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IRCC invited 3,600 candidates in the Express Entry draw # 131.

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In the most recent Express Entry draw on November 27, 2019, IRCC issued 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITA) with a Comprehensive Ranking System score of 471 and above. The CRS score dropped by one point as compared to the last Express Entry draw on November 13. The tie-breaking rule for this draw was November 11, 2019 at 6:29: 10 UTC. As of November 23, 2019, there were 133,848 profiles in the Express Entry pool with 709 candidates in the 601-1200 CRS score range, 14,915 candidates in the 451-600 CRS score range and another 40,879 candidates in the 401-450 CRS score range. The Express Entry pool clearly indicates that the CRS score for the forthcoming draws would be high and the possibility of the CRS score dropping in the near future seems bleak. The pool is becoming dynamic with new profiles being added and old profiles expiring.

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The 5 Things to Look for in Your Immigration Consultant.

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Your immigration consultant is a partner in helping you realize your dreams to settle in Canada. It’s essential that you not only work well together but also that your immigration consultant has the skills that make the process easy for you and as smooth as possible. 

It’s important to note that your immigration consultant is the key link in creating the best application possible. They have the experience and the exposure with immigration regulators, processes and procedures to ensure you have the best chance at being selected for immigration to Canada. Because immigration is all they do, an immigration consultant is an ideal professional to help you. But, not all immigration consultants are alike. You want someone who understands the immigration journey and your wants and needs for settling in Canada. 

You must find out as much as you can about your consultant before choosing to work with them and signing a contract. Visit their website, ask questions, check online reviews, meet them in person and get to know them as much as possible. While you need to like and feel comfortable with your consultant, you also need to be sure their skills are solid and they have your interests first. The only time to ensure your consultant is a fit is before you agree to a formal working relationship, so use this time well!

There are five key factors that you should look for in your immigration consultant and learning about them may unfold like this:

Lansing is a graduate student who wants to become a permanent resident in Canada. He had help from a consultant a few years ago when he came to the country as an international student, but he wasn’t impressed with their work. Now, he’d rather find someone else who is specialized in assisting with immigration applications. 

Lansing knows to check their licensing. 

When he asked friends and colleagues for immigration consultants they trusted, he took the names down and checked their websites for badges and logos that indicated they were licensed immigration consultants. 

There are two types of individuals who are legally able to exchange services as an immigration consultant for fees. These are lawyers certified to practice in Canada and regulated Canadian immigration consultants who have been licensed through the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Immigration lawyers are not certified through ICCRC, so you must check with their bar association to ensure they are licensed. You can check on the ICCRC website to ensure a Regulated Canadian immigration consultant is certified. Two other types of individuals can practice immigration in Canada, these are paralegals in Ontario and Notary Publics in Quebec.

He sent an email and set up an in-person meeting to get a feel for the communication skills of the two consultants he was considering. 

Once Lansing was certain both people had the legal authority to help him, he wanted to get to know their communication style and what to expect from them. Preparing an immigration application and package requires gathering a lot of information which means supplying several documents and have numerous conversations whether in person, on the phone or via electronic means. Lansing wanted a feel for how the immigration consultants communicated, how they would collect information, how quickly they would reply when he had questions and who on their team would be part of communication. 

You want an immigration consultant who is professional, forthcoming and genuinely interested in helping you. They should be able to convey these attributes when they meet you. 

Lansing wanted someone different from his first immigration consultant – who wasn’t as detail-oriented as he’d have preferred. This time, he wanted someone skilled with details. 

It had been a challenge when Lansing was constantly answering questions that he felt should have been handled at the start. He knew his immigration application and package would include a vast amount of information and a significant number of forms and documents. One missed piece of information could cause delays and potentially cause him to lose out on an opportunity. 

You will want to know the process of your regulated Canadian immigration consultant and their team – how will they ensure every piece of the required information is collected and included? Be sure that the immigration consultant you are considering helps you understand all of the options available to you, regardless of whether they are your choice or not. 

Analysis and decision making were also important to Lansing’s decision of who to work with.

An experienced, professional immigration consultant is aware of the vast number of immigration programs and streams a candidate can apply through, Lansing wanted someone who could look at the full picture of what he had to offer Canada as a permanent resident and determine the best program. He also wanted to settle in BC, where he currently lived, so he needed a consultant familiar with the provincial nominee programs in the province. 

Your immigration consultant should guide you through understanding the various provinces and territories in Canada so that you have a sense of the regional programs as well as the lifestyles in those areas. By looking at your desires for life in Canada, a great immigration consultant should be able to identify the best program for everyone’s success. 

Lansing started with asking friends for input, but he also wanted to talk to referrals from the immigration consultant he was thinking of working with.

Lansing felt comfortable with one of the consultants when he met them. Some immigration candidates go with their gut-reaction to make a decision, but he knew he needed more information. He asked for references. 

References can tell you more about what your consultant will be like when you get into the process of completing your application and the steps towards submission. Ask references what the immigration consultant’s personality is like, how they reacted to challenges that came up and who you worked within their firm. 

Finding the right immigration consultant is an essential part of your immigration package. Make sure you choose one that is certified and can do the best job possible to help you gain permanent residence to Canada faster.

British Columbia held a new round of business immigration invitations.

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On November 12, 2019, British Columbia invited 23 business-candidates under its two streams for entrepreneurs. In this round, BCPNP invited to apply 5 candidates in the Regional Pilot. The lowest score in this round was 121, eleven points higher than in the previous draw. In the Base Category of the Entrepreneur Stream, British Columbia invited 18 candidates with the lowest score of 112, two points lower than on October 29. BCPNP continues attracting entrepreneurs into the province in order to develop the local economy and create more jobs. In total, 250 entrepreneurs have been invited to British Columbia in 2019 and 42 of them were invited via the Regional Pilot.

Another 409 candidates have been invited to BCPNP!

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On November 12, 2019, British Columbia held a new draw in the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). In the new round, BC invited 409 registrants to apply for the provincial nomination. The scores of this draw changed only in one stream:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 93
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate 100
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75 (-2 points)
  • Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 99
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 102

British Columbia invited 8,215 candidates under all streams of BCPNP in 2019. The federal government allocated 6,500 nominations to BCPNP in 2019.

Canada invited 3,600 candidates in the Express Entry draw #130.

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On November 13, 2019, Canada conducted a new invitation round in the Express Entry selection system. In round #130, IRCC issued only 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITA), 300 less than in rounds 127 and 129. Nevertheless, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this round was three points lower than in the previous round and was 472. The tie-breaking rule for this round was October 8, 2019, at 10:46:01 UTC. As of November 8, 2019, the Express Entry pool consists of 132,521 profiles, 1,122 more than in the previous round. Canada has already invited 75,300 candidates in 23 rounds of Express Entry in 2019.

Quebec promised to bring exceptions to recent changes to PEQ.

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On November 6, 2019, the immigration minister of Quebec Simon Jolin-Barrette announced that the provincial government would reverse some of the new rules introduced for applicants in the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ). The new regulation announced last week, restricted the program eligibility criteria for international students and foreign workers and made them harder to apply for provincial selection. Following the multiple objections by the opposition and public, the government announced that those who are already residing in Quebec will be able to apply under the old criteria.