Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. Please note that immigration regulations of all fields and aspects can be altered at any time without notice. It is strongly recommended to re check the related regulations to your application with a professional around the time that it will be handed in. Meeting the criteria below does not guarantee a PR or a nomination. The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. In addition, there are options to apply on your own, or with your employer. The following are the AINP Streams and Categories:
from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

1. Employer- Driven Stream

• Skilled Worker Category : For Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B).
• International Graduate Category : For Candidates who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a NOC skill-level 0, A, B or C occupation.
• Semi-Skilled Worker Category : For Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) that is eligible under the AINP. Only certain occupations are eligible.

2. Strategic Recruitment Stream

• Compulsory and Optional Trades Category : For candidates who have a valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
• Engineering Occupations Category : For candidates who have credentials as an engineer, designer or drafter and Alberta work experience in an eligible Engineering Occupation.
• Post-Graduate Worker Category : For candidates who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, are currently working in Alberta in an eligible occupation, and have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit

Express Entry

Starting January 1, 2015, Express Entry is the new selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. ‘Express Entry’ will allow the applications of skilled workers to be processed more quickly and efficiently. One of the main goals of Canadian immigration is to welcome skilled newcomers who will contribute to Canada’s growing economy. Skilled workers who settle in Canada on a permanent basis are especially valuable to Canada’s economy and the strength of its workforce. Successful applicants of the Skilled Worker Immigration programs which are Federal skilled worker, Federal Skilled Trade program and Canadian Experience Class, will receive a permanent resident Visa within 6 months.

A. Single candidates B. Candidates spouses or common-law partners that will come with them to Canada (The maximum number of points is the same no matter the person’s marital status.)
1. Skills and experience factors (maximum 500) + 1. Skills and experience factors (maximum 460) +
2. N/A + 2. Spouse or common-law partner factors (maximum 40) +
3. Skill transferability factors (maximum 100) + 3. Skill transferability factors (maximum 100) +
4. Additional points (maximum 600) 4. Additional points (maximum 600)
Grand total (maximum 1,200) Grand total (maximum 1,200)

Express Entry Draws 2016

 Draw  Date Number of Invitations Lowest CRS Score
36 June 15th 752 488
35 June 1st 762 483
34 May 18th 763 484
33 May 6th 799 534
 32 April 20th 1018 468
 31 April 6th 954 470
 30 March 23th 1,014 470
 29 March 9th 1,013 473
 28 February 24th 1,484 453
  27 February 10th 1,505 459
  26 January 27th 1,468 457
  25 January 13th 1,518 453
  24 January 6th 1,463 461

Express Entry Draws 2015

 Draw  Date Number of Invitations Lowest CRS Score
 23 December 18th 1,503 460
 22 December 4th 1,451 461
 21 November 27th 1,559 472
 20 November 13th 1,506 484
 19 October 23rd 1,502 489
 18 October 2nd 1,530 450
 17 September 18th 1,545 450
 16 September 8th 1,517 459
 15 August 22nd 1,523 456
 14 August 8th 1,402 471
 13 July 17th 1,581 451
 12 July 10th 1,516 463
 11 June 26th 1,575 469
 10 June 12th 1,501 482
9 May 22nd 1,316 755
8 April 17th 715 453
7 April 10th 925 469
6 March 27th 1637 453
5 March 20th 1620 481
4 February 27th 1187 735
3 February 20th 849 808
2 February 7th 779 818
1 January 31st 779 886

As a skilled worker or professional, you have several options to consider. For example, you can either apply under Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class. In addition, if you know in which province or territory you plan to reside, you may be able to submit an application through one of the provincial nominee programs. Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs. If you can obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer, you may also qualify for fast-track Canadian immigration application processing. Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help us assess them.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates. The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada. For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians and permanent residents for available jobs. There will be no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.

  • CRS : Comprehensive Ranking System formula
  • Skills and experience factors (that we know are key to economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors (such as their language skills and education – these are known to result in better economic success for both the spouse or common-law partner and the candidate)
  • Skills transferability (including education and work experience – factors that when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings)
  • Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia is a small Canadian province located in the Maritimes region of the country.

The province is composed of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 smaller islands. Its capital city, Halifax, is known as a major centre for culture and the arts, as well as for its high standard of living. Nova Scotians are closely connected to the sea, and the province is renowned for its coastal beauty and delicious cuisine.

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process.

The NSNP accepts applications under the following immigration streams:

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Nova Scotia has placed a temporary halt on the intake of new applications for its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream.

Nova Scotia uses the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. This stream, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is for highly-skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia. There is a list of 29 eligible occupations for this stream.

 

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Nova Scotia uses the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for this stream, which provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year.

 

Skilled Worker Stream

The NSNP accepts applications under this stream from individuals who have received a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations may be eligible to apply.

To learn more about eligibility requirements for the NSNP Skilled Worker stream, click here.

Entrepreneur Stream

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who wish to start or acquire a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

To learn more about eligibility requirements for the NSNP Entrepreneur stream, click here.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario is Canada’s most popular landing destination for immigrants from around the world.

As Canada’s most populous province, nearly 40 percent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life.

Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), formerly known as the Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP). Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Ontario 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 OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:

o    Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream

o    Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

o    Foreign Workers with a Job Offer Stream

o    International Students with a Job Offer Stream

o    International Students – Masters Graduate Stream

o    International Students – PhD Graduate Stream

o    Entrepreneur Stream

o    Corporate Stream

Ontario Express Entry

Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream

There is a temporary pause on Notifications of Interest (NOIs) being sent under the Human Capital Priorities Stream as of February 16, 2016.

This stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals who are eligibile to enter the federal Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.

Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

The Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is for French-Speaking skilled workers who have strong English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario. This stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals in the Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.

General Category

As of May 9, 2016, there is a temporary pause on the intake of applications to the Employer Pre-screen application process. Foreign skilled workers with job offers that have already been approved by the OINP may continue to submit a Nominee Application.

Through this category, Ontario employers are able to recruit foreign workers for approved skilled positions (classified by the Government of Canada as NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B). These employees may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of application.

 

International Student Category

As of May 9, 2016, there is a temporary pause in effect on new applications to the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams. The International Student with a Job Offer Stream remains open to eligible candidates whose job offer has already been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process.

This category is for students from abroad. The International Students category accepts applications under the following three streams:

International Student with a Job Offer Stream

This stream was created to help employers recruit international students. It is open to Ontario employers and students with job offers in the province.

International Masters Graduate Stream

This stream targets individuals who have graduated with a Master’s degree from one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.

International PhD Graduate Stream

This stream targets individuals who have graduated from a PhD program at one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.

Business Category

Entrepreneur Stream

This stream is designed to attract individuals who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in Ontario. 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.

Corporate Stream

This stream aims to help and support 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.

Investors Stream

As of October 29, 2015, the OINP Investors Stream is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, the province of Manitoba is in many ways the gateway to western Canada.

With an economy based largely on natural resources and agriculture, it is a major driver of Canada’s wealth. Manitoba’s population of approximately 1.2 million is located largely in and around the capital city of Winnipeg. Manitobans benefit from tight-knit communities, a stable labour market, and sweeping natural wilderness.

The MPNP is Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process.

There are three streams through which the province and potential candidates may immigrate to Manitoba, both through Express Entry and outside Express Entry:

  1. Skilled Worker Immigration Stream – including those in Manitoba and Overseas
  2. Business Investor Immigration Stream
  3. Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative – through the MPNP
  1. Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker categories operate through an ‘Expression of Interest’ system, whereby eligible candidates complete a series of questions online and are not required to upload supporting documentation before submitting their profile into the EOI pool. Profiles will be placed in the pool with other eligible candidates and you will receive a score based on the answers you provide. The MPNP will then rank you using several factors and if you are among the highest-scoring candidates, you may be invited to submit an application to the MPNP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline.

There are two pathways to Manitoba as a skilled worker, both of which operate under the MPNP Expression of Interest System.

Skilled Worker in Manitoba

Under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, applications are accepted from qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent, full-time job with their Manitoba employer. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Worker in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility.

Skilled Worker Overseas

The Manitoba Skilled Worker overseas category uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who may be outside of Canada. Applications are accepted from qualified skilled workers who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province through family or friends (Manitoba Support), past education or employment (Manitoba Experience), or by invitation of the MPNP (Manitoba Invitation), and who score a minimum of 60 points according to five eligibility factors: age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.

  1. Business Investor

Individuals who wish to invest in Manitoba can do so through this stream. This process operates on an ‘Expression of Interest’ system, whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply to the program, and the most qualified are invited to apply for immigration.

  1. Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative

One particular initiative for immigration to Manitoba is the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative. This rural town, situated 112 km southwest of Winnipeg, is actively looking for new immigrants in certain occupations. Immigration to Morden is conducted through the MPNP.

SINP

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can provide an alternate and quicker means of entry into Canada.  It allows Saskatchewan to nominate applicants, who qualify under criteria established by the province, to the federal government for landed immigrant status.  There is no deadline to apply to the SINP.  However, program criteria may change without notice and your application will be assessed according to the criteria in place at the time we receive your complete application.
The SINP offers:
• The ability to select applicants whose skills and abilities best fit the province’s needs;
• Application processing times that are faster than other federal immigration classes; and
• Assistance from Provincial Immigration Officers who are readily available to explain program requirements and processes.

1. skilled workers/professionals

This category is for skilled workers, professionals or managers who have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.  It is divided into two sub-categories:
• Skilled Workers/Professionals
• Existing Work Permit

1) skilled Worker

Eligibility
You may qualify to apply under the SINP Skilled Workers Category if:
• You live outside of Canada or you have proof of legal status in Canada, you are not a refugee claimant and you have the following:
o An offer of permanent, full-time employment in Saskatchewan either in an occupation or trade in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan(Skilled Workers/Professionals Sub-Category).
o Saskatchewan designated trade criteria chosen by Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC):

2) Existing Work Permit

You may qualify to apply under the SINP Existing Work Permit Category if:
• You have proof of legal status in Canada, you are not a refugee claimant and you have the following:
o Have worked in Saskatchewan for at least six months on a temporary work permit either in an occupation or trade that is in the NOC Matrix level “A” or “B”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan excluding trades included in the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project (Existing Work Permit Sub-Category).
Program criteria may change without notice and applications will be assessed according to the criteria on the Saskatchewan immigration website when the SINP receives your completed application.
Please be advised the SINP is subject to a nomination limit set by the federal government and application intake thresholds.  The ability to be nominated is affected by these constraints and program criterion.  No application is guaranteed to be accepted and/or nominated.
For detailed information, please visit the SINP website.

2. Family Referral

This category is for immigrant families living in Saskatchewan who want to help their skilled and educated family members come to work and live in the province.
Applicants must have a relative who has been living in Saskatchewan for at least one year.  They must be willing to provide applicants with assistance during the immigration process and after they arrive in Saskatchewan.  These relatives are called supporting family members.
Spouses or common-law partners are not eligible to apply under this category.  They need to apply under the Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Family Class.

Eligibility
To be considered for the SINP Family Referral Category, you must:
1. Be between 18 – 49 years old.
2. Have a signed affidavit of support (SINP-500-22) from your supporting family household in Saskatchewan.
3. Have completed post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship of at least one year in length that has resulted in a diploma, a certificate, or a degree.
4. Have at least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in your intended occupation (your employment offer in Saskatchewan).
5. Have an offer of full-time, permanent employment in Saskatchewan either in an occupation or trade in the NOC Matrix level “A” or “B”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan.
6. Have sufficient language proficiency in one or both of the official languages in Canada.

Program criteria may change without notice and applications will be assessed according to the criteria on the Saskatchewan immigration website when the SINP receives your completed application.
Please be advised the SINP is subject to a nomination limit set by the federal government and application intake thresholds.  The ability to be nominated is affected by these constraints and program criterion.  No application is guaranteed to be accepted and/or nominated.

3. Farm Owner/Operators

The Farm Owner/Operator category is for individuals with proven experience in farming and substantial capital available to invest in a farming operation and who intend to purchase and operate a farming operation in Saskatchewan.
The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category is designed to allow young farm families to establish their lives and farming operations in our province’s rural areas.
Applicants considering applying under this category are encouraged to contact SINP officials to learn more about the eligibility criteria of the program.  SINP officials will also ensure applicants are contacted by officials in Saskatchewan Agriculture–Food and Rural Revitalization who can advise them on the type of farming operation they intend to operate in Saskatchewan.

For more information on farm ownership legislation pertaining to non-residents, please visit the Saskatchewan Farm Land Security Board’s website.

4.Health Professions

Applicants to the SINP Health Professions Category must already be working full-time in Saskatchewan as a physician, nurse or other health professional on a temporary work permit for at least six months in order to apply.
If you are not currently employed in Saskatchewan, you need to contact the appropriate organization to determine what further studies, examinations and/or certifications you need to qualify for jobs in Saskatchewan:
• Physicians: contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CoPSS).
• Nurses: contact the appropriate nursing licensing body:  Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN), Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) or Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).
• Other Health Professions: Click here for a list of regulatory authorities in Saskatchewan.

5. Hospitality Sector Pilot Project

Hospitality Sector Pilot Project

The Hospitality Sector Project is a pilot initiative we are currently testing – its duration and scope are limited.
Under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project the SINP can nominate foreign workers that are currently working in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months on a temporary work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), supported by Service Canada’s (SC) Temporary Foreign Worker labour market opinion confirmation, and in one of the following categories:
• Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453)
• Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641)
• Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661)

Workers in these categories must first begin working in Saskatchewan on a temporary foreign work permit for a company that has been approved by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).  If an approved business offers the worker permanent employment, after a minimum of 6 months employment the worker may apply to the SINP for permanent resident status.

Long Haul Truck Drivers

The SINP Long Haul Truck Driver Project allows Saskatchewan trucking firms to bring truckers to the province under Service Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker policy for occupations requiring a high school diploma or on-the-job training.

The project was developed in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, Service Canada (SC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to attract long-haul truck drivers to Saskatchewan.
Long haul truck drivers must first begin working in Saskatchewan for an approved trucking firm on a temporary foreign work permit. If an approved trucking firm offers them permanent employment, after a minimum of 6 months employment they may apply to the SINP for permanent resident status.

For detailed information, please visit the SINP website.

6. Students

Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream
You may qualify to apply under the SINP Student Category: Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream if:
1. You have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada.  The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
2. If you graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan you must have worked for at least six months (with minimum 960 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan. If you have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution outside of Saskatchewan you must have worked for 12 consecutive months of paid full time employment (with a minimum of 1920 hours) in Saskatchewan after graduation.※Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include on- campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by your institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
3. You have applied for and received a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
4. You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.  The job offer does not have to relate to your studies.
5. If your job offer falls into a NOC C or D, you must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher English Language ability across all 4 categories (listening, speaking, reading and writing). For more information on what language assessments are acceptable, visit How can I meet the language requirements?

Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream
You may qualify to apply under the SINP Student Category: Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream if:
1. You have completed all degree requirements for an existing Master’s and/or PhD program that required at least one academic year of full-time study from the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina.
2. You are applying within two years of the date on which your degree was granted and from a country in which you have legal status.
3. You intend to live in Saskatchewan and are able to demonstrate your ability to settle and work in Saskatchewan with at least one of the following:
1. Have at least six months of employment history in your field of training in Saskatchewan;
2. Are currently employed in your field of training or have received a job offer in your field of training in Saskatchewan for a term longer than six months;
3. You have enough money to sustain for a short time without work ($10,000 for you and $2,000 for each accompanying family members.
4. If you do not have an offer of employment or if your job offer falls into a NOC “C” or “D”, you must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher English Language ability across all 4 categories (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). For more information on what language assessments are acceptable, visit How can I meet the language requirements?

7. Entrepreneurs

The SINP Entrepreneur Program offers you and your family the opportunity to establish, acquire or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management.

You can apply to the program through the general Entrepreneur Category or through one of the following streams:
• Large Scale Investor
• Science and Technology

1) Nomination Criteria

There are four criteria in the SINP Entrepreneur Category that you must meet to be approved for nomination:

  1. A minimum net worth of $300,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD) that can be verified.
  2. Accumulation of net worth through legal means, which can be verified.
  3. Minimum three years entrepreneurial or relevant business management experience.
  4. Intent to reside and actively invest in Saskatchewan, which is evaluated using the Intent Grading Grid.

2) Business Establishment Plan

Requirements
If you are approved for nomination by the SINP – Entrepreneur Category, you will be required to:
1. Have a minimum active investment of $150,000 CAD in the Province of Saskatchewan.  If you own less than 1/3 of the business, then your total investment must be worth at least $1 million CAD;
2. Be involved in the day-to-day management of your business; and
3. Make a $75,000 Good Faith Deposit.  If you meet certain conditions, you may apply for your Good Faith Deposit to be returned.

An interview is not obligatory for the SINP – Entrepreneur Category, but we may request an interview if we need to further review your criteria.  If you are nominated by the SINP, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is responsible for assessing your eligibility for Permanent Residency, including an assessment of health, criminality and security.  The SINP is not responsible for CIC’s decision to grant or deny Permanent Residency status.

For detailed information, please visit the SINP website.

B.C. Provincial Nominee Program

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an economic immigration program designed to help B.C. meet its evolving labour market needs. The program helps employers attract and retain qualified foreign workers who have the skills and experience to contribute to B.C.’s economy. It also selects entrepreneurs ready to invest in our economy and create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents The PNP is operated by the Province of B.C. in partnership with the federal government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The PNP assesses applications and nominates candidates for permanent residence, after which CIC makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants. You can apply to the PNP in either the Skills or Business Immigration streams.

1. Strategic Occupations

1 Skilled Wokers

The BC Provincial Nominee Program’s (PNP) Skills Immigration stream is intended for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers. This stream is designed for individuals who would like to live and work in B.C. and become a permanent resident of Canada.
To be eligible for the program, you will need to satisfy the criteria in one of the following categories:
• Skilled workers (managers, professionals and skilled trades people),
• Health care professionals (physicians, registered nurses and other health care workers),
• International graduates:
o With a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university, or
o With a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a B.C. university (for this category only, you do not need to have a job offer),
• Entry-level or semi-skilled workers in tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking, and
• Entry-level or semi-skilled workers who are living in the northeast region of the province.

2. Business Immigration

British Columbia is one of North America’s most dynamic places to do business. Entrepreneurs benefit from our strategic location, low taxes, competitive operating costs and a multicultural workforce that is well educated, highly skilled and productive.
If you are an entrepreneur ready to invest in and actively manage a business in the province, you may be eligible for the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s (PNP) Business Immigration stream. This stream accelerates the permanent residence application process for individuals who can establish themselves in B.C. and develop a business that will provide significant economic benefits to the province. To qualify, you must meet specific personal net worth thresholds, make a minimum investment in an eligible business, be actively involved in the daily management of the business, and create one or more new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee approval.
The Business Immigration application process has two phases:
• In phase one, you sign a performance agreement and are initially supported for a two-year work permit.
• In phase two, you arrive in B.C. on the work permit, establish and actively manage your business, and complete the investment and job-creation requirements.
Applicants are nominated by the BC PNP for Permanent Residence in Canada only when they satisfy the terms of their performance agreement.
You can apply to the PNP as a business immigrant in one of three categories as described below. Each category has specific requirements.
The Entrepreneur category is the best choice if:
• You would like to start or purchase and expand a business anywhere in B.C.
• You have a personal net worth of at least $800,000.
• You intend to invest at least $400,000 in (and acquire at least one-third equity ownership of) the business.
• You can commit to creating at least three new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
• You would like to propose one key staff member on your application.
The Regional Entrepreneur category is the best choice if:
• You would like to start or purchase and expand a business outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan areas.
• You have a personal net worth of at least $400,000.
• You intend to invest at least $200,000 in (and acquire at least one-third equity ownership of) the business.
• You can commit to creating at least one new job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
The Strategic Projects category is the best choice if:
• Your company is interested in setting up a B.C.-based operation (such as a branch office or subsidiary) anywhere in the province.
• Your company intends to make an equity investment of at least $500,000 in the business.
• You would like to propose up to five key staff members on the application and you can commit to create at least three new jobs for each key staff member.
The Regional Business Succession Option is a good choice if you intend to purchase and manage an existing B.C. business. This option applies to all business immigration categories where the business is located outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan areas. This category offers priority processing and includes reduced job creation requirements.
Please visit BCPNP website for more details.

Fedral Skilled Worker Program

Are you a skilled worker?
Skilled workers are people who can become permanent residents because they are able to become economically established in Canada. Your application to come to Canada as a skilled worker will be assessed on six selection factors and a point system.
The six selection factors are:
• your education
• your abilities in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages
• your experience
• your age
• whether you have arranged employment in Canada
• your adaptability
You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada, and pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks.
If you are eligible to apply as a skilled worker, you will be assessed on six selection factors and a point system.
Learn more about each factor by clicking on it. The current pass mark is 67.
Please note that the pass mark could change.
Education
Maximum 25 points
Ability in English and/or French
Maximum 24 points
Experience
Maximum 21 points
Age
Maximum 10 points
Arranged employment in Canada
Maximum 10 points
Adaptability
Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark 67 points
You can assess your qualifications using the skilled worker self-assessment test from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The test is available in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.
If your score is the same or higher than the pass mark, then you may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. Review the information about immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker and decide if you want to apply.
If your score is lower than the pass mark, you are not likely to qualify to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. We recommend that you do not apply at this time.
However, you can still apply if you believe other factors would show that you are able to establish yourself in Canada and support your dependents. Send a detailed letter with your application explaining why you think you are able to become economically established in Canada. Include any documents that support your claim.  Who shall be principal applicant?  You or your spouse?
If you are married or living with a common-law partner, either you or your spouse can apply as the principal applicant. Use the self-assessment test to help you determine which person is likely to earn the most points. The person who would earn the most points should apply as the principal applicant. The other person would be considered as a dependent in the applications.
Self-Assessment test: To find out your qualification and calculate your points, you can go to the following website:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/assess/index.asp

Canadian Experiance Class

CEC is for foreign skilled worker and post-graduated skilled worker
If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student who graduated in Canada, we could help you obtain your permanent residency in a quicker way. As a worker, you meet the requirement if you have at least two years of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in the last three years. As a student, you meet the requirement if you had completed a Canadian post-secondary institution and have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in the last two years.
※ The skilled work experience requirement decreased from 2 years to 1 year.

CEC is designed for two types of applicants:
Type one: Canada study & Canada work background.  Such applicants have both Canadian study and Canadian work experience.  They have acquired in Canada within the 24 months at least 12 months of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work experience, in one or more high skilled occupations and have acquired that work experience after having obtained (1)a diploma, degree or trade or apprenticeship credential issued on the completion of a program offull-time study or training of at least two years’ duration at an eligible post-secondary educationalor training institution in Canada, or (2) a graduate degree from an eligible post-secondaryeducational institution in Canada issued on the completion of a program of full-time study of atleast one year’s duration and within two years after obtaining a degree or diploma from an institution referred to in (1)
Type two: Canada work experience background.The applicants have acquired in Canada within the 36 months at least 24 months of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work experience, in one or more high skilled occupations.The applicants of both types need to take English or French test. Language requirement is not same to every applicant. The type of the job the applicant does in Canada determines the score requirement.
The definitions of terms used for CEC are as follows.

  1. Full-time indicates minimum of 30 hours per week.
  2. Self-employment or illegal employment does not count towards the required experience.
  3. As a student you must have had attended a Canadian post-secondary institution living in Canada. Any online courses taken outside of Canada will not be accepted.

Fedral Skilled Trade Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. This program began in January 2013 to meet the labour demand in trades sectors.
They accept no more than 3,000 complete federal skilled trade applications for processing each year (from May 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014). Within the 3,000 cap, no more than 100 new applications for certain jobs will be considered for processing each year.

▶Eligibility

• Language Requirements (Speaking/Listening: CLB 5, Reading/Writing: CLB 4)
• have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience)* in a skilled trade within the five years before you apply
• meet all job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
• have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body

Skilled Trades currently eligible for the FSTP are as follows:

  • 6321 Chefs
  • 6322 Cooks
  • 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  • 6332 Bakers
  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers
  • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • 7236 Ironworkers
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7243 Power system electricians
  • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 Gas fitters
  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7314 Railway carmen/women
  • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7371 Crane operators
  • 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • 7373 Water well drillers
  • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • 8231 Underground production and development miners
  • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • 8241 Logging machinery operators
  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
  • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Family Sponsorship

Canada government knows it is important to help families who come from other countries to reunite in Canada. If you have a family member, who are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, he or she might sponsor you to obtain your permanent residency.

To qualify as a family of your sponsor, you need to fall into be one of the following categories to your sponsor.
• spouse
• common-law partner
• conjugal partner
• dependent child (including adopted child)
• parents
• grandparents
• brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship
• another relative of any age or relationship if none of the above relatives could be sponsored, and you have no other relatives who are Canadian citizens, persons registered as Indians under the Indian Act or permanent residents and
• Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).

If your family sponsor you to come to Canada as a permanent resident, he or she is responsible for supporting you financially after you arrive Canada.  Your sponsor must make sure you do not need to seek financial assistance from the government. The process to sponsor your family begins when you, as a citizen or permanent resident in Canada, apply to be a sponsor. There are two different processes for sponsoring your family. One process is used for sponsoring your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner and/or dependent children. Another process is used to sponsor other eligible relatives.

 

1. Sponsor your spouse, partner of children

You can apply to sponsor your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent children to immigrate to Canada. It does not matter if they live in or outside Canada. If they live in Canada, they do not need to have legal status to be sponsored.
Your family member must have medical, criminal and background checks. If they have a criminal record or are a risk to Canada’s security, they may not be allowed to enter Canada.
They may have to get a police certificate in their home country
To be a sponsor you must:
• agree in writing to give financial support to your relative, if they need it
o for a spouse or partner, this lasts for three years from the date they become a permanent resident, and
o for a dependent child, this lasts for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.
Your relative must also agree to try to support themselves.

2. Sponsor your other eligible relatives

Certain relatives may be eligible to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.
There must be a sponsor for any relative immigrating to Canada within the Family Class. Both the person sponsoring a relative and the person wishing to immigrate to Canada must meet certain requirements.
Applicants for permanent residence must go through medical, criminal and background checks. An applicant with a criminal record may not be allowed to enter Canada. People who pose a risk to Canada’s security are also not allowed to enter Canada. An applicant may have to provide a certificate from police authorities in the home country. Medical, criminal and background checks are explained in the application kit.
When you sponsor a relative to become a permanent resident of Canada, you must promise to support that person and their dependants financially. Therefore, you have to meet certain income requirements. If you have previously sponsored relatives who later turned to the Canadian government for financial assistance, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. Sponsorship is a big commitment, so you must take this obligation seriously.
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for the parent and grandparent super visa.
This visa is valid for up to 10 years and will let you visit your family in Canada for up to two years without renewing your status.
To apply for the parent and grandparent super visa, you must:
• be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada,
• be allowed to enter Canada and
• meet certain other conditions.
Visa officers consider several things before they decide if you can come to Canada. You must be a real visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit. A visa officer will look at these things when you apply:
• your ties to your home country,
• the purpose of your visit,
• your family and finances,
• the overall economic and political stability of your home country, and
• an invitation from a Canadian host.
You must also:
• prove that your child or grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold,
• provide a written statement from that child or grandchild that he or she will give you financial support,
• have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year and
• have an immigration medical exam.

 

Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program

Refugees and persons in need of protection are people within or outside Canada who fear persecution and going back to their home country. In keeping with its humanitarian tradition and international obligations, Canada protects thousands of people each year.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can also sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada.
The Canadian refugee system has two main parts:
• the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, for people seeking protection from outside Canada; and
• the In-Canada Asylum Program for people making refugee protection claims from within Canada.

Convention Refugess

There are an estimated 10.5 million refugees in the world today. Countries with resettlement programs resettle about 100,000 refugees from abroad each year. Of that number, Canada annually takes in one out of every 10, through the government-assisted and privately sponsored refugee programs.
The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s role as a global leader in refugee protection by enhancing our resettlement programs by:
• increasing the number of refugees resettled from abroad and
• increasing resettlement assistance provided to refugees.

There has been a lot of consultations regarding the refugee program. People who try to avoid Federal and Provincial Immigration Programs tend to apply for the refugee program thinking that it is an easy way to immigrate to Canada. Please consider that the refugees have limitations to their status in Canada, and that the success rate is relatively low compared to other immigration programs. But there were cases that were approved due to reasons such as domestic violence, religion, homosexuality, etc. Please review the eligibility and if you are in one of the cases, please contact SK Solutions for consultations. (Most emigration companies are not able to handle the refugee program.)