Nova Scotia to Reopen Provincial Nomination Stream Program

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Good news!

According to reports, the province of Nova Scotia will reopen its Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) that has been closed since 2015.

It’s officially called the Novia Scotia Demand: Express Entry and it will be open to candidates who are already in the Express Entry pool. Successful applicants will be awarded an additional 600 points, which will in essence assure them of an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

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Can’t Wait to Explore Prince Edward Island!

Three months to go before we finally make the big move to Canada!

Last week, we finally booked our one-way tickets to Canada. It suddenly feels all too surreal and time seems to go by quicker now that we’ve started to accomplish the major things one needs to do before migrating to another country.

It is indeed a very bittersweet time in our lives.

We decided to leave on the month of June for one main reason – the weather. Since we’ll be going to Prince Edward Island, we wanted to be able to take advantage of the great summer season of the island. Also, the relatively warm temperatures during that season will allow us an easier transition to Canada’s climate.

Here’s our planned itinerary:

  • Manila – Toronto (via PAL, with a layover in Vancouver)
  • Stay in Toronto for a couple of nights to meet with a few friends, maybe do a little sightseeing of the CN Tower and the Niagara Falls
  • Toronto – Charlottetown (via Air Canada Rouge)

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Canadian Express Entry Draw Breaks Records Once Again!

February 22, 2017 saw the lowest CRS point requirement for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to become a Canadian Permanent Resident at 441 points.

Well… that record lasted a total of 10 days.

Yesterday, March 1 2017 was the 55th Express Entry (EE) draw for the year which saw point requirements hit an all time low of 434 CRS points! A total of 3,884 invitations were issued for this round.

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Express Entry Draw Update: 2016 Analysis

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we wrote a simple analysis of Canada’s Express Entry for immigrants last 2015 (click here to revisit that post). 2016 really blew by fast and it was a very eventful year for CIC with some policy changes coming into effect towards the latter part of the year (those details, here).

Did those changes have any effect on Express Entry’s numbers for 2016? How did the numbers fare vs. 2015? Let’s find out.

By the Numbers

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Officially Immigrants! :)

After getting our Passport Request (PPR) last February 6, 2017 and submitting our passports on February 9, we were surprised to learn about the speedy return of our documents last Monday, February 20, 2017. Our agency then invited us back to their office yesterday to pick up the passports, along with our landing papers and other documents.

All in all, it only took twelve days for our passports to get back to us with our Immigrant Visas. We were told that this was processed pretty fast and it was probably due to the light load that the Canadian Embassy typically has during this time of the year.

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Our immigrant visas 🙂

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