The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot (EI – Regional Pilot) is open. This program offers opportunities for entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in regional communities. The participating communities are published on the BC-PNP website. More information about the program is found on the BC-PNP website.
This interim pathway is for Caregivers who have been working in Canada temporarily and did not qualify for any other current caregiver program . They must meet all criteria and requirements and the application for Permanent Residency must be submitted before the June 4, 2019 deadline. More information on the IRCC website.
As per March 1, 2019, the following changes are implemented:
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot will be extended by two years to December 2021.
- International graduates will now have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP.
- Employers in the healthcare sector will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill job vacancies.
- The Atlantic provinces will have new authorities to focus their AIP spaces on in-demand labour market needs.
- Applicants must meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit
More information here.
Caregivers will soon have access to 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace the expiring pilot programs: Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence. Caregivers will also soon have greater flexibility to change jobs quickly. More information on the website of IRCC.
The Government of Canada announced today The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The pilot will help local communities to meet local labour market needs and support regional economic development. The pilot is to test a new pathway to permanent residence in rural Canada for skilled foreign nationals at various skill levels. Eligible local communities have until March 1st to apply to become part of the pilot. The expectation is that more information will follow soon.
More information is available on the website of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Recently BC announced a Regional Pilot as part of the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in smaller communities across BC. To attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in regional BC the personal net worth and investment criteria have been reduced. Another measure is that the participating community must actively support the immigrant entrepreneur to ensure a better establishment in the community. The pilot is initially for a two year period. At this time the pilot is still closed as the enrollment of participating communities is still in progress.
The deadline to submit your application for permanent residence under the Express Entry system changed on June 26, 2018 from 90 to 60 days.
If you were invited to apply before June 26, 2018, you still have 90 days to complete your application
If you’re invited to apply after June 26, 2018, you’ll have 60 days to complete your application.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has announced that the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations to attract and retain global talent to promote prosperity and economic growth will be coming into force on January 1, 2018.
Further information about the Act, including what is new and what you need to know as an applicant or an employer will be available in January 2018.
Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement creates a framework to attract, select and support skilled newcomers! Read more here!
The Province of Manitoba announced several changes to their provincial nominee program to attract more immigrants:
The MPNP will be reorganized around four new or revised application streams:
- International Education Stream (IES)
- Business Investor Stream (BIS)
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM)
- Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO)
Each stream will include more flexible pathways to ensure that all provincial nominees are able to meet clearly defined labour market and economic needs in Manitoba. These priorities will be clearly communicated to potential MPNP applicants through a regularly updated In-Demand Occupations list.
Read more about on the MPNP website.