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September 13, 2022

EXPANDED: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP) is a pilot program targeted at qualified foreign nationals looking to move to Canada. This program is a community-based immigration pathway that aims to attract global talent to fill the gaps in the local labour market in some regions of Canada.

As you might know, immigrants are essential in Canada as they would contribute to the economy and society. Most immigrants choose to settle in big cities in Canada, such as Toronto, which has caused some rural areas in Canada to go unpopulated regarding newcomers. Therefore, the overall growth of some areas would be impacted if the number of immigrants is low in that certain area.

Recently, Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister of Canada, announced that this pilot is being expanded in the following measures: 

  • The geographic boundaries of the participating communities are being changed to invite more communities compared to before. These communities are North Bay (ON), Sudbury (ON), Timmins (ON), Thunder Bay (ON), Moose Jaw (SK), West Kootenay (BC), and Vernon (BC);
  • Job offers are being increased in the health care and trade sectors in order to fill the labour market requirements;
  • Communities are now permitted to participate for a longer period until the end of the pilot, which will be until August 2024; and
  • The amount of funds needed for settlement is being reduced. 

 

Participating Communities

There are currently 11 Canadian communities that are actively participating in the RNIP. These communities are as follows: 

  1. North Bay, ON
  2. Sudbury, ON
  3. Timmins, ON
  4. Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  5. Thunder Bay, ON
  6. Brandon, MB
  7. Altona/Rhineland, MB
  8. Moose Jaw, SK
  9. Claresholm, AB
  10. Vernon, BC
  11. West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

 

Every year, each community can welcome 125 applicants. In June 2022, the IRCC announced that 1130 newcomers were able to land in these communities under the RNIP with the goal of assisting these communities in labour shortages in sectors such as transportation, retail, health care, hospitality and manufacturing. 

To immigrate through RNIP, applicants must meet specific requirements such as qualifying work experience, education, language proficiency, enough funds, etc. These requirements vary in each community. You may book a free case evaluation if you need assistance in assessing your eligibility for this program.

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September 2, 2022

New announcements from the Minister of Immigration

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Sean Fraser, made four new announcements on September 1st. The new announcements are intended to reduce application backlogs and shorten processing times.

The new announcements are as follows:

  1. Exempting inside Canada permanent and temporary residence applicants from requiring immigration medical examination which would help applicants save time and money while reducing processing times;
  2. Creating a %100 digital application process for most permanent residence programs from September 23 and allowing more applicants to submit online applications on IRCC portals;
  3. Regularly updating application processing times online;
  4. Expanding the online application status tracker to seven more permanent residence and temporary residence programs; and
  5. Modernizing the citizenship program to allow more applicants to submit their applications online.

 

The Minister also announced that IRCC plans to hire 1,250 new employees by the end of this fall to reduce wait times.

Information and details are expected to be announced soon.

 

Canadian Citizenship Applications

Since last year, IRCC has created an online portal for certain eligible applicants to submit their citizenship applications online. However, this online application tool is only available to individuals who are single, over the age of 18 and are applying without a representative. With the new announcements made by Sean Fraser, it is expected that the eligibility criteria for online citizenship application would expand to allow more individuals to apply online.

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September 1, 2022

Express Entry 2022 Draws

After a long pause on Express Entry invitations due to COVID-19, invitations to apply were resumed in July 2022 and IRCC confirmed that new applications will be processed within the same 6 months timeframe.

For more information about the Express Entry program, click here.

Express Entry Draw #231 September 14, 2022

Express Entry Draw #230 August 31, 2022

Express Entry Draw #229 August 17, 2022

Express Entry Draw #228 August 3, 2022

Express Entry Draw #227 July 20, 2022

Express Entry Draw #226 July 6, 2022

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June 18, 2022

New Permanent Residency Pathway to be introduced

The federal government has set a goal of creating a new pathway for temporary residents to become permanent residents.

As per Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister of Canada, his government is on a deadline to create a pathway for temporary residents to be eligible for becoming permanent residents through a pathway similar to the “TR to PR” program that was introduced last year and was active for eight months. This program will help speed up the process of granting permanent residency to temporary residents.

The previous TR to PR program gave 90,000 work permit holders and international students the chance to obtain their permanent residency in a very shorter period of time than usual.

Sean Fraser said the new program will not be the exact same as the previous one. He mentioned that he is on a very tight 120-day timeline that was motioned by the House of Commons last month to create this pathway.

Some may have concerns about processing backlogs or too many immigration programs that already exist. However, Fraser ensured that his government is already ahead of schedule for processing the federal government’s goal of accepting 432,000 newcomers this year alone.

All in all, Fraser has mentioned that their goal is to plan a policy “that’s not driven by a need to respond urgently in the face of an emergency, but actually to have a permanent pathway that provides a clear path for those seeking permanent residency who can enter Canada.”
Further information about the new pathway is expected to be received by Fall 2022. Make sure to check our website regularly for any Canadian immigration updates.

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June 18, 2022

Learn More about Canada’s new NOC system

Canada is implementing new changes to its NOC system, which is used mainly for Express Entry and PNPs, which will affect the eligibility of some occupations and the ineligibility of others.

National Occupational Classification, also known as NOC, is Canada’s national system for classifying occupations, and it describes the work performed by Canadians and the duties associated with those occupations.

Currently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses NOC 2016 to rank the occupations based on which applicants will be qualified for temporary and permanent residency programs. However, effective November 2022, NOC 2021 will come into effect as per Canadian law.

The NOC system is managed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada. The new NOC system will introduce new terminology and classification. With NOC 2021, the previous skill-type jobs will be classified as Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER). This classification will be as follows:

NOC 2016 NOC 2021
Skill Type 0 TEER 0
Skill Level A TEER 1
 

Skill Level B

TEER 2


TEER 3

Skill Level C TEER 4
Skill Level D TEER 5

Consequently, there will be 16 new occupations that will become eligible under Express Entry:

● Payroll administrators;
● Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;
● Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates;
● Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;
● Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;
● Sheriffs and bailiffs;
● Correctional service officers;
● By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
● Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;
● Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
● Pest controllers and fumigators;
● Other repairers and servicers;
● Transport truck drivers;
● Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators;
● Heavy equipment operators; and
● Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

However, 3 occupations will become ineligible under Express Entry:

● other performers;
● program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness; and
● tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.
NOC 2021 will use a hierarchical system to rank the occupations. In this section, we will demonstrate how each of these 6 categories will be classified.

TEER 0:
● Management Occupations.
TEER 1:
● Completion of a university degree or equivalent years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER 2 category (if applicable)
TEER 2:
● Completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community colleges, institute of technology; or completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five         years; or occupations with supervisory or significant safety (police officers and firefighters) responsibilities; or several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER 3 category.
TEER 3:
● Completion of a post-secondary education program of less than two years at community colleges, institute of technology; or Apprenticeship training of less than 2 years; or more than six months of on-the-job training, training courses or specific work experience with some secondary school education; or several years of experience in a specific occupation program from TEER 4 category.
TEER 4:
● Completion of secondary school or; several weeks of on-the-job training with some secondary education; or several years of experience in a specific occupation from the TEER 5 category.
TEER 5:
● Short work demonstration and no formal education requirements.
Statistics Canada has two intentions for replacing the NOC skill type system with the TEER system. First, the TEER system will clarify the education level and work experience required for specific occupations. Second, with this new system, it would be easier to understand the skills required for each occupation.

If you would like to learn more about your eligibility for Express Entry and find out your TEER category, you may simply fill out our General Assessment Form, and we will assess your eligibility.

Express Entry News & Updates
June 15, 2022

New Changes coming to the Express Entry program in July 2022

Under the Express Entry program, eligible candidates who qualify under the four federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Program) will create a profile and enter a pool of candidates. Candidates are ranked under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) system, and those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for permanent residency within 60 days.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Entry draws were paused as IRCC could not process applications within its six-month standard processing time, but the good news is that draws will resume from July 2022. However, some new changes are being discussed in the Parliament that, if they get approved, will affect how candidates will be selected and receive their invitation to apply (ITA).

 

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The new proposed changes are intended to match Canada’s economic goals; to mainly address the labour shortages that Canada is experiencing now. The new measures aim to fuel the economic growth of the country as well as create more opportunities for recent graduates and those applicants who will contribute to Canada’s “short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

Starting July 2022, the Minister of Immigration will have more power and flexibility on who can be invited from the Express Entry pool. This means that the Minister will focus on identifying a specific economic goal and invite those who would be eligible based on that goal.
Before each draw, the Minister will be required to identify an economic goal to be targeted. For example, if the economic goal is to improve Canada’s tech sector. In that case, candidates with work experience and education background in this field who have the highest score in the pool of that category will be invited to apply for permanent residency. These specific goals will be established by the Minister via ministerial instructions, just like the regular draws that take place through Express Entry. Before each draw, the Minister will be required to identify an economic goal to be targeted.

As mentioned by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the good news is that it is guaranteed that new applications submitted from July will be processed within the standard six months. Pausing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) has resulted in reducing the existing backlogs by the IRCC, and now, they are ready to process more Express Entry applications.

If you are planning to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry program, we can assist you! You may simply fill out our Free General Assessment Form to check your eligibility for Express Entry. After reviewing your form and assessing your situation, we can calculate your score, and if you are eligible to apply, we can get your file ready for the next draw!

 

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