Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 2016 Visa Bulletin - Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!  
On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act - formerly known as the British North America Act.  This is what is being celebrated as Canada Day, a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and it is a day off for most businesses.  
Canada Day
As a permanent resident of Canada, you and your family will be entitled to various social benefits such as free health care, free education, allowance for your kids, retirement pay, great income opportunity and more. This is something that should really be celebrated.  If you want this for your family, you need to decide and make a commitment to your decision.  

Some Reminders
  • If you are applying for Perment Residence in Canada regardless of which program, you need to fill out online application forms using the CIC Client Portal (http://clients.go2canada.com).  You need a username and password  to access the portal.  If you don't have the access details, please get in touch with your Agent
  • In submitting your requirements, please contact us for appointment.  Please submit your requirements all at the same time. Here's our updated contact information.  
  • Immigration rules change.  With the current immigration policies, the first thing you need to do in order to get a permanent residence in Canada is to get ready.  Please submit and complete and updated documents as soon as possible.  The goal is be in a position to immidiately submit your application when a program suited for you opens. Get in touch with your Agent/Consultant.
Here are some updates about Canada's immigration programs. 
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Update
For the month of June 2016, there were two EOI draws. On June 8, 2016, those with scores 550 and up were given a Letter of Advise to Apply (LAA).  On June 29, 2016 draw, LAAs were issued to those with scores of 547 and up.  Here's the summary of draws for the year 2016:
Date
        Score
13-Jan-16
         548 
10-Feb-16
         547 
9-Mar-16
         545 
6-Apr-16
         543 
16-May-16
         569 
8-Jun-16
         550 
29-Jun-16
         547 


If your score was within these range and you did not receive the LAA, it could be because your occupation is not considered at this point due to large inventory of unassessed applciations, low labor market-demand and or significant barriers to labor market participation.  MPNP identified the following occupations as such: 
  • Registered Nurses
  • Secondary and Elementary School Teachers
  • Vocational and College Instructors
  • University Professors
  • General and Specialist Physicians
For updated report on MPNP EOI draws, please check MPNP Official Website
Quebec Skilled Worker ProgramThe 5,000 CSQ Applications to be accepted for the June 2016 Intake schedule was reached few hours after the program opened.  If you were not able to submit your application, there will be another intake schedule before the end of this year.  Application for Quebec Immigration is now online via the Mon Projet Quebec.
  
If you are a Registered Nurse, this is another option for you to get a permanent residence in Canada.   
Express Entry Rounds of Invitations
Under Express Entry, candidates who meet the criteria will be accepted into a pool of possible candidates for immigration to CanadaCandidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will regularly select the highest-ranking candidates from the pool by inviting them to apply to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.
For the year 2016, a total of 11,745 Invitation To Apply (ITA) was issued as of June 29, 2016.  Here's the  summary of Express Entry draw for the year 2016.
Date
Score
No of ITAs Issued
6-Jan-16
461
1,463
13-Jan-16
453
1.518
27-Jan-16
457
1,468
10-Feb-16
459
1,505
24-Feb-16
453
1,484
9-Mar-16
473
1.103
23-Mar-16
470
1.104
6-Apr-16
470
954
20-Apr-16
468
1,018
6-May-16
534
799
18-May-16
484
763
1-Jun-16
483
762
15-Jun-16
488
752
29-Jun-16
482
773

Total ITAs issued
11,745

To increase your ranking, the following could be of help:
  • Improve your IELTS Score
  • If you are married, your spouse may also take IELTS and Education Credential Assessment
  • Study in Canada (Upgrade your education, gain Canadian Work Experience and Get employed full time)
  • Find employer in Canada
Your Express Entry Profile is valid only for one year. It needs to be submitted again if it expired.  You need to have a valid IELTS Exam result and Education Credential Assessment to maintain an active Express Entry Profile.
If you are intersted to study in Canada, please get in touch with your Agent. Visit www.gatewaytocanada.comto get updated information.
Visa Grantee Corner
Mrs. Mary Grace Maglantay, an Engineer by profession, applied under the Federal Skilled Worker Program as a Construction Supervisor.  Her application was filed early 2012.  Her Visa was issued just recently, after more than four years of waiting.   But not only did she wait for a long period, her application went through several challenges and was almost rejected by the Visa Office.
Mr and Mrs Maglantay almost lost their hope that they will be issued a Permanent Resident Visa.  That's because after paying the Right of Permanent Resident Fee and undergoing medical examination, they received an interview notice instead of a passport submission request for visa stamping...