The best laid plans…

Posted by Sarah Adler|Global Immigration
Apr 16
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I have recently been reading about the future of global mobility and how relocation and transfer policies can be used in new ways to support strategic business efforts, controlling expenditure, optimally using specialized skill sets in a global marketplace and developing leadership. Keys to moving forward into the new age of global talent management include well defined business strategies, high end leadership support, knowing your employee population, and access to and knowledge of mobility metrics such as who is traveling, where and when are they traveling, what is the total program expenditure, etc. This all requires careful planning and the coordination of various stakeholders.  Not an easy task and a big accomplishment when it is done well. However, when mobility intersects with immigration, the business loses control of the process and becomes subject to the political machine that can often be unpredictable and time consuming even when HR has done everything right. It’s disheartening to see all that work, planning and the expectations of the business and the individual evaporate in the spotlight of bureaucracy. This situation gives rise to social tension between outward expansion of business and governments protectionist perspectives given global security and unemployment concerns. The question is how do we manage challenging government requirements and still maintain the integrity of hard won business strategies. Immigration concerns need to be central to the mobility strategy and not be considered only after the international assignment has been finalized. Businesses and immigration service providers need to partner in the assignment planning process to ensure governmental requirements can be strategically met.  Business and service providers can also work together to establish processes that can pull business information required by the government accurately and efficiently.  This requires a robust centralized immigration system with stakeholder commitment to keeping data up to date. Service providers also need to be flexible and creative within the confines of the immigration programs. There needs to be a keen focus on the business objectives while creatively navigating the gauntlet of governmental requirements.


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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Closed

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jan 16
8


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made an announcement on January 3, 2016 that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) will reopen on January 4, 2016. IRCC indicated that 5,000 new and complete applications will be accepted, and that all applications received above the limit will be returned to the applicant.

On January 7, 2016, IRCC closed the PGP as they received more than 14,000 applications. The intake of further applications is now closed, and the first 5,000 complete applications received will be placed in the inventory queue.

IRCC have stated that they are trying to increase the number of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications from 5,000 to 10,000 per year, and therefore will retain the first 10,000 complete applications.


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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Closures and the Introduction of New Business Streams

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Dec 15
18


The Government of Ontario recently announced that applications under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Investor Component will no longer be accepted. All Investor Component applications received on or before October 29, 2015 will be accepted, however any applications after that date will be returned. This affects all applicants who were pursuing an OINP Investor Component.
The Government of Ontario is still accepting applications that fall under the under the Ontario Express Entry Streams, specifically the Human Capital Priorities and Ontario French Speaking Skilled Workers Stream.

Redesigned Business Streams
OINP is introducing two redesigned business streams specifically the Corporate and Entrepreneur streams. The exact dates for these programs to go live have not been issued yet, however once they are a further update will be provided.
Corporate Stream – This stream helps and supports established international corporations looking to expand into Ontario or buy an existing business.
Entrepreneur Stream – This stream supports individuals from outside of Canada who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in Ontario.


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Ontario Express Entry Program – Two New Application Streams

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jul 15
8


Background

The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015 and is an application management process for foreign nationals to apply for Permanent Residence (PR) under certain economic immigration programs. To be considered for an Ontario nomination, candidates must qualify for Express Entry under one of the following categories: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Trade Worker (FTW)or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Two New Streams

In June 2015, two additional streams were created for skilled workers to live and work permanent in Ontario: Human Capital Priorities Stream and the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

The two new additional streams enable the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) to nominate individuals who meet the criteria under the Express Entry Program, which is composed of age, education, language, ability and other components to evaluate their ability to successfully integrate into Ontario’s labour market and community.

Individuals selected under either stream will receive a Notification of Interests and will have 45 days to apply for a stream. Once a candidate is selected and notified of their nomination, the candidate will have 30 days to accept the nomination.

Exceptions to the Human Capital Priorities Stream

Foreign nationals will not be able to apply for OOPNP under this category if:

– They are a refugee claimant in Canada;
– They were not accepted into the Express Entry Pool; or
– They have not received a Provincial/Territorial Notification of Interest from Ontario.

Exceptions to the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

To apply under this category, a foreign national must demonstrate a French-language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 or above in all areas of language competencies, which include reading, writing, listening and speaking. Foreign nationals also must show a CLB level of 6 in English in all competencies. Once a foreign national receives a Notification of Interest from Ontario, they will be eligible to apply for OOPNP under this stream.

Benefits to Foreign Nationals

The opening of additional streams for OOPNP allows targeted qualified foreign nationals to apply under these new categories for Express Entry to Ontario, leading to Canadian PR of the foreign worker.


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ELEVENTH DRAW HELD UNDER THE NEW EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jul 15
3


The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015, sent out its eleventh round of Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) on June 26, 2015.

CIC issued 1,575 ITAs during their eleventh draw which took place on June 26, 2015. Foreign nationals, who had a total of 469 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System, were issued an ITA to apply for PR. This is the second time we have seen a score of 469 points, however this draw issued a significantly higher number of ITAs compared to the draw that took place in April with a score of 469 as well.


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TENTH DRAW HELD UNDER THE NEW EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jun 15
30


The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015, sent out its tenth round of Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) on June 12, 2015.

CIC issued 1,501 ITAs during their tenth draw which took place on June 12, 2015 at 23:29:55 UTC. Foreign nationals, who had a total of 482 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System, were issued an ITA to apply for PR. The number of CRS points required to receive an ITA for this round significantly decreased, and the number of ITAs issued almost doubled, from the previous draw that took place on May 23, 2015.


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NINTH DRAW HELD UNDER THE NEW EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jun 15
3


The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015, sent out its ninth round of Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) on May 23, 2015.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued 1,361 ITAs during their ninth draw to foreign nationals who had a total of 755 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The number of CRS points required to receive an ITA for this round has significantly increased from the previous draw which took place on April 17, 2015, where individuals with 453 points received an ITA.


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Seventh Draw Held Under the New Express Entry Program

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Apr 15
16


Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued 925 ITAs during their seventh draw which took place on April 11, 2015 at 00:00:01 UTC. Foreign nationals, who had a total of 469 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System, were issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA) to apply for PR.

This latest draw can be distinguished from all past draws as the number of ITAs issued has decreased and the minimum number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points has increased. However, the trend continues of ITAs being issued to those applicants who neither possess a valid employment offer with a Provincial Nominee Certificate nor a Labour Market Impact Assessment.


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