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Nova Scotia launches two new provincial nominee programs, adds 300 Express Entry slots

On September 29, 2015, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration announced two new provincial nominee programs. These are both designed for persons who want to start new businesses in Nova Scotia. One program is for recent international graduates of Nova Scotia colleges and universities. The other program is for potential entrepreneurs who want to start, buy, or manage a business in Nova Scotia. These programs are regular provincial nominee programs and do not involve the Express Entry system. They will begin January 1, 2016. In addition, Nova Scotia announced that it has obtained 300 additional slots for Express Entry nominations….

Good News: Express Entry cutoff drops to mid 400s

In order to get permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system, you must first meet the minimum requirements for one of the job-based immigration programs. This gets you into the Express Entry pool. Next, you must get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on your score in the Comprehensive Ranking System known as CRS.  If you have a job offer or provincial nomination, you get an automatic 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System, and a guaranteed Invitation to Apply. But most people do not qualify for the 600 points. As of September 24, 2015, there have now been…

Express Entry is here!

On January 1, 2015, at high noon, Canada launched the new Express Entry program. Express Entry is a new means of managing applications for the Skilled Worker Class, Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee program. Initial applications under Express Entry may be filed for any skilled occupation, and no job offer is required. Initial applications must include language test results in either English or French. The best qualified candidates will receive invitations to apply for permanent residence. These applications will be processed to completion in six months or less in most cases….

Canada releases details on ranking system for Express Entry

On December 1, 2014, the Canadian government issued a 23 page set of “Minister’s Instructions” explaining the new Express Entry System that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. Express Entry is not a new immigration classification. Rather, it is a way of determining who will be allowed to apply under four economic immigration categories that already exist. These categories are the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; the Canadian Experience Class; and a portion of the provincial nominee class. Until December 31, 2014, applications for these programs have been managed through a system of quotas….

Canada confirms Express Entry to begin January 1, 2015

On November 19, 2014, the Government of Canada published an Order stating that the new Express Entry system will come into effect on January 1, 2015. The Express Entry system is a new pre-screening device for Skilled Worker applications, as well as for applications under the Canada Experience Class, Skilled Trades, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee programs. As of January 1, 2015, applicants will have to post a profile on a government of Canada website, but will not be able to apply directly under any of these programs. The government will then “invite” certain applicants to file a…

David Manicom clarifies future of Canadian skilled worker immigration

In response to questions asked by Allen & Hodgman attorney Bruce Allen at the Canadian Bar Association 2014 Immigration Law Conference, being held May 8-9, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, the future of Canadian skilled worker immigration began to take shape. David Manicom, Director General of the Immigration Policy Branch of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, stated the following: As of January 1, 2015, individuals will no longer be able to file applications directly for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class. As of January 1, 2015, a new system will go into effect…

Canada Eliminates Investor Classes

On Friday February 14th, 2014, Canada announced that both the Federal Investor and Federal Entrepreneur immigration classes would be eliminated, effective immediately. In addition, most if not all pending applications will be cancelled, and the filing fees refunded. The Quebec investor program remains in place, as do several provincial investor programs.