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North Bay is ready for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

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North Bay is a rural town in Northeastern Ontario and has a population of 51,553. In June 2018, North Bay was selected among the other eleven communities to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). The start of the program in North Bay is scheduled for January 1, 2020. The North Bay & District Chamber reported that it already received inquiries from over 1,100 candidates and 40 businesses. The local authorities stated that IRCC reduced the number of applicants to 100, from either 250 or 300. Nevertheless, even 100 immigrants will be a significant contribution to the community. The pilot will cover North Bay and 45 km of the surrounding areas outside the city.

Don’t lose your PR for failing to follow the residential obligation.

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Canadian permanent residents are required to spend at least 730 days in the last five years in Canada to renew their PR cards. The last five years will be counted from the date when they apply for a PR card renewal. Many immigrants go back to their home country after obtaining a status of landed immigrants and do not return to Canada. Once the PR card is expired, a Canadian PR can apply for a travel document to come to Canada. One can lose a PR status for the following reasons: you decide to voluntarily give up your permanent resident status; you become a Canadian citizen; you have not met the requirement of living in Canada for two out of five years, or you have been issued a removal order.

Canadian Universities are trying to balance the diversity of international students.

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According to a recent observation by McLeans, 54.1% of 356,035 Canadian study permits issued to international students in 2018, went to students from only two countries: India and China. Such a situation puts Canadian universities and colleges in danger of uncertainty and dependence over geopolitical challenges. In order to overcome this problem, Canadian educational institutions are looking forward to recruiting students in as many countries as possible. As a result of a 2018 diplomatic scandal between Canada and Saudi Arabia, the latter ordered its students studying in Canada to leave their studies. After the Meng Wanzhou arrest, Canadian universities feared the same could happen with Chinese students. International students are an important source of income and human capital for Canada, and that’s why the government needs to protect its interests.

British Columbia: 67 Tech Pilot candidates have been invited.

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On November 5, 2019, British Columbia conducted a new round of invitations in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot. In the first November round, BC issued 67 invitations to apply in four categories: Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration – International Graduate, Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker, and Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate. The lowest score in all four categories was 90 points. This year, British Columbia already invited 1,279 Tech Pilot candidates. In total, British Columbia invited 7,783 candidates to apply for the provincial nomination in the BCPNP in 2019.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has started!

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was first announced in June 2019. As of now, the federal government has approved eleven communities for the pilot. Each community will have a quota of 100 applicants, which means a total of 1,100 prospective immigrants. On November 1, 2019, the pilot has already started in the first five communities – Sudbury, ON; Sault Ste. Marie, ON; Thunder Bay, ON; Brandon, MB; and Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee, MB. In the other communities – North Bay, ON; Timmins, ON; Claresholm, AB; West Kootenay, BC; and Vernon, B.C., the pilot will officially start on January 1, 2020, while Moose Jaw, SK the launch is scheduled for April 1, 2020.

Who is an ideal candidate for Express Entry in 2019?

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Given the rise of the CRS score required in the recent Express Entry draw, it is good to understand who is an ideal candidate for Express Entry? Canada prefers those who earned a Canadian degree or got Canadian work experience. In a sense, it makes foreign candidates who have never been in Canada harder to be invited to apply for permanent residence outside Canada. The government is focused on young talents. For that reason, age has been given high importance in the Express Entry system. A candidate between 20-29 years of age can get the maximum points for age. As for the language knowledge, to get a bonus adaptability points, one needs to score at least 8.0 for listening, and 7.0 for other bands of IELTS. The ideal candidate needs to have a master’s degree and three years of skilled work experience. Such a candidate (if he/she is single) scores 469 points and it could have been enough to get an ITA in 19 out of 22 rounds of Express Entry in 2019.