Canada Visa News Briefs | Mid-March 2019 by Saskatchewan The province of Saskatchewan issued new invitations to immigrant entrepreneurs in a draw held March 7. A total of 39 candidates were invited with scores ranging from a low of 120 to a high of 140 under the category’s points assessment grid. Saskatchewan’s Entrepreneur Category is for eligible candidates who would like to establish, acquire or partner in an eligible business in the province. Interested immigrant entrepreneurs must first submit an Expression of Interest to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). An EOI is a pre-application that screens interested candidates for eligibility and provides them with a ranking score based on the Entrepreneur Category’s points assessment grid. The highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for an approval letter and those approved can then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a Temporary Work Permit. Those who fulfill the terms of their Business Performance Agreement with the SINP for at least six months can then apply to the SINP for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. British Columbia British Columbia issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates in a draw held March 5. Invitations went to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates in the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) streams. Candidates in the Skills Immigration Stream’s Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category were also issued invitations in this draw. EEBC categories are open to immigration candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination for permanent residence receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Candidates in the Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, and International Graduate categories are required to register with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) after completing a profile with the BC PNP’s online system. SIRS is a points-based system used by the BC PNP to evaluate candidates based on factors such as education, work experience and proficiency in English or French. Newcomers to the province of Prince Edward Island will soon have easier access to citizenship, immigration and settlement services with the reopening of an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office on the island’s capital, Charlottetown. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) services had been available on the island until the office was shut down in 2012. However, with the number of new immigrants close to double what it was two years ago, the government is now taking steps to renew local access to services for newcomers on the island. “[The establishment of a Charlottetown office] will provide newcomers with quick and easy access to services they need to succeed and save them both time and money,” Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, said of the office’s reopening. Prince Edward Island Newcomers currently residing on Prince Edward Island have to travel off the island to obtain important services like citizenship testing and fingerprinting. Atlantic Canada IRCC offices are available in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick; and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The reinstatement of local services on PEI suggests the success of immigration programs such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which was launched as part of the federal government’s Atlantic Growth Strategy in 2017. The government recently extended the deadline of the three-year pilot to December 2021 to maintain the program’s momentum and allow the Atlantic Provinces and IRCC more time to assess its medium and long-term impacts. The federal government says the new office will work to support and build closer relationships with local employers and educational institutions looking to attract foreign nationals with skills needed in the country resulting in economic growth and the creation of middle-class jobs for Canadians. For more information, please refer to the website www.gbico.net or call the Hotline: 0911 49 33 44 for direct advice on issues related to the immigration investment program, in Australia and other regions.