VETASSESS Changes For Ph.D. Students

VETASSESS is Australia’s leading Vocational Education and Training (VET) skills assessment authority for migration as well as national skills recognition. As per the latest announcement, VETASSESS has made little changes in their skills assessment criteria, which may affect the students who are doing Ph.D. in Australia and abroad. W.e.f. from 15th December 2018, VETASSESS is not going to receive a full scholarship or stipend as work experience in order to receive one-year work experience for a skills assessment or for work experience points. This was a radical change and surely going to affect numerous Ph.D. students along with the ones who wish to start or continue their careers such as University Lecturers and Scientists. The applications who submitted before this date will continue to evaluate under the same criteria which were placed at the time of lodgment.

The Ph.D. applicants holding full scholarships will have to get paid work experience in their respective field after completing their Ph.D. In case, you failed to lodge your case prior to 15th December, you have to earn work experience in your respective field in Australia itself or overseas.

If you want to gain work experience in Australia after finishing your studies, you have a plethora of ways. For most of the Ph.D. students who are studying in the country can gain work experience via applying under Subclass 485 visa. Ph.D. graduates might be eligible to apply for a Subclass 485 visa for the time period between 18 months and four years depending at what time you first studied in Australia.

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Ontario Invites Express Entry French-Speaking Candidates

The Ontario province has so far issued 1,065 invitations via its French-Speaking Worker Stream

Ontario has issued 44 more invitations through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream to candidates of the Express Entry.

The Ontario PNP has been issuing invitation using this stream in almost every week of the year. And, the latest draw takes the total invitation numbers to 1,065 this year. This most recent one was conducted right seven days after the previous one on 6th September 2018, in which 15 invitations were issues.

The stream is for the French-speaking Express Entry candidate with the strong proficiency in the English language (at least CLB 6) desiring to work and live in the province permanently.

Candidates must have the required eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and satisfy the specified criteria of Ontario.

According to the OINP, the candidates issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in the latest draw submitted their Express Entry Profiles between the 1st January and 13, September 2018. It must be remembered that getting an NOI shouldn’t be taken for being qualified for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Any candidate who was issued an NOI is told to check the Stream’s requirements to make sure that they satisfy the provincial and federal criteria.

Those who have interest in the Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream need to confirm this whether they are eligible for the Express Entry pool or not.

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Ontario Issues Latest Express Entry Invitations With Cut-Off Points As Low As 350

The draw conducted on 9th of August was the first via Ontario’s Human Capital Stream since March

The latest draw through the Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream organized on 9, August 2018 gave 947 invitations to those who applied under the Express Entry with CRS Points as low as 350.

According to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the CRS score range for this draw was between 350 and 439, and the candidates issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) submitted their Express Entry profile between 1st of January and 9th of August 2018. The Express Entry candidates chosen in the draw must have a job offer in the Ontario province.

By virtue of the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the OINP can look for the promising candidates in the Express Entry pool who can fulfill the stream requirements. Generally, these requirements are that an Express Entry candidate has to get 400 CRS points or more. While the targeted draws like this and the one conducted on 26, March 2018, both of them have waived the requirement for getting 400 points or above in favour of the proficiency in the French language or a job offer.

A job offer is not usually required for a candidate under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. The eight draws conducted through this stream in 2018, and the six ones out of them didn’t have the requirement for a job offer.

Ontario didn’t mention that the offer was in a specific field or occupation. The province has given targeted NOIs to those candidates having work experience in Select Information Communication Technology Occupations.

The candidates of the Express Entry receiving a provincial nomination for the Canada Permanent Residency from Ontario are given 600 more points, which will add more to their CRS score. It is almost a guarantee to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in any future draw from the Express Entry pool.

The prospective immigrant issued an NOI in the latest draw (held on 9 August) has 45 calendar days to apply for a provincial nomination certificate from the Ontario Province.

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Gives Invitations Too

There is another Ontario’s Express Entry-linked Stream called the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW) that also issued invitations.

14 invitations were given to Express Entry candidates via the FSSW stream. French-Speaking Express Entry candidates were chosen who were eligible either for the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experience Class having proficiency in the English language with CLB 6 or more. The candidates must fulfill some other unique provincial criteria.

The FSSW stream doesn’t need a minimum CRS Points like the Human Capital Priorities Stream. The candidates got an invitation through the FSSW Stream on the 9th of August who submitted their Express Entry profiles from 1st of January to 9th of August 2018. Ontario has conducted 9 FSSW invitation rounds and issued NOIs to 277 Express Entry candidates.

279 NOIs have also been issued by Ontario to Express Entry candidates by means of its Skilled Trades Stream in two draws conducted in this summer season. This stream is for a skilled worker having a valid Express Entry profile and is eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and has sufficient work experience in an eligible skilled trade, among other criteria.

The Ontario province has now given 3,534 NOIs by means of the Human Capital Priorities Stream this year and 931 NOIs via the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Apart from these two, Ontario has issued 1,006 NOIs via the Skilled Trades Stream.

If you want to get an NOI through any of the programs mentioned above, you first need to know whether you have the required eligibility to put your profile in the Federal Express Entry pool. The Express Entry system deals with the candidates’ profiles in the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Worker Class.

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Improvement In The Canada Immigration Processing System

A new system is introduced and will be implemented for the processing of some Canada permanent residency applications which have either been received on the 31st of July 2018 or after that.

From now, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) will offer some Canada Permanent Residency (PR) applications new processing times which are faster and modern and not based on historical data.

The IRCC declared in a press release which was published on the 9th of August, 2018 that the new projected processing times system will be used for the types of applications for the Canadian Permanent Residence given below:

  1. Provincial Nominee (Non-Express Entry)
  2. Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents
  3. Quebec Skilled Worker
  4. Humanitarian and Compassionate Cases
  5. Start-Up Visa

Those candidates who applied to the programs mentioned above can see how much time their applications are supposed to consume via the projected processing time (under normal conditions) specific to the day they apply. The IRCC has firmly decided to update processing times monthly. According to Canada’s immigration minister, this update is very important to make us sure that our immigration processing times are as precise as possible and to assist clients in preparing for moving to Canada if their applications are accepted.

The following list shows processing times for the future candidates who have not applied so far:

Type of ApplicationProcessing Time
Provincial Nominee (Non-Express Entry)15 to 19 Months
Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents20 to 24 Months
Quebec Skilled Worker15 to 17 Months
Humanitarian and Compassionate Cases22 to 36 Months
Start-Up Visa12 to 16 Months

The processing times listed above were checked on 10, August 2018.

Difference Between Projected Processing Time And Historical Processing Time

Before the change, the IRCC’s forecasting of the all the applications for the Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) was according to the historical data.  It means that the processing time of an application was decided as per the fact that how much time the IRCC took to process 80% of the applications in the past year. On the contrary, the new projected processing time will be dependent on the existing number of applications pending for processing and how fast the IRCC thinks to process 80% of the pending applications. Mostly, the processing time of an application begins from the very day when the IRCC gets an application and the end is when a decision made about the application. When an applicant submits an application by mail, the processing of the application begins when this application reaches the IRCC mailroom. And, if applied online or in-person at a recognized service point, the processing starts when the application is submitted to the immigration authority.

Faster Processing Times and Dealing With Pending Applications

The target of the IRCC is to provide much better service to all its Permanent Residence clients by virtue of this new processing time method and to pay the proper attention to the applications for Temporary Residency Visa of the prospective immigrants willing to visit, study, or work in Canada.

The goal of the IRCC is to keep searching for the new better methods to process applications, maintain better customer service and complete the allocated admission targets according to the Multi-year immigration levels plan.

Generally, the following factors are considered when an application is processing:

  1. The kind of application received
  2. The application is complete or not
  3. How fast the IRCC is supposed to process the application in the system
  4. How fast and easily the information of the applicant can be verified
  5. How much time the candidate consumes to reply to any concern or request
  6. Some other necessary factors

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Australia has Disclosed Occupation Ceiling for the year 2018-19

Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has announced the ceiling of the occupation for the year 2108-19. The annual limit for all the occupations across Australia’s states and territories has been stated. The prospective migrants were expecting some changes in quota for the occupations that are high in demand in Australia, but no changes have been made to the list.

The Skilled Occupation List of Australia is meant for the skilled migration program to invite skilled overseas workers for the occupations that are high in demand and facing shortage of workers in the labor market.

With respect to this announcement now the candidates will be able to see the number of applications available for the particular occupation as well as the one who wish to settle in Australia as a Permanent Residency  can investigate the ceiling limit of various occupations mentioned in the list.

Check out the changes made by the Australian Government:

The overall cap limit for the year 2018-19 is same as the previous year i.e. 190,000. No changes have been made by the Department of Home Affairs this year.

Special Eligibility

This stream is for the candidates who have special circumstances therefore unable to fit in other streams. It may include the permanent residents who were living outside Australia for the short period of time and now returning back to the country. This stream includes the least allocations i.e. 565 allocations among all the steams in the year 2018-19.



This stream is for the candidates who live outside Australia and want to reunite with their partner/family living in Australia.  This category is initially meant for the Partner visa and involves reconvening of family.  It is a pathway to attain citizenship in Australia.  Around 57,400 places have been allocated to this stream. However there are about 3485 allocations got the children category.



The highest number of places i.e. 128,550 has been assigned to this stream for the year 2018-19. The Skill Stream is designed to attract the immigrants to escalate the economy of Australia as well as to fill the gap faced by the labor market as well as Industry.

“Check out the Australia’s occupation ceiling with its value for the year 2018-19.”

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2018-19Invitations to 11/07/2018
1213Livestock Farmers41960
1331Construction Managers54003
1332Engineering Managers11552
1341Child Care Centre Managers10000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers13740
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*132713
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians10004
2245Land Economists and Valuers10003
2247Management consultant328519
2321Architects and Landscape Architects147422
2322Cartographers and Surveyors10004
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers100042
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3296105
2333Electrical Engineers104248
2334Electronics Engineers*10003
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*217817
2339Other Engineering Professionals*10007
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists100015
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists14879
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals10003
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers263926
2414Secondary School Teachers791034
2415Special Education Teachers10000
2512Medical Imaging Professionals11131
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists10000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals10000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths10004
2524Occupational Therapists11095
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists100010
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers349534
2533Internal Medicine Specialists10002
2539Other Medical Practitioners100068
2544Registered Nurses16741105
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*157414
2613Software and Applications Programmers*620269
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists239172
2631Computer Network Professionals*131821
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals100088
2725Social Workers156218
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10001
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists10002
3211Automotive Electricians10000
3212Motor Mechanics59805
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers10000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers44262
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists53301
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers10000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons12710
3312Carpenters and Joiners69683
3322Painting Trades Workers27801
3334Wall and Floor Tilers14070
3421Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics14270
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers10000
3423Electronics Trades Workers18782
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights10000

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The New Express Entry Draw Has Come To The Minimum CRS Score Of 2018

“In the latest draw conducted on the 8th of August 2018, the IRCC issues 3,750 ITAs (Invitation to Apply) to eligible candidates with the least CRS score of 440.”

A new Canada Express Entry draw which was conducted on 8 August, 2018 has shocked all Canada immigration aspirants with the same number of ITA’s (3,750) for the Canadian permanent residence PR to those candidates who have scored at least CRS 440 points.

This Minimum CRS score in this draw shows this for the second time in this year that the IRCC has lowered the least required CRS score to 440. This is the least score by now in 2018. It is the finest news all prospective Canada immigrants who submitted their Express Entry profile and have either scored 440 or above got an ITA as per this draw.

The draw has followed the same pattern of the issuance of 3,750 ITAs which started on the 13th of June this year. This pattern which was set this year has witnessed an increase in the ITAs by 250 to 500. The 2018 year started with two draws having 2,750 ITAs each in the month of January, after that followed by the four draws with 3,000 ITAs each in February and March. Further, the number increased to 3,500 in terms of ITAs in the month of April and May.

So far by 2018, the IRCC has invited 50,950 candidates to apply for the Canadian permanent residency visa to them. The ITA number shows that it is only 335 ITAs less than the total number of ITAs issued in 2017 which is 51,285 at this stage of time. A large number of 86,023 ITAs were given in the last year. This Express Entry record that was more than the double number of ITAs issued in both of the year 2016 and 2015 combined.

If you are one of the millions of Canada immigration aspirants, get in touch with a renowned immigration specialist like Make Visas for additional support. Our immigration experts have thorough knowledge and experience that will help not only help you complete and present your application properly and impressively, but also provide you tips on improving your CRS points which will allow you to achieve the Canadian PR visa very easily. Apart from this, they will also keep you updated with the latest news and tell you which program you are perfect for.

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First invitation issued under Nova Scotia new Express Entry Linked Stream

Nova Scotia issued first 314 invitations to the eligible candidates under the express entry pool with work experience of early childhood educators and assistance.  Candidates must possess atleast two years of experience under the job listed in National Occupation Classification (NOC) 4214. Candidates will be allocated additional 600 points if they are approved of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program. This allows the candidates to gain Canadian Permanent Residency.

According to the Nova Scotia office of immigration, candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is not the selection factor. Candidates ought to submit a complete application within 30 days of receiving the Letter of Interest. As per the Nova Scotia office of immigration, the occupations will vary from draw to draw as per the provinces requirement and the current stream is described as flexible.

Candidates can calculate the points under the Canada Express Entry point’s calculator. The maximum points that can be earned in Express Entry are 1200. Points are calculated according to the different factors that are taken into consideration.

Following are those factors:-

Nova Scotia on 2nd August 2018 created the Labour Market Priorities Stream in order to invite the Express Entry candidates to apply and meet the ‘market identified labour shortages’. In order to be considered for the Nova Scotia Labour Priorities Stream, candidates firstly need to submit their profile to the Express Entry System.

Following is the latest in demand occupation list of Nova Scotia. Candidates may refer to it in order to judge their eligibility:-

Occupation titleNOCSkill level
Financial Auditors and Accountants1111A
Other financial officers1114A
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations1123A
Administrative assistants1241B
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers1311B
Civil Engineers2131A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses3012A
Licensed practical nurses3233B
College and other vocational instructors4021A
Paralegal and related occupations4211B
Social and community service workers4212B

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Quebec’s New EOI System

Quebec will now accept applications under the new express entry style visa from 2nd August 2018, as mentioned in announcement of Quebec Immigration on 4th July 2018. This means that the process has already began. Initially on 3rd July 2018, David Heurtel the provincial nominee minister made public the policies of same on twitter.

This new system will replace the current first come first serve system of application processing of Expression of Interest System of Quebec. This is done in order to reduce the application processing time to less than 12 months. Candidates who are interested in Quebec Skilled Worker Program have to initially submit an online Expression of Interest profile to Quebec Immigration Ministry.


To be eligible for the new Quebec EOI system, the candidates have to fulfill few conditions and gain points under the Quebec Immigration Points Calculator for the following factors.

  • Age
  • Education
  • Presence of Accompanying Children
  • Area of Training
  • Work Experience
  • Financial Self Sufficiency
  • Accompanying children
  • Validated job offer
  • Family and stay in Quebec

Quebec New EOI System Changes

There are some changes done under the new Quebec Declaration of Interest System by the Quebec immigration ministry. The application process is made faster through this system.

Following are those Changes that are Being Announced Recently:-

  • Declaration of Interest must be submitted by candidates.
  • Invitation to be in possession by the candidates and submission of completed application form to Quebec Immigration system for CSQ.
  • Candidates with highest points are invited to apply for Quebec Selection System (CSQ).
  • Once CSQ certificate is issued to the candidate, federal application should be submitted by them.

Changes in Quebec Immigration Investor Program (QIIP)

Quebec Immigration Investor Program has also undergone some changes  under the new Quebec EOI system.

Following are the Changes in the Same:-

  • The new minimum net worth is CAD 2 million as compared to previous CAD 1.6 million.
  • New Minimum investment is CAD 1.2 million as compared to previous CAD 8,00,000.

QIIP Eligibility

There are some eligibility conditions a candidate needs to fulfill in under the Investor Program of Quebec in order to proceed further.

Following are those Eligibility Conditions:-

  • Candidates must intend to settle in the Quebec.
  • There should be an investment of atleast CAD 1.2 million from the candidate side into a passive government guaranteed investment for a period of 5 years bearing no interest.
  • Candidate’s work experience should be atleast of 2 years within 5 years of filing the visa.
  • Legal net worth of the candidate should be atleast CAD 2 million.

Quebec Experience Class Changes

The Quebec Experience Class or PEQ had also undergone with some recent changes. This stream is unbolted for candidates who have not long ago passed out their diploma from the recognized Quebec school or possess a 12 month experience in past 24 months in a full time job in province of Quebec. The experience should fall in the categories of National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill type 0, skilled level A, Skill level B, skill level C and D are eligible to apply for CSQ via Quebec Experience Program.

The spouses and common law partner, of candidates who are eligible, can present themselves as the principal candidate during visa filing.

New South Wales Announces Its Occupation List for the Year 2018-19

New South Wales has updated its Occupation List for State Sponsored Visa Subclass 190, along with the addition of five points to an overall points score of an applicant for a Permanent Visa. This year also the State Government will invite high score candidates in the occupations mentioned in the New South Wales Occupation List.  The selection and invitation criteria will be based on an online basis throughout the financial year.

  • Like the other Australian States, the NSW collaboration with Department of Home Affairs has its own skilled migration program under which the Government of NSW buttress the visa applications as per the requirement by the State and to meet the labor gap.
  • The NSW Government has started its immigration program with the new skilled list for the State Sponsored Visa Subclass 190. Under the State Sponsored Visa, the government chooses those candidates who have a nomination from the particular state and whose occupation is highly in demand in the list. The selected candidates have to perpetrate to live and work in NSW for their initial two years on this visa.
  • In the new occupation list, there is an inclusion of Management consultant but occupations like cook, hotel, motel managers, and special need teachers have been evacuated from the list. The best news is that the Enrolled Nurse Occupation still persists on the list which is the most popular occupation among South Asians.
  • The 190 Visa is known as a points-based visa. The applicants who receive a nomination from states get five additional points in their overall points score. The addition of five points really helps applicants in getting the Permanent Visa because it helps them in getting the required points on the points system. Generally, the candidates are unable to apply for Skilled Independent Visa but with the addition of five points in the state, the applicants can splint their case.
  • Under the 190 visa program, the candidates with the highest score are invited and they have to meet the eligibility requirements of both the state and Federal government.

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SINP Discloses EOI Draw Schedule

The new Expression of Interest (EOI) system of Saskatchewan took off from 16th July 2018. The draws for the SINP Expression of Interest (EOI) would be held on 19th September 2018 and 21st November 2018 as per the announcement by Saskatchewan government.

Candidates planning to immigrate to Saskatchewan under the Express Entry and its sub categories ought to register online on SINP online registration system with the completed EOI profile. Then after this the eligible candidates are invited, through Express Entry pool, to apply for SINP.

If the candidate who gets the invitation and receives the Provincial Nomination certificate for Saskatchewan, they can gain upto 600 points in the points system under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This guarantees the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the Canadian Permanent Residence (PR).

A point to be noted at this stage is that if the candidate applies through the Occupation in demand sub category, their applications not be processed under the Federal Express Entry System, it would be processes outside of the category mentioned.

New Express of Interest (EOI) System Process

There is a specific procedure that is defined in the in the new Saskatchewan Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates need to follow the same in order to be considered under new system.

  • Submission of EOI profile: – Candidates needs to fill in all the profile details in order to complete the EOI registration.
  • Allocation of points to candidates according to the Saskatchewan unique assessment grid. Points are allocated out of 100.
  • Candidates are issued Invitation to Apply

There are some factors that are considered while ranking the candidates under the EOI pool. Candidates have to fit in these requirements in order to get the invitation.

  1. Candidates with highest point score are identified.
  2. If the candidates have equal scores, then the candidate who has the connection with the Saskatchewan province will be given first preference.
  3. Then after considering both the above points the candidates who possess highest work experience and language score are considered above the other candidates.

The upgradation over the previous first come first serve model is that now the candidates who are issued  Invitation To Apply (ITA) is provided with 60 days or 2 months of time to submit their SINP online application.