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Canada is renowned for its inclusive and diverse immigration policies. It welcomes individuals from around the globe to contribute to its vibrant society. The Express Entry system is a gateway to permanent residency for prospective immigrants. For those proficient in French, it can be the key to unlocking additional points and securing an invitation to apply. In this blog, we explore the significance of the French language in the Express Entry profile and delve into alternative pathways, particularly the French Speaking Skilled Workers Stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

Express Entry and French for Immigration to Canada

The Express Entry system is a points-based immigration system designed to select skilled workers for Canadian permanent residency. It assigns points based on various factors, such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency.

CLB Level 7 in French

Proficiency in the French language can significantly boost your Express Entry profile. Achieving Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 in French allows applicants to earn additional points, enhancing their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These extra points can be a decisive factor in receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

French Language Tests Accepted by IRCC

To showcase French proficiency, candidates can take language tests recognized by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Two accepted tests are the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF Canada) and the Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada). These tests evaluate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, providing a comprehensive language proficiency assessment.

How proficiency in French can propel your Express Entry journey

Express Entry CRS Points Breakdown

Let’s take a look at the distribution of points for French.

Points for French Proficiency

Candidates with CLB level 7 in French can earn up to 22 additional points in the Express Entry CRS if they apply with a spouse or common-law partner or 24 points if they are single. This substantial boost increases their competitiveness in the pool of applicants, making them more likely to receive an invitation to apply for bilingual candidates during targeted selection rounds.

Combined French-English Proficiency – Points for Bilingualism

Applicants proficient in both English and French enjoy a significant advantage. The ability to communicate in both official languages can earn candidates up to 50 additional points, making them highly sought after in the Express Entry system. CLB 7 is a mandatory level to achieve these bonus points. For CLB 7 in all four French language skills and CLB 4 or lower in English, the bonus points will be only 25. Yet, a combination of CLB 7 in French and CLB 5 or higher in all four English skills will give an additional 50 points, the same as the job offer supported by LMIA.

Express Entry invitations for French-speaking newcomers

With the introduction of category-based Express Entry draws, French language proficiency has become a new factor that has changed the rules for PR applicants in Canada.

In total, after the category-based selections were announced on May 31, 2023, as of February 2024, IRCC conducted seven separate invitation rounds for francophones: six in 2023, resulting in 8,700 invitations, and a large-scale selection on February 1, 2024, when 7,000 foreigners with a strong knowledge of French language were invited. The CRS scores of these candidates ranged between 375 and 486 points. IRCC lowered the CRS scoring criteria for French-speaking candidates in this year’s round, which was only 365 points.

Round Date ITAs Lowest score
256 F-L 7- Jul 2300 439
258 F-L 12- Jul 3800 375
260 F-L 2- Aug 800 435
266 F-L 27-Sep 500 472
270 F-L 25- Oct 300 486
273 F-L 7- Dec 1000 470
282 F-L 1- Feb 7000 365
 Total 15700 365

Read also: Open Work Permit for Israelis in Canada

Plan B: Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Workers Stream:

Ontario also offers a plan B if you still don’t get enough points to be invited directly to Express Entry. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has a dedicated stream for the Francophones. OINP also requires the candidates to meet the minimum criteria of either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class program.

Overview of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

For those who may need more than the required points despite their French proficiency, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an alternative route. Specifically, the French Speaking Skilled Workers Stream (FSSW) caters to individuals with strong French language skills.

FSSW Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this stream, candidates must have a valid Express Entry profile and meet the OINP’s eligibility criteria. This includes having a minimum of CLB level 7 in French and CLB level 6 in English, along with other standard Express Entry requirements.

Advantages of OINP’s French Stream:

Successful candidates nominated through the French-speaking Skilled Workers Stream receive an additional 600 CRS points, virtually guaranteeing an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada. This strategic pathway is an excellent option for candidates committed to making Ontario their home.

Rounds of invitations under the OINP’s French-speaking skilled Workers Stream

In 2023, Ontario held seven separate selections under the French-speaking skilled Worker Stream, resulting in 1,490 French-speaking candidates with CRS scores of 291-400 receiving invitations to apply for provincial nomination. Only as part of one draw, which took place in January 2024, the OINP has invited 984 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 317, confirming the province’s intention to increase francophone immigration.

Once a Provincial Nominee Certificate is granted, the candidates will receive 600 extra points toward their Express Entry scores. With these additional 600 points, getting an invitation to apply for PR at the next Express Entry draw is almost guaranteed.

Date Stream ITAs Lowest Score
16-Mar FSSW 271 291
16-Mar FSSW 344 400
5-Jun FSSW 139 348
5-Jun FSSW 278 312
25-Jul FSSW 95 321
7-Sep FSSW 300 308
21-Sep FSSW 63 348
18-Jan FSSW 984 317
Total 2474 291

Conclusion: French for Immigration to Canada is crucial!

In conclusion, proficiency in the French language can be a game-changer for individuals looking for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Achieving CLB level 7 in French adds valuable points to your CRS score and opens doors to targeted selection rounds for bilingual candidates. Moreover, for those who need an extra boost, Ontario’s French Speaking Skilled Workers Stream provides a reliable Plan B. By strategically combining language proficiency with other factors, candidates can enhance their chances of securing an invitation to apply and embarking on their journey to permanent residency in the diverse and welcoming nation of Canada.

Oleg Schindler, RCIC R706744

President of Schindler Visa Services

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The Government of Canada has shown a proactive approach in the wake of the recent conflicts in Israel. Since the unfortunate terrorist attack by Hamas in October 2023, the Canadian Government has been diligently evacuating Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their relatives from Israel. Canada has also extended a friendly hand towards Israelis, offering them the chance to apply for open work permit in Canada and establish a new life in Canada.

This act of solidarity reflects Canada’s unwavering commitment to providing humanitarian aid and support to those affected by global crises. It presents an opportunity for Israeli citizens to find work, settle down, and make valuable contributions to Canadian society as they reconstruct their lives.

Temporary special measures are in effect

In the midst of these challenging times, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced special temporary immigration measures. Launched in December 2023, these measures are specifically designed to assist relatives of Canadian citizens and permanent residents from Israel presently residing in Canada. Currently, the temporary measures allowing Israelis to apply for a fee-exempt study or open work permit in Canada are in effect.

Who can apply for an Open Work Permit for Israelis?

To qualify for these temporary measures, Israeli nationals must physically be within the geographical boundaries of Canada during the application process and hold valid temporary resident status. These measures have been put in place with a few key groups in mind:

  • Israeli nationals currently residing in Canada who feel unsafe returning to the region at this time.
  • Family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who left Israel on or after October 7, 2023, currently reside in Canada.

Open Work Permit for Israelis in Canada

Under the current public policy, Israeli nationals must note that Canadian ports of entry are not considered ‘in Canada’ to apply for work and study permits. That means you cannot apply for a study or open work permit when you arrive at the airport or at the border crossing with the US. IRCC requires you to apply for those documents online. Additionally, you must remain in Canada until your permit is secured, as the officers need to verify that you have not left the country.

Read also: Common Reasons for Application Refusal in Canada.

Open Work Permits for Israelis

Israeli nationals who meet eligibility and admissibility requirements can apply for an open work permit valid for up to 3 years, which allows candidates to work for any employer in Canada. This will enable Israeli nationals in Canada and foreign national family members who departed the region to sustain themselves until they can safely return to their home country.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, to qualify for an open work permit, applicants must

  • adhere to the law and have no criminal history
  • not pose a threat to Canada’s security
  • maintain good health and complete a medical exam if necessary
  • avoid intending to work for an employer listed as “ineligible”
  • ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover living expenses for yourself and any accompanying family members during your stay in Canada, as well as for return transportation
  • demonstrate to an officer that you intend to depart Canada upon the completion of your authorized stay

The Government of Canada will prioritize processing in-Canada applications for study permits and open work permits for foreign family members of Israeli Canadian citizens or permanent residents who arrived on or after October 7. This will expedite the process for Israeli nationals and their family members from arrival to application in Canada, thereby shortening the waiting time for access to the labour market and self-support opportunities.

With the current global scenario and Israeli citizens’ specific challenges, these temporary measures provide a beacon of hope. They offer a chance for individuals to seek safety, stability, and new opportunities in Canada, reinforcing the country’s reputation as a welcoming and compassionate nation.

How can Schindler Visa Services help?

Schindler Visa Services is committed to making the immigration process as smooth as possible for Israeli nationals seeking to relocate to Canada. We will guide you through the application process for a study or open work permit and ensure you meet all the eligibility and admissibility requirements. We offer comprehensive services, including advising on necessary documentation, reviewing applications for accuracy and completeness, and updating application status. With Schindler Visa Services, you can navigate the Canadian immigration system with ease and confidence, knowing you have a team of experts by your side!

Oleg Schindler, RCIC R706744

President of Schindler Visa Services

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Recently, there has been an increase in Canadian application refusals for various reasons. This includes both permanent residence applications and temporary residence applications such as work permits, study permits, and visitor visas. If you have received a refusal from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), reviewing the reason for the refusal and considering your options is essential. You may also consider working with an experienced immigration consultant to navigate the application process, increase your chances of approval, and reduce the risks of refusal.

Incomplete applications

Providing incomplete or inaccurate information in the application is one of the most common reasons for refusal. It is essential to ensure that all required information is provided and accurate. IRCC provides a detailed list of required documents to ensure they get all the required information about the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to collect these documents and submit them. Failure to do so may result in the application being returned or refused.

Eligibility

Another common reason for application refusal is failing to meet the eligibility criteria. Every type of application, whether a permanent residence application, citizenship application, or any type of work permit, study permit or visitor visa, has its own eligibility criteria. Every federal, provincial or regional immigration program has a clear set of requirements the applicants must meet. Naturally, if your application does not meet even one of the requirements, the application will be refused. Rarely, IRCC may request additional or missing documents. Yet, it is the applicant’s responsibility to verify their eligibility before applying.

Medical reasons

Applicants must undergo a medical examination to ensure they do not pose a risk to public health in Canada. If an applicant is found to have a medical condition that is dangerous or contagious or could cause excessive demand on Canada’s health services, the application may be refused. All applicants and their dependents must undergo a medical exam with an IRCC-recognized physician. However, there are ways to overcome inadmissibility, such as providing a specialist’s report on the condition. This can help avoid further medical exams, delays, or refusal.

Common Reasons for Application Refusal in Canada

Inadmissibility on security grounds

Applicants found to be a security risk to Canada may not be admissible. This includes individuals who have engaged in espionage, terrorism, or other activities that threaten Canada’s security. Canada requires criminal background checks from every country where the applicant has resided for six months or longer since turning 18 to ensure safety and security. If the applicant has no criminal record, it is just paperwork. But, if there is a past criminal offence, it could affect the application. Serious criminality could make a foreign national inadmissible to Canada. Applicants with past convictions should learn about criminal inadmissibility and the difference between deemed and individual rehabilitation. It is recommended that such applicants consult an immigration consultant with experience in criminal inadmissibility.

Read also: Why is the passing score in Express Entry so high, and what do you do with that?

Misrepresentation

To avoid misrepresentation, it is essential to be honest and transparent during the application process. Providing false information or withholding information in the visa application is a serious offence that can result in a ban from reapplying or entering Canada. However, misrepresentation does not always imply deliberate concealment or distortion of information. Misrepresentation can also happen when applicants misunderstand instructions, omit information on a form, or misread a question.

Deadlines

IRCC sets deadlines for submitting forms and documents to speed up the immigration process. Failing to meet these deadlines may lead to application refusal. Therefore, knowing when and how to obtain the necessary documents and complete the required forms is crucial. Being prepared and organized can prevent missed deadlines and increase the chances of a successful immigration application. While extensions are sometimes granted, providing clear reasons and supporting documents for the request is also important.

What can you do if your application is refused?

It is important to note that while these are common reasons for refusal, each application is unique, and other factors may contribute to visa refusal. Seeking the assistance of an immigration consultant can help ensure that the application is complete, accurate, and meets all requirements.

Applying for reconsideration

IRCC has a set of procedures and rules that they consistently follow. However, sometimes, visa offices may make errors or misinterpret the law, causing unjust refusal of an application. In such cases, it is essential to seek the guidance of an immigration expert to build a claim based on precedents and reapply for reconsideration.

Ordering GCMS notes under the ATIP

In order to understand the full reasons for your application refusal, you can obtain the Global Case Management System (GCMS) notes the officer made while assessing your application. In accordance with the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP), it is possible to order those notes. Yet, if you are outside Canada, you must ask someone to order them.

Appeal the Refusal

If your application is refused, a few different options are available to you. You can appeal the refusal to the Federal Court of Canada or the Immigration Adjudication Division within a certain period. Furthermore, you may also request restoration to the Case Processing Centre after being notified of the refusal (applicable to sponsorship and PR applications). To do so, you need to hire a lawyer to file your appeal.

We can help you!

If you are struggling with your application or have been refused, Schindler Visa Services can help. Our team of experienced immigration consultants can provide guidance and support throughout the application process, including helping you prepare your application, addressing any issues that led to a refusal, and exploring alternative options. Book a consultation to learn how we can assist you with your immigration needs.

Oleg Schindler, RCIC R706744

President of Schindler Visa Services

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1. Select the duration of your consultation
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3. Click on the ‘Submit’ button
4. On the next screen, use the calendar.
5. Choose a convenient day
6. Choose a convenient time
7. Click on the ‘Confirm’ button
8. Enter your first name, last name and email address
9. Select the communication method: phone or Zoom
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On December 6, 2023, the immigration department finally held a new invitation round in Express Entry. Yet, the public and professional community was deeply shocked as the cut-off score of this round was incredibly high – 561 points! Many prospective immigrants feel desperate, as obtaining such a high score looks impossible for most of them. That’s why it is important to analyze the situation to understand better why the passing score in Express Entry is so high and what you do with it.

What causes the fluctuation of the passing score?

Since the launch of the Express Entry system and until COVID-19, this was a perfectly balanced mechanism with extremely predictable trends. The pandemic shifted and changed everything, while IRCC’s policy changes added to the mess.

The four main factors that have an impact on the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) are (1) the number of invitations in the round, (2) the number of new registrants in the system, (3) the frequency of invitation rounds conducted by IRCC, and (4) the type of invitation rounds conducted by the government.

Number of Express Entry invitations in the round

In most cases, the number of invitations in a single round is stable. IRCC designates its annual quota for Express Entry and splits it equally during the year. On average, it is always within the range of 3000-7000 invitations to apply every two-week cycle. The more invitations are issued, the lower the score in a single round could be.

Number of new registrants in the Express Entry system

On average, the number of new candidates registering their profiles in Express Entry is similar during the year. There are several periods in a year when we can observe fewer registrations – usually holidays, as well as there are moderate spikes in registrations – usually those are international graduates, who tend to graduate in May-June, and the next summer after that, most of them get one year of Canadian work experience, so they naturally register in the system. In conclusion, the number of new registrants has a smaller impact on the points changes.

The Frequency of Express Entry Draws

Before COVID caused the closure of the Canadian borders, Express Entry draws occurred every second Wednesday. This schedule was respected throughout the year, except for the winter holidays. On average, we had 23-25 draws annually, and it was easy to predict the points. Every time the government holds Express Entry draws more rarely, it causes an increase in points, as more candidates register between the rounds, and more new registrants may have high CRS points. Therefore, a shorter pause between the draws leads to fewer points required for ITA.

Various types of invitation rounds

Before the COVID, almost all invitation rounds in Express Entry were general draws. All profiles competed for the ITAs. Usually only once or twice a year, IRCC held a separate draw for Federal Skilled Trades candidates, as their points are usually way lower, and it is much harder for them to get an ITA in regular rounds.

During the pandemic, the government concentrated only on two programs – the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program, as 95% of those candidates were inside Canada. As such, they didn’t need to cross the border to do the ‘landing’. As a result, the government ignored candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker program even if they had high scores. When IRCC started conducting regular all-program draws, the cut-off score skyrocketed. However, with the more regular draws, the score started to drop gradually, and the professional community already expected the passing score to return to pre-COVID figures of 470+ points.

Unfortunately (but fortunately for some candidates), in June 2023, IRCC introduced the targeted selection rounds in Express Entry, targeting Francophone candidates and five specific industries. When candidates are invited based on additional criteria, it causes fewer other candidates to get the invitation. Consequently, more high-scoring candidates are stuck in the pool, leading to higher cut-off points in the following draws.

Read also: How can you increase your CRS score in the Express Entry system?

Glitches in Express Entry Builder

The last factor worth mentioning in this article as a reason for 561 points is glitches in the Express Entry Builder. IRCC is one of the departments with a very high budget, and it looks bad when the IT department fails. Earlier this year, it became known that after introducing the new TEER NOC system, plenty of candidates were granted points for factors they shouldn’t have. Several hundreds of candidates were invited while they shouldn’t be. According to the Nov 2023 Issue of Richard Kurland’s Lexbase, 99 ITAs were sent in error (the ITA was issued under CEC instead of FSW); CRS points were awarded to NOC 00 job offers (200 points) even if the candidate did not meet all the parameters for arranged employment under R82. The IT department investigated and confirmed an issue with CRS points for job offers in NOC 00 that arose due to the NOC 2021 switchover. IRCC cared the most about whether the story “will lead to some erosion of the public’s trust in our selection processes should repetitive refusals in relation to current selection process errors enter the media.”

More glitches occurred during this November, but at least this time, IRCC communicated with the public more efficiently. Yet, it didn’t look good when, on November 17, 2023, IRCC sent the letter that “some applicants have been experiencing issues using the Express Entry Profile Builder and have been unable to submit their application. Specifically, this issue has been impacting applicants with dependents (spouses and/or children) residing in Canada. This issue has now been resolved. If you have received an invitation to apply, you can now submit your application for permanent residence.”

In reality, the problem was not solved. On the same day, they sent another letter stating that “some applicants have been experiencing issues using the Express Entry Profile Builder and have been unable to submit their application. While this was partially fixed, an issue continues to impact applicants who have dependent children over 18 and are residing in Canada.”

These glitches appear to have been fixed by now, yet they damaged the reputation of IRCC and Express Entry. Moreover, a month of fixing the glitches without the new draws was another reason for 561 points, as the pause between the rounds was six weeks.

Engineers tend to say that if something works well – don’t touch it if you are unsure how it works. This seems to be the case with Express Entry, and, unfortunately, the IT department of IRCC doesn’t do their work well enough.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

I wish IRCC would be more transparent in its operations, announcing its plans and strategy in regard to Express Entry. We know that IRCC plans to concentrate on its target to increase French-speaking and bilingual immigration to Canada to meet the goal of 4.4% of Francophone immigrants outside Quebec.

In addition, we can expect the continuation of the targeted draws, putting some candidates in a better position while ignoring the other groups. This transforms Express Entry from a purely merit-based system into a targeted mechanism for meeting the departmental goal. Overall, it makes the system way less predictable, transparent and trustworthy.

Moreover, we can clearly state that the IRCC’s policy ignores and disadvantages two specific categories of candidates – international students and foreign workers in Canada. Coming to Canada as a student or worker was once a safe way to secure a PR once you got at least one year of work in Canada. Today, to qualify for ITA, one needs to be a ‘super candidate’: to be younger than 30, to have a Master’s degree (ideally in Canada), obtain one year of Canadian Experience with three years of foreign work experience, and finally to be fluent in English (no less than CLB 9). And yet, this may be not enough.

What should you do to get the ITA in Express Entry in 2024?

If you don’t speak French or have a targeted occupation, I recommend maximizing your points in all possible ways! Improve your English! Try to obtain an LMIA from a Canadian employer. Try learning French from scratch. Or think about other ways to immigrate to Canada through the provincial programs.

To sum up, the situation is not promising any good changes for all of us in the coming months, and we have to admit that immigrating to Canada via Express Entry is now way harder than in 2015-2019. At the same time, the system will eventually balance itself. If the government acts predictably, it will allow us to better forecast the scores by analyzing the patterns of invitation rounds. Hope Springs Eternal…

Addendum on how to achieve a high score in Express Entry

What are the maximum points in Express Entry?

Since we now understand the reasons for high points in the recent draws, it is good to understand the breakdown of the points better. The main factors are:

  • Age – The maximum score for age is for those who are 21-29 and is 100 points for candidates with spouses and 110 points for singles. Starting from age 30, the points drop by 5-6 points each year.
  • Education – The education points can be obtained from two parts of the assessment – (1) direct points for the highest level of education + indirect points for education in the transferability factors. For instance, having a master’s degree or bachelor’s degree + one more academic diploma of at least one year gives an opportunity for maximum points in the transferability factors. The difference in points between a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree is only 14-15 points; however, it also impacts transferability factors and an extra 25 points. The maximum direct points for education is 140 points for candidates with spouses and 150 points for singles.
  • Foreign Work Experience – Foreign work experience does not give any points directly. It can only award points in combination with other transferability factors. Yet, to qualify for them, you need three years of foreign work experience in a skilled position in National Occupations Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2 and 3 jobs.
  • Canadian Work Experience – gives direct points for the number of years in any skilled occupations TEER 0-3. One year of Canadian work experience gives 35 points for candidates with spouses and 40 points for singles. The points for two years of Canadian work experience are 46 and 53, respectively. And so on. Moreover, Canadian work experience is also a factor in transferability, which can help get maximum points in combination with education and foreign work experience.
  • English – CLB level 9 is a crucial milestone for language testing as it also gives a chance for maximum transferability points. CLB 9 equals IELTS General 7.0 and 8.0 for Listening or CELPIP 9 for all bands (in 2024, the Pearson test will be added by IRCC). The maximum direct points for the first official language are granted for CLB level 10 (12 points higher than CLB level 9).

Let’s sum up – the maximum points for the main factors are:

  • age – 100 points (110 points for singles)
  • education – 140 points (150 points for singles)
  • language – 128 points (136 points for singles)
  • Canadian work experience – 70 points (136 points for singles)

Transferability factors

Transferability factors for those who have never been in Canada are:

  • Education + Language – 50 points
  • Education + Canadian work experience – 50 points
  • Foreign work experience + Language – 50 points
  • Foreign work experience + Canadian work experience – 50 points
  • Certificate of qualification (trade occupations) + Language – 50 points

The maximum points for transferability factors cannot be more than 100. Therefore, several combinations of factors can help to reach the maximum.

Spouse’s points can add to a high score in Express Entry

Spouses of the main candidates can bring only 40 points. Ten points are granted for Canadian work experience (no points for foreign work experience). The education level of spouses is worth 10 points, and the maximum is awarded for a Master’s degree. Finally, English or French can give up to 20 points (CLB 5-6 brings 1 point per skill, CLB 7-8 gives 3 points per skill, and CLB 9 gives 5 points per skill)

Additional factors to achieve a high score in Express Entry

  • French – the second official language, does not provide very high points directly – the maximum is 24 points for CLB 9. Yet, CLB level 7 gives a bonus of 50 points for bilingualism!
  • Job Offer supported by Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) brings 50 points. This is a special document a Canadian employer can obtain to support a worker’s PR application. If you are offered a job as a high-level manager, and your NOC starts with 00, it can result in 200 bonus points!
  • Siblings who are citizens or PR can bring an extra 15 points.
  • Past Study in Canada – 1-2-year programs in college give an additional 15 points, while programs lasting two years or more and all Master’s Degree programs give an additional 30 points.
  • Provincial Nomination – there are 19 provincial streams linked to Express Entry. Nomination of the province can get 600 points.

Oleg Schindler, RCIC R706744

President of Schindler Visa Services

Book your consultation today!

How to book a consultation
1. Select the duration of your consultation
2. Indicate if you are in Canada
3. Click on the ‘Submit’ button
4. On the next screen, use the calendar.
5. Choose a convenient day
6. Choose a convenient time
7. Click on the ‘Confirm’ button
8. Enter your first name, last name and email address
9. Select the communication method: phone or Zoom
10. Select the language of the consultation
11. Enter your credit card billing information
12. Click on the ‘Schedule Event’ button

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Since the introduction of occupation-specific Express Entry draws, the cut-off score for all-program draws increased above 500 and has remained high. This trend is likely to continue as Canada seeks to attract more highly skilled workers to fill labour market gaps. For candidates with lower scores, exploring possible ways to increase their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in Express Entry may be beneficial. Seeking the advice of a qualified immigration consultant can also help navigate the Express Entry system and maximize their chances of success.

How can you increase your CRS score in the Express Entry system?

The CRS is a point-based system the Canadian Government uses to evaluate and select skilled foreign workers who wish to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system. The CRS score is determined by considering several factors, including age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability. There are several ways to increase your CRS score in the Express Entry system. Here are the most helpful ways to help you increase your scores:

How can you increase your CRS score in the Express Entry system

Improving Language Proficiency in the First Official Language

One way to increase your score is to improve your language proficiency in English and/or French. This can be achieved by taking language tests such as IELTS, CELPIP, TEF or TCF Canada. A better language score can substantially increase your CRS score and enhance your likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The difference between CLB levels 7 and 8 is 6 points per skill; the difference between CLB levels 8 and 9 is 7 points per skill (8 points for singles); the difference between CLB levels 9 and 10 is 3 points per skill.

Learning the Second Official Language

If your first official language is English, we advise learning French to the CLB level 7. CLB 5 or 6 will give only 1 point per skill; CLB 7 or 8 will give 3 points per skill, and CLB 9 will give you 6 points per skill (but only 22 in total for married applicants). Yet, the significance of CLB level 7 is 50 bonus points for bilingualism! If your first official language is French, your task to get 50 bonus points for bilingualism is even easier as it will be enough to score CLB level 5 in English to get them.

Language proficiency of spouses

Are you aware that if your spouse has achieved a CLB level 9 in English or French, it can earn you up to 20 additional points for your profile? For CLB levels 5-6 in every skill your spouse can bring 1 point; for CLB levels 7-8 in every skill your spouse can bring 3 points; and for CLB level 9 in every skill your spouse can bring 5 points.

Higher education degrees

Obtaining higher education degrees or diplomas is another way to increase your CRS score. The Canadian Government values education and gives additional points to candidates who have completed post-secondary education. In addition to more points for a higher degree, if you increase your education from Bachelor to Master or obtain an additional diploma, this may also increase your points for transferability factors!

Studying in Canada

To boost your chances of becoming a permanent resident of Canada, you can also consider applying to a program at a Canadian university or college. You can stay on a Post-Graduate Work Permit for up to three years after graduation and gain additional points toward your Express Entry profile. Programs of study that last fewer than two years can grant you a bonus of 15 points, while a program lasting more than two years or a master’s degree program can earn you 30 additional points.

Work experience

Having more work experience, particularly in skilled jobs, can also enhance your CRS score. The Canadian Government gives more points to candidates with more work experience, especially if it is in a skilled occupation. It is important to note that the work experience must be an occupation under the Training, Education, Experience & Responsibility (TEER) 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Canadian job offer

Obtaining a job offer from a Canadian employer is another way to increase your CRS score. If you have received a job offer from a Canadian employer, backed by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), you can earn an additional 50 points to your profile in the Express Entry system. And if you are a top-level manager, your job offer can earn you up to 200 points.

Obtaining a provincial nomination

Finally, obtaining a provincial nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can also increase your CRS score. Each Canadian province and territory has its own PNP, which selects candidates who meet specific criteria and have the skills and experience needed in that province or territory. A provincial nomination can earn you an additional 600 CRS points.

Contact Schindler Visa Services for more information

These factors are just a few that can potentially increase your CRS score. It may be helpful to consult with a licensed immigration professional to determine the best strategy for your case. Schindler Visa Services can review your qualifications and suggest the best ways to increase your CRS score and improve your chances of being selected for permanent residency in Canada. Do not hesitate to book an appointment to learn more about immigration to Canada.

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Canada has always been a top destination for immigrants looking to start a new life in a welcoming country. With its strong economy, excellent social services, and high living standards, it is no wonder that so many people worldwide choose to make Canada their home. And now Canada has introduced new Express Entry category-based selection rounds: an immigration opportunity for in-demand workers.

What is category-based selection under the Express Entry?

The Express Entry system was introduced in 2015, providing a fast-track route to permanent residency for skilled workers under one of the three federal immigration programs and several provincial programs. Recently, Canada has introduced a new category-based selection within the Express Entry system, which is aimed at making it even easier for in-demand workers to immigrate to Canada. This category-based selection is a significant addition to the current Express Entry draws, which select applicants based on their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The new system prioritizes applicants with work experience in specific occupations, which are currently in high demand in Canada, making them more likely to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Express Entry category-based selection

What are the new selection categories?

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced that it will be placing a greater emphasis on French language proficiency and work experience in specific sectors when considering candidates for permanent residency. This initiative aims to address the ever-changing demands of the Canadian labour market to improve the country’s competitiveness in the global market.

The Government of Canada will prioritize candidates working in the following in-demand sectors:

  • Healthcare (35 occupations): As the Canadian population ages, the demand for healthcare professionals continues to grow. IRCC actively seeks candidates with experience in this field.
  • STEM Professions (24 occupations): Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics sectors are the future of employment and are crucial to innovation and technological advancement.
  • Trades (10 occupations): Skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors are always in high demand in Canada and essential to many businesses success.
  • Transport (10 occupations): The transportation industry is integral to the Canadian economy and is responsible for moving goods and people across the country. IRCC seeks candidates with industry experience.
  • Agriculture and Agri-food (3 occupations): The agriculture industry in Canada is one of the largest in the world. Candidates with experience in agriculture and agri-food are given more attention in future Express Entry draws.

Express Entry category-based selection

How does Canada determine the immigration categories for the Express Entry system?

Canada chooses immigration categories based on various factors, including labour market information, projections, and input from partners such as provinces, territories, and stakeholders throughout the country. Categories are reported to Parliament annually, detailing why and how each category was chosen, instructions for establishing a category, and the number of invitations issued. The Express Entry Year-End Report also contains information on category-based selection. Categories are regularly monitored and assessed for necessary changes or adjustments to ensure an efficient, effective, and responsive immigration system that meets Canada’s needs and goals.

The new category-based selection system under Express Entry is a significant change for skilled workers

With the new category-based Express Entry selection system, candidates working in in-demand occupations will get more chances to be invited to immigrate to Canada since the new system prioritizes those with the skills and experience that are most needed in the Canadian labour market. Therefore, targeted candidates will have a higher chance to apply for permanent residency. As a result of this new system, Canada will be able to attract more skilled workers who can contribute to the country’s economy and society. However, this does not mean that general invitation rounds will not be held. Canada will also continue to run regular rounds of invitation based on the highest points among all candidates, combining regular rounds with category-based rounds.

Immigrate to Canada with Schindler Visa Services

Are you looking to start a new life in Canada? Look no further than Schindler Visa Services! Our licensed immigration consultants are here to guide you through the process every step of the way.

With Schindler Visa Services, you can trust that your immigration application will be handled with care and attention to detail. We understand the immigration process can be overwhelming, so we are committed to providing personalized service and support.

Our services include:

  • Consultation on the best immigration program for you
  • Assistance with completing your application forms
  • Review of your documentation to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Guidance on preparing for your interview with Canadian immigration officials

At Schindler Visa Services, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your dream of immigrating to Canada.

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Ontario is one of the most desirable locations to live in Canada, with a vibrant economy, excellent services and support networks, a growing population of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and world-class higher education institutions. The province is the most populous of Canada and home to the country’s financial capital, Toronto, as well as its political capital, Ottawa. Ontario admits a large number of immigrants each year through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – a unique and attractive immigration program that allows immigrants to settle in the province. In this blog, we will guide you through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and its immigration streams.

Immigration to Canada through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

The OINP is an economic immigration program that nominates individuals for permanent residence in Ontario. The OINP is specifically designed to bring in immigrants that will positively impact the province, including skilled workers, skilled tradespeople, Francophones, international graduates, foreign workers in in-demand occupations, and entrepreneurs.

Ontario Immigration Streams

Ontario has nine immigration streams, which can be divided into three categories: Express Entry Streams, Expression of Interest Streams, and Entrepreneur Stream.

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • D. Graduate Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream

Express Entry Streams

The Express Entry streams are linked to the federal Express Entry selection system, providing applicants with an additional 600 points and the opportunity to apply for permanent residency through one of the federal programs via Express Entry. Nonetheless, you cannot apply for these streams independently; instead, the Ontario government must extend an invitation to you via your Express Entry profile. There are three Express Entry Streams available under the OINP:

  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream: The French-Speaking Skilled Worker program seeks candidates from the Express Entry pool who can speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher and English at CLB level 6 or above. In addition, applicants must have a post-secondary degree and at least one year of work experience in the past five years in an eligible occupation in NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream: This stream selects skilled workers from the federal Express Entry pool who will contribute to Ontario’s workforce for a long time. The Human Capital Stream prioritizes skills, abilities, or experience, which would make it easy for a foreign national to join and contribute to the workforce. This stream also includes targeted OINP Tech Draws aimed at nine IT occupations.
  • Skilled Trades Stream: This stream administers provincial nominations to skilled tradespeople who already reside in Ontario and have worked in a skilled trade in the province for at least one year. Applicants must have worked in an occupation whose NOC codes start with 72 (excluding occupations under transportation officers), 73, 82, 83, 93 (excluding aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors) or 6320 (excluding cooks) obtained in the last two years in the province while maintaining legal status in Canada.

Expression of Interest Streams

Ontario’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system administers the Expression of Interest Streams and assesses applicants based on different factors, assigning them scores accordingly. Applicants can register in the system and wait for an invitation. Individuals with the highest EOI scores are invited a few times a year to apply for nomination.

After obtaining the nomination, candidates can apply for permanent residency through the non-Express Entry portal with the IRCC. The five OINP Expression of Interest (EOI) Streams can be categorized into three employer-driven and two education-driven streams.

The EOI Points System

The EOI system allocates points for the candidates based on four categories: employment, education, language, and regionalization

Employment factors

  • Job offer: NOC TEER
  • Job offer: broad occupational category
  • Job offer: wage
  • Work or study permit status
  • Job tenure with job offer employer
  • Canadian work experience: earnings history

Education factors

  • Highest level of education
  • Field of study
  • Canadian education experience

Language

  • Official language ability
  • Knowledge of official languages

Regionalization

  • Regional immigration: location of job offer
  • Regional immigration: location of study (where you physically attended classes)

Contact us to know what factors are relevant in your stream and how many points you need to get invited!

Employer-Driven Expression of Interest Streams

To qualify for the Employer Job Offer Streams, Ontario employers must be in active business for at least three years in Ontario; prove that the company attempted to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident before offering the position to the applicant; have a minimum of $1,000,000 total gross annual revenue in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or $500,000 total gross annual revenue at a location outside the GTA in the last fiscal year; possess at least five full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the GTA or at least three full-time employees if the company locates outside the GTA; and make an application for approval of an employment position.

  • Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream: This stream enables immigrants with a current job offer from an Ontario employer to apply for a nomination. The job offer must be for a full-time and permanent position in NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3, offering a wage equal to or greater than the median wage level for that occupation in the province. The offered position must be based in Ontario.
  • Employer Job Offer International Student Stream: This stream enables international students who have graduated from a designated learning institution in Canada within the last two years and have obtained a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. To be eligible, applicants must complete a degree or diploma that takes at least two years on a full-time basis or one year if the degree requires a completed degree as an admission requirement. The job offer must be for a full-time and permanent position in NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3, offering a wage equal to or greater than the median wage level for that occupation in the province. The offered position must be based in Ontario.
  • Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream: This stream enables immigrants with a current job offer from an Ontario employer in specific in-demand occupations in a specific sector such as agriculture, construction, trucking or personal support workers. Applicants must have language proficiency at CLB level 4 and possess a secondary school diploma. The job offer may be only in the specific occupations in NOC TEER category 4 or 5. The list of eligible occupations is updated from time to time. The offered position must be based in Ontario.

Education-Driven Expression of Interest Streams

To qualify for those streams, international students must have graduated from a designated Ontario University. At the moment, there are 30 eligible universities offering Master’s Degrees and 25 eligible universities offering Ph.D. Degrees.

  • Masters Graduate Stream: This stream is designed for those who have recently obtained their master’s degree from an eligible Ontario university and wish to live and work in the province. Candidates must have a CLB level 7 or higher, and a master’s degree that was at least one academic year of full-time study within the last two years. They also have to legally reside in Ontario for at least 12 of the 24 months before applying.
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream: This stream is for recent graduates with a Ph.D. from an eligible Ontario university. Qualified candidates must have completed their Ph.D. degree within the last two years. The stream requires applicants to complete at least two years of studies while legally living and studying in Ontario. Applicants must also demonstrate legal residency in Ontario for at least 12 of the 24 months before applying.
Eligible universities offering Masters Degree
  1. Algoma University
  2. Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  3. Brock University
  4. Carleton University
  5. Dominican University College
  6. Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  7. King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
  8. Lakehead University
  9. Laurentian University
  10. McMaster University
  11. Nipissing University
  12. Ontario College of Art & Design University
  13. Queen’s University
  14. Royal Military College of Canada
  15. Ryerson University
  16. Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  17. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  18. Trent University
  19. University of Guelph
  20. University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  21. University of Ottawa
  22. University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  23. University of Toronto
  24. University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  25. University of Waterloo
  26. University of Windsor
  27. Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  28. Western University
  29. Wilfrid Laurier University
  30. York University
Eligible universities offering Ph.D. Degree
  1. Brock University
  2. Carleton University
  3. Dominican University College
  4. Lakehead University
  5. Laurentian University
  6. McMaster University
  7. Nipissing University
  8. Queen’s University
  9. Royal Military College of Canada
  10. Ryerson University
  11. Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  12. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  13. Trent University
  14. University of Guelph
  15. University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  16. University of Ottawa
  17. University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  18. University of Toronto
  19. University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  20. University of Waterloo
  21. University of Windsor
  22. Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  23. Western University
  24. Wilfrid Laurier University
  25. York University

Entrepreneur Stream

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream is intended for entrepreneurs who want to start or purchase a business in Ontario. The business must create jobs, increase investment capital, and contribute to the economy. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate sufficient experience in managing or owning a business and the skills, knowledge and financial resources needed to establish a business in their field.

The Government of Ontario requires applicants to have at least two years of full-time experience as a business owner or senior manager within the past five years. Meanwhile, those wishing to reside in the GTA must possess a net worth of at least C$800,000 with an accompanying minimum investment of C$600,000 or C$400,000 for net worth with a minimum investment of C$200,000 outside the GTA.

In addition, entrepreneurs must hold a minimum of one-third equity in the venture and actively engage in its management. Furthermore, they are obligated to create two perpetual full-time positions for Canadian nationals or permanent citizens in GTA or at least one position if outside GTA.

How can Schindler Visa Services help with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program?

Navigating the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program can be a complex and daunting process, which is where Schindler Visa Services comes in. We have extensive experience helping clients successfully navigate the OINP and other Canadian immigration programs. Our team of experts will guide you through every step of the process, from determining your eligibility to submitting your application. We will work tirelessly to ensure your application is complete, accurate, and meets all the program requirements. Schindler Visa Services can help you navigate this complex program and guide you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your Canadian immigration goals.

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For many decades, Canada has been the most attractive country for immigration in the world. Not surprisingly, Canada is a great place for people interested in high-paying jobs, quality education, transparent business rules, personal security and a high standard of living. That is why, due to the high demand for immigration, an important profession has arisen in Canada – a licensed immigration consultant. In this blog, we will explain why it is important to check the license of an immigration consultant and what are the risks of working with an unlicensed consultant, as well as who such “ghost consultants” are.

What licensed immigration consultant does?

The task of an immigration consultant is to help you choose the best strategy for moving, correctly complete all applications and collect all documents, and thus reduce the risk of refusal from the Department of Immigration. Regardless of where you come from or what your profession is, hiring a licensed immigration consultant in Canada is highly recommended. Without expert help, it can be difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing information from the Canadian immigration authorities on various immigration programs.

Who are ghost consultants?

In recent years, there has been a surge in the activity of “ghost consultants” in Canada and other countries, and this is obviously an incredibly big problem for the Canadian immigration system. These illegal Canadian immigration and visa consultants engage in this activity without the authority to do so, and often without the correct legal knowledge, which puts potential immigrants at risk of refusal or even criminal liability.

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Ghost consultants are mainly active on social media, especially TikTok, Instagram or Facebook, and also combine these activities with their work as travel agents or employment agencies abroad. The media is rife with stories of vulnerable immigrants paying thousands of dollars to unauthorized consultants. Victims of such ghost consultants risk being refused at best due to misrepresentation or false information, and at worst losing money to scammers. In some cases, victims find that the job or college program they were promised doesn’t even exist, and the application for permanent residence has never been submitted.

Ghost consultants offer immigration services to clients without the necessary education, training, or license. They falsely pose as immigration specialists. They are not allowed to submit or apply for client immigration status.

These pseudo-consultants advise their victims to lie or forge documents to enter Canada, or the consultant does it for them without their knowledge, using a fake email. Legal responsibility for any false statements made by a ghost consultant falls on the client. These vulnerable immigrants often then turn to a licensed immigration consultant or attorney to revert the damage caused by these unauthorized immigration representatives. However, sometimes it is too late. Even the most qualified attorney cannot recover damages and preserve a person’s immigration status if the applicant has been caught in misrepresentation – whether intentional or not. And even the help of licensed consultants may not save them from visa refusal, application ban, fines, and even possible cancellation of status and even deportation from Canada. It is probably impossible to calculate how many vulnerable people have been affected by the fraudulent activities of ghost consultants.

Who is eligible to provide paid immigration services in Canada?

Under Canadian law, only Authorized Paid Representatives may charge fees for the provision of immigration advice and services. These include Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) and immigration lawyers.

Immigration consultants are required to be licensed by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC), Canada’s regulatory body for immigration consultants. Immigration lawyers are only eligible to provide immigration services if they are members of a provincial law society.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) are specially trained and accredited, qualified, and familiar with Canadian immigration laws and policies. Immigration consultants help people immigrate from their country to Canada for study, work, travel or business purposes. They provide immigration legal services strictly in accordance with the law.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has created a special Authorized Paid Representative (APR) Portal where immigration consultants and lawyers can apply for permanent residence, work or study permits, and visitor visas on behalf of their clients.

Ghost Consultants cannot create an account on the APR Portal and therefore create applications on behalf of clients. Thus, already at the very beginning, they lie to the government of Canada that it is the applicant himself who submits his application. Most sadly, if deceived applicants later complain to the Department of Immigration that false information or an error in the application was made by their “immigration consultant”, they are in fact confessing to misleading the government and risk being refused and banned from entering Canada for 5 years.

Why do you need a licensed immigration consultant?

An immigration consultant provides professional advice and represents the client in all aspects of Canadian immigration, from individuals immigrating to Canada as employees, travellers, students or entrepreneurs, to corporations employing temporary foreign workers for their organizations in Canada.

A licensed immigration consultant will be able to evaluate the client’s personal background and advise on the best path. An expert will help prepare and submit applications with the relevant supporting documents. And most importantly, the immigration consultant establishes constant communication with government authorities throughout the entire visa application process and has the right to represent the interests of the client.

Thus, by hiring a consultant to check your eligibility and assist you throughout the process, you reduce the risk of refusal. It is no secret that many foreigners are refused visas to Canada, while others incur additional costs and face delays because they do not understand and/or do not comply with strict immigration rules. In order to obtain a visa to Canada, the entire visa application process must be carefully prepared and properly submitted.

Immigration to Canada includes some technical issues and details, which makes the whole process rather complicated and lengthy. Immigration rules are always in a state of flux. For this reason, working with an immigration consultant will be the best solution for your immigration history.

Oleg Schindler is a licensed immigration consultant with extensive experience and an excellent reputation. In addition, he is also a Canadian immigration policy analyst. Oleg is a member in good standing with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

Dreaming of immigrating to Canada but don’t know where to start? Book an individual consultation with Oleg today!

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International students often face the difficult decision of where to study abroad. There are many factors when deciding which place will be best for you. These decisions can seem overwhelming, but there is one place that will provide a perfect opportunity for international students to study – Ottawa! Located on the shores of the Ottawa River, it is a bilingual city with more than 15,000 international students from over 130 countries! There are so many reasons why studying here would be ideal – from beautiful downtown architecture to its location as a crossroads between Europe and America. This article will explore some of these reasons and hopefully provide an answer about why this might be the right choice for you.

The location of Ottawa in Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, is situated on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. The city is located in the exact geographic centre of Canada, and it borders Gatineau, Quebec. The National Capital Region has a population exceeding 1.4 million, thus making it one of the most populous regions in Canada, and it includes many other smaller cities, towns and rural municipalities located outside of Ottawa proper – Gloucester, Nepean, Vanier, Kanata and others.

Three best places for international students to study in Ottawa

Ottawa is home to three educational institutions with the highest rankings in the national charts. These are Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College. All three host thousands of international students who study in Ottawa every year.

Carleton University

Founded in 1942, Carleton University is located in the beautiful area between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, south of downtown Ottawa. It offers its students over 100 undergraduate programs, nearly 45 graduate programs, and more than 100 interdisciplinary programs. The university has an extensive list of extracurricular activities, including more than 200 student clubs with topics ranging from social issues to business management. Carleton University is home to about 31,000 students, including 27,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. Carleton University has always ranked in the national top 20 universities.

Carleton University International Students to Study in Ottawa

University of Ottawa

Founded in 1848, the OttawaU is the largest English-French bilingual university in the world. It is in the heart of downtown Ottawa, within walking distance of Parliament Hill and the Ottawa City Hall. With over 41,000 students enrolled, students come from 141 countries and many different backgrounds. It includes 35,500 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students. The University of Ottawa offers more than 200 graduate diplomas, certificates, majors or degrees in medicine, law, education, religion and social sciences.

University of Ottawa International Students to Study in Ottawa

Algonquin College

Founded in 1967, Algonquin College is one of the largest colleges in Canada. There are about 50,000 students enrolled in the college, including 13,000 international students from over 100 countries. It offers roughly 90 full-time programs and 150 apprenticeship programmes. The college also provides roughly 8000 continuing education courses every year for adults over 18. Algonquin College is located on the west end of Ottawa.

Algonquin College International Students to Study in Ottawa

 

Why should International Students study in Ottawa?

Ottawa is one of the best choices for international students in Canada – not just because it offers high-quality educational opportunities but also because it provides a safe and fun environment to live and learn. There are many reasons why studying in Ottawa would be perfect for you:

  • It’s conveniently located: Ottawa is only a two-hour drive from Montreal, a four-hour drive from Toronto, a three-hour flight from Boston and Washington, and roughly five hours away by plane from most major European cities.
  • It’s safe: Day or night, winter or summer, Ottawa is one of the safest cities in Canada. International students do not need to worry about safety when they are on campus because of the university administration’s extensive security measures. Many campus security teams constantly monitor the area and neighbourhood for less-than-perfect situations.
  • It’s fun: Ottawa has beautiful sites and interesting attractions, including the world-famous Parliament Hill and some of Canada’s finest museums and galleries. There are also countless clubs and bars in its downtown core to keep students busy at all times!
  • It’s unique: Ottawa is unique because of its bilingualism. International students can easily immerse themselves in English or French, whether for studying purposes, working opportunities or socializing.
  • It’s affordable: Living in Ottawa is very affordable for international students. The rent is way cheaper than in Toronto or Vancouver, so you can easily make ends meet.
  • It’s welcoming: International students say they feel welcomed by Canadians and fit right into the culture here. They never feel like outsiders because locals are open and willing to help them if they need assistance or directions around Ottawa.

How much money do I need to study in Ottawa?

The cost of living in Ottawa is lower than that in most other large cities across Canada. The following are some expenses you would incur if you were to study here:

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,000-$27,000 depending on the program and courses
  • University Residence: $7,000-$8,500 (but if you plan to rent an apartment, it could be around $12,000-15,000)
  • Food and Groceries: $400-600 per month
  • Books and Supplies: Around $1,000 per semester (e.g. roughly $120 for books, $100 for stationery supplies)
  • Transportation Costs: Roughly $105-120 per month if you plan on using the O-Train and OC Transpo buses rather than a car
  • Phone and Internet: Around $50 per month for internet, around $30 for the phone.

Schindler Visa Services helps international students to study in Ottawa.

Schindler Visa Services is a full-service immigration firm founded by Oleg Schindler, an Immigration Consultant from Ottawa with over five years of experience helping international students who want to study in Canada. Want to know more about studying in Ottawa? Contact Schindler Visa Services today! We will help you select the best program to study in Ottawa and assist you with obtaining a Canadian Study Permit.

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Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a vast network of natural landscapes that are perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and more. If you’re looking to move to Canada but don’t know where to start or how to make it happen, consider contacting an immigration consultant from Ottawa, the capital of Canada. A licensed immigration consultant will help you through all the paperwork and requirements needed when relocating abroad so you can focus on your move instead!

Who is an Immigration Consultant

An immigration consultant is a professional in the field of immigration law. They help clients with the process of immigration and may also assist with other legal issues related to immigration, such as citizenship applications, study permits, work permits, and visitor visas. In addition, they help their clients prepare applications, gather necessary documents, and submit applications to relevant government agencies.

Why you should contact Immigration Consultant from Ottawa

If you’re looking to relocate somewhere but don’t know the procedure, then using an immigration consultant will be a huge benefit for you. The immigration consultant in Ottawa can help streamline the process of moving to Canada. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and most federal authorities, including the Department of Immigration, are located here.

How do I know that my consultant is authorized to represent my case?

Pay close attention to the credentials of the immigration consultant, and be sure that they are authorized to represent your case. You can find this information on the website of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the national regulator of immigration consultants. Only authorized paid representatives can charge a fee for immigration and visa services and officially hold the title of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)! You can always verify the license of the representative here.

Why should I hire an Immigration Consultant?

The benefits of using an Immigration Consultant from Ottawa when immigrating to Canada are well worth the investment. An Immigration Consultant is not only there to provide guidance throughout the paperwork process, but also do all the tedious tasks for you so that you don’t have to worry about it. Furthermore, they give feedback on your application documents to make them as effective as possible and can handle correspondence with government agencies on your behalf.

What is the difference between immigration lawyers and immigration consultants?

An immigration lawyer is a legal professional who has been accredited by the law society in a particular jurisdiction to practice law within that jurisdiction. Immigration lawyers provide the same services as an immigration consultant but may also be able to represent you in court. Immigration consultants are legal professionals, whose training and competence are strictly dedicated to Immigration Law. While lawyers study Immigration Law as one of the legal fields, this doesn’t mean every lawyer is more experienced in immigration, as they handle many cases related to criminal, family, or administrative law. Besides, the cost of services of the lawyer can be double or even triple comparing to the fees of an immigration consultant.

Oleg Schindler is a trusted Immigration Consultant in Ottawa

Oleg Schindler is a trusted Immigration Consultant in Ottawa. In addition to his work as an Immigration Consultant, he is also a Canadian Immigration Policy Analyst. He serves as the president of Schindler Visa Services. He is a Licensee in good standing of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). Oleg Schindler is an experienced immigration consultant in Ottawa as he is an immigrant himself. He moved to Canada as an international student and went all the way from being in Canada on a study permit to becoming a permanent resident and an immigration consultant.
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The consultation can be carried out in the form of a phone call or video call. The cost of the consultation will be deducted from the total amount payable if we sign the retainer agreement.

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1. Select the duration of your consultation
2. Indicate if you are in Canada
3. Click on the ‘Submit’ button
4. On the next screen, use the calendar.
5. Choose a convenient day
6. Choose a convenient time
7. Click on the ‘Confirm’ button
8. Enter your first name, last name and email address
9. Select the communication method: phone or Zoom
10. Select the language of the consultation
11. Enter your credit card billing information
12. Click on the ‘Schedule Event’ button

After booking the consultation, you will receive an email with the booking details and a link to Zoom if you have selected this option.