of Interest (EOIs) currently in the Quebec Skilled Worker Program‘s bank of candidates will remain valid for an extra six months.

The third measure will see the EOIs of candidates who decline an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Quebec, or CSQ) remain in the bank of candidates for their full validity period.

The Government of Quebec said all three measures announced June 26 take effect immediately.

Quebec reduces deadline for applications for Quebec Selection Certificate to 60 days

Applicants from the Quebec Skilled Worker Program who receive an invitation to apply for a Quebec Certificate of Selection will only have 60 days to submit a complete application, the provincial government announced on June 26. 

The new deadline reduces the previous 90-day period by 30 days.

A similar reduction was introduced last year for the Federal Express Entry System .

Reducing the deadline for submitting applications is one of three new measures that come into effect immediately.

Quebec has also announced that the declarations of interest currently in the Québec Skilled Worker applicants bank will remain valid for an additional six months.

The extension applies to all expressions of interest that are currently in the program’s applicant bank.

The third measure provides that the expression of interest profiles of candidates who refuse an invitation to submit an application for a Québec selection certificate (CSQ) will remain in the candidate bank for the entire period of validity.

Canadian job vacancies reached 435,000 in first three months of 2019

Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate reached another record in the first three months of 2019 with the highest number of unfilled jobs reported in Quebec, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says in a new update.

The federation reports a total of 435,000 jobs sat vacant for at least four months across Canada during the first quarter of 2019, which amounted to a job vacancy rate of 3.3 per cent.

“The national vacancy rate has been steadily climbing for the past two years and it reached another record high last quarter,” said Ted Mallet, vice-president and chief economist of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The CFIB says labour shortages affected skilled positions more than semi- or unskilled occupations.

The shortages were also putting “strong pressure” on wage levels, with employers who had at least one vacant position saying they expected to raise wages.

The CFIB says the job vacancy rate is slowing relative to this same time in 2018 but labour shortages remain a challenge for employers, especially in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.

British Columbia invites 234 Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates in May 21 draw

A new draw by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program held May 21 issued 234 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates in five Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. categories.

An unspecified number of Skills Immigration candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories received invitations. An undisclosed number of candidates in the Express Entry B.C. (EEBC) Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories were also invited.

EEBC categories are open to immigration candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class economic immigration categories.

An additional 600 points is added to Express Entry candidates’ Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score after they are approved for a nomination.

Skills Immigration candidates who receive a nomination will have their Canadian permanent residence applications processed outside the federal Express Entry system.

Foreign nationals who would like to be considered through either the Skills Immigration or EEBC streams have to first register an online profile with the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

SIRS is a points-based system used by the BC PNP to evaluate candidates based on factors like education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

An indeterminate, full-time job offer with an employer in B.C. is a key eligibility factor for most Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC immigration categories.

CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator to find out your potential SIRS score.

Date: May 21, 2019
Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
EEBC – Skilled Worker 105
234

EEBC – International Graduate 105
SI – Skilled Worker 95
SI – International Graduate 100
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75

B.C. PNP Draw Held June 4 issues 272 ITAs

British Columbia’s Provincial Nomination Program issued 272 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held on June 4, 2019.

The invitations were distributed over five categories of the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) streams.

Invitations went to Skills Immigration candidates in three categories: Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level or Semi-Skilled Worker.

Candidates in the EEBC Skilled Workers and International Graduate categories also received invitations.

The precise breakdown of invitations within these categories was not provided.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from British Columbia are awarded an additional 600 points toward their federal ranking score.

Foreign nationals who would like to be considered through either the Skills Immigration or EEBC streams must first register an online profile with the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

SIRS is a points-based system used by the BC PNP to evaluate candidates based on factors like education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

The minimum required SIRS scores varied from 75 for Skills Immigration: Entry Level or Semi-Skilled Worker to 105 for candidates in the EEBC: Skilled Worker category.

An indeterminate, full-time job offer with an employer in B.C. is required for most Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC immigration categories.

Use the CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator to find out your potential SIRS score.

Date: June 4, 2019
Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
EEBC – Skilled Worker 105
274

EEBC – International Graduate 104
SI – Skilled Worker 95
SI – International Graduate 100
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75