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January 2019 Newsletter
Dear Clients, Subscribers and Friends!
Compliments of the New Year! We hope 2019 will be all that you wish for and more. The year is looking good already on our end and January was an amazing month.
Just in case you haven’t heard, Canada plans to admit more than 1,000,000 immigrants between 2019-2021. This plan has shaped many laws that have been implemented and updated in Canada. Would you be among the one million selected in the coming years? Well that depends on the how you utilize the immigration information you receive.
The very first gift we received this year was the news of small business tax rate being reduced to 9%. The small business tax rate is paid by small business owners in Canada. This way Small Businesses would have more money to save, invest and create jobs. If you’re a newcomer in Canada thinking about the benefits of starting a business, this is one of them.
The Express Entry draw was off to a great start this year as there were 3 draws in the month and 11,150 candidates were invited to apply. This is the highest number since the inception of the express entry system in January 2015. On January 10 and 23, we received the first and second express entry draws of the year with minimum CRS scores of 449 and 443 respectively. On January 30, we saw an all-time low CRS cut-off score of 438, the lowest minimum score since October 2017.
Canadian Permanent Resident and Citizen planning to sponsor their parents or grandparents this year were given an opportunity to do so as Interest to Sponsor forms for Parents/Grandparents were released on January 28, 2019. Sadly the program reached its maximum number of submissions within minutes of opening. This lead to an uproar on their social media page as over a 100,000 individuals who attempted to submit their application were unable to.
It would be a good idea to have another glance at the proof of funds table before you submit your PR application as it’s been increased by just over 1.5% for 2019. These funds must be readily available and accessible by the primary applicant when He/She applies for permanent residence and when a permanent resident visa is issued.
A new five-year economic immigration pilot has been released by Canadian government. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot builds on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program which was launched in 2017. This program will operate alongside the Provincial Nominee Program to support the economic development of smaller communities and ensure that the benefits of immigration are shared across the country.
First launched in December 2014, the Open Work Permit Pilot program for spouses and common-law partners in Canada has given numerous eligible spouses and common-law partners the opportunity to work in Canada while waiting for a decision to be made on their in-Canada spousal application.The government of Canada recognizes that when families can live and work together, their integration outcomes are improved. That is why the program has been extended to July 31, 2020.
Not only has Canada been named the second best country in the world, it has been ranked number one for quality of life – for the third year in a row! The study was conducted by US News in partnership with Y&R’s BAV and Wharton. Some of the metrics used for the study include; Affordability, Stable job market, Economic stability, Family friendliness, Income equality, Political stability, Education systems and Public health systems.
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Did You Know?
Last month, Ghana signed Air Service Agreements with Canada, Jamaica and Guyana to boost the country’s aviation sector. The move is expected to boost passenger numbers to these countries since airlines would soon be able to fly directly from Accra to these countries.
Some Provincial Nominee Programs do not require you to have a job offer, Canadian qualification or work experience and they can invited you to apply with a CRS score as low as 400. Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan are some of these provinces. The province of Nova Scotia recently invited Accountants and Auditors from the Express Entry pool with CRS scores between 400 – 450. Ontario has also issued about 2,500 Notice of Interest to Express Entry candidates through several of their immigration streams. On January 31, Manitoba also invited a total of 456 candidates to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program under the Skilled Workers Overseas (including express entry candidates) and two other streams!
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