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Posted at 11 October 2017 09:10 (UTC)

October 2017 Intake Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

At approximately 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Category B will be accepting between 250-300 applications. We will be closing the application portal once the number has been reached. We thank you in advance for your interest.



To apply under Category A, you must:

  • have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system;
  • score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors;
  • have a full-time permanent skilled job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will usually need an LMIA from ESDC. There are a few exceptions:;
  • have 1 year of skilled work experience related to the job;
  • have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
  • prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7;
  • show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

To apply under Category B, you must:

American news

Posted at 03 October 2017 23:10 (UTC)




Entry period:

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2019 program electronically at between
noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard
Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Do not wait until the last week of the registration
period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be
accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The
Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more
than one entry will be disqualified.

Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2019 Program

Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at We will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to submit an entry form.
Please use an updated browser when submitting your application; older browsers (Internet Explorer 8,
for example) will likely encounter problems with the online DV system.

We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa
agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If someone helps you, you should be present when your
entry is prepared so you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation
page and your unique confirmation number. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation
page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the
online system that informs you of your entry status. Be wary if someone offers to keep this information
for you. You also should retain access to the email account listed in your E-DV entry.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Diversity Visa program scams. You may also
wish to view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program and step-by-step guide to help
you submit an entry. 

Instruction to submit DV-2019:

Canadian news

Posted at 02 October 2017 00:10 (UTC)

Express Entry September Monthly Round Up

September round-up report!

If you have any feedback on this report please PM me.

If you find this status update useful please click [LIKE] - thank you in advance.

The report is getting longer and more complex, so not sure if you, guys, want me to make it short or continue to give more and more details. 
**Current Processing**: 



PPRs by period from Jan 1st to the end of September:
PPRs in September:



Statuses by the month of submission up to date:
*We notice some "activity" for May/June applicants now, March and April are very slow, Feb and Jan is moving but slooooooowwwwwlllllyyyyy.

Statuses by day of submission for April:
*Remember 40% are PNP applicants, they are currently being processed, 90% of PPRS for jan past two weeks were for PNP applicants. I saw 1 CEC applicants getting PPR. London VO was very active this week.

Statuses by day of submission for May:
*CEC has received a few PPRs in September, some FSW, but overall slow with more activity visible towards end of September. 

Statuses by day of submission for June:

Statuses by day of submission for July:

Statuses by day of submission for August:

Statuses by day of submission for September:


Average wait to PPR by stream for the past few months, "average mean", showing increase in processing on "average":
*Please note the constant increase in the processing time of PNPs. 


Average by stream (last 30 days):



Average by Visa office in the last 30 days:


Applicants by Stream:
*The share of PNP is now increasing, this is contributed mainly by NSNP, OINP and SINP applicants, we have witnessed quite an increase in the number of nominations in the past 2-3 months. 



Average wait for PNP based on the province of application (the sample size is small, but still some results are exciting)



Australian news

Posted at 27 September 2017 12:09 (UTC)

NSW Skilled Occupation Lists 2017-2018

New south wales

Announcement - NSW Skilled nominated (190) program 2017-18

The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List has been updated. In the 2017-18 financial year, we will continue to select and invite top ranking candidates in occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List). We will select and invite candidates on an ongoing basis throughout the financial year. There are no key dates involved in this process.

Skilled nominated migration (190)

The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) contains the priority occupations that NSW will invite candidates under for nomination for a skilled nominated visa (subclass 190).

In determining the occupations on our priority list, NSW uses Commonwealth and State employment data as well as evidence-supported feedback from NSW industry.

The occupations on these lists are selected to meet the skill needs of the NSW economy. Our lists will be amended from time to time according to the skills needs in NSW.  We also limit the number of invitations to certain occupations to ensure that places allocated under the 190 program are in line with the skills needs of NSW.

The highest ranking candidates in occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) will be invited first. For an overview of the 190 application process, download our how to apply factsheet.

Skilled regional nominated migration (489)

Candidates seeking NSW nomination for skilled regional migration (489) should contact the NSW region that they are interested in.

Visit Skilled regional nominated migration (489) for contact details.

More information

American news

Posted at 07 September 2017 02:09 (UTC)

Trading ‘Dreamers’ Amnesty for Merit-Based Immigration Reform

Merit based immigration system in usa

President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he may accept some sort of legal status for “Dreamers” enacted by Congress in return for lawmakers’ strengthening of immigration law, including merit-based reforms.

In a statement issued after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the gradual end of protections for so-called Dreamers, those brought illegally to the U.S. as children, Trump called for Congress to “advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first.”

The president specifically mentioned a merit-based system for legal immigration and reforms to the issuing of green cards allowing immigrants to live and work here permanently.

Currently, Dreamers are allowed to work and are protected from deportation under a program unilaterally ordered in 2012 by President Barack Obama, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

“We will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion– but through the lawful Democratic process–while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve,” Trump said in the statement, capitalizing the D in democratic. “We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling, and forgotten Americans.”

DACA shields from deportation those who were minors when their parents brought them to the country illegally, a population their advocates call Dreamers. Critics slammed the Obama policy as an unconstitutional amnesty for illegal immigrants.

In 2012, while Obama was running for re-election, his Department of Homeland Security adopted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This came after Congress did not pass versions of the DREAM Act, which would have bestowed legal status on illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Trump noted that new applications for work permits under DACA–which allowed for temporary work permits, a Social Security card, and other benefits–won’t be accepted but all existing permits will be honored until they expire. Some permits will not expire for another two years, he said.

Also, the president said deportation priorities remain on security threats, visa overstays, and repeat violators.

“I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity, or are members of a gang,” Trump said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an “orderly wind-down” of DACA, giving Congress time to address a policy that he said wouldn’t likely survive a court challenge in its current form.

But, Sessions added during his remarks Tuesday at the Justice Department:

The compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders in a way that advances the interest of the nation. … As a candidate, and now in office, President Trump has offered specific ideas and legislative solutions that will protect American workers, increase wages and salaries, defend our national security, ensure the public safety, and increase the general well-being of the American people. He has worked closely with many members of Congress, including in the introduction of the RAISE Act, which would produce enormous benefits for our country. This is how our democratic process works.

After the Sessions announcement, the White House issued a press release saying “DACA made it impossible for President Trump to pursue the reforms needed to restore fairness to our immigration system and protect American workers,” and specifying priorities such as a merit-based system to replace chain migration, improving vetting of immigrants, and controlling the southern border. Chain migration allows a continuous “chain” of relatives to enter the country if they are related to current legal residents.

In August, Trump announced his support for legislation to establish a system that would give preference to skilled workers to fill needed jobs while also capping annual legal immigration totals.

That bill, called the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, is sponsored by two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

Meanwhile, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sponsored a bill to codify DACA, granting legal status to the illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. So far, about 800,000 illegal immigrants have benefited from DACA.

“From Sessions’ speech, the administration is seemingly open to some type of combination bill,” David Inserra, a homeland security policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “The RAISE Act seemed to be floated as a condition for keeping DACA.”

Elaine Duke, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, initiated the process for rescinding DACA and its protection for Dreamers, Sessions said in his announcement.

“This will enable the Department of Homeland Security to conduct an orderly change and fulfill the desire of this administration to create a time period for Congress to act should it so choose,” Sessions said. “We firmly believe this is the responsible path.”

Referring to Obama’s unilateral action allowing Dreamers to work without fear of deportation, Sessions added: “Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the Department of Justice cannot defend this overreach.”

Sessions didn’t specify how long the orderly phaseout would be, but some news organizations, citing administration sources, reported it would be six months.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump pledged an immediate end to DACA, but softened on the policy after becoming president. So the announcement Tuesday represents a compromise of sorts, pledging that the executive version of DACA will end while giving Congress a chance to codify the policy.

The decision toes a line that allows the president to keep a campaign promise, while abiding by what much of official Washington called for him to do.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Friday that he opposed ending DACA, and that he hoped Congress could have time to do a legislative fix. In a statement Tuesday, Ryan said Obama’s action wasn’t a permanent solution to the question of children brought to the country illegally:

Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches. But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act. The president’s announcement does not revoke [work] permits immediately, and it is important that those affected have clarity on how this interim period will be carried out. … It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.

Graham, often one of Trump’s harshest Republican critics and co-sponsor of the legislation to protect Dreamers, seemed supportive of the president’s decision.

“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach,” Graham said in a statement Monday. “However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who–for all practical purposes–know no country other than America.

“I look forward to working with President Trump and my colleagues in Congress to find a fair solution to this difficult problem,” Graham said.

The Trump administration’s invitation for Congress to act did not meet with immediate opposition from immigration hawks, including the leader of Numbers USA, an organization advocating deportation action against illegal immigrants and reduced legal immigration.

“President Trump has delivered a wonderful Labor Day present to unemployed American millennials by ordering the end of former President Obama’s unconstitutional issuing of work permits under the DACA amnesty,” Numbers USA President Roy Beck said in a prepared statement. “Now it is time for Congress to focus on strong immigration enforcement measures and reforms to our legal immigration system that put American workers first.”

Key to the timing of the decision was the looming threat of a lawsuit against the federal government by state attorneys general led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The 10 attorneys general gave the Trump administration a Sept. 5 deadline to revoke DACA, at which point it either would withdraw the lawsuit or proceed with the suit. (Tennessee’s attorney general withdrew from the challenge last week, leaving nine.)

“As the Texas-led coalition explained in our June letter, the Obama-era program went far beyond the executive branch’s legitimate authority,” Paxton said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “Had former President Obama’s unilateral order on DACA been left intact, it would have set a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to bypass Congress and change immigration laws.”

Shortly after Democrats lost their Senate majority in the 2014 elections, Obama expanded the principle to include parents of the DACA beneficiaries, with a program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA.

After states sued, courts rejected that action, asserting the executive branch doesn’t have the solitary power to grant legal status to immigrants. The Supreme Court deadlocked on DAPA in 2016, leaving in effect a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding an injunction that blocked the policy.

In June, citing the rulings, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly revoked the 2014 memo authorizing the second amnesty program. Kelly, now Trump’s chief of staff, said at the time that DACA would remain in effect.

“If we were to keep the Obama administration’s executive amnesty policy, the likeliest outcome is that it would be enjoined just as was DAPA,” Sessions said.

Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham noted that the move could serve as a warning about executive actions, saying:

The Trump administration deserves credit for beginning the process of slowly unraveling the unlawful DACA program put in place by the previous administration. It should serve as a reminder for Republicans and Democrats alike that executive action can be reversed by executive action. Moving forward, it is imperative the executive and legislative branches work together to build a national consensus for an immigration policy that makes sense for 320 million Americans, not only a sympathetic group put into an untenable situation because former President Obama illegally bypassed Congress.


Australian news

Posted at 21 August 2017 15:08 (UTC)

9th August 2017 Invitation Results Published

Occupation Code ANZSCO Description Cutoff Score Cutoff Date/Time
2211 Accountants 75 24/06/2017 11:51 am
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 30/05/2017 12:03 am
2334 Electronics Engineer 70 4/8/17 18:16
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 02/08/2017 10:16 pm 
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 70 9/7/17 23:37
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 70 12/4/17 16:14
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 70 04/08/2017 5:17 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 70 4/8/17 13:30

Australian news

Posted at 21 August 2017 15:08 (UTC)

Occupation Ceilings for FY 2017-18 Released

Occupation ceiling for the 2017-18 program year will stay on the same level as for 2016-17.

* Note that Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2017-18
1331Construction Managers5400
1332Engineering Managers1155
1341Child Care Centre Managers1000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1374
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1327
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1000
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1474
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1000
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3296
2333Electrical Engineers1042
2334Electronics Engineers*1000
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2178
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1000
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1487
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1000
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2639
2414Secondary School Teachers7910
2415Special Education Teachers1000
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1113
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1000
2524Occupational Therapists1109
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1000
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3495
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1000
2539Other Medical Practitioners1000
2544Registered Nurses16741
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1574
2613Software and Applications Programmers*6202
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2391
2631Computer Network Professionals*1318
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000
2725Social Workers1562
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1000
3211Automotive Electricians1000
3212Motor Mechanics5980
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4426
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists5330
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1271
3312Carpenters and Joiners6968
3322Painting Trades Workers2780
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1407
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1427
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1000
3423Electronics Trades Workers1878
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights

American news

Posted at 03 August 2017 08:08 (UTC)

How to earn 'points' to come to the US under Trump's immigration plan


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday got behind a bill to drastically cut legal immigration and replace current employment based visas with a point system.

The plan mimics systems used by Australia and Canada, which Trump has often praised, in awarding points to potential immigrants based on broad categories. The 140,000 visas available annually under this system would be distributed to the highest point-getters first.

Under the plan -- if approved by Congress, which will be a heavy lift -- the highest point-getting candidate, for example, not including special circumstances, would be a 26- to 31-year-old with a US-based doctorate or professional degree, who speaks nearly perfect English and who has a salary offer that's three times as high as the median income where they are.
Have an Olympic medal or Nobel Prize? That will help too.
A candidate must have at least 30 points to apply.
Here's how the points would be doled out:


Priority is given to prime working ages. Someone aged 18 through 21 gets six points, ages 22 through 25 gets eight points and ages 26 through 30 get 10 points.
The points then decrease, with someone aged 31 through 35 getting eight points, 36 through 40 getting six points, ages 41 through 45 getting four points and ages 46 through 50 getting two points.
Minors under the age of 18 and those over the age of 50 receive no points, though people over 50 years old are still allowed to apply.


Points are distributed based on the highest degree a person has achieved. One point is given for an applicant with a US high school diploma or the foreign equivalent. A foreign bachelor's degree earns five points, while a US bachelor's degree earns six points.
A foreign master's degree in STEM fields earns seven points while a US master's earns eight points. A foreign professional degree or doctorate earns 10 points and a US equivalent earns 13.

English ability

Points are also given out for English ability, as determined by standardized English test.
Anyone with less than a 60th percentile proficiency gets no points. Between 60th and 80th percentile is worth six points, someone in the 80th to 90th percentile range earns 10 points, someone with a 90th percentile proficiency or above earns 11 points, and someone in the 100th percentile range earns 12 points.

Job offer?

The only point scale that factors in whether an individual actually has a job offer in the US comes in the form of salary in an effort to boost wages.
Five points are awarded if an applicant has a job offer that will pay at least 150% of median household income in the state where he or she will be employed. That goes up to eight points if the income is 200% the median income, and 13 points if it's 300% the median.

Nobel Prize

There are bonus points available for "extraordinary achievement," mainly reserved for major international awards. The system grants 25 points to someone who has won a Nobel prize or something "comparable."


Fifteen points would be given to someone earning an individual Olympic medal or relatively competitive international sporting event.


The bill would eliminate a category of visas that spurred foreign investment in the US, the EB-5 program, which was used by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's family businesses to build major real estate projects.
That concept is represented by awarding six points to an applicant who invests $1.35 million into a "new commercial enterprise" in the US, maintained for three years and with that individual holding management of that business as his or her primary application. The points go up to 12 if the investment is $1.8 million.


The bill also requires applicants, if they want to bring a spouse with them, to calculate the points the spouse would earn under the same rubric.


Canadian news

Posted at 28 July 2017 03:07 (UTC)

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream – A Hold on Intake


Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) has recently seen a surge in applications. The stream has reached its current registration limit and no additional registrations for this stream can be accepted at this time. The program will also place a hold on sending any additional Notifications of Interest for the Human Capital Priorities stream.

Please note, if you have already registered for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, you must submit your complete application through the OINP e Filing Portal within 14 days of registering a profile.

Canadian news

Posted at 12 July 2017 23:07 (UTC)

CRS Cut-Off Threshold Decreases in July 12 Express Entry Draw

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Candidates in the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada with 440 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the July 12 Express Entry draw. A total of 3,202 candidates were invited this time around.

The CRS cut-off threshold has decreased by nine points since the previous draw, which took place on June 28.

Today’s draw is the second to have taken place since changes were made to the CRS last month. Following those changes, and as CICNews explained a couple of weeks ago, it was expected that the CRS threshold would go up temporarily to allow for the fact that some candidates in the pool, specifically those with a sibling in Canada and those with French ability, received a boost in their score last month. In addition, the longer-than-usual gap between draws last month would have also been a contributing factor to the threshold going up before the June 28 draw.

While the threshold has not decreased again to its historic low of 413 or beyond, candidates remaining in the pool may take heart that the threshold has indeed decreased on this occasion — even more so when it is also taken into account that there were slightly fewer Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued this time around than previously.


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Trading ‘Dreamers’ Amnesty for Merit-Based Immigration Reform
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9th August 2017 Invitation Results Published
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Occupation Ceilings for FY 2017-18 Released
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How to earn 'points' to come to the US under Trump's immigration plan
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CRS Cut-Off Threshold Decreases in July 12 Express Entry Draw
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2017 - 2018 SOL List of eligible skilled occupations
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Canadian e-APR Weekly round up report June 11th 2017
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Canadian e-APR Weekly round up report May 28th 2017
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