New Citizenship Act – June 19, 2017

As of June 19, 2017, a new Citizenship Act with more liberal provisions has come into effect.

The previous Conservative government had made onerous changes to the Citizenship Act when they were in power. The Conservatives had brought in provisions allowing the government to revoke citizenship for those convicted of treason, they had demanded that applicants reveal continued intention of living in Canada after obtaining citizenship and they had disallowed the time accrued before permanent residence to count toward citizenship.

With the advent of the new Liberal government, the Citizenship Act has been revamped to restore some of the lustre lost.

With the new Act,

  • Dual citizens living in Canada convicted of serious crimes will not have their citizenship revoked.
  • Applicants are no longer required to express their intention to continue living in Canada after being granted citizenship, providing more flexibility to Canadians who may need to live outside for work or personal reasons.
  • Minors can now apply for citizenship without a Canadian parent, removing the age restriction.
    Statelessness has been added as a stand-alone ground that can be considered for discretionary grant of citizenship.

Over the course of the next 12 months, additional changes will take into effect, including

  • Applicants will only be required to be in Canada for 3/5 years before applying for citizenship.
  • Applicants will no longer have to meet the requirement of being in Canada for 183 days in four of six years preceding her application.
  • Applicants will be able to count days physically present in Canada as a temporary resident (student or worker) before becoming a permanent resident, half-time, up to a maximum of 365 days.
  • Applicants between 18 and 54 only will have to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship and not between 14 and 64 as before.

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BC PNP – June 7th, 2017 Update of Selected Candidates

BC PNP  issues invitations to apply for the highest scoring registrants by category. Estimated nomination levels by category proposed below for 2016 are based on the annual nomination allocation of 5,800 and are subject to change based on program demand and processing capacity. 

Estimated levels are based on a combination of program and economic factors including B.C.’s annual allocation of nominations from the federal government (IRCC), the BC 2024 Labour Market Outlook, historic BC PNP nomination trends, and existing application inventory levels.

Invitations to Apply

The BC PNP will regularly conduct draws to invite candidates from the selection pool for each category to apply. The number and frequency of invitations to apply is based on annual nomination allocations and the BC PNP’s processing capacity to ensure timely processing of applications.

Below are the details of 2017 draws:

Date Stream / Category Minimum
Score
Number of
Invitations
June 7, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 82 75
EEBC – International Graduate 77 43
SI – Skilled Worker 76 108
SI – International Graduate 72 93
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 50 27
May 24, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 64
EEBC – International Graduate 80 58
SI – Skilled Worker 77 129
SI – International Graduate 75 72
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 50 42
May 10, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 78
EEBC – International Graduate 85 55
SI – Skilled Worker 85 114
SI – International Graduate 80 70
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 47
April 19, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 120 16
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 47
EEBC – International Graduate 85 30
SI – Skilled Worker 90 38
SI – International Graduate 85 45
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 45 46
April 5, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 82
EEBC – International Graduate 70 79
SI – Skilled Worker 80 166
SI – International Graduate 70 72
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 45 59

March 22, 2017

Entrepreneur Immigration 126 12
EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 104
EEBC – International Graduate 70 70
SI – Skilled Worker 85 116
SI – International Graduate 70 94
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 41
March 8, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 68
EEBC – International Graduate 70 99
SI – Skilled Worker 90 60
SI – International Graduate 70 112
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 38
February 23, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 143 8
February 23, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 27
EEBC – International Graduate 70 79
SI – Skilled Worker 90 33
SI – International Graduate 70 190
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 6
February 17, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 130 20
February 17, 2017 EEBC – Skilled Worker 91 84
EEBC – International Graduate 80 106
SI – Skilled Worker 91 106
SI – International Graduate 85 102
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 42
Feburary 3, 2017
EEBC – Skilled Worker 95 137
EEBC – International Graduate 85 95
SI – Skilled Worker 100 76
SI – International Graduate 90 88
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 70 61

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Express Entry Draw Number 63 – CRS Score 413 and 3,877 Invitations

June 1, 2017 – The thirteenth round of invitations under Express Entry for 2017 has been conducted by IRCC. The minimum score for acceptance for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 413 and the number of invitations issued for permanent residence issued were 3,877.

Express Entry is a method of managing applications under a number of existing economic immigration programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Potential immigrants who meet the criteria for one of these programs are eligible to enter into a pool of candidates and there is no limit to the number of people who may enter the Express Entry pool. With a wide range of candidates with varied skills and experience, the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and Canadian employers are then able to select people from this pool in order to meet local labour market needs. In turn, the individuals selected from the pool are able to increase their CRS scoring rate thereby enabling them to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. However, the number of candidates who get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence on a yearly basis will be limited by the Annual Immigration Levels Plan.

Read more here about Express Entry and see the IRCC video here:

David Aujla is a Canadian Immigration lawyer with offices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Read about his more than 40 years of experience and history here: http://www.bcimmigration.com/about-us.html

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Express Entry Draw Number 62 – CRS Score 199 and 543 Invitations

May 26, 2017 – The twelfth round of invitations under Express Entry for 2017 has been conducted by IRCC. The minimum score for acceptance for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 199 and the number of invitations issued for permanent residence issued were 543.

Express Entry is a method of managing applications under a number of existing economic immigration programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Potential immigrants who meet the criteria for one of these programs are eligible to enter into a pool of candidates and there is no limit to the number of people who may enter the Express Entry pool. With a wide range of candidates with varied skills and experience, the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and Canadian employers are then able to select people from this pool in order to meet local labour market needs. In turn, the individuals selected from the pool are able to increase their CRS scoring rate thereby enabling them to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. However, the number of candidates who get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence on a yearly basis will be limited by the Annual Immigration Levels Plan.

Read more here about Express Entry and see the IRCC video here:

David Aujla is a Canadian Immigration lawyer with offices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Read about his more than 40 years of experience and history here: http://www.bcimmigration.com/about-us.html

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BC PNP – May 24th, 2017 Update of Selected Candidates

BC PNP  issues invitations to apply for the highest scoring registrants by category. Estimated nomination levels by category proposed below for 2016 are based on the annual nomination allocation of 5,800 and are subject to change based on program demand and processing capacity. 

Estimated levels are based on a combination of program and economic factors including B.C.’s annual allocation of nominations from the federal government (IRCC), the BC 2024 Labour Market Outlook, historic BC PNP nomination trends, and existing application inventory levels.

Invitations to Apply

The BC PNP will regularly conduct draws to invite candidates from the selection pool for each category to apply. The number and frequency of invitations to apply is based on annual nomination allocations and the BC PNP’s processing capacity to ensure timely processing of applications.

Below are the details of 2017 draws:

 

Date Stream / Category Minimum
Score
Number of
Invitations

May 24, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 64
EEBC – International Graduate 80 58
SI – Skilled Worker 77 129
SI – International Graduate 75 72
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 50 42

May 10, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 78
EEBC – International Graduate 85 55
SI – Skilled Worker 85 114
SI – International Graduate 80 70
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 47

April 19, 2017

Entrepreneur Immigration 120 16
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 47
EEBC – International Graduate 85 30
SI – Skilled Worker 90 38
SI – International Graduate 85 45
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 45 46

April 5, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 82
EEBC – International Graduate 70 79
SI – Skilled Worker 80 166
SI – International Graduate 70 72
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 45 59

March 22, 2017

Entrepreneur Immigration 126 12
EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 104
EEBC – International Graduate 70 70
SI – Skilled Worker 85 116
SI – International Graduate 70 94
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 41

March 8, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 68
EEBC – International Graduate 70 99
SI – Skilled Worker 90 60
SI – International Graduate 70 112
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 38
February 23, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 143 8

February 23, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 27
EEBC – International Graduate 70 79
SI – Skilled Worker 90 33
SI – International Graduate 70 190
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 6
February 17, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 130 20

February 17, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 91 84
EEBC – International Graduate 80 106
SI – Skilled Worker 91 106
SI – International Graduate 85 102
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 42
Feburary 3, 2017
EEBC – Skilled Worker 95 137
EEBC – International Graduate 85 95
SI – Skilled Worker 100 76
SI – International Graduate 90 88
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 70 61

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BC PNP – May 10th, 2017 Update of Selected Candidates

BC PNP  issues invitations to apply for the highest scoring registrants by category. Estimated nomination levels by category proposed below for 2016 are based on the annual nomination allocation of 5,800 and are subject to change based on program demand and processing capacity. 

Estimated levels are based on a combination of program and economic factors including B.C.’s annual allocation of nominations from the federal government (IRCC), the BC 2024 Labour Market Outlook, historic BC PNP nomination trends, and existing application inventory levels.

Invitations to Apply

The BC PNP will regularly conduct draws to invite candidates from the selection pool for each category to apply. The number and frequency of invitations to apply is based on annual nomination allocations and the BC PNP’s processing capacity to ensure timely processing of applications.

Below are the details of 2017 draws:

Date Stream / Category Minimum
Score
Number of
Invitations

May 10, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 78
EEBC – International Graduate 85 55
SI – Skilled Worker 85 114
SI – International Graduate 80 70
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 47

April 19, 2017

Entrepreneur Immigration 120 16
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 47
EEBC – International Graduate 85 30
SI – Skilled Worker 90 38
SI – International Graduate 85 45
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 45 46

April 5, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 82
EEBC – International Graduate 70 79
SI – Skilled Worker 80 166
SI – International Graduate 70 72
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 45 59

March 22, 2017

Entrepreneur Immigration 126 12
EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 104
EEBC – International Graduate 70 70
SI – Skilled Worker 85 116
SI – International Graduate 70 94
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 41

March 8, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 68
EEBC – International Graduate 70 99
SI – Skilled Worker 90 60
SI – International Graduate 70 112
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 38
February 23, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 143 8

February 23, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 27
EEBC – International Graduate 70 79
SI – Skilled Worker 90 33
SI – International Graduate 70 190
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 6
February 17, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 130 20

February 17, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 91 84
EEBC – International Graduate 80 106
SI – Skilled Worker 91 106
SI – International Graduate 85 102
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 42
Feburary 3, 2017
EEBC – Skilled Worker 95 137
EEBC – International Graduate 85 95
SI – Skilled Worker 100 76
SI – International Graduate 90 88
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 70 61

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