17.2.16

British Columbia Launches new Registration System for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP

British Columbia Launches new Registration System for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP



The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has launched an innovative new points system for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) will be used for prioritizing newcomers through most BC PNP categories and fast-tracking their arrival to the province.


In addition, the government of B.C. has asked the federal government for a significant boost in the number of immigrants who can come to the province through the BC PNP. The province is asking for its allocation to be increased from 5,500 to 9,000.

The SIRS:

  • Operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) / Invitation to Apply (ITA) model;
  • Is aligned with British Columbia’s labour market and development priorities;
  • Comes into effect immediately;
  • Prioritizes candidates who have obtained a job offer from a B.C. employer;
  • Is used for portions of the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams;
  • Benefits individuals with previous work experience in Canada;
  • Brings into play factors that are not typically seen in other points systems, such as the skill level, wage rate, and location of the job offer; and
  • Guarantees an ITA to individuals who are awarded a certain number of points.

Why the SIRS?

The government of B.C. has been quick to point out the rationale behind the new system, with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond, stating that “We need to bring high-demand skilled workers and investment-ready entrepreneurs to B.C. to continue to grow our diverse economy.”

“We’ve heard from the businesses that are helping drive our economy to be the best in Canada. They tell us that having immigration programs be timely and efficient to bring the right people into B.C. is what they need to keep their businesses growing.

“And for those skilled immigrants applying to the BC PNP, they need a transparent system that’s easy to understand and gets them working in B.C. as soon as possible. Our government believes the targeted changes we’ve made to the BC PNP will keep our economy moving forward.”

How does the SIRS work?

Following the implementation of other EOI systems across the Canadian immigration landscape, B.C.’s SIRS  system gives candidates a registration score that determines whether they are invited to apply.

Once a candidate submits a registration through SIRS, he or she will receive a registration score and will be entered into a selection pool for the category in which he or she has registered (candidates may register under one category only). The registration, which is free of charge, will remain in the selection pool for a maximum of 12 months from the date of submission.

Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants from each category to apply for provincial nomination.

Which BC PNP categories are covered by the SIRS?

Registration under the SIRS is mandatory for certain BC PNP categories, some of which fall under Express Entry B.C., British Columbia’s enhanced immigration stream that is dedicated to nominating candidates who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool. Upon submission of their application at the federal level, these candidates benefit from processing times of six months or less.

The SIRS is also used for certain categories that fall under the BC PNP Skills Immigration stream, a ‘base’ stream. Candidates who receive a base nomination have their applications processed outside Express Entry. The route from a successful BC PNP base nomination to permanent residence is a two-step process. Candidates must first satisfy the criteria for the stream, apply, and receive a nomination certificate. Next, with this certificate in hand candidates may apply to the federal government, which will oversee the necessary medical and security background checks before granting permanent resident status.

To learn more about base and enhanced provincial nomination, click here.

Candidates under the following categories are assessed and prioritized under the SIRS:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Skills Immigration – Northeast Pilot Project
  • Express Entry B.C. – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry B.C. – International Graduate

Candidates eligible under one of the following categories do not need to register under the SIRS and may apply directly to the BC PNP:

  • Skills Immigration – Health Care Professional
  • Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate
  • Express Entry B.C. – Health Care Professional
  • Express Entry B.C. – International Post-Graduate

The only exception to the job offer requirement under the BC PNP is if the candidate has a graduate degree from a B.C. university in the natural, applied or health sciences. However, candidates under this International Post-Graduate category do not register under the SIRS.

To learn more about eligibility requirements for the various BC PNP streams and categories, click here.

How can I determine my score under the SIRS?

While the scoring system may appear relatively straightforward on first viewing, there are in fact certain complexities across the factors. Of the 200 points available, 120 are for economic factors and 80 are for core human capital factors. The SIRS points system, however, awards bonus points (within the total of 200) for a range of factors relating to a candidate’s job offer, education history, and previous work experience.


Click the image to go to the SIRS Calculator
To assist potential candidates for immigration to Canada through the BC PNP, the experienced IT team at CanadaVisa.com has developed an exclusive SIRS Calculator. By answering a few simple questions, users are able to determine what their score might be if they were to register under the SIRS.

One of the positive upsides for candidates who register under the SIRS is that individuals who achieve or exceed the following registration scores for their chosen category will be guaranteed an ITA in the next draw following their registration. Candidates are not required to meet the threshold for their category in order to receive an ITA; candidates may be selected with a score lower than the score listed for their category below.

SKILLS IMMIGRATION – SKILLED WORKER                                  135
SKILLS IMMIGRATION – INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE                 105
      
SKILLS IMMIGRATION – ENTRY LEVEL AND SEMI-SKILLED         95
SKILLS IMMIGRATION – NORTHEAST PILOT PROJECT                   95
EXPRESS ENTRY B.C. – SKILLED WORKER                                    135
EXPRESS ENTRY B.C. – INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE                     105


“One of the more frustrating aspects of other Expression of Interest systems used for the purposes of immigration to Canada, such as Express Entry, is that candidates do not have a defined points target to reach for. While educated guesswork based on previous draws may help, candidates cannot be sure what the points requirement for the next draw might be,” says Attorney David Cohen.

A target to aim for
“This new system from British Columbia, however, presents potential candidates with a target to aim for. Moreover, these targets for specific categories are very much reachable.

“British Columbia is projected to have the highest job and population growth of any Canadian province over the coming years, with around one million new openings expected before 2022. The government of British Columbia has taken the correct measures to ensure that the province is using its PNP in a dynamic and responsive way. One example of this is by opening registration under the SIRS to individuals who obtain job offers in semi-skilled positions, as well as those who have job offers in skilled positions.”

British Columbia profile
Population: 4,667,000 (January, 2015)
Largest city: Vancouver
Capital city: Victoria
Official language: English (de facto)
Economy: B.C. has the highest percentage of service industry jobs in Western Canada, comprising 72% of industry. The largest section of this employment is in Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Corporate Management. Many areas outside metropolitan areas, however, are still heavily reliant on resource extraction. GDP per capita is CAD $50,121 (2013).

Location: West coast of North America. The Canadian province of Alberta is to the east, the states of Washington and Montana (U.S.) lie to the south, the Pacific Ocean and the state of Alaska (U.S.) lie to the West, and the Canadian territories of Yukon and Northwest Territories lie to the north.
Climate: The coast, as well as Metro Vancouver and certain valleys in the south-central part of the province, experience mild weather, encouraging outdoor recreation and long growing seasons. The interior has some of the warmest and longest summer climates in Canada. Colder climates, similar to other regions of Canada, are found in the central and northern areas of the province.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Home to the country’s third-largest city, Vancouver, British Columbia is also one of the most diverse
 provinces in all of Canada. British Columbia’s economy focuses on a strong natural resources sector, 
with an emphasis on forestry and mining. Its natural environment, with expansive forests and a unique
 coastal climate, is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Canada, and indeed the world.

The BC PNP is British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective 
immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a British Columbia
 Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian
 permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
The BC PNP accepts applications under two main immigration categories:
Each these categories may have one or more sub-categories. Below we provide you with additional
 information about each of these categories to help you determine if the BC PNP is right for you.

Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)

Note: On January 27, 2016, the government of British Columbia announced that it is implementing
 a new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for the BC PNP. This points-based system gives
 candidates a registration score that determines whether they are invited to apply. The score is based
 on a number of factors — such as level of education, years of direct work experience and a B.C.
 employment offer — that reflect an individual’s ability to succeed in the labour market and contribute
 to the provincial economy.
To learn more about SIRS, click here.

Skills Immigration

BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into a number of sub-categories:
  • Skilled Worker Category — This sub-category is for individuals who have received an eligible
  •  job offer in a skilled occupation. Workers are expected to have several years of experience in
  •  their skilled occupation.
  • Health Care Professional Category — Under this sub-category individuals with experience
  •  and eligible job offers, as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals
  •  may apply. An eligible job offer must be acquired for one of 11 qualifying health occupations.
  • International Graduates, B.C. Degree Category — This sub-category is for graduates with
  •  Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia.
  •  No job offer is required to apply under this sub-category.
  • International Graduates, Canadian Degree Category — This sub-category is for individuals
  •  who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college outside of British Columbia
  •  in the last two years. A job offer must be obtained to be eligible under this sub-category.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category — Workers in certain entry-level or
  •  semi-skilled positions in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking may 
  • be eligible for immigration through this program.
  • Northeast Pilot Project Category — Individuals living and working in the Northeast Development
  •  Region of British Columbia, including in occupations considered semi- and unskilled, may be
  •  eligible for this program without the need for a job offer.

Express Entry British Columbia

Under the Skills Immigration section British Columbia will nominate up to 1,350 skilled applicants for 
Canadian permanent residence in 2015 under through its Express Entry British Columbia stream,
 which aligns with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system.
 The British Columbia Express Entry stream allows eligible applicants to receive priority processing
 of both their BC PNP application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application.
The Skilled Worker category (including Health Care Professionals), International Graduates category, 
and International Post Graduates category may be processed through Express Entry British Columbia.
Click here to find out more about Express Entry British Columbia.

Business Immigration

Individuals who intend to settle and invest in British Columbia may be eligible for Canadian permanent
 residency under this immigration stream. This program is broken down into sub-categories:
  • Entrepreneur Category — This sub-category is for senior managers or business owners who
  •  intend to invest funds into a proposed business in British Columbia.
  • Regional Entrepreneur Category — Senior managers or business owners who intend to invest
  •  funds into a proposed business in British Columbia, anywhere outside of the Vancouver and
  •  Abbotsford metropolitan areas, may apply under this sub-category.
  • Strategic Projects Category — Through this category, foreign-controlled companies can set up
  •  an operation in British Columbia. Up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical 
  • staff members can be nominated for permanent residency in the province.
  • Regional Business Succession Option — For individuals who intend to purchase and manage
  •  an existing British Columbia business. This option can be applied to any of the three categories
  •  above where the business is located outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan 
  • areas. If successful, applicants will receive priority processing.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program for Immigration to Canada to Reopen This Summer

Quebec Skilled Worker Program for Immigration to Canada to Reopen This Summer



The Canadian province of Quebec has confirmed that its flagship immigration program, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), will have at least one more application intake period in 2016. An exact opening date has not yet been made public, but the government of Quebec has stated that it is scheduled for the summer months.
Through the QSWP, successful applicants and their families may obtain Canadian permanent resident status after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec.
The announcement that another intake period will take place in just a few months will give candidates who do not successfully submit an application over the course of the current intake period another opportunity to submit an application later in 2016.
Moreover, potential candidates who do not currently have an account in the government of Quebec’s secure online space Mon projet Québec — through which all applications for the QSWP must be submitted —are, at the time of writing, scheduled to be able to register an account as of February 18, 2016. Registration in Mon projet Québec has been closed since January 25 in anticipation of the current intake period, which was scheduled to open on February 16 but has been slightly delayed due to a technical issue. The current intake period may run until March 31 at the latest, but the 2,800 available spaces are widely expected to be filled soon after the system finally opens for the submission of new applications.

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The QSWP: How does it work?


The QSWP uses a points-based system, where points are awarded for an applicant’s area of training, work experience, age, language proficiency, prior relationship with Quebec (through visits or family), the human capital factors of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a validated job offer in Quebec. If an individual satisfies the minimum points requirement for these factors, he or she may then gain additional points for any accompanying dependent children and proof of financial self-sufficiency. Candidates should note that a job offer is not required for the QSWP.
Applicants should also note that they may be awarded points for French proficiency, though it is not an eligibility requirement for the program. Applicants who do not have knowledge of French, but who have strong credentials in other areas, may still be eligible to apply.

Summer intake period may be the last of its kind

This latest immigration news from Quebec is perhaps the most significant to come from the province over recent months. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), the government ministry overseeing immigration to Quebec, has made a number of changes to program procedures over the past year, including the removal of the time-consuming adaptability interview and modifications to the area of training factor.
Currently, the QSWP operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently proposed a bill that, if passed, would likely result in Quebec implementing an economic immigration system similar to the Express Entry system currently used by the government of Canada, whereby candidates must make an ‘Expression of Interest’ before being invited to apply based on their credentials.
It is expected that the QSWP application intake period that opens this summer will operate on the same first-come, first-served basis that is currently in place. Consequently, the summer 2016 QSWP application intake period may be the last of its kind — a way to apply for immigration to Canada through an economic immigration program without having to first be invited to apply.
It is unknown exactly how many applications may be accepted during the planned summer intake period. However, the MIDI has said that up to 7,000 applications may be accepted for the period 2016-2017.

Old systems meeting new

“This calendar year may end up being the only year in which the province of Quebec offers a skilled worker program that is both first-come, first-served and managed online, namely through the Mon projet Québec application management system,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada who do not wish to be at the whim of immigration programs that involve expressions of interest and invitations to apply, and who also wish to have everything done online, may not have another opportunity like this down the line. For many potential candidates, this summer’s Quebec Skilled Worker intake period may provide the best of both worlds.”
Quebec profile

Population: 8,263,600
Largest city: Montreal
Capital city: Quebec City
Language: French is the most predominant language, though nearly half of all residents report having proficiency in both French and English.
Economy: While the province’s substantial natural resources have long been the mainstay of its economy, sectors of the knowledge economy such as aerospace, information and communication technologies, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry also play leading roles. These many industries have all contributed to helping Quebec become a highly influential province within Canada, second only to Ontario in economic output.

22.1.16

Quebec Skilled Worker Program: New Guidelines for Upcoming Submission Period

Quebec Skilled Worker Program: New Guidelines for Upcoming Submission Period


Candidates for immigration to Canada through popular Quebec program are required to create their own accounts by 8.30 a.m. EST on January 25, 2016

Candidates for Canadian immigration who wish to submit an application through the upcoming application cycle for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) are being advised to move quickly to complete the first step of a new online system, known as Mon projet Québec. The government of the Canadian province of Quebec recently posted new guidelines for the system, as well as a new date for the beginning of the submission period.

The QSWP is a popular Canadian immigration program, with successful applicants and their families becoming eligible to obtain Canadian permanent resident status after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ).

New guidelines and dates for the QSWP

The original opening date for the next application intake period was set to be January 18, 2016. However, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), the government department overseeing immigration to Quebec, has allotted additional time.

The MIDI has issued the following guidelines:
Candidates now have until 25 January, 2016 to create their account. As of 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 25, 2016, it will no longer be possible to create a new account.
Between January 26 and February 15, 2016, candidates who have a Mon projet Québec account may access it to complete the application for a CSQ.

As of February 16, 2016, it will be possible to submit an application and pay the required fees. The application intake period will end on March 31, 2016 at the latest.

During the period from February 16 to March 31, the MIDI will receive a maximum of 2,800 applications for a CSQ under the QSWP through the Mon projet Québec. All applications under the QSWP must be submitted online through Mon projet Québec; the previous paper application system will no longer be in use. Due to technical maintenance, Mon projet Québec will be out of service on January 25, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

On January 21, 2016, the MIDI announced that it will be again be possible to create an online account as of February 18, 2016. However, candidates who wish to have a chance of submitting a successful application for the upcoming intake period must create an account before 8.30 a.m. EST on January 25.

Candidates have up to 90 days to submit supporting documentation in Mon projet Québec. Once the application has been submitted, candidates will have 30 days to pay the fees. If a candidate does not submit and pay the fees within the prescribed timeframe, the application will be deleted.

Candidates are required to create their own accounts

While other Canadian immigration programs that operate through an electronic system allow candidates to retain the services of an immigration lawyer or consultant in order to complete an online account on their behalf, the QSWP does not currently allow candidates to delegate the creation of their account to a representative. Consequently, candidates for the upcoming application cycle are required to create their own accounts. However, candidates may retain the services of a certified representative for the purposes of reviewing and preparing supporting documents and completing submission forms; this may be done before or after the account is created, but the actual creation of the account must be done by the candidate.

A time to be proactive

At the time of writing, there remains a matter of days before Mon projet Québec closes for new registrations. Individuals interested in submitting an application are therefore encouraged to create an account as soon as possible. It should be noted that the Mon projet Québec system allows a limited number of users to access the system simultaneously. Users who are unable to create an account the first time they attempt to register are advised to try again until they may do so.

The QSWP has undergone a series of changes over recent weeks and months. These changes, which include modifications to the area of training factor and the removal of the time-consuming adaptability interview, were summarized in the previous issue of CICNews, published earlier this month.
Individuals who are either ineligible for the QSWP or unable to create an account in Mon projet Québec should note that the QSWP is one of many Canadian immigration programs that lead to a permanent resident visa.

Quebec Skilled Worker: present and future

The upcoming application intake period may be the last application cycle where Quebec offers a first-come, first-served Skilled Worker Program. Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently proposed a bill that, if passed, could result in Quebec implementing an economic immigration system similar to the Express Entry system currently used by the government of Canada, whereby candidates must make an ‘Expression of Interest’ before being invited to apply based on their credentials.

“The Quebec Skilled Worker Program may be an attractive option for individuals who wish to make an application to immigrate to Canada without first having to be invited to apply. Moreover, individuals in the Express Entry pool and who wish to increase their chances of successfully immigrating to Canada may be well served by looking to Quebec as a place to settle,” says Attorney David Cohen.

According to the governments of Quebec and Canada, candidates can apply under the QSWP and submit an Express Entry profile, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued.

“Quebec remains an attractive immigration destination, particularly the Greater Montreal Area. Indeed, Montreal was recently named by The Economist magazine as the second-best city in the world in terms of living standards. I have had the good fortune to reside here for most of my life, and it is an exciting place with unique career opportunities, as well as a near-perfect place to raise a family. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the towns and cities of Quebec to any potential newcomer to Canada,” added Attorney Cohen.

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17.1.16

Mon projet Québec online management system is launched in anticipation of January 18 reopening

Mon projet Québec online management system is launched in anticipation of January 18 reopening

Étudier et vivre au Québec

Mon projet Québec: your access to immigration services online

The use of the Mon projet Québec secure space is now mandatory for anyone submitting an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate) under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

With the goal of giving candidates the opportunity to create their Mon projet Québec account and complete the application for a Québec selection certificate for the next application intake period, this period has been adapted in order to give candidates more time.

Therefore:
  • candidates will have until January 25, 2016, to create their account in the Mon projet Québec secure space;
    • after this date, it will no longer be possible to create a new account for the current application intake period;
  • from January 26 to February 15, 2016, candidates who have a Mon projet Québec account will be able to access it to complete the form Application for Selection Certificate online;
  • starting February 16, 2016, it will be possible to submit the application and pay the related fees. The application intake period will end on March 31, 2016.

The Ministère will receive a maximum of 2800 applications during this period.

Access Mon projet Québec to complete your online application.
Once you have created your account in the secure space, you will be able to:
  • complete your application online for a Certificat de sélection du Québec;
  • make your payment online;
  • follow the status of your application online;
  • make changes to your application online, if necessary;
  • access personal electronic messaging.

13.1.16

Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration Selection System Undergoes Significant Changes

Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration Selection System Undergoes Significant Changes


Modifications to area of training requirements loosen eligibility criteria


Mon projet Québec online management system is launched in anticipation of January 18 reopening


The first week of 2016 has been a busy one for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), a Canadian immigration program designed to select newcomers who are likely to become economically established upon arrival in the province of Quebec. Effective December 31, 2015, the government of Quebec has made the criteria for area of training far less onerous than previously. Meanwhile, the Mon projet Québec online application management system was launched on January 5, 2016.
The QSWP allows eligible applicants to immigrate to Canada after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate / certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec. The next application intake for the QSWP is scheduled to begin on January 18, 2016, and may run until March 31, 2016 at the latest. A maximum of 2,800 applications will be accepted for processing during this intake period, and demand is expected to exceed supply. Consequently, it is likely that the cap will be reached prior to March 31.
Changes to points system: Area of Training and Level of Education
The QSWP is a points-based program. Points are awarded for a candidate’s area of training, work experience, language proficiency, age, prior relationship with Quebec, the human capital factors of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a validated job offer from an employer in Quebec. If an individual satisfies the minimum point requirement for these factors, he or she may then gain additional points for any accompanying dependent children and proof of financial self-sufficiency.
One of the distinctive characteristics of the QSWP, compared with other Canadian immigration programs, is that candidates have the opportunity to be awarded a significant number of points through having earned a diploma, degree or certificate in an area of training that meets Quebec labour market needs. Up to 16 points are available for this factor, but until last week applicants who obtained their diploma, degree or certificate more than five years ago were required to show relevant work experience in the field in order to obtain these points.
However, this is no longer the case. As of December 31, 2015, applicants may receive points under the area of training factor for their diploma, degree or certificate regardless of when it was earned, provided that it was obtained before the application was submitted.
The changes announced on December 31, 2015, can also have an impact on whether a candidate’s degree, diploma or certificate is counted toward his or her point total. The level of education being assessed under the QSWP must have been completed prior to submission in order for points to be awarded.
“While many stakeholders may have been waiting anxiously to see what Quebec’s much-anticipated online system would look like, this news in relation to how points are awarded may have slipped under the radar to some extent,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“Nonetheless, its importance should not be understated. In effect, Quebec is opening its doors to an increased number of potential newcomers. It is the latest welcome development to what was once a convoluted and drawn-out immigration process.”
The government of Quebec has made a number of changes to the QSWP over the past year, including the release of a new area of training list and the removal of the ‘adaptability’ factor/interview from the points-based program, which had the effect of lowering the pass mark required to obtain a CSQ. Taken together with the latest changes to the QSWP selection process, candidates who may not have been eligible during a previous application cycle of the program may now be eligible.
Mon projet Québec
Mon projet Québec is an online immigration application management system used by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) in order to process applications under the QSWP. It was launched on January 5, 2016 and, while some teething issues were encountered over the first two days of operation, the system appears to be functioning at an ever-improving level.
Mon projet Québec allows candidates to complete their application for a CSQ, make their payment online, follow the status of their application, make changes to their application, and access personal electronic messaging throughout the process. As of January, 2016, QSWP candidates must use the secure space Mon projet Québec in order to submit an application.
The Mon projet Québec system allows a limited number of users to access the system at any one time. When users access the system, they create a user name and password. An activation link is then sent to the user’s personal email address; this activation link must be activated within 72 hours, otherwise the user must start over.
Candidates have up to 90 days to submit an application from the time they started to complete the application in Mon projet Québec. Once the application has been submitted, candidates will have 30 days to pay government processing fees. If a candidate does not submit within the prescribed timeframe, the application will be deleted.
To learn more about Mon projet Québecclick here. A comprehensive Mon projet Québec FAQ page is also available.
Quebec Skilled Worker: present and future
Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently proposed a bill that, if passed, could result in Quebec implementing an Expression of Interest system similar to the Express Entry system currently used by the government of Canada. The upcoming application intake period may be the last application cycle where Quebec uses a first-come, first-served Skilled Worker Program.
The QSWP may be an enticing option for individuals who wish to make an application to immigrate to Canada without having to be invited to apply, as well as individuals who are in the Express Entry pool and wish to increase their chances of successfully immigrating to Canada. According to the governments of Quebec and Canada, candidates can apply under the QSWP and submit an Express Entry profile, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued.

New Business Immigration Programs in Ontario Provide Fresh Opportunities to Invest in Canada

New Business Immigration Programs in Ontario Provide Fresh Opportunities to Invest in Canada


Entrepreneur and Corporate streams differ from old Investor category


Canada’s most populated province, Ontario, has provided details on two new business immigration programs that are now open to eligible candidates wishing to invest in the Canadian economy. As the leader in attracting foreign direct investment of any province or state in North America, Ontario’s new business streams are likely to prove popular.
The Entrepreneur Stream and the Corporate Stream both operate under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program that allows Ontario to nominate individuals deemed to have credentials that would benefit the local labour market. Ontario is home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and Canada’s largest city, Toronto, which is located close to other major North American markets.
The OINP Entrepreneur Stream
The OINP Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in Ontario. The OINP Entrepreneur Stream operates on an ‘Expression of Interest’ model, whereby eligible participants must be invited to apply before they may submit a complete application.
Successful applicants will obtain a temporary work permit support letter, based on a performance agreement, to establish the business in Ontario. If the investment and job creation agreements outlined in the performance agreement are adhered to, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to be nominated for Canadian permanent resident status through the OINP. To learn more about the OINP Entrepreneur Stream, click here.
The OINP Corporate Stream
The OINP Corporate Stream helps and supports established international corporations looking to expand into Ontario or buy an existing business. Once the business has been successfully established, key staff are eligible to apply for a provincial nomination certificate, allowing them to eventually become permanent residents of Canada.
There are a range of requirements for this stream, with criteria covering the corporation, the investment, local job creation, key staff and employment. To learn more about eligibility requirements and processes for the OINP Corporate Stream, click here. 
How are the new business streams different from the old Investor category?
Ontario closed its OINP Investor category on October 29, 2015, and announced that details of the new business streams would be provided in due course. Now that these details are in the public domain, stakeholders are wondering how these options differ from each other, as well as how they compare with the now-defunct Investor category.
“The two new business immigration streams for Ontario really are a breath of fresh air. It looks like the government of Ontario has done its homework and noted what works in other regions of the world,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“The Entrepreneur Stream is not too dissimilar to the EB-5 program in the United States, the main difference being that the Ontario version, like many new Canadian immigration programs, operates under an Expression of Interest system. The main benefit of this to the province and candidates alike is that it is demand-driven; this should allow for quick program delivery processes, and applicants will know that they have actually been chosen by the government based on their strong profile.
“Meanwhile, the Corporate Stream is all about either taking a successful business operation and expanding it into one of the most open, diverse, and stable markets in the world, or identifying an existing business in Ontario and taking it to the next level. Successful applicants to either of these streams will be developing their careers and portfolios in a beautiful and thriving region of North America.”

14.12.15

Quebec Immigration Minister Proposes Expression of Interest System

Quebec Immigration Minister Proposes Expression of Interest System

January 18, 2016 may be the last time Quebec uses first-come, first-served Skilled Worker Program for Canadian immigration

On December 2, 2015, Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil proposed a new bill (Bill 77) to Quebec’s National assembly. Bill 77 proposes reforms to the current immigration laws. If adopted, the draft law would make it possible to implement a new immigration system.
Quebec’s immigration Act, adopted in 1968, has undergone amendments but has never been reformed. The proposed changes would involve a shift to a similar system that Australia and New Zealand offer, one that involves an expression of interest. The bill would also facilitate the implementation of pilot projects to address temporary and permanent needs and affirm Quebec’s commitment to promote full participation of immigrants in Quebec society.
Quebec has several immigration programs, and it will be interesting to see how the proposed changes would affect these programs.
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), a popular, first come, first-served program, is one of Quebec’s immigration programs and is. A successful QSWP application results in a candidate obtaining a Quebec selection certificate, which can then be used in order to pursue Canadian permanent residence.
It remains to be seen if or when the proposed bill will become law. As of this time, Quebec has not yet adopted an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. As a result, the 2015-2016 Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) could be the last of its kind — a way to apply for and obtain Canadian permanent residence on a first-come, first-served basis. The next application cycle for the QSWP opens on January 18, 2016. Click here to learn more.
Next Application Intake for Quebec Skilled Worker Program begins January 18, 2016

Next Application Intake for Quebec Skilled Worker Program begins January 18, 2016

The harbour and skyline of Montreal, Quebec, Canada on a clear, bright summer dayPostal submission quota for QSWP reached within one week

The first of two application intake periods for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has reached its cap/limit of 3,500 submitted applications. The next submission period, which will welcome up to 2,800 fresh applications through a new online system, begins on January 18, 2016 and may run until March 31, 2016 at the latest.
The government of Quebec announced on November 10 that the first intake cap had been reached, with the program having opened less than a week earlier on November 4. This first intake period accepted applications made by post only; applications sent by post will no longer be accepted and will be returned.
The QSWP is a popular Canadian immigration program, with successful applicants and their families becoming eligible to obtain Canadian permanent resident status after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec.
The QSWP has not closed
Candidates for the QSWP should note that the program has not closed. Rather, the first intake period has reached its cap. It appears that many candidates who had prepared in anticipation for the reopening of the QSWP were well positioned to submit an application within that timeframe, while others can use this window of opportunity to prepare for January. The same program eligibility requirements are expected to remain in place for the next submission period.
Preparing for January and the new online system
The government of Quebec has stated its intention to reveal more details about the online system before the submission period begins, including making the system available to cap-exempt applicants (see the end of this article) as of January 5, 2016. It has already been disclosed that, similar to the federal Express Entry system, applicants to the QSWP will have a limited time period during which they may submit all supporting documentation.
(Please note that the QSWP and Express Entry systems are completely unrelated. The QSWP does not have an ‘Expression of Interest’ stage, and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.)
With a slightly reduced intake cap compared with the postal submission period (2,800 versus 3,500) and with the latter having reached its quota within one week, it is expected that the quota for the upcoming submission period will also be reached quickly.
An increasing range of Canadian immigration programs have been moved to online systems over recent months, with application management and processing being either primarily or completely electronic.  The federal Express Entry system is perhaps the most notable example, and Quebec is the latest province to come on board. In addition to cutting down on unnecessary costs and delays, the removal of paperwork makes the immigration process less cumbersome, more transparent, and more reactive than before.
QSWP criteria

The QSWP is a points-based immigration program, where points are awarded for an applicant’s area of training, work experience, language proficiency, age, prior relationship with Quebec, the human capital factors of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a validated job offer from an employer in Quebec.
If an individual satisfies the minimum points requirement for these factors, he or she may then gain additional points for any accompanying dependent children and proof of financial self-sufficiency. A job offer is not required for this program.
French proficiency not a bar to eligibility
Applicants should also note that French proficiency is not an eligibility requirement for the program, though points may be awarded to candidates with French proficiency. Applicants who do not have knowledge of French may still be eligible to apply as long as they obtain enough points for their other credentials, which may include English proficiency.
Single applicants must score at least 49 points, while applicants with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 57 points. Once a CSQ has been issued, applicants are required to complete medical and security examinations conducted by the federal government in order to be granted Canadian permanent resident status. Potential applicants to the QSWP should have the intention to reside within the province of Quebec.
A number of changes have been made to the QSWP process and criteria throughout 2015, including the release of a new area of training list. In addition, in August, 2015, the government of Quebec lowered the pass mark required to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) and, at the same time, removed the ‘adaptability’ factor from the points-based program. Consequently, candidates who may not have been eligible for a previous application cycle of the QSWP may now be eligible to submit an application.
Pursuing both a federal and a Quebec application
In contrast to the federal economic immigration programs that are processed through the Express Entry selection system, the QSWP remains a first-come, first-served immigration program. There is no ‘Expression of Interest’ stage for the QSWP, and consequently it may be viewed by individuals interested in immigrating to Canada as a more assured and straightforward way of obtaining Canadian permanent residence.
According to the governments of Quebec and Canada, individuals can submit an Express Entry profile and submit an application under the QSW, provided that one or the other is withdrawn when either a CSQ or Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued. The QSWP may be an enticing option for individuals who wish to make an application to immigrate to Canada without having to be invited to apply, as well as by individuals who are in the Express Entry pool and wish to increase their chances of successfully immigrating to Canada.
Preparation is key
“When demand for something is high and supply is low, competition increases. With respect to the upcoming application intake period of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, we can expect this to be the case,” says Attorney David Cohen. “Therefore, it is important for potential applicants to gather good information and familiarity with the system, as well as supporting documentation, as early as possible.”
“A series of welcome announcements and changes made by the government of Quebec over the course of this year give applicants a more streamlined process than before. Not only has the adaptability interview stage been removed, but applicants will also be presented with a simplified documentation checklist, an Area of Training list that rewards occupations that many people have experience in, and what is likely to be an efficient online application system. But without thorough advanced preparation and expert knowledge of the program, potential applicants may not be maximizing their chances of success.”
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