New Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM) Immigration Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B, J.D (Windsor, Canada)

Permanent residence for Skilled Workers who working in Manitoba for 6 months or a year

  • Unlike other connections to Manitoba, Skilled Workers in Manitoba program (SWM), does not subject you to a points-based assessment.
  • If you are not working in Manitoba for 6 months or a year, you may be eligible under Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) program, which is subject to 60 point eligibility criteria and a further point based “expression of interest” (EOI) ranking system, in which top ranking applicants will be invited to apply for Canadian PR.

You are eligible to apply for immigration to Canada under SWM program if,

  • you have been working in Manitoba continuously for 6 months on a post-graduation work permit and your employer has offered you a full time long term job offer
  • you have been working in Manitoba continuously for 6 months on a temporary work permit and your employer has offered you a full time long term job offer
  • you have been in another Canadian province on a study or work visa and you have been working in Manitoba for one year and your employer has offered you a full time long term employment 

Employer eligibility

Your employer’s business must be incorporated or registered either Provincially or Federally and has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Manitoba. Your employers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the MPNP that they have capacity to offer you full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba.

Employee eligibility

  • You attended an authorized post-secondary institution in Manitoba for at least one academic year for which you received certificate, diploma or degree (Language programs are specifically excluded.)
  • You have been continuously working at least six months for the same employer who has offered you long-term full-time job. If you are an international student from other province, you must be working with Manitoba employer for one year before your employer offers you a long term full time employment
  • You have a valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Your connection to Manitoba is stronger than ties you may have to another Canadian province.
  • You demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
  • You have all qualifications to fulfil the duties of your job
  • You have the English or French language proficiency to fulfil your job duties.
  • If your job is classified as lower skilled (NOC C or D), you MUST submit proof of official language proficiency at CLB 4 (NCLC 4, French) or higher in all test categories according to the MPNP’s CLB Language Grid. NOC C and D jobs include: primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, clerical and assistant categories.
  • Self-employed individuals, business owners,
    owner-operators and individuals providing services as independent contractors
    to the business supporting their application are NOT eligible
  • you still need to show settlement funds of $10,000 but given you employment an officer may exempt you from funds requirements

New Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO) Immigration Program

Parminder Singh Juris Doctor, J.D. (Windsor, Canada)

Selection criteria and Information on New Manitoba Skilled worker Program launched on Apr 30, 2015.

A candidate must apply under two point systems to be eligible for Manitoba Immigration.

TWO point systems for Manitoba immigration follow hereunder:

1) In the 1st point system, called “skilled worker overseas” program, you MUST score 60 points to be eligible to enter 2nd point system.

2) In the 2nd point system, called “expression of Interest” (EOI), your profile will be ranked according to your points against other applicants and the highest ranking applicants will be selected for Canadian PR.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT UNCERTAINITY: There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline, HOWEVER,

The PROGRAM reserves the right to limit the intake of or exclude from draws Expressions of Interest in specific occupations with a high volume of existing submissions and/or application inventories, evidence of a limited employment outlook and other significant barriers to employment in Manitoba.

1st Point system: Skilled Worker Overseas Point system

Must obtain 60 points and must obtain points in adaptability

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Note: CLB is not equivalent of IELTS (To convert CLB to IELTS, see the conversion chart at the of this link: www.singhandassociates.org/ielts-guide)

Applicants in National Occupational Classification C or D must, have at least CLB 4 in English (or NCLC 4 in French).

Language Proficiency

Points awarded

First language

CLB 8 or higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
CLB 3 or lower

Second language

CLB 5 or higher 5

Maximum Points – Factor 1

25 (25% of total)

Factor 2: Age

Age on the date your application to MPNP.

Age

Points awarded

18 4
19 6
20 8
21 to 45 10
46 8
47 6
48 4
49 2
50 or older 0

Maximum Points – Factor 2

10 (10% of Total)

Factor 3: Work Experience

Work experience points for full-time employment in the past five years. Only full-time jobs of six months (continuous) or longer are considered.

Years of work experience

Points awarded

less than 1 year 0
1 year 8
2 years 10
3 years 12
4 years or more 15

Maximum Points – Factor 3

15 (15% of Total)

Factor 4: Education

Highest level of education

Points awarded

Master’s degree or Doctorate 25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each 23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer 20
One one-year post-secondary program 14
Trade certificate 14
No formal post-secondary education 0

Maximum Points – Factor 4

25 (25% of Total)

Factor 5: Adaptability

A connection to Manitoba is required of ALL applicants. You can only receive points for one type of connection, even if multiple apply to you. In addition to Adaptability points, you may also score points for Regional Immigration for having a connection to, and planning to settle in, a region of Manitoba outside the city of Winnipeg. 

Connection to Manitoba

Points awarded

Close relative in Manitoba 20
Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment   mission or exploratory visit 20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months) 12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba 12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in   Manitoba 10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba 10
Regional Immigration 5

Maximum Points – Factor 5

25 (25% of Total)

 

2nd point system, called EOI (expression of interest)

After obtaining 60 points in the 1st point grid, the applicants are eligible to create an online “expression of interest” profile. The score will be awarded as per the following point system and candidates will be ranked against each other. The highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply for Manitoba nomination for Canadian Permanent Residence at regular intervals throughout the year.

Each profile will be valid for one year and candidates can create another profile again after expiry of their profile.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Those candidates who do not submit results of an approved language test do not receive points in this category. Points for the second official language are also based on evidence in form of official test results indicating the candidate scores at least at CLB 5 overall.

Language Proficiency

Ranking Points

First Official Language

CLB 8 or higher 25 per band
CLB 7 22 per band
CLB 6 20 per band
CLB 5 17 per band
CLB 4 12 per band
CLB 3 or lower

Second Official Language

CLB 5 or higher (overall) 25

Maximum Points – Factor 1

125

Factor 2: Age

Points are based on your age at the time your Expression of Interest is submitted to the MPNP.

Age

Ranking Points

18 20
19 30
20 40
21 to 45 75
46 40
47 30
48 20
49 10
50 or older 0

Maximum Points – Factor 2

75

Factor 3: Work experience

Your employment is considered full-time if you are working for 30 hours or more each week for the same employer.Only full-time jobs of six months or longer should be included.

Additional points for licensing are ONLY awarded to those candidates who are working in professions or trades that require licensing in Manitoba and have completed ALL necessary steps to be able to seek employment in Manitoba.

Years of work experience

Ranking Points

less than 1 year
1 year 40
2 years 50
3 years 60
4 years or more 75
Fully recognized by provincial licensing body 100

Maximum Points – Factor 3

175

Factor 4: Education

Highest level of completed   education

Ranking Points

Master’s degree or Doctorate 125
Two post-secondary programs of at least 2 years each 115
One post-secondary program of 3 years or more 110
One post-secondary program of 2 years 100
One-year post-secondary program 70
Trade Certificate 70
No formal post-secondary education 0

Maximum Points – Factor 4

125

Factor 5: Adaptability

All candidates must have at least one type of connection to our province  You cannot be awarded points for more than one connection factor. Supplemental points for Regional Development cannot be awarded to candidates whose connection to Manitoba is based on Manitoba Demand. All candidates indicating that they plan to settle outside of Winnipeg MUST at the time of application satisfactorily demonstrate that they have a convincing connection to a region outside of the capital city indicating a strong likelihood that they will make a long-term economic contribution to that region.

Adaptability Factor

Ranking Points

Connection to Manitoba

Close relative in Manitoba 200
Previous authorized work experience in Manitoba (6 months or more) 100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (2 years or more) 100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (one year) 50
Close friend or distant relative in Manitoba 50

Manitoba Demand

Ongoing employment in Manitoba for 6 months or more with long-term job   offer from the same employer 500
Invitation to Apply under a Strategic Initiative 500

Regional Development

Immigration destination in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg 50

Maximum Points – Factor 5

500

Factor 6: Risk Assessment

Points are calculated based on any connections you may have to other parts of Canada.

Risk Factor

Ranking Points

Close relative in another province and no close relative in Manitoba -100
Work experience in another province -100
Studies in another province -100
Previous immigration application to another province -100

Maximum Points – Factor 6

-400

Canada’s British Columbia investor Program

Author: Parminder Singh, J.D. Juris Doctor (Canada)

BC investor Categories

You can apply to the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) as a business immigrant in four different categories, each with its different criteria. The outline chart below illustrates the minimum program criteria and there are further requirements, such as restriction on certain types of businesses. Initially a 2 year work permit will be issued to your family. Canadian PR will be given whenever you report fulfilment of the following criteria.

Entrepreneur  Regional Entrepreneur   Strategic Projects (for   setting up a branch unit in BC
Place of business Anywhere in B.C. Outside of Vancouver and Abbotsford Anywhere in B.C.
Minimum investment in a BC  business & overseas net worth Investment $400,000Net worth: $800,000 Investment $200,000Net worth: $400,000 Investment $500,000Net worth: N/A but must show successful previous business record
Ability to propose a key staff   member for Canadian PR Yes. The principal applicant can propose one key staff No Yes. Up to five.
Job creation requirements   Three new jobs One new job Three new jobs for each  key   staff proposed for PR

 Regional Business Succession category

This program is available for all the above categories (entrepreneur, regional entrepreneur and strategic projects). See the requirements in the following chart under each category:

Regional Business Succession category (Purchase an existing business in BC, which is 5 years old and has at least one employee other than owner or his family member)

 

Entrepreneur  Regional Entrepreneur   Strategic Projects 
Place of business Outside of Vancouver and Abbotsford Outside of Vancouver and Abbotsford Outside of Vancouver and Abbotsford
Minimum investment in a BC   business & overseas net worth Investment $400,000Net worth of $800,000 Investment $200,000Net worth $400,000 Investment $500,000Net worth: N/A but must show successful business record
Ability to propose a key staff   member for Canadian PR Yes. The principal applicant can propose one key staff No Yes. Up to five.
Job creation requirements Maintain 3 existing jobs or create 3 new ones No new jobs, but must maintain existing jobs Maintain 3 existing jobs or create 3 new jobs. Three new jobs for   each key staff proposed for PR

Morden City Immigration Program under Manitoba Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh, LL.B (Canada)

Under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, there is a Community driven immigration Initiative stream. The Morden City, situated 112 Km from Winnipeg, with a population of 8000, provides opportunity to immigrate to Canada permanently under this program. The following selection factors are considered:

Eligibility and selection factors

Age:  21-45

Education: One year diploma

Experience: 2 year within last 5 years

Funds: $10,000 plus 2000 for each family member

Occupations preferred currently: Manufacturing, cabinet makers, welders, auto mechanics, factory sewing machine operators, day care workers

Connections: no connections to any other part of Canada through friends, relatives, education or employment

Adaptability: intention and ability to settle in rural area under cultural and climatic conditions of City of Morden.

Process: Application is first submitted to City of Morden. If selected, the applicant is invited to explore the city of Morden and attend an interview. If satisfied, the applicant receives letter of support from Morden. The applicant applies to MPNP under Morden’s community driven immigration initiative with the letter of support from City of Morden. If satisfied, the applicant receives provincial nomination. Finally, the applicant and his family apply to CIC for Permanent resident visa.

Processing times:  4 months for Morden city processing, 6 months to 12 months for CIC.

Criteria subject to change: check website for updates;

http://mordenmb.com/business/immigrate-to-morden

Canada PR under Manitoba Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

Note: This article, which captures current Manitoba rules, replaces the previous article on Manitoba immigration

Three ways to immigrate to Manitoba

  1. Employment
  2. Manitoba Support
  3. Invitation to visit

    1. Employment

    The international students and workers in Manitoba are eligible to apply for Canadian permanent immigrant visa in this program.

    International students from out of Manitoba

    are eligible if they have been working in Manitoba for 1 year after completion of their studies in another Canadian province

    International students from Manitoba

    are eligible if they have been working in Manitoba for 6 months

    Their Diploma must be of at least one year duration

    Temporary workers

    are eligible if they have been working for 6 months with a work permit in Manitoba,

Notes:

  • No point system applies to Students and workers in Manitoba.
  • The same employer, for whom applicant worked in Manitoba, must offer a permanent long term job offer

2. Manitoba Support

The applicants are eligible if they have sponsorship from a close relative or a friend or distant relative and are employable in Manitoba.

Points: They must score sufficient 60 points for language, employability, education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet 

  • The friend or distant relative cannot support more than one person at a time.
  • The close relative can support more than one person but they must prove their ability to support more than 2 persons.
  • The relative or friend must be residing in Manitoba for one year and must have sufficiently close ties to the applicant.

To be considered a close relative, a Manitoba Supporter must be applicant’s or his spouse’s:

  • Sister/brother
  • Niece/nephew
  • Aunt/uncle
  • Cousin
  • Mother/father
  • Grandmother/grandfather

Language

CLB 4 is required of all applicants, but an applicant must as well demonstrate that he has sufficient language skills for the type of skill category under which he is applying. For example, a doctor cannot be expected to perform his job duties with a score of CLB 4. Hence his application may be refused for lack of language abilities even if he has passed the minimum language threshold of CLB 4 (CLB 4 is equivalent to IELTS Listening 4.5; Speaking 4; writing 4; reading 3.5).

Employability is assessed on the basis of:

  • past education, work experience as well as any license necessary for your occupation in Manitoba
  • job-ready English
  • current demand and potential for long-term employment growth in your occupation in the Manitoba labour market
  • transferable skills to related and other occupations with comparable skill levels

Adaptability is your genuine intention and ability to economically establish and make an immediate, and ongoing, contribution to Manitoba, as demonstrated by your Employability, Settlement Plan and Settlement supports, and a connection to Manitoba that is stronger than ties to another Province.The MPNP is not a sponsorship program. Manitoba selects skilled workers who bring benefit to the Manitoba economy.

3, Manitoba Invitation

The applicants are eligible if they have received the “Letter of Invitation” directly from the MPNP after being interviewed by a program officer during a “recruitment mission or exploratory visit”.

Recruitment missions: The MPNP regularly travels overseas on recruitment missions, often in partnership with Manitoba employers. Watch Manitoba Invitation Applicant’s page for news of the next MPNP announcement.

Exploratory Visits: This is an “invitation to visit” to make an exploratory visit to Manitoba by the Manitoba Immigration. The application intake is only for a brief period of time during each year due to extremely high global demand. Watch Manitoba Invitation Applicant’s page for news of the next MPNP announcement.

Points: All applicants who are not currently working in Manitoba are subject to the MPNP points system. They must score 60 points for language, employability, education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet.

Eligibility criteria to participate in visits generally include that you:

  • are between the ages of 21 to 45
  • can satisfy the MPNP that you do not have a stronger connection to another province
  • can demonstrate the employability and adaptability
  • have completed at least a one-year, post-secondary education or training for which you received a diploma
  • have worked at least two years full-time in the past five years and can demonstrate your ability to find a job in Manitoba in that occupation
  • have the genuine intention and ability to economically establish in Manitoba demonstrated, in part, by a Settlement Plan
  • provide to the MPNP, at the time you apply, official results of an IELTS test scores of at least 5 bands in each component and overall

Reasons for refusal of Manitoba application

include but not limited to the following:

  • You have not provided sufficient documentation.
  • You fail to demonstrate that you have sufficient work experience, education and training, including any license or certification required
  • You have insufficient language ability.
  • You fail to demonstrate your intention to establish permanently in Manitoba.
  • You fail to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria under which the application is being assessed.
  • You fail to demonstrate you have relatives or friends who are established residents of Manitoba with strong ties to you
  • You fail to demonstrate in your Settlement Plan that you are taking sufficient steps to become employable including pursuing any required occupational license or certification.
  • You fail to demonstrate that your Connection to Manitoba, through current or past employment or education, social or familial relations, Manitoba invitation, is stronger than your ties to another Province.

MPNP has sole discretion: An applicant may – under limited circumstance where a factual or legal error occurred and the decision was not made according to rules or law–request a review of the decision.

An applicant may also reapply after six months with evidence that was lacking in previous application.

 

Queries about Nova Scotia Immigration’s Regional Demand Stream

Authour: Parminder Singh, LL.B (Canada)

FAQ’s about Nova Scotia Immigration, Regional Demand Stream

Source: Nova Scotia Immigration department

  1. The applications intake is open as of the date of this article. NOTE: Application intake closed on Apr 28, 2014.
  2. There is a CAP of 150 applications per year for Regional Labour Market Demand Stream
  3. The Nova Scotia Immigration will process applications on first come first served basis
  4. Once the 150 CAP is reached, the remaining applications will be returned to applicants.
  5. Applicants will know by summer whether their applications are within the 150 CAP.
  6. The applicant’s whose applications are returned can re apply in 2015 when the new list is issues
  7. Because of huge volume of applications received, Nova Scotia Immigration will take beyond 3 months’ time frame to process applications.
  8. The Nova Scotia immigration will refuse applications that do not meet the initial eligibility requirements such as age, education, experience, language and  financial requirements
  9. NS immigration will only process complete applications that have been submitted as per requirements.
  10. Applicant’s whose applications are incomplete need not send missing documents until they hear from NS immigration
  11. The applications that are eligible for processing will be refused only after giving 30 days’ notice to comment on intended refusal
  12. The applicants can prove English requirements by submitting IELTS academic score no less than 5 bands. If an applicant does not have IELTS, he/she can prove their fluency in English by submitting proof that their language of instruction at  college was English. They can also prove their fluency in English by submitting proof that their language of communication at Work was English

Immigrate to Canada’s Nova Scotia without a job offer

Author: Parminder Singh, BA Hons, LL.B (Canada)

Regional Labour Market Demand stream: No job offer required

Opening on February 28, 2014, applications intake will start on March 6, 2014

The following occupations do not require a job offer to qualify for Nova Scotia Nominee Program: http://novascotiaimmigration.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/In_Demand_List_of_Occupations.pdf

To qualify, an applicant must,

  • Be 21 to 55 years old
  • Have minimum grade 12 education and at least a year’s diploma or certificate
  • Have IELTS 4 bands in reading and 5 bands each in listening, speaking and writing. No IELTS is required if an applicant can prove language proficiency by indicating that his studies or work was done in English medium.
  • Have at least 2 years of continuous full time experience in the related job in last 5 years
  • Have required funds to settle in Canada: a little over $11,000, 13000, 17000 and 20000 for, 1, 2, 3 and 4 persons respectively
  • Processing times Nova Scotia government states they will process applications in 1 or more months depending upon volume of applications. The federal government will take extra time which varies from country to country. Processing times: Federal: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/perm-ec.asp

 

Nomination Quota: 700 for all categories, year 2012 onwards. Limit of 150 applications for Regional Demand Stream in 2014 (Source: Nova Scotia Immigration department. See also:  http://www.cicsnews.com/?p=2409

Fees

Nova Scotia: $0

Federal: $550 for each applicant over the age 22; $150 for each applicant under the age 22 PLUS $490 landing fee for each applicant under 22. These fees are required after Nova Scotia approves an applicant’s Nomination application.

For more information, check this link:

http://novascotiaimmigration.com/immigrate/immigrateregional-labour-market-demand/

Canada PR through Ontario Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

Ontario is one of the 10 provinces of Canada. The province nominates skilled workers, international graduates and investors for Canada PR status. The process of provincial nominee program involves two steps: Provincial nominee application and the Federal Immigration application. 

There are three ways to immigrate to Canada under this program:

  1. General or Skilled worker category
  2. International graduate category
  3. Investor category

 1. General Category (Skilled Workers Category)

Skilled worker criteria

Skilled workers must have: 

  • A job offer from an approved employer in skill type NOC O, A or B
  • At least two years of experience in the last five years in the skilled occupation, or have registration in Ontario, if his trade falls under a regulated occupation in Ontario.
  • Have legal status, if the prospective nominee is in Canada (e.g., a work permit, temporary resident visa). Refugee claimants are not eligible.

Employer criteria

Companies must:

  • Have been in business for 3 years (corporations, limited partnerships and sole proprietorships).
  • Have at least $1,000,000 in gross revenue for the recent fiscal year (for companies inside the Greater Toronto Area GTA), or have at least $500,000 in gross revenue (for companies outside the GTA).
  • Have at least 5 employees (for companies inside the Greater Toronto Area), or have at least 3 employees (for companies outside the GTA).

Employment criteria

The employment must:

  • Be in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B).
  • Meet prevailing wage levels (for foreign workers) or entry-level wage levels (for international students) as per Labour Market Information
  • Not adversely affect employment or training opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Ontario (If employers have tried to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Ontario before applying to the program, they will receive priority processing)
  • Be necessary for the operations of the company.

Requesting more than one position

Employers can request one position for every 5 full time employees employed (inside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), or one position for every 3 full time employees (outside the GTA).

The maximum number of positions which can be requested is 20. Requests for more than 20 positions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employers in the Health and Education sectors can request more than 20 positions.

Processing times: 3 months for employer approval, 3 months for skilled worker’s Provincial Nomination and 9 to 12 months for Federal PR application

Processing Fees: $2000 for jobs in GTA, $1500 for jobs out of GTA plus $980 Federal Immigration application fees

2. International Graduate Category

There are three pathways to immigration to Canada for International Students

  1. International Student with a Job Offer
  2. International Phd Graduate without job offer
  3. International Masters Graduate without job offer

1. International Students with a Job Offer

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have a job offer from Ontario employer under NOC 0, A or B. The job offer need not be related to the area of study.
  • Have completed a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree or certificate programs, which require a previous degree or diploma, are also eligible.
  • Have completed at least half of their studies in Canada, and will be graduating or have graduated from a Canadian college or university.
  • Apply within two years of graduating, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completion of studies
  • Have legal status, if the student nominee is in Canada.

Notes:

  • International students need not have any previous work experience.
  • Students may apply for a job offer from within Canada or from overseas.
  • Students may have graduated from anywhere in Canada

Employer criteria

Companies must:

  • Have been in business for 3 years (corporations, limited partnerships and sole proprietorships).
  • Have at least $1,000,000 in gross revenue for the recent fiscal year (for companies inside the Greater Toronto Area GTA), or have at least $500,000 in gross revenue (for companies outside the GTA).
  • Have at least 5 employees (for companies inside the Greater Toronto Area), or have at least 3 employees (for companies outside the GTA).

Employment criteria

The employment must:

  • Be in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B).
  • Meet prevailing entry-level wage levels as per Labour Market Information
  • Not adversely affect employment or training opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Ontario (If employers have tried to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Ontario before applying to the program, they will receive priority processing)
  • Be necessary for the operations of the company.

Requesting more than one position

Employers can request one position for every 5 full time employees employed (inside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), or one position for every 3 full time employees (outside the GTA).

The maximum number of positions which can be requested is 20. Requests for more than 20 positions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Employers in the Health and Education sectors can request more than 20 positions.

Processing times: 3 months for employer approval, 3 months for skilled worker’s Provincial Nomination and 9 to 12 months for Federal PR application

Processing Fees: $1500 for Ontario Nomination plus Federal Immigration fees $980

2. International PH.D Graduates without job offer

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have graduated from a PhD program in Ontario OR Have completed all degree requirements for the PH.D program
  • Have completed at least two years of PhD studies in Ontario AND Apply within two years of graduating.
  • Have legal status in Canada, if the PhD graduate is in Canada.

Notes:

  • PhD students may apply for the Ontario provincial nomination from within Canada or from overseas.
  • No job offer required

Processing times: 3 months for PH.D student Ontario Nomination and 9 to 12 months for Federal PR application

Processing Fees: $1500 for Ontario nomination plus Federal Immigration fees $980

3. International Masters Graduate without job offer (Pilot Program)

To be eligible, students must: to hear from you

  • Have graduated from a Master’s program in Ontario
  • Have completed a minimum of one year degree program, on full-time basis.
  • Apply within two years of graduating, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completion of the degree program.
  • Intend to live and work in Ontario.
  • Prove at least one year of residence in Ontario in the past two years.
  • Currently be residing in Ontario.
  • Have legal status in Canada (i.e. study permit, work permit, temporary resident visa).
  • Demonstrate high language proficiency (For English IELTS – General test score of 7 or higher) or (For French TEF –minimum score of 5 or higher).
  • Not have further studies as their main activity in the province
  • Demonstrate a minimum savings or income to support themselves as per the following schedule:

Notes:

  • Savings required for 1 family member: $11,086; for 2 family members $13,801; for 3 family members $16,967; for 4 members $20,599 and so on.
  • Proof can be provided through Personal bank statements for the past 6 months, or (if overseas) an original letter and monthly statements from a recognized financial institution indicating personal account balance.
  • If the account is in your name, your overseas bank statements will be accepted in support of your nominee application. If you have received financial support from your parents or any family member, you will need to submit a letter of support, stating their ongoing financial support, original bank statements and account balance.
  • Processing times: 3 months for Master’s degree  student’s  Ontario Nomination and 9 to 12 months for Federal PR application
  • Processing Fees: $1500 for Ontario Nomination plus Federal Immigration fees $980

Who is not eligible under international student category

  • International students on a national or international scholarship with return obligations will not be eligible unless such obligations have been fulfilled.
  • Refugee claimants are not eligible for this program

3. Investor Category

There are two types of investor programs

  1. Companies making investments
  2. Individual investors

1. Companies making investments

Employer eligibility criteria

To be eligible,

  • The amount of the investment must be at least $3,000,000.
  • The investment must create at least 5 net permanent full-time jobs for Canadians in Ontario.

Requesting more than one foreign skilled worker positions

Companies making an investment in Ontario can also request multiple positions. Companies can bring 1 key skilled worker from abroad for five net jobs created in Ontario. For each subsequent nominee position, 1 job must be created for Canadians in Ontario. The maximum number of nominee positions is 25.

“Net job” means jobs created by the company minus jobs lost in the province, if any.

Skilled Job eligibility criteria

Investment Nominee Positions must:

  • Be necessary for the long-term success of the company.
  • Be in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B).
  • Meet prevailing wage levels as per Labour Market Information. For international graduates who have completed studies in Canada, the job must meet the entry level wage levels.
  • Not adversely affect employment or training opportunities for Canadians in Ontario.

Skilled worker eligibility criteria

To be eligible, skilled workers must have:

  • A job offer for which they are qualified, from an Ontario employer in a skill type NOC A, B, or 0); For international graduates who have completed studies in Canada, the job need not be in their area of study.
  • 2 years of experience or have license in Ontario (if the occupation is a compulsory license trade in Ontario); No experience required for International graduates.

International Students

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have completed a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree or certificate programs, which require a previous degree or diploma, are also eligible.
  • Have completed at least half of their studies in Canada, and will be graduating or have graduated from a Canadian college or university.
  • Apply within two years of graduating, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completion of studies
  • Have legal status, if the student nominee is in Canada.

2. Individual Investors

Individual investors seeking nomination can also qualify, if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Control at least 33.334% of the equity in the business, or make a $1 million investment in the business
  • Create 5 new jobs for Canadians
  • Must not redeem the investment after a specified period
  • The primary purpose of the investment must not be to receive interest, dividends or capital gains

Processing fee: for employees of investors, the fee is $3,500.

Processing time: for nominee applications will be processed within 90 days

Quota: Ontario PNP will target 1,000 nominations each in Investor, student and skilled worker categories on a first come first basis

 

Canada PR through Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

Under PEI PNP, an applicant can acquire Canada PR status in three ways:

  • 1. Skilled Worker Stream
  • 2. Critical Worker Stream (Low skilled trades)
  • 3. Business Stream (PR or Work permit options)

1. Skilled Worker Stream

To be eligible, the applicant:

  • Must score minimum score of 50 on the self-assessment grid
  • Must have a full-time job offer from a Prince Edward Island employer at a NOC skill level 0, A or B.
  • Must have completed post-secondary education with a minimum of 14 years of education.
  • Should be between 21 and 55 years of age.
  • Should have at least two years of full-time work experience within the past five years.
  • Must possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job duties. Language ability may be proven by one of the following:
    • IELTS 5 bands in each of listening, speaking and writing ability and 4 bands in reading ability or
    • Declaration of language ability from the employer offering the full time job; or
    • Educational documents from an internationally recognized institution, indicating the principal language studied was in English and/or French.
  • Must demonstrate sufficient settlement supports and financial resources to pay the immigration costs and travel expenses to establish in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must demonstrate genuine intention to live and work in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must have necessary credentials or license to be eligible to work in the occupation in Prince Edward Island.

Skilled Worker Employer Requirements

The employer is responsible for ensuring:

  • The applicant meets the necessary education and licensing requirements to be eligible to work in the trade in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full-time job offer
  • Settlement support is provided to the applicant and the family to help them establish.
  • Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is provided.
  • Proof of unsuccessful recruitment efforts in Canada has been given and the position is critical to the employers business.

Notes:

  • PEI nominee program establishes nomination targets for the program. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to economically establish in the province.
  • PEI nominee program makes no representation of processing times for permanent resident visas by CIC

2. Critical Worker Stream (Low Skilled Worker) 

Currently, the following trades are eligible under critical worker stream

  1. Truck driver,
  2. Customer service representative,
  3. Labourer,
  4. Food & beverage server and
  5. House-keeping

To be eligible, the applicant,

  • Must score minimum score of 50 on the self-assessment grid
  • Must have a job offer from a Prince Edward Island employer in skill type C or D of NOC matrix in one of the above mentioned trades:
  • Must have worked a minimum of 6 months for the Prince Edward Island employer.
  • Must have received a high school diploma of grade 12.
  • Should be between 21 and 55 years old.
  • Should have at least two years work experience within the past five years.
  • Must possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job duties. Language ability may be proven by one of the following:
    • IELTS 4 bands 4.5 listening, 4 speaking, 4 writing, 3.5 reading; or
    • Declaration of language ability from the employer offering the full time job; or
    • Educational documents from an internationally recognized institution, indicating the principal language studied was in English and/or French.
  • Must demonstrate sufficient settlement supports and financial resources to pay the immigration costs and travel expenses to establish in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must demonstrate genuine intention to live and work in Prince Edward Island.

The employer is responsible for ensuring:

  • The applicant meets the necessary education and licensing requirements to be eligible to work in the trade in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full-time job offer
  • Settlement support is provided to the applicant and the family to help them establish.
  • Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is provided.
  • Proof of unsuccessful recruitment efforts in Canada has been given and the position is critical to the employers business.

Notes:

  • PEI nominee program establishes nomination targets for the program. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to economically establish in the province.
  • PEI nominee program makes no representation of processing times for permanent resident visas by CIC

3. Business stream

Applicants can apply for a Work permit before applying for permanent residence. However the eligibility criteria remains the same whether applying for PR or work permit.

To be eligible, the applicant:

  • Must have the age, education, work experience, adaptability and language skills to establish a business in the intended province.
  • Must provide proof of 5 bands in IELTS (no more than 3 year old) OR sign a language deposit agreement and deposit $20,000.
  • Must have a net worth of at least $400,000 CAD.
  • Must invest $150,000 CAD to start or purchase an eligible and must control 100% of the business. OR Must control over 33 1/3% of the equity in the business or make an equity investment in the business of at least $1,000,000 CAD.
  • Must deposit $100,000 CAD with the government, to be returned without interest after the agreement is fulfilled.
  • Must submit a business plan after visiting Prince Edward Island

Priority Sectors

  • Export-oriented business.
  • Businesses that utilize resources from Fishery, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Businesses that help diversification of rural economies
  • Development of the province’s emerging innovative sectors: information technology, aerospace, bioscience and renewable energy.
  • The business must contribute to one or more of the following:
    • Increasing value-added manufacturing and processing
    • Increasing exports of goods or services
    • Increasing tourism and tourism attractions excluding all new construction
    • Increasing research and development
    • Increasing technology and specialized know-how to the province
    • Servicing an underserved local market
    • Diversifying retail and restaurant investment

Ineligible Businesses

  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based businesses
  • Currency, pay day loans, check cashing
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Sale of used goods (excluding collectibles, or services such as repairs recycling or refurbishing)
  • Real estate development or brokerage, insurance or business brokerage
  • Businesses aimed at raising finances through immigrant investment
  • Professional practices
  • Financial services
  • Consulting services
  • Any other type of business that may bring the program into disrepute.
  • A business that cannot issue shares.

Canada PR through Newfoundland Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

Newfoundland is one of the 10 Canadian provinces. The province nominates individuals for Canada PR status to Canada immigration department. The process involves 2 applications: Provincial Nomination application and Federal immigration application.

Under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (PNP), an applicant may be eligible for Canada PR status under one of three categories:

  1. Skilled Workers
  2. International Graduates
  3. Business category

1. Skilled Workers

Newfoundland nominates individuals for Canada PR status who have specialized skills that are deemed critical for the operations of an employer in Newfoundland.

Who is eligible under Skilled Worker category?

To be eligible, an applicant must,

  • Have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland employer
  • Have a Canada Immigration Work Permit or is entitled to have it
  • Have the qualifications, skills, and/or license required for the duties;
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to live and work in Newfoundland
  • Demonstrate that you have sufficient settlement funds to successfully establish yourself in Newfoundland;
  • Have an employer (or future employer) who can demonstrate a need for your special skills set; and
  • Demonstrate sufficient English or French language capability to perform the employment duties. Your English language ability must be verified by one of the following:
    • An Affidavit of English Language Ability from a Newfoundland employer; or
    • Education documents
    • Occupations classified in NOC Code C or D must submit a minimum 4.5 bands IELTS score

2. International Graduates

Who is eligible under international graduate category ?

An applicant may qualify, if he:

  • Has completed at least half of their post-secondary studies in Canada (if an applicant has done all of his required studies out of Newfoundland, he is only eligible after he has worked in Newfoundland for a year in a job related to his studies)
  • Has completed a minimum of a two‐year diploma or degree program. One‐year post‐graduate degree or certificate programs that require a previous degree or diploma are also eligible
  • Has  a job offer in their field of study from a Newfoundland employer OR
  • Has applied to the NLPNP within two years of obtaining his degree or diploma OR during the last semester of his degree or diploma
  • Has an Immigration Canada Post‐Graduate Work Permit.
  • Has the qualifications, skills, and license required for the job duties
  • Can demonstrate the intention and ability to live and work in Newfoundland
  • Has a job offer related to his education and specific skill levels
  • Has sufficient settlement funds to successfully establish in Newfoundland
  • Can demonstrate sufficient English or French language ability to perform the job duties. The English language ability must be verified by:
  • (a) An Affidavit of English Language Ability from the  Newfoundland employer; OR
  • (b) education documents

3. Entrepreneurs

This program is under revision, check with the government via email or phone, if you are interested in this program:

Pnp@gov.nl.ca

Phone 709 729 5847