1623 applicants were selected in the first Tech Draw by Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Saturday, 13 July 2019, 10:30 AM (GST)


1623 applicants were selected in the first Tech Draw by Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program 


In April 2019, the province of Ontario has planned to launch something for technology workers which is now unveiled with the implementation done the day after its launch on July 12, 2019.

The province of Ontario will now select the tech workers from the express entry system, the below-mentioned occupation qualifies to be eligible in tech workers stream.

  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Computer engineers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Computer and information systems managers


The applicant must meet the other requirements which include but not limited to –

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree equivalent to the Canadian standard.
  • Minimum of 1 year of full-time work experience or equivalent in part-time work experience in the last 5 years in one of the occupations identified in tech stream.


On July 12, 2019, the province of Ontario has conducted the Tech draw & sent the Notification of interest to 1623 applicants with the CRS score range amid 439 to 459. Upon receiving the Notification of interest from the Ontario province, the candidate gets 45 days duration to submit a complete application with all the required documents for the review by Ontario program. The applicant may receive the result with the Provincial Nomination letter which supports in boosting the CRS score by 600 points & place the applicant in the front line to be selected by Federal government to apply for Permanent residency.


Nevertheless, the province of Ontario is gaining popularity in conducting surprise rounds of selection for any occupation which the program feels fit for the labor market needs under its Human Capital Priorities stream, which provides the opportunity for any occupation to be selected & notified by the province of Ontario. The province of Ontario have already revealed that the director of the program can apply any filters & selects the applicant which Ontario considers best for the Labour market after conducting the survey & meeting with the employers.


There are several programs to Migrate to Canada, Call us 04 2844414 OR Fill out our free online assessment form- http://skillselect.ae/assessment-form/ to assess your eligibility OR send your resume to info@skillselect.ae

Take care.

Skill Select Immigration Services





Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program

The New Canada immigration Program: Rural & Northern Immigration pilot is progressing towards implementation before the end of the year 2019.

The program was initially unveiled in Jan 2019, and smaller towns/communities in the selected provinces of Canada were invited to take part based on the requirements set out by the IRCC (Immigration Refugees & Citizenship Canada)

The communities approved in the new pilot program are as follows –


  • North Bay
  • Sudbury
  • Timmins
  • Sault St. Marie
  • Thunder Bay


  • Brandon
  • Rhineland/Plum Coulee /Gretna/Altona


  • Moose Jaw


  • Claresholm

British Columbia

  • Vernon
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson)

In this program, the employers based in the above-mentioned communities will be able to recruit applicants internationally with the help of community heads. Those applicants who get the job offer from the employer will be able to apply to the community for the endorsement letter ( support letter) to apply for the permanent residency in Canada and the applicant will also get the work permit support letter to apply for the worker visa while the PR application is being processed to facilitate the early joining of work by the applicant, if required by the employer. It is similar to the model of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program which is currently applicable to only 4 provinces which are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador.

The more details about the program- any specific requirement of IRCC towards the applicant/employer is expected to release by end of the year 2019 and the program is expected to go live at the same time.

Call us at 04 2844414 OR Fill out our free online assessment form – https://skillselect.ae/assessment-form/ to assess your eligibility OR email your resume to info@skillselect.ae.










Canada Immigration through Provincial Nominee Program

Friday, 17 May 2019, 12:21 PM (GST)


Canada Immigration through Provincial Nominee Program


Isn’t the PNP program is a boon to ratchet up your CRS ranking? we are talking about 600 CRS score which is given to those who are in possession of Provincial Nomination from the province which may lead to Canada permanent residency.


Let’s highlight the “The Province of Alberta” who have considered 3300 plus applicants & given the Notification of Interest to invite these applicants to apply for Provincial Nomination in the year 2019 alone. Upon receiving the Notification of interest (or Invitation) from the Alberta province, the applicants get 30 days duration to submit a complete application with all the required documents for the review by Alberta program. The applicant may receive the result with the Provincial Nomination letter which supports in boosting the CRS score by 600 points & place the applicant in the front line to be selected by Federal government to apply for Permanent residency.


Caveats: The following scenarios will decrease your likelihood of being considered by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program


– If you have CRS score of below 301

– if your occupation is matching to Alberta opportunity stream ineligible list

– If your occupation is  on the list of High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta set out on the online Government of Canada Refusal to Process a Labour Market Impact Assessment list

– If your Express entry application has only 3 months left to expire.


There are several programs to Migrate to Canada, Call 04 2844414 OR Fill out our free online assessment form http://skillselect.ae/assessment-form/ to assess your eligibility OR email your resume to info@skillselect.ae.


Thank you & Take care.


Skill Select Immigration Services






My CRS score is below 350, How to increase CRS score in Express Entry application

Change in eligibility points requirement AINP (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) started sending NOI (Notification of Interest) to the prospective applicants through AINP (Express Entry Linked stream) in 2019.

On March 5, 2019, the program has sent the NOI’s to our few clients. The total no of applicants Notified by AINP is yet to publish.

The applicants who received the NOI may probably submit the application to AINP for nomination. The AINP will then review the applications submitted & may nominate the applicant by providing Nomination letter.

The Nominated applicant will get 600 CRS points in the express entry which may put the applicant in the forefront to receive the ITA (Invitation letter) to apply for permanent residency.

Qualifying Criteria

• Must be applied in Express entry in Federal Skilled Worker Program.
• CRS score of 301 plus
• The occupation must not be in Non-eligible list, if your occupation falls in the non-eligible list, this will reduce the chances of receiving NOI by AINP.

Fill out our free online assessment form https://skillselect.ae/assessment-form/ to assess your eligibility

or email your resume to info@skillselect.ae

Skill Select – Recent news & changes to Australian Skilled Migration Program


Change in eligibility points requirement

The minimum points required to qualify under Skilled Migration program is now 65 points, which was 60 points earlier, effective July 1, 2018


Rounds of Invitations

The Invitation round is expected to run once every month, which is expected to be on the 11thday of each month


The new region under 489 New South Wales program

The 8thregion, Central West will start accepting applications from Aug 20, 2018, onwards. This is for a Regional provisional visa, which is 4 years provisional visa for skilled workers nominated by state & territory


List of occupations

MLTSSL – Medium & Long-term strategic skills list– The list is relevant to persons who are issued an Invitation to apply for a subclass 189 (skilled independent visa), subclass 489 (skilled regional provisional not nominated by state & territory- Sponsorship by relative), subclass 190 (skilled nominated visa) or subclass 490 (skilled regional provisional, nominated by state or territory)


STSOL – Short-term skilled occupation list– The list is relevant to persons who have issued an Invitation to apply for subclass 190 or subclass 489 (nominated by state or territory)


ROL – Regional occupation list– The list is relevant to persons who are nominated by state or territory, relevant to only subclass 489 (nominated by state or territory)



















“My Tips & Tricks to score 8 bands in IELTS”

Examinations – whether in an academic situation, hospital, for your car license and many other situations– will always leave someone in trepidation! Sometimes in our quest to change our lives for better, we have to surmount some tests along the way and IELTs are no different. I still remember when I took my first test (yes, I’ve done it twice) and it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. In May 2016, without knowing where my journey would take me, but knowing I needed a change, I took the test and even though the scores weren’t exactly bad (overall score of 7.0), I felt I could have done better. So, where did I go wrong?

English, just like any other language is prone to change, tricky and sneaky. We all have accents (I know, most people think it’s only the British who do), but we all have a way of speaking that identifies our inherent regions. Speaking a language is tricky and if the accents aren’t what you are used to, sneaky. I have to say that the first time I sat for the IELTs test, I hadn’t bothered to practice and didn’t read the test manuals, in essence, I went in blind as a church mouse. That was my greatest mistake. It’s English, how difficult could it be? Funnily enough, it’s not difficult, but rather tricky. How you ask. I’ll explain my experience. In May of 2016, I went in cocky, relishing the coming exam and thinking how I had it all figured out. The results okay, because I knew I could do better.





Looking at my scores, I realized my greatest weakness was the LISTENING section. What was I missing? What had I not done properly? Looking back, I discovered my expectation had been that the two people having the conversation would lay out all the answers without any twists and turns. Yes, the sequence of the conversation and the questions is in tandem, but one person will ask something that will get you scrambling to see if you missed another question, or will bring up another topic that is different from the questions that you have in the paper and that will throw you off the plot and leave you lost. That’s why it’s imperative for you to go through the questions in those allocated 60 seconds (I believe) before you begin your listening test. You may get lost (I did the first and second time), but if you have been following the conversation, I’m quite sure you’ll be able to guess an answer (and may end up guessing correctly). Remember, there are no wrong answers in IELTS

In READING I discovered that I had forgotten all about synonyms (a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language, as happy, joyful, elated, etc.). Trust me, this is something you don’t want to miss because you’ll end up wasting your time looking for the same word in the essay when it’s a different word but with the same meaning that has been used.


In the essay: The farmer was using basic machinery to cultivate his plants and the produce was abysmal.

The question: The simple equipment the farmer was using made his harvest ABYSMAL.

Be on the look-out for such small things because if you don’t know, you’ll miss the bigger picture and end up going through the entire essay (some have as many as 6 – 10 paragraphs). Again, check the questions first before you begin the exam as this way, you can skim through the essays looking for the answers. This works far much better because you know which answer you need to find immediately, rather than re-reading again to find the solution to the problem.

WRITING is fun, truly, you are given a topic and told to put your thoughts on paper. No limitations, just you and the paper talking to each other (yes, I love writing J as you can deduce). There is a simple cardinal rule when it comes to writing – the topic, an outline of your ideas, the body, introduction, conclusion and finishing touches. The topic is already provided, so what do you need? You need to imagine yourself in that moment, in that world and write as if you’ve lived it before. It helps if you can provide examples to back up your suppositions of the stand you’ve taken. Also, be very careful of the words you use, if you aren’t sure of the spelling, please don’t use that word. Use words that you are absolutely sure of and make sure your handwriting is legible (avoid scrawling your sentences and write like a grade 6 student. I’m quite sure no one wants the hustle of stressing over a word which they can’t make out when they have probably 20 other papers to mark). The first section requires 150 word which is a basically full first page and almost a quarter of the second page. The second part is 250 words which fill up both pages. Understand what the topic is about, allow yourself two minutes to come up with a story line (you are required to write a letter to your friend describing your holiday and something that captivated you. Think of a place you are familiar with, what is this place? When did you travel? How was the place? What stood out for you?). Use descriptive words (beautiful, marvelous, wonderful culture, noisy, crowded), claim the story and make it your own. Again, be conscious of the number of words you are supposed to write for each section. Do not over-think it, keep it simple and let your sentences flow continuously and in sequence.


SPEAKING is where you get to meet with the examiner and let me tell you, it’s a daunting experience. You are in tether hooks the whole time, with butterflies swimming in your stomach. The trick is to take some breathing exercises before the exam. Find a quiet place and relax your mind. Don’t try memorizing or cramming anything, instead, think of it as going for an interview for a job you applied for. You want to make the best impression as much as possible. Body language matters because if you are jittery, it makes you sound unsure in the tape recording. Be confident, sit calmly and avoid fidgeting in the chair. If anything, place your hands on your lap and maintain eye contact with the examiner. Listen to the question being asked carefully and respond slowly and precisely. Don’t try to impress the examiner by using words which you cannot pronounce properly (this is not the place to practice this, you can do that later in front of your mirror J). You want to make sure you have a continuous line of conversation as you would be having with another person. Again, there’s no right or wrong answer, the examiner is just looking to see how your thought process works, your understanding of everyday mundane life.

Question: What do you think of public transport?

Respond giving examples. I think the use of public transport is great because it allows us to travel to our destinations at an affordable rate. Not everyone can afford a car and if we had to walk long distances we would…….

The more confident you are about what you are talking about, the better you get at answering the questions. Try as much as possible to relate things to what you do daily and what you observe and base your answers on this.

Finally, I did retake the IELTS  but the GENERAL TRAINING in August 2017 and my scores all averaged the same:





This gave me an overall score of 8 which felt pretty amazing. I was asked what are the tricks to make this happen, and I can honestly say it’s believing in yourself, praying to God for guidance and be confident in what you are doing. Also, I believe in the old adage that practice makes perfect and the more we exercise our capabilities the more we grow in strength. For most of us, English is a second or a third language, but that should not deter you from getting to your goal. In your everyday life, instead of speaking your dialect (Swahili, Hindi, Tagalog etc.), opt to express yourself in English. One of thing I noticed is that some people have the habit of doing a direct translation of their language to English. When you do this, you mess up the past, present and future tenses. Try and watch more English programs and movies as this will help with your enunciation. Read magazines and newsletters or even simple books like The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and much more. This will help you achieve a continuous and fluent flow of constructing sentences when writing and also in speaking because you’ll understand better how to form and align words in your mind. Don’t be scared to pronounce words out loud, because I discovered while reading, that even though I do pronounce the word perfect in my head when spoken out loud, it tends to come out wrong. It took me a while to pronounce the word distort because I kept missing the S .

Never fear the unknown because it’s only by been audacious that we transcend our capabilities. All the best to all the other IELTS candidates and I hope through my rambling monologue I have helped someone somewhere on their road to a better future.

7th September 2017.

By Catherine

Skill Select Client.