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September 30, 2022

Canada PNP Immigration results for September 2022

Canada PNP, the second most popular Canadian immigration pathway issued 11,548 invitations in September 2022. Here are the highlights of the September 2022, Canada PNP round-up:

  • In September, Canada PNP issued the highest number of invitations till date in 2022
  • British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, PEI, and Saskatchewan held 19 draws
  • A total of 11,548 candidates were invited through Canada PNP draws in September 2022
  • Ontario and Saskatchewan recorded the highest issuing number of invitations

Date

Draw

No. of candidates

September 7, 2022

British Columbia

374

September 13, 2022

300

September 21, 2022

357

September 28, 2022

268

September 8, 2022

Manitoba

278

September 16, 2022

436

September 7, 2022

Ontario

1,521

September 20, 2022

823

September 23, 2022

363

September 27, 2022

3

September 28, 2022

1,179

September 29, 2022

1,340

September 15, 2022

PEI

147

September 1, 2022

Saskatchewan

43

September 1, 2022

941

September 6, 2022

760

September 7, 2022

943

September 15, 2022

326

September 28, 2022

1,146

Read more for the details….

Canada PNP Immigration results for September 2022

September 30, 2022

A summary of Canada Express Entry draws, September 2022

Express Entry holds draws every month and in September it held two draws. Below are the highlights of Express Entry draws held in September 2022:

  • A total of 7,000 candidates were invited
  • The CRS scores were less compared to the cut-off scores of draws held in 2022 till date
  • Both the draws were ‘All-program draws’
  • All these candidates will have the eligibility to apply for Canada PR
Draw No. Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued
#232 September 28, 2022 504 3,750
#231 September 14, 2022 511 3,250

To know more about the September 2022 Express Entry Round-up, also read….

Canada Express Entry Draw Results, September 2022

September 29, 2022

Ontario draw issued 1,340 invitations under Skilled Trades Stream

Ontario held its second draw under Skilled Trades stream in September 2022. The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program draw invited 1,340 candidates. The minimum score for this draw was 266 and above.

The details of the draw can be found in the table below

Date

Stream

Number of invitations

Score

September 29, 2022

Skilled Trades Stream

1,340

266 and above

Read more…

Ontario draw issued 1,340 invitations under the Skilled Trades Stream

September 28, 2022

232nd Express Entry draw issued 3,750 invitations

IRCC held the seventh all-program Express Entry draw on 28th September 2022. The number of candidates invited in this draw is 3,750, which is 500 more than the previous Express Entry draw. The minimum score for this draw was 504 points. This is the second all-program draw in September 2022. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Draw No.

Program

Date of Draw

ITAs issued

CRS score

#232

All Program draw

September 28, 2022

3,750

504

Read more…

232nd Express Entry draw issued 3,750 invitations

September 28, 2022

Ontario HCP stream invited 1,179 candidates

Ontario issued 1,179 invitations under Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. The draw was held through the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program. The minimum score for this draw is 496 and above. This is a tech draw and candidates have been invited for different occupations. The table below will provide information about current and previous draws under the HCP stream.

Date

Stream

Number of invitations

Score

September 28, 2022

Human Capital Priorities stream

1,179

496 and above

February 22, 2022

Human Capital Priorities stream

773

455-600

February 8, 2022

Human Capital Priorities stream

622

463-467

January 12, 2022

Human Capital Priorities stream

502

464-467

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Ontario HCP stream invited 1,179 candidates

September 28, 2022

SINP issued 1,146 invitations through the International Skilled Workers stream

Saskatchewan conducted a draw under International Skilled Workers Stream and invited 1,146 candidates through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The draw Has been held for two categories which are as follows:

  • For Occupations In-Demand, the number of candidates invited is 507 and the minimum score is 81.
  • For Express Entry, the number of candidates invited is 639 and the minimum score is 83.

The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Date

Category

Score of lowest-ranked candidates

Number of invitations

Considerations

September 28, 2022

Express Entry

83

639

Candidates having Educational Credential Assessment were invited in this draw

Occupations In-Demand

81

507

Candidates having Educational Credential Assessment were invited in this draw

This is the draw in September 2022. One of them is held under Entrepreneur stream and the rest have been held under International Skilled Workers Stream.

Read more…

SINP issued 1,146 invitations through International Skilled Workers stream

September 27, 2022

OINP draw issued 3 invitations under the Foreign Worker stream

Ontario issued invitations to three candidates to submit applications for Canada PR. The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program draw was held on September 27, 2022, under Foreign Worker Stream. No score has been allotted for this draw. The profiles for this draw were created from September 27, 2021 – September 27, 2022.

The details of the draw are available in the table below:

Date

Stream

Number of invitations

Score

September 27, 2022

Foreign Worker Stream

3

NA

Read more

OINP draw issued 3 invitations: Foreign Worker Stream

September 27, 2022

British Columbia issued 268 invitations on September 27, 2022

British Columbia held its fourth draw in September 2022 in which invitations were issued to 268 candidates. The draw was held on September 27, 2022, under British Columba Provincial Nominee Program. The candidates have been invited under various categories which are listed below:

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Date

Number of Invitations

Category

Minimum Score

September 27, 2022

215

Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

100

28

Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

60

15

Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option)

60

5

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

60

5

Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

60

Read more…

British Columbia issued 268 invitations on September 27, 2022

September 13, 2022

Quebec invited 1,009 candidates under Quebec Immigration Program

Quebec invited 1,009 in the second biggest Arrima draw held on September 13, 2022. The minimum score for this draw was 563.

The details of Arrima draws held in 2022 are available in the table below:

Date

No. of candidates invited

EOI score

September 13, 2022

1,009

563

September 6, 2022

1,202

620

August 9, 2022

58

NA

July 7, 2022

351

551-624

May 5, 2022

30

NA

April 7, 2022

33

NA

March 10, 2022

506

577

February 24, 2022

306

630

February 10, 2022

523

592

January 27, 2022

322

647

January 13, 2022

512

602

Read more…

Quebec invited 1,009 candidates under Quebec Immigration Program

September 24, 2022

Sean Fraser revised Express Entry rules to make more Doctors as PRs

An announcement has been made by Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister, to make changes to provide permanent residence visas to more doctors. There are many doctors who are working temporarily in Canada. Physicians who work in Canada are self-employed and they will get the benefits of getting a Canada PR visa. Previously, these doctors were not able to apply for Canada PR through the following programs of Express Entry:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

In 2022, the permanent residence was given to 4,300 healthcare professionals. Through the healthcare streams that are related to the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence Pathway.

Read more

Sean Fraser revised Express Entry rules to make more Doctors as PRs

September 23, 2022

Ontario invited 363 candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

Ontario issued 363 invitations through the OINP Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. The draw has a CRS score of 326 points and candidates who got this score become eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The draw was held on September 23, 2022. This is the fifth draw under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date

Stream

Number of invitations

Score

September 23, 2022

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

363

326 and above

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Ontario invited 363 candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

September 23, 2022

Update of Northwest Territory PNP for the FY 2022-23

Northern Territory (NT) has updated the nomination application process for the FY 2022-23.

  • NT is now open for both onshore and offshore applicants
  • NT is going to nominate offshore applicants only for subclass 491

Criteria for Northwest Territory PNP

Below are the details of NT nomination criteria an applicant has to meet:

  • An applicant should have 3 years of post-qualification work experience in the nominated occupation in the last 10 years.
  • Should have a genuine intent/commitment to live and work in the NT on a long-term basis.
  • Show financial evidence to settle in NT.
  • Meet any one of the 3 streams (Priority Occupation Stream, NT Family Stream, NT Job Offer Stream)

Priority Occupation Stream: Offshore applicants under this stream should have a skill assessment in the Northern Territory Offshore Migration occupation list (NTOMOL).

NT Family Stream:

  • Offshore applicants under this stream should have a family member in NT who is an Australian PR/Citizen/New Zealand Citizen. Family members should be a resident of NT and living there for 12 months.
  • Family members should provide settlement support to the applicant.
  • Have evidence of sustained efforts to seek employment in the NT, including evidence of research into the NT job market, and sustained records of applying for jobs in the NT or making contact with NT employers

NT Job Offer Stream: Offshore applicants under this stream should have an offer of employment in the nominated occupation from an NT business / organization that is active for at least 12 months.

Note: Subclass 190 nominations will only be offered in exceptional circumstances, such as cases where the applicant has strong connections to the NT.

September 21, 2022

British Columbia invited 357 candidates under Skilled Immigration Categories

British Columbia conducted a draw on and invited 357 candidates on September 21, 2022. The candidates were invited under the skilled immigration stream through three categories which are:

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

The score for this draw ranged between 60 and 91. The table below will reveal the details of the draw:

Date

Number of Invitations

Category

Minimum Score

September 21, 2022

341

Skilled Worker

91

Skilled Worker – EEBC option

International Graduate

86

International Graduate – EEBC option

Entry Level and Semi Skilled

70

11

Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

60

5

Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option)

60

 

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British Columbia invited 357 candidates under Skilled Immigration Categories

September 22, 2022

Canada has 1 Million+ Job lying vacant for the past 120 days

Canada has more than one million job vacancies and it is facing the challenge of a shortage of workers. Job vacancy in the second quarter of 2022 was 5.7 percent. Overall job vacancies were 4.7 percent. There are six provinces where there is an increase in job vacancies. The highest number of vacancies is in Ontario which is 6.6 percent. Nova Scotia comes in second place with 6 percent of job vacancies. The table below reveals the details of job vacancies in each province:

Canadian Province

Increase in percentage of job vacancies

Ontario

6.6

Nova Scotia

6

British Columbia

5.6

Manitoba

5.2

Alberta

4.4

Quebec

2.4

A number of job vacancies in different sectors can be found in the table below:

Sector

Wage increase per hour

Professional, scientific, and technical sectors

$37.05

Wholesale trade jobs

$26.10

Retail trade jobs

$25.85

Healthcare and social assistance

$25.85

Read more…

Canada has 1 Million+ Jobs lying vacant for past 120 days

September 22, 2022

Canada on road to invite 470,000 immigrants in 2022

Canada is on the path to invite 470,000 permanent residents in 2022. In the past seven months, the country has welcomed 274,980 permanent residents. Canada is exceeding the number of invitations as per the 2022-2024 immigration plans. The detail of the plan is available in the table below:

Year

Immigration Levels Plan

2022

431,645 permanent residents

2023

447,055 permanent residents

2024

451,000 permanent residents

Century Initiative has plans to invite 500,000 immigrants in 2026. The number of invitations in the past seven in 2022 has increased in comparison to previous years. The details can be found in the table below:

Year

Immigration of new PR’s in First Seven months 

2022

274,980

2021

184,675

2020

158,050

2019

196,850

Read more

Canada on road to invite 470,000 immigrants in 2022

September 21, 2022

Sean Fraser plans to allow temporary visa to be converted to permanent visa

Sean Fraser has designed a plan for the expansion of pathways to permanent residence in Canada. The expansion will be done for the temporary foreign workers and international students. The temporary workers and international students need to have the required work experience in the sectors that are facing the challenge of shortage of workers. A five-pillar approach has been to help the temporary residents to become permanent ones.

Read more…

Sean Fraser plans to allow temporary visa to be converted to permanent visa

September 21, 2022

Canada to drop vaccine requirement for entry

Canada is planning to eliminate the requirement of vaccine for the immigrants who want to migrate to the country. The requirement will be eliminated by the end of September 2022. The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just needs to give a green signal. Besides this, the government is also planning to drop the requirement for random COVID-19 tests at airports.

Read more…

Canada to drop vaccine requirement for entry

September 20, 2022

Ontario PNP draw invited 823 candidates under Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario held a draw under Ontario Immigration Nominee Program and sent invitations to 1,202 candidates. The draw was conducted on September 20, 2022 and candidates were invited under the Masters Graduate stream. The minimum score for this draw was 33 and above. The table below reveals the details of the draw. The invited candidates have 14 calendar days to send applications for Canada PR.

Date

Number of NOIs

Streams

Score

September 20, 2022

823

Masters Graduate stream

33

Read more…

Ontario PNP draw invited 823 candidates under Masters Graduate Stream

September 06, 2022

Quebec issued 1,202 invitations on September 06, 2022

Quebec held an Arrima draw on September 6, 2022, in which invitations have been issued to 1,202 candidates. The candidates can submit applications for permanent selection to work and settle in Quebec. Candidates who achieved the minimum score of 620 points received the invitations. The details of the Quebec draws held in 2022 can be found in the table below:

Date

No. of candidates invited

EOI score

September 6, 2022

1,202

620

August 9, 2022

58

NA

July 7, 2022

351

551-624

May 5, 2022

30

NA

April 7, 2022

33

NA

March 10, 2022

506

577

February 24, 2022

306

630

February 10, 2022

523

592

January 27, 2022

322

647

January 13, 2022

512

602

 

Read more…

Quebec issued 1,202 invitations on September 06, 2022

September 15, 2022

 PEI PNP draw issued 147 invitations on September 15, 2022

Prince Edward Island sent 147 invitations to the candidates to apply for Canada PR through PEI PNP (Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program) on September 15, 2022. The invitations were sent to the candidates using Labor and Express Entry (142) & Business Work permit Entrepreneur (5) streams. The minimal score that was considered for eligibility to the Business stream was 85. Find the draw details in the below table:  

Invitation Date

Business Work Permit Entrepreneur Invitations

Minimum Point Threshold for Business Invitations

Labour & Express Entry Invitations

Invitation Totals

September 15, 2022

5

85

142

147

 Read more…

PEI PNP draw issued 147 invitations on September 15, 2022

September 15, 2022

Manitoba PNP Draw #156 – 436 candidates invited through MPNP

Manitoba issued invitations for 436 candidates in the latest second draw through MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program) which was held on September 15, 2022. In the #156 draw the Letters for Advice were sent to the categories like Skilled Workers Overseas (7), Skilled Workers (388), and International Education (41). The Expression of Interest (EOI) score ranges from 613 to 726.

Date

Type of Invitation

Number of invites

EOI score

September 15, 2022

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

388 invitations

613

Skilled Workers Overseas

7 invitations

726

International Education Stream

41 invitations

no EOI score

Read more

Manitoba PNP Draw #156 – 436 candidates invited through MPNP

September 15, 2022

Saskatchewan invites 326 candidates through SINP

Saskatchewan held its fourth draw under the International Skilled worker stream in which invitations were issued to 326 candidates. Saskatchewan held this draw under Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. International Workers have two categories which are Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand. For Occupations in Demand, the number of invitations is 273 and for Express Entry, it is 53. The lowest score for both categories is 60 points.

The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date

Category

Score of lowest-ranked candidates

Number of invitations

Considerations

September 15, 2022

Express Entry

60

53

All the occupations have not been selected for this draw.

Occupations In-Demand

273

All the occupations have not been selected for this draw.

Read more

Saskatchewan invites 326 candidates through SINP

September 14, 2022

Biggest Express Entry draw of 2022 invited 3,250 candidates

Canada held an Express Entry draw on September 14, 2022, in which invitations to apply have been issued to 3,250 candidates. The lowest score for this draw is 511 points which is five less than the previous draw. Candidates who received the invitations are eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Draw No.

Program

Date of Draw

ITAs issued

CRS score

#231

All Program Draw

September 14, 2022

3,250

511

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Biggest Express Entry draw of 2022 invited 3,250 candidates

September 14, 2022

Sean Fraser reports, a new pathway to Canada PR for undocumented migrants

Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser wants to start a new pathway to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This pathway will be introduced for undocumented workers Justin Trudeau has instructed the immigration minister in December 2021 to explore new ways to regularize the status of undocumented workers who are making contributions to the communities in Canada. Undocumented migrants are the ones which migrated to Canada without applying:

  • With a work permit
  • With a study permit
  • As refugees
  • As permanent residents
  • As skilled workers through express entry
  • Through provincial nominee programs

Read more…

Sean Fraser reports, a new pathway to Canada PR for undocumented migrants

September 14, 2022

New Brunswick to prioritize applications from 12 NOC codes of Tech and Health Occupations

New Brunswick has made an announcement that it will give priority to Canada immigration applications related to technology, health-related occupations, and international graduates so that the backlog of the applications could be reduced. The province said that priority will be given to the application from 12 specific National Occupational Classification codes along with francophones and New Brunswick graduates.

The NOC codes and the jobs are given in the table below:

NOC Codes

Occupations

2147

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

2172

Database analysts and data administrators

2173

Software engineers and designers

2174

Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2175

Web designers and developers

2281

Computer network technicians

2282

User support technicians

2283

Information systems testing technicians

3012

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3233

Licensed practical nurses

3413

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

4412

Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

 

New Brunswick to prioritize applications from 12 NOC codes of Tech and Health Occupations

September 13, 2022

Do you want to work in North America’s top 10 tech markets?

Toronto and Vancouver have made their place in the top ten tech talent market. Toronto is ranked at number 3 while number 8 was given to Vancouver. There are many other provinces where there are a lot of jobs available for tech professionals. These cities include Seattle, Quebec, and Waterloo. The number of jobs available in different cities can be found in the table below:

City

Tech talent job growth

Toronto

88,900

Seattle

45,560

Vancouver

44,460

Vancouver showed the highest growth if we talk about percentage. The table below will reveal the details of the percentage growth:

City

Percentage growth

Vancouver

63

Toronto

44

Quebec

43

 

Read more…

Do you want to work in North America’s top 10 tech markets?

September 13, 2022

BC PNP issues invitations to 300 candidates to work in British Columbia

British Colombia issued 300 invitations in the BC PNP draw held on September 13, 2022. This is the second draw in September in which candidates are invited to send applications for permanent residence in Canada. Candidates having the score in the range of 60 and 120 received the invitations to apply. The draw details can be found in the table below:

Date

Number of Invitations

Category

Minimum Score

 
 

September 13, 2022

251

Skilled Worker

120

 

Skilled Worker – EEBC option

120

 

International Graduate

105

 

International Graduate – EEBC option

105

 

Entry Level and Semi Skilled

78

 

27

Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

60

 

12

Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option)

60

 

5

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

60

 

5

Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

60

 

Read more…

British Columbia issued 300 Invitations To Apply on September 13, 2022

September 10, 2022

50% Canadian population will be immigrants by 2041

A projection for the demographic make of Canada in 2041 has been revealed. The projections were made on the basis of the data in the Census of Population in 2016. Around two decades ago, the projection of immigration continued and they became the primary drivers to increasing the population of the country. Statistics Canada has revealed that between 2016 and 2041, the immigrant population in Canada may get boosted from 7.2 percent to 12.1 percent.

September 07, 2022

Canada waives medical exams for 180,000 immigration applicants

Sean Fraser has made an announcement that 180,000 immigration applicants do not have to go for medical examination. They have to meet certain criteria to get exempted. IRCC is adding 1,250 immigration employees to speed up the processing of visa applications. IRCC is also taking steps to make the visa processing system online so that the processing can be done at a faster speed. Currently, IRCC is processing the family reunification visas quickly through telephone and video interviews of sponsors and applicants.

Read more…

Canada waives medical exams for 180,000 immigration applicants

September 07, 2022

Canada waives medical exams for 180,000 immigration applicants

Sean Fraser has made an announcement that 180,000 immigration applicants do not have to go for medical examination. They have to meet certain criteria to get exempted. IRCC is adding 1,250 immigration employees to speed up the processing of visa applications. IRCC is also taking steps to make the visa processing system online so that the processing can be done at a faster speed. Currently, IRCC is processing the family reunification visas quickly through telephone and video interviews of sponsors and applicants.

Read more

Canada waives medical exams for 180,000 immigration applicants

September 06, 2022

SINP draw invites 760 candidates under International Skilled Worker Stream

Saskatchewan held the second draw in September under International Skilled Worker Stream. The draw held on September 6, 2022 through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program invited 760 candidates under two categories. Candidates who have achieved the score between 60 and 69 are eligible to apply for Canada PR.

The table below reveals the detail of the draw:

Date

Category

Score of lowest-ranked candidates

Number of invitations

Considerations

September 06, 2022

Express Entry

60-69

302

The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

Occupations In-Demand

458

The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

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SINP draw invites 760 candidates under International Skilled Worker Stream

September 06, 2022

SINP draw invites 760 candidates under International Skilled Worker Stream

Saskatchewan held the second draw in September under International Skilled Worker Stream. The draw held on September 6, 2022 through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program invited 760 candidates under two categories. Candidates who have achieved the score between 60 and 69 are eligible to apply for Canada PR.

The table below reveals the detail of the draw:

Date

Category

Score of lowest-ranked candidates

Number of invitations

Considerations

September 06, 2022

Express Entry

60-69

302

The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

Occupations In-Demand

458

The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

 

Read more…

SINP draw invites 760 candidates under International Skilled Worker Stream

September 02, 2022

Saskatchewan draw invites 941 candidates on September 1, 2022

Saskatchewan issued 941 invitations to the candidates to apply for Canada PR. The invitations have been issued through the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The immigration has been issued under the International Skilled Workers stream. There are two categories for this draw. One of them is Occupation In Demand for which 629 invitations have been issued. The other category is Express Entry for which 312 invitations have been issued. The minimum score for both of the categories is 61 points as. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date

Category

Score of lowest-ranked candidates

Number of invitations

Considerations

September 2, 2022

Express Entry

61

312

The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

Occupations In-Demand

629

The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

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Saskatchewan draw invites 941 candidates on September 1, 2022

September 01, 2022

Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Stream invites 43 candidates on September 1, 2022

Saskatchewan issued 43 invitations under the Entrepreneur stream to apply for Canada PR. The invitations were issued through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The minimum score for this draw is between 75 and 130. The table below will reveal the details of this draw.

Date

Number of EOIs

EOI Score

September 1, 2022

43

75-130

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Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Stream invites 43 candidates on September 1, 2022

September 01, 2022

Highlights of Express Entry Draws held in August 2022

IRCC held three Express Entry draws in August 2022 and issued 7,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). 

Draw No. Invited Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued
#230 All-program candidates August 31, 2022 516 2,750
#229 All-program candidates August 17, 2022 525 2,250
#228 All-program candidates August 3, 2022 533 2,000
Total 7,000

For complete information, also read

Canada Express Entry Draws of August 2022

September 01, 2022

Summary of August 2022 PNP round-up 

The Provincial Nominee Program is one of the leading immigration pathway to Canada. The Canada PNP permits each Canadian province to set the requirements for their own immigration streams. In August,  five provinces in Canada held 13 PNP draws to welcome 4738 candidates across the world.

List of provinces that held draws in August 2022

Here is the list of five provinces that held PNP draws in August, 2022. 

  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • PEI
  • Saskatchewan

Complete details of PNP draws held in August 2022

The details of all the PNP draws in August 2022, are given below:

Date 

Draw 

No. of candidates

August 3, 2022

 

 

British Columbia

 

174

August 10, 2022

175

August 16, 2022

228

August 23, 2022

220

August 30, 2022

 

270

August 11, 2022

Manitoba

345

August 26, 2022

353

August 16, 2022

Ontario

28

August 30, 2022

782

August 18, 2022

PEI

121

August 11, 2022

Saskatchewan

745

August 18, 2022

668

August 25, 2022

629

Total

4738

Read more….

Canada’s PNP Immigration results for August 2022

August 31, 2022

230th Express Entry draw invites 2,750 candidates to apply for Canada PR

Canada held the 230th Express Entry draw. It is the third Express Entry draw in August and the fifth all-program draw.  The number of candidates invited in this draw is 2,750. The minimum score for this draw is 516. The total number of candidates invited in all the five all program draw held since July 6, 2022, is 10,750. The invited candidates can apply for Canada PR and migrate to Canada. The score for this draw is nine points less and the number of invitations were 250 more than the previous draw. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Draw No. Program Date of Draw ITAs issued CRS score
#230 All Program Draw August 31, 2022 2,750 516

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230th Express Entry draw invites 2,750 candidates to apply for Canada PR

August 30, 2022

Ontario invites 782 candidates through OINP draw under three different streams

Ontario issued 782 invitations to candidates through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program to apply for Canada PR. The invitations have been issued under three streams which are:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream

In the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream, only one candidate received the invitation and no score has been allotted for this stream. Candidates under Masters Graduate Stream received 680 invitations and the minimum score for this stream is 37 and above.

Candidates under PhD graduate stream received 101 invitations and the minimum score for this stream is 26 and above. Candidates will become eligible to apply under PhD Graduate stream and Masters Graduate stream if they complete their education in Ontario under any program.

The table below will reveal the details of the draw:

Date Number of NOIs Streams Score
August 30, 2022 1 Foreign Worker Stream NA
August 30, 2022 680 Masters Graduate Stream 37 and above
August 30, 2022 101 PhD Graduate Stream 26 and Above

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Ontario invites 782 candidates through OINP draw under three different streams

August 30, 2022

BC PNP draw invites 270 candidates under four streams

British Columbia has issued invitations to 270 candidates to apply for Canada PR. The invitations have been sent under four streams and the number of invitations in each stream and score is different. The draw was held on August 30, 2022, through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The minimum score for this draw lies between 60 and 129 points. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
Aug 30, 2022 207 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 95
​Aug 30, 2022 29 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
13 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60
5 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
August 30, 2022 <5 Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot 129
August 30, 2022 6 Entrepreneur Immigration – Base 116

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BC PNP draw invites 270 candidates under four streams

August 30, 2022

Sean Fraser, announced the ‘Expansion of RNIP’ to fill the job market needs

Canada has planned to expand the Rural and Immigration Pilot program. The expansion will not include the addition of any new communities. Several changes will be made to the program and it will become effective in the fall. The communities included in the program are:

  • North Bay (Ont.)
  • Sudbury (Ont.)
  • Timmins, (Ont.)
  • Sault Ste. Marie (Ont.)
  • Thunder Bay (Ont.)
  • Brandon (Man.)
  • Altona/Rhineland (Man.)
  • Moose Jaw (Sask.)
  • Claresholm (Alta.)
  • West Kootenay (BC)
  • Vernon (BC)

Till June 30, the program was used to invite 1,130 new immigrants to the RNIP communities. The invitations were issued to meet the labor shortage in these communities.

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Sean Fraser, announced ‘Expansion of RNIP’ to fill the job market needs

August 30, 2022

One Million Jobs Vacant for 90+ days in Canada

Canada is facing the problem of labor shortage in different sectors. The number of job vacancies has reached to 1,037,900. A number of jobs were created in June 2022 in the service sector and the details can be found in the table below.

Sector Number of jobs created
Educational services 26,400
Accommodation and food services 16,600
Professional scientific, and technical services 8,800
Healthcare and social services 8,400

The only service sector where in which job creation was reduced is the public and administration sector. The number of vacancies in this sector is 3,900. Job vacancies are also available in the goods-producing and tourism sectors.

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One Million Jobs Vacant for 90+ days in Canada

August 26, 2022

Manitoba invites 353 candidates to apply for Canada PR through MPNP

Manitoba invites 353 candidates through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The invitations have been sent under three different streams and these candidates can apply for Canada PR and migrate to Canada. The three streams include

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • International Education Stream

The draw details can be found in the table below:

Date Type of Invitation Number of invites EOI score
August 26, 2022 Skilled Workers in Manitoba 259 invitations 619
Skilled Workers Overseas 58 invitations 708
International Education Stream 36 invitations no EOI score

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Manitoba invites 353 candidates to apply for Canada PR through MPNP

August 26, 2022

Canada Start-Up Visa approvals increase a whopping 70% in 2022

The popularity of the Canada Start-Up Visa has increased and it has been used to invite 325 immigrant entrepreneurs. The individuals are invited to start a business in the country. They have to invest a large amount of money to become eligible for this visa.

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Canada Start-Up Visa approvals increase a whopping 70% in 2022

August 26, 2022

Canada distance learning measures will stay in place until August 31st, 2023 – IRCC

IRCC has announced that distance learning measures taken during the pandemic period will be applicable till August 31, 2022. Many international students Havre submitted their application for study permits before August 31, 2022. These candidates will be eligible for PGWP. According to the rule, candidates can complete their full course online and their eligibility for PGWP will not be affected. Students who start their online course from September 1, 2023 will face the problem of deduction of the length of PGWP.

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Canada distance learning measures will stay in place until August 31st, 2023 – IRCC

August 25, 2022

SINP draw invites 629 candidates to apply for Canada PR

Saskatchewan invites 629 candidates through the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The invitations have been issued under two categories which are Occupation In Demand and Express Entry. For Occupation In Demand category, 334 candidates have been invited and for Express Entry, invitations have been issued to 295 candidates. The details of the draw are displayed in the table below:

Date Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
August 25, 2022 Express Entry 65 295 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments
Occupations In-Demand 334 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

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SINP draw invites 629 candidates to apply for Canada PR

August 25, 2022

IRCC adds 1,250 employees to speed up Canada immigration

Sean Fraser has stated that IRCC has recruited 1,250 new employees to reduce the backlog of the visa applications. The backlog has increased due to the crises of Afghanistan and Ukraine. Other reason is the resumption of the all-program Express Entry draw which was done to meet the challenge of skill shortages. The backlog of the applications in July reached up to 2.62 million. Canada has already welcomed 275,000 permanent residents to settle and work in Canada.

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IRCC adds 1,250 employees to speed up Canada immigration

August 25, 2022

275,000 new permanent residents have arrived in Canada till July 2022: Sean Fraser

Sean Fraser has announced that the backlog for immigration applications will be reduced. IRCC has hired employees to help in reducing the backlog of new applications. The target of welcoming new permanent residents in 2022 is 431,000. So far 275,000 permanent have already been welcomed from January 1 and July 31, 2022. Besides this, the number of work permits issued was 349,000. The number of student permits finalized in this duration is 360,000.

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275,000 new permanent residents have arrived in Canada till July 2022: Sean Fraser

August 18, 2022

Invitations issued to 121 candidates through PEI PNP draw

Prince Edward Island holds new draws every month. On August 18, 2022, a new draw was held in which invitations have been issued to 121 candidates. The invitations were received by those candidates whose minimum score was 97. Candidates who have applied under Labor and Express Entry Stream received 117 invitations and for Business Work Permit Entrepreneur Stream, the number of candidates invited is 4.

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Invitations issued to 121 candidates through PEI PNP draw

August 09, 2022

Quebec Arrima draw issued invitations to 58 candidates to apply for permanent selection

Quebec has held a new draw on August 9, 2022 in which invitations have been issued to 58 candidates. The candidates who are invited in this draw can apply for permanent selection. The table below will reveal the number of candidates invited in 2022 through Quebec Arrima draw:

Quebec Arrima Draws in 2022 Date No. of candidates invited EOI score
9 August 11, 2022 58 NA
8 July 7, 2022 351 551-624
7 May 5, 2022 30 NA
6 April 7, 2022 33 NA
5 March 10, 2022 506 577
4 February 24, 2022 306 630
3 February 10, 2022 523 592
2 January 27, 2022 322 647
1 January 13, 2022 512 602

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Quebec Arrima draw issued invitations to 58 candidates to apply for permanent selection

August 18, 2022

Saskatchewan issued 668 invitations through SINP

Saskatchewan has held a new draw on August 18, 2022. Candidates have been invited through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The invitations have been issued to 668 candidates. The candidates apply for Canada PR and migrate to Canada.

Date Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
August 18, 2022 Express Entry 67 416 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments
Occupations In-Demand 252 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

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Saskatchewan issued 668 invitations through SINP

August 17, 2022

Highlights of the BC PNP draw held on August 16, 2022

British Columbia holds draws weekly and in this new draw, 228 candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The applicants can migrate to Canada after the approval of their permanent residency. Candidates having the score in the range of 60 and 132 received the invitations. This is the third draw held in August 2022.

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British Columbia issued 228 invitations to apply for Canada PR through BC PNP

August 17, 2022

New All-Program Express Entry draw issues 2,250 ITAs

Canada invites 2,250 candidates through the all-program Express Entry draw which was held on August 17, 2022. Candidates having the minimum score of 525 received the invitations. No program has been specified for this draw so candidates were eligible to apply through the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Date Number of invitations Lowest CRS score
August 17, 2022 2,250 525

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New All-Program Express Entry draw issues 2,250 ITAs

August 16, 2022

OINP invites 28 candidates under Entrepreneur stream
Ontario issued 28 invitations through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program to the candidates who applied under Entrepreneur stream. Candidates who have submitted their Express of Interest on August 8, 2022 were eligible for this draw.

Date of the draw Number of candidates invited Minimum score
August 16, 2022 28 138 to 160

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Ontario issued 28 invitations under Entrepreneur stream through OINP

August 11, 2022

Immigrant investors spend more than $21m to create jobs in British Columbia through entrepreneur stream

An investment of $21 million is done last year into new businesses. This investment helped to create 163 jobs in British Columbia. The investors were invited under Entrepreneur stream through British Canada has invited 38 entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneur stream for permanent residence.

Entrepreneurs have to submit their business proposal. After the approval of the proposal, they have to migrate to Canada on a temporary basis. They have the time of establishing their business within 12 to 24 months. After that, they can apply for permanent residence.

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Immigrant investors spend more than $21m to create jobs in British Columbia through entrepreneur stream

August 11, 2022

Manitoba issued 345 Letters of invitation to apply for Canada PR through MPNP

Canada has issued 345 Letters of Advice to Apply through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The invitations have been sent under the following categories:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: Under this stream the number of candidates invited is 257 and candidates having the score of 623 received the invitations.
  • Skilled Worker Overseas: Under this stream, the number of candidates invited is 33 and the candidates having the score of 718 received the invitations.
  • International Education Stream: Under this stream, the number of candidates invited is 55.

The table below reveals the detail of the draw:

Date Type of Invitation Number of invites EOI score
August 11, 2022 Skilled Workers in Manitoba 257 invitations 623
Skilled Workers Overseas 33 invitations 718
International Education Stream 55 invitations no EOI score

August 11, 2022

Saskatchewan issued 745 invitations through SINP

Saskatchewan issued 745 invitations through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The invitations have been sent under International Skilled Worker Stream. For Express Entry, the number of invitations is 433 while for Occupation In-Demand, the number of invitations is 312. The scores for both the categories is 68. The table below will reveal the details of the draw:

Date Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
August 10, 2022 Express Entry 68 433 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments
Occupations In-Demand 312 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

August 10, 2022

British Columbia invites 175 candidates through BC PNP under different streams

British issued 175 invitations through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The invitations have been issued under different streams and the invited candidates can apply for permanent residence in Canada. Candidates who scored between 60 and 114 points received the invitations. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

August 10, 2022 155 Skilled Worker 105  
 
 
 
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 114  
International Graduate 87  
International Graduate – EEBC option 97  
Entry Level and Semi Skilled 76  
August 10, 2022 5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60  
 
 
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60  
 
 
5 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60  
 
 
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60  
 

August 11, 2022

Immigrant investors spend more than $21m to create jobs in British Columbia through entrepreneur stream

An investment of $21 million is done last year into new businesses. This investment helped to create 163 jobs in British Columbia. The investors were invited under Entrepreneur stream through British Canada has invited 38 entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneur stream for permanent residence.

Entrepreneurs have to submit their business proposal. After the approval of the proposal, they have to migrate to Canada on a temporary basis. They have the time of establishing their business within 12 to 24 months. After that, they can apply for permanent residence.

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Immigrant investors spend more than $21m to create jobs in British Columbia through entrepreneur stream

August 03, 2022

228th Express Entry draw invited 2,000 candidates

Canada Express Entry is a popular pathway for candidates to apply for Canada PR. Canada has held a new Express Entry draw on August 3, 2022. In this draw, 2,000 candidates received invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Candidates who applied through Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class were invited in this draw. The CRS score is 9 points lower than the previous draw. In comparison to the previous draw, 250 more candidates have been invited in this draw.

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Third all-program Express Entry draw issued 2,000 ITAs

August 03, 2022

BC PNP draw issued 174 invitations to apply for Canada PR

British Columbia holds invitations regularly and weekly and in the new draw, 174 candidates have been invited through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The candidates invited through this new BC PNP draw can apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The candidates whose score is in between 60 and 90 received the invitations. The candidates whose name is available in the registration pool received the invitations. The registration pool consists of the information on the basis of which candidates are ranked, selected and invited.

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
August 3, 2022
133 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 90
22 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
9 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60
5 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60

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BC PNP draw issued 174 invitations to apply for Canada PR

July 29, 2022

Alberta issued 120 Notification of Interest letters through AINP

Alberta invited 120 candidates to apply for Canada PR. The notification of interest letters have been sent through Alberta Immigration Nominee Program under Express Entry. The lowest CRS score for this draw is 473. The table below will reveal the details of the draw.

Date of the draw Number of Notification of Interest letters sent Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of lowest ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter
July 29, 2022 120 473

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Alberta issued 120 Notification of Interest letters through AINP

July 28, 2022

Saskatchewan invites 748 candidates through SINP under the international skilled workers stream

Saskatchewan held the fifth draw in July 2022. In this draw, 748 candidates have been invited through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The candidates are invited under Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Categories.

The number of candidates invited under the Occupations In-Demand category is 469 and for Express Entry, the number of invitations is 279. The minimum score for both categories is 68.

The table below will show the details of the draw:

Date Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
July 28, 2022 Express Entry 68 279 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments
Occupations In-Demand 469 The invitations were sent to the candidates on the basis of Educational Credential Assessments

 

July 27, 2022

OINP draw issues two invitations under the Foreign Worker Stream

Ontario has invited two candidates to apply for Canada PR. The invitations have been issued through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program and CRS score is not applicable for this draw. The draw was held under Foreign Worker Stream. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date Number of ITAs Streams Score
July 14, 2022 2 Foreign Worker Stream NA

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OINP draw issues two invitations under Foreign Worker Stream

July 26, 2022

BC PNP issued 183 invitations to apply for Canada PR

British Columbia held a draw on July 26, 2022, through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program and issued 183 invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The score ranges from 60 to 136.

The details of the draw are given in the table below:

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
July 26, 2022 147 Skilled Worker 115
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 136
International Graduate 96
International Graduate – EEBC option 113
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 78
22 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
9 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60

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BC PNP issued 183 invitations to apply for Canada PR

July 21, 2022

Highlights of PEI-PNP draw held on July 21, 2022

Prince Edward Island, popularly known as Garden of the Gulf invited 165 candidates. Among these 165 invitations, 138 were from Labor and Express Entry Invitations, and the remaining 27 belong to Business Work Permit Entrepreneur Invitations.
Candidates having a minimum score of 60 points were invited in this draw. In 2022, the province planned to hold one draw every month and followed it exactly in the 7th month.

The candidates in the pool of Business Impact had to score at least 60 points.

Date Category Invites Issued Minimum Score
21-07-2022 Labour Impact/Express Entry 138 N/A
Business Impact 27 60

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PEI-PNP invites 165 candidates on July 21, 2022

July 21, 2022

Saskatchewan draw invites 802 candidates

Saskatchewan held a new draw through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program and invited 802 candidates to apply for Canada PR. The residents of Ukraine having the EOI score of 60 received 5 invitations. The candidates having the score of 68 received 797 invitations. All the candidates can apply for Canada PR.

The draw details can be found in the table below:

Date Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
July 21, 2022   60 5 The residents of Ukraine received invitations under special consideration
Express Entry 68 797 Candidates having Educational Credential Assessments received the invitations

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Saskatchewan draw invites 802 candidates

July 20, 2022

Canada increases ITAs to 1,750, CRS drops to 542 – Express Entry Draw

Canada held a new all-program Express Entry draw and invited 1,750 candidates to apply for the Canada PR. The minimum score for this draw is 542. This is the second all-program draw and 16th Express Entry draw in 2022.

The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Date Number of candidates invited Minimum CRS score
July 20, 2022 1,750 542
July 6, 2022 1,500 557

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Canada increases ITAs to 1,750, CRS drops to 542 – Express Entry Draw

July 20, 2022

IRCC to implement Express Entry reforms in the first quarter of 2023

IRCC is planning to hold draws to meet the labor market demands. IRCC passed Bill C-19 which will allow the Immigration Minister to hold Express Entry draws through the criteria that will support regional economic goals. These amendments are implemented in the Express Entry system, in which candidates are invited based on their occupation, language, or educational attainment, instead of their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores.

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IRCC to implement Express Entry reforms in the first quarter of 2023

July 19, 2022

BC PNP invites 170 candidates to apply for Canada PR

A new draw has been held by British Columbia through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program in which 170 candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The invitations have been sent under the following streams:

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

Find the details of the draw in the following table:

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
July 19, 2022 139 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 85
18 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
8 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60
5 Entrepreneur Immigration- Regional Pilot 111

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BC PNP invites 170 candidates to apply for Canada PR

July 15, 2022

Ontario Entrepreneur Draw invites 33 candidates

Ontario has issued invitations to 33 candidates under the Entrepreneur Stream. The candidates have been invited through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program. The minimum score for this draw ranges between 146 and 174.

Find the details of the draw in the table below

Date Invitations Issued Minimum score range
July 15, 2022 33 146-174
March 4, 2022 21 152-169


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Ontario Entrepreneur Draw invites 33 candidates

July 07, 2022

Quebec Arrima draw invites 351 candidates to apply for permanent selection

Quebec Arrima draw invited 351 candidates to apply for permanent selection. The candidates who have applied for occupations available in the National Occupational Classification list received the invitations.

The table below reveals the details of the Quebec Arrima draws held in 2022:

Quebec Arrima Draws in 2022 Date No. of candidates invited EOI score
8 July 7, 2022 351 551-624
7 May 5, 2022 30 NA
6 April 7, 2022 33 NA
5 March 10, 2022 506 577
4 February 24, 2022 306 630
3 February 10, 2022 523 592
2 January 27, 2022 322 647
1 January 13, 2022 512 602

The table below reveals the points for each job code:

NOC Code Jobs EOI Score
0213 Computer and information systems managers 624 and above
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5223 Graphic arts technicians
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
3233 Licensed practical nurses 575
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 580
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants 551

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Quebec Arrima draw invites 351 candidates to apply for permanent selection

July 16, 2022

Entrepreneur category for British Columbia will be back after one year

British Columbia resumes accepting applications for Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) program even for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Business entrepreneurs need to meet specific requirements to be eligible.
The Entrepreneur must provide a net worth of at least $600,00 and then need to submit a business proposal if you are planning to start a new business. The applicant must show a possible score of 200 points; 120 points for the self-declaration section and possible 80 points for business concepts. The BC PNP EI program application fee is $3,500 and will be processed within four months.

By July 13, British Columbia immigration department officials will be able to send the target Invitation to Apply (ITAs) based on new factors.

  • Business sector
  • Proposed business location
  • Community population
  • Whether the existing business is being purchased or new business is to be starred

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Entrepreneur category for British Columbia will be back after one year

July 14, 2022

Manitoba draw invites 366 candidates through MPNP

Manitoba issued 366 LAAs to the candidates allowing them to apply for Canada PR. The invitations have been issued under different streams with an EOI score ranging from 699-715.

  • 293 invitations were issued under Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream (EOI score is 699)
  • 33 invitations were issued under Skilled Workers Overseas stream (EOI score is 715)
  • 40 invitations issued under International Education Stream

The table below incudes the details of the draw:

Date Type of Invitation Number of invites EOI score

July 14, 2022

 

Skilled Workers in Manitoba 293 invitations 699
Skilled Workers Overseas 33 invitations 715
International Education Stream 40 invitations No EOI score

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Manitoba draw invites 366 candidates through MPNP

July 14, 2022

Ontario issues 755 NOIs under Skilled Trades Stream to apply for a Canada PR

Ontario has issued 755 invitations to candidates to apply for a Canada PR. The candidates received the invitations through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program under Skilled Trades Stream. OINP selects the candidates under the Express Entry pool. The minimum score for this draw is 310 and above.

The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date

Number of NOIs Streams Score
July 14, 2022 755 Skilled Trades Stream

310 and above

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Ontario issues 755 NOIs under Skilled Trades Stream to apply for a Canada PR

July 14, 2022

SINP International Skilled Workers stream issued 627 invitations

Saskatchewan invited 627 candidates through Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program. The candidates have been invited under different streams. Candidates under Occupation In-Demand category received 195 invitations and candidates under Express Entry received 430 invitations. Ukraine has received 2 invitations under special consideration.

The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Date

Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
July 14, 2022   66 2 The residents of Ukraine received invitations under special consideration
Occupations In-Demand 69 195 Candidates having Educational Credential Assessments received the invitations
Express Entry 69 430

Candidates having Educational Credential Assessments received the invitations

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SINP International Skilled Workers stream issued 627 invitations

July 14, 2022

Immigration to Canada breaks all records in first five months of 2022

Immigration to Canada has risen up to 71.8 percent in comparison to 2021. Canada has welcomed around 187,490 new permanent residents. It has been estimated that if the current rate continues, Canada will welcome 449,976 new permanent residents. Business leaders in Canada are demanding to increase in immigration levels to resolve the problem of labour shortage.

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Canada immigration breaks all records in first five months of 2022

July 13, 2022

Major employers in Canada want to increase the immigration of skilled workers

Canadian major employers are facing difficulties in hiring overseas workers. They want to increase the immigration levels in order to fill the 1.1 million job vacancies. According to Canadian Statistics, 80 percent of the employers have difficulties in hiring skilled workers due to processing delays, high costs, and complex rules. Employers can hire overseas workers through different programs like TFWP, IMP, and Express Entry.

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Major employers in Canada want to increase the immigration of skilled workers

July 12, 2022

BC PNP draw issues 174 Invitations to apply for a Canada PR

British Columbia invites 174 candidates to apply for a Canada PR. The minimum score for this draw is in the range of 60 and 130. Candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The details of the draw can be seen in the table below:

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
July 12, 2022 132 Skilled Worker 115
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 130
International Graduate 97
International Graduate – EEBC option 110
Entry Level and Semi Skilled 78
22 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
10 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60
5 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60

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BC PNP draw issues 174 Invitations to apply for a Canada PR

July 08, 2022

Unemployment drops to record low in Canada, total employment increased by 1.1 million – May Report

The employment rate in Canada has reached up to 1.1 million and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent. Various factors have led to increase in employment including:

  • Increasing hourly wages up to 3.9 percent
  • Reduction in part-time work
  • Increase in number of industries in different sectors

July 07, 2022

Saskatchewan invites 64 candidates under the Entrepreneur stream

Saskatchewan has issued EOIs to 64 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates have been invited under the Entrepreneur stream. Candidates having scores ranging from 80 and 130 were invited. The table below will show the details of the draw:

Date Low Average High Total Selections
July 7, 2022 80 95 130 64

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Saskatchewan invites 64 candidates under Entrepreneur stream

July 06, 2022

Canada issues 1,500 ITAs in the first All-Program Express Entry Draw

Canada has issued 1,500 invitations to apply in the first all-program draw held in 2022. The lowest ranking score for this draw is 557 points. In total, Canada has issued 10,865 invitations to apply through Express Entry draw in 2022. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
July 12, 2022 132 Skilled Worker 115
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 130
International Graduate 97
International Graduate – EEBC option 110
Entry Level and Semi Skilled 78
22 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
10 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60
5 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60

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Canada issues 1,500 ITAs in the first All-Program Express Entry Draw

July 06, 2022

Saskatchewan issues 682 Expression of Interest through SINP

Saskatchewan has issued 682 Expression of Interest through Saskatchewan immigration Nominee Program. The invitations were issued under Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Categories. The table below will provide the full information of the draw:

Date Category Score of lowest-ranked candidates Number of invitations Considerations
July 6, 2022 Occupations In-Demand 61 5 Invitations sent to the residents of Ukraine under special consideration
July 6, 2022 Express Entry 73 279 The candidates who are invited have Educational Credential Assessments
July 6, 2022 Occupations In-Demand 73 398 The candidates who are invited have Educational Credential Assessments

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Saskatchewan issues 682 Expression of Interest through SINP

July 05, 2022

BC PNP draw invites 133 candidates to apply for Canada PR 

British Columbia has issued 133 ITAs to apply for a Canada PR. Candidates having a minimum score between 60 and 85 were invited in this draw. This is a targeted draw and the candidates belonging to the following job roles were invited:

  • IT sector
  • Early Childcare Educators & Assistants (NOC 4214)
  • Healthcare
  • Veterinarians (NOC 3114)
  • Animal Health Technologists (NOC 3213)

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BC PNP draw invites 133 candidates to apply for Canada PR

June 30, 2022

Manitoba issues 348 LAAs to Apply for a Canada PR

Manitoba has issued 348 Letters of Advice to Apply through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The invited candidates can apply for a Canada PR to settle and work in Canada. The invitations were sent under three streams which are:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • International Education System

The table below will reveal the details of the draw:

Date Type of Invitation Number of invites EOI score
June 30, 2022 Skilled Workers in Manitoba 186 invitations 773
June 30, 2022 Skilled Workers Overseas 83 invitations 711
June 30, 2022 International Education Stream 79 invitations no EOI score

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Manitoba issues 348 LAAs to apply for a Canada PR

June 29, 2022

Ontario issued 719 invitations under various streams through OINP

Ontario has issued 719 Expression of interest through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program. The invitations have been sent under the following streams:

  • 2 invitations were sent under Foreign Worker stream.
  • 424 invitations were issued under International Student stream. The CRS score for this stream is 74 and above
  • 293 invitations have issued under In-Demand Skills stream. The CRS score for this stream is 24 and above.

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Ontario issued 719 invitations under various streams through OINP

June 28, 2022

BC PNP draw invites 182 candidates

Invitations to apply have been sent to 182 candidates through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program draw. The range of score for this draw lies between 60 and 124. Periodic invitations are issued to the candidates to live and work in the province.

The table below will show the details of the draw

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
June 28, 2022
159
Skilled Worker 110
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 124
International Graduate 96
International Graduate – EEBC option 106
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75
June 28, 2022
17 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60
6 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60

 

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BC PNP draw invited 182 candidates to apply for Canada PR

June 21, 2022

Ontario PNP draw issued 356 NOIs under French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Ontario PNP draw has issued 356 Notifications of Interest and these candidates can qualify for the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score for this draw is 440 and above. The candidates have been invited to work in Canada.

For more details, visit the link below.

Ontario PNP draw issued 356 NOIs under French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

June 27, 2022

Extension will be given to the PGWPs expired after September 20, 2021

Sean Fraser, Canada immigration minister, has announced that candidates having PGWP will get extension in the upcoming one-time extension. The new policy will also help the CEC candidates to apply through Express Entry. The permits that are expired between September 2021 and January 2022 will get extension. Candidates have to apply for an open work permit once their PGWP is expired.

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Extension will be given to the PGWPs expired after September 20, 2021

June 25, 2022

Canada to resume all-program Express Entry draws on Wednesday July 6

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced that “all-program Express Entry draws will resume on July 6, 2022. The minister has given a confirmation that IRCC will normalize Express Entry draws in July.”

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Canada to resume all-program Express Entry draws on Wednesday July 6

June 24, 2022

Average weekly earnings increase by 4% in Canada; 1 million+ vacancies

The Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours has measured the benefits or pay that employees receive from their employers. The report has shown that the benefits or pay have been increased by 126,000 in April. Only a little change can be found in Quebec.. In all other provinces much changes can be found.

Provinces Changes in pay and benefits
Ontario +49,900
Alberta +37,200
British Columbia +16,600

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Average weekly earnings increase by 4% in Canada; 1 million+ vacancies

June 23, 2022

Ottawa invests $3M to boost international tech start-ups in Ontario

Ottawa announced to invest $3 million to boost tech start-ups in Ontario. This investment will help the entrepreneurs to get permanent residence in Canada. In 2021, 375 entrepreneurs have got permanent residence through this Start-up visa program. In the first four months of 2022, permanent resident status has been given to 185 candidates. Canada has also planned to welcome 555 permanent residents in 2022.

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Ottawa invests of $3M to boost international tech start-ups in Ontario

June 22, 2022

Express Entry: Canada issued invitations to 636 PNP Candidates

Canada invited 636 PNP candidates through the Express Entry draw. Candidates having a minimum CRS score of 752 were invited in this draw. Canada immigration Minister Sean Fraser has stated that the all-program draws such as CEC and FSWP will be resumed from July 6, 2022.

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Express Entry 225th draw invited 636 PNP Candidates

June 21, 2022

BC PNP draw invites 125 candidates

British Columbia has held a draw on June 21, 2022 and issued 125 invitations to apply for Canada PR. Candidates having a minimum score ranging from 60 to 85.

Date No. of
 Invitations
Category Min.
 Score
Description
June 21, 2022 101 Skilled Worker, International Graduate
(Includes EEBC option)
85 Targeted draw: Tech
14 Skilled Worker, International Graduate
(Includes EEBC option)
60 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators. and assistants (NOC 4214)
10 Skilled Worker, International Graduate,
Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled
(Includes EEBC option)
60 Targeted draw: Healthcare

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BC PNP draw invites 125 candidates

June 16, 2022

Alberta PNP draw has issued 150 Notification of Interest letters

Alberta has held a new Express Entry draw through Alberta PNP. The draw has issued 150 Notification of Interest letters. The candidates who scored 306 points received the invitations.

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Alberta PNP draw has issued 150 Notification of Interest letters

June 19, 2022

New targets for immigration in 2022 announced by Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has announced new targets for immigration under Nova Scotia Nominee Program and Atlantic Immigration Program. IRCC has increased the immigration number to 5,340 for NSNP and added 1,173 spaces in the AIP.

The province budget allocation for 2022-2023 is as follows:

Budget in CAD Utilized for
1 million Market promotion for immigration and population growth
1.4 million Settlement services in societies
8,95,000 For recruiting staff to participate in immigration programs

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Nova Scotia announces new immigration targets for 2022

June 16, 2022

PEI draw invited 136 candidates on June 16, 2022

Prince Edward Island issued invitations to 136 candidates. The candidates have been invited under two streams namely, the Business Impact stream and Labour Impact and Express Entry stream. The number of candidates invited under the Labour Impact and Express Entry stream is 127. The number of candidates who are invited under the Business Impact stream is 9 and these candidates have to score 65 points.

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PEI draw invites 136 candidates through PEI PNP draw

June 15, 2022

Canada to introduce a new fast-track immigration program for temporary workers

Canada will be introducing a new immigration program for international students and temporary workers. The new program will be similar to the current temporary residence to permanent residence program but both the programs will not be identical.

Changes to the Express Entry will also be made. Candidates will be able to apply for the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Program. IRCC will also get permission after Bill C-19 is passed. This bill will permit IRCC to invite Express Entry candidates on the basis of occupation, educational credentials, and ability in speaking, reading, writing, and understand the French language.

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Canada to introduce a new fast-track program for temporary workers

June 13, 2022

Unemployment rate in Canada was recorded 5.1% in May, 2022

The demand for workers has been increasing remarkably in Canada as unemployment decreases and job vacancies rise. Canada’s unemployment rate has reached a record of 5.1%, the lowest point since the comparable data in 1976.

According to the recent Labor Force Survey from Statistics Canada, the labor force gained 39,800 jobs in May. With a new record, Canada will welcome 431,645 new permanent residents. In the first quarter of 2022

As per the Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey results for the march, the unemployment ratio for job vacancies has reached the lowest of 1:2, prioritizing labor supply pressures where the employers are seeking to attract and retain employees.

June 10, 2022

Canada to open online citizenship applications for multiple adults

Canada has announced that it will allow multiple adults to apply for citizenship. The candidates, who are 18 years old and above will be allowed to apply for citizenship with their families. Currently, only one adult is allowed to apply for citizenship.

Multiple adults will be allowed to apply for citizenship in the fall of 2022. IRCC has announced that the representatives will be allowed to submit the applications on behalf of their clients. The screening questions will also be updated. This will help the clients to submit their applications online.

IRCC has announced that it will expand the application so that minors and adults can apply for the citizenship.

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Canada to open online citizenship applications for multiple adults

June 8, 2022

Private Quebec College graduates no longer eligible for PGWP starting September 2023

The federal government has announced that graduates belonging to the non-subsidized private colleges in Quebec will not get the opportunity to receive post-graduate work permit. The action has been taken because the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education and some journalists have conducted investigations.

They found that there are some colleges that are using unethical and immoral ways in the recruitment processes. This resulted in a problem for the international students who were unable to access the PGWP process though they have enrolled in private study programs. An open work permit allows the students to work in Canada for three years.

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Private Quebec college graduates no longer eligible for PGWP starting September 2023

June 8, 2022

BC PNP Draw has invited 146 candidates

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program draw has invited 146 candidates to the province so that people can live and work in Canada. The candidates have to score the points between 60 and 85. The candidates under the registration pool have received the invitations.

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BC PNP draw invites 146 candidates under various categories

June 8, 2022

Largest Express Entry draw held by Canada

Canada Express Entry draw has invited 932 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invitations have been sent to only PNP candidates. The minimum score that the candidates have to achieve is 796 points.

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Largest Express Entry draw invites 932 candidates

June 4, 2022

Canada plans to invite 500,000 permanent residents this summer

Canada has plans to invite a large number of permanent residents this summer. The candidates who will be invited will include immigrants, students, and temporary foreign workers. In Q3 2022, it is expected that 130,000 candidates will be given the permanent resident status. As per the immigration levels plan 2022-2024, there is a plan to invite 432,000 candidates as permanent residents.

In the first quarter of 2022, 114,000 candidates were invited. These candidates included the temporary residents whose status was changed to permanent resident. The invitation of Q1 also included the individuals who are living outside Canada. It is expected that 100,000 will be invited in Q3 of 2022.

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Canada immigration could have 500,000 newcomers arriving in 2022

June 2, 2022

Manitoba draw invites 146 candidates under Manitoba PNP

Manitoba has sent invitations to 146 candidates through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Under International stream, LAAs have been sent to 54 candidates. Under Skilled Workers Overseas stream, 92 LAAs have been sent.

The minimum score for the Skilled Workers Overseas stream is 714. No score is available for the International Education stream. Candidates having a job validation code and a valid Express Entry ID have also received invitation and the number of invitations is 34.

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Manitoba draw invites 146 candidates under Manitoba PNP

May 25, 2022

Express Entry draw invites 589 candidates through PNP

A new Express Entry draw has been conducted on May 25, 2022 in which 589 candidates. The minimum CRS score for this draw is 741. The candidates who have received provincial nomination have been invited. The table below will show the details of the draw.

Date Number of candidates invited Minimum CRS score
May 25, 2022 589 741

May 19, 2022

Alberta AINP draw invites 100 candidates

Express Entry draw has invited 100 candidates under Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. The minimum CRS score for the candidates is 382. The details of the draw are shown in the table below.

Date of the draw Number of notifications Comprehensive Ranking Score
May 19, 2022 100 382

May 24, 2022

BC PNP Draw invites 137 candidates

British Columbia has invited 137 candidates through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program draw. The minimum score ranges between 60 and 85. Candidates in the registration pool have received the invitation.

The table below will give full details.

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score Description
May 24, 2022 11 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)
May 24, 2022
115 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 85 Targeted draw: Tech
11 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Healthcare


May 20, 2022

PEI PNP invites 153 candidates

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Draw has sent invitations to 153 candidates under different categories. Under Labor Impact and Express Entry category, 137 candidates have been invited. Under Business Impact category, 16 candidates have been invited. The minimum score for the draw is 62 points.

The detail of the draw is given in the table below:

Date Category Invites Issued Minimum Score
20-05-2022 Labour Impact/Express Entry 137 62
Business Impact 16

May 17, 2022

BC PNP Draw invites 185 candidates

BC PNP draw has sent invitations to 185 candidates under different categories. The minimum score ranges between 62 and 62 and 123. The table below will show the full details:

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score Description
May 17, 2022
154
Skilled Worker 109
General draw (includes tech occupations)
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 123
International Graduate 97
International Graduate – EEBC option 107
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 76
May 17, 2022
21 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 62 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)
5 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 62 Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)
5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 62 Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)

 

May 14, 2022

Quebec Arrima draw invited 30 Canada immigration candidates

On May 05, 2022, the Quebec Arrima draw invited 30 Canada immigration candidates. Applicants with a job offer from an employer outside the Montreal metropolitan area were invited in this draw.  These 30 individuals are invited to apply for permanent selection.

Date of invitations Invites Issued Minimum Score Date of extraction from Arrima bank
May 5, 2022 30  May 2, 2022 at 6:30 am

 

11-May-2022

Express Entry: Canada invites 545 PNP candidates

Canada has sent invitations to 545 candidates on May 11. These candidates can apply for Canada permanent residence in the country. The candidates who are invited in this Express Entry draw have received nominations from a Provincial Nomination Program.

For more information – https://www.y-axis.com/news/canada-issued-545-invitations-through-express-entry/

May 10, 2022

British Columbia has invited 171 candidates through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program draw. The minimum score lies between 62 and 85 points.

The table below will show the details of the draw.

Date Number of Invitations  Category

Minimum

Score

Description
May 10, 2022 126 Skilled Worker, International Graduate 85 Targeted draw: Tech
(includes EEBC option)
May 10, 2022 20 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 62 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)

 

20

Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled(includes EEBC option) 62 Targeted draw: Healthcare
 

 

 

5

Skilled Worker, International Graduate(includes EEBC option)

 

62 Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)

 

10-May-2022

BC PNP draw invites 171 candidates

British Columbia has sent invitations to 171 candidates on May 10, 2022, through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The invitations have been sent under different types of streams. The candidates whose name is found in the registration pool have got the invitation.

For more information: https://www.y-axis.com/news/bc-pnp-draw-invites-171-candidates/

May 5, 2022

Manitoba PNP draw 315 candidates on May 5, 2022

Manitoba held its PNP draw on May 05, 2022, and issued 315 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs). Out of 315 LAAs, 249 were issued to Skilled Workers in Manitoba (cut off score 651), 32 were International Education Stream, and 34 were Skilled Workers Overseas (cut off score 691).


For more information: https://www.y-axis.com/news/manitobas-145-eoi-draw-issued-315-laas/

May 05, 2022

Saskatchewan invites 198 candidates under Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams

Canada’s Saskatchewan has held another round of invitations – the third held by the province in 2022, under Canadian permanent residence. On May 05, 2022, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited a total of 198 skilled workers to apply for a nomination by the province.

For more information: https://www.y-axis.com/news/saskatchewan-invites-198-candidates-under-express-entry-and-occupations-in-demand-streams/

May 03, 2022

BCPNP draw invited 183 candidates

On May 03, 2022, a British Columbia PNP draw was conducted in which 183 Canada immigration candidates were sent invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

For more information: https://www.y-axis.com/news/bcpnp-draw-invites-183-skilled-immigrants-on-may-3-2022/

21st April 2022:

Manitoba draw sent 303 Letters of Advice to apply

Manitoba draw has sent 303 Letters of Advice to Apply. The number of candidates invited under Skilled workers in Manitoba category is 201 and they have to score 707 points. The number of candidates invited under Skilled Workers Overseas is 61 and they have to score 708 points. The number of candidates invited under International Education Stream is 41 and no score has been specified for such candidates. Candidates having a valid Express Entry ID and a job validation code are also invited and their number is 46.

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Manitoba draw sent 303 Letters of Advice to apply

13th April 2022:

Third Express Entry Draw in March invited 919 PNP Candidates

IRCC held an Express Entry draw on April 13, 2022, and invited 787 PNP candidates having a CRS score of 782. This is the 219 Express Entry draw. The PNP candidates will get an additional point of 600 when they receive their nomination. The invited candidates will have 60 calendar days to apply for the Canada PR.

12th April 2022:

BCPNP draw invited 160 candidates under Skills Immigration Program

On April 12, 2022, British Columbia held its PNP draw and issued 160 invitations under Skills Immigration Program. Candidates having scores ranging from 70 – 87 were invited in the first draw of April 2022.  This is a targeted draw and invited Tech workers, Early childhood educators, Healthcare assistants, and other professionals.

07th April 2022:

Manitoba PNP draw issued 223 LAAs

Manitoba held its PNP draw on April 07, 2022, and issued 223 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs). Out of 223 LAAs, 156 were issued to Skilled Workers in Manitoba (cut off score 739),

34 International Education Stream, and 33 Skilled Workers Overseas (cut off score 683).

05th April 2022:

BCPNP draw invited 198 candidates under Skills Immigration Program

On April 05, 2022, British Columbia held its PNP draw and issued 198 invitations under Skills Immigration Program. Candidates having scores ranging from 70 – 125 were invited in the first draw of April 2022.  This is a targeted draw and invited Early childhood educators, Healthcare assistants, and other professionals.

30th March 2022:

919 PNP candidates were invited through Express Entry

On March30, 2022, 919 PNP candidates have been invited through Express Entry.

30th March 2022:

OINP invites 618 candidates

O March 30, 2022, invitations have been sent to 618 candidates through OINP.

29th March 2022:

BCPNP sent invitations to 215 candidates

On March 29, 2022, BCPNPO has sent invitations to 215 candidates.

24th March 2022:

MPNP sent 191 letters of advice

On March 24, 2022, Manitoba draw has sent 191 letters of advice through MPNP.  Out of these 191 LAAs, 33 were sent to the Express Entry candidates

24th March 2022:

OINP has invited 471 candidates

On March 24, 2022, Ontario has invited 471 candidates through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program.

22nd March 2022:

Alberta Immigration Nominee Program sends invitations to 350 candidates

On March 22, 2022, 350 candidates have been invited through Alberta Immigration Nominee Program.

22nd March 2022:

BCPNP sent invitations to 204 Candidates

On March 22, 2022, invitations have been sent to 204 candidates through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

17th March 2022:

PEI Provincial Nominee Program has invited 141 candidates

On March 17, 2022, Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program has invited 141 candidates.

16th March 2022:

Alberta invites 350 candidates in the latest provincial draw

In a draw held on March 8, 2022, the province of Alberta invited 350 international immigrants to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The details of the draw were announced via the stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program linked with Express Entry. Canada invited 924 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 16.

350 candidates were invited to this draw with a low score of 318 in the CRS or Comprehensive Ranking System. The score was lower by 22 points compared to the last draw.

The draw was held through the pathway of Express Entry linked with the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

16th March 2022:

IRCC invites 924 PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw held on March 16, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 924 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in the latest invitation round. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 754 points. Since PNP candidates get an automatic 600 points boost when they obtain their nomination, the minimum score was relatively high. The lowest-scoring candidates would have received 154 base points if they had not been nominated.

Candidates have to apply for permanent residency within 60 days.

IRCC invited 1,047 PNP candidates to apply for Canadian immigration in the previous round of invitation.

Ontario invites 21 candidates under Entrepreneur Stream in the first draw of 2022

Ontario issued 21 immigrants ITAs (Invitation to Apply) in its first draw of the year. The OINP, or Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, held a draw for the Entrepreneur stream.

To be eligible for the draw, candidates who filed their Expressions of Interest by February 21, 2022 had to score between 152 and 169 points.

14th March 2022:

BC PNP draw issued 176 invitations under Skills Immigration Program

British Columbia PNP has invited 176 candidates under Skills Immigration Program. The minimum score is in the range of 63 and 85.

10th March 2022:

Manitoba PNP draw issued 120 LAAs

On March 10, 2022, Manitoba held its PNP draw and 120 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued. Skilled Workers in Manitoba (cut off score 781) got 50 Letter of Advice to apply, while 36 LAAs were given to International Education Stream, and 34 to Skilled Workers Overseas (cut off score 718).

8th March 2022:

BCPNP invites 204 candidates on March 8, 2022

On March 8, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has invited 204 candidates. The names of these candidates have to be available in the registration pool.

8th March 2022:

SINP draw invites 85 immigration candidates

On March 8, 2022, SINP has invited 85 candidates through Express Entry. The minimum ranking score lies between 61 and 87. Invitations have been sent only for the selected occupations.

8th March 2022:

BC-PNP Draw invites 204 immigration candidates

On March 8, 2022, BCPNP draw has invited 204 candidates. The range of the lowest ranking score is in between 77 and 128. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has been introduced for the invitation of foreign workers who can live and work in British Columbia. Candidates have to send an application for the permanent residency in British Columbia to live and work.

8th March 2022:

350 Express Entry Candidates invited Lowest CRS Score of 318

Alberta invited 350 candidates on March 8, 2022 and their minimum CRS score should be 318. Express Entry under Alberta Advantage Immigration Program has been used to invite the candidates.

7th March 2022:

Saskatchewan PNP launches a new tech immigration program

Saskatchewan’s new Tech Talent Pathway was established on March 7 as part of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to recruit tech workers to the province.

The Tech Talent Pathway aims to address Saskatchewan’s acute labour shortages in the tech sector. Employers in Saskatchewan’s technology and innovation sectors will be able to attract more talent to promote growth and boost Saskatchewan’s global competitiveness thanks to this new road to permanent residence for tech professionals.

Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said, “As Saskatchewan emerges from the impacts of the global pandemic, our technology sector will be an important driver of economic growth. The new Tech Talent Pathway provides our Saskatchewan employers with a dedicated stream for the attraction of highly skilled talent into our thriving technology sector.”

This new stream will make the immigration process easier and faster for IT workers who are already employed in Saskatchewan as well as those who have been recruited from outside the country.

Applicants to the Tech Talent Pathway must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:

An employer-specific SINP Job Approval Letter for a eligible technology sector occupation.

If the applicant is not working in Saskatchewan at the time of application, a minimum official language level of CLB level 5 is required; if applying for Express Entry, a minimum official language level of CLB level 7 is required.

In the last five years, at least one year of work experience in that occupation; or six months working in Saskatchewan.

Post-secondary education.

Must be able to obtain a professional license in Saskatchewan (applicable to eligible computer, software, electrical and electronics engineers).

4th March 2022:

SINP draw invites 36 candidates

On March 4, 2022, SINP draw has sent invitations to 36 candidates. The candidates have been invited under Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams.

3rd March 2022:

Canada’s newly-permanent Atlantic Immigration Program will open on March 6

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), which was recently announced by Ottawa, will begin accepting applications this Sunday from skilled foreign employees and international graduates seeking permanent residence in one of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces.

The Atlantic Immigration Program will open on March 6 for qualified foreign employees and international graduates with endorsements who want to reside in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island.

Late last year, the Atlantic Canadian provinces on the country’s eastern coastlines received a permanent immigration stream.

It builds on the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which brought a rising number of foreign residents to the provinces.

According to Canada’s immigration minister, “Over the past few years, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has made an incredible difference in communities across our region.”

“It has brought us the resource we need most: more people. They’re skilled, they’re young and they’re staying. Now, we’re doubling down on what works by making it permanent, so we can continue attracting the best and brightest to our region and build a vibrant, prosperous future for Atlantic Canada,’’ he added.

The permanent program keeps the three elements that made the pilot so successful: a focus on employers, improved settlement assistance, and a collaborative approach across all Atlantic provinces.

The new AIP includes changes such as a definition of partners’ roles, increased employer support through training, and strengthened program standards to guarantee newcomers may effectively establish themselves in the region.

There are three programs under the AIP:

  • The Atlantic High-skilled Program
  • The Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program
  • The Atlantic International Graduate Program

3rd March 2022:

Vaccinated travelers can now come to Canada without getting tested, no quarantine required

Travelers who are fully vaccinated can now enter Canada without being tested for COVID-19 unless they are randomly selected for testing.

Quarantine for 14 days is no longer required for travelers. They will no longer need to isolate their unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who are travelling with them. Unvaccinated Canadians will be required to be tested upon arrival, on the eighth day after entering the country, and will be quarantined for 14 days.

The advice on international travel issued by Canada has officially been rescinded, allowing Canadians to travel outside the country for non-essential purposes.

3rd March 2022:

Saskatchewan invites 58 Canada immigration candidates in new entrepreneur draw

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has issued 58 invitations to entrepreneurs through a new Entrepreneur stream draw (SINP).

A minimum score of 80 and an average score of 90 points were necessary for the March 3 draw.

2nd March 2022:

Canada invites 1047 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

In an Express Entry draw held on March 2nd Canada has invited 1,047 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian immigration.

The IRCC has invited only PNP candidates to this invitation round. The CRS cut-off score for this draw was 761 points. The score is high because PNP candidates will get 600 points automatically added to their score.

The invited candidates have 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

1st March 2022:

Ontario invites international student graduates and workers in five PNP draws

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 173 immigration hopefuls to apply for the PhD Graduate stream on February 28. Candidates needed a minimum score of 16 on their Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered.

On March 1, candidates for the Masters Graduate, Foreign Worker, and International Student streams were invited to apply.

Ontario PNP draw results February 28 and March 1, 2022

PNP stream, Minimum score, # of invitations

The stream issued invitations to International Student stream candidates with a score of 42 and above who have work experience in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes below:

2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians

2282 – User support technicians

2283 – Information systems testing technicians

7201 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations

7202 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

7203 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades

7204 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

7205 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

7232 – Tool and die makers

7233 – Sheet metal workers

7236 – Ironworkers

7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)

7242 – Industrial electricians

7251 – Plumbers

7271 – Carpenters

7281 – Bricklayers

7282 – Concrete finishers

7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

7291 – Roofers and shinglers

7293 – Insulators

7294 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations

7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

7314 – Railway carmen/women

7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

7318 – Elevator constructors and mechanics

7321 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

7333 – Electrical mechanics

7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics

7371 – Crane operators

8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

1st March 2022:

British Columbia invites 136 tech workers in provincial draw

B.C. invited 136 tech workers in the latest provincial draw held on March 1. The invitations were issued under the BC PNP Tech program.

The candidates who received invitations in this draw belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and the required minimum provincial score is 85 points.

The invited candidates have to apply for a nomination within 30 days.

28th February 2022:

Canada set to relax border restrictions for COVID from Feb 28

Antigen tests will be required for all vaccinated passengers entering Canada, and unvaccinated minors under the age of 12 will no longer be required to quarantine.

Travelers will have the option of providing a negative COVID-19 test result to meet the pre-entry requirements. Random COVID testing will still be performed on fully vaccinated passengers upon arrival, but they will no longer be required to quarantine while waiting for test results, even if they had spent the previous 14 days outside the United States or Canada.

Furthermore, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who travel with a fully vaccinated adult will be free from quarantine and will not be required to limit their activities for the first 14 days.

24th February 2022:

Ontario invites 818 candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Ontario held a draw under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) where candidates who are eligible under the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream were invited. 818 candidates were invited to this draw. The minimum CRS score required for the candidates was 359 points. Candidates who had created an Express Entry profile between February 24, 2021, and February 24, 2022 were invited for this draw.

24th February 2022:

Manitoba invites 278 candidates under its PNP program

The province of Manitoba held a provincial draw on February 24 where it invited 278 immigration candidates for provincial nomination. The candidates were invited under the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba, 206 invitations, required EOI score-612 points
  • Skilled Workers Overseas, 39 invitations, EOI score- 685 points

International Education Stream, 33 invitations, no EOI score

22nd February 2022:

British Columbia issues 160 invitations in latest draw

The province of British Columbia invited 160 Skilled Immigrants and Express Entry candidates in a draw held on February 22nd.

The invitations were issued under British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

Applicants having scores ranging from 77 – 125 were invited in this draw under the following categories:

Skills Immigration (SI)

Express Entry BC (EEBC)

Skills immigration in British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

In the skills immigration category, the province issues invitations for the following sub-categories:

Skilled Worker

International Graduate

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Candidates who had the required score mentioned in the table below were invited in this draw.

Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
145 SI – Skilled Worker 112
SI – International Graduate 98
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 77
EEBC – Skilled Worker 125
EEBC – International Graduate 111
15 SI – Skilled Worker 125
SI – International Graduate 125
EEBC – Skilled Worker 125
EEBC – International Graduate

125

22nd February 2022:

Ontario invites 773 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination

The province of Ontario invited 773 Express Entry candidates who are working in targeted occupations to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates who may be qualified for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream were asked to apply by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) (HCP). These applicants needed to have an Express Entry profile with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 455 to 600.

Candidates who registered an Express Entry profile between February 22, 2021, and April 29, 2021 were invited to apply. Candidates must have at least one year of work experience in one of the targeted vocations mentioned below by NOC code to be considered for nomination:

NOC 0114 – Other administrative services managers

NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers

NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

NOC 0125 – Other business services managers

NOC 0211 – Engineering managers

NOC 0311 – Managers in health care

NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers

NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers

NOC 0711 – Construction managers

NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation

NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers

NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals

NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting

NOC 2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists

NOC 3231 – Opticians

NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses

The invited candidates should apply within 45 calendar days under Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

17th February 2022:

Prince Edward Island PNP invites 123 applicants in latest draw

Prince Edward Island held a PNP draw on Feb 17 where it invited 123 candidates under the Express Entry, Business Impact, and Labour Impact categories.

Here are more details:

Business Impact category

6 ITAs issued

Labour and Express Entry Category

117 ITAs

This is the second PEI PNP draw of 2022.

16th February 2022:

Canada invites a record number of PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw conducted on February 16, Canada invited 1,082 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian immigration. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) only invited Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in this draw. The CRS cut off score for this draw was 710 points.  The PNP candidates will automatically get 600 points added to their score when they This is the third time in a row that a PNP draw has set a new high for the number of invitations received. The previous record was set two weeks earlier, when 1,070 PNP candidates were invited to apply.

The invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

16th February 2022:

Ottawa conducts a record-breaking Express Entry draw

With a new draw on February 16, Ottawa broke its previous record for the largest Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry draw, which it set in early February, issuing 1,082 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). The previous high was reached on February 2 with a draw in which Canada awarded 1,070 ITAs, each requiring a minimum CRS score of 674 points.

For this draw, the minimum CRS score was raised to 710 points.

The number of ITAs awarded in Express Entry drawings has been steadily increasing this year, with 1,036 ITAs given in January setting a new high.

15th February 2022:

British Columbia invites 140 tech workers in latest draw

On February 15, 2022, British Columbia hosted the most recent draw, inviting 140 tech employees to apply for provincial nomination. This draw was open to candidates with a minimum score of 85. Selected immigrants belonged to the subcategories of Skilled Worker and International Graduate.

BC-PNP Tech Draw provides a path for Tech workers to Permanent Residency in British Columbia

Details about the draw

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
Feb-15-2022
140
SI – Skilled Worker 85
SI – International Graduate 85
EEBC – Skilled Worker 85
EEBC – International Graduate 85


Canada announces its immigration levels plan for 2022-24

The Canadian government has released its Immigration Levels Plan for the years 2022-2024.

Canada’s immigration targets have been raised yet again. It will aim to welcome about 432,000 new immigrants this year, rather than the 411,000 it had planned.

Canada will aim for the following number of new immigrant arrivals over the next three years:

2022: 431,645 permanent residents

2023: 447,055 permanent residents

2024: 451,000 permanent residents

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser while speaking on the immigration targets said, “This levels plan is a balance of needs for our country and our international obligations. It focuses on attracting skilled workers who will contribute to Canada’s economy and tackle the labor shortage, while recognizing the importance of family reunification, and helping the world’s most vulnerable populations through refugee resettlement. Our focus remains on supporting our economic resurgence through increased retention of newcomers in regions with real economic, labor and demographic challenges. I’m proud of what Canada has achieved thus far, and I want wait to see how newcomers will continue to make Canada a top destination of choice.”

Approximately 56% of new immigrants will arrive in 2022 through economic class channels such as Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, and the Temporary to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) stream, which was available in 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) expects 83,500 arrivals through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2022. IRCC has decreased Express Entry admissions in half for this year, but it hopes to recover to normal levels by 2024, when it expects 111,5000 Express Entry immigrants to arrive.

The levels plan appears to indicate that IRCC is temporarily decreasing Express Entry admissions to make room for TR2PR admissions. Under the TR2PR stream, IRCC hopes to land 40,000 immigrants in 2022 and the final 32,000 immigrants in 2023.

Meanwhile, Express Entry draws are being held every two weeks, and IRCC continues to handle Express Entry applications.

Furthermore, the PNP is used by the majority of Canada’s provinces and territories, and PNP invites have been ongoing since the Covid outbreak began.

In 2022, the family class will account for 24% of admissions targets, with the remaining 20% arriving through refugee and humanitarian programs.

8th February 2022:

Ontario  conducted its first draw of 2022 under the French speaking skilled worker stream

The province of Ontario conducted its first draw for this year on February 8 through the French Speaking Skilled Worker stream, which is linked to the Express Entry. Through this draw, it issued NOIs to 206 candidates.

These candidates had CRS scores between 463 and 467.

The invited candidates had submitted their application between February 8, 2021 and February 8, 2022.

The other eligibility requirements were a minimum score of 7 in French and 6 in English under the Canadian Language Benchmark.

10th February 2022:

Quebec invites 523 candidates under the Arrima EOI system

The province of Quebec conducted its largest draw under the Arrima Expression of Interest system on February 10 where it issued invitations to 523 candidates.

In this draw, candidates with skills and experience in any of the 21 following occupations were invited.

NOC code Occupations
0213 IT systems managers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 IT analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User Support Agents
2283 Computer systems assessors
3012 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
3233 Practical nurses
3413 Caregivers/Aids and Beneficiary Attendants
4031 Secondary school teachers
4032 Primary and preschool teachers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related personnel
5223 Graphic design technicians
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale

The invited candidates can apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program within 60 days.

10th February 2022:

Manitoba invites 273 candidates in the latest provincial draw

The province of Manitoba held a provincial draw on February 10 where it invited 273 candidates.

  • In this draw, candidates were invited under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) under three programs. Here are the details of the program as well as the minimum cut-off score:
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 202 invitations with a minimum score of 615;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 31 invitations with a minimum score of 705; and
  • International Education Stream — 40 invitations with no score requirement.

Apart from this, 68 invitations were issued to candidates belonging to the Express Entry system.

9th February 2022:

Canada breaks 100-year record, invites 405k migrants in 2021

According to the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC), Canada met its 2021 immigration target by bringing in 405,303 new permanent residents last year. The Canadian government’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023 sought to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021 to aid the country’s post-pandemic economic recovery. Prior to the pandemic, Canada planned to welcome 341,000 new immigrants annually.

In order to fulfil its target in 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) focused on converting as many temporary residents already in Canada to permanent residents as possible. In the face of COVID-19 travel limitations and other pandemic-related hurdles, IRCC believed this was the most effective method to meet its goal.

From January through September, IRCC conducted Express Entry draws that attracted large numbers of Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, as one of the strategies it used to attract more permanent residents from within Canada. In May, the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) unveiled six new immigration routes (“TR to PR”) in an effort to attract an additional 90,000 international students and temporary foreign workers to Canada.

The majority of immigrants in Canada come through economic class programs. Prior to the pandemic, applications from within Canada accounted for 30% of new economic class landings, while applicants from outside accounted for 70%. In 2021, this was reversed, with 70% of passengers arriving from within Canada and 30% from outside.

9th February 2022:

 Ontario invites 749 workers in the latest provincial draw

The province of Ontario invited 749 workers to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held on February 9.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has issued invitations to candidates who had created profiles in its Expression of Interest (EOI) system. These candidates can be eligible for one of the following streams under the Employer Job Offer category:

  1. Foreign Worker
  2. In-Demand Skills

Three draws were conducted under these two streams. 476 candidates were invited under the Foreign Worker stream and 166 were invited under the general draw. 107 candidates were invited under the In-Demand Skills stream.

Here are more details of the latest draw:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream (trades occupations) – 476 invitations, minimum score 24;
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream (general) – 166 invitations, minimum score 41;
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream – 107 invitations, minimum score 15.

Candidates belonging to the following 41 occupations were invited to apply under the Foreign Worker stream:

  • NOC 2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • NOC 2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • NOC 2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • NOC 2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • NOC 2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians
  • NOC 2282 – User support technicians
  • NOC 2283 – Information systems testing technicians
  • NOC 7201 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • NOC 7202 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • NOC 7203 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • NOC 7204 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • NOC 7205 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • NOC 7232 – Tool and die makers
  • NOC 7233 – Sheet metal workers
  • NOC 7236 – Ironworkers
  • NOC 7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • NOC 7242 – Industrial electricians
  • NOC 7251 – Plumbers
  • NOC 7271 – Carpenters
  • NOC 7281 – Bricklayers
  • NOC 7282 – Concrete finishers
  • NOC 7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • NOC 7291 – Roofers and shinglers
  • NOC 7293 – Insulators
  • NOC 7294 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • NOC 7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • NOC 7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • NOC 7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  • NOC 7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  • NOC 7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • NOC 7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • NOC 7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • NOC 7314 – Railway carmen/women
  • NOC 7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • NOC 7318 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • NOC 7321 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • NOC 7333 – Electrical mechanics
  • NOC 7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • NOC 7371 – Crane operators
  • NOC 8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, ground maintenance and horticulture services
  • NOC 9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

The following 22 occupations were selected under the In-Demand skills stream draw:

Health, agricultural and select trades occupations:

  • NOC 3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 4412 – Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • NOC 7441 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
  • NOC 7611 – Construction trades helpers and laborers
  • NOC 8431 – General farm workers
  • NOC 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 – Harvesting laborers
  • NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • NOC 9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 9417 – Machining tool operators
  • NOC 9418 – Other metal products machine operators
  • NOC 9421 – Chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 9437 – Woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 9461 – Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9523 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 9526 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9536 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

8th February 2022:

British Columbia issues 198 invitations in latest draw

The British Columbia PNP held a draw on February 8 where it invited qualified candidates belonging to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.

A total of 198 invitations were issued to candidates belonging to the Skilled Worker and the International Graduate categories.

8th February 2022:

Ontario holds two PNP draws where it invites 828 candidates

The province of Ontario held two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws on February 8 under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) where it invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

A total of 828 invitations were issued where 622 candidates were eligible under the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.

In order to be eligible candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a CRS score between 463 and 467. They are also required to have at least one year of work experience in the following six occupations:

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

As for the remaining 206 candidates, they were invited under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. These candidates were required to have a CRS score between 436-467 points.

Candidates for the FSSW must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and 6 in English. The OINP will look at candidates’ finances to see if they have enough money to cover settlement fees in Ontario, among other things.

Those who have been invited to apply for Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program have 45 calendar days to do so (PNP).

8th February 2022:

Nova Scotia invites 278 nurses to apply for provincial nomination in latest draw

The province of Nova Scotia held a draw on February 8 where it invited 278 nurses to apply for a provincial nomination. The invited candidates already had a profile in the Express Entry system and were invited through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program encourages Express Entry candidates in specific occupations to submit for a nomination on a regular basis (PNP). The NSNP asked nurses who might be qualified for Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream to participate in the new draw.

Candidates must have worked as a registered nurse or a registered psychiatric nurse as their principal vocation in order to be nominated. Their responsibilities should be in line with NOC 3012, the National Occupational Classification.

They will need to show letters of recommendation from previous employers to show that they’ve worked in their field for at least three years.

Invited candidates need to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or above in English or French in all language abilities. They must also have a bachelor’s degree or have finished a three-year study at a post-secondary institution.

 They will get a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia if their petitions are successful. In the Express Entry system, they will be considered PNP applicants, allowing them to apply for permanent residence if they are selected in an Express Entry draw.

Canada issues more than 47,000 PR invitations in November

Canada issued invitations for permanent residents that amounted to more than 47,000 in November. This is a record breaker and it also marks the third month in a row that Canada has broken the record.

This is according to data from the IRCC. The data also shows that Canada has invited more than 361,000 immigrants in the first eleven months of 2021. Going by these numbers, the country is most likely to achieve its target of inviting 401,000 immigrants by the end of this year.  Despite the Omicron threat, the IRCC is most likely to achieve this target by converting temporary residents in the country to permanent residents.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) has invited 124 immigration candidates in last provincial draw for this year

The province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) has invited 124 immigration candidates in a draw held on December 16.

In this draw the Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates had received the greatest number of invitations which is a total of 114 invitations. The remaining 11 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had provincial scores of at least 67 points.

This is the final scheduled draw for 2021. In this year, the province invited 1,804 candidates, out of which 1,697 were from the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams and 157 from the Business Impact stream.

Manitoba invites 349 immigration candidates in latest draw

Manitoba held an immigration draw on December 16 where 349 candidates were invited.

The candidates were invited across three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 296 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 447
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 13 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 712
  • International Education Stream — 40 invitations with no EOI score requirement

In this draw, 64  invitations were issued to candidates in the Express Entry system.

Other changes

As part of the International Student Program (ISP) and the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), Quebec has also recently announced changes about the submission of application documents for foreign nationals. It will become mandatory as of 26 January 2021 for all applications submitted under these programs to be submitted online. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

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10th December 2021:

Canada conducts its biggest Express Entry draw

Canada conducted an Express Entry draw on December 10 where it invited a total of 1,032 candidates to apply for a PR visa. for permanent residence. The minimum score required for this draw was 698 points.

The invited candidates had earlier received a nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which added 600 points to their base human capital score.

The IRCC has been holding PNP draws since September of this year. This is the seventh draw in a row. The previous Express Entry invited 613 candidates where the required score was 737 points.

10th December 2021:

British Columbia PNP now allows you to immigrate to Canada without a job offer

If you have done your graduation in any science subject from an eligible institution in British Columbia, you can get a Canadian permanent residence without a job offer.

Science graduates can be eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) called the Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate category.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) gives priority to immigration candidates under this category to those who have completed a master’s or doctorate (PhD) degree in the following science programs:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Natural resources conservation and research
  • Physical sciences

To be considered for this category, your application must be submitted to BC PNP within three years of the date on your official transcript.

07th December 2021:

Ontario invites 1186 PNP candidates in latest draw

The province of Ontario invited 1,186 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on December 7.

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to candidates who had profiles in its Expression of Interest (EOI) system.

The invited candidates may be eligible for either one of three streams under the Employer Job Offer category: Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills. Some of the invitations were issued to candidates registered under the Regional Immigration Pilot.

The candidates invited under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream had work experience in the National Occupational Codes (NOC) below:

Health and agricultural occupations:

  • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • NOC 8431 – general farm workers
  • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 – harvesting laborers
  • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Manufacturing (outside the GTA only):

  • NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
  • NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators
  • NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

07th December 2021:

British Columbia invites 318 candidates through PNP draw

British Columbia invited 318 immigration candidates through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws which were held on December 7.
The province conducted two draws through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) and the candidates were invited from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.

Invitations were issued to candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

267 candidates received invitations through a general draw. The minimum score requirements for them were between 71 and 100 points, based on the program for which they are eligible.

The other draw targeted candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (restaurant and food service managers). In this draw 51 invitations were issued to candidates with minimum scores of 103.

The province has issued over 11,000 invitations through various BC PNP streams till date in 2021.

02nd December 2021:

British Columbia issues 89 invitations in latest tech draw

The province of British Columbia invited 89 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination on November 30.

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech. The BC PNP is an economic immigration pathway for experienced, high-demand foreign workers. The program gives people who choose to live and work in British Columbia a path to permanent residence.

In order to be invited candidates must meet British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, managed by the province’s Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates who received invitations in this draw belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 78.

Invited candidates should apply for the nomination within 30 days.

The province has so far issued around 11,000 invitations to apply in 2021.

01st December 2021:

Canada extends PGWP eligibility for students of online study programs

Canada had made significant changes to the requirement for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for foreign students attended online classes due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The PGWP helps foreign students gain work experience in Canada after completing their course of study at a specified learning institute. The PGWP is valid for three years, depending on the study program’s duration.

Online classes are not usually considered for a PGWP application but due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had  decided to allow foreign students to study online in their country and still be able to apply for a work permit after graduation.

Under this rule, students will be able to start their online programs at Canadian universities and complete up to 100 percent of their program overseas, and then receive their PGWP to work in Canada after completing their studies.

The IRCC had agreed not to deduct the duration of the PGWP for the period students spend on the course from outside the country.

Based on this change, an international student could begin his course online and still be eligible for a PGWP of three-year duration provided he comes to Canada by August 31, 2022. The deadline for coming to Canada was earlier December 31, 2021. The student must complete a qualifying educational program at Designated Learning Institute (DLI) of at least two years in duration.

Study programs must be offered by an approved Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and must meet all other PGWP criteria. A program can be as short as eight months. After August 31, 2022, any time spent studying outside of Canada, as well as any time spent studying before applying for a study permit, does not count toward the term of a PGWP.

The length of your study period is critical both for establishing PGWP eligibility and deciding how long your PGWP will be valid. The validity of the PGWP matches the length of your study program if it was more than eight months or less than two years. The PGWP might last up to three years if the study program was longer than two years.

Know More: Canada extends eligibility for Post-Graduation Work Permit

30th November 2021:

Saskatchewan launches a new immigration pilot program

The province of Saskatchewan has introduced a new pilot program called the Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot which will allow employers in the province to recruit international talent for certain in-demand occupations. The jobs that will come under this pilot will include entry-level positions which will require on-the-job training. The sectors with the highest number of job openings in Saskatchewan include health, manufacturing, agriculture, ag-tech, construction, hospitality, and retail.

According to Jeremy Harrison, Immigration and Career Training Minister in the province, “The demand for labor in our province is strong, and it’s only going to increase with the significant economic projects recently announced in Saskatchewan. This new Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot—developed in Saskatchewan for Saskatchewan—is progress on our autonomy discussions with the federal government and is going to help provide employers with greater access to international options to recruit workers. This is in addition to record investments into training and up-skilling our provincial workforce, as we enter a period of strong growth coming out of the global pandemic.”

The workers who are nominated through this Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) stream will get support from their employers and community. The pilot is scheduled to launch in December 2021.

To be eligible for this program, the candidates must:

Have a full-time, permanent job offer from a registered Saskatchewan employer, as well as a SINP job approval letter for an appropriate occupation.

Meet a minimal level of proficiency in a Canadian official language.

Meet the minimal educational and work experience criteria, which include at least one year of experience in the same occupation as the job offer or six months in that position in Saskatchewan.

Currently, the press release does not specify which occupations are eligible, the requisite amount of schooling, or the exact language competency.

Employers must demonstrate that they have made significant efforts to hire domestically before they can utilize the pilot for recruitment. They must also demonstrate the necessity for and benefit to their organization, as well as meet standards for providing workers with settlement assistance.

Know More: Saskatchewan announces new immigration pilot program

25th November 2021:

Alberta invites 200 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

In a provincial draw conducted on November 9, the province of Alberta invited 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The draw conducted under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 343 points in the Express Entry system.

The latest draw is the first one with a higher cutoff score than 300 points, which is the minimum points required to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Since January 2021, the province of Alberta has invited 6,359 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Alberta is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates for 2021, but the number of invitations issued so far is more. In view of this, the province may have finished issuing invitations for the current year.

Know More: Alberta PNP: Another 200 receive invitations to apply, CRS 302

Canada invites 613 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

In a draw held on November 24, Canada invited 613 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The invited candidates had earlier received nominations through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The minimum cut-off score was 737 considering the fact that 600 points will be automatically added to their score since they have a provincial nomination.

This is the sixth PNP-specific Express Entry draw held by the IRCC.

24th November 2021:

Alberta releases details of its November 24 draw

In a draw held on November 24, the province of Alberta invited 100 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on November 24. The score requirement was 350 points.

Till date in 2021, Alberta has issued 6,094 nomination certificates.

On December 7, the province had approximately 400 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 825 expression of interest applications in the Alberta Express Entry pool, based on information from the government website.

22nd November 2021:

Newfoundland and Labrador conduct its first PNP draw

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador recently released details of their first three draws under the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador stream. Till date in 2021, the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) have invited a total of 663 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador is a new Provincial Nominee Program which is for highly educated and highly skilled immigrants who have experience that cannot be gained by local training and recruitment.

The program was developed to assist in the alleviation of local labour shortages. Newcomers must have at least one year of work experience in one of Newfoundland’s in-demand occupations to be eligible. It is also open to post-graduates who have finished a Master’s or Doctorate degree at Memorial University in the past three years.

The program works on the basis of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Interested candidates submit an expression of interest (EOI) and are invited to apply through the province’s online portal.

If an invited candidate meets all of the criteria for either the Skilled Worker or Express Entry Skilled Worker categories, they will get a provincial nomination. This nomination will be used to support a subsequent application to the federal government for permanent residence in Canada.

To be considered, candidates must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least five. The language test results must be less than 12 months old. They must also be at least 21 years old and desire to stay in the province permanently.

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Prince Edward Island invited 188 immigration candidates in latest draw

Prince Edward Island conducted its immigration draw on November 18.

In this draw, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) invited 188 immigration candidates. Among the invitations 172 were sent to apply for a provincial nomination.

Most of the invitations, 172, went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining 16 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had at least 67 points in the province’s immigration system.

PEI holds one Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invitation round per month. The total number of invitations issued so far this year is now 1,729.

Know More: Canada’s Prince Edward Island Province Invites 188 in Latest PNP Draw

Manitoba invites 426 candidates in latest provincial draw

Manitoba held a provincial draw on November 18 in which the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 426 immigration candidates belonging to three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 376 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 464;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 22 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 726; and
  • International Education Stream — 30 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

In this draw 68 invitations went to candidates in the Express Entry system.

Know More: Manitoba invites 426 in the first MPNP draw of October 2021

19th November 2021:

Saskatchewan invites 633 immigration candidates in latest provincial draw

Saskatchewan conducted a provincial draw on November 18 where it invited 633 immigration candidates.

The draw was conducted after a gap of nearly two months. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates to apply through two of its immigration streams in this draw. In this draw, 425 candidates may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory while 208 candidates may be eligible for the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The lowest-scoring candidate from each sub-category had 65 points on Saskatchewan’s Expression of Interest (EOI) ranking system.

The draw contained 14 eligible occupations for each category. The invited candidates had to provide Educational Credential Assessments.

Know More: Saskatchewan Holds the Biggest SINP Draw of 2021

British Columbia invites 87 tech workers in latest draw

The province of British Columbia invited 87 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held on November 16.

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, a stream that comes under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

In the tech draw, the candidates are required to meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed through the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The selected candidates were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a minimum provincial score of 75.

The candidates will have to send their nomination within 30 calendar days.

The province has issued over 10,500 invitations so far in 2021.

Know More: British Columbia invites 87 in BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

Quebec invites 33 immigration candidates in  Arrima draw

In a draw held on November 11, the province of Quebec invited 33 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency.

This was the first round of invitation for the month of November under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The selected candidates received invitations from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).  The candidates should have filed an expression of interest (EI) in the Arrima pool.

This draw also selected candidates who had a valid job offer outside the Montreal metropolitan area. This is Quebec’s 12th draw for 2021 and also the second smallest draw of the year. Till date, the province has invited a total of 3,256 candidates to apply for permanent selection by the province through Arrima.

Know More: 33 candidates in latest Quebec’s Arrima draw

11th November 2021:

Canada invites 775 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

On November 10, Canada held an Express Entry draw where it invited 775 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The invited candidates had previously received nominations through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Since these candidates automatically get 600 points added to their CRS score, the points required for this draw was 685.

This draw had the second-lowest cut-off score in this category ever since the IRCC started holding PNP-only draws in March 2020. The lowest score was 682 points in a draw held on March 2021.

Know More: Express Entry PNP only draw with Second-lowest CRS score

Alberta invited 248 Express Entry candidates in October draw

Alberta conducted a draw under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) on October 26. The province invited 248 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The draw invited candidates who had scores of at least 300 in the Express Entry system.

This is the sixth successive draw where the cutoff score was 300, which is the minimum score needed to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Alberta has so far invited 6,158 Express Entry candidates in immigration draws held since January 2021.

Know More: Sixth time in row, Alberta invites Express Entry candidates with minimum scores

10th November 2021:

British Columbia invites 340 candidates through its PNP program in its latest draw

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) welcomed 340 applicants to submit for a nomination by BC for Canada PR on November 9, 2021. On the same day, two independent draws were held.

The BC PNP issued its prior batch of invitations on November 2, 2021. British Columbia issues weekly invites under the Canadian PNP.

Candidates must meet the requirements of both the BC PNP and the federal Express Entry programs to be able to apply under the EEBC. This will help to process their federal permanent residency application quickly.

Know More: British Columbia Invites 340 in the Latest Round of PNP Invitations

Manitoba issues 421 invitations in latest provincial draw

Manitoba held a provincial draw on November 1. In this draw the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 421 immigration candidates belonging to three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The invitations were issued under the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 350 invitations with a minimum score of 460;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 38 invitations with a minimum score of 713; and
  • International Education Stream — 33 invitations with no score requirement.

In this draw, 75 invitations went to candidates in the Express Entry candidates.

Know More: Manitoba PNP Invites 421 in Latest Round of Invitations

Saskatchewan invites 65 immigration candidates through its entrepreneur category

Through the Saskatchewan PNP’s Entrepreneur category, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) welcomed 65 Canada immigration applicants on November 4, 2021.

An individual may live in Saskatchewan through the SINP Entrepreneur Program if they start, buy, or own a business in the province.

This is the third Entrepreneur draw by the province in 2021.

Know More: Saskatchewan PNP Holds Largest Entrepreneur Draw of 2021

29th October 2021:

Quebec plans to welcome 52,500 permanent residents in 2022

In its new immigration plan announced recently, Quebec has indicated that it could admit up to 52,500 new permanent residents in 2022 in its new immigration plan.  Immigrants will be invited to Quebec in 2022 through the province’s economic immigration programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Québec experience program (PEQ).

The immigration plan for 2022 indicates that 49,500 to 52,500 immigrants will be invited across all categories, and an additional 18,000 admissions to reach the admission targets that were not met by the federal government in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that more than 70,000 newcomers could be admitted to the province of Quebec in 2022.

Quebec is expected to welcome up to 28,800 skilled workers and up to 4,300 business immigrants through the economic category. This would include investors, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed.

The rest of the permanent resident invites are expected to arrive through family reunification, refugees, and other immigration programs.

The Quebec Immigration Department presents an annual plan for immigration numbers. It shows how many new permanent residents the province plans to welcome in the following year, as well as the categories to which they will be invited.

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Canada invites 888 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

Canada invited 888 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw held on October 27.

The IRCC invited candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 744 points. The invited candidates automatically had 600 points added to their score because they had a provincial nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

This is the third largest PNP draw so far in 2022. The largest was 1,002 Express Entry candidates invited in a draw held on June 23, and the second largest one was 940 in a draw held on June 9.

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28th October 2021:

Ontario invites 1406 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

In a provincial draw held on October 27, the province of Ontario invited 1,406 Express Entry candidates who had a professional background in technology.

The province invited Express Entry candidates who are eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. The candidates were required to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a CRS score between 455 and 467 points.

Candidates also had to have at least one year of work experience in one of the following occupations:

Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);

Computer engineers (NOC 2147);

Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);

Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173);

Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174); or

Web designers and developers (NOC 2175).

Candidates with foreign education should submit an Educational Credential Assessment. The invited candidates have 45 calendar days to submit their application for Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Know More: 1,406 Express Entry candidates – Biggest PNP draw by Ontario

British Columbia invites 358 candidates through its PNP draw

In its PNP draw held on October 26, the province of British Columbia invited 358 immigration candidates.

The draw invited candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Invitations were also issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores required for the draw was between 68 and 91 points. A total of 306 candidates were invited under this category.

As part of the PNP program, British Columbia has been conducting a separate round of invitations twice a month since February. Because of the large number of candidates from specific labor market sectors who registered with the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System, these drawings are being held (SIRS).

Candidates whose occupations fall under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (restaurant and food service managers) were targeted in separate draws under the SI and EEBC categories. In this draw 52 invitations were sent with scores of 104.

The province has so far issued10,000 invitations through various BC PNP streams in 2021.

Know More: British Columbia invites 358 to apply for BC PNP nomination for Canada PR

Quebec invites 23 candidates to apply for PR visa

In a draw held on October 21, the province of Quebec invited 23 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection. This was the first round of invitations under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The candidates received invitations to apply for PR visa from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). They were required to have filed and Expression of interest through the Arrima pool.

In this round, candidates who had a valid job offer in the Montreal Metropolitan area or live in Quebec as a diplomat, or are a consular official or a UN representative or represent any intergovernmental organization operating in the province were invited.

This is Quebec’ 11th draw for 2021and the smallest one so far for this year because the earlier ones had invited over 500 candidates.

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27th October 2021:

Alberta invites 293 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Alberta released details the immigration draw that was conducted on October 12.

In this draw, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 293 Express Entry candidates with a minimum score of 300 points to apply for a provincial nomination.

This is the first draw by the province in October.  During the month of September, the province held four Alberta Express Entry stream draws each with minimum score requirements of 300. The province issued 1,610 invitations in September alone.

With this draw, Alberta has invited 5,910 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination since January 2021.

Know More: 293 immigration candidates in New Alberta PNP draw

23rd October 2021:

Prince Edward Island invites 204 immigration candidates in a provincial draw

Prince Edward Island held its scheduled immigration draw on October 21.

Through this draw, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) invited 204 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Among the invitations, 195 went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining nine invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum score of 72 points in the province’s immigration system.

This is the tenth Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held by the province bringing the total number of invitations issued in this year to 1,541.

The next PEI PNP draw is likely to be held on November 18, 2021.

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Manitoba invites 459 candidates in latest provincial draw

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 459 immigration candidates belonging to three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Here are more details on the draw:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 388 invitations with a minimum score of 375
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 39 invitations with a minimum score of 716
  • International Education Stream — 37 invitations with no score requirement

94 invitations went to candidates in the Express Entry system.

Know More: Manitoba Invites 459 to Apply for MPNP Nomination for Canada PR

22nd October 2021:

British Columbia invites 85 tech workers in the latest provincial draw

The province of British Columbia invited 85 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held on October 19.

The invitations were issued under the BC PNP Tech program, a stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Candidates invited through the province’s tech draws must meet the eligibility requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed through the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The invited candidates in this draw were from the Skilled worker and International graduate subcategories and their minimum score requirement was 75 points.

The candidates have to apply for a nomination within 30 days. The province has issued nearly 10,000 ITAs till date in 2021.

Know More: British Columbia invites 85 in latest BC PNP Tech draw

Ontario issues 546 invitations in three EOI draws

The province of Ontario held three rounds of invitations on October 20, where it invited 546 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates with profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool were invited in this draw.

The invited candidates had qualifications in either the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream, for the Masters Graduate stream, and for the PhD Graduate stream.

Candidates who may be qualified for the Foreign Worker Stream under the Economic Mobility Pathways Project received four targeted invitations.

In addition, the OINP  invited 479 international student graduates to apply for the Masters Graduate stream and 63 for the PhD Graduate stream.

The invited candidates should have submitted a profile in Ontario’s EOI system. Each stream had its own score requirement:

  • Masters Graduates needed a score of at least 35; and
  • PhD Graduates needed a score of at least 25.

Foreign nationals with an eligible work offer from a company in Ontario can apply for the Ontario Foreign Worker Stream under the Employer Job Offer category. Candidates do not need to be residents of Canada to apply, as long as they complete the eligibility standards.

Candidates must have the equivalent of two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, have a qualifying job offer in Ontario, and plan to immigrate to the province, among other requirements, to be considered.

Anyone interested in applying for this PNP stream must first create an EOI profile on the Ontario website.

A profile will be added to the EOI pool after it has been registered. Ontario will award it a grade based on its performance.

 To be considered for the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate stream, candidates must first register with Ontario’s e-Filing Portal and then submit an expression of interest for the graduate stream of their choice.

The province of Ontario then asks eligible people to apply for a provincial nomination, which is the first step toward permanent residency in Canada.

To apply, you do not need a job offer, but you must submit your application within two years of graduating.

Ontario evaluates EOI profiles according to a set of human capital indicators that the province has determined are significant in identifying immigrants with the ability to succeed. Candidates are awarded points based on the skill level of their job offer as well as their work experience in Canada.

For each stream, the OINP scoring system is distinct. It considers wage, education, official language proficiency, and the region of study or work, in addition to skill level and work experience. In addition, the province has the option of allocating 10 points to respond to labour market demands.

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Alberta releases details of Sep 30 draw

The province of Alberta recently released the details of its September 30 immigration draw.

In this draw, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 275 Express Entry candidates with scores of at least 300 to apply for a provincial nomination.

In the month of September, the province held four Alberta Express Entry stream each with minimum score requirements of 300. The total number of invitations was 1,610.

The province has now invited 5,617 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination from January 2021. The province is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates this year.

Nova Scotia invites 330 Express Entry candidates through two draws

The province of Nova Scotia held two draws on October 7, where it invited 330 Express Entry candidates with skilled work experience.

In one draw, 286 people were invited. The candidates had to have a job offer in Nova Scotia, and at least one year worth of work experience in a skilled occupation. They also needed a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 5 in English.

In the second draw, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) invited 44 carpenters and who had at least two years of skilled trades experience, and a CLB 5 in English. Both of these draws were held under the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream.

Invited candidates from both categories can apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) before November 6.

Manitoba invites 426 candidates from three provincial programs

The province of Manitoba held a draw on October 7 where the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 426 immigration candidates across three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Here are more details:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 350 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 446

Skilled Workers Overseas — 21 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 729

International Education Stream — 55 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

In this draw, 84 invitations went to candidates in the Express Entry system.

British Columbia invites 400 immigration candidates in latest provincial draw

British Columbia invited 400 immigration candidates through four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws that were held on October 12.

In these draws, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) were invited.

Invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for these draws ranged between 69 to 91 points. A total of 308 candidates were invited in this draw.

The province has been holding two separate draws for its PNP program, one is a general draw and the second one targets retail and wholesale retail managers and restaurant and foodservice managers. The province conducts the second draw in consideration of the large number of people registered with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). 101 invitations with scores of 104 were issued in this draw.

The province also sent out invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) candidates. A total of 10 invitations were sent to those in the EI-base category and less than five in the EI-regional pilot category.

The province has issued nearly 10,000 invitations through various BC PNP streams in 2021 so far.

6th October 2021:

Ontario invites 486 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination under its PNP

The province of Ontario held a new Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) stream draw on October 6.

In this draw, 486 candidates were invited, who will be eligible for a provincial nomination to support their permanent residency application provided they meet the eligibility requirements for the program.

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 463 and 467.

The OINP invited candidates only if they had work experience in one of the following 18 occupations:

NOC 0114 – Other administrative services managers

NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers

NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

NOC 0125 – Other business services managers

NOC 0211 – Engineering managers

NOC 0311 – Managers in health care

NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers

NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers

NOC 0711 – Construction managers

NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation

NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers

NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals

NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting

NOC 2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists

NOC 3231 – Opticians

NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses

The invited candidates had to have at least one year of work experience in the above occupations in order to get a nomination which will put them on top of the list to get an ITA for permanent residency.

The OINP has so far invited 4,851 candidates in 2021.

Ontario invites 162 EE candidates under its French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream

The province of Ontario invited 162 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on October 7.

The invited candidates will be eligible to immigrate to Canada through Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. The candidates are required to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 461 and 467.

The FSSW is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream, and is aligned with the Express Entry system.

The invited candidates will have 45 days to apply online for their provincial nomination.

This is the fourth FSSW draw for 2021 and brings the total number of invitations issued through this stream to 651.

To be eligible for the FSSW, you must first create a profile in the Express Entry system. This program is for persons who meet the Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program’s eligibility requirements.

Candidates must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and 6 in English to be considered. The OINP will look at candidates’ finances to see if they have enough money to cover settlement costs in Ontario, among other things.

Know More: Ontario invites 486 Express Entry candidates under HCP Stream

30th September 2021:

Canada invites 761 PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw held on September 29, Canada invited 761 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The candidates invited in this draw had previously received nominations under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which means they will have 600 points added to their base Express Entry score. Due to this fact, the minimum qualifying score for this draw was 742 points.

In 2021, the IRCC has invited more Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence compared to earlier. In 2020, the IRCC issued 107,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through the Express Entry system. Till date, in 2021 the IRCC has issued more than 108,000 invitations, even though there are three months left to go in the year.

Know More: Canada invites 761 PNP candidates through 19th Express Entry draw

British Columbia invites 422 candidates in latest immigration draw

The province of British Columbia invited 422 immigration candidates in two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held on September 28.
Since February, British Columbia has been conducting two separate rounds of invitations for its PNP program every month. The province has been holding two separate draws for its PNP program, one is a general draw and the second one for the large number of people registered with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and to balance the labor market in the province.

As for the general draw, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program received invitations.

In this draw, invitations were issued to candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for that draw were between 69 and 90 points. The draw invited a total of 368 candidates. A second draw was held under the SI and EEBC categories, focusing on candidates with NOC 0621 or NOC 0631 as their vocation. The draw issued 36 invites with a combined score of 105.  So far this year, the province has issued more than 9,083 invitations through various BC PNP streams.

Know More: British Columbia invites 422 to apply for BC PNP nomination

29th September 2021:

Alberta releases details of two Express Entry draws held in September

Alberta released the details of its two rounds of invitations for Express Entry candidates.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) conducted one draw on September 14, where it invited 385 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. The required score for candidates was 300 points to be eligible for invitations.

In another draw held on September 21, the AINP invited 450 Express Entry candidates with scores of at least 300.

With these draws, Alberta has now invited 5,342 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination since January 2021.  The province is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.

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24th September 2021:

Canada announces opening of parents and grandparents program for 2021

The IRCC has announced that it started issuing invitations for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2021.

Under this program, 30,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be invited to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

The IRCC will issue the invitations during the next two weeks. The invited sponsors will have to submit their completed sponsorship applications within 60 days to the IRCC.

If the application is approved, the sponsored parents and grandparents will become Canadian permanent residents and be eligible for all its associated benefits including free health care.

Those who have received the sponsorship invitations must meet the eligibility criteria for the PGP 2021. These include:

You must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a member of status First Nations.

You must also show that you have the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) to IRCC (MNI). Your notifications of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018 must be submitted.

Residents of Quebec must show that they have met the province’s sponsorship income standards in the previous year.

Sponsors must sign an undertaking agreement with both IRCC and Quebec. During the undertaking time, sponsors are obliged by law to reimburse any social assistance received by their parents or grandparents. Non-Quebec residents have a 20-year tenure, while Quebec residents have a 10-year period.

 Know More: Super Visa Application for Parents and Grandparents of Canadian PRs

Saskatchewan issues 41 invitations through its entrepreneur stream draw

The province of Saskatchewan recently conducted an entrepreneur stream draw on September 2 where it issued 41 invitations with a minimum score requirement of 110 points. The next draw is planned for November 4.

Even if candidates have equal scores, they are selected based on the following factors:

  • Official language ability.
  • Those with businesses planned for a key economic sector.
  • Completion of an exploratory visit.

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Nova Scotia conducts business immigration draw

The province of Nova Scotia immigration conducted a business immigration draw on September 13 where it issued 30 invitations through the Nova Scotia nominee program.

In this draw, 28 invitations were issued through the Entrepreneur stream, with a minimum score of 120 points while two invitations were issued through the International Graduate Entrepreneur stream, where the minimum score requirement was 57 points.

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22nd September 2021:

Quebec makes skilled workers eligible for Bridging Open Work Permit

In a draw held on August 31, 2021, temporary foreign workers residing in Quebec have been selected as skilled workers, and are eligible, under certain conditions, to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP).

Holders of a BOWP can work for any employer while waiting for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to process their permanent residence application.

Eligibility conditions for the Bridging Open Work Permit include:

  • Submit a Quebec skilled worker application for permanent residence as the principal applicant
  • Must have received an acknowledgment of receipt (AOR) from IRCC on receiving the permanent residence application
  • The application must have passed the completeness check

Among its features, a completeness check entails an IRCC officer ensuring that the applicant has submitted all necessary forms, information, evidence, signatures, and fees that are required under a given program.

The principal applicant’s spouse or common law partner is also eligible to obtain an open work permit if they are included on the permanent residence application.

The purpose of the policy is to give skilled workers selected by Quebec the support they need to remain employed in the province while they await permanent residence.

Know More: Ontario PNP draw invites 995 workers and international students

Ontario invites 955 candidates for provincial nomination

Ontario held a provincial draw on September 21, where 955 candidates were invited for a provincial nomination.

Candidates who had profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool were invited under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates who had profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. The candidates should have qualified for one of two Employer Job Offer streams.

406 candidates were invited under the Foreign Worker Stream. The required score was a minimum of 37 points. Since this was a general draw, there were no targeted occupations, or location requirements for this draw.

523 candidates were invited to apply under the International Student Stream. The minimum score requirement was 61 points.

The OINP also sent out 66 invitations to immigrants who had registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot and who would be eligible for the same two Employer Job Offer streams. Foreign workers received 36 invitations, while international students received 30.

Know More: Ontario PNP draw invites 995 workers and international students

20th September 2021:

PEI invites 143 candidates in monthly provincial draw

The province of Prince Edward Island conducted its monthly immigration draw on September 16.

In this draw, a total of 143 immigration candidates were invited through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Out of these 129 invitations went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The rest of the nine invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum score of 72 points.

This is the eighth draw of 2021 by the province. The total number of invitations issued so far in 2021 is 1,337.

Know More: PEI invites 143 immigration candidates through PNP draw

16th September 2021:

Canada invites 521 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

In an Express Entry draw held on September 15, Canada invited 521 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The invited candidates had previously received a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which means they had 600 points added to their base Express Entry score. As a result, the CRS score for this draw was732 points in order to be invited.

The invited candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residence.

In the year 2021, the IRCC has only held PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Express Entry draws. This draw has been the 18th PNP-specific draw of the year.

Know More: Second PNP Express Entry draw in September invites 521 PNP candidates

British Columbia invites 464 immigration candidates in two provincial draws

The province of British Columbia held two draws on September 14, through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

In these draws, 365 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under the province’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories in a general draw. The minimum required score for candidates under these categories were:

Skilled Worker: 86

International Graduate: 75

The invited candidates in this category should have already submitted profiles under Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada ‘s Express Entry system. The cut-off scores for the three Skills Immigration (SI) subcategories were:

Skilled Worker: 90

International Graduate: 77

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 69

Apart from this draw, in order to meet the aspirations of the high number of registrants under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) in certain occupations, the province held an additional draw to balance the needs in all sectors of the provincial labor market. The separate draw was conducted

under SI and EEBC categories and was aimed at candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. 99 invitations were issued to candidates with a minimum score of 105 points.

So far in this year, the province has issued over 8,500 invitations to apply for provincial nominations. The province holds weekly draws that target candidates working in the technology sector.

Know More: British Columbia invites 464 in latest round of BC PNP invitations

 

15th September 2021:

Canada invites 2000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw held on September 14, Canada invited 2,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on September 14.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with a minimum score of 462. The invited candidates have to apply for permanent residency within 60 days.

IRCC has focused its efforts on immigration applicants who are already in Canada in order to reach its 2021 immigration targets despite travel limitations.

Because Canadian experience is a crucial eligibility element, the majority of CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool apply from within the country. Candidates for the CEC must have at least one year of full-time work experience in a skilled occupation in Canada.

Over the years, the IRCC has increased the number of ITAs to nearly double the normal figure. With a higher number of invitations, the IRCC is likely to reach its target of inviting 108,500 newcomers through the Express Entry system in this year.

Know More: First CEC draw in September: Invites 2,000 Express Entry candidates

Ontario invites 691 international students for provincial nomination

The province of Ontario invited 691 international student graduates to apply for a provincial nomination on September 14.

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 627 international student graduates to apply for the Masters Graduate stream, and 64 students who are eligible for the PhD Graduate stream.

In order to be eligible for the draw, the invited candidates should have submitted a profile in Ontario’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system. In this draw, each stream had its own score requirement:

Masters Graduates-minimum score 35 points

PhD Graduates- minimum score 16 points.

With this draw, Ontario has issued its third and largest Masters Graduate stream draw after the province adopted an EOI system for its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that do not already use the Express Entry system. It was the second draw for the PhD Graduate stream.

Know More: Ontario PNP invites 691 from PhD Graduate and Masters Graduate streams

Alberta invites 500 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

The province of Alberta invited 500 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held on September 7.

This was the province’s largest draw till date. The Invited candidates were registered with the Express Entry system, and they had to have a minimum score of 300 points to qualify under the Alberta Express Entry stream.

So far in2021, the province of Alberta has invited 4,507 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Know More: Latest Alberta PNP draw invites 500 Express Entry candidates

09th September 2021:

British Columbia invites 34 tech workers in latest BC PNP tech draw

The province of British Columbia invited 34 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination in a tech draw held on September 7.

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, a stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

In order to be invited under this stream, the candidates must meet the requirements of any one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The invited candidates in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and the minimum score requirement was 80 points.

The candidates should apply for the nomination within 30 days.

British Columbia has issued over 8,100 invitations for provincial nomination so far in 2021.

Know More: British Columbia invites 34 tech candidates in latest BC PNP draw

Saskatchewan invites 528 PNP candidates in latest draw

Saskatchewan held a provincial draw on September 8 where the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 528 candidates to apply for one of two immigration programs. Among the invited candidates 316 will be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 212 candidates will be eligible for the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The lowest-scoring candidate from each sub-category had 66 points under the Saskatchewan’s Expression of Interest (EOI) ranking system. There were 16 eligible occupations in this draw for each category.  Candidates from both the groups were also required to submit their Educational Credential Assessments to prove that their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard.

Know More: 528 immigration candidates were invited in SINP Draw

04th September 2021:

British Columbia invites 488 candidates in latest provincial draws

The province of British Columbia invited 488 immigration candidates through four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws that were held on August 31, 2021.
Since February, British Columbia has been conducting two separate rounds of invitations for its PNP program every month. The province has been holding two separate draws for its PNP program, one is a general draw and the second one targets retail and wholesale retail managers and restaurant and food service managers. The province conducts the second draw in consideration of the large number of people registered with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

As for the general draw, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program received invitations.

In this draw, invitations were issued to candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for that draw were between 69 and 90 points. The draw invited a total of 467 candidates. A second draw was held under the SI and EEBC categories, focusing on candidates with NOC 0621 or NOC 0631 as their vocation. The draw issued 21 invites with a combined score of 106.  So far this year, the province has issued more than 8,000 invitations through various BC PNP streams.

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Manitoba issues 602 invitations in the latest provincial draw

In a draw held on September 2, Manitoba invited 602 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invited candidates can now get a nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Once they receive it, the nomination will act as a support for application to Canadian permanent residence and they will be able to apply as Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.

The break up for invitations in the latest draw is as follows:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 463 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 445;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 84 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 698; and
  • International Education Stream — 55 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

The draw also issued 101 invitations or  Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), which went to Express Entry candidates.

Know More: Manitoba issues 602 LAAs in latest MPNP draw

02nd September 2021:

Canada invites 635 PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw conducted on September 1, the IRCC invited 635 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The minimum score cutoff for this draw was 764 points. All the candidates in this draw had a provincial nomination worth 600 points in the Express Entry system. The IRCC has issued106,414 ITAs so far in 2021.

Due to the nature of CEC and PNP-only draws, the minimum score criteria have fluctuated. Because CEC drawings are limited to a single group of applicants, the cutoffs are usually lower.  With their provincial nomination, PNP candidates automatically receive 600 points, hence PNP draw scores will always be larger than any other sort of Express Entry draw. Since June, PNP draws have fluctuated from the low 740s to the high 760s.

Know More: Canada invites 635 PNP candidates through Express Entry draw

Alberta releases details of its two biggest draws in 2021

The province of Alberts released details of the biggest draws held in 2021. In a draw held on August 23, the AINP issued 450 invitations to Express Entry candidates. The minimum CRS score for this draw was 300 points.

In another draw held on August 30, the province issued 400 invitations to Express Entry candidates where the minimum score was 301 points.

Till date in 2021, the province has invited 4,007 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.  The province is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.

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Quebec releases details of August 26 draw

Quebec has released the results of a third draw that was conducted on August 26. This is the third round of invitations conducted under the Arrima expression of interest system in August and was the largest of the year under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

In this round, the province invited 585 immigration candidates for permanent residence with a score of at least 517 in the Arrima pool by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

Quebec has already conducted two draws through Arrima in August, more specifically on August 12 and August 19.

The latest draw invited candidates who had a valid job offer outside the Montreal metropolitan area and working inoccupation currently in demand in the province. Here is the list of targeted occupations included in the draw:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
  • Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133);
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141);
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147);
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171);
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174);
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175);
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241);
  • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281);
  • User support technicians (NOC 2282);
  • Information systems testing technicians (NOC 2283);
  • Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (NOC 5131);
  • Graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223);
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241);
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade (NOC 6221).

This is the eighth draw by Quebec in 2021. With this draw, a total of 2,145 candidates have now been invited to apply for permanent residence.

26th August 2021:

Quebec invites 502 immigration candidates in its latest Arrima draw

The province of Quebec has invited 502 immigration candidates in a draw held on August 19 to apply for permanent residence.

The invitations were issued under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

In order to get an invitation, the candidates must have registered Expression of Interest (EOI) in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.

This draw has been held a week after the province held its biggest Arrima draw of the year.

The invitations were issued according to the needs of Quebec’s labor market. The draw invited candidates with a score of at least 548 points. Their occupation must also figure in the list of targeted occupations. These occupations, as well as their corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, are listed below:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
  • Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133);
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141);
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147);
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171);
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174);
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175);
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241);
  • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281);
  • User support technicians (NOC 2282);
  • Information systems testing technicians (NOC 2283);
  • Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (NOC 5131);
  • Graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223);
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241);
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade (NOC 6221).

So far in 2021, a total of 1,562 candidates have now been invited to apply for permanent selection by Quebec.

Know More: Arrima draw in Quebec invited 502 candidates

Ontario holds its second masters graduate stream draw

Ontario conducted its second Masters Graduate stream draw on August 25. The invited candidates were required to have a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 37 which is slightly lesser than the score requirement for the first draw which was 39 points. The invited candidates can apply within14 days and pay the $1,500 application fees.

This program was launched by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) earlier this month.

Under this program, international students who have graduated with a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario institution can register for immigration through this  program. Candidates need not have a job offer to apply but must apply for the nomination within two years of graduation. Graduates of the following universities are eligible for this stream:

  • Algoma University
  • Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario College of Art & Design University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

Know More: 326 Masters Graduates were invited under Ontario PNP draw

British Columbia invites 74 tech candidates to apply for provincial nomination

The province of British Columbia invited 74 immigration candidates who are tech workers in a draw held on August 24.

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The invited candidates must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The invited candidates in this draw belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a minimum provincial score of 80 points. The invited candidates should apply for a nomination within 30 days.

Know More: British Columbia PNP invites 74 in latest Tech draw

24th August 2021:

PEI invited 161 immigration candidates in its monthly provincial draw

The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island conducted its regular monthly immigration draw on August 19 where it invited 161 immigration candidates through its PNP program.

Among the invitations, 152, went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. Nine invitations were issued to Business Impact candidates who had  a  minimum score of 72 points in the province’s immigration system. This is the eighth draw of 2021 held by the province. The  total number of invitations issued till date is 1,194.

Know More: PEI PNP Draw Invites 161 Immigration Candidates

19th August 2021:

British Columbia invites more than 435 candidates under four PNP draws

The province of British Columbia invited more than 435 immigration candidates by conducting four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held on August 17.

From February this year, the province has been holding two separate draws for its PNP program, one is a general draw and the second one targets retail and wholesale retail managers and restaurant and foodservice managers. The province conducts the second draw in consideration of the large number of people registered with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

As for the general draw, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program received invitations.

In this draw, invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for this draw were between 73 and 91 points where a total of 363 candidates were invited.

The province also conducted a separate draw under SI and EEBC categories a which targeted occupations that fall under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. A total of 64 invitations with scores of 106 were issued in this draw.

Eight invitations were issued under the Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category and less than five invitations through the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot category.

The province has issued more than 7527 invitations through various PNP streams so far in 2021.

Canada invites 463 PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw held on August 18, Canada invited 463 PNP nominees to apply for permanent residence.

The eligibility requirement was a minimum score of 751 points with a nomination from an Express Entry-linked PNP. As you are aware, a provincial nomination alone is worth 600 points. The candidates should have submitted their profiles before April 13th 2021, to receive an invitation.

Know More: 463 PNP candidates were invited through Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario announces first round of invitations for Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams

The province of Ontario conducted its first round of invitations for the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams on August 18, approximately two weeks after changing the intake system for the two provincial immigration programs.

In these draws, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 479 international student graduates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Among these 402 candidates were invited to apply for the Masters Graduate stream. The invited candidates ought to have an Expression of Interest (EOI) scores of at least 39 to qualify for an invitation.

Under the PhD Graduate stream, the province invited 77 candidates with EOI scores of 17 and above.

Know More: Ontario includes Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams under EOI

18th August 2021:

Alberta invites 396 Express Entry candidates in the latest Express Entry draw

The province of Alberta invited 396 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held on August 10. This was the biggest draw of the year so far.

In this draw, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 300.

The selected candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream.

As compared to the previous provincial draw held by Alberta’s PNP, more candidates were invited in this draw, but the CRS requirement remained the same.

Since January 2021, Alberta has invited 3,157 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Alberta can issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.

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17th August 2021:

Manitoba invites 275 candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Manitoba held a provincial draw on August 12 where it invited 275 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invited candidates are now eligible to apply for a nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Once they receive it, they can apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Here are the details of the latest draw:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 238 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 454;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 6 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 719; and
  • International Education Stream — 31 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

In this draw, 36 invitations or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to Express Entry candidates.

Know More: Manitoba PNP draw invites 275 immigration candidates

12th August 2021:

Ontario province invites 48 immigration candidates in latest draw

In a draw held on August 11, the province of Ontario issued invitations to 48 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. This was the second draw for the In-Demand Skills stream under the new intake system.

The new EOI system of Ontario will replace the old first-come-first-served model. This means that interested candidates can register at any time for the opportunity to receive an invitation from Ontario. There was no score requirement for this draw.

The candidates who were invited had to be eligible for the In-Demand Skills stream, and must have job offers in the following occupations, listed by sector in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

Health and agricultural occupations:

  • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • NOC 8431 – general farm workers
  • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers
  • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Manufacturing (outside the Greater Toronto Area only):

  • NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
  • NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators
  • NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

Candidates who received an invitation should apply for a provincial nomination within14 days. This will support their application for a PR visa.

Know More: Ontario PNP invites 48 candidates related to health, agriculture, and manufacturing

Manitoba invites 375 candidates in recent provincial draw

Manitoba released details of its provincial draw held last month. (July 29). The draw held under the EOI system invited 375 candidates in the following streams:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 285
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 400

International Education Stream

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 43

Skilled Workers Overseas

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 47 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • The ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate was 708

Among the 375 LAAs issued to candidates, 42 were issued to candidates who had an Express Entry ID and a job seeker validation code.

Know More: Manitoba invites 375 in MPNP EOI Draw #123

11th August 2021:

Ontario includes Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams in its EOI system

Graduates with job offers residing in Ontario can now register for an opportunity to get a provincial nomination through two more immigration programs offered by the province.

The streams that have been added to Ontario’s Expression of Interest stream are the Master’s Graduate and PhD Graduate streams. The other three programs that use the EOI system include: In-Demand Skills, International Student, and Foreign Worker.

Candidates from the two new streams can apply for immigration to Ontario at any time. Ontario ranks candidates’ profiles using the EOI system, which uses a score matrix. Candidates are awarded points based on their educational background, employment experience, and intended destination in Ontario, among other things.

Candidates that register for the EOI system are not guaranteed an invitation to seek for a provincial nomination. In Ontario’s EOI pool, profiles are valid for 12 months. Registrants may be contacted by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) at any time to apply for a nomination.

Know More: Ontario includes Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams under EOI

09th August 2021:

Quebec introduce new measures to hire and retain temporary foreign workers

The province of Quebec announced new measures that will make it easier to hire temporary foreign workers. The province has arrived at an agreement with the Canadian federal government authorities to adopt three new measures that will help employers and businesses facing labor shortages. With this, Quebec becomes the first province to reach such an agreement. The three new measures include:

  1. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will become more flexible and become conducive for hiring foreign workers.
  2. Giving access to an open work permit for some holders of the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) who have applied for permanent residency in Quebec.
  3. Work permit will be given to holders of a CSQ from abroad who are looking for permanent residence.

Companies who want to hire foreign workers can currently do so at a rate of 10% of their workforce. This amount will be raised to 20% in the future.

Certain temporary foreign employees can work in Quebec in whatever job they want while they wait for permanent residence.

An open work permit will be available to workers who have a CSQ in the skilled worker category and a receipt confirming that their application for permanent residence has been accepted by the federal government.

The work permit will be valid for an initial period of 24 months, with the option to renew for another 12 months. It will include a stipulation that the place of employment be restricted to Quebec.

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07th August 2021:

Saskatchewan invited 452 candidates in recent provincial draw

The province of Saskatchewan held a provincial draw on August 5 where it invited 452 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invitations were sent to candidates who are eligible for a nomination from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), especially from the International Skilled Worker category. Among the invited candidates,171 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 281 through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

Regardless of the category, the invited candidates were required to have an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of minimum 73 points in order to be invited. They were also required to submit their Educational Credential Assessments to prove that their foreign education was comparable to Canadian standards. Another eligibility requirement was work experience in one of the 65 in-demand occupations listed on the government webpage.

Know More: Saskatchewan invites 452 in the first SINP draw of August 2021, minimum EOI 73 requirement

06th August 2021:

Canada invites 3000 immigrants in latest Express Entry draw for CEC candidates

In an Express Entry draw held on August 5 Canada invited 3,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invited candidates were required to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and needed a CRS score of at least 404 points.

Only those candidates who had submitted their profiles before August 3, 2021 were eligible for this draw.

This was a CEC only draw in line with IRCC’s trend of holding only CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Express Entry draws.

Candidates for these programs are mostly from Canada or have ties to the country. Because Canadian work experience is one of the immigration program’s core eligibility criteria, the vast majority of CEC candidates are already in Canada. 90% of candidates in the Express Entry pool, are in Canada.

Domestic applicants are preferred by Canada because they are less likely to face coronavirus-related challenges. Holders of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) were unable to enter Canada and complete their immigration process until June 21.

In addition, the government immigration targets for 2021 have been set at a new high of 401,000.  IRCC has admitted 143,000 new permanent residents across all programs in the first half of this year. Canada will need to land roughly 43,000 newcomers each month to meet its aim of 401,000 newcomers by 2021.

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Alberta invited 148 Express Entry candidates in recent provincial draw

In a draw held on July 27, the province of Alberta under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 148 Express Entry candidates with CRS score of at least 300.

The invited candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream.

So far this year Alberta has invited 2761 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The province can issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.

Know More: Alberta PNP releases details of latest AINP draw held

05th August 2021:

Canada invites 512 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada conducted an Express Entry draw on August 4 where it invited candidates who have already received provincial nominations. In this draw the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 512 candidates with scores of at least 760 points.

The high score requirements are due to the fact that those who have a provincial nomination will automatically get 600 points.

In this draw, only those candidates who had submitted their profile before March 5, 2021 were invited.

Since the beginning of 2021, IRCC has only held Express Entry draws for the PNP and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The IRCC has made an attempt to admit people who are already living in Canada.

Despite the fact that PNP candidates are not necessarily in Canada, at least not in the same numbers as CEC candidates, it makes sense for the federal government to cooperate with its provincial partners.

PNP applicants are less concerned about travel constraints. This is due to the fact that on June 21, Canada opened its border to approved permanent citizens. Those who are invited today may have to wait months for their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), which is the final document required to become a landed permanent resident in Canada.

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British Columbia invites 374 candidates in latest provincial draw

British Columbia has invited 374 candidates in a provincial draw held on August 3.

From February of this year, the province has been conducting two separate rounds of invitations twice every month as part of its PNP program.

The province holds a general draw and a second draw which targets retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers.

This second draw, according to information supplied by the government, is owing to a large number of people with these two vocations registered in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The government hopes to balance the demands in all areas of the provincial labor market by hosting these additional draws.

In this draw, invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for this draw were between 74 and 91 points. A total of 361 candidates were invited in this category.

A separate draw was also conducted under SI and EEBC categories and was aimed at candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631 where 13 invitations with scores of 107 were given.

The province has issued a total of 7041 invitations through various BC PNP streams so far this year.

Know More: British Columbia issues 374 invitations in 2 BC PNP draws held the same day

Manitoba invites 375 candidates in provincial draw

In a draw held on July 29, the province of Manitoba invited 375 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The candidates invited in this draw can now apply for a nomination under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).  Once they receive a nomination, they can apply for Canadian PR.

Here are the details of the categories under which the candidates were invited and the required EOI score:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 285 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 400;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 47 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 708; and
  • International Education Stream — 43 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

42 invitations or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were sent to Express Entry candidates.

Know More: Manitoba invites 375 in MPNP EOI Draw #123

28th July 2021:

Manitoba invites a record number of Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Manitoba invited a record number of 1,140 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on July 27 which is the highest number so far in a single draw. The cutoff score for this draw was 557 points.

The number of invitation s in this draw was higher than the previous record-breaking draw when the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 1,017 Express Entry candidates on June 28 this year.

The invited candidates were invited from the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. The candidates should have already submitted a profile to Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system and were required to have an EOI score of minimum 557 points to receive the Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).

This score is as per Manitoba’s EOI scoring matrix.

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British Columbia invites 59 candidates in latest tech draw

British Columbia invited 59 immigration candidates who are working in key technology occupations to apply for a provincial nomination on July 27.

The invitations were submitted through the BC PNP Tech program which is part of British Columbia PNP.

Invitations were issued through the B. C’s Tech draws where candidates are required to meet the requirements of any one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates invited in this draw belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

The candidates should apply for a nomination within 30 days.

Know More: British Columbia invites 59 candidates in latest BC PNP Tech draw

28th July 2021:

Ontario invites 1,031 candidates in new Express Entry draw

The province of Ontario conducted a draw on July 27 where it invited 1,031 Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of 18 occupations.

The invited candidates had profiles in the Express Entry system with a CRS score between 458 and 467.

The candidates invited under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program and are eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP).

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited those candidates who had work experience in one of the following 18 occupations listed in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

· NOC 0114 – Other administrative services managers

· NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers

· NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

· NOC 0125 – Other business services managers

· NOC 0211 – Engineering managers

· NOC 0311 – Managers in health care

· NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers

· NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers

· NOC 0711 – Construction managers

· NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation

· NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers

· NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals

· NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting

· NOC 2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

· NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

· NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists

· NOC 3231 – Opticians

· NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses

The invited candidates are required to have at least one year of work experience in any one of the above occupations to receive a provincial nomination. If they receive an invitation, they will be the first in line to receive an ITA for Canada PR.

Know More: Ontario PNP invites 1,031 Express Entry candidates in latest OINP draw

23rd July 2021:

Canada conducts Express Entry draws where it invites 4500 candidates

In an Express Entry draw held on July 22, Canada invited 4,500 Express Entry candidates for Canadian permanent residence.

The required score for this draw was at least 357 points. The invited candidates are required to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in order to be invited. They should have submitted their profiles before February 14, 2021 to get the invitation.

Know More: Express Entry: 4,500 invited with minimum CRS 357 requirement

Saskatchewan invites 280 immigration candidates in new provincial draw

In a draw held on July 21, Saskatchewan invited 280 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The draw invited candidates who are eligible for a nomination from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), especially from the International Skilled Worker category. Among the invited candidates, 84 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 196 through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The eligibility requirements to be invited for the draw are an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 77, ECAs and work experience in one of the 63 in-demand occupations listed on the government webpage.

Know More: Saskatchewan PNP invites a total of 280 in latest SINP draw

22nd July 2021:

Ontario invites 115 candidates in latest provincial draw

Ontario held a provincial draw on July 21 where it invited 115 bilingual Express Entry candidates. The candidates selected in this draw are eligible to immigrate to Canada through the province’s Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. The candidates are required to have a profile in the Express Entry system and have a CRS score between 461 and 467.

The FSSW is aligned with the Express Entry system. Candidates invited in this draw ought to have an Express Entry profile created after July 21, 2020. Apart from this, candidates should have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7 in French, and 6 in English. They should also enough funds to support themselves.

Know More: Ontario invites 115 from the FSSW stream in latest OINP draw

Canada invites 462 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada has invited 462 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on July 21. The invited candidates should have received a nomination from a PNP earlier. The score cut-off for this draw is 734 points. Provincial nominees will already have 600 points added to their CRS score.

Candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before April 11, 2021 were invited to this draw. Like all previous Express Entry draws, this draw focused on PNP candidates.

Know More: Latest IRCC Express Entry draw invites 462 to apply for Canada PR

British Columbia issues 383 invitations in its PNP draw

In a draw held on July 20, the province of British Columbia issued 383 invitations to immigration candidates.

From February, the province has been conducting two separate draws under its PNP program twice a month. The province holds a general draw and a second draw targeting retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers.

In this draw, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations.

The focus was on candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

Know More: British Columbia invites 383 to apply, EI – Base category temporarily suspended

Alberta invites 181 Express Entry candidates in recent draw

Alberts invited 181 Express Entry candidates through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) with a CRS score of at least 301 points in a draw held on July 14. The invited candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream.

Since January 2021, Alberta has invited 2,613 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far.

Prince Edward Island invites 127 candidates in latest provincial draw

Prince Edward Island held a provincial draw on July 15 where it invited 127 immigration candidates. Of these 118 invitations went to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates while none invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum score of 60 points.

For PEI, this is the seventh draw of the year. PEI has so far invited 1,032 candidates, out of these 934 were from the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams while 98 were from the Business Impact stream.

Know More: Canada’s Alberta invites 181, minimum CRS 301 requirement

20th July 2021:

Canada to open borders to vaccinated travelers from all nations from September 7

On September 7, the border will reopen to properly vaccinated travelers from all nations.

Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to undergo on-arrival and day-eight testing, but they may be tested at the border at random.

Travellers must have the recommended dosage of a vaccination licensed for use in Canada to be deemed “fully vaccinated.”

At least 14 days before entry, the final injection must have been obtained. It makes no difference where travelers got their vaccinations. The following vaccine manufacturers are currently accepted in Canada: Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). All results must be submitted in French or English, or a certified translation will be required by border officials.

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19th July 2021:

Ontario conducts its first In-Demand Skills Stream draw

Ontario conducted its first In-Demand Skills stream draw based on its new intake system. 54 candidates were invited for a provincial nomination with a score of minimum 11 points.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) also conducted a draw for the Regional Immigration Pilot where one candidate was invited. There is no EOI score requirement for candidates under this stream.

Invited candidates are required to have work experience in one of the following occupations:

Health and agricultural occupations:

  • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • NOC 8431 – general farm workers
  • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 – harvesting laborers
  • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Manufacturing (outside Greater Toronto Area only):

  • NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
  • NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators
  • NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

The invited candidates can apply for nomination within 14 days under Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Know More: Ontario PNP holds its first In-Demand Skills stream draw as part of new EOI system

16th July 2021:

Canada announces new open work permit for essential workers and international student graduates

Immigrants on a temporary resident status in Canada who had applied for one of the recently launched pathways to permanent residence will be eligible for an open work permit till their application is finalized from July 26.

This announcement was made by the Canadian immigration minister recently. This means that the applicants need not worry about their temporary work or study permit expiring before their PR application is approved by the IRCC. They can apply for the open work permit till they get a decision.

Without the open work permit, this category of PR applicants will have to leave Canada once their temporary permit expires. Now with the open work permit they can legally stay in Canada till December 31, 2022.

According the Canadian immigration minister, “Our new path to permanent residence for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates is a major step forward—the size, speed and scope of which is unprecedented. This new open work permit ensures that those who have been playing critical roles throughout the pandemic can continue their extraordinary service.”

Eligibility conditions

Applicants must demonstrate the following in order to be considered for this one-time open work permit:

  • Have applied for permanent residency through one of the new channels;
  • During the time of their application, they were authorized to work;
  • Possess a valid work permit that will expire in the following four months;
  • At the time their open work visa application is submitted, they have temporary residence status, maintained status, or are eligible to restore their status;
  • Are in Canada at the time their application for an open work permit is submitted;
  • Were employed in any occupation when their application for permanent residency was submitted; and
  • At the time their application was filed, they met the language requirements of the stream in which they applied.

The applicant’s spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children over the age of 18, are eligible for the open work visa if they are also in Canada.

 

15th July 2021:

Quebec introduces a new scoring system for its Arrima Expression of Interest bank

The immigration authority in the province of Quebec has introduced a new scoring system which will help to rank profile that are registered with the Arrima Expression of Interest bank.

The new system will be effective from July 14, 2021 is related to points in two categories:

1. Human capital factors:

  • French language ability.
  • French and English combined.
  • Age.
  • Work experience.
  • Education.

2. Quebec labor market factors:

  • Work experience in a field with a labor shortage.
  • Qualifications in one of Quebec’s areas of training.
  • Level of Quebec education.
  • Professional experience in Quebec.
  • Professional experience in the rest of Canada.
  • Job offer inside or outside Greater Montreal.

The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) has said that the new system will help to provide a better response to labor market needs and determine a candidate’s integration potential.

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14th July 2021:

British Columbia invited 56 candidates in latest tech draw

British Columbia conducted a draw under its tech program where it invited 56 immigration candidates. The draw was conducted on July 13. The candidates invited in this draw belonged to the following categories:

Skilled Worker

International Graduate

EEBC – Skilled Worker

EEBC – International Graduate

The minimum score required for this draw was 80 points.

Know More: British Columbia invites 56 in latest BC PNP Tech draw

Manitoba invited 277 candidates in latest draw

The province of Manitoba invited 277 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on July 9.

Here are further details of the draw:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 201 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 445;

Skilled Workers Overseas— 53 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 703; and

International Education Stream — 23 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

Apart from this 48 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to Express Entry candidates.

The invited candidates have a chance to get a nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Know More: Manitoba invites 277 in latest MPNP draw

Nova Scotia launches PNP targeting international graduates

The province of Nova Scotia has launched a new Provincial Nominee Program stream specifically for international graduates.

At present, the International Graduates in Demand stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is open to workers with a permanent job offer in one of two National Occupational Classification codes:

1. NOC 3413: Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates.

2. NOC 4214: Early childhood educators and assistants.

To be eligible for this stream, the candidates must have job offer from a Nova Scotia employer which is related to their field of study, they must have also completed at least half of their course in the province.

Ontario holds largest EOI draw till date

In a draw held by the province of Ontario, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited a total of 1,685 candidates who had profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.

The invited candidates could qualify for one of two Employer Job Offer streams. This draw saw the largest number of invitations issued through the Employer Job Offer streams till date in 2021.

In this draw, 1,211 invitations were issued to candidates who may be eligible for the Foreign Worker Stream. The required score for this draw was at least 33 points. This was a general draw indicating that there were no targeted occupations, nor location requirements for this draw.

The draw also invited 431 candidates to apply for a nomination in a general draw through the International Student Stream. The required EOI score for candidates was at least 62 points to get an invitation.

In this draw, 43 invitations were issued to immigration candidates who were registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot and had a chance to qualify for the same two Employer Job Offer streams.

Know More: Ontario PNP invites a record 1,685 through the EOI system in the same day

13th July 2021:

Canada has the highest vaccination rate among countries with more than 10 million people

While Canada was initially lagging behind other countries during the initial days of vaccination against Coronavirus, it has picked up in vaccination numbers and has now emerged as a leader in the percentage of the population who are vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose.

Till date, 58 percent of the total population in the country have been vaccinated with at least one dose. This means Canada ranks the highest among countries with 10 million and above in population who have vaccinated their residents.

Know More: Canada ranks #1 in COVID-19 vaccination among countries with 10+ million population

9th July 2021:

Saskatchewan invites 295 candidates in latest immigration draw

The province of Saskatchewan conducted a provincial draw on July 8, where it invited 295 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates who were eligible for a nomination under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), and belonged to the International Skilled Worker category were invited in this draw.

Out of the invited candidates 99 could be eligible under SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, while 196 candidates could be eligible under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The eligibility conditions for this draw were the candidates had to have an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 80 to get an invitation. They also had to have Educational Credential Assessments and work experience in one of the 62 in-demand occupations listed on the government website.

Know More: Saskatchewan invites 295 in latest SINP draw

Canada invites 4,500 CEC candidates in Express Entry draw

On July 8, Canada invited 4,500 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The candidates required a score of 369 to be eligible for the draw.

The cutoff score was higher compared to the previous CEC round where the score requirement was 369.

This was the smallest CEC draw since May 20th this year. Candidates who submitted their invitations before June 10 were invited for this draw.

Know More: Express Entry: Another 4,500 receive invitations to apply for Canada PR

Canada invites 627 PNP candidates in Express Entry draw

On July 7, Canada issued 627 invitations for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates. The invitations were issued to PNP candidates who had to have a score of at least 760 points. But PNP candidates will have 600 points added to their score, so the lowest scoring candidate will have 160 points.

Candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before June 14, 2021 were invited to this draw.

Know More: Express Entry: Latest draw invites 627 with a PNP nomination

1st July 2021:

Canada invites a record number of Express Entry candidates in the second quarter of 2021

An assessment of the number of invitations issued to immigration candidates in the second quarter of 2021 shows that a record-breaking number of 44,591 immigration candidates were issued ITAs to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system. This was higher compared to the 44,124 invitations issued in the first quarter of 2021.

By the end of June 2021, the IRCC has issued a total of 88,715 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residents breaking the previous record set in 2017.

The EE draws in the second quarter of 2021 are characterized by large draws with low CRS cut-off scores.

Every draw in 2021 has been program specific, the pattern followed has been a PNP draw followed by a CEC draw.

The IRCC has adopted this strategy to invite candidates who are most likely to be in Canada at the time of the draw because it has been difficult to invite candidates who are staying overseas due to travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In May this year about 95 percent of CEC candidates and 30 percent of PNP candidates were in Canada.

Compared to the first quarter of this year, the IRCC has conducted more draws in the second quarter, 14 as compared to 10. The size of the draws was also huge. However, there were very few all program draws held during the pandemic, as a result Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates were not included in the draws this year.

The CRS cutoff scores were lower with the increase in the size of the draws. The CRS scores for CEC candidates has been going down since May with the CRS requirement for the latest draw being 357 points.

With the removal of COVID related travel restrictions and rapid progress in vaccination numbers, we can hope to see more of all-program draws in the second half of 2021.

Know More: Canada immigration update: All Express Entry draws in June 2021

30th June 2021:

IRCC rolls back 60-day time frame for Express Entry candidates with invitations to submit their PR application

The IRCC has announced that Express Entry candidates will once again have 60 days to submit their PR application from the date they receive an invitation to submit their PR application.

From June 29, the IRCC has decided to roll back its earlier decision which allowed applicants 90 days to submit their application from the date they receive their application. This measure was taken in view of COVID-19 restrictions.

The return to the 60-day time period will help the IRCC to process a higher volume of applications.

However, Express Entry candidates who received their invitations before June 29, 2021 will still have 90 days to submit their PR application. The 60-day timeframe will only apply to Express Entry candidates who will be invited in the coming weeks.

IRCC issues instructions for those with expired COPRs

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released instructions for those with expired Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders for renewing their documents so that they can travel to Canada.

Due to Coronavirus-related travel restrictions many COPR holders had to wait for the border to reopen to further proceed with their immigration to Canada. The Canada border reopened on June 21. During this period many COPR holders realized that their documents had expired. The IRCC has come out with instructions for such people.

Those with expired COPR will get an email from an official in the immigration department about their application in which they will have to conform if they still wish to come to Canada.

In such cases, the IRCC will ask them to submit new medicals and other updated information. If the applicants do not respond, but later wish to enter Canada as a permanent resident, then they will have to reapply.

Know More: IRCC updates guidelines for permanent resident applicants

26th June 2021:

BC invites 395 immigration candidates in two PNP draws

The province of British Columbia held two PNP draws on June 22 where it invited 395 immigration candidates. The province has been issuing separate rounds of invitations under its PNP program since February this year. In these rounds of invitations, one is a general draw and the second draw targets wholesale trade managers and restaurant and food service managers.

B.C. has been conducting two separate rounds of invitations under its PNP program since February. The province holds a general draw and a second draw targeting retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers.

This second draw, according to information supplied by the government, is owing to a large number of people with these two vocations registered in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The government hopes to balance the demands in all areas of the provincial labor market by hosting these additional drawings.

In this round of draws candidates belonging to the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) were invited.

In this draw, specific invitations were issued to candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for the draw were between 75 and 93 points in which a total of 341 candidates were invited.

The draw conducted under SI and EEBC categories focused on candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. The draw issued a total of 54 invitations with scores of 109 points.

B.C. has issued a total of 5730 invitations through various BC PNP streams, so far for this year

Know More: British Columbia PNP invites 395 in 2 draws held the same day

25th June 2021:

Canada invites 6000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada held another Express Entry draw on June 24 where it invited 6000 candidates to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class or CEC. The CRS score requirement for this draw was 357.

The CRS score for this draw was 357 which was the second lowest for the CEC only draw, an earlier draw held in February this year had a CRS score of 75.

CRS score requirements continue to fall in the CEC only draws as the IRCC is looking to invite up to 401,000 new immigrants this year.

Read More: Canada’s Express Entry latest draw invites 6,000 with Canadian experience

24th June 2021:

Canada invites 1002 PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw, Canada invited 1,002 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The invited candidates had previously received a PNP nomination. The cut-off score for this draw was 742 as the candidates will automatically get 600 points added to their score. So, candidates require only 142 points to be selected for the draw. Only those candidates who submitted their applications before February 18 2021 were invited to this draw.

In order to get around the travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic Canada has been holding PNP and CEC specific draws where the candidates are most likely to be living in Canada. The travel restrictions are likely to be eased in the coming weeks.

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Ontario invites 583 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

In a draw held on June 23, the province of Ontario invited 583 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invited candidates had profiles in the Express Entry system with CRS scores ranging between 464 and 467.

Candidates who had work experience in one of the following 10 occupations were invited in this draw:

Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122);

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124);

Other business services managers (NOC 0125);

Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601);

Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111);

Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112);

Human resources professionals (NOC 1121);

Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122);

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012); and

Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163).

The invited Express Entry candidates were required to have at least one year of work experience in one of these occupations to get the provincial nomination.

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Quebec invites 69 candidates for permanent residency in new Arrima draw

The province of Quebec invited 69 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection on June 17.

The invited candidates came under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) and had filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.

The candidates were also required to have a validated job offer.

This is the fifth draw by Quebec for 2021. The province has been issuing rounds of invitations every month for this year. A total number of 545 candidates have now been invited to apply for permanent selection in 2021.

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23rd June 2021:

Alberta invites 184 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Alberta held a provincial draw on June 22, where it invited 184 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The invited candidates are now eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream.

The invited candidates were required to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a score of at least 300. This is the second draw of the province for this month with the same minimum score requirement. The previous draw was conducted on June 5.

So far in 2021, Alberta has invited 2,284 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Apart from inviting candidates living and working in the province, the province is now keen on inviting candidates who have a job offer in Alberta or have experience in an occupation which has the potential to contribute to the economic development of Alberta.

Know More: Alberta PNP invites 184 in the latest AINP draw

22nd June 2021:

PEI invites 113 candidates in latest immigration draw

The province of Prince Edward Island held a PNP draw on June 17 where it invited 113 immigration candidates.

Out of the 113 invitations, 101 were issued to Express Entry candidates and Labour Impact candidates while the remaining 12 went to Business Impact candidates who had to have a minimum of 20 points.

This is the sixth draw held by the province for this year. The province has so far invited 905 candidates out of which 816 were from the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams and 89 from the Business Impact stream.

Know More: Prince Edward Island PNP holds monthly draw as per 2021 schedule

Valid COPR holders can now travel to Canada

Confirmation of Permanent Residence or COPR holders are now allowed to enter Canada. Since March 2020, when Canada imposed coronavirus travel restrictions, more than 23,000 COPRs have been issued.

Those who have been approved to immigrate to Canada by IRCC are given a COPR. This indicates that the person has satisfied the program’s requirements, paid their fees, and passed health, security, and criminality screenings. They can travel to Canada to start their new life.

However, according to Canadian government data, a total of 23,000 COPRs have been unable to go to Canada since March 2020 due to travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Til this announcement, only those individuals who got their COPR before March 18 2020 could travel to Canada. Those who got their COPR after this date could come to the country if they were eligible under any one of the travel exemptions or were residents of the US moving to Canada to settle down here permanently.

COPRs are only valid for a year. They are linked to the applicant’s passport and medical examination for immigration. Many people have been unable to travel to Canada because of the Coronavirus or because they do not meet one of Canada’s travel restrictions. Their COPR has now expired as a result of this. Those with expired COPRs are advised not to travel to Canada right now and instead apply to the IRCC for a new COPR to travel to the country.

Know More: IRCC updates guidelines for permanent resident applicants

17th June 2021:

Ontario invites 940 international students and temporary workers in latest PNP draw

The province of Ontario held a new immigration draw on June 16, where it invited 940 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates who had profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool were invited in this draw. The candidates could also be qualified in any one of the two Employer Job Offer streams.

Out of the 940 invited candidates, 569 were eligible for the Foreign Worker Stream. The required score was at least 38 points. This draw required no targeted occupations or location requirements.

The remaining 371 candidates were invited to apply for nomination under the International Student Stream. The required EOI score for this category was at least 66 points.

Foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario are eligible for the Ontario Foreign Worker Stream. Candidates need not be in Canada while making the application provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements include two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, an eligible job offer in Ontario and intention to immigrate to the province.

Know More: Ontario PNP invites 940 in latest EOI draw

Saskatchewan issues 255 invitations in latest provincial draw

The province of Saskatchewan conducted a draw on June 15 where it issued 255 invitations.

The invitations were sent to candidates eligible under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), especially those who applied under the International Skilled Worker category. Among the invited candidates, 103 may be eligible for the Express Entry sub-category while 152 are eligible for the Occupations-in-demand sub-category.

In the past few months, the province has issued 250 invitations on an average every two weeks.

Candidates had to have an EOI score of at least 82 points in order to be invited. Other requirements included having an ECA and work experience in any one of the 55 in-demand occupations that appear in the government webpage.

Know More: Saskatchewan PNP invites 255 to apply in latest SINP draw

British invites 72 candidates in tech draw

British Columbia invited, in its latest provincial draw held on June 15 invited 72 immigration candidates working in the IT sector to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech program which is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The invited candidates must meet the requirements of any one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The candidates invited in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

Know More: British Columbia holds the second Tech draw of the month

11th June 2021:

Canada conducts CEC draw with low cut-off scores

The IRCC conducted an Express Entry draw on June 10 where it invited 6000 CEC candidates with minimum CRS score of 368.

The invited candidates had at least one year of skilled work experience and proficiency at the intermediate level in either English or French.

Candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before April 28 2021.

Canada has been conducting CEC-only draws with historically low score cut offs as per recent trends.

Since the beginning of the year, Canada has prioritized candidates who are more likely to already be in the country. Candidates staying overseas and were authorized for a PR visa after March 18, 2020, are unable to go to finish their permanent residency landing because to current travel restrictions.

Canada invites 940 candidates in latest PNP linked Express Entry draw

On June 9, Canada conducted an Express Entry draw, where it invited 940 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invited candidates had previously received a nomination from the PNP. This is the reason the cutoff score for this draw was set at 711 which is relatively high considering the fact that PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool will automatically get 600 points added to their CRS score so that the lowest scoring candidate will just need 111 points.

This draw invited only those candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16.

The previous PNP draw invited only 500 candidates and the score requirement for the draw was 713 points.

Latest Draws: Express Entry: Another PNP-specific draw held, 940 invited

British Columbia invites 373 immigration candidates in two separate PNP draws

British Columbia invited 373 immigration candidates in two separate Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws which were held on June 8.

Since February, B.C. has been holding two distinct rounds of invitations under its PNP program. A general draw was held, as well as a second draw for managers in the retail and wholesale trades, as well as restaurant and foodservice managers. These two occupations have a large number of people enrolled in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System, and the government is working to balance the numbers.

In the general draw, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations in the general draw.

In this draw, specifically invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for this draw were between 76 and 93 points where 323 candidates were invited.

Another separate draw conducted under SI and EEBC categories invited candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. In this draw 50 invitations were issued with the required score of 110 points.

The province has issued a total of 5249 invitations through various BC PNP streams so far in 2021.

Latest Draws: British Columbia PNP invites 373 candidates, 50 from NOC 0621 & NOC 0631

8th June 2021:

Manitoba issues 142 invitations in its recent provincial draw

The province of Manitoba invited 142 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on June 7. The invited candidates are likely to get a nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). If they do so they can apply for permanent residence.

Here is the breakup of the invitations issued under the various categories of the MPNP:

· Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 95 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 375

· Skilled Workers Overseas— 25 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 703

· International Education Stream— 22 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

Apart from this, 13 invitations or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were issued to Express Entry candidates.

Latest Draws: Manitoba PNP: 13 Express Entry candidates among 142 invited

Alberta invites 191 Express Entry candidates in the latest draw

The province of Alberta held a draw on June 5, where it invited 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invited candidates will be eligible to apply under the Alberta Express Entry stream.

The invited candidates required a score of at least 300 points to get an invitation. The previous draw held by the province had a score requirement of 301 points.

In the draws held so far by the province in 2021, the number of invitations issued to Express Entry candidates stands at 2,100.

Latest Draws: Alberta PNP: CRS drops to 300 in the latest AINP draw

3rd June 2021:

British Columbia invites 68 candidates in the latest provincial draw

In a draw held on June 1, the province of British Columbia invited 68 workers belonging to the technology and information technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invitations were issued under the province’s Tech Pilot program, which is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

To be eligible for this category, candidates must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, both of which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The invitations in this draw went to candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80. The invited candidates can apply for a nomination within 30 days of receiving the invitation.

Manitoba invites 404 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

The province of Manitoba invited 404 Express Entry candidates in a new draw held May 27.

The Express Entry candidates invited under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will now be eligible for the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

The invited candidates are required to have a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 601 if they have to get an invitation. This score is tabulated based on Manitoba’s EOI scoring matrix. It is not the same as the federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry. There was no CRS requirement for this draw.

The candidates who received an invitation can now apply for a provincial nomination form Manitoba. These candidates will already have 600 CRS points because of this nomination which will increase their chances of being selected for an ITA for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

Ontario invites 986 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

In a draw held on June 1, the province of Ontario invited 986 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The required scores were as low as 300.

The candidates invited under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) can be eligible for a nomination through the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores for these candidates were between 300 and 379. These candidates had submitted their profiles between June 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021.

These candidates are most likely to get an ITA for permanent residence because they already have 600 CRS points due to this nomination. The invited candidates can apply for a nomination within 45 days.

Government of Canada makes changes for Express Entry applicant to meet IME requirements

The Government of Canada has made some changes to the way applicants can meet an Immigration Medical Examination (IME) requirement for Express Entry application submission due to COVID-19 restrictions. The IME is required as part of the application for permanent residence.

If you and your family are currently residing in Canada, before applying for permanent residency, you must obtain a medical exam by a panel physician. Medical exams are also required for your accompanying or in-Canada family members.

As soon as you receive your invitation to apply, you should complete your medical assessment. Your exam results must be valid when you file your permanent residence application, and as soon as you are granted permanent residence in Canada.

As a result, it’s a good idea to finish the exam as soon as possible after submitting your online application. If your health is a concern, your permanent residency application will not be approved. It will be rejected if your health is a threat to the public health or safety of Canadians or if it would put an undue strain on Canada’s health and social services.

If you are outside Canada and applying online and have had a medical exam as part of another category’s application and/or completed an IME within the previous 12 months, you can send a copy of the results.

1st June 2021:

Canada invited 5,956 immigration candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada conducted a new Express Entry draw on May 31, where it invited 5,956 candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Candidates needed a score of at least 380 to be eligible for this draw according to the IRCC. This draw invited candidates who qualified for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The eligibility requirements for invited candidates included at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada and intermediate language skills in either English or French.

This was the third largest Express Entry draw so far. This draw also had the second-lowest Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) in 2021.

29th May 2021:

Quebec invites 90 foreign worker candidates in provincial draw

In a provincial draw held on May 27, Quebec invited 90 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The draw held by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) who had filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.

This draw saw two categories of candidates being invited, one was those who had a validated job offer and the second category was aimed at those staying in Quebec as a diplomat, consular officer, United Nations representative, or a representative of any intergovernmental organization with operations in the province, and their staff.

This is the fourth draw of the year held by Quebec. The other draws were held on January 26, March 30, and April 29. With this draw, a total of 476 candidates have been invited so far for PR visa in 2021.

27th May 2021:

Canada invites 500 candidates in PNP linked Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw held on May 26, Canada invited 500 candidates who had a nomination from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The minimum score requirement for this draw was 713. The candidates would have already received 600 points because of their PNP nomination.

This draw invited 57 fewer candidates compared to the previous PNP only draw. The required score is also less by 39 points.

In this draw, the IRCC invited only those candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before April 06, 2021.

Ontario invites 64 skilled workers in latest provincial draw

The province of Ontario invited 64 skilled workers to apply for a provincial nomination on May 25.

Candidates who had a profile in the Expression of Interest (EOI) were invited through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

The invited candidates were registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot. They can now apply for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream.

This is the third EOI draw of Ontario since the launch of its new application intake system in April.

Ontario conducts EOI draw

The province of Ontario conducted a new Expression of Interest draw on May 26 where it issued 158 Invitations to Apply through the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.

In this draw, the ITAs were issued under two criteria.

The first criteria was a general draw which saw 147 ITAs issued and the required minimum score was 73 points.

The second criteria was a targeted draw through the Regional Immigration Pilot in which 11 ITAs were issued. There was no minimum score published.

The invited candidates had submitted their profiles between April 28 and May 26, 2021.

Alberta invites 250 Express Entry candidates in its recent provincial draw

Alberta invited 250 Express Entry candidates in a provincial nomination draw held on May 18.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirement for this draw was 301.

This was the 10th draw of the year held through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Since the beginning of 2021, Alberta has invited 1,909 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination with this draw.

If the invited candidates are eligible for nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream, they will get an additional 600 CRS points to their overall Express Entry score. They will most likely be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada after that.

26th May 2021:

Manitoba invites 232 candidates in latest draw

The province of Manitoba held a provincial draw on May 25 where it invited 232 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Manitoba consists of the following streams:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

International Education Stream

Skilled Workers Overseas

The MPNP requires that candidates should have previously submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.

Here is a breakup of the invitations issued in this draw:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 166 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 415

Skilled Workers Overseas— 46 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 703

International Education Stream— 20 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

The remaining 20 invitations went to went to Express Entry candidates.

Saskatchewan makes EOI selections to invite 269 candidates

Saskatchewan through its SINP made EOI selections where it invited 269 candidates through its EOI selections. The candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

The following NOCs were included in this draw:

0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 7201, 7202, 7203, 7205, 7231, 7232, 7234, 7237, 7242, 7243, 7245, 7246, 7271, 7281, 7282, 7283, 7291, 7294, 7301, 7302, 7304, 7305, 7311, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 7333, 7335, 7371, 7381, 7384

21st May 2021:

Prince Edward Island invites 155 immigration candidates in latest provincial draw

Prince Edward Island held a PNP draw on May 20 where it invited 155 immigration candidates.

Out of these 138 invitations were issued to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The rest of the invitations were issued to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of 80.

Canada has a surprise CEC draw with a considerable low score

Canada held an Express Entry draw for CEC candidates on May 20 with a surprising low score of 397. This draw had the second-lowest score requirement of 2021 so far. An earlier draw held in February had a score requirement of 75 points.

The IRCC invited 1842 candidates in this draw. Candidates who had submitted their profiles before April 24 were invited in this draw.

British Columbia invites 82 candidates in latest tech pilot draw

The province of British Columbia held a new PNP draw on May 18.

A total of 82 invitations were issued in this draw based on the province’s Tech Pilot program under its Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

The candidates who were invited under these categories had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The candidates can apply for a provincial nomination within 30 days. The province has so far issued a total of 4,438 invitations through various BC PNP streams in 2021.

Ontario invites 138 candidates in the first International Student stream draw

In a provincial draw held on May 18, the province of Ontario invited 138 international students to apply for a provincial nomination. In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates who had profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.

These candidates may qualify for the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream.

In order to be invited, the candidates will require an EOI score of at least 77. They also should have job offers in Ontario.

The Ontario International Student Stream under the Employer Job Offer category is a stream open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario.

The other eligibility requirements are that the candidates must have completed a study program at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution. They must have an eligible job offer in Ontario, and must intend to migrate to the province.

14th May 2021:

Canada invites 4,147 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

On May 13, Canada held another Express Entry draw where it invited 4,147 candidates with a score requirement of 401 points. The candidates invited in this draw must be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class which requires that they have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada and have the required language proficiency in either English or French.

This draw invited candidates who had submitted their applications before April 29, 2021.

A total of 66,475 candidates have been invited so far in 2021 through the Express Entry system.

13th May 2021:

Canada invites 557 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

In an Express draw held on May 12, Canada invited 557 Express Entry candidates to apply for a PR visa.

The candidates who were invited needed a score of at least 752 in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The other requirement was they should have previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This will

automatically get 600 points added to their score. This is the reason the score requirement was so high for this draw. Apart from this, candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021 were only invited for this draw.

The Express Entry draws held so far in 2021 have invited Express Entry candidates only through the PNP, and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This is due to the COVID-related travel restrictions which restricts the submission of invitations to candidates living outside Canada,

Canada aims to invite 108,500 new immigrants in 2021 through Express Entry-managed programs.  A total of 62,328 Express Entry candidates have been issued invitations so far in 2021.

British Columbia invites 379 immigration candidates in two separate provincial draws

The province of British Columbia held two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws on May 11 where it invited 379 immigration candidates.

The province has been conducting regular PNP draws since February where it has held two separate rounds of invitations every two weeks. The two draws are one general draw and another for retail and wholesale trade managers and also restaurant and foodservice managers.

In this round, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) were issued invitations in the general draw.

Invitations were issued to candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

12th May 2021:

Latest Ontario PNP draw focuses on healthcare workers and trades workers

The province of Ontario held its first Employer Job Offer draw on May 11 which is almost two weeks after the launch of a new immigration intake system. The candidates invited in this draw had work experience in one of 23 occupations.

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 81 candidates who had profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. These candidates may qualify for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream.

The candidates selected for this had to have an EOI score of at least 31, and job offers in one of 15 health care occupations, or eight skilled trades occupations.

Foreign nationals are eligible for the Ontario Foreign Worker Stream under the Employer Job Offer category provided they have a job offer from an employer in Ontario. They are not required to apply from within Canada, if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Other eligibility requirements are two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, an eligible job offer in Ontario, and intention to immigrate to Ontario.

 Alberta holds a provincial draw with lowest CRS score in the past 12 months

In a provincial draw held on May 5, the province of Alberta invited Express Entry candidates with a score of 300 to apply for a provincial nomination.

250 immigration candidates were invited in this draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement was 300 which was the lowest since May 2020.

The province has so far invited 1,659 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in 2021.

10th May 2021:

Manitoba releases details of latest provincial draw

Manitoba conducted an immigration draw on May 6, the details of which were released last week.

In this draw, Manitoba invited 150 candidates, who are now eligible to apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

In its provincial draws, the province invites immigrants to apply through any one of the following three Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas.

If candidates want to be invited through the Skilled Worker streams, they should have previously submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile. Here is a break-up of the invitations issued in this draw.

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 104 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 400;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 29 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 703; and
  • International Education Stream— 13 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

In this round, 14 Express Entry candidates received Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), went to Express Entry candidates.

7th May 2021:

Saskatchewan invites 259 immigration candidates in latest provincial draw

In a provincial draw held on May 6, the province of Saskatchewan invited 259 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for PR visa.

The invitations went to candidates who would be eligible for a nomination under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), specifically from the International Skilled Worker category. Among the invited candidates, 136 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 123 may be nominated through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The invited candidates required an EOI score of at least 70 in order to be invited. The candidates were required to submit their Educational Credential Assessments and were required to have work experience in one of the 63 in-demand occupations mentioned on the government website.

Canada opens applications for six new immigration pathways for temporary residents

Canada opened six new immigration pathways for temporary residents in Canada on May 6. The government published an application guide for these programs on May 5. Here are the details of the immigration programs and their intake cap:

  1. Workers in Canada – Stream A for health care workers (20,000 applications)
  2. Workers in Canada – Stream B for essential non-health care workers (30,000 applications)
  3. International graduates (40,000 applications)
  4. Workers in Canada – Stream A for French-speaking health care workers (no cap)
  5. Workers in Canada – Stream B for French-speaking essential non-health care workers (no cap)
  6. French-speaking international graduates (no cap)

The applications for these streams will be open till November or till the applications fill up whichever is earlier.

Canada has introduced these immigration pathways to help the country meet its immigration target of 401,000 new PR visa permits for 2021. Owing to the travel restrictions due to the pandemic Canada is aiming to convert temporary residents to permanent residents through these immigration pathways and help in the country’s economic recovery.

5th May 2021:

Quebec invites 83 immigration candidates in latest provincial draw

In a draw held on April 29, the province of Quebec invited 83 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency. In this draw, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited candidates who belonged to the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) and had filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.

The categories of candidates invited in this draw included:

  • those with a validated job offer
  • those residing in Quebec as a diplomat, consular officer, United Nations representative, or a representative of any intergovernmental organization with operations in the province, and their staff.

This is the third draw held this year by Quebec. The previous draws were held on March 30 and January 26. A total of 386 candidates have now been invited to submit an application for permanent selection by the province in 2021.

Ontario invites 102 bilingual Express Entry candidates in a provincial draw

In a draw held on May 4, the province of Ontario invited 102 bilingual Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The candidates selected in this draw could become eligible to immigrate to Canada through Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. To be eligible for this draw, the candidates are required to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a Comprehensive Ranking System score between 458 and 467.

The FSSW is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream which is aligned with the Express Entry system. Candidates who received a Notification of Interest in this draw should have created an Express Entry profile between May 4, 2020 – May 4, 2021.

The invited candidates will have to apply online for their provincial nomination within 45 days.

British Columbia invites 84 immigration candidates for provincial nomination

In a draw held on May 4, the province of British Columbia invited 84 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on May 4.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot invited candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories for this draw.

The invited candidates were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

Till date, the province has invited 3,977 immigration candidates in 2021. The invited candidates should apply for a nomination in 2021.

30th Apr 2021:

Canada invites 6000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw held on April 29 Canada invited 6,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The IRCC has invited candidates with scores of at least 400. These candidates belonged to the CEC category and are likely to be eligible for permanent residency.

The score of 400 was the second lowest score ever for a CEC-specific draw. It was 17 points lower than the previous CEC specific draw.

This draw invited only those candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before April 24, 2021 as per the tie-break rule.

The IRCC draws held so far in 2021 focused on only two types of program-specific Express Entry draws, with focus on immigrants who are already in the country- candidates belonging to the CEC category and those in the PNP category.

With this draw the number of ITAs issued so far in 2021 comes up to 61,771. This number is higher than the number of invitations issued in the same time last year.

29th Apr 2021:

British Columbia invited 362 candidates in two provincial draws

British Columbia conducted two PNP draws on April 27 where it invited 362 immigration candidates.

Of the two draws, the first draw was a general draw, and the second draw targeted retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers.

In the general draw, candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) were given invitations.

Candidates belonging to the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams were given invitations.

In this draw where a total of 348 invitations were issued, the minimum scores ranged between 78 and 95 points.

In the separate draw where 14 invitations were issued for applicants whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631, the score requirement was 113.

The province has so far issued 3,893 invitations to apply through its PNP in 2021.

28th Apr 2021:

Alberta invites 200 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

Alberta, in its latest provincial draw held on April 20 invited 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invited candidates required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 301 points. This was one point lesser than the score cutoff for the previous draw.

Candidates who are eligible for the nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream will get an additional 600 CRS points added to their total score in the Express Entry system which will get them an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Express Entry applications are managed through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), which manages the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) for immigrants wishing to move to Alberta.

Manitoba invites 367 immigration candidates in latest provincial draw

In its latest provincial draw, Manitoba invited 367 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Most of the candidates were skilled workers already living in the province.

The candidates were invited through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Majority of the invited candidates would be eligible for the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream. Most of the candidates are temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who have job offers in skilled occupations in the province.

Candidates were also invited under the following two streams:

International Education Stream

Skilled Workers Overseas

Here is a break-up of the number of invitations and the EOI score under the various streams invited in this draw:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 301 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 440;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 11 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 721
  • International Education Stream— 55 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

34 invitations or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), went to Express Entry candidates in this draw.

26th Apr 2021:

Saskatchewan issues 269 invitations in new immigration draw

The province of Saskatchewan conducted a new Expression of Interest draw, on April 22 where it issued 269 invitations to apply across two streams under its SINP immigration program.

In this draw, candidates under occupations in demand who had the skills and experience in any one of the 61 National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes received 139 invitations, they also had a minimum score of 70 points.

The remaining 130 invitations went to Express Entry candidates with skills and experience in the same NOC codes. They also required a minimum score of 70 points.

Draw date Category Minimum score Invites issued Other considerations
22-Apr-21 Occupations In-Demand 70 139 Invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

NOCs included:

0014, 0016, 0121, 0131, 0132, 0421, 0651, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0822, 0911, 0912, 1122, 1222, 1224, 1225, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1313, 2131, 2151, 2211, 2231, 2232, 2241, 2242, 2252, 2253, 2263, 2264, 2272, 3211, 3212, 3215, 3223, 3234, 3237, 4033, 4152, 4161, 4162, 4164, 4165, 4212, 4216, 6316, 7202, 7244, 7246, 7271, 7301, 7305, 7321, 8231, 8255, 9212, 9232

 

23rd Apr 2021:

Canada announces two new PR pathways for international graduates

Canada announced two new permanent residence pathways specifically for international students who are most likely to have the required skills that will help in Canada’s economic revival post the pandemic.

The policies regarding the new immigration pathways will be implemented between May 6 2021 and November 5 2021.

Candidates must be residing outside Quebec or must be wishing to reside outside Quebec in order to be eligible.

The first pathway is for international students who have graduated with a Canadian credential. The country is looking at accepting 40,000 applications through this temporary program.

The second pathway is limited to international graduates who can speak French and there is no limit on the number of intakes. The reason is there is a shortage of skilled workers who are fluent in French and are living in other provinces or territories apart from Quebec.

Eligibility conditions for English-speaking international graduates

  • Candidates must have graduated no earlier than January 2017 from a Canadian designated learning institution.
  • They should have some kind of educational background. This may be a university diploma, a college diploma, a trade/technical school diploma, or a Quebec CEGEP diploma.
  • Graduates with a degree, diploma, credential, or attestation from a trade/technical program may also be eligible.
  • At the time of application, candidates must be working in Canada with a valid permit or have some job authorization.
  • They must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 in either English or French.
  • Candidates must be legal residents of Canada and must meet admissibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria for French-speaking and bilingual international graduates

  • Candidates must meet all of the above criteria, with the exception that they must have an intermediate level of French in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

21st Apr 2021:

British Columbia issues 90 invitations in latest provincial draw

The province of British Columbia invited 90 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on April 20. The candidates were invited under the B.C. invited 90 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on April 20.

The candidates invited under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw were issued invitations under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

The invited candidates belonging to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The province has so far invited 3,531 immigration candidates in 2021.

Candidates who received an invitation now have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

Manitoba invites a total of 399 Skilled Workers Overseas and Express Entry candidates in latest draw

The province of Manitoba conducted an unusual draw on April 19. The draw was conducted through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) where 399 candidates who may be eligible for the Skilled Workers Overseas stream were invited.

Usually, Manitoba holds three Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws at a time, where only a few Express Entry candidates are invited. Surprisingly this draw did not include any Skilled Workers in Manitoba or any International Education Stream candidates.

Apart from this, the draw had different Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirements which was determined by the fact whether the candidates were invited through strategic recruitment initiatives, or if they already had an Express Entry profile.

Here are the details of the latest MPNP draw:

  • 30 candidates were invited under a strategic recruitment initiative with a minimum EOI score of 703
  • 369 candidates were invited under a strategic recruitment initiative with a minimum EOI score of 708

As for Express Entry candidates, they will become eligible to receive the provincial nomination if their profile is still valid when the MPNP assesses their application.

The candidates invited in this draw have 60 days to apply for a provincial nomination from the date they receive their Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).

17th Apr 2021:

Canada invites 6000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

 Canada held an Express Entry draw on April 16 where it invited 6,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates to apply for permanent residence. The required CRS score for this draw was 417 points.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had issued 1,000 more invitations compared to the previous CEC-only draw. The score requirement was 15 points lesser than the previous draw.

The draw held on Friday right before the weekend is a rare event since Express Entry draws are usually held during the week so that immigration candidates get more time to put together their permanent residence applications.

This was also the second-largest draw in Express Entry’s history.  In fact, the three largest EE draws have taken place within the last few months as the IRCC has increased the volume of its draw sizes to make up for the decline in immigration to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The highest number of invitations issued so far was when 27,332 candidates were invited on February 13.

Candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before March 1, 2021 were invited in this draw.

16th Apr 2021:

Prince Edward Island invites 156 candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Prince Edward Island issued a total of 156 invitations through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) in a draw held on April 15.

Among the invitations, 140 went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of 75 received the remaining 16 invitations.

PEI’s Express Entry category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system and if candidates want a provincial nomination from PEI, they must first create an EOI profile with the PNP.

considered for a provincial nomination from P.E.I., Express Entry candidates need to create an EOI profile with the PEI PNP. The province will invite the highest scoring candidates through monthly draws.

As for the Labor Impact category, it is for those candidates who have a valid job offer in the province. It has three categories- Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.

14th Apr 2021:

Alberta invites 200 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Alberta held a provincial draw on April 6, where it invited 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The candidates were invited through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The selected candidates were invited to apply under the Alberta Express Entry stream. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for this draw was 302, which was one point more than the previous two draws.

To be eligible for Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, candidates should have a profile in the Express Entry system.

The Alberta Express Entry stream is targeted at Express Entry candidates who have strong ties with Alberta, and can contribute to its economic development. Due to the pandemic situation, the province is considering the application of candidates who are already living and working in the province.

Ontario invites 529 tech candidates in recent provincial draw

The province of Ontario invited 528 Express Entry candidates whohad tech experience to apply for a provincial nomination on April 13.

The invited candidates were required to be eligible under Canada’s Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. They were required to have a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system with a Comprehensive Ranking Systemscore rangingbetween 456 and 467.

Another eligibility factor was that they had to have one year of work experience in any one of the following occupations:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147);
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173);
  • Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174); or
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175).

Candidates with a foreign education may have to submit an Educational Credential Assessment. The selected candidates will have 45 calendar days to submit their application for Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

12th Apr 2021:

Quebec commits 246 million dollars in its budget to promote development of immigrants

In its budget for 2021-22, the province of Quebec has made a significant increase in its immigration spending in a bid to bring about economic recovery.

The budget presented by Quebec Finance Minister, Eric Girard, has earmarked an additional amount of246 million dollarsin the next three years to help the Ministère de immigration, de la Francization et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to recognize the skills of immigrants and promote regional immigration based on labor market needs.

The amount allocated to immigrants will also help the government to support immigrants who are learning French and will help to attract and retain international students in Quebec.

According to Nadine Girault, Quebec’s Immigration Minister, “The budget presented by the Government of Quebec demonstrates the importance of immigration in government priorities.’’ She also said, ‘’Attracting and integrating immigrants into communities, particularly those located in the regions, allows businesses to benefit from qualified workers and thus counter the labor shortage in several economic sectors.”

Manitoba invites 243 immigration candidates in latest draw

In its recent provincial draw held on April 8, Manitoba invited 243 Canadian immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on April 8.

The invited candidates can apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Once they receive a nomination, they can apply for a PR visa.

Manitoba invites immigrants to apply through one of its three PNPprograms. Here are thedetails forthis draw:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 208 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 456;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 14 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 708; and
  • International Education Stream— 21 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

Apart from this, 15 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were issued to Express Entry candidates.

9th Apr 2021:

Saskatchewan invites 279 candidates in latest provincial draw

Saskatchewan held a provincial draw on April 8 where it invited 279 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination inviting immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on April 8.

The invitations were sent to eligible candidatesbelonging to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), more specifically from the International Skilled Worker category. Among the invited candidates, 146 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory while 133 candidates could be nominated through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

To qualify for an Expression of Interest (EOI), the candidates need to have a score of at least 70. They also required anEducational Credential Assessment. Another requirement was that they needed to have work experience in any one of the 58 in-demand occupations which is listed on the government webpage. Among the eligible occupations are medical laboratory technicians, social workers, and educational counsellors.

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is available for immigration candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. This sub-category is for those who do not have a job offer in the province but have experience in a high-demand occupation.

To apply for immigration, the candidates are required to create an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system.

7th Apr 2021:

British Columbia invites 80 candidates in the recent Tech Pilot draw

The province of British Columbia sent out 80 invitations to apply (ITAs) for a provincial nomination for a PR visa in a draw held on April 6.

The draw held under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw had selected candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

The candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is focused on in-demand tech workers and international students and offers a fast-track immigration option for these immigrants.

5th Apr 2021:

Canada invites 5000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw conducted on April 1 Canada invited 5,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence visas.

The invited candidates had to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and were required to have a score of at least 432 in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The CRS score was 17 points lesser than the CEC only draw held earlier.

Candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021 were only invited for this draw.

While Canada’s borders are still closed to non-essential international travel, the government is keen to meet its immigration target of welcoming 401,000 for 2021, which includes a majority of economic class immigrants who will arrive through Express Entry linked programs.

To meet its immigration targets, Canada has been holding immigration draws targeting candidates who are already in the country and CEC candidates are likely to be in Canada with one year of full-time work experience when they submit their profiles for Express Entry which makes them highly eligible for EE draws.

Quebec invites 208 immigration candidates in new draw through Arrima

The province of Quebec invited 208 immigration candidates to apply for PR visas in a draw held through Arrima on March 30.

The candidates were invited under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP)and had filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the Arrima portal.

The invited candidates belonged to the following two categories:

  • Candidates with a valid job offer
  • Candidates who reside in Quebec as a diplomat, consular officer, United Nations representative, or a representative of any intergovernmental organization with operations in the province, and their staff.

This draw is the second one in this year by Quebec. The first draw held in January issued 95 invitations.

1st Apr 2021:

Quebec announces permanent pilot program for immigration applicants

Quebec announced the inauguration of a pilot program for Orderlies on March 31.

The pilot program, with a validity period of five years will select around principal applicants every yearwho work as orderlies annually.

The aim of this program is to help the province meet its shortage of healthcare workers.

The application for intakes into this program can be made between March 31 and September 31.

This is the second permanent immigration pilot program launched by Quebec in March. On March 24, Quebec officially opened applications for the food processing workers pilot program.Through this program, temporary foreign workers can apply forpermanent residency of they have eligible jobs in the food processing sector.

Quebec plans to open a third pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects sectors on April 22, in this year.

Quebec plans to issue the Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) for up to 1,650 principal applicants which will include their family members through the three pilots every year. To qualify for the programs, applicants must be working in the eligible sectors.

Canada invites 284 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada held an Express Entry draw on March 31, where it issued284 invitations to immigrants to apply for permanent residence.

The invited candidates had a nomination from aProvincial Nominee Program (PNP) to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The CRS score for this draw was 778.

Though the required score may seem high, especially compared to the previous draw where the cutoff score was 449, PNP candidates will automatically get an additional 600 points added to their score once they receive a provincial nomination.

Only those candidates who had the required score and had submitted their Express Entry profiles before March 16, 2021 were eligible for this draw.

Subsequent to this draw, the number of ITAs issued by IRCC this year has exceeded last year’s levels.  Till date for 2021, Canada has issued 44,124 invitations to Express Entry candidates while the number for last year in the same period was 22,600.

31st Mar 2021:

Alberta invites 300 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

Alberta conducted a draw on March 26, where itinvited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The candidates received invitations through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). In this draw a total of 300Express Entry candidateswere invited to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. The required CRS score was 301.Candidates were required to have a profile in the Express Entry system on order to be invited.

This PNP stream is for Express Entry candidates who have strong ties with Alberta who have strong ties to Alberta. The province is considering only those candidates who are already living and working in Canada and are working in an eligible occupation for this draw.

30th Mar 2021:

Nova Scotia issues invitations to French-speaking candidates in latest draw

The province of Nova Scotia held a provincial draw on March 29 where it invited French-speaking candidates through its Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities stream.

In this draw Letters of Interest or LAAs were issued to candidates who had selected French as their first official language and had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or higher in all abilities of the language (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

The candidates were also required to have a CLB score of at least 7 or higher in English in all the four language abilities. Other requirements were a bachelor’s degree or having finished a program of three years or more at a university, college, trade or technical school.

The candidates were also required to have a valid Express Entry number and have the minimum criteria to be accepted in the Express Entry pool.

27th Mar 2021:

Manitoba invites 355 candidates in latest provincial draw

Manitoba held a provincial draw on March 25 where it invited 355 Canadian immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The draw is part of Manitoba’s regular invitations to immigration candidates who can apply through any one of the following immigration streams:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

International Education Stream

Skilled Workers Overseas

Here is a breakup of the invitations issues under the three streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 285 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 423
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 9 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 711
  • International Education Stream— 41 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

In this draw, 49 invitationsor Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were also issued to Express Entry candidates.

Ontario continues high rate of provincial nominations despite the pandemic

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) nominated 8,054 principal applicants in 2020, who along with their spouses and children amounted to a total of 15,303 nominations. Though a nomination does not mean they necessarily moved to Ontario, but it means the province supported their immigration applications to the federal government, which ultimately makes the decision on whether or not they get permanent residency status.

The OntarioProvincial Nominee Program (PNP) is aimed to meet the labor market needs of the province by providing an opportunity to gain a PR visa for those foreign workers who wish to move to Ontario. 2020 saw the province issue a high number of nominations to tech workers and employees in skilled trades, because these sectors required a high number of workers.

In the provincial draws held by Ontario last year, the nominations went to immigrants with a job offer or work experience in the following occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers
  • Interactive media developers
  • IT systems analysts
  • Technology consultants

Apart from this around 20 percent of the nominees had experience in a skilled trade. The OINP had issued more than 1,100 nominations under the Express Entry: Skilled Trades stream.

Among the nominees, less than half of them had a job offer in Ontario before getting their provincial nomination.

26th Mar 2021:

Saskatchewan invites 418 candidates in latest immigration draw

The province of Saskatchewan held a new provincial draw on March 24 where it invited418 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates eligible for a nomination from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP),especially from the International Skilled Worker category were eligible for the draw. Out of the 418 invited candidates 183 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory while 235 candidates will be nominated through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

Irrespective of the stream, the candidates are required to have an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 70 to get an invitation. They also require anEducational Credential Assessments to prove that their foreign education is equal to Canadian standards.

The candidates are required to have work experience in one of the 78 in-demand occupations that is mentioned on the government webpage. Among the eligible occupations are medical laboratory technicians, social workers, educational counsellors etc.

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is an option available to immigration candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. This is for highly skilled workers who have experience in an in-demand occupation in the province but do not have a job offer in the province.

To apply under this sub-category candidates will have to create an EOI profile in the SINP’s online application system.

25th Mar 2021:

British Columbia invites 95 candidates on tech pilot draw

In a provincial draw held on March 23, British Columbia issued 95 invitations. This was a Tech Pilot draw held through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

The selected candidates belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration program designed to bring IT workers and international students to Canada. It operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.

The province also announced the extension of the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Pilot until March 31, 2024.

19th Mar 2021:

Canada invites 5000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In an Express Entry draw held on March 18, Canada invited 5000 candidates to apply for a PR visa. The invited candidates are required to meet the eligibility conditions for the Canadian Experience Class or the CEC and must have a score of 449 in order to get an Invitation to Apply or ITA.

Apart from this, CEC candidates must have one year of full-time work experience in Canada and the required language skills.

Candidates who had submitted theirExpress Entry profile before February 19, 2021 were only included in this draw.

The draw targets CEC candidates because around 77 per cent of Express Entry candidates staying at present in Canada are eligible for the CEC, according to the latest date from the IRCC.

The focus on candidates already staying in Canada helps the government to meet its immigration targets in spite of the travel restrictions that prevents immigration applicants staying overseas to come to Canada immediately.

The previous Express Entry draw was held on March 17 where PNP candidates received ITAs to apply for PR visa.

Prince Edward Island issues 150 invitations in its most recent provincial draw

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) held a draw on March 18 where it issued a total of 150 invitations.  Of these 140 invitations went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. Business impact candidates received the other ten invitations.

The minimum point threshold was 70 for this draw.

In case candidates wish to qualify for a provincial nomination, they must create an Expression of Interest profile with the PEI PNP.

Candidates are given a score based on the unique points grid of PEI. The highest scoring candidates get an invitation to apply through the draws held every month.

18th Mar 2021:

Canada invites 183 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 183 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 17. The CRS score requirement for this draw was 682. Though the CRS score may appear high, it is to be noted that all the invited candidates had previously received a PNP nomination.
It is well known that Express Entry candidates who have received a provincial nomination get 600 points added to their CRS score. So, for this draw those with an original CRS score of 82 and a provincial nomination would have qualified for the draw.

However, these candidates should have submitted their Express Entry profile before March 4 of this year.

This is the second PNP specific Express Entry draw in a short span of time. The previous one was held on March 4 where 671 PNP candidates were sent invitations to apply for a PR visa.

15th Mar 2021:

Manitoba invites 299 candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Manitoba has invited 299 immigration candidates under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held on March 11.

This is the fifth draw held by MPNP in 2021. In the latest draw, Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to Skilled Workers and International Graduates under the following streams provided the candidates meet the minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirements:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 261 invitations with a minimum score of 459
  • International Education Stream— 3 invitations with a minimum score of 728
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 35 invitations

The draw also issued 35 LAAs to Express Entry candidates.

In order to receive a provincial nomination for Manitoba, you must apply under the MPNP where it is possible to receive an LAA through theSkilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

The province ranks the candidates on the basis of 1000 points where points are awarded based on the human capital factors and the connecting factors to the province.

In order to select candidates who will meet the labor market needs of Canada, the MPNP has the Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams.

13th Mar 2021:

Saskatchewan holds a provincial draw to invite 248 candidates

The province of Saskatchewan held a draw on March 11under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) where it invited 248 principal applicants to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invited candidates were from the International Skilled Worker category. Among the 248 invitations 72 may be eligible through the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 176 may be eligible through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The candidates required an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 71 to get an invitation.They also needed to have an Educational Credential Assessments to display that their foreign education was equivalent to the Canadian standard.

The invited candidates also had to have work experience in one of the 70 in-demand occupations listed by the government. The eligible occupations include purchasing agents and officers, social and community service workers, as well as educational counsellors.

British Columbia issues 95 invitations in latest provincial draw

British Columbia held a provincial draw on March 9 where 95 invitations to apply for a PR visa was issued.

The draw held under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw issued invitations under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

The selected candidates belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

This is the 12th draw by the province is far this year bringing the total number of invitations issued so far to 1926.

The invited candidates should apply for the nomination within 30 days.

5th Mar 2021:

Ontario issues 126 invitations in new provincial draw for French-speaking Express Entry candidates

The province of Ontario held a provincial draw on March 3 where it invited French speaking Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. In this draw the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)had invited 126 candidates through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream.

The invited candidates were required to have a profile in the Express Entry systemand have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 455 and 467.

The candidates were selected from the pool of candidates who had created profiles between March 3, 2020, and March 3, 2021.

Invited candidates have 45 days to send their provincial nomination application. The earlier draw held on January 13 by Ontario issued 146 invitations.With this draw, the total number of invited candidates in 2021 is 271.

To check your eligibility for an invitation, see if you meet the requirements for theCanadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program in order to get the nomination.  Based on the program you are assesses for, your eligibility will be reviewed. You must also meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7 in French, and 6 in English. You should also have proof that you have enough funds to settle in Ontario.

Nova Scotia invites 118 candidates in latest immigration draw

Nova Scotia conducted a business immigration draw on February 24 where it issued 43 invitations through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, where it invited candidates belonging to the Entrepreneur stream. The lowest ranked candidate had a score of 118 points.

Nova Scotia immigration has conducted a new business immigration draw targeting Entrepreneur Stream candidates.

The draw, which took place on February 24, saw 43 invitations issued through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, with the lowest-ranked candidate scoring 118 points.

4th Mar 2021:

Quebec to introduce three new immigration pilot programs

The province of Quebec has announced that it in the next few weeks it will launch three immigration pilot programs. These programs will target foreign nationals working in these industries:

  • Food processing
  • Health
  • Artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects

The pilot programs are expected to have a maximum duration of five years. These programs are aimed at attracting and retaining foreign workers who will meet the country’s labor market needs.

The province has announced that it will issue theQuebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) for a maximum of 550 principal applicants, every year through each pilot program. The programs will select applicants who work in eligible sectors.

Eligibility requirements for the programs

  • Applicants should prove that they can financially provide for themselves and their family for at least three months.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Most of these streams require applicants to have work experience in Quebec.

British Columbia invites 444 candidates in latest provincial draw

British Columbia held two PNP draws on March 2 where it invited 444 candidates for immigration.

Candidates in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) were invited in this draw. They specifically belonged to the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The score requirement for this draw was between 83 and 97 points. The distribution of the invitations was as under:

Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC)-417

Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) and restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631)-26 with a minimum score of 118.

The province has issued 1,839 invitations in 2021 till date in 11 invitation rounds.

Alberta invites 459 candidates in Express Entry draw

Alberta held a draw on February 4 where it invited 159 Express Entry candidates to apply under the Alberta Express Entry stream. The invited candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of  352.

2nd Mar 2021:

Ontario invites Express Entry candidates belonging to targeted occupations in latest draw

In a draw held on March 2, the province of Ontario invited 754 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

These candidates had their profiles registered in the Express Entry system and had a CRS score between 463 and 467.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) focused on candidates who would be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP).

The draw invited Express Entry candidates provided they hadwork experience in any one of the following 10 occupations:

  • Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122);
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124);
  • Other business services managers (NOC 0125);
  • Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601);
  • Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111);
  • Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112);
  • Human resources professionals (NOC 1121);
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122);
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012); and
  • Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163).

The earlier OINP draw held on February 2 had also targeted similar occupations.

Another requirement for this draw was that the candidates had to have at least one year of work experience in these occupations to be invited for the draw.

A nomination under this draw or any other Express Entry linked PNP will make them first in line to receive an ITA for permanent residency.

A similar draw held by Ontario in 2020 had invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination under the HCP stream.

27th Feb 2021:

Manitoba issues 207 invitations in latest provincial draw

In a provincial draw held on February 12, Manitoba invited 207 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

This is the fourth draw held by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The draw invited Skilled workers and international graduates through the following three streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • International Education Stream
  • Skilled Workers Overseas

The score requirement for the three categories for the Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) and the Expression of Interest (EOI) was as under:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 158 LAAs and a minimum score of 457
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 21 LAAs and a minimum score of 698
  • International Education Stream: 28 LAAs (no EOI score requirement)

Out of the 207 invitations five went to Express Entry candidates.

Canada announces special immigration provisions for citizens of Hong Kong

Canada has announced that it has created special immigration pathways for Hing Kong citizens in view of the immigration shortfall caused due to Covid-19.

The residents of Hong Kong are preferred by Canada because they are highly educated and are fluent in English.

Canada launched an open work permit provision for the residents of Hong Kong that allows them to work for any employer in Canada. All these factors make them ideal to immigrate to Canada.

The main eligibility criteria to obtain the work permit include:

  • Valid passport issued by either the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) or the United Kingdom to a British National Overseas (BNO)
  • Completed graduation in the last five years either with a university degree or a diploma

Residents of Hong Kong who are currently in Canada can apply online for the open work permit without having to leave Canada. Residents staying outside Canada can also apply but their arrival may be delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

27th Feb 2021:

Canada decides to open IEC pools for certain countries by March 1

Canada has decided to open its International Experience Canada (IEC) pool for certain categories of candidates from March 1. Candidates who are selected can work in Canada. The IEC is open to young adults of foreign countries who have drafted reciprocal agreements with Canada

The age criteria to apply for the program depends on the country of origin but it is usually between 18 to 35 years. The fact is work permits issued under the IEC do not require a LMIA.

There are three different categories under the IEC –Working holiday, Young professionals and International co-op.

Generally working holiday visa holders do not require a job offer to come to Canada but this has changed due to the current travel restrictions where everyone coming to Canada right now require a job offer and a Letter of Introduction.

The table below gives details of the IEC pools that are scheduled to open by March 1. The quotas signify how many profiles will be selected from the IEC pool for each country.

Country Working Holiday Quota Young Professional Quota International Co-op Quota
Australia Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Belgium 750 x x
Chile 725 20 5
Costa Rica 80 15 5
Czech Republic 1,000 145 5
Denmark 350 x x
France 7,100 2,200 4,250
Greece 180 10 10
Hong Kong 200 x x
Ireland 10,500 150 50
Italy 1,000 x x
Japan 6,500 x x
Luxembourg 80 10 TBA
Norway 130 15 5
Portugal 1,750 200 50
San Marino 25 x x
Slovakia 315 30 5
South Korea 4,000 x x
Spain 800 150 50
Sweden 580 100 20
Switzerland x 200 50
Taiwan 940 50 10
United Kingdom 5,000 x x

Here are more details about each IEC category.

Working Holiday

Participants under this category have an open work permit before they come to Canada so that they can work for any employer and in any location in Canada based on their interests.

Young Professionals

To apply under the Young Professionals Pathway, applicants should have a professional job offer that falls under National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Levels 0, A, or B.

The work permit specifies the name of the employer. It must be a paid job. This category is designed to hone professional skills.

International Co-op

The International Co-op category is designed for students who are required to do an internship or work placement in Canada to complete their studies. Participants have to work for the same employer and the same location during the duration of their work permit.

Participants under all the three categories will have to undertake Covid-19 test and go through the mandatory quarantine.

26th Feb 2021:

Saskatchewan invites 299 candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Saskatchewan held a provincial draw on February 25, inviting candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The draw held under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) sent out invitations to 299 candidates belonging to the International Skilled Worker category.

Candidates who were eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory were invited to this PNP draw.

The invited candidates had to have an EOI score of at least 70 to be invited. They were required to have work experience in one of the 70 in-demand occupations that appeared in the government webpage.

These eligible occupations included medical administrative assistants, retail and wholesale buyers, and geological engineers.

In this draw, invitations were sent onlyto candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

If the candidates from the federal Express Entry pool hadalso filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, and had a score of 70 points on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid, they had better chances of being invited in the latest draw.

25th Feb 2021:

Sudbury selects 11 candidates under the RNIP program

The city of Sudbury in Northern Ontario has successful recommended 11 candidates in the first year of the launch of the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

The selected candidates and their families include a total of 25 members can now apply for Canada PR.The RNIP is aimed at bringing skilled workers from abroad into smaller communities.

The federal immigration pilot program is for a five-year period which aims to help smaller communities thathave aging populations and labor shortages by bringing in immigrants. Eligibility requirements for communities to use the program are:

  • Their population must be 50,000 or less and be located at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area or
  • They must have a population of up to 200,000 people and be far away from other larger cities, based on the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index.

In Sudbury, candidates are put in a pool and ranked based on a points-based system like the federal Express Entry system.

The program covers 20 target occupations which aim to bring in n skilled workers for the mining supply and services and tourism sectors. Applications from any sector will also be accepted provided the candidates are already living in Sudbury.

Quebec releases new list of occupations eligible under LMIA

Quebec has released a new list of occupations that are eligible under the facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

The list basically covers all the occupations in Quebec that will meet the labor needs of the province.

These include occupations that were removed from last year’s list while new ones have been added. These new occupations include- telecommunication carriers managers, computer and information systems managers, home building and renovation managers, and geoscientists and oceanographers, among others.

Quebec’s List of Occupations for  Facilitated LMIA is decided by Emploi-Québec in collaboration with ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI),  and is based on Canada’s 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

 British Columbia selects 87 candidates for provincial nomination in latest draw

Under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw invitationswere issued to 87 candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

Invited candidates belonged to theSkilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. The   minimum provincial score was 75, which is five points lower than the previous Tech Pilot-specific draws of 2021.

The selected Tech Pilot candidates can apply for a provincial nomination within 30 days.

24th Feb 2021:

Canada invites every CEC candidate in latest Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw held on February 13, the IRCC confirmed that it had invited every eligible candidate in the Express Entry pool who had qualified under the CEC program.

In this draw 27,332 CEC candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence. The number of invitations was nearly six times more than the previous Express Entry draw where the number of ITAs issued was 5000.

The eligibility requirements for candidates wishing to apply under CEC are:

  • One year of full-time work or two years of part time work experience in Canada
  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 for managerial or professional occupations (NOC 0 or A), or CLB 5 for technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC B)
  • Completed a post-secondary degree in Canada

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the Feb 13 draw was 75, which is again a first. The IRCC did not use the tie-breaker rule in this draw.

This draw reiterated the fact that Canada is focusing on immigrants who are already in Canada to meet its immigration targets in spite of travel restrictions. Canada needs immigrants to sustain its population growth and meet the shortage in the labor market caused by retiring baby boomers.

23rd Feb 2021:

Quebec’s community support programs get a financial boost to welcome more immigrants to its La Belle province

In order to make Quebec’s La Belle province more conducive to welcome immigrants, Quebec is investing around 8 million dollars in its community support program called the Programme d’appui aux collectivités (PAC).

According to Quebec Immigration Minister Nadine Girault, “With the PAC, we are adding to the tools we can use to welcome and promote the sustainable establishment of immigrants and their families in our regions.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic immigration declined in Canada last year with Quebec being no exception.

Quebec’s immigration minister also invited proposals within its PAC that will help newcomers to feel at home. For this purpose, non-profits and co-ops are being asked to submit proposals which will support the integration of immigrants and help them settle down in the province.

Along with this announcement, the province of Quebec has published a new guide where there are details of all the processes and procedures to be followed by prospective permanent residents if they wish to apply for any immigration program to settle down in La Belle Province.

The guide declares that foreign nationals and their family members who are above 18 years of age who are coming to Quebec should demonstrate that they know about the democratic values and Quebec values as given in the Quebec Charter of human rights and freedoms.

22nd Feb 2021:

Quebec releases new immigration guide

The province of Quebec has published a new guide where there are details of all the processes and procedures to be followed by prospective permanent resident if they wish to apply for any immigration program to settle down in La Belle Province.

The guide which is published in French is titled the Guide des procédures d’immigration (GPI), the Immigration Procedures Guide.

This guide has replaced the older Regulations for immigration to Quebec (Regulations for the selection of foreign nationals) and contains all the details of the Quebec Immigration Act and Regulations for Immigration to Quebec.

 Canada releases list of hotels for travelers to stay during the mandatory quarantine requirement

The Canadian government has released the list containing names of some of the approved hotels where international air travelers can stay for the mandatory quarantine requirement.

According to new rules, from February 22, international air travelers to Canada must take a COVID-19 test upon arriving in the country and must stay is government approved facility till they get the test results which will take up to three days.

These hotels are located in the four Canadian cities where international air travelers can arrive: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.

18th Feb 2021:

PEI issues 121 invitations in latest provincial draw

Prince Edward Island conducted a provincial draw on February 18 where it issued a total of 121 invitations. Out of these 102 went to Express Entry and Labor impact candidates while the rest went to Business Impact candidates.

The minimum point threshold for the draw was 82.

Canada to abolish the processing of TFWP visas reserved for owner operator category candidates

Canada’s immigration authorities have decided to do away with the processing of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) which was reserved for candidates in the owner/operator category.

From April onwards, these candidates will be assessed on the same basis as other applicants to the TFWP program

Candidates in this category are at present exempt from using the advertising and recruitment requirements for getting a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

But according to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), this exemption is being removed, “as part of regular policy reviews to ensure the TFWP continues to work within its intended purpose, and is only used by employers to fill a position when qualified Canadians or permanent residents are not available.’’

Candidates belonging to the owner operator category qualify for a work permit when they buy a business and move to Canada. They should have a controlling interest in the business by either being a sole proprietor or a majority shareholder.

Canada launches program to support the U. N’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Canada launched a program called the Moving Forward Together – Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy, in support of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the U. N’s agenda aim to end poverty, protect the planet and promote a peaceful and prosperous life for its people. The SDGs require closer cooperation between governments, civil society, and the private sector.
Canada’s program in support of these SDGs was launched by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, and the Minister of International Development Karina Gould.
The Canada government announced a sum of around 11.3 million dollarsin funding to 32 organizations that will work to achieve these goals.

16th Feb 2021:

British Columbia invites 494 immigration candidates in two separate draws

British Columbia invites 494 immigration candidates in two separate PNP draws held on February 16.

In this draw, 459 invitations went to candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. Candidates from the following sub-categories of these streams were invited to the draw:

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

The minimum scores for this drawwerebetween 85 and 104 points.

The rest of the 35 invitations were issued to candidates who worked as retail and wholesale trade managers andrestaurant and food service managers. The province

Included these candidates in this draw because a high number of them were registered with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System.

The province said that it will start including candidates in the tourism, hospitality, retail and personal services occupations which were not included in therecent draws.

Till date the province hasheld nine draws and the total number of invitations issued is 1,308 in 2021.

Ontario issues 1186 NOIs in latest Express Entry Tech draw

The province of Ontario issued 1186 Notifications of Interest (NOI) in a new Tech Draw through its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream held on February 16.

The invited candidates had a CRS score between 466 and 467.

The Ontario Tech Draws target the following six technology occupations:

  • 0213 – Computer and information systems managers
  • 2147 – Computer engineers
  • 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 – Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 – Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • 2175 – Web designers and developers

Canada extends travel restrictions

Canada has extended its travel restrictions until March 21 for travelers from the U.S., and until April 21 for travelers from other countries. After the previous travel restrictions that were extended in January, Canada has imposed stricter controls on the border.

International flights can land at only four Canadian airports. Apart from this, incoming passengers must take a Covid-19 test on arrival and wait for the test results at a government approved hotel.

People from the U.S who come to Canada by land will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test on arrival. The test should have been taken 72 hours prior to crossing the border.

As for quarantine requirements all travelers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Canada. Quarantine requirements have been extended up to April 21. Essential travelers such as truck drivers, emergency services providers, and others who cross the Canada-U.S. border regularly for work, are exempted from the COVID-19 test and the quarantine requirement.

IRCC invites 27,332 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In a surprising move, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted an Express Entry draw unusually on Saturday (February 13) where it invited 27,332 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.

It was the biggest Express Entry draw till date ever since the introduction of the Express Entry draw in 2015. The maximum invitation issued in Express Entry draws so far have not exceeded 5000. This draw is nearly six times bigger than the previous draws.

Another surprising fact in this draw was candidates with a CRS score as low as 75 were invited to the draw. With such a low CRS score, this draw invited almost every candidate eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program.

This draw indicates that Canada is keen to meet its immigration target for 2021 which is set at 401,000 for 2021.

The IRCC chose to invite only CEC candidates in this draw since most of them are already in Canada and it will be easy for them to complete their PR process compared to those candidates who are staying outside the country.

This draw is also a message to every candidate to enter the Express Entry pool in spite of the fact that more CEC and PNP candidates are getting invitations compared to FSWP or FSTP candidates. Those with low CRS scores also stand a chance considering the fact that this draw invited candidates with a CRS score as low as 75.

Manitoba invites 296 candidates for provincial nomination

The province of Manitoba invited 296 immigration candidates in its latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw that was held on February 12.

In this third draw of 2021 of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), Skilled workers and international graduates were invited under the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • International Education Stream
  • Skilled Workers Overseas.

The score requirement for candidates to obtain the Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) and the Expression of Interest (EOI) was as under:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 240 LAAs and a minimum score of 514
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 23 LAAs and a minimum score of 676
  • International Education Stream: 33 LAAs (no EOI score requirement)

In this draw, 20 LAAs went to Express Entry candidates.

Alberta invites 200 Express Entry candidates in latest provincial draw

The province of Alberta held a provincial draw on February 10 where it invited 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The selected candidates are required to apply under the Alberta Express Entry stream and needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.

The selected candidates had their profile registered in the Express Entry system.

13th Feb 2021:

International students doing their course online can still earn a PGWP

Canada has introduced a new regulation that will allow international students who will finish their entire post-secondary education online to be eligible for an open work permit valid for three years after graduation.

This underlines Canada’s commitment to make it easy for international students to access the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) even during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This move reiterates Canada’s commitment to not let international students miss out on opportunities in spite of the pandemic and at the same time not let the country lose out on the benefits these students bring to Canadian economy and society.

This announcement comes after the Canadian government announced that the PGWP can be renewed for up to 18 months by international students. In normal circumstances the PGWP cannot be renewed or extended.

The new measures announced by the government will be eligible to students studying under a PGWP eligible program and within the duration between spring 2020 and fall 2021. It also applies to international students whose study program was underway in March 2020 when the first lockdown was announced in Canada.

These privileges will be applicable to international students who meet all the other PGWP eligibility criteria and possess an approved study permit.

12th Feb 2021:

The province of Saskatchewan held a draw under its Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories where it issued 541 invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The invitations were issued on February 11 by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

Out of these invitations 344 were from the Express Entry sub-category, and the rest of 197 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates.

Using the SINP, the province of Saskatchewan can nominate immigration candidates who have the required skills for the province’s labour market.

The invited candidates had their ECAs a

Invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. They also needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 72 under the SINP’s EOI points grid. This score is based on factors including age, education, work experience, proficiency in English or French and connections to Saskatchewan, among others.

11th Feb 2021:

Canada invites 654 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw held on February 10, Canada invited 654 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The minimum CRS score required for this draw is 720.

The high CRS score was due to the fact that candidates with a provincial nomination were only invited in this draw. Candidates who have secured Express Entry-aligned PNPs will automatically get 600 points added to their overall score.

However, the CRS score was 21 points lower than the PNP specific draw held on January 20 this year.

Till date, the IRCC has issued 10,654 ITAs by conducting four program-specific draws in 2021.

10th Feb 2021:

British Columbia issues 74 invitations in Tech Pilot draw

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw issued 74 invitations to immigration candidates on February 9 to apply for a provincial nomination for PR visa.

Invitations were issued to candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

The selected candidates belonged to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The minimum score in the low 80s is a continuation of the trend in Tech Pilot draws from the beginning of this year.

To be eligible for the BCPNP tech pilot program, candidates should be registered with one of the province’s immigration streams and must have a valid job offer for at least a year in any one of the pilot program’s 29 eligible occupations.

4th Feb 2021:

British Columbia invites 208 candidates in a provincial draw

The province of British Columbia held a provincial draw through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) on February 2. In this draw 208 invitations were issued to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories.

The cut-off scores for the subcategories under the Express Entry BC were:

· Skilled Worker: 104

· International Graduate: 100

To qualify for this draw, candidates should have already submitted profiles under Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. An invitation to apply for a provincial nomination will add another additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which will increase their chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence under IRCC’s Express Entry system.

The cut-off scores in the draw for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were:

· Skilled Worker: 98

· International Graduate: 98

· Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 79

740 invitations have been issued by the BC PNP in 2021 so far.

2nd Feb 2021:

Alberta issues 100 invitations in latest Express Entry draw

The province of Alberts held a draw on January 28 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) where it issued 100 invitations to Express Entry candidates, who had a minimum score of 360 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Ontario invites 283 candidates under Express Entry stream

Ontario invited 283 immigration candidates belonging to the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination, on February 2.

The candidates had a CRS score between 466 and 467.

The candidates were invited under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The draw invited Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination provided they have work experience in any one if the following occupations:

Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122)

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124)

Other business services managers (NOC 0125)

Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601)

Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111)

Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112)

Human resources professionals (NOC 1121)

Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122)

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)

Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163)

The candidates who have been invited must prove they have a minimum of one year of work experience in one of these occupations. A provincial nomination will

help these candidates get a chance to apply for immigration in an Express Entry draw of the future.

30th Jan 2021:

Quebec conducts its first Arrima draw for 2021

The Canadian province of Quebec issued invitations to 95 immigration candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program on January 26. The invitations were issued to candidates who had filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Arrima n Quebec’s online registration portal.

The draw issued invitations to two categories of candidates. In the first category candidates were required to have a validated job offer while the second category comprised of individuals who were staying in Quebec as a diplomat, consular officer, representative of the United Nations or any government organization with operations in Quebec. The draw might have also included individuals who are members of staff of such officials since these occupations come under Section 26 of the Quebec Immigration Regulation.

Candidates who wish to immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) must first submit their EOI through the Arrima portal. Their profiles are then reviewed by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) which then issues invitations to candidates who meet specific criteria and are eligible to meet the labor market needs in Quebec.

27th Jan 2021:

British Columbia issues 81 invitations in latest PNP draw

The province of British Columbia invited 81 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for a PR visa on January 26.

The invitations were issued through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates with a profile under the Express Entry system can apply under the EEBC stream.

Skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C can apply under the SI stream.

Skilled Worker, and International Graduate were the subcategories under which candidates were invited through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. In order to get a nomination, candidates ought to have job offers in an eligible tech occupation. The minimum score required to be eligible for this draw was 80 in all categories.

23rd Jan 2021:

Saskatchewan invited 502 candidates in recent PNP draw

The province of Saskatchewan held a provincial draw on January 2021 where it invited 502 candidates to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian PR visa.

The candidates were invited under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) from the International Skilled Worker category under two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

Under the SINP the province nominates immigration candidates who have the required skills required

for the province’s labor market. The distribution of invitations under the sub-categories were as under:

· Express Entry-189

· Occupations in demand-313

Candidates who had work experience in one of 79 occupations were invited in this nomination round.

Prince Edward Island conducts first PNP draw for 2021

Prince Edward Island held its first PNP draw for 2021 on January 21 where it invited 211 candidates. 196 of these invitations went to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. The remaining invitations went to candidates under the Business Impact category.

The minimum point threshold for Business Impact candidates in this draw was 80 to receive a provincial nomination.

22nd Jan 2021:

IRCC holds its fourth Express Entry draw in January

The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the fourth Express Entry draw this month where it issued 4,626 invitations for PR visa to candidates who have applied under the Canadian Experience Class. The CRS score required for this draw was 454.

This CRS score was seven points lower than the earlier CEC-specific draw that was held on January 7 where the CRS score requirement was 461 points.

21st Jan 2021:

Canada conducts its third Express Entry draw for 2020

In its third Express Entry draw for 2021 held on January 20, the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 374 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for PR visa. The minimum score required for this draw was 741 points.

The previous two Express Entry draws of 2021 were held on January 6 and January 7. Both these draws were program-specific draws. In the January 6 draw 250 PNP candidates were invited while in the January 7 draw 4,750 CEC candidates were invited. IRCC has issued 5,374 ITAs so far in 2020 which is more than what it had issued at the same time in 2020.

British Columbia issues 195 invitations on latest PNP draw

The province of British Columbia invited 195 immigration candidates through a provincial nominee program draw held on January 19.The invitations were issued to candidates under the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, and more specifically to candidates under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.

The minimum scores required for this draw was between 80 and 106 points.

The EEBC category is applicable to candidates who have a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system.

Nova Scotia holds its first Express Entry draw for 2021

In a draw held on January 19, the province of Nova Scotia invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its Labor Market Priorities stream. However, the number of invitations was not disclosed.

The stream is linked with Express Entry so the candidates must have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system.

This draw targeted candidates with the primary occupation as a financial officer. The previous draw targeted programmers and media developers, automotive industry workers as well as nurses.

Candidates must have received a Letter of Interest from the NSNP through Express Entry to receive an invitation. Invited candidates must also have met the minimum requirement of work experience for the Express Entry stream for which they are qualified, and must have sufficient money to settle in Nova Scotia and pay the required fees.

Alberta conducts a provincial draw after a long gap

In a PNP draw held on January 8, Alberta invited eligible candidates with Express Entry profiles to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

A total of 50 candidates eligible under the Alberta Express Entry Stream were invited in this draw under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The CRS score requirement was 406 points.

Express Entry candidates have the opportunity to receive an invitation from Alberta as well as other provinces with Express Entry-aligned PNPs to apply for a provincial nomination. They must have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the economic development and diversification priorities of the province, they must have work experience.

15th Jan 2021:

Manitoba holds its first PNP draw of 2021:

In its first PNP draw for 2021, Manitoba invited 272 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on January 14.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited candidates under the skilled workers and international graduates’ categories to apply to any one of the following immigration streams:

· Skilled Workers in Manitoba

· International Education Stream

· Skilled Workers Overseas

The invitations also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) had the following Expression of Interest (EOI) minimum scores:

· Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 236 LAAs with a score of at least 461

· Skilled Workers Overseas— 7 LAAs with a score of at least 722

· International Education Stream— 29 LAAs, no EOI score requirement

In the 272 LAAs that were issued, 18 were sent to Express Entry candidates. To be eligible, candidates are required to have the following:

· A valid Express Entry ID

· A job seeker validation code

· Verifiable experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list

In this draw candidates under the Skilled Worker Overseas candidates were considered provided they were directly invited under a strategic recruitment initiative.

Ontario conducts a first round of invitations for 2021:

Ontario held its first round of invitations of 2021 on January 13 where it issued 484 invitations to immigrant applicants under two provincial streams.

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued expressions of interest (DI) to candidates belonging to the French-speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.

These two streams are aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Applicants ought to have their profiles in the Express Entry pool in order to get a DI. They should have created their Express Entry profile between January 13, 2020 and January 13, 2021.

The applicants should be residing in Ontario and have at least one year of full-time work experience, or equivalent part-time work experience in a skilled trade that appears in Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The invitees in this round had a score between 434 to 460 in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

12th Jan 2021:

IRCC completes the process of sending out invitations for PGP 2020

The Canadian government has sent out all the invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). The invitations were sent to sponsors who had submitted the sponsorship form in the 2020 application window. The IRCC had held its PGP 2020 lottery around two weeks back and had sent out invitations in a period of ten days.

The invitations were sent out on a random basis according to the IRCC and it aims to collect 10,000 completed applications for the PGP for the year 2020.

Sponsors who received the invitation will now have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application to bring in their parents or grandparents to Canada.

Saskatchewan holds its first provincial draw for 2021

The province of Saskatchewan held a provincial draw on January 7, inviting 385 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian PR.

Under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) the province invited candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand. The candidates also had work experience in select occupations. The break-up of the invitations was as under:

· Express Entry sub-category-148

· Occupations In-Demand category-237

To get an invitation, candidates from both sub-categories ought to have submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP. They had to have a minimum score of 71 points to get an invitation. The invited candidates also had Educational Credential Assessments.

The province invited candidates who had work experience in one of 79 selected occupations.

9th Jan 2021:

Canada holds second Express Entry draw for 2021

In the course of a week Canada held another Express Entry draw on January 7. The earlier one was held on January 6.

In this draw a total of 4750 invitations were issued to Invitations were issued to a total of 4,750 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. The CRS score required for this draw was 461 points.

Government of Canada introduces new policy for international students

Under a new policy issued by the Canadian government today, former international students with an expired or expiring Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) will be able to apply for a new work permit.

The change in policy will help the PGWP holders gain more time to get the required work experience that they need to be eligible for Canadian immigration. The government has introduced this policy to help PGWP holders who have lost their jobs or have had their work hours reduced due to the pandemic.

The new open work permits will have a validity of 18 months and will allow former international students to stay in Canada and search for work.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the work permit:

· Their PGWP must have expired on or after January 30, 2020 or they must have a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application

· They must be in Canada

· They must have a valid temporary status

The application process will be applicable from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has said that 52,000 graduates with expiring or expired PGWPs will benefit from this policy.

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #172 –January 7, 2021

Canadian Experience Class

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued: 4,750Footnote*

Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,750th or above

Date and time of round: January 7, 2021 at 14:15:32 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 461

Tie-breaking rule: September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC

8th Jan 2021:

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of the draw as on 7th January 2020 through the SINP’s EOI system.

Express Entry

Total Invitation Issued: 148

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 71 Points

Invited Candidates had Educational

Credential Assessments.
The following NOCs have been included:
0013, 0014, 0016, 0112, 0114, 0121,
0125, 0212, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621,
0631, 0632, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0821,
0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1213, 1214,
1215, 1221, 1222, 1224, 1225, 1241,
1242, 1243, 1252, 1311, 1313, 2131,
2144, 2147, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2175,
2222, 2224, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2244,
2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 3211, 3212,
3215, 3234, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4161,
4164, 4165, 4166, 4216, 6221, 6222,
6235, 6316, 6332, 7202, 7205, 7241,
7245, 7246, 7251, 8255, 9213, 9226,

9241

Occupation In-Demand

Total Invitation Issued: 237

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 71 Points.

Invited Candidates had Educational

Credential Assessments.
The following NOCs have been included:
0013, 0014, 0016, 0112, 0114, 0121,
0125, 0212, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621,
0631, 0632, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0821,
0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1213, 1214,
1215, 1221, 1222, 1224, 1225, 1241,
1242, 1243, 1252, 1311, 1313, 2131,
2144, 2147, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2175,
2222, 2224, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2244,
2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 3211, 3212,
3215, 3234, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4161,
4164, 4165, 4166, 4216, 6221, 6222,
6235, 6316, 6332, 7202, 7205, 7241,
7245, 7246, 7251, 8255, 9213, 9226,

9241

Canada holds its first Express Entry draw of 2021:

The IRCC held its first Express Entry draw for 2021 on January 6. The draw invited candidates with a minimum CRS score of 813. A total of 250 candidates were issued invitations in this draw.

The score requirement for this draw is on the higher side because candidates who have received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) will get 600 points added to their overall score.

7th Jan 2021:

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #171 – January 6, 2021.

Provincial Nominee Class

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued: 250

Rank required to be invited to apply: 250th or above

Date and time of round: January 6, 2021 at 14:39:02 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 813

Tie-breaking rule: November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

British Columbia invites 168 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

British Columbia has invited 168 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on January 5.

The invitations were issued through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Immigration candidates were invited under the following sub-categories

· Skilled Worker

· International Graduate

· Entry-Level

· Semi-Skilled

The sub-categories in the draw and the minimum scores required were:

· Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 95

· Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 95

· Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 77

· Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 99

· Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 99

IRCC holds 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program immigration lottery

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently held its 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) lottery.

The lottery was supposed to take place by the end of 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thise who have been selected in the lottery will have 60 days to submit their sponsorship application to IRCC, but can get an extension due to COVID-related delays.

Over the next ten days, IRCC will invite sponsors who have been drawn from the lottery.

1st Jan 2021:

Quebec announces changes for immigration applications

The province of Quebec has decided to increase its immigration processing fees which will be effective January 1, 2021.

Quebec will implement the following fee increases:

  • The fee has risen from $812 to $822 for principal applicants who are applying as skilled workers
  • The fee has risen from $176 to $174 for each family member accompanying the principal applicant
  • The fees for validating or evaluating the impact of a permanent job offer on the Quebec labor market has increased from $202 to $205
  • Fees for principal business immigration applicants, including investors from Quebec, entrepreneurs from Quebec and self-employed workers from Quebec, have risen from $15,763 to $15,962 and from $1,099 to $1,113 for the last two categories
  • Fees for temporary staff and applications for international students have increased from $202 to $205
  • Comparative assessments for studying outside Quebec have increased from $121 to $123

The fees referred to above are related to the cost of processing a request to immigrate to Quebec. You may be expected to pay other fees linked to your file when you complete an immigration application, including, for example, the cost of supporting documentation, translations or language tests.

31st Dec 2020:

Canada’s PNP has around 80 different immigration pathways or ‘streams’, each targeting a specific class of immigrants.

Over 4 lakh immigrants a year are to be welcomed by the Canadian government in the near future [as per the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan].

In 2021, as many as 80,800 will find their way into Canada through the PNP route.

British Columbia issues 58 invitations in latest provincial draw

British Columbia (B.C.) in its latest provincial draw invited 58 immigration candidates who had a job offer in the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for a PR visa.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw was held on December 29. The draw selected candidates belonging to the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

Candidates belonging to the subcategories of the Skilled Worker and International Graduate required a minimum provincial score of 80 to qualify for this draw.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot was introduced as a fast-track immigration pathway for tech workers and international students. The pilot program operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.

A concierge service for employers, weekly draws for tech workers, priority processing of applications, and flexibility in the length of job offers are features of the program.

To be eligible for the program candidates are required to have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

Manitoba issues 188 invitations in latest draw

The province of Manitoba invited 188 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on December 30.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited skilled workers and international graduates to apply under any of the following three immigration streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • International Education Stream
  • Skilled Workers Overseas

Here is the number of Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) and the required minimum score under each category:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 157 LAAs with a score of at least 461;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 13 LAAs with a score of at least 718; and
  • International Education Stream— 18 LAAs, no EOI score requirement.

Out of the 188 LAAs, 13 went to Express Entry candidates.

30th Dec 2020:

IRCC admitted 57,365 immigrants into Canada through the Express Entry in 2020

According to the latest figures released by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), it had finalized 57, 365 permanent resident applications through Express Entry between January and October 2020. The break-up of the applications finalized under various immigration programs is as under:

  • 22,875 immigrants (39.9%) were processed through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
  • 21,440 applicants were granted PR status under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • 12,490 cases were processed through the Express Entry-aligned streams of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • 560 newcomers immigrated through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)

A majority of these applications were submitted to the IRCC before travel restrictions were introduced in view of the coronavirus pandemic. So, these numbers do not actually reflect the practice adopted by the IRCC between March and August where most of the invitees qualified either under the CEC and the PNP.

Newfoundland and Labrador introduce new migration program

The Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador will start accepting applications for a new immigration program from January 2, 2021.

The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador program is a new immigration program aimed at highly educated, highly skilled newcomers who have experience in areas where there is more demand for talent that cannot be provided by local training and recruitment in fields such as technology and ocean sciences occupations.

More information on this program will be posted on the government’s website dedicated to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) once the stream opens.

The program in intended to help tide over the shortages in local talent in certain areas. Newcomers who have at least one year of work experience in highly skilled, high-demand occupations, as well as post-graduates who completed a Masters or Doctorate degree at Memorial University within three years can apply for this program.

Under this program, the NLPNP wants to admit 2,500 new permanent residents every year by 2022 while following special measures and guidelines for the pandemic.

30th Dec 2020:

Canada admitted 57,365 immigrants through the Express Entry

According to the new figures by IRCC, from January to October 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) finalized the processing of 57,365 permanent resident applications through the Express Entry.

  • 22,875 immigrants (39.9%) were processed through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW);
  • 21,440 applicants were granted PR status under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC); 
  • 12,490 cases were processed through the Express Entry-aligned streams of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • 560 newcomers immigrated through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST).
Most of these cases were submitted to IRCC before the introduction of travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Therefore, these numbers don’t reflect the practice IRCC adopted from March to August, when most of the invitees qualified either under the CEC or PNP.
The next year’s data may show the increase of PR admissions under these two programs.

24th Dec 2020:

ECA Procedure GuidelinesWES Document Center

Masters:

University/Institute Name, India

Documents Submission:

Photocopies of all mentioned certificates have to be submitted by you to the University.

1. Individual Marks Sheets
2. Consolidated Marks Memo | Semester/Year wise marks sheet.
3. Convocation Certificate
Time Frame: Approximately As per University.

At the time of applying for transcripts, you should inform University/Institute for the attestation of Year /Semester Wise mark sheets photocopies as per the WES Specifications. Make sure that your attested documents are placed in an envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the University/Institute preparing the documents.

(OR)

University/Institute will issue transcripts based on Year /Semester Wise Pattern. Make sure that your transcripts are placed in an envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the University/Institute preparing the documents.

Note: You must carry all his original education certificates along with two sets of photocopies for verification to the university.

Bachelors:  

University/Institute Name , India

Documents Submission:

Photocopies of all mentioned certificates have to be submitted by youto the University.

1. Individual Marks Sheets
2. Consolidated Marks Memo | Semester/Year wise marks sheet.
3. Convocation Certificate
Time Frame: Approximately As per University.

At the time of applying for transcripts, you should inform University/Institute for the attestation of Year /Semester Wise mark sheets photocopies as per the WES Specifications. Make sure that your attested documents are placed in an envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the University/Institute preparing the documents.

(OR)

University/Institute will issue transcripts based on Year /Semester Wise Pattern. Make sure that your transcripts are placed in an envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the University/Institute preparing the documents.

Note: Client must carry all his original education certificates along with two sets of photocopies for verification to the university.

Diploma:

Your 10th & 10+2 Mark sheets photocopies need to be attested by the concern State Board. Make sure that your transcripts/attested mark sheet are placed in an individual envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the concern State Board preparing the documents.

<State Board of Technical Education>, India

Documents Submission:

Photocopies of all mentioned certificates have to be submitted by you to the State Board of Technical Education.

1. Individual Marks Sheets
2. Consolidated Marks Memo | Semester/Year wise marks sheet.
3. Diploma Certificate
Time Frame: Approximately As per State Board of Technical Education.

At the time of applying for transcripts, you should inform State Board of Technical Education for the attestation of Year /Semester Wise mark sheets photocopies as per the WES Specifications. Make sure that your attested documents are placed in an envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the State Board of Technical Education preparing the documents.

(OR)

State Board of Technical Education will issue transcripts based on Year /Semester Wise Pattern. Make sure that your transcripts are placed in an envelope that is signed and sealed across the back flap by the State Board of Technical Education preparing the documents.

Note: Client must carry all his original education certificates along with two sets of photocopies for verification to the university.

Important Note: Please do not open the sealed transcript envelope.

Registration with WES:

Please fill the required information in attached WES work sheet, send me all your education & passport 1st and last page scanned documents to assist you in WES registration process.

Note: Please inform us if there is any name variance from your valid passport to the education documents, so that I can assist on the name variance affidavit. The documents which are not in English are required to be translated by certified translator.

ECA Payment Process:

We request you to make the payment mentioned below through Credit/International Debit card/Cheque/Money Order/Demand Draft.

WES Fee Structure:

FSWP Credential Assessment Package $ 200.00
(Includes two assessment reports and electronic storage of your report and verified transcripts for future use)
Mailing Option: International Overnight $ 85.00
Total Cost: $ 285.00

Note: WES has exempted harmonized sales tax for non-residents of Canada13% Harmonized Sales Tax of $ 37.05 is applicable to residents of Canada the total WES fee $ 322.05.

WES Document Submission Checklist:

Please put together all the required documents mentioned below in a single envelope and courier the same to WES Canada.

  • WES application summary [Reference number].
  • Transcripts in sealed envelope. [10th & 12th(If applicable)|Diploma| Bachelors |PG Diploma |Masters]. 
  • Photo copy of Degree/Convocation certificate. [Diploma |Bachelors | PG Diploma |Masters]

If applicable documents :

Name variance affidavit.
Passport 1st & last pages photocopies.
Translated documents.

Address of WES Canada:

WES Canada

World Education Services,

102-2820 14th Avenue,

Markham, ON L3R 0S9,

Canada.

23rd Dec 2020:

Quebec releases details of December 22 draw

Quebec released details of its draw held on December 16 where it had invited 233 immigration candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

The invitations were issued to candidates who had secured an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the Arrima portal which is Quebec’s online registration portal.

Two categories of candidates were invited in the draw. The first category were candidates who had a validated offer of employment. The second category were candidates residing in Quebec as a diplomat, consular officer, a representative for the United Nations or other intergovernmental organization which carries out operations in Quebec.

Immigration to Quebec requires that candidates should first submit their EOI through the Arrima portal which is then reviewed by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francization et de l’Intégration (MIFI) and sends out invitations to candidates who can meet the labor market needs of Quebec.

British Columbia invites 230 candidates in latest immigration draw

British Columbia held a draw on December 22 where it invited 230 candidates to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The invitations were issued through the following streams:

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Express Entry BC (EEBC)

Skills Immigration

The sub categories of candidates and the breakdown of invitations is given below:

  • Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 95
  • Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 95
  • Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 77
  • Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 99
  • Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 99

19th Dec 2020:

Prince Edward Island issues 195 invitations in last provincial draw for 2020

Prince Edward Island held its last provincial draw for 2020 on December 17.

Under the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) the province issued a total of 195 invitations. Out of these 174 invitations went to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. The remaining 21 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who were required to have a minimum point threshold of 85.

To get a provincial nomination from PEI, Express Entry candidates are required to create an EOI profile with the PEI PNP.

The profiles are assigned points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are sent invitations in the draws held every month.

Foreign nationals who have a valid job offer in PEI, and have the required support from their employer are eligible for the Labor Impact Category. It has three streams- Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.

Candidates under the Business Impact category had to have a minimum score of 85 to get an EOI in this draw. The 21 invitations were issued under the Work Permit Stream, which is for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to set up a business in the province.

18th Dec 2020:

IRCC postpones 2020 PGP draw to early next year

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has decided to postpone the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2020 immigration lottery to early next year.

The lottery was planned at the end of December but a number of factors including the pandemic has caused a delay. The IRCC had opened the PGP 2020 expression of interest applications between October 13 and November 3, 2020 where Canadian citizens and permanent residents apply for their parents or grandparents to immigrate to Canada.

Subsequently the IRCC had planned to hold a lottery in December and invite up to 10,000 sponsors to submit their PGP applications. It is now postponed to early next year.

The IRCC is planning to invite more than 30,000 sponsors for the PGP draw next year.

Manitoba invites 419 candidates in latest Expression of Interest draw

In the latest draw held on December 17, Manitoba issued 419 Letters of Advice or LAAs to Apply for applicants. The latest draw saw LAAs was issued across three MPNP streams.

Skilled workers received 329 LAAs and the lowest score of candidates was 375 points.

Skilled workers overseas received 50 LAAS and the lowest ranked candidate score was 706 points.

40 LAAs were issued to candidates under the International Education Stream

Out of the 419 LAAs, 37 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

Saskatchewan conducts EOI selection rounds for draw held on 17 December

Saskatchewan conducted its EOI selection rounds for the draw it had held on 17th December 2020 through the SINP’s EOI system.

Applicants who successfully complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile will receive a rank score based on various criteria. These include:

  • Labor market success
  • Education and training
  • Skilled work experience
  • Language ability
  • Age
  • Connection to Saskatchewan labor market and adaptability

17th Dec 2020:

Latest tech draw in British Columbia issues 92 invitations

British Columbia issued 92 invitations to immigration candidates through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams.

The EEBC stream is for candidates who have a profile registered in the Express Entry system, whereas the SI stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia.

Candidates can apply under various categories for both these streams.

Candidates selected for this draw were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80 and belonged to the following categories:

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

16th Dec 2020:

Ontario holds tech draw to invite 668 Express Entry candidates

Ontario held its latest Tech Draw recently where it invited 668 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who had the possibility to qualify for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. One requirement is that these candidates must have profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

The 668 selected applicants received NOIs from the Tech Draw. Express Entry candidates are needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 460 and 468 in order to be invited. Candidates were not required to have a job offer but were required to have at least one year of work experience in one of the following tech occupations:

  • NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 2147 Computer engineers
  • NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 Web designers and developers

People who received the NOI will have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the provincial nomination.

Canada makes changes to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program

Canada has made certain changes to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). Canada’s minister of immigration, Marco Mendicino, made two announcements on these changes.

One of these changes is that applicants are no longer required to have accumulated work experience over a continuous period of time. Instead, work experience requirement will be considered if it was completed within the three years before the application.

However, one year of eligible work experience is still required for the program, but having breaks in work does not make one ineligible for the program. This will be

applicable to individuals who have already applied for the pilot and those who plan to apply in the future.

Another change is that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is allowing RNIP applicants who are waiting for a decision on their permanent residence application to apply for a work permit in spite of processing delays. This is a temporary measure applicable to those who have applied during the pandemic.

In spite of these changes, applicants are still required to meet the admission and program requirements of the RNIP to be able to immigrate to Canada through the program.

The RNIP allows certain rural communities in Canada to bring in skilled workers by offering pathways to permanent residency. Participating communities can determine their own eligibility requirements based on their local labor market requirements.

These are the 11 rural communities participating in the pilot program:

  • North Bay, Ontario;
  • Sudbury, Ontario;
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario;
  • Timmins, Ontario;
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario;
  • Brandon, Manitoba;
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba;
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;
  • Claresholm, Alberta;
  • Vernon, British Columbia;
  • West Kootenay, British Columbia

15th Dec 2020:

Canada and Italy modify youth mobility agreement

Canada and Italy have modified their existing youth mobility agreement that will allow citizens of both countries to go on longer working holidays.

Under the new agreement, Italians and Canadians aged between 18 and 35 will now be eligible to travel and work and travel in each other’s countries for up to a year. They can extend their work permits for another year by applying for it and can live in each other’s country for a total of 24 months.

This agreement will allow young people to get professional work experience through the International Co-op, and Young Professionals programs. They can also use the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program to gain international work experience.

The agreement with Italy is expected to open up new opportunities for future work and travel once travel restrictions due to Coronavirus are lifted. Due to current travel restrictions, youth with current and valid job offers are allowed travel to Canada under the IEC Program.

Canada and Italy have been part of a youth mobility agreement since 2006. This new agreement will be implemented soon.

Canada has welcomed around 158,600 immigrants in the first 10 months of 2020

According to data from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Canada has welcomed around 158,600 immigrants in the first 10 months of 2020 which indicates that it will fall short of 200,000 arrivals by the end of the year. This will be a shortage for the first time since 1999. Canada welcomed around 341,000 international immigrants last year and was aiming to match up to this number in 2020 before the pandemic began.

Canada invited the highest number of immigrants in June despite the pandemic when it invited 19,100 new permanent residents.

The low immigration numbers can be attributed to disruptions caused by the pandemic, obstacles in confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) holders coming to Canada, and travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Canada is planning to welcome over 400,000 immigrants till 2023 despite the pandemic. This was announced by the government recently in its 2021-23 immigration plans. The high levels they hope will compensate for the low immigration numbers due to the pandemic.

12th Dec 2020:

British Columbia invites 256 candidates in latest PNP draw

The province of British Columbia invited 256 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian PR on December 8.

The invitations on this draw went to candidates registered under the Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories in the following streams:

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry BC

Apart from this, candidates in the Entry-level and Semi-skilled Workers category were also invited.

The minimum score requirements for the draw were between 77 and 97 for the five EEBC and SI categories.

Here is the breakdown for the minimum scores in this draw:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 95
  • SI – International Graduate: 95
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 77
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 97
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 97

If candidates wish to receive an invitation through the EEBC candidates, they must be registered both under the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Canada decides to extend travel restrictions beyond the new year

Canada has decided to extend its travel restrictions beyond the new year. The country’s border will be closed to foreign nationals who are coming for a non-essential reason till January 21 of the next year. Travelers coming for reasons such as recreation, tourism, or entertainment will not be allowed into the country.

However certain categories of people are exempt from travel restrictions which include:

  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Certain categories of temporary foreign workers
  • Certain categories of international students
  • Immediate and extended family members of Canadian nationals

Canada imposed travel restrictions originally from March 18 to June 30 but has been extending it subsequently to stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • Travel restrictions are not applicable to individuals who wish to come to Canada for compassionate reasons, such as:
  • To be there for a loved one during the last moments of life, or to provide help or support for someone who is critically ill
  • To provide a person with medical support
  • To attend a funeral service

The following persons are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period once they land in the country:

  • Airline crew members
  • Doctors and healthcare workers involved with COVID-19 response
  • Individuals coming to receive medical treatment within 36 hours of their arrival
  • Individuals coming into Canada on a ship for the purposes of research, as long as they stay on the ship

Canada invites 5000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada has invited 5,000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw held on December 9.

The CRS score requirement for this draw was 469 points. With this draw, the total number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued this year comes to 102,350, which is a record high number of invitations.

This is the second successful time where the CRS requirement has dropped to 469. The CRS score requirement has on an average been above 470 for all program draws.

3rd Dec 2020:

Saskatchewan issues 564 invitations under the SINP

The province of Saskatchewan issued 564 invitations under its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) under the International Skilled Worker category on December 1. The invitations were issued under two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand. Candidates who had work experience in select occupations were issued invitations. 138 candidates were invited through the Express Entry sub-category while 426 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates.

Another requirement was candidates from both the sub-categories must have submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP. The candidates needed to have an EOI score of at least 74 points to get an invitation. This is not the CRS cut-off but a provincial requirement. The candidates were required to have an ECA and also work experience in one of the 86 selected occupations.

The SINP uses the EOI system for selecting candidates who have chances of most success in the regional labor market.

Nova Scotia issues invitations to Express Entry candidates in latest draw

On December 1, the province of Nova Scotia issued invitations to candidates to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its Express Entry-linked Labor Market Priorities immigration stream.

The details on the number of invitations were however not given.

The invitations given on December 1 went to qualified applicants for Express Entry who have a job offer for full-time professional work in Nova Scotia from a Nova Scotia employer. The offer must be for at least one year after the issuance of the permanent resident visa. The word “full-time” means working at least 30 hours a week and all year round.

Applicants must also have one year of work-related experience and have a high school diploma from Canada or the equivalent. The Job Market Preferences Stream provides the NSNP with the ability to look at the federal Express Entry pool for candidates in the province who meet the needs of the labor market.

Those who received an invitation letter at today’s draw now have 30 calendar days to apply to the NSNP a full submission.

British Columbia invites tech workers and entrepreneurs in the latest draw

British Columbia (B.C.) invited an unspecified number of immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 1.

The invitations were issued through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker, and International Graduate subcategories through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. The candidates should have a job offer in an eligible tech occupation to receive the provincial nomination.

The minimum required score was 80 in all categories for successful candidates. The BC PNP also issued a total of 11 invitations through its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The minimum score required for this draw was 121.

The province holds draws under two PNP categories every week.

Since January, the BC PNP has carried out 25 technical draws, with minimum scores falling from 90 to 80 points, which have remained unchanged for many months.

It should be noted that BC continues to invite workers and graduates belonging to non-tech occupations.

25th Nov 2020

British Columbia invites 360 candidates for provincial nomination in latest draw

The province of British Columbia (B.C.) invited 360 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for PR visa on November 25.

The invitations were issued under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

The subcategories for invitations included the Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, and International Graduate subcategories.

The provincial score requirements for the various categories are as under:

  • Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 93 points
  • Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 94 points
  • Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 75 points
  • Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 92 points:
  • Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 93 points

B.C. holds draws every week through the above two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories and streams.

To apply under these categories, the applicants must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and then given a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

Applicant who subsequently get a provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence under the PNP.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from British Columbia will gain an additional 600 points to add to their CRS score.

Express Entry cutoff score drops below 470 for first time in 2020 

The Express Entry cutoff score dropped below 470 for the first time in an all-program draw for 2020.

In the latest draw held on November 25, candidates were required to have a score of at least 469 points. The draw saw a total of 5000 invites issued in this round which makes it the largest number of ITAs issued in a single draw.
Candidates with the highest scores will receive an ITA to apply for a PR visa. With this draw, the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 comes to 97,350. 2020 has seen the highest number of ITAs issued till date pushing the number of invitations past their target.

Newfoundland and Labrador announce new immigration pathway

Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government announced a new immigration pathway on November 18, which will seek to retain newcomers who are already staying in the province.

The new immigration pathway, called the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador, under the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), will cater to highly educated and highly skilled candidates with work experience in specialized industries such as technology. The program  is expected to begin from January 2021.

The program seeks to address the labor shortage in the province especially in high-growth sectors.

Individuals who have a Masters or PhD from Memorial University and have graduated within the last three years and have completed a degree related to information and communication technology, ocean technology, healthcare, agriculture and aquaculture are eligible to apply for the program.

Professionals with work experience in high-demand occupations are also eligible.

Oct 5 2020

Quebec holds its largest draw of 2020

In the largest draw to be held by Quebec in 2020 so far, 365 invitations were issued – on September 24, 2020 – to immigration candidates for applying for permanent selection.

Oct 1 2020

Manitoba nominated 1,089 through the MPNP in July and August

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program [MPNP] provides Canadian immigration pathways to skilled workers, recent graduates as well as businesspeople, for settling in and economically establishing themselves in Manitoba as permanent residents, along with their families.

Oct 1 2020

Third consecutive all-program Express Entry draw held by Canada

Canada has just held the third consecutive all-program Express Entry draw, inviting another 4,200 Canada immigration candidates to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for permanent residence.

Express Entry Draw #164 was held on September 30, 2020 at 12:37:25 UTC.

Sep 28 2020

Saskatchewan invites 535 in latest SINP draw

In the latest draw held on September 24, 2020, the province of Saskatchewan has invited 535 immigration candidates with work experience in any of the 81 in-demand occupations.

Those invited can now apply to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program [SINP] for a provincial nomination.

Sep 28 2020

Manitoba PNP invites 189 in EOI Draw #99

In the latest Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] draw to be held by the province, Manitoba has invited a total of 189 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through the MPNP. Of the 189 Letters of Advice to Apply [LAAs] issued by the MPNP in Manitoba’s Expression of Interest Draw #99 on September 24, 2020, 18 invitations went to candidates that had declared a job seeker validation code along with a valid Express Entry ID.

Sep 24 2020

Tech Pilot draw by BC PNP invites 74 candidates

The latest Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] draw by the province of British Columbia in Canada was another of the BC PNP Tech Pilot draws.

On September 22, 2020, as many as 74 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination through the BC PNP. The minimum score required was 80 across all the 4 categories included.

Sep 23 2020

A record number of invitations issued by PEI PNP in latest draw

Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program [PEI PNP] has issued a record-breaking 345 invitations in the latest draw held on September 17, 2020. While 313 candidates got invitations through Labour Impact and Express Entry categories, another 32 entrepreneurs were invited through the Business Impact: Work Permit Stream.

Sep 18 2020

British Columbia invites 407 to apply for provincial nomination

The province of British Columbia has issued 407 invitations through a BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] draw held on September 15, 2020. As per the official website, “the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories”.

Sep 17 2020

Another all-program Express Entry draw invites 4,200 to apply for Canada PR

In the second all-program Express Entry draw to be held within a span of 2 weeks, Canada has invited another 4,200 immigration candidates in the latest Express Entry Draw #163 held on September 16, 2020 at 07:25:09 UTC. 472 was the minimum CRS score required.

Sep 12 2020

MPNP: 212 candidates advised to apply for a provincial nomination

In the latest Expression of Interest Draw #98 on September 10, 2020, the province of Manitoba has invited 212 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through the MPNP. Those successful in securing a provincial nomination get a step closer to applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for Canadian permanent residence.

Sep 12 2020

BC PNP issues 67 ITAs in latest Tech Pilot draw

The province of British Columbia in Canada has held its latest Tech Pilot draw through the BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP]. 67 Invitations to Apply [ITAs] were issued in the BC PNP Tech Pilot draw on September 8, 2020.

Sep 4 2020

Canada holds largest EE draw since February this year

In the latest Express Entry Draw #162 held on September 2, 2020 at 14:17:32 UTC, the Canadian government has invited 4,200 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score required was that of CRS 475.

1st Sep 2020:

British Columbia invites 430 candidates in latest PNP draw

British Columbia had invited more than 430 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residence in a draw held September 1.

In this draw, invitations were sent to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories in the Express Entry BC (EEBC), Skills Immigration (SI) as well as those in Entrepreneur streams.

Candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system are eligible for the EEBC category, which is Canada’s main immigration pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to get a Canada PR.

The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia.

The minimum score requirements in this draw for each of these categories were:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 94
  • SI – International Graduate: 98
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 94
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 98

28th Aug 2020:

Saskatchewan issues 570 invitations to PNP candidates

The province of Saskatchewan held a draw inviting 570 immigration candidates on August 27.

The candidates were invited from the International Skilled Worker category through the Occupations In-Demand subcategory.

Invited candidates had to meet these requirements:

  • Educational Credential assessments.
  • An Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 68 if they had connections to the province or at least 10 years of work experience
  • A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 8.
  • They needed to have at least 69 points.

Only those candidates were invited who had work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations.

Ontario issues invitations to 703 Express Entry candidates in the latest draw

In a draw held on August 26, Ontario invited 703 Express Entry candidates with work experience in targeted occupations.

The Express Entry candidates were required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 466 and 475 to be invited in this round. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates who had work experience in one of the following occupations:

  • Financial managers NOC 0111
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers NOC 0124
  • Corporate sales managers NOC 0601
  • Financial auditors and accountants NOC 1111
  • Other financial officers NOC 1114
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting NOC 1122
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses NOC 3012
  • Allied primary health practitioners NOC 3124
  • Dietitians and nutritionists NOC 3132

The candidate’s occupation which qualified them for an invitation from Ontario must be the same primary occupation that the candidate provided in his Express Entry profile.

Ontario issues 21 invitations under the Entrepreneur stream

Ontario has issued 21 invitations to candidates to apply under the Entrepreneur Stream on August 26.

The scores between November 22, 2019 and August 21, 2020 of candidates were considered for this draw when inviting them for this draw.

Invitations were issued to candidates who had EOI scores between 144 and 200.

This is the fourth draw of under this stream in 2020, bringing the total number of entrepreneurs invited up to 91.

Eligibility requirements for the Entrepreneur stream include the location of the proposed business and meeting the minimum net worth and investment requirements.

The required net worth for the proposed business within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is $800,000 and the required investment is $600,000. Entrepreneurs looking to set up outside the GTA need $400,00 in net worth and a minimum investment of $200,000.

Candidates will need to have 24 months of business experience as an owner or senior manager within the past 60 months. 

Prince Edward Island releases details of two PNP draws in August

Prince Edward Island published the details of its two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held in August. One of them was the biggest draw the program has ever seen.

In the first draw held on August 11, the province issued eight invitations to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. In the second draw held on August 20, the province issued 305 invitations to candidates in all streams.

Out of the 305 invitations, 28 went to Business Impact candidates. The remaining 277 invitations went to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. The PEI PNP issued invitations only to those candidates currently living and working in the province. The invited candidates had filed their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles before June 2020.

British Columbia issues 72 invitations in the latest Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia issued Invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to foreign tech workers and international students through the BC PNP on August 25.

72 invitations were issued in this draw which went to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. The minimum score requirement for candidates in both subcategories was 80 which was the same as the previous tech draw held on August 11

26th Aug 2020:

Latest PNP Canada updates:

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are a key part of Canada’s immigration policy, with more than 200,000 people expected to obtain Canadian permanent residence through a Provincial Nominee Program between 2020 and 2022. 

Provincial Nominee Programs are the fastest-growing economic Canadian immigration pathway. Over recent years, the federal government has gradually increased provinces’ annual allocations for their respective PNPs, showing the increasing importance of these programs within the overall Canadian immigration landscape. 

Date Province Update
25-Aug-20 PEI Invited 293 candidates
25-Aug-20 British Columbia invited 72 candidates
19-Aug-20 Ontario Opened the Employer Job Offer
18-Aug-20 British Columbia Invited 302 candidates
14-Aug-20 Saskatchewan Invited 533 candidates
13-Aug-20 Manitoba Invited 199 candidates
11-Aug-20 British Columbia Invited 52 candidates
07-Aug-20 British Columbia Invited 437 candidates
07-Aug-20 British Columbia Increased application fees
30-Jul-20 Manitoba Invited 199 candidates
29-Jul-20 Saskatchewan Issued 502 invitations
29-Jul-20 Ontario Issued 1,288 Notifications
28-Jul-20 British Columbia Invited 34 candidates
21-Jul-20 British Columbia Invited 62 candidates
21-Jul-20 Ontario Opened and then closed the Employer Job Offer
20-Jul-20 Ontario Announced Employer Job Offer
16-Jul-20 PEI 195 invitations were issued
16-Jul-20 Manitoba Invited 174 candidates
15-Jul-20 Quebec Invited 7 candidates

*Please note that Quebec does not operate a Provincial Nominee Program, but instead manages its own provincial immigration program.

20th Aug 2020:

Canada conducts Express Entry draw the second day in a row

Canada held an Express Entry round of invitations on August 20 a day after the draw held on August 19.

This was the 161st Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The draw issued invitations to 3,300 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. The CRS score for this draw was 454 points. Today’s CRS cut-off score was nine points higher than the previous CEC-specific draw held on July 23, which had a CRS cut-off score of 445. The increase in points is because more candidates entered the pool over the past month after Canada held an all-program draw on August 5.

19th Aug 2020:

Canada conducts its 160th Express Entry draw

Canada conducted its 160th Express Entry draw on August 19 where 600 invitations to apply were issued.

The CRS score for this draw was 771. The invited candidates had to have a provincial nomination from a PNP program for selection. This was the third draw in the month of August where ITAs were issued for Canada PR.

The CRS score of 771 was the highest CRS score cutoff for this year. One reason could be a large number of candidates present in the Express Entry pool.

The previous draw held on August 6 issued 250 ITAs to Express Entry candidates who were nominated through the Federal Skilled Trades Program. In the draw held on August 5, 3,900 ITAs were issued to candidates with scores of 476 in an all-program draw.

This draw was the 27th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 62,450, which is a new record for this date. This is an indication that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s government is keen to achieve its immigration targets for 2020.

18th Aug 2020:

British Columbia issues 302 invitations in latest PNP draw

In a draw held on August 8, British Columbia invited 302 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for PR visas.

The invitations were issued to candidates registered under the Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC  (EEBC) streams. Candidates in the Skills Immigration: Entry-level and Semi-skilled Workers category were also invited.

The BC PNP Express Entry categories are open to candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system. The SI category caters to skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.

The minimum score requirements for this draw ranged between 76 and 98 for the five EEBC and SI categories that were involved.

The minimum scores were distributed as under:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 96
  • SI – International Graduate: 98
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 96
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 98

17th Aug 2020:

AIP allows work permit applications to be submitted online

Canada’s immigration department, the IRCC is accepting online applications for work permits under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program from August 17. Paper applications will be accepted till September 1, 2020.

The AIP provides a pathway to permanent residence for foreign nationals with a job offer in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, or Nova Scotia.

Before applying for a PR visa, candidates will have to have a work permit to work in Canada.

To get a work permit, candidates will require:

  • A valid job offer from an employer based in an Atlantic province
  • A referral letter from the province
  • Agreement to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

If candidates meet these requirements, they will be eligible for a work permit valid for one year. The spouse or partner of the applicant will be eligible for an open work permit.

Employers in Atlantic Canada need not undergo a Labor Market Impact Assessment for this program.

Saskatchewan issues an invitation to 553 candidates

Saskatchewan invited 553 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held this invitation round on August 14. Candidates were invited from the International Skilled Worker category under two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

This was the second biggest draw of the year after the draw that issued 646 invitations on February 13. To qualify for an invitation, candidates from both sub-categories are required to have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP. The required score for this draw was 69 in both sub-categories.

The SINP uses the EOI system to select candidates who prove their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan through the following factors- work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

Candidates are assessed on these five factors and are given a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are given invitations.

14th Aug 2020:

Manitoba invites 253 candidates in its largest PNP draw so far

Manitoba held its largest PNP draw of the year so far by inviting 253 candidates on August 13. The Manitoba PNP invited skilled workers and international student graduates in this draw under three immigration streams- Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education streams.

The invitations or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were distributed as under:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 197
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 33
  • International Education Stream: 23

So far Manitoba has issued 3,086 LAAs to immigration candidates in these categories so far in 2020. This was the 96th draw from Manitoba ever since the program began in April 2014.

The cutoff for the August 13 draw was as under:

  • Skilled workers in Manitoba: 485
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 672

12th Aug 2020:

Alberta Nomination certificate limits

The following numbers are accurate as of August 4, 2020. The AINP issued all 6,000 certificates for 2019. The number of nominations the AINP can issue for 2020 is not yet available; however, the AINP will continue to assess applications in the queue and issue nominations in 2020.

There are approximately 1,150 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 275 expressions of interest applications in the Alberta Express Entry pool.

Application volumes by occupation:

The AINP has a high volume of applications and Alberta Express Entry submissions in the following occupations. These submissions may take longer to process.

6311 – Foodservice supervisors

6211 – Retail sales supervisors

6322 – Cooks

1241 – Administrative assistants

7511 – Transport truck drivers

1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants

0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers

1221 – Administrative officers

0631 – Restaurant and food service managers

Past Draws: Information on draws will typically be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.

Date of draw Number of Notification of Interest
(NOI) Letters sent
CRS score of lowest-ranked
a candidate who received an NOI letter
17-Jun-20 187 303
13-May-20 191 300
29-Apr-20 200 322
14-Apr-20 200 353
01-Apr-20 120 381
18-Mar-20 136 300
04-Mar-20 100 300
20-Feb-20 150 300
29-Jan-20 150 300
22-Jan-20 201 350
09-Jan-20 150 350
05-Dec-19 132 400
06-Nov-19 148 400
30-Oct-19 29 350
24-Oct-19 372 300
09-Oct-19 115 350
25-Sep-19 374 400
18-Sep-19 139 350
11-Sep-19 339 302
28-Aug-19 294 400
15-Aug-19 121 400
07-Aug-19 35 352
31-Jul-19 319 400
24-Jul-19 220 303
17-Jul-19 251 400
10-Jul-19 180 425
21-Jun-19 262 300
15-May-19 197 301
02-May-19 119 400
24-Apr-19 133 400
15-Apr-19 179 400
09-Apr-19 172 300
02-Apr-19 356 400
26-Mar-19 370 400
19-Mar-19 271 400
15-Mar-19 106 300
12-Mar-19 462 400
05-Mar-19 473 400
22-Feb-19 130 302
01-Feb-19 168 301
25-Jan-19 81 301
10-Jan-19 337 300

11th Aug 2020:

British Columbia invited 52 immigration candidates in the latest tech pilot draw

British Columbia issued invitations with a job offer to 52 immigration candidates. The job offer is in the technology sector. The invitations for the provincial nomination was issued on August 11. The invitations were issued under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

The candidates were selected from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a minimum provincial score of 80. British Columbia has held two draws so far in August, B.C. under its various PNP categories and streams and has invited around 500 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

10th Aug 2020:

British Columbia issues 437 invitations in latest PNP draw

British Columbia issued 437 invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on August 7.

A total of 437 invitations were issued in the following streams- Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker categories under the  British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The minimum scores for this draw were different for each subcategory and was between 76 and 98 points.

Skilled Worker stream required a provincial score of 97.

International Graduate stream required a provincial score of 98.

Express Entry BC categories are open to immigration candidates who have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

6th Aug, 2020:

Canada holds an FSTP draw after a long gap

In a follow-up to the Express Entry draw held on August 5, Canada held another draw on August 6 which targeted Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates. 250 FSTP candidates received ITAs in this draw.

The CRS score required for this draw was 415 points.

This was the second Express Entry draw in two days.

The Express Entry draw on August 5 saw 3,900 ITAs being issued. Both the draws issued a total pf 4,150 ITAs. So far this year, Canada has issued 61,850 ITAs which is the highest number of ITAs issued in this period after the launch of Express Entry in 2015.

This was the seventh FSTP-specific draw ever since the introduction of Express Entry draws. The FSTP is a pathway for permanent residence to skilled workers who are qualified in a skilled trade.

The FSTP is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled workers who are qualified in a skilled trade. The program was launched in 2013nto help tackle the shortage of workers in skilled trades. To qualify for the stream candidates, need to have at least two years if work experience in any one of the below trades and occupations:

  • industrial, electrical and construction;
  • maintenance, equipment operation;
  • technical and supervisor jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production;
  • processing, manufacturing, utilities, central control operations;
  • chefs and cooks;
  • butchers or bakers.

The last FSTP draw was held in October 2019.

5th Aug 2020:

Canada holds an all-program Express Entry draw

Canada held an all-program draw on August 5, inviting Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.

This draw issued 3,900 ITAs to Express Entry candidates, the required CRS score was 476 points.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been following a trend of issuing 3,900 ITAs through Express Entry every two weeks for 2020 till date. The number of ITAs issued in 2020 has remained constant so far. Today’s draw was the 25th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 61,600.

4th Aug 2020:

Canada changes PGWP eligibility rules

In a new ruling, the time spent by international students studying online from outside Canada is now taken into account when they apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

Canada had initially relaxed the PGWP requirements to include online study as part of the eligibility criteria, it was decided to take it into account only after international students are approved for a study permit.

When Canada initially relaxed the PGWP requirements to include online study as part of the eligibility criteria, it only counted after international students were approved for their study permit.

Canada’s IRCC has made sweeping changes to the PGWP eligibility requirements in light of the obstacles faced by foreign students when attempting to complete their studies during the coronavirus outbreak.

The transition from in-person classes to online research is among those challenges. The PGWP only recognized classes in-person until the pandemic struck. This necessity became invalid with so many Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) moving to online courses.

Many foreign students must apply for their study permits online, as ports of entry do not grant visas during the pandemic.

The new system of two-step study permits introduced by the IRCC allows foreign students to begin studying without getting a study permit. The full study permit will be issued once all the documents are submitted and the application is approved.

With a PGWP international students can work in Canada for up to three years after the end of their study program.

1st Aug 2020

Manitoba issues 199 invitations in the latest immigration draw

The Canadian province of Manitoba held its 95th Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on July 31.

A total of 199 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to immigration candidates in this draw.

The LAAs were issued under the following three immigration streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 157
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 21
  • International Education Stream: 21

Out of the 199 LAA, 15 were given to candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

A total of 2,833 LAAs were issued by Manitoba to immigration candidate in 2020 so far.

In order to receive an Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration candidates need to register through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas categories.

Stay up to date on the latest news about Canada immigration. Get to know about the latest Express Entry draws and the PNP draws held by IRCC Canada. Get up to date information on Manitoba PNP draw or Ontario PNP news to stay ahead on immigration news about Canada.

29th July 2020

Saskatchewan invites 502 immigration candidates its latest PNP draw

Saskatchewan held its largest PNP draw after the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic where 502 immigration candidates were issued invitations on July 29.

In the latest draw, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

To qualify for this draw, candidates from both sub-categories are required to have submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP.

Apart from this, candidates have to prove their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

The SINP uses these five factors mentioned above to assess candidates and give them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. Candidates with the highest score are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The minimum score required in this draw was 70 for both sub-categories.

Out of the 502 invitations, 254 invitations were issued to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

29th July 2020

Ontario holds tech draw to invite Express Entry candidates

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held its third tech draw this year where invitations were issued to immigrants who had work experience in any one of the six in-demand occupations.

The draw held on July 29 was the largest draw of this year. 1,288 invitations were sent out in this draw to candidates who could be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. Candidates had to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 463 and 477 in order to be invited.

Though the candidates did not need a job offer to receive an invitation, they needed to have at least one year of work experience in any one of the following occupations:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)

They also needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system.

Candidates who received the Notification of Interest (NOI) now have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the provincial nomination. 

29th July 2020

British Columbia issues 46 invitations in Tech Pilot and Entrepreneur draws

British Columbia issued invitations to apply to 46 immigration candidates for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on July 28.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot issued invitations to 34 candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

Selected candidates were from either the Skilled Worker or the International Graduate subcategories and they needed to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

To be eligible for the BC PNP, candidates are required to have a valid job offer of 12 months duration in any of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates have to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on the following factors: education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

28th July 2020

Canada decides to make the spousal open work permit pilot permanent

Canada is making the Open Work Permit Pilot (OWPP) a permanent program, so the spouses and common-law partners of Canadians can continue to work while waiting for a decision on their permanent resident status.

The program began in December 2014 and was set to expire on July 31, but in place of setting another expiry date, Canada is now extending the program until the regulatory changes have been completed to make the pilot a permanent policy.

The OWPP is applicable for inland spousal and common-law sponsorship applicants. Inland sponsorship is for couples who are already living together in Canada. The partner who is applying for immigration needs to already have temporary status in Canada either as a worker, student, or visitor.

The foreign partners of Canadians can apply for the open work permit after they have applied for permanent residence through family-class sponsorship.

Openwork permits are not related to specific employers, this work permit allows foreign workers to work for any employer in Canada provided they meet the occupation’s qualifications.

In order to be eligible for an OWPP, immigration candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • Send an application for permanent residency under Spouse Common-Law Partner Class
  • Have a Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse or common-law partner who has submitted an application for sponsorship on their behalf
  • Stay with their sponsor at the same address
  • Have a legal temporary resident status in Canada

Individuals applying under the OWPP can submit the work permit application at the same time as their permanent residence application.

When applicants have already submitted their application for permanent residency, they may also apply the OWPP application separately.

July 23rd, 2020:

Canada issues 3,343 invitations in latest Express Entry draw

On July 23, Canada held an Express Entry draw where invitations were issued to 3,343 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. The CRS score for this draw was 445 points.

This was 14 points higher than the previous CEC-specific draw held on June 25, which had a CRS cut-off score of 431. The increase in points is because there were more candidates in the Express Entry pool this time.

With this draw, the total number of invitations issued in 2020 comes to 57,700.

The number of invitations exceeds the number of invitations issued at the same time last year.

July 22nd, 2020:

Canada sends 557 invites to PNP candidates

Canada invited 557 provincial nominee program (PNP) candidates in an Express Entry draw held on July 22, 2020.

With this Canada has now invited 54,357 immigration candidates so far in this year.

Candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited in the latest draw. The CRS score for this draw was 687 points. This is the lowest CRS requirement for a PNP-specific draw so far in 2020.

The selected candidates had previously received their provincial nomination and were given 600 additional points to add to their overall CRS score.

July 21st, 2020:

British Columbia issues 62 invitations to candidates under the BC PNP Tech Pilot

British Columbia issued 62 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to BC PNP Tech Pilot candidates on July 21.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway that caters to in-demand tech workers and international students.

Candidates invited to this program are required to have a job offer valid for at least a one-year duration. The job should be in any one of the pilot’s 29 in-demand occupations.

In the latest draw invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates in all the subcategories needed to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The province has so far held 15 tech draws in 2020, in which more than 1,500 people have received provincial nominations.

July 17th, 2020:

PEI invites 194 candidates in two draws held in July

Prince Edward Island invited a total of 194 immigration candidates in two invitation rounds held in the month of July. The first draw was held on July 10, where eight Labor Impact and Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

The second draw held on July 16 invited 157 candidates from the Labor Impact and Express Entry categories.

This is the subsequent draw after the previous one held in March. The next one is scheduled in August.

July 16th, 2020:

Manitoba issues 174 invitations in latest PNP draw:

The Canadian province of Manitoba held its PNP draw on July 16 where it issued 174 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to immigration candidates.

The LAAs were issued to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) candidates under the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 134
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 11
  • International Education Stream: 29

Out of the 174 candidates, 18 of them had profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

Manitoba has issued LAAs to 2,634 candidates in 2020.In order to receive an LAA immigration candidates have to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas categories.

Manitoba’s system ranks such candidates out of 1,000 points for human capital characteristics such as their English or French language skills, education, work experience, Manitoba connections, and other factors.

This draw required the candidates to have a score of at least 430 points to obtain an LAA under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream. The candidates under the Skilled Workers Overseas candidates needed a minimum score of 811 points.

July 15th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 320 invitations in its latest PNP draw

The Canada province of British Columbia held its PNP draw recently on July 14 where it issued 320 invitations to its Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skilled Immigration (SI) candidates.

Candidates in the Skills Immigration stream were invited through the stream’s Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.

The minimum required provincial points for this draw was between 76 and 98, depending on the category.

These were the minimum scores for each of the categories:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 98
  • SI – International Graduate: 98
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 98
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 98

Candidates who applied through the Express Entry BC stream had a federal Express Entry profile and were also registered in the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Quebec holds second Arrima draw of 2020

Quebec held its second draw under the Arrima program on June 18. It invited seven candidates to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).Those requiring an invitation had to file an expression of interest with Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) before December 17, 2019. They should be either a temporary resident of Quebec when they applied, or have a work or study permit in the province at the time.

Candidates must first send an Expression of Interest via Arrima to immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program. Next, MIFI will review the profile bank and grant invitations to those meeting specific requirements based on Quebec’s labor market needs.

Arrima was launched in 2018 to handle the Regular Skilled Worker Program’s bank of applicants after the program was moved from a paper-based “first-come, first-served” applicant approach to an Expression of Interest system.

July 8th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 57 invitations in the latest Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia held a new Tech Pilot draw on July 7 where it issued 57 invitations to immigration candidates.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 with the intention to help Canadian employers to hire immigrants belonging to the Information Technology (IT) sector and to help in the immigration process of foreign tech workers and international students.

The BC Tech Pilot issues invitations to eligible candidates on a  weekly basis which contains a valid one-year job offer in any one of the program’s specified occupations.  The latest draw saw invitations issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

 The selected candidates had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

This is the 14th Tech Pilot draw so far in 2020 with the most recent draws taking place on June 9 and June 23.

Canada issues 3,900 ITAs in all-program Express Entry draw

Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws and is now issuing invitations to apply to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates.

Canada’s first all-program Express Entry draw since March 4 has issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation round.

Since the coronavirus was labelled a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restriction to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This left FSWP and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP) candidates in limbo.

Most CEC candidates are already in Canada and therefore are not affected by Canada’s current travel restrictions. PNP candidates continue to be invited because they are required to meet the labor market needs of provinces. This left out FSWP candidates in these draws. The latest draw changed the trend.

This is the 22nd draw of 2020 and the total number of ITAS issued till date is at 53,800.

Alberta issues 187 invitation through its AINP program

Alberta province through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 187 invitations to candidates who may be eligible through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The CRS score for this draw was 3030 points.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, only those candidates within Alberta are being invited for a nomination.

To qualify for the draw, candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the economic development of the province. Eligibility requirements for candidates to be invited for the draw are:

  • Must be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home
  • Must have a work permit allowing them to work in their current job
  • Must have a job that is full-time, paid, meets the provincial minimum wage and is an eligible occupation

Alberta has so far issued 1,785 invitations to Express Entry candidates.

Stay up to date on the latest news about Canada immigration. Get to know about the latest Express Entry draws and the PNP draws held by IRCC Canada. Get up to date information on Manitoba PNP draw or Ontario PNP news to stay ahead on immigration news about Canada.

29th July 2020

Saskatchewan invites 502 immigration candidates its latest PNP draw

Saskatchewan held its largest PNP draw after the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic where 502 immigration candidates were issued invitations on July 29.

In the latest draw, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

To qualify for this draw, candidates from both sub-categories are required to have submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP.

Apart from this, candidates have to prove their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

The SINP uses these five factors mentioned above to assess candidates and give them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. Candidates with the highest score are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The minimum score required in this draw was 70 for both sub-categories.

Out of the 502 invitations, 254 invitations were issued to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

29th July 2020

Ontario holds tech draw to invite Express Entry candidates

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held its third tech draw this year where invitations were issued to immigrants who had work experience in any one of the six in-demand occupations.

The draw held on July 29 was the largest draw of this year. 1,288 invitations were sent out in this draw to candidates who could be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. Candidates had to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 463 and 477 in order to be invited.

Though the candidates did not need a job offer to receive an invitation, they needed to have at least one year of work experience in any one of the following occupations:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)

They also needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system.

Candidates who received the Notification of Interest (NOI) now have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the provincial nomination. 

29th July 2020

British Columbia issues 46 invitations in Tech Pilot and Entrepreneur draws

British Columbia issued invitations to apply to 46 immigration candidates for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on July 28.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot issued invitations to 34 candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

Selected candidates were from either the Skilled Worker or the International Graduate subcategories and they needed to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

To be eligible for the BC PNP, candidates are required to have a valid job offer of 12 months duration in any of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates have to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on the following factors: education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

28th July 2020

Canada decides to make the spousal open work permit pilot permanent

Canada is making the Open Work Permit Pilot (OWPP) a permanent program, so the spouses and common-law partners of Canadians can continue to work while waiting for a decision on their permanent resident status.

The program began in December 2014 and was set to expire on July 31, but in place of setting another expiry date, Canada is now extending the program until the regulatory changes have been completed to make the pilot a permanent policy.

The OWPP is applicable for inland spousal and common-law sponsorship applicants. Inland sponsorship is for couples who are already living together in Canada. The partner who is applying for immigration needs to already have temporary status in Canada either as a worker, student, or visitor.

The foreign partners of Canadians can apply for the open work permit after they have applied for permanent residence through family-class sponsorship.

Openwork permits are not related to specific employers, this work permit allows foreign workers to work for any employer in Canada provided they meet the occupation’s qualifications.

In order to be eligible for an OWPP, immigration candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • Send an application for permanent residency under Spouse Common-Law Partner Class
  • Have a Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse or common-law partner who has submitted an application for sponsorship on their behalf
  • Stay with their sponsor at the same address
  • Have a legal temporary resident status in Canada

Individuals applying under the OWPP can submit the work permit application at the same time as their permanent residence application.

When applicants have already submitted their application for permanent residency, they may also apply the OWPP application separately.

July 23rd, 2020:

Canada issues 3,343 invitations in latest Express Entry draw

On July 23, Canada held an Express Entry draw where invitations were issued to 3,343 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. The CRS score for this draw was 445 points.

This was 14 points higher than the previous CEC-specific draw held on June 25, which had a CRS cut-off score of 431. The increase in points is because there were more candidates in the Express Entry pool this time.

With this draw, the total number of invitations issued in 2020 comes to 57,700.

The number of invitations exceeds the number of invitations issued at the same time last year.

July 22nd, 2020:

Canada sends 557 invites to PNP candidates

Canada invited 557 provincial nominee program (PNP) candidates in an Express Entry draw held on July 22, 2020.

With this Canada has now invited 54,357 immigration candidates so far in this year.

Candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited in the latest draw. The CRS score for this draw was 687 points. This is the lowest CRS requirement for a PNP-specific draw so far in 2020.

The selected candidates had previously received their provincial nomination and were given 600 additional points to add to their overall CRS score.

July 21st, 2020:

British Columbia issues 62 invitations to candidates under the BC PNP Tech Pilot

British Columbia issued 62 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to BC PNP Tech Pilot candidates on July 21.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway that caters to in-demand tech workers and international students.

Candidates invited to this program are required to have a job offer valid for at least a one-year duration. The job should be in any one of the pilot’s 29 in-demand occupations.

In the latest draw invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates in all the subcategories needed to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The province has so far held 15 tech draws in 2020, in which more than 1,500 people have received provincial nominations.

July 17th, 2020:

PEI invites 194 candidates in two draws held in July

Prince Edward Island invited a total of 194 immigration candidates in two invitation rounds held in the month of July. The first draw was held on July 10, where eight Labor Impact and Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

The second draw held on July 16 invited 157 candidates from the Labor Impact and Express Entry categories.

This is the subsequent draw after the previous one held in March. The next one is scheduled in August.

July 16th, 2020:

Manitoba issues 174 invitations in latest PNP draw:

The Canadian province of Manitoba held its PNP draw on July 16 where it issued 174 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to immigration candidates.

The LAAs were issued to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) candidates under the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 134
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 11
  • International Education Stream: 29

Out of the 174 candidates, 18 of them had profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

Manitoba has issued LAAs to 2,634 candidates in 2020.In order to receive an LAA immigration candidates have to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas categories.

Manitoba’s system ranks such candidates out of 1,000 points for human capital characteristics such as their English or French language skills, education, work experience, Manitoba connections, and other factors.

This draw required the candidates to have a score of at least 430 points to obtain an LAA under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream. The candidates under the Skilled Workers Overseas candidates needed a minimum score of 811 points.

July 15th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 320 invitations in its latest PNP draw

The Canada province of British Columbia held its PNP draw recently on July 14 where it issued 320 invitations to its Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skilled Immigration (SI) candidates.

Candidates in the Skills Immigration stream were invited through the stream’s Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.

The minimum required provincial points for this draw was between 76 and 98, depending on the category.

These were the minimum scores for each of the categories:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 98
  • SI – International Graduate: 98
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 98
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 98

Candidates who applied through the Express Entry BC stream had a federal Express Entry profile and were also registered in the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Quebec holds second Arrima draw of 2020

Quebec held its second draw under the Arrima program on June 18. It invited seven candidates to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).Those requiring an invitation had to file an expression of interest with Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) before December 17, 2019. They should be either a temporary resident of Quebec when they applied, or have a work or study permit in the province at the time.

Candidates must first send an Expression of Interest via Arrima to immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program. Next, MIFI will review the profile bank and grant invitations to those meeting specific requirements based on Quebec’s labor market needs.

Arrima was launched in 2018 to handle the Regular Skilled Worker Program’s bank of applicants after the program was moved from a paper-based “first-come, first-served” applicant approach to an Expression of Interest system.

July 8th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 57 invitations in the latest Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia held a new Tech Pilot draw on July 7 where it issued 57 invitations to immigration candidates.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 with the intention to help Canadian employers to hire immigrants belonging to the Information Technology (IT) sector and to help in the immigration process of foreign tech workers and international students.

The BC Tech Pilot issues invitations to eligible candidates on a  weekly basis which contains a valid one-year job offer in any one of the program’s specified occupations.  The latest draw saw invitations issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

 The selected candidates had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

This is the 14th Tech Pilot draw so far in 2020 with the most recent draws taking place on June 9 and June 23.

Canada issues 3,900 ITAs in all-program Express Entry draw

Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws and is now issuing invitations to apply to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates.

Canada’s first all-program Express Entry draw since March 4 has issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation round.

Since the coronavirus was labelled a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restriction to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This left FSWP and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP) candidates in limbo.

Most CEC candidates are already in Canada and therefore are not affected by Canada’s current travel restrictions. PNP candidates continue to be invited because they are required to meet the labor market needs of provinces. This left out FSWP candidates in these draws. The latest draw changed the trend.

This is the 22nd draw of 2020 and the total number of ITAS issued till date is at 53,800.

Alberta issues 187 invitation through its AINP program

Alberta province through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 187 invitations to candidates who may be eligible through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The CRS score for this draw was 3030 points.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, only those candidates within Alberta are being invited for a nomination.

To qualify for the draw, candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the economic development of the province. Eligibility requirements for candidates to be invited for the draw are:

  • Must be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home
  • Must have a work permit allowing them to work in their current job
  • Must have a job that is full-time, paid, meets the provincial minimum wage and is an eligible occupation

Alberta has so far issued 1,785 invitations to Express Entry candidates.

June 25th, 2020:

Canada issues 3,508 invitations in latest Express Entry draw

Canada held an Express Entry draw on June 25 in which 3,508 invitations were issued to CEC candidates and their families for permanent residence.

The Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to CEC candidates with a CRS score of 431. This is the lowest CRS score after the Express Entry draw in May 2017 which had a CRS score of 413.

This draw comes a day after 392 ITAs were issued to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates on June 24. The total number of ITAs issued in the past two days now comes to 3,900.

The number of ITAs issued so far in 2020 now comes to 49,900.

Prince Edward Island holds three PNP draws in June

The province of Prince Edward Island invited 90 immigration candidates in three draws held under the PEI Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) in June.

The first draw was held on June 10 where it invited nine Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. The second draw held on June 18, issued 10 invitations for candidates in the same categories.

In the third draw held on June 23, a total of 91 invitations were issued. This draw invited 20 Business Impact candidates and 71 Labor and Express Entry candidates.

June 24rd, 2020:

Canada issues 392 invitations in latest Express Entry draw:

Canada held another round of Express Entry draw on June 24 where 392 candidates with provincial nominations were invited. The CRS score for this invitation round was 696 and above.

This draw used a tie-break rule to invite candidates who had submitted their profile before April 23, 2020.

In spite of the travel restrictions announced by Canada for the Coronavirus pandemic, Express Entry draws continue to be held in which provincial nominees and Canada’s Experience Class candidates are being targeted.

Till date, the government of Canada has held 15 draws and issued more than 10,000 ITAs for PR visas.

The immigration targets for this year are on track and more ITAs were issued this year than for the same time last year. Till date 46,392 PR applicants have been issued.

June 23rd, 2020:

British Columbia invites 87 candidates in latest Tech Pilot draw:

In its latest Tech Pilot draw British Columbia invited 87 immigration candidates with a job offer in its tech sector to apply for a provincial nomination towards permanent residence.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw held on June 23 issued invitations to candidates registered under both Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

Selected candidates belonging to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The minimum score in the latest draw was keeping with the score trends for Tech Pilot draws since the beginning of May.

British Columbia has held six PNP draws so far in June in which 729 candidates have been selected.

June 18th, 2020:

Ontario holds two Express Entry draws in a span of two days:

Ontario has held two Express Entry draws in a span of two days. The first draw held on June 17 targeted skilled workers in the Express Entry stream.

The 758 invitations were issued under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to candidates who may be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. This was the largest number of candidates who were invited through this stream in a single draw since January 18, 2018.

The invited candidates have work experience as a tradesperson and a profile in the Express Entry pool. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 400.

In the second draw held on June 18, invitations were sent to bilingual candidates in the Express Entry system to apply for a provincial nomination.

The draw saw a total of 143 Express Entry candidates being given Notifications of Interest (NOIs). Candidates with CRS scores between 424 and 436 were invited. They also had to meet the eligibility requirements for Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream.

Candidates from both these draws needed to have profiles in the federal Express Entry system, where applications under various streams such as Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class are covered.

June 16th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 276 invitations in its latest PNP draw

In the latest draw held on June 16, British Columbia invited 276 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The invitations were sent to candidates under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

The minimum score requirements for the draw was between 80 and 103 for the five EEBC and Skills Immigration (SI) categories that were involved.

The minimum scores for the categories were as under:

SI – Skilled Worker: 100

SI – International Graduate: 100

SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 80

EEBC – Skilled Worker: 100

EEBC – International Graduate: 103

EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) to receive an invitation.

British Columbia has held three draws in June so far with the last one held on June 7.

June 12th, 2020:

Alberta’s latest PNP draw had a CRS score of 300

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held on May 27 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 148 invitations to candidates who are eligible for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The CRS score required for this draw was 300 points. Candidates needed to have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the AINP has decided on the following criteria for candidates to receive a nomination. They must:

Be Currently working in Alberta
Have a work permit for their current job
Have a full-time job in an eligible occupation
Candidates who were working full time before the Coronavirus pandemic, and those working in a regulated occupation but cannot meet licensure requirements will have their application on hold for 60 days.

Alberta has issued 1,746 invitations to Express Entry candidates till date for 2020.

Quebec adopts priority processing for 23 occupations in-demand

To help local employers during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian province of Quebec is doing away with the requirement to obtain the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if they want to hire foreign workers.

Due to the labor demands brought on by the pandemic, this LMIA requirement has been removed for the following 23 out of the 24 priority occupations:

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Specialist physicians (NOC 3111)
General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112)
Allied primary health practitioners (NOC 3124)
Pharmacists (NOC 3131)
Medical laboratory technologists (NOC 3211)
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants (NOC 3212)
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (NOC 3214)
Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) (NOC 3219)
Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233)
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (NOC 3237)
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Other assisting occupations in support of health services (NOC 3414)
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale (NOC 6331)
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC 8252)
General Farm Workers (NOC 8431)
Nursery and Greenhouse Workers (NOC 8432)
Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611)
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers (NOC 9462)
Fish and seafood plant workers (NOC 9463)
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing (NOC 9617)
Labourers in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618)
IRCC provides updates on who can travel to Canada

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released an update on June 12, which provided guidelines on who can travel to the country despite the travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. These restrictions came into effect from March 18 but the government has been providing information to immigrants and their authority to enter the country. Recently the government announced that it is flexible to allow immediate family members to enter Canada.

The IRCC  has announced that foreign nationals can enter Canada only for non-optional and non-discretionary reasons. Foreigners who wish to travel to Canada must give a valid reason for the trip.

Immediate family of Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be deemed to be travelling for non-discretionary or non-optional reasons if their trip to Canada is at least 15 days long and they are either travelling with or will reunite with their family member.

The immediate family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can be considered that they are travelling for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes if their journey to Canada is at least 15 days long and they are either traveling with their family members or will reunite with them in Canada.

There must be evidence provided by immediate family members and temporary residents that their travel to Canada is non-optional. Such travelers other than those form the US must obtain an authorization letter from the IRCC.

These relations come under the bracket of immediate family members as defined by the IRCC:

Spouses or common-law partners
Dependent children
Grandchildren
Parents or stepparents
Guardians or tutors
Immediate family can enter Canada if they meet the following criteria:

The trip to the country must be at least 15 days long, however, the IRCC is offering flexibility for trips under 15 days.
The immediate family members must self-quarantine for 14 days once they enter Canada
They have no symptoms of COVID-19
The trip is non-optional and non-discretionary
They are coming to Canada to be with their immediate family members
IRCC recommends that immediate family members must have the following documents:

Documents that prove that their immediate family member is a Canadian citizen or a PR visa holder
Documents that prove their relationship to the family member (e.g., marriage certificate or proof of common-law status, birth certificate, confirmation of permanent residence for the family class, etc).
June 11th, 2020:

Canada issues 3,559 ITAs in latest Express Entry draw:

In the Express Entry draw held on June 11, 3,559 invitations were issued to CEC candidates. The cut-off score for this draw was 437 which is three points lower than the previous CEC draw held on May 28.

The latest draw was the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the second largest after Canada introduced special measures in the middle of March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The CRS points for Express Entry draws continue to go down as the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is inviting a higher number of CEC-specific candidates.

The IRCC has held thirteen Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program draws in the last two months.

Canada proposes permanent residence to asylum seekers working in healthcare:

Canada’s s federal government is thinking of implementing a temporary program that will provide permanent residence to asylum seekers if they have worked in the healthcare sector during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The program is most likely to be launched in the next few weeks. The proposal to grant permanent residence will be extended to workers in hospitals such as nurses’ aides, security staff and others. However, asylum seekers working in other fields who might have been part of essential services during the pandemic will not be included in the proposed program.

June 10th, 2020:

British Columbia invites 87 candidates in latest PNP draw

British Columbia held a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on June 9 where 87 candidates were invited to apply from the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

The score requirement for each category was 82.

British Columbia recently announced that it is extending the Tech Pilot for another year till 2021.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for foreign tech workers who have job offers in one of 29 eligible occupations in the province.

June 8th, 2020:

British Columbia extends its Tech Pilot program by another year:

The Canadian province of British Columbia has decided to extend its tech pilot program till June 2021.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for foreign tech workers who have job offers in one of 29 eligible occupations in BC. Other eligibility requirements include that the job offer must be valid for a minimum of one year and at the time of application 120 days must be remaining,

The job offer must be for a minimum of one year, and there must be at least 120 days remaining at the time of application.

The BC PNP holds Tech Pilot draws almost every week to reduce the waiting time for workers and their BC employers.

In order to apply for the Tech Pilot program, immigration candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). They can apply either under the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC immigration categories.

June 5th, 2020:

Latest Manitoba PNP issues 124 invitations

The province of Manitoba held its 91st Expression of Interest (EOI) on June 4. 124 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) gave the Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to eligible candidates in the following streams:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 84
Skilled Workers Overseas: 21
International Education Stream: 19
With this draw, the total number of LAAs issued to immigration candidates this year comes up to 2,154.

Out of the 124 LAAs issued, nine went to candidates who had profiles in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates will have to register an EOI with the MPNP if they want to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba through both the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas categories. In the latest draw, candidates invited under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream had a score of 523 while candidates invited from the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream had a score of 703.

June 3rd, 2020:

Latest Ontario PNP Draw Invites 699 Express Entry Candidates:

In its latest PNP draw held on June 3, Ontario invited 699 Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of nine occupations to apply for a provincial nomination on June 3.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) draw invited candidates who may be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP).

Candidates with work experience in the following nine occupations were issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in this invitation round:

Financial managers (NOC 0111)
Other administrative services managers (0114)
Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (0124)
Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111)
Other financial officers (NOC 1114)
Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122)
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Other primary health practitioners (NOC 3124)
Dieticians and nutritionists (NOC 3132)
In this draw, Express Entry candidates with a minimum one year of work experience in Canada and with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 358 and 439 received an invitation. Candidates with international work experience needed CRS scores between 471 and 500.

Apart from this, the candidates were required to have profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

June 3rd, 2020:

British Columbia conducts largest PNP draw till date

British Columbia held its largest PNP draw on June 2. In this draw, 241 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates received invitations to apply under the province’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. The minimum required score was different for each category.

The cut-off score for Express Entry subcategories were:

Skilled Worker: 105
International Graduate: 105
The cut-off score for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were:

Skilled Worker: 105
International Graduate: 105
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 81
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, British Columbia excluded several sales and service occupations from the draw.

Entrepreneur Streams

The province also invited candidates to its entrepreneur streams for the first time in nearly two months. A total of 29 invitations were issued under the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category in this draw. The cut-off score for this draw was 121.

The aim of the Base Category is to welcome existing entrepreneurs who wish to either start or take over a business. Candidates are assessed based on factors such as their professional experience, net worth, employment, business strategy and how much investment they expect to make.

Apart from this, the province also issued 9 invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot candidates with a cut-off score of at least 118 points.

May 29th, 2020:

Latest AINP draw of Alberta invites 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination

In the latest PNP draw, the province of Alberta under The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The score requirement for this draw was 300 points for the candidates to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta.

Alberta only recognizes applicants for a provincial nomination if they already live in the province and work there. Normally, getting an NOI via the Alberta Express Entry Stream doesn’t require a job offer to receive an invitation through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Alberta provides some flexibility for PNP applicants who are unable to submit all documents because of service delays arising from the pandemic. The AINP is ready to accept copies of documents, and if the applicant meets the necessary requirements their file will be kept for 60 calendar days

Quebec introduces a slew of changes in the Quebec Experience Program

The government of Quebec has introduced changes to its Quebec Experience Program. It will launch two new pilot programs, as well.

Launched in 2010, the QEP is a popular stream that offers a quick path to permanent residence for temporary foreign workers and Quebec-residing international students.

Four objectives for QEP reforms

Better integration into the labor market

More efficiency in the selection process to meet the province’s labour market needs

French-language proficiency to facilitate economic and social integration

Strong program integrity

Workers and students require more work experience

In order to help foster integration into its labor market and culture, Quebec is now adding more job experience standards under the QEP.

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) will also need to obtain at least 36 months of full-time work experience in the 48 months preceding their permanent residency application. Students will now need 12 or 24 months of Quebec job experience to be eligible.

Knowledge of French for spouses

Quebec states that under the QEP, spouses of principal applicants will need to demonstrate spoken French knowledge. This is to ensure they can integrate into the province. This provision will come into force one year after the reforms are implemented.

French certificate courses no longer valid

Certificates of successful completion of specialized intermediate-level French courses offered by Quebec institutions will no longer be valid.

Change in processing times

The QEP had a 20-day processing period, but the province now undertakes to process applications within a maximum of six months.

Two pilot projects for nurse’s aides and tech workers

In addition, Quebec will come out with two new immigration pilot projects for nurses’ aides and tech employees.

Saskatchewan invites 252 candidates in latest PNP draw

The province of Saskatchewan held it’s latest PNP draw the latest draw on May 28 where it issued invitations for 252 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from two categories-the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

This is Saskatchewan’s first Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw since Canada closed its borders to non-essential travel. The previous March 26 draw was for in-demand Occupation candidates only.

 Candidates from both subcategories had to apply Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP in order to be included in this draw. The minimum score requirement for those draws was 78 for both sub-categories.

May 28th, 2020:

May 28 Express Entry draw issues 3,515 ITAs

The latest Express Entry draw held on May 28 issued 3,515 invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 440 or higher.

This draw was the largest CEC specific EE draw since May 1st  and the second biggest after the implementation of restrictions due to Coronavirus in the middle of March.

The draw also continued the trend of decreasing CRS score requirements which was seen in the last six draws. This trend could be possibly due to the regular frequency of draws that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been conducting in the last two months.

The shorter intervals between draws can also have an impact on the CRS cut-off score because this means that fewer candidates will have time to submit their profile in the Express Entry pool.

The cut-off score of 440 in this draw was 7 points lesser than the previous CEC draw on May 15 which had a CRS score of 447.

May 27th, 2020:

Canada issues 385 ITAs in latest Express Entry draw

Canada held an Express Entry draw on May 27 where it issued 385 invitations to apply (ITAs) for candidates who had earlier received a provincial nomination.

This is the sixth PNP draw from the Federal Express Entry system after the implementation of special measures for Coronavirus on March 18.

Canada has been holding Express Entry draws that alternate between targeting PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.

The latest draw applied the tie-break rule. Candidates with a CRS score of at least 757 who submitted their profile before April 27, 2020 at 10:19:01 UTC, received an ITA in this round.

The good news is that despite travel restrictions, the number of ITAs issued so far this year have exceeded those in the same period last year. Including the latest draw, a total of 38,585 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residence in 2020.

May 26th, 2020:

British Columbia invites 133 candidates in the latest Tech Pilot draw:

In the latest Tech pilot draw held on May 26, British Columbia invited 133 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The invitations were issued to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. The minimum required score in both the categories was 80.

The B.C tech pilot program invites tech workers with a valid job offer in one of 29 in-demand technology occupations to apply for permanent residence.

Candidates for EEBC must have profiles under both B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and the federal Express Entry system.

May 23rd, 2020:

Nova Scotia invites nurses in latest PNP draw

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia held a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on May 22, where nurses were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence under the Labor Market Priorities Stream.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) while releasing details on eligibility criteria for the draw, did not mention the number of invitations that were issued. The eligibility criteria included:

At least three years of work experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse, which is NOC 3012 in Canada’s National Occupational Classification index.

A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least eight or higher in English or French in all language abilities.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or have completed a post-secondary program of at least three years.

Candidates should have their profiles in the Express Entry system in order to be considered for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia through the Labor Market Priorities Stream.

May 20th, 2020:

PEI holds three PNP draws in three months

Prince Edward Island has held three Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws after the imposition of special measures for Coronavirus.

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) accepted only candidates from the Express Entry and Labor Impact categories from candidates working in important industries such as healthcare or trucking for these three draws. Business impact candidates who are normally included in the PEI PNP draw were not a part of the last three draws.

Over the course of the three draws, only 29 candidates were given invitations. PEI PNP normally draws more than 100 invitations through the three sources in question.

The dates and details of the three draws are as under:

  • March 23- 5 ITAs
  • April 27- 10 ITAs
  • May 15-14 ITAs

Manitoba issues 99 invitations for a provincial nomination in the latest draw

Canada’s Manitoba province issued 99 ITAs to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on May 21.

The invitations were issued under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to candidates in the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • International Education stream

The invitations or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were distributed as follows in the three streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 72
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 15
  • International Education Stream: 12

This was the 90th draw of Manitoba since the program began in April 2014. The province has issued 2,030 LAAs to immigration candidates in these categories so far this year.

May 20th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 158 invitations in latest PNP draw

The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued 158 invitations in its latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.

In the draw held on May 19, candidates were invited from the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. The score requirements for each program was different.

The score requirements for the two Express Entry BC subcategories were:

  • Skilled Worker: 110

  • International Graduate: 110

The score requirements for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were:

  • Skilled Worker: 100

  • International Graduate: 103

  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 81

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the draw did not include any sales and service occupations.

May 15th, 2020:

Latest Express Entry draw see CRS scores drop again

In the latest Express Entry draw held on May 15, 3371 invitations were issued to CEC candidates. The CRS score for the draw was 447 points.

The score was the lowest since January 19. The previous draw which had the lowest score was held on May 1 with a CRS score of 452.

The May 15 draw was within a 24-hour span of the previous draw held on May 14 where 529 ITAs were issued.

The latest draw continues a trend where the CRS score has decreased in the last four CEC draws. This may be explained by the frequency of draws and the regular interval between them.

Canada now accepting applications for Agri-food immigration pilot program

The Canadian government is now accepting applications for the Agri-food Immigration Pilot.

The pilot is intended to tackle Canadian employers’ labor-related needs in meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries. Under the new pilot, temporary visa holders who already work in these fields in Canada will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

For the next three years under the pilot, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept up to 2,750 principal applicants and their family members annually. Applications are accepted from now until 14 May 2023.

Canadian agri-food companies have called on the federal government to help them recruit the labor force they need to function. The planned launch date for the pilot was planned for at the end of March but was postponed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

May 13th, 2020:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC ) have provided the official data on the Permanent Resident admissions in February 2020.

In February, Canada has admitted 25,925 newcomers.

A quarter of them originated from India – 6,525 (25.2% of the total).

May 11th, 2020:

IEC visa holders exempt from travel restrictions

The government of Canada has announced that some of the international workers who have the International Experience Canada (IEC) visa are no longer under the Coronavirus induced travel restrictions.

IEC participants with a valid job offer and a port of entry letter of introduction can now enter Canada according to the IRCC.

IEC visa holders coming to Canada at this time are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and need to inform the authorities of their quarantine plan.

The IEC visa is given to persons between 18-35 years of age allowing them to Work in Canada for 1 to 2 years.

May 8th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 237 invitations for a provincial nomination in the latest draw

British Columbia issued 237 invitations for provincial nomination. The draw held on May 7 invited Express Entry candidates, skilled and semi-skilled workers, and international student graduates.

The Express Entry invitation invited candidates under two subcategories:

  • Skilled Worker – required provincial score 108
  • International Graduate – required provincial score 106

The three subcategories that were invited under the Skills Immigration stream were:

  • Skilled Worker – required provincial score 102
  • International Graduate – required provincial score 106
  • Entry-Level and Semi – skilled-required provincial score 83

Coronavirus restrictions have affected the occupations invited for this round. Several sales and service occupations were exempted in the draw.

May 7th, 2020:

Manitoba issues 123 invites to candidates for a provincial nomination

The province of Manitoba invited 123 candidates for the provincial nomination on May 7.

The invited candidates had their profiles included in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool and belonged to three of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) streams. 14 of these candidates had a valid Express Entry profile.

The Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) issued in this draw were distributed as under:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 94
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 14
  • International Education Stream: 15

The MPNP has issued 1,931 LAAs so far in 2020. This is the 89th draw of Manitoba since the program began in April 2014.

May 6th, 2020:

PNP draws continue in Canada despite Coronavirus 

Many provinces in Canada are continuing their provincial nominee programs to bring immigrants to their region. A provincial nomination brings immigration candidates one step closer to getting a PR visa in Canada.

Despite the temporary travel restrictions imposed by Canada due to Coronavirus many provinces here continue to hold invitation rounds. Here is a roundup of the PNP draws held recently.

Ontario

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held three draws in the last few days in the month of April.

These draws targeted entrepreneurs, French speakers and skilled tradespersons in certain occupations. These are the details of the draws held recently.

In a draw held on April 22, the province of Ontario issued 26 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through its Entrepreneur stream.

The invitations were issued to candidates scoring between 132 and 200 points.

On April 29, the OINP issued invitations to 190 candidates in 14 skilled trades occupations.

The draw has chosen candidates with experience in in-demand occupations in Ontario. This draw selected candidates with a valid Express Entry profile.

Ontario held an Express Entry draw on April 30 and invited 307 French-speaking Express Entry candidates. The draw comes under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

Alberta

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has conducted eight draws so far this year, three were held after the introduction of Coronavirus measures.

But the province has introduced certain temporary measures as a result of the pandemic.

As part of the measures, the AINP is ready to accept copies for all required documents which include copies of signatures on forms. The AINP will confirm the authenticity of the signatures and other documents through a phone call or by e-mail.

Even though the AINP continues to hold draws, it will consider only candidates who are currently living and working in Alberta for provincial nomination. 

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SNIP) held five draws his year under the inviting candidates the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams.

The latest draw was held on March 26 where it invited 205 candidates to apply for a PR visa.

The special measures for Coronavirus allow SINP nominees to request an extension of six months to apply for a PR visa.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to hold draws regularly, inviting candidates who have job offers in the province especially those in the tech sector.

British Columbia issued 311 invitations to immigration in the PNP draw held on March 30. The invitations were issued under two immigration categories: Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration.

The province invited 75 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates through its Tech Pilot program held on April 29.

However, the provincial draws removed some occupations in keeping with the Coronavirus measures in the province.

Manitoba

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has held three draws since travel restrictions were in place due to Coronavirus. Candidates were Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education immigration categories. The MPNP has issued 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to immigration candidates till date for this year.

Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP) held its first draw of the year on April 27. The draw selected candidates who had selected French as their first official language and who had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 or higher in French in all the four language abilities. Selected candidates also had to have a CLB score of at least 6 or higher in English.

May 4th, 2020:

Alberta continues to process immigration applications but imposes certain conditions

Alberta continues to accept and process applications under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) during the Coronavirus pandemic. But the province has introduced certain temporary measures as a result of the pandemic.

As part of the measures, the AINP is ready to accept copies for all required documents which include copies of signatures on forms. The AINP will confirm the authenticity of the signatures and other documents through a phone call or by e-mail.

Applicants can submit incomplete applications under the following conditions:

  • Application submitted after April 29
  • Meet the selection criteria for the AINP stream
  • Provide a written explanation of the reasons why the application is incomplete
  • Have proof that they have made a request for the documents or that the issuing authority is not operating due to Coronavirus
  • When applying for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, they include results of language testing or evidence of having registered for a language test on or before October 29, 2020
  • When applying for the Alberta Express Entry Stream, they include valid results of language tests and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Applicants who submitted on or before April 29 who are unable to submit documents must also:

  • Provide a written statement as to why they are unable to submit the necessary documents
  • Include proof that the document has been requested or that the issuing party is not operating due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Selection draws and nominations under Alberta Express Entry Stream will continue as usual.

However, currently, only candidates who live and work in Alberta will be considered for nomination.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Candidates who work from home because of the social distancing rules of the government may still be eligible for nomination under the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

If applicants perform only some of the job duties, they will still be eligible if they expect to return to their normal job duties after the pandemic has ended.

Nomination

All candidates are expected to notify AINP and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of any changes in their jobs, address, email, telephone number, or family status, even after nomination.

If the circumstances of a nominee’s employment change due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he or she will be given 60 calendar days to fulfill their employment requirements once again in order to retain their nomination.

The nomination will be canceled if the nominees move to another province.

May 1st, 2020:

CRS score for EE draws drops to its lowest so far this year:

On May 1st the Canadian government had issued 3,311 ITAs to Express Entry candidates through a program-specific draw. Candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for these candidates was 452.

This is the lowest CRS score so far in 2020 which was three points below the CRS score of the April 16th draw where the CRS score was at 455.

In another EE draw for candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the minimum CRS score was 692.

Students with Quebec Acceptance Certificates expiring very soon granted an extension:

The Government of Quebec has decided to automatically extend Quebec Acceptance Certificates (CAQ) issued to foreign students which were due to expire between April 30, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) made the announcement recently. It said the decision was in response to the concerns raised by its education sector partners during the current pandemic.

“This decision is intended to facilitate the steps that must be taken by foreign students who were in the process of completing their study program but who must extend their stay in Quebec due to the current health state of emergency and the temporary interruption of their courses,” states the Quebec Immigration Ministry website.

Most individuals intending to study in Quebec must receive a CAQ before applying for a research permit with the Canadian federal immigration authorities.

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry aims to avoid penalizing foreign students who would not have been able to complete their study program as expected due to the coronavirus crisis in the winter or summer of 2020. The extension of the CAQs will help these students renew their study permits with the federal government as they need not undergo a CAQ renewal process.

Apr 30th, 2020:

Ontario invites 307 Express Entry candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream:

Ontario held an Express Entry draw on April 30 and invited 307 French-speaking Express Entry candidates. The draw comes under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. This is the second OINP Express Entry-linked draw in the past two days, and the largest draw for this year.

Selected candidates will be permitted to immigrate to Canada through Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream.

With 307 Notifications of Interest (NOIs), this is the biggest FSSW draw yet for this year. 242 candidates had been invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the first draw held on January 9.

Ontario issues 190 invitations to immigration candidates in 14 Skilled trades Occupations:

On April 29, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to 190 candidates in 14 skilled trades occupations.

The draw has chosen candidates with experience in in-demand occupations in Ontario to help companies hire workers with expertise in the specific Skilled Trades. This draw selected candidates with a valid Express Entry profile.

British Columbia invites 75 immigration candidates in its weekly Tech Pilot draw:

The province of British Columbia invited 75 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through its Tech Pilot program held on April 29.

Under the Tech Pilot program, invitations are issued to eligible foreign tech workers who have a valid job offer in any one of the 29 in-demand technology occupations in the province.

In the latest draw invitations in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams were sent to Professional Worker and Foreign Graduate candidates. 85 was the minimum score needed for candidates in both the streams.

Apr 29th, 2020:

Canada issues 589 ITAs to Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination:

In the latest Express Entry draw, Canada issued ITAs to 589 candidates with a provincial nomination. The CRS requirement for this draw 692. Since the candidates would have already had 600 points due to a provincial nomination, the actual CRS requirement would have been only 92 points.

This is the lowest CRS requirement for a PNP Express Entry draw so far for this year.

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, Canada is continuing with its Express Entry draws. In fact, there were more invitations issued to Express Entry candidates in the first quarter of this year than in the first quarter of the previous two years. The IRCC has issued 8,389 ITAs in April. This is the greatest number of ITAs issued in a single month.

Even though the Canadian government is not regularly holding draws like earlier to slow down the spread of Coronavirus invitations have consistently been issued. The government of Canada has held seven Express Entry draws since March 18th, and invited provincial nominees and Canadian Experience Class immigration program candidates.

Sudbury holds its first RNIP draw:

Sudbury, Ontario held its first Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) draw on April 23, providing ITAs for a community recommendation for Canadian permanent residence.

Sudbury is the largest city in Northern Ontario with a population of nearly 165,000. All the 11 communities participating in the RNIP have their own method of selecting immigration candidates. Sudbury uses a points-based system, like other immigration programs in Canada. The Sudbury RNIP selects the highest-ranking candidates from the pool of applicants and gives them ITAs.

Sudbury’s RNIP program was launched on March 23. The program is for foreigners and their families who want to live in Sudbury long-term. Candidates must have secured an offer of employment in an eligible occupation in an eligible industry.

The system is for foreigners and their families who wish to stay long term in Sudbury. Candidates must have secured an offer of employment in an eligible occupation from an eligible industry.

Apr 27th, 2020:

Ontario issues 26 ITAs through its entrepreneur stream:

In a draw held on April 22nd, the province of Ontario issued 26 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its second draw of 2020 through its Entrepreneur stream.

The invitations were issued to candidates scoring between 132 and 200 points. In the earlier draw under this stream, which was held on February 26, 20 candidates were issued ITAs.

This is the fourth draw after the minimum eligibility requirements for the program were changed. The changes include:

Required net worth for the business within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was lowered from 1 million USD to 80,000 USD and outside the GTA it was lowered from 800,000 USD to 400,000 USD.

The minimum investment for the planned GTA company was lowered from 1 million USD to 600,000 USD and from 500,000 to 200,000 USD outside of the GTA.

An applicant now must have 24 months of experience over the last 60 months. He was earlier expected to have 36 months’ experience within the same time frame.

These changes are expected to attract more entrepreneurs and business owners to set up business in Ontario.

Nova Scotia invites Express Entry candidates for nomination through its Labour Market Priorities Stream:

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a PR visa through its Labour Market Priorities Stream on April 27.

This latest draw is aimed at Express Entry candidates who had selected French as their first official language and who have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 or higher in French in all the four language abilities.

Selected candidates also had to have a CLB score of at least 6 or higher in English in all four language abilities and either a bachelor’s degree or a completed three-year or more program at a university, college, or technical school.

Candidates also had to have a valid Express Entry number and meet the minimum requirements to be admitted into the pool.

The number of candidates receiving letters of interest and the minimum score for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) has not yet been confirmed.

Apr 25th, 2020:

Manitoba PNP issues 132 ITAs in the latest draw 

The Manitoba PNP issued invitations to 132 candidates in its latest draw. Out of these seven were Express Entry candidates. The draw held on April 23 issued invitations to candidates in the following streams

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

Skilled Workers Overseas

International Education 

The province has issued 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to immigration candidates in these categories so far this year. This was Manitoba’s 88th draw since the program began in April 2014. Under the Skilled Workers Stream, a total of 93 Letters of Advice to Apply or LAAs were issued. To be considered for this stream candidates must be working in Manitoba and must have a full-time permanent job offer from their employer.

Candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream were given 25 LAAs

Manitoba graduates who possess certain in-demand skills are invited under the International Education Stream. 14 LAAs were issued under this stream in this draw.

Ontario issues 26 ITAs through its entrepreneur stream 

In a draw held on April 24, the province of Ontario issued 26 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its second draw of 2020 through its Entrepreneur stream.

The invitations were issued to candidates scoring between 132 and 200 points. In the earlier draw under this stream, which was held on February 26, 20 candidates were issued ITAs.

Apr 23rd, 2020:

BC invites 91 in Tech Pilot draw

On April 21, British Columbia sent 91 invitations to apply to immigration candidates that had job offers in 29 key technology occupation in the province. The minimum SIRS score requirement was 85.

Apr 17th, 2020:

British Columbia issues 271 invitations in its latest PNP draw

British Columbia issued 271 invitations for immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on April 16.

The province of British Columbia under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 271 invitations to immigration candidates. The invitation round was affected by coronavirus measures that have impacted B.C. businesses, as a result, candidates belonging to 34 occupations were not included in the latest draw.

The 271 candidates who were selected in the latest round belonged to both the Skilled Immigration and Express Entry BC stream.

In the Skilled Immigration stream, candidates were invited from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories. The score requirements were:

  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates-85
  • Skilled Worker, International Graduate-100

Express Entry BC candidates who secure invitations already had their profiles in the federal Express Entry system. These were the sub-categories and the required points:

  • Express Entry BC Skilled Worker-105
  • International Graduate sub-categories-102

Apr 16th, 2020:

Canada’s latest Express Entry draw has the lowest CRS score for 2020

Canada held an Express Entry draw on April 16 where 3,782 ITAs were issued to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program candidates and their families. The CRS score required for the draw was 455 points.

This Express Entry followed the one held on April 16 which issued 118 ITAS to PNP candidates. The total number of ITAs issued in the past two days now comes to 3,900.

The April 16th draw was the fourth one to exclusively invite candidates under the CEC program in the history of Express Entry.

Apr 15th, 2020:

Canada conducts another Express Entry draw

Canada held another Express Entry draw on April 15 where 118 invitations were issued to immigration candidates. The CRS score for this draw was 808. Candidates that were invited had previously received provincial nominations. As a result, an additional 600 points were added to their total score.

Apr 14th, 2020:

Ontario province is accepting applications from internationally trained doctors to fight Coronavirus

The Canadian province of Ontario is accepting applications from international medical graduates to practice in the country. Medical graduates within the past two years can now apply for a temporary license that will allow them to work in Ontario. They can practice in the province for 30 days and can even work for longer if their license is renewed.

Apr 10th, 2020:

CRS drops by 22 points in the latest EE Draw:

In the latest Express Entry draw held on April 9, Canada invited 606 Express Entry candidates with an ITA for a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa. The CRS score for this invitation round was decreased by 22 points compared to the previous PNP draw held on March 18.

This draw was the second in less than a month which targeted PNP candidates.

Latest Manitoba draw invites 153 candidates:

The latest Manitoba draw held on April 9 invited 153 immigration candidates to apply for an MPNP provincial nomination.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited candidates who had filed an EOI in any of its three immigration streams.

Here is the distribution in the number of invitations also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), under each stream:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 123

Skilled Workers Overseas: 16

International Education Stream: 14

Government of Canada issued 3294 ITAs in the latest draw:

Canada conducted an Express Entry draw on April 9, the second draw on the same day, and issued 3,294 invitations in the latest round. The minimum CRS score for this draw was 464 points. The ITAS was issued to Canadian Experience Class candidates.

Apr 7th, 2020:

Changes in Government Services for Quebec Immigrants

Quebec is still processing applications form immigration candidates for temporary and permanent visas. However, many services of the immigration department have undergone changes due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Many immigrants who are having a work or study permit will be wondering how the Coronavirus pandemic will affect the fate of their application to be selected form the province. Answers to some common questions in their mind:

Can those with a CSQ apply for a PR visa? Yes, the Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) holders can apply for permanent residency in Canada. Canada is still accepting permanent residency applications, which will not be rejected due to missing documents. Applicants will then be given another 90 days to complete the application.

What about those unable to work because of Coronavirus? Both the governments of Canada and Quebec have promised financial aid to support people who have lost their jobs or are under self-isolation due to coronavirus.

Quebec offers the Temporary Aid for Workers Program those who are unable to work because they either have Coronavirus or because they are at risk and have to isolate themselves.

Can I apply for CSQ under the PEQ if I have lost my job due to Coronavirus? No, having a job is a prerequisite to apply for permanent selection as a temporary foreign worker through the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).

However, the 12 months of full-time job experience needed to apply for the PEQ need not be a continuous stretch of time. You have 24 months to accumulate the necessary work experience.

Apr 7th, 2020:

Alberta Conducts Fourth Express Entry Draw:

Alberta conducted the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) on March 18. In the draw, 136 candidates were given ITAs for PR visas. They were invited to apply through the Express Entry System.

The candidates invited through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, did not require to have a job offer. However, they were required to have their profile in the Express Entry System.

Candidates invited in the latest Alberta draw can now apply for a provincial nomination from AINP.

Alberta has issued 887 invitations to Express Entry candidates in the draws held so far this year.

March 31st, 2020:

Manitoba issues 226 new invitations in its latest PNP draw held on March 26.

In a draw held on March 26, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued 226 new invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a nomination for a PR visa. The MPNP is an indication that the provinces are determined to hold PNP draws despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Manitoba draw invited 226 candidates from three different streams.

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 168
  • International Education Stream: 20
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 38

Saskatchewan invites 205 immigration candidates in its latest PNP draw.

Saskatchewan held its latest PNP draw on March 26 where it invited 205 candidates to apply for a Canada PR visa.

Candidates for this draw did not need to have a job offer but they need to have had one year of work experience in an eligible occupation that is related to their field of study.

British Columbia issues 311 invitations in the PNP draw held on March 30.

British Columbia issued 311 invitations to immigration in its latest PNP draw held on March 30. The invitations were issued under two immigration categories: Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration.

The minimum score requirements for this draw was between 102 and 105.

March 24th, 2020:

Canada conducts Express Entry draw under the  CEC class:

The Canadian government conducted its latest Express Entry draw where it invited a 3, 232 invitation under the Experience class for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) of 467 in the draw held on  March 23, 2020. This was the second draw since 2015 that targeted candidates under the CEC. The number of invites issued under the CEC category was considerably significant this time.

March 21st, 2020:

Canada issues 668 invitations in its latest Express Entry draw:

In its latest Express Entry draw, Canada invited 668 candidates to apply for permanent residence held on March 18.  The latest EE  draw brings the total number of ITAS issued this year to 19,368. The CRS score requirement for the draw was 720 points.

This is higher compared to the CRS score requirement for the last draw which was 471. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the IRCC of Canada is not stopping its efforts to bring down the immigration targets it has set for 2020. 

March 17th, 2020:

Canada’s IRCC adopts precautionary measures in the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic:

In the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Canadian government has announced that the IRCC will cancel all citizenship ceremonies and citizenship tests until further notice. This is an effort to stop the further spread of the virus. The IRCC has also cancelled permanent resident landing appointments and in-person refugee claim appointments till April 13.  However, those with applications under process can expect the process to continue.

March 12th, 2020:

Alberta invites Express Entry candidates in latest draw with CRS scores of 300

Alberta conducted its fourth Express Entry draw on February 20 by inviting a total of 150 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination leading to permanent residence. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited a total of 150 Express Entry candidates with a CRS score as low as 300.

The AINP candidates need not necessarily have job offers in the province to get an invitation under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, but they need to have their profiles in the Federal Express Entry system.

To get an invitation, Express Entry candidates need to be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s “economic development and diversification priorities”. The AINP does not have a list of eligible occupations for candidates.

Latest British Columbia PNP Immigration Draw issues 332 invitations

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) issued 332 invitations in its latest draw on March 10. The invitations were issued across five BC PNP streams. The points required under different streams were:

  • Direct provincial skilled workers -102 points
  • Skilled workers under Express Entry-110 points
  • International graduates through direct provincial streams-106 points
  • Entry-level and semi-skilled workers-83 points

March 5th, 2020:

Canada issues 3,900 invitations in its fifth Express Entry draw

Canada conducted a new Express Entry draw on March 4. The draw issued invitations to 3,900 candidates. The CRS score requirement for this draw was 471. This is a one-point increase from the previous draw which was held on February 19. This is the fifth Express Entry draw this year and brings the total number of invitations issued this year to 18,700.

Two Ontario Employer Job Offer opens two streams for a brief period

Ontario opened applications for two streams under its Employer Job Offer category. It was open only for a brief period. The two streams were International Student and Foreign Worker streams. Under this category, immigrants with a job offer can apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR. Candidates can apply either in Canada or from abroad provided they have been hired for a permanent position with an Ontario employer.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reports that they received 1,322 registrations in this round of application intakes.

March 5th, 2020: Please be informed that IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted 5th Draw under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on 04/Mar/2020. Please find below the draw details:

Draw CRS score  Invitations to apply issued
5th 471 3900

Source link for draws: NOTE: Candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades Program, were eligible for this round of invitations. March 4th, 2020:

EOI Draw #84

MPNP under the Expression of Interest System – Draw #84 – February 27, 2020

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 161
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 499

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 32

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 24 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 707

Of the 217 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 20 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

March 4th, 2020:

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has come out with its new EOI draw on February 27th, 2020. This is Manitoba 84th EOI draw under which a total of 217 invitations will be given to three streams.

Skilled Worker Overseas

Out of 217 invitations, 24 letters to advice to apply issued under the stream of Skilled Worker overseas who were directly invited through Manitoba PNP under a strategic recruitment initiative. Candidates with a minimum of 707 lowest ranked score are invited to apply for Manitoba nomination. In order to apply, aspirants must have an established connection in Manitoba like their close friends, family relative, and education or Skilled work experience of Manitoba.

Skilled Worker in Manitoba

Under the stream of Skilled workers in Manitoba, the total number of letters issued is 161 and the minimum point score is 499. Candidates from a stream of skilled workers in Manitoba must be working in the province or acquired a full-time permanent job offer letter from the employer.

March 2nd, 2020:

Manitoba issues 217 invitations in the latest draw

In the latest draw for Manitoba PNP, 217 invitations were sent to candidates. This was the 84th draw of the PNP. The invitations also are known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) went to candidates of the following immigration three streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 161
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 24
  • International Education Stream: 32

Out of the total number of LAAs issued in this draw, 20 went to candidates belonging to the Express Entry system.

  • The score requirements were as under:
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 499
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 707

The Skilled Workers Overseas category is designed to help the province nominate skilled foreign workers who can support the province’s labor market.

Feb 28th, 2020:

Saskatchewan issues 576 invitations in its latest draw

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued a total of 576 invitations to apply (ITA) to Express Entry candidates and Occupations In-Demand categories on February 27.

The SINP uses these five factors for candidate assessment and gives them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.

Candidates with the highest score are given an ITA for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The minimum score required in the latest draw was 69 for both the sub-categories.

Candidates do not require a job offer to get an ITA from SNIP. But they need to have at least one year of work experience in an eligible skilled occupation related to their field of study.

Feb 26th, 2020:

QUEBEC RELEASES DETAILS OF IT’S FIRST EXPRESSION OF INTEREST DRAW (2020) – ARRIMA PROCESS

Quebec immigration has released details of the first 2020 draw through the ARRIMA Expression of Interest system. On 16th January 2020 draw, 23 invitations were issued.

Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to submit a full application.  This was the first draw of 2020. Quebec issued a total of 2,072 invitations in nine draws in 2019.

Quebec Immigration- ARRIMA Process January 16, 2020 Draw

DATE OF INVITATIONS INVITES ISSUED DATE OF EXTRACTION FROM ARRIMA BANK
16-Jan-20 23 January 16, 2020 at 6.30am

Quebec Immigration – ARRIMA Process – Expression Of Interest Draws 2019

DATE OF INVITATIONS INVITES ISSUED DATE OF EXTRACTION FROM ARRIMA BANK
17-Dec-19 85 December 12, 2019 at 6:30
12-Dec-19 220 December 10, 2019 at 6:30
29-Oct-19 73 October 28, 2019 at 6:30
23-Oct-19 89 October 21, 2019 at 6:30
25-Sep-19 169 September 23, 2019 at 6:30
4-Sep-19 32 September 3, 2019 at 6:30
19-Aug-19 444 August 15, 2019 at 6:30
17-Jul-19 259 July 15, 2019 at 6:30
4-Jul-19 691 July 2, 2019 at 6:30

Feb 26th, 2020:

Canadian employers can now make the LMIA online

Canadian employers who are looking at hiring temporary workers will now be able to manage their Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application through an online portal.

The online portal was started as a pilot project in response to the demand from Canadian business leaders to improve the current LMIA process for employers. The pilot program will allow employers registered under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)to register for online access through which they can manage their accounts, conduct transactions and contact Service Canada, according to the government of Canada.

The portal will provide guidance to employers on how to complete their LMIA application and track its progress.

Quebec publishes its list of occupations for 2020

The government of Quebec published its list of occupations for simplified processing under LMIA. Employers need not advertise an open position for these positions before they hire a foreign worker. The list considers the labor requirements for all the regions in Quebec.

116 new occupations have been added and nine have been removed in the new list. The newly added occupations include human resources and investment managers, architects, dentists, and bakers, etc.

Feb 22nd, 2020:

Prince Edward Island PNP issues 153 invitations in its latest draw

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) issued invitations to 153 immigration candidates on February 20. The candidates belonged to the Express Entry, Labor Impact, and Business Impact categories.

Out of the 153 invitations, 10 went to candidates belonging to the Business Impact category.

Post-Graduation Work Permit applicants are eligible to work after traveling outside Canada

International student graduates from Canada will no longer be required to remain in Canada while their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is being processed. They can now leave Canada but still, be eligible to work full-time once they return.

International students are required to apply for their PGWP before their study permit expires if they are wishing to work full-time. The approval of the PGWP can take up to 90 days.

Feb 21st, 2020:

Quebec issues 23 invitations under Arrima:

Quebec’s immigration ministry has issued 23 invitations in the latest selection round for candidates who have submitted applications under Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Program.

To get an invitation, candidates will have to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI). The MIFI held the draw through its Arrima portal on January 16.

The candidates selected in the latest round belonged to the 16,000 pending applications that were cancelled during the Quebec immigration reforms that took place in June 2019.

Candidates wanting to immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program must first submit their EOI through Arrima. The MIFI will then review the applications and submit the invitations.

Feb 20th, 2020:

Canada issues 4,500 invitations in its largest Express Entry draw so far

Canada issued 4,500 invitations in its largest Express Entry draw. The invitations issued on February 19 also reduced the CRS score to 470, which was a decrease of two points from the previous draw held on February 5.

The Canadian government needs to issue a larger number of invitations in every draw to meet this year’s target of 85,800 ITAs for new permanent resident admissions. This is the fourth draw for 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 14,800.

Feb 19th, 2020:

IRCC announces new changes in fund requirements for immigration applicants

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced its yearly update of its requirements of its proof of funds for the Express Entry system and the Educational Credential assessment requirements.

Immigration candidates who need to provide proof of funds will have to update their Express Entry profile to prove that they have the required funds. If they cannot prove that they have the required funds, then their profile will be removed from the Express Entry pool.

Candidates who have already received the ITA and are submitting their application must indicate that they are meeting the new fund requirements.

The IRCC has also indicated that it will accept only the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued for immigration in its latest update. Presenting the wrong type of ECA will lead to the application being rejected.

Feb 17th, 2020:

As of March 3, 2020, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) application intake thresholds will no longer be used for accepting new applications, except for the Farm Owner and Operator Category.

We do not want any of the clients ready with all the required documents to miss an opportunity to file a SINP EOI. Please inform your clients to provide the required documents to file an Expression of Interest for the SINP Provincial Nominee Program.

For more information, please see the Maximum Number of SINP Applications link:

Feb 15th, 2020:

FEBRUARY FIRST HALF – ALL PNP UPDATE

Please find below PNP updates for the first half of February 2020, for your reference:-

PROVINCE DRAW DATE PROGRAM/STREAM NAME NOI ISSUED
British Columbia 11-Feb-20 Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC 85 – NOI Issued
4-Feb-20 Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC 85 – NOI Issued
Manitoba 13-Feb-20 Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas 242 – NOI Issued
Nova Scotia 5-Feb-20 Entrepreneur Stream 27 – NOI Issued
Ontario 13-Feb-20 Human Capital Priorities Stream (CRS range: 467 to 471). 486 – NOI Issued
Saskatchewan 13-Feb-20 Express Entry and In-Demand Occupation candidates. 646 – NOI Issued

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP):

On February 13, 2020, the OINP issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream.

The OINP targeted candidates with a CRS between 467 and 471, and work experience in the following NOC codes:

  • 0111 Financial managers
  • 0114 Other administrative services managers
  • 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • 0601 Corporate sales managers
  • 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
  • 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  • 1114 Other financial officers
  • 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

For more information on this draw, please visit the (OINP) – Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream page:

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of the draw as on 13th February 2020 through the SINP’s EOI system.

The applicants who successfully complete an Expression of Interest profile automatically receive a rank score based on a number of criteria. You can find the criteria for the EOI point score in the SINP point assessment grid in the link:

International Skilled Workers subcategories:

Express Entry – Total Invitation Issued: 277

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 70 Points

Occupation In-Demand – Total Invitation Issued: 369

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 70 Points.

The following NOCs have been included:

0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0132, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0811, 0821, 0822, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 2134, 2144, 2148, 2161, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2252, 2253, 2254, 2263, 2264, 2272, 2281, 2282, 2283, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3215, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6235, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 7201, 7204, 7231, 7234, 7241, 7242, 7244, 7246, 7251, 7294, 7311, 7313, 7315, 7322, 7335, 7384, 9212, 9232

MANITOBA – EOI Draw #83

MPNP under the Expression of Interest System Draw #83 – February 13, 2020

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 182
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 525

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 33

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 27 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 611

Of the 242 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 15 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

NEW BRUNSWICK – Upcoming National and International Recruitment Events

Source Link :-

Please note that there is no “Connection to New Brunswick” for the purposes of the NB Express Entry stream—that policy was ended in 2018.

Mar-20 8:00 Information Session for Nurses Nursing Professionals Abu Dhabi and Dubai SIGN UP
Sunday, 1 March, 2020 8:00 NB Recruitment Event NOC 0125, 1123, 6321, 6322, 6421, 6513, 6525, 6531, 6533, 6532, 6552, 6731, 6733 Brussels, Belgium SIGN UP
Monday, 2 March, 2020 8:00 NB Recruitment Event Experience needs to be within the recent past five (5) years. Brussels, Belgium SIGN UP
Apr-20 8:00 NB Recruitment Event NOC 7321, 7322, 7511, 9462, 9463, 9533, 9617, 9619 Mexico SIGN UP
Apr-20 8:00 NB Recruitment Event Experience needs to be within the recent past five (5) years. Chile SIGN UP
Apr-20 8:00 Information Session Argentina SIGN UP

Feb 14th, 2020:

Ontario issues invitations to Express Entry candidates from 10 skilled occupations

Ontario invited 486 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for a permanent residence visa on February 13. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) needed a CRS score of 467 and 471. The draw targeted 10 different NOCs. Candidates were not required to have a job offer for the invitation but needed to have work experience in the occupations mentioned in the NOC.

Manitoba sends out invitations for its Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba in its latest PNP issued invitations to 242 candidates on February 13. This is Manitoba’s second draw in two weeks. The invitations or LAAS were issued to candidates in the following provincial streams:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 182
Skilled Workers Overseas: 27
International Education Stream: 33
Out of the 242 LAAs, 15 went to Express Entry candidates.

Feb 13th, 2020:

Claresholm, Alberta, is now accepting immigration applications through the RNIP

The town of Claresholm located in Alberta province invited applications for its Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) on February 11.

Claresholm will recommend up to 20 immigrants and their families for permanent residence in 2020.

This town is the latest community to open its doors to immigration candidates. The five other communities which are now accepting applications through the RNIP include:

  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Vernon, B.C.
  • Claresholm, Alberta

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is intended to encourage immigrants to settle in 11 earmarked rural areas which are facing labor shortages. Candidates should have an eligible job offer in any one of the participating communities to qualify for the RNIP.

Feb 12th, 2020:

India contributes 25 percent to immigrant intake in Canada for 2019

Out of the record 341,000 immigrants who arrived in Canada in 2019, 25 percent of them belonged to India. Around 86,000 Indians got their permanent residence in 2019. After India was China which contributed to 9 percent of immigrants followed by the Philippines which accounted for 8 percent. The other two in the top 5 nations were Nigeria and the US.

India’s share of immigrants to Canada has increased significantly over the years. The country’s share was only 14 percent in 2014.

India has become Canada’s leading source of immigrants owing to the following reasons which meet Canada’s immigration selection criteria:

  • Has the second largest population in the world which means a larger pool of immigrants
  • Significant middle-class population
  • Aspiring migrants with a competent level of education and English proficiency

Feb 6th, 2020:

In the latest Express Entry draw held on February 9, the government of Canada issued 3,500 invitations to apply for Canada PR visas to Express Entry candidates.

The minimum CRS score in the latest draw was 472, which was an increase of one point from the previous draw held on January 22.

With the latest draw, the total number of ITAs issued this year comes up to 10,300. The target for the new PR admissions for this year through the three Federal programs is expected to rise to 85,800 ITAs this year and 88,800 in the next year.

Feb 4th, 2020:

Manitoba’s New Provincial Immigration Draw includes three streams

In the latest draw held on January 30, Manitoba issued 181 Letters of Advice or LAAs to Apply for applicants. The latest draw saw LAAs was issued across three MPNP streams.

Skilled workers received 124 LAAs and the lowest score of candidates was 548 points.

Skilled workers oversea received 39 LAAS and the lowest-ranked candidate score was 679 points.

This was the 82nd draw by Manitoba under MPNP.

Jan 30th, 2020:

British Columbia Immigration issues invitations to 284 Candidates in the latest draw:

British Columbia immigration has issued 284 invitations through its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program held on January 28. This draw targeted skilled workers and international graduates under five BCPNP streams.

Skilled workers required a minimum score of 100 points to qualify compared to the 110 points under the Express Entry Stream. 

International graduates required a minimum score of 103 points while the required score under the Express Entry Stream is 105 points.

 Entry and semi-skilled workers required 85 points to qualify for the draw.

27th, Jan 2020:

British Columbia Issues 58 Immigration Invitations in its latest Tech Pilot draw

In the latest British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot draw, 58 invitations were issued. Invitations were issued through four

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program streams. They were:

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

Under the Tech pilot program, candidates in 29 targeted occupations received priority processing. All the four streams required a minimum score of 90 points.

22th, Jan 2020:

Canada invites 3,400 Express Entry candidates in the January 22 Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw held on January 22, the government of Canada issued 3,400 invitations to candidates for permanent residency. Incidentally, the cut-off CRS score for this draw was 471 which is a reduction of 2 points from the minimum score of the previous draw held on January 8.

The IRCC has issued a total of 6,800 invitations in the two draws held in January under the Express Entry system for 2020.

Alberta invites Express Entry candidates with CRS scores of 350 in its first draw of 2020

In its first draw held on January 9, the Canadian province of Alberta issued 150 invitations for provincial nomination. These notifications of interest (NOIs) were issued to candidates belonging to the federal Express Entry pool. Candidates with a score as low as 350 were given NOIs.

22th, Jan 2020:

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted 2nd Draw under the Express Entry System on 22nd Jan 2020

Please find below the draw details:

Draw CRS score  Invitations to apply issued
2nd 471 3,400

Source link for draws:

21th, Jan 2020:

Manitoba issues 249 invitations to immigration candidates in its latest round

In the latest immigration draw of Manitoba, skilled workers from the province and abroad were invited for the draw. The province issued 249 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to candidates in the following three streams which were distributed as under:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 192
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 34
  • International Education Stream: 23

Out of the 249 invites, 22 went to candidates from the Express Entry pool.

Prince Edward Island sends out 123 invites in its first 2020 draw

In its latest immigration draw held on January 16, Prince Edward Island issued invitations to immigration candidates.

This is the province’s first draw of the year. The province issued 123 invitations to candidates in the Express Entry, Labor Impact, and Business Impact categories.

The 110 candidates who were invited through the Express Entry and Labor Impact categories can now apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

21th, Jan 2020:

Prince Edward Island had announced its first draw below are the details for your reference:

PEI DRAW DATE – 16TH JANUARY 2020 – 123 CANDIDATE INVITED
Business work permit entrepreneur invitations 13 candidates invited
Minimum point threshold for business invitations  125 points
Labour & express entry invitations 110 candidates invited
ONCE YOU FILE PEI-EOI, THE ONLINE ACCOUNT IS VALID FOR 6 MONTHS.
ONCE YOU RECEIVE NOI FROM PEI, DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTS IS 60 DAYS, ALONG WITH PROCESSING FEES OF CAD $ 300/- NON-REFUNDABLE

Source Link of PEI Draw:-

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND CONTACT:    

Email – immigratepei@gov.pe.ca

Phone: +1 902 6203628

Fax: 9023685886

Address: P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 7N8

The Office of Immigration reviews the Expression of Interest system consistently and will invite individuals to apply to the PEI Provincial Nominee Program each month. The following is the anticipated draw schedule*:

January 16, 2020

February 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

April 16, 2020

May 21, 2020

June 18, 2020

July 16, 2020

August 20, 2020

September 17, 2020

October 15, 2020

November 19, 2020

December 17, 2020

* The Office of Immigration reserves the right to modify the schedule based on program requirements.

Anticipated Invitation to Apply Schedule for 2020

16th, Jan 2020:

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of the draw as on 13th January 2020 through the SINP’s EOI system.

The applicants who successfully complete an Expression of Interest profile automatically receive a rank score based on a number of criteria.

You can find the criteria for the EOI point score in the SINP point assessment grid in the following :

International Skilled Workers subcategories: 

Express Entry

  • Total Invitation Issued: 125
  • Lowest Rank Score to invite: 69 Points

Occupation In-Demand

  • Total Invitation Issued: 109
  • Lowest Rank Score to invite: 69 Points.

The following NOCs have been included:

 0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113,  0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212,  0213, 0601, 0621, 0651, 0711, 0821,  1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221,  1223, 1225, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1254,  1311, 2134, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233,  2234, 2253, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3211,  3215, 3219, 3234, 3237, 4011, 4021,  4033, 4152, 4161, 4163, 4165, 4211,  4214, 4215, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6316,  6321, 7235, 7334, 7381, 9241

16th, Jan 2020:

Ontario invites 954 Express Entry candidates in latest tech draw

Ontario conducted a tech draw on January 15 and sent out 954 invitations to Express Entry candidates who had eligible work experience. They were sent ITAs to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. These candidates had a CRS score between 460 and 472.

Candidates selected in this draw were required to have work experience in any one of the following six occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) launched these Tech Draws in 2019. They were created to help Ontario tackle the workforce needs of its tech sector.

Ontario is a major tech hub in Canada with Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo being the major sectors.

For more information on this draw, please visit the OINP Tech Draw page:

14th, Jan 2020:

Below is the procedure and processing fees to apply for Indian PCC.

Apply for a Police Clearance Certificate from the Passport office. The website lists what information and documents you need.

Online Form Submission:

Step 1 Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. (Click on “Register Now”  link on the Home Page).

Step 2 Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the Login ID created in Step 1.

Step 3 Click “Apply for Police Clearance Certificate” link.

Step 4 Fill in the required details in the form and submit.

Step 5 Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment.

Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all PSK/POPSK/PO.

Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:

Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa)

Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) Associate Banks and Other Banks)

SBI Bank Challan

Step 6 Click the “Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.

Note: Carrying printout of Application Receipt is no longer required. An SMS with your appointment details is also accepted as proof of appointment during your visit to Passport Office.

Step 7 Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

e-Form Submission

Step 1 Download the e-Form through the “Download e-Form” link available on the Home Page.

Step 2 Fill the downloaded e-Form and click the Validate and Save button in it.This will generate an XML file, which will be required later for uploading in the system.

Step 3 Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. (Click on “Register Now”  link on the Home Page).

Step 4 Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered Login Id.

Step 5 Upload the XML file (generated in Step 2) through the “Upload e-Form” link.Do not upload the PDF form at this stage as only XML file is accepted by the system.

Step 6 Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment.

Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all PSK/POPSK/PO.

Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:

Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa)

Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) Associate Banks and Other Banks)

SBI Bank Challan

Step 7 Click the “Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.

Note: Carrying printout of Application Receipt is no longer required. An SMS with your appointment details is also accepted as proof of appointment during your visit to Passport Office.

Step 8 Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

Documents required to be submitted:

  • Passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page (previously ECNR) and the page of observation , if any , made by Passport Issuing Authority and validity extension page, if any, in respect of short validity passport.
  • Proof of Present Address (if address is different from the one mentioned on passport).

Processing fees:  500/- INR

Validity of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)–  6 Months

In how much time will Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) be issued?

Police Verification Report

14th, Jan 2020:

Please find the below steps  to apply for Certificate of Conduct – Germany PCC.

Application to issue a certificate of conduct: 

A certificate of conduct for personal purposes (private certificate of conduct)

If you’re not a citizen of Germany and If you live outside of Germany

There are 2 ways you can apply:

  1. For personal appearance:

Federal Office of Justice

Visitors Service, Adenauerallee 99 – 103, 53113 Bonn

Opening times:

Monday – Wednesday: 7.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday: 7.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Friday: 7.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

  1. By mail–send your application to Federal Office of Justice at:

Bundesamt für Justiz

Referat IV 2, 53094 Bonn

Information and documents you need

  • Applicable fees
  • Application form (available in German, French and English)

Fees

The fee for each certificate of conduct is 13 €. Payment may be effected by sending a cheque, or by transfer to the account of the Federal Office of Justice given below:

Deutsche Bundesbank – Cologne Branch –

IBAN No.: DE49370000000038001005

BIC/swift No.: MARKDEF1370

Purpose:  (file reference of the event – if known – or the forename and the surname of the person making the application)

All cheques must be made out in Euro and be drawn on a German bank. Fees levied by foreign banks for cashing a (foreign) cheque are to be added to the fee for the certificate of conduct. Questions relating to payments by cheque and their fees can be answered by the respective foreign bank.

Special notes and considerations

For more information on fees, processing times, how to apply online, how to obtain an electronic signature or to download the forms, please go to the website of the Federal Office of Justice.

Your police certificate will be mailed to your residential address (even if you live abroad). It cannot be sent to a third party.

Police certificates issued before February 2019 are in German only. You must give us a certified English or French translation of your certificate. New German police certificates are now in German, English and French, and do not need to be translated.

German law restricts who can request a police certificate on your behalf.

If you apply from overseas, you must have your personal data and signature confirmed by a German diplomatic representative, a foreign authority or a notary, or you must provide a certified photocopy of an official document.

If your certificate contains entries and you live abroad, the Federal Office of Justice will forward your police certificate to the German embassy or consulate where you live and you will be invited to come and look at the document in person. You must give your consent to allow the German embassy/consulate to send this document to the responsible Canadian visa office.

14th, Jan 2020:

Please find the steps how to obtain Police certificates online application – United Kingdom and change in the processing fees.

Step 1:  Documents requirement : 

  • Upload two different official proofs of your current address;
  • Upload a recent passport style colour photograph;
  • Upload copies of your passport(s) / travel document / official photographic identity document;
  • Upload copies of any necessary legal documents e.g. Power of Attorney, authorization document, signed letter of authority etc (if applicable);
  • Provide a valid e-mail address
  • Pay by credit or debit card

Note: The documents referred to in points 1 to 4 above must be saved on your computer to be uploaded to the application form. Each document must be no more than 2MB in size and in JPG, GIF, TIF or PDF file format (passport photograph must be in JPGGIF or TIF only).

Step 2:  Complete the online Application form : 

Once you start the online process you will not be able to save your application and return to complete it later on. If you exit the application or your session is inactive for more than 20 minutes your data will be deleted and you will have to start the application again.  

Step 3:  Proofs of address: 

It is important that you provide copies of TWO different official proofs of your current address which must clearly show your name and address, and must both be dated within the last six months. The documents must be saved on your computer to be uploaded electronically. Valid proofs of address include:

  • Bank statements
  • Utility bills
  • Phone bills
  • Letter from your doctor or dentist
  • Letter from your school or college

Letters from your doctor, dentist, school or college should be signed and dated on company headed paper. 

Step 4:  Passport(s) / travel document / official photographic identity document: 

You must provide copies of your passport(s) / travel document / other official photographic identity document. Copies of your passport(s) / travel document must clearly show your photograph, personal information, expiry date, nationality, machine readable zone, extension pages and signature (if applicable). Copies of other official photographic identity documents should show as many of these features as possible.

Step 5:  Passport photograph : 

You must provide one recent passport style photograph that clearly identifies you (the applicant). This photograph will be included on your Police Certificate. Your photograph should meet the same standards required for a UK passport (approximately 45mm x 35mm). To view guidance on acceptable photographs, please check

Your photograph must be no more than 2MB in size and in JPG, GIF or TIF file format.

Please note that your application must be endorsed by a suitable individual. As part of our endorsement process we may need to contact your endorser to confirm your identity. You must provide your endorser’s email address as we may send your passport photograph to your endorser as part of our check.

Step 6: Type of Services and processing fees: 

There are two service options available for your Police Certificate:

  • Standard service – £55.00 (Previously £ 45.00) (10 working days, not including dates of receipt or dispatch)
  • Premium service – £95.00 (Previously £ 80.00) (2 working days, not including dates of receipt or dispatch)

Step 7: Payment :

To apply online you will need to make your payment to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire via the World pay payment service using a debit or credit card. We accept the following card types only

Note: Third party applications :  

ACRO can only supply personal data to the individual to whom it relates. If you are making an application on behalf of someone else (this is known as a ‘third party application’) you will need to provide a signed letter of authorisation from the person whose data is being requested plus proofs of identity that show the true applicant’s signature in detail. Valid proofs include a copy of the passport, driving licence or identity card. You must have scanned copies of these documents saved to your computer or device and upload them when prompted.

14th, Jan 2020:

Please find below the procedure to apply for the PCC- Italy and change in the application processing fees.

The client must apply for two certificates-

Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti)
Certificate from the Judicial Records Register (Certificato del casellario giudiziale – General Certificate)- Only General Certificates are accepted.
(Criminal Certificates and Civil certificates are not accepted).

Completed Form #3 – Judicial Records Register – Outstanding Criminal Proceedings application form (completed by yourself or your representative) – complete one form for each: form #3 attached in this mail
Outstanding Criminal Proceedings (Art. 27 T. U.) (For the Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings).

General Certificate (Article 24 tu): contains the definitive provisions in criminal, civil and administrative matters (summarizing the criminal and civil certificates).

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate from the Judicial Records Register (Certificato del casellario giudiziale – General Certificate) at your nearest Judicial Records Office (Ufficio del Casellario Giudiziale), which are attached to every Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). Only General Certificates are accepted (Criminal Certificates and Civil certificates are not accepted). You must bring your valid identity document. If you apply by mail, you must send a copy of your valid identity document with your application.

Outstanding Criminal Proceedings (Art. 27 T. U.) (For the Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings):

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti) at your nearest Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). You do not need to go to the office closest to where you were born or where you live, however your certificate will only cover criminal proceedings and appeals at that office.

Representative:

If you cannot apply in person for either or both certificates, you may authorize someone to apply on your behalf. Your representative must bring his/her valid identity document.
Completed Form #5 – Appointment of Proxy (only if using a representative)- Attached in this mail.

If you are not a citizen of the European Union and you do not have a passport, you must show a copy of your permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno).

Request:

The request must be presented by the interested party, or by a person delegated by him, with a valid identification document, using the appropriate model.
The interested party can submit the request in person or by post and in this case must attach a copy of his valid identification document.
Non-EU citizens without a passport must present a copy of the residence permit.

The certificates in the introduction can be booked online (see Practical sheet – Online reservations for box certificates).

Special cases:

for minors , the application must be submitted by the parental authority if the minor has not turned 16
for interdicts , the application must be presented by the guardian, who must show the nomination decree
the person detained , or inserted in a therapeutic community, can forward the request by post or through a delegate or, if no documents, with a request signed by the director or by the prison office.
for the request coming from abroad , see Practical file – Judicial records certificate and pending charges requested from abroad.
The certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

Costs:

Each certificate requested involves the following payments:

Total cost of € 23.74 (previously 19.84) of which € 3.87 (previously € 3.84) for certificate fees and € 16.00 per stamp
for the certificates requested urgently will need to match another € 3.87 brand (previously € 3.84)

The stamp-exempt certifications provide for the payment of only stationery fees (€ 3.87, doubled for urgency) previously € 3.84

The certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

The Office of the Judicial Register of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is located at the Court of Rome:

The opening times for users are as follows:

MONDAY – 9.00 / 15.00
TUESDAY – 9.00 / 13.00
WEDNESDAY – 9.00 / 13.00
THURSDAY – 9.00 / 15.00
FRIDAY – 9.00 / 13.00

NB during the summer (with dates to be defined) the office observes the opening hours from 9.00 to 13.00.

Any requests for information can be directed to the E-mail box: casellario.procura.roma@giustizia.it

14th, Jan 2020:

SINP International Skilled Workers:

Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at a minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY CATEGORY SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
13-Jan-20 Express Entry 69 125 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included:
0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0601, 0621, 0651, 0711, 0821, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1223, 1225, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2253, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3211, 3215, 3219, 3234, 3237, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4152, 4161, 4163, 4165, 4211, 4214, 4215, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 7235, 7334, 7381, 9241
13-Jan-20 Occupations In Demand 69 109 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0601, 0621, 0651, 0711, 0821, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1223, 1225, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2253, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3211, 3215, 3219, 3234, 3237, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4152, 4161, 4163, 4165, 4211, 4214, 4215, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 7235, 7334, 7381, 9241

14th, Jan 2020:

Employment gains in December 2019 led by Ontario and Quebec according to latest Labour Force Survey

According to the Labour Force Survey, a monthly report brought out by Statistics Canada to provide an overview of the labor market in Canada, Ontario and Quebec were the top provinces for employment gains in December 2019.

57,000 employees were added to the private sector in the month. The accommodation, food services and construction sectors saw the most employment intake during the month.

The growth in in the accommodation and food services industry was at 25,000 with most jobs in the province of Quebec. 25,000 jobs were added to the construction and public administration sectors in Ontario.

13th, Jan 2020:

  1. Department which facilitates the arrival of immigrants provides protection to refugees and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada:  
  • IRCC (Formerly known as CIC): Immigration, refugee & citizenship Canada
  • CIC: Citizenship & Immigration Canada.
  1. List of federal economic programs:
  1. ECA (Education credential assessment) is used to verify if a foreign degree, a diploma is valid and equal to Canadian academics. Below are the designated organizations responsible for issuing ECA reports: 
  • CES: Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • ICAS: International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • WES: World Education Services
  • IQAS: International Qualifications Assessment Service
  • ICES: International Credential Evaluation Service
  • MCC: Medical Council of Canada
  • PEBC: Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  1. Language tests accepted by IRCC: 
  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • TEF: Test d’évaluation de français
  1. Different terms used in express entry program: 
  • CRS: Comprehensive Ranking System
  • NOC: National occupational classification
  • ITA: Invitation to apply
  • PCC: Police clearance certificate
  • POF: Proof of funds
  • RPRF: Right of Permanent Residence Fee
  • PPR: Passport request
  • LMIA: Labor market impact assessment
  • UCI: Unique client identifier
  • VACs: Visa application centers
  • CLB: Canadian language benchmark
  • COPR: Confirmation of permanent residence
  • AOR: Acknowledgement of receipt
  • CIO: Centralized Intake Office
  • CHC: Canadian High Commission
  • HRSDC: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • RPA – Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • GCMS: Global Case Management System
  • e-APR: Electronic application for permanent residence
  • MIs: Ministerial Instructions
  • PER: Positive eligibility review
  • MEC: Minimum entry criteria
  • IRPA: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • ELN: Employer Liaison Network
  • PER: Positive eligibility review
  1. Acronyms used after landing in Canada:
  • RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • SIN -Social Insurance Number
  • ESDC: Employment and Social Development Canada
  • PRC: Permanent Resident Card
  • CBSA: Canada Border Services Agency

11th, Jan 2020:

Saskatchewan invites 308 candidates in its latest draw

Saskatchewan issued 308 invites to immigration candidates for its provincial nomination program in the latest draw held on January 9. This was the first draw of the year for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Invitations were submitted to candidates both in the Express Entry and Occupations in demand streams.

The SINP issued 142 invitations to candidates with profiles in the Federal Express Entry pool. The rest of the invites were made under the occupations in-demand sub-category.

The invites were issued to candidates in 82 occupations, the occupations include managers in agriculture, administrative officers, and electronic service technicians for household and business equipment.

10th, Jan 2020:

SINP International Skilled Workers:

Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at a minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.
Source Link:

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY

CATEGORY

SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY

TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

9-Jan-2020

Express Entry

69

142

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included:
0013, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 1254, 1311, 2148, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2263, 2264, 2281, 2282, 3211, 3212, 3215, 3 234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 6235, 6321, 6331, 6332, 7236, 7237, 7246, 7281, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 8211, 9213

9-Jan-2020

Occupations In Demand

69

166

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 1254, 1311, 2148, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2263, 2264, 2281, 2282, 3211, 3212, 3215, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 6235, 6321, 6331, 6332, 7236, 7237, 7246, 7281, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 8211, 9213

 

10th, Jan 2020:

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of the draw as on 9th January 2020 through the SINP’s EOI system.

International Skilled Workers subcategories:

Express Entry

Total Invitation Issued: 142

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 69 Points

Occupation In-Demand

Total Invitation Issued: 166

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 69 Points.

The following NOCs have been included:

0013, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 1254, 1311, 2148, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2263, 2264, 2281, 2282, 3211, 3212, 3215, 3 234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 6235, 6321, 6331, 6332, 7236, 7237, 7246, 7281, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 8211, 9213

10th, Jan 2020:
British Columbia issues 173 Immigration Invitations in its first draw of 2020

British Columbia issued 173 immigration invitations to candidates who had a score between 85 to 110 points in the first draw of 2020 through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

The draw held on January 7 issued invites through five BCNCP streams for skilled workers and international graduates. BC’s entry-level and semi-skilled stream recorded the lowest minimum score for entry-level and semi-skilled streams with 85 points.

Skilled workers in the province’s direct provincial stream required 100 points while applicants under the Express Entry linked stream required 110 points.

Ontario issues first round of invitations for 2020 under its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Ontario issued its first invitations for 2020 for its Express Entry linked programs in 2020 by inviting 242 candidates to apply through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream gives rights to the province’s immigrant nominee program, the OINP, to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the stream’s eligibility requirements.

Candidates applying under this program must be able to understand, read, write and speak French at CLB level 7 or higher. They must also have a CLB level of 6 or higher in English.

10th, Jan 2020:

The recent change in the IRCC website is creating hiccups for us in search of the required information. One such area which is of daily need is to send/find Roles’ confirmation to clients or check for NOC when required.
With the current site to search NOC is having a huge lag alternatively. So, the following link can be used to check for NOC.

https://noc.esdc.gc.ca/Search/AdvancedSearch/74af960e195c4b37a0040ffdfc7b2037

Step 1: Select Structure Search
Step 2: Select Broad Occupational Category and chose an Occupation Code starting with numerals 0,1,2,3 etc
Step 3: Optional to select Skill Level
Step 4: Click Search

For example: For 2173 Select numeral 2 and click search. It will display all the codes pertaining to the series starting with 2.

9th, Jan 2020:

WES – World Education Services of Canada has updated the charges for Standard Mail via Canada Post – $10.00, previously it was $7.00.

Please find the screenshot below for your references:

9th, Jan 2020:

Canada held Express Entry Draw #134 on January 8, 2020. This is the first draw to be held in 2020.

3,400 invitations were sent to apply for the permanent residency of Canada. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 473. This was the minimum CRS score that a candidate had to have for being eligible for receiving an invitation in this round.

8th, Jan 2020:

CANADA IMMIGRATION LEVELS PLAN FOR 2020-2021 – Canada is targetting at welcoming 341,000 newcomers in 2020 and 350,000 in 2021.

IRCC CATEGORY IMMIGRATION PROGRAM 2018 TARGET 2019 TARGET 2020 TARGET 2021 TARGET
ECONOMIC PROGRAMS FSW, FST, CEC 74,900 81,400 85,800 88,800
Atlantic Pilot Program 1,000 2,000 4,000
Caregivers 17,000 14,000 5,000
Business 700 700 700 700
Provincial Nominee Programs 55,000 61,000 67,800 71,300
Quebec Skilled Worker Program and Quebec Business 28,900
FAMILY CLASS PROGRAMS Spouses, Partners and Dependent Children 66,000 68,000 70,000 70,000
Parents and Grandparents 20,000 20,500 21,000 21,000
REFUGEES AND PROTECTED PERSONS Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 16,000 16,500 18,000 20,000
Privately-Sponsored Refugees 18,000 19,000 20,000 20,000
Blended Visa Office Referred 1,500 1,650 1,000 1,000
Government-Assisted Refugees 7,500 9,300 10,700 10,700
HUMANITARIAN AND OTHER All Humanitarian and Other 3,500 4,250 4,500 5,000
310,000 330,800 341,000 350,000

PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM CHANGES EXPECTED BY APRIL AT THE LATEST – It is expected that the federal government will announce their intake process plans for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) by April 2020 at the latest. While the federal government has an annual target of welcoming about 21,000 immigrants under the PGP, managing the intake process has proven to challenge for many years now given demand far exceeds the supply of available immigration spots. It is likely the federal government will roll out a new process that seeks to avoid previous intake process shortcomings

MUNICIPAL NOMINEE PROGRAM – This program will allow local communities, chambers of commerce and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants. At least 5,000 new spaces will be dedicated for this program for the financial year 2020.

ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT – As per the ministerial instruction of 2020 AIP is going to be permanent and in a process of creating 5,000 new spaces open for immigration.

CITIZENSHIP FEES TO BE WAIVED IN 2020 – IRCC is planning to remove the visa fees of CAD $ 630 for the candidate who is applying for the Citizenship claim.

7th, Jan 2020:

Saskatchewan Changes method of selection for Entrepreneur Stream Candidates

Saskatchewan immigration has changed its method of selection for applicants to its Entrepreneur stream for the next Expression of interest draw scheduled for January 7, 2020.

The province will prioritize three selection factors in order to filter candidates with the same score on the Entrepreneur stream points grid. These three factors are:

  1. Official language ability
  2. Those with businesses planned for a key economic sector
  3. Completion of an exploratory visit

These three factors were selected because it was believed to be important to a candidate’s ‘future economic success’ in the province.

Recent Saskatchewan EOI Draw Targets 96 Jobs With 595 Invitations

In the latest Expression of Interest draw, Saskatchewan immigration issued 595 invites that targeted 96 National Occupational Classification codes.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program draw on December 20, 2019, sent invites through both the province’s Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams.

The number of invites was 304 for Express Entry candidates, while Occupations In-Demand candidates received 291 invites.

Both the streams registered a minimum score of 69 points.

6th, Jan, 2020:

find the below steps, how to obtain a PCC- FBI (United States). Below is the link for your reference.

How to Submit a Request

The FBI offers three options for requesting your Identity History Summary or proof that one does not exist.

Option 1: Electronically Submit Your Request Directly to the FBI 

Step 1: Go to www.edo.cjis.gov.

Step 2: Follow the steps under the “Obtaining Your Identity History Summary” section. If you submit a request electronically directly to the FBI, you may visit a participating U.S. Post Office location to submit your fingerprints electronically as part of your request. You may go to any of the 28 participating U.S. Post Office locations nationwide upon completion of your request. Additional U.S. Post Office locations are expected to be added in spring 2020. Additional fees may apply.

Option 2: Submit Your Request Directly to the FBI via the Mail 

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form.

  • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., each person must complete and sign a form.
  • Include a complete mailing address. Please provide your telephone number and e-mail address, if available.
  • Your results will be provided on standard white paper and returned to you by First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Self-addressed envelopes will not be accepted. This includes pre-paid Priority Mail, FedEx account numbers, United Parcel Service, etc., foreign postage coupons, and requests to forward correspondence to the Department of State for the apostille process.

Step 2: Obtain a Set of Your Fingerprints

  • Your fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes. The FBI will accept FD-258 fingerprint cards on standard white paper stock.
  • You must provide a current fingerprint card. Previously processed cards or copies will not be accepted.
  • Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card.
  • You must include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken at the same time (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions).
  • If possible, have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician. This service may be available at a law enforcement agency. The FBI recommends that red or purple ink not be used for fingerprinting.
  • Fingerprints taken with ink or via live scan are acceptable. If your fingerprints are taken via a live scan device, a hard copy must be generated so the fingerprint card can be mailed to the FBI.
  • To ensure the most legible prints possible, refer to the Recording Legible Fingerprints page. If fingerprints are not legible, the fingerprint card will be rejected. This could cause delays in processing and could also result in additional fees.
  • The name on your response letter will match the name indicated on the fingerprint card when your application, payment, and fingerprint card are submitted via the mail.
  • If the last four digits of your Social Security number are needed on your response letter, then please ensure the full nine-digits or last four digits of your Social Security number are on the fingerprint card when submitting your request.
  • For more information, refer to the Recording Friction Ridges module.

Step 3: Submit Payment

  • Option 1: Pay by credit card using the Credit Card Payment Form. Don’t forget to include the expiration date of the credit card that you are using.
  • Option 2: Obtain a money order or certified check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States. Please be sure you sign where required.
  • Important note: Cash, personal checks, or business checks WILL NOT be accepted and sending any of these will delay processing of your request.
  • Payment must be for the exact amount.
  • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person.
  • The FBI will provide one sealed response for each request received. You may make as many copies as needed upon receipt of your response. Note: If you need additional sealed responses mailed to the same address or separate address, you must submit an additional request with another payment of $18 for each sealed response requested. Also, if you need additional copies of your response that do not need to be in a sealed envelope, you may make as many copies as needed upon receipt of your response.
  • If you are unable to pay the $18 fee, your request for a waiver of the fee must include a claim and proof of indigence, such as a notarized affidavit of indigence.
  • The FBI will not accept additional payment to expedite your request.

Step 4: Review

  • Review the Identity History Summary Request Checklist to ensure that you have included everything needed to process your request.

Step 5: Mail the Required Items Listed Above

Mail the required items listed above—signed applicant information form, fingerprint card, and payment of $18 U.S. dollars per person—to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

What Happens Next

If we find no Identity History Summary on file, you will receive a response by First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service indicating that you have no prior arrest data on file at the FBI. If you do have an Identity History Summary on file, you will receive your Identity History Summary or “rap sheet” by First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service.

Note:  Please Note: If any of the above items are missing or incomplete, the request will be returned. Additional items sent not required for processing will not be returned. Allow approximately 10 – 12 weeks for processing, upon receipt to the FBI. Time may vary according to the number of application received by FBI at a particular time.

4th, Jan 2020:

Launch of PNIP postponed in several Canadian communities

Five of the 11 communities participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) that were all set to begin accepting applications on January 1 have postponed it to at least another month.

The five communities that postponed the program are:

  • North Bay, Ontario

  • Timmins, Ontario

  • Claresholm, Alberta

  • Vernon, British Columbia

  • West Kootenay, British Columbia

Apart from this, Sudbury, Ontario, which was supposed to commence the pilot on November 1 has still not started accepting applications. 

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) was started with an intention to help rural and remote Canadian towns recruit foreign workers to their communities. 

Till date the RNIP has been launched in the following communities:

  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  • Brandon, Manitoba

  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba

3rd, Jan 2020:

Canada increases settlement funds requirement for two Express Entry programs

The Canadian federal government has increased the settlement fund for certain categories of skilled workers if they want to migrate to Canada.

Skilled workers wishing to Migrate to Canada must prove that they have the required funds in order to qualify without a job offer under Express Entry programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The amount of funds will be determined by the number of family members included in the application.

These funds are however not required for those applying under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and prospective migrants with a valid job offer.

3rd, Jan 2020:

MCC has revised ECA payment; this is with effect from 03rd Jan 2020.

Registration Fee:

All candidates are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable account fee of $290 (2019) – $298 (2020).

Document Fee:

A $170 (2019) – $175 (2020) fee is charged per each medical credential document submitted for source verification.

Translation Fee:

A $140 (2019) – $140 (2020) fee is charged per page to be translated (non-refundable).

Cancellation and Reimbursement Fee:

Only if the document has not yet been processed by MCC then a cancellation and reimbursement can be requested against document fee. An administration fee of $55 (2019) – $56 (2020) will be withheld.

ECA Report Fee:

Education Credential Assessment report fee: $108 (2019) – $111 (2020)

Source: https://mcc.ca/examinations/examination-service-fees/

2nd, Jan 2020:

Quebec introduces ‘values test’ for immigrants

From January 1, 2020, migrants looking to move to Quebec, will have to take a values test when applying for a PR visa. Candidates will have to get what the government terms as an Attestation of learning about democratic values and the Quebec values expressed by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Every applicant to the Quebec Selection Certificate must pass the values test except those who are under the age of 18 and those with permanent physical and cognitive impairment.

 The values test applies to the following Quebec Immigration programs:

  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program
  • Quebec Experience Program
  • Entrepreneur Program
  • Self-Employed Program
  • Investor Program

Express Entry system performance in 2019

The Express Entry system for Canada Immigration finished with 85,300 invitations to apply or ITAs for 2019. Though this was lesser compared to the numbers in 2018. However, it was the second highest numbers sine the Express Entry System was introduced in 2015. The IRCC conducted 26 draws for the program in 2019.

2019 also witnessed a record number of Express Entry candidates receiving a provincial nomination and the additional 600 CRS points for the nomination. The PNP programs that benefited the most from the enhanced nomination for the Express Entry program were Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. 

Canada’s immigration plans for 2020

Canada has announced new targets and features in its various immigration programs for 2020.

New immigration level targets for 2020-22 are expected to be announced by March.

The annual report to parliament on immigration in 2019 is expected to be released around the same time. This will provide an insight into the government’s immigration priorities.

The federal government is expected to announce its intake plans for the Parents and Grandparents program in April. As for the PNP programs, Ontario is expected to continue its drive to encourage migrants to settle down in regional territories.

Dec 30th, 2019:
Nova Scotia sees a record population growth due to influx of immigrants

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is seeing a record growth in population due to a growth in the number of immigrants and people moving between provinces.

According to Statistics Canada the population of this Atlantic province grew by 12,339 between October 2018 and October 2019. Of these 7,165 were immigrants who settled down in Nova Scotia.

The growth in population by 1.28 percent in this 12-month period has been the highest since 1972.The population of the province stood at 976,786 on October 1, 2019. The population growth between July to September 2019 at 5,373 of which immigrant numbers were 2,471 also set a record. Interprovincial migrants stood at 1,090 during this period.

According to government authorities, this was the highest population growth in the province since the Second World War. They reaffirmed the positive impact of immigration in the province and its role in filling labor needs of the province.

Dec 21st, 2019:
Manitoba province conducted 79th Draw under various streams:
MPNP under the Expression of Interest System

Draw #79 – December 19, 2019

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 149
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 542

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 17

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 17 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 559

Of the 183 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 16 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

Dec 20th, 2019:
SINP International Skilled Workers:
Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.
The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY

CATEGORY

SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY

TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

20-Dec-2019

Express Entry

69

304

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included:
0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2144, 2148, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2244, 2253, 2263, 2264, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4152, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 7231, 7237, 7241, 7246, 7302, 7305, 7312, 7321, 7333, 7371, 9232, 9241

20-Dec-2019

Occupations In Demand

69

291

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2144, 2148, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2244, 2253, 2263, 2264, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4152, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 7231, 7237, 7241, 7246, 7302, 7305, 7312, 7321, 7333, 7371, 9232, 9241

Dec 19th, 2019:
Canada held the latest Express Entry draw on 19th December and issued 3,200 invitations for Canadian Permanent Residence. The minimum required CRS score in the latest draw was 469 which was 3 points lower than the last draw. Read More>>

Dec 9th, 2019:

Alberta has issued 132 Notification of Interest (NOI) with 400 as CRS cut off score to the applicants in the Federal Express Entry system in a recent draw held on December 5th, 2019.

As per the limitation set by IRCC, all 6,000 certificates for the 2019 calendar year are issued by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Approximately 1,750 applications await assessment for eligibility.

The AINP will continue to assess applications in the queue; however, no further certificates will be issued until January 2020.

Application volumes by occupation:

The AINP has a high volume of applications and Alberta Express Entry submissions in the following occupations. These submissions may take longer to process.

6311 – Food service supervisors

1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

6322 – Cooks

6211 – Retail sales supervisors

4212 – Social and community service workers

1241 – Administrative assistants

1221 – Administrative officers

0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers

9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

0631 – Restaurant and food service managers

Nov 29th, 2019:
SINP International Skilled Workers:
Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Results Sees below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system. This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.
The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at a minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY

CATEGORY

SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY

TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

28-Nov-19

Express Entry

69

200

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

The following NOCs have been included:

0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2263, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4161, 4163, 4165, 4166, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 7205, 7231, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7246, 7302, 7321, 7384, 9213, 9232, 9241

28-Nov-19

Occupations In-Demand

69

260

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included:

2019 0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2263, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4161, 4163, 4165, 4166, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 7205, 7231, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7246, 7302, 7321, 7384, 9213, 9232, 9241

Nov 29th, 2019:

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of the draw as on 28th November 2019 through the SINP’s EOI system.

International Skilled Workers subcategories:

Express Entry

Total Invitation Issued: 200

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 69 Points

Occupation In-Demand

Total Invitation Issued: 260

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 69 Points.

The following NOCs have been included:

0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1311, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2263, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4161, 4163, 4165, 4166, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 7205, 7231, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7246, 7302, 7321, 7384, 9213, 9232, 9241

Nov 25th, 2019:

Two communities are now accepting applications from workers hoping to immigrate to one of Canada’s rural or northern communities. The communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba, are now officially accepting applications from hopeful newcomers.

Candidates who are interested in applying must make sure that they meet the federal requirements for the program, plus the requirements set out by each community. This includes an eligible job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.

It is expected that other communities will open to applicants in the near future. Brandon, Manitoba has announced they will begin accepting applications from workers as of December 1, 2019, with Claresholme, Alberta announcing it will begin accepting applications in January, 2020.

Rural and Northern Pilot communities:

The selected communities are:

Community Community Website
North Bay, ON Coming soon
Sudbury, ON Coming soon
Timmins, ON Coming soon
Sault Ste. Marie, ON www.welcometossm.com
Thunder Bay, ON www.gothunderbay.com
Brandon, MB Coming soon
Altona/Rhineland, MB www.seedrgpa.com
Moose Jaw, SK Coming soon
Claresholm, AB Coming soon
Vernon, BC Coming soon
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC Coming soon

Nov 19th, 2019:

About the pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in 1 of the participating communities.

About the Process

There are 5 steps to applying for permanent residence under this pilot.

  1. IRCC eligibility requirements
  2. community-specific requirements
  3. Find an eligible job with an employer in 1 of the participating communities
  4. Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community
  5. If a community recommends you, apply for permanent residence

Each community will also have it’s own additional eligibility requirements, job search process &community recommendation application process.

Participating communities

The pilot will launch in participating communities at different times.

If a website is listed as “coming soon”, the pilot hasn’t launched in that community.

Community

Community website

North Bay, ON

Coming soon

Sudbury, ON

Coming soon

Timmins, ON

Coming soon

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

www.welcometossm.com

Thunder Bay, ON

www.gothunderbay.com

Brandon, MB

Coming soon

Altona/Rhineland, MB

www.seedrgpa.com

Moose Jaw, SK

Coming soon

Claresholm, AB

Coming soon

Vernon, BC

Coming soon

West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

Coming soon

How can a community help?

This pilot is community-driven, meaning the communities will:

  • assess prospective candidates who best fit the economic needs of the community
  • have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community requirements
  • have the intention of staying in the community
  • recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
  • connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities with established members of the community

Who can apply?

  • Have 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years.
  • Have graduated from a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community
  • Meet the language requirements – NOC 0 and A: CLB/NCLC 6;NOC B: CLB/NCLC 5
  • NOC C and D: CLB/NCLC 4
  • Meet or exceed the educational requirements
  • Settlement Funds
  • Intend to live in the community
  • Meet community-specific requirements
  • Job Offer -Potential candidates must have a genuine, full-time, permanent, job offer in one of the participating communities.
  • Community requirements – Prove that you meet all the requirements for the pilot
  • Have an eligible job offer
  • If a community recommends you, you can apply for permanent residence.

Nov 18th, 2019:

Please find below monthly data of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program nominations, refusals, inventory, and information sessions.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

BC- Business Concept
BIS- Business Investor Stream
EOI- Expression of Interest
LAA- Letter of Advice to Apply
MPNP- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
SW- Skilled Worker streams



2019 Data:

Nominations and Approvals – 2019

Month SW Nominations BIS Nominations* Business Approvals** Total Nominations
January 269 8 0 277
February 298 1 2 299
March 371 0 4 371
April 396 0 5 396
May 603 1 6 604
June 352 0 2 352
July 332 1 4 333
August 299 1 5 300
September 322 0 1 322
October 399 0 5 399
Grand Total 3,641 12 34 3,682

Refusals – 2019

Month SW BIS* Total
January 41 0 41
February 26 0 26
March 59 0 59
April 42 0 42
May 65 0 65
June 36 0 36
July 0 1 1
August 142 3 145
September 29 3 32
October 40 0 40
Grand Total 480 7 487

 

Expressions of Interest

The number of Expressions of Interest drawn and issued a letter of advice to apply, as well as the number of business concepts submitted. For further details on Skilled Worker draws, see SW Expression of Interest draw data.

Month SW LAAs BIS BCs BIS LAAs
January 1,082 18 8
February 772 26 5
March 1,398 14 6
April 702 19 16
May 366 14 9
June 603 10 6
July 527 16 5
August 360 9 9
September 571 12 9
October 350 23 10
Grand Total 6,731 161 83

 

Applications Received – 2019

Month SW BIS Total
January 493 3 496
February 520 8 528
March 764 15 779
April 815 12 827
May 766 8 774
June 477 6 483
July 381 7 388
August 488 6 494
September 329 8 337
October 397 6 403
Grand Total 5,430 79 5,509

Information Sessions:


The number of attendees at in-house information sessions delivered by the MPNP. See the Information Sessions section for further details

Month SW BIS Total
January 53 19 72
February 40 22 62
March 34 26 60
April 28 23 51
May 24 16 40
June 25 26 51
July 33 25 58
August 44 24 68
September 26 35 61
October 27 25 52
Grand Total 334 271 575

Nov 13th, 2019:

Please be informed that IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted 21st Draw under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on November 13, 2019.

Please find below the draw details:

Draw CRS Cutoff score Invitations to apply issued
21st 472 3,600

Nov 12th, 2019:

The pilot program aims to support job growth in rural and northern communities.

Workers will soon be able to apply to immigrate to one of the communities participating in Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. In recent days, two of the participating programs have announced to local media outlets that they intend to begin accepting applications from workers in the next three months.

Brandon, Manitoba has announced they will begin accepting applications from workers as of December 1, 2019, with Claresholme, Alberta announcing it will begin accepting applications in January, 2020.

Those interested in applying to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program should pay attention in the coming weeks and months as it is likely the other participating communities will be making similar announcements.

Which communities have been selected to participate?

Eleven rural and northern communities across four Canadian provinces have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. These communities, some of which already have populations of more than 100,000, will be able to invite newcomers to make these communities their new homes.

Rural and Northern Pilot communities:

The selected communities are: Thunder Bay (ON), Sault Ste. Marie (ON), Sudbury (ON), Timmins (ON), North Bay (ON), Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (MB), Brandon (MB), Moose Jaw (SK), Claresholm (AB), West Kootenay (BC), and Vernon (BC).

The participating communities were selected as a representative sample of the regions across Canada to assist in laying out the blueprint for the rest of the country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will now begin to work with selected communities to position them to begin identifying candidates for permanent residence.

Quick Facts on the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot:

  • Throughout the summer, the government will begin working with selected communities to position them to identify candidates for permanent residence as early as the fall 2019.
  • Communities will be responsible for candidate recruitment and endorsement for permanent residence.
  • Newcomers are expected to begin to arrive under this pilot in 2020. Communities worked with local economic development organizations to submit an application which demonstrated how they met the eligibility criteria (outlined above) by March 11, 2019.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in March 2017 as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The four Atlantic provinces are able to endorse up to 2,500 workers in 2019 under that pilot to meet labour market needs in the region.
  • Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP.
  • Rural Canada supplies food, water, and energy for urban centres, sustaining the industries that contribute to Canada’s prosperous economy.
  • Between 2001 and 2016, the number of potential workers has decreased by 23% percent, while the number of potential retirees has increased by 40%.

Nov 08th, 2019:

MPNP under the Expression of Interest System Issued invitation under different streams.

EOI Draw #76


Draw #76 – November 7, 2019

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 133
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 560

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM


Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 23

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS


Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 24 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 719

Of the 180 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 23 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

Nov 08th, 2019:

Please find below monthly data of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program nominations, refusals, inventory, and information sessions.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

BC- Business Concept
BIS- Business Investor Stream
EOI- Expression of Interest
LAA- Letter of Advice to Apply
MPNP- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
SW- Skilled Worker streams



2019 Data – Nominations and Approvals – 2019

Month SW Nominations BIS Nominations* Business Approvals** Total Nominations
January 269 8 0 277
February 298 1 2 299
March 371 0 4 371
April 396 0 5 396
May 603 1 6 604
June 352 0 2 352
July 332 1 4 333
August 299 1 5 300
September 322 0 1 323
Grand Total 3,242 12 29 3,283

Refusals – 2019

Month SW BIS* Total
January 41 0 41
February 26 0 26
March 59 0 59
April 42 0 42
May 65 0 65
June 36 0 36
July 0 1 1
August 142 3 145
September 29 3 32
Grand Total 440 7 447

Expressions of Interest

The number of Expressions of Interest drawn and issued a letter of advice to apply, as well as the number of business concepts submitted. For further details on Skilled Worker draws, see SW Expression of Interest draw data.

Month SW LAAs BIS BCs BIS LAAs
January 1,082 18 8
February 772 26 5
March 1,398 14 6
April 702 19 16
May 366 14 9
June 603 10 6
July 527 16 5
August 360 9 9
September 571 12 9
Grand Total 6,381 138 73

Applications Received – 2019

Month SW BIS Total
January 493 3 496
February 520 8 528
March 764 15 779
April 815 12 827
May 766 8 774
June 477 6 483
July 381 7 388
August 488 6 494
September 329 8 337
Grand Total 5,033 73 5,106

Information Sessions:

The number of attendees at in-house information sessions delivered by the MPNP. See the Information Sessions section for further details

Month SW BIS Total
January 53 19 72
February 40 22 62
March 34 26 60
April 28 23 51
May 24 16 40
June 25 26 51
July 33 25 58
August 44 24 68
September 26 35 61
Grand Total 307 246 523

Nov 06th, 2019:
Below are the address and details of the Canadian Embassies and consulates in India.

New Delhi – High Commission of Canada
Street Address: 7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India.
Telephone: +91 11 4178 2000
Fax: +91 11 4178 2023
Email: india.consular@international.gc.caBengaluru (formerly Bangalore) – Consulate General of Canada
Street Address: World Trade Center, 22nd Floor, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram West, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore 560055, Karnataka, India
Telephone: +91 80 4924 7000
Fax: +91 80 4924 7005
Email: india.consular@international.gc.caChandigarh – Consulate General of Canada:
Street Address: C413-C416, 4th Floor, Elante Office Complex, Plot No. 178-178A, Industrial & Business Park, Phase 1, Chandigarh 160002, India
Telephone: +91 172 505 0300
Fax: +91 172 505 0323
Email: india.consular@international.gc.caKolkata (formerly Calcutta) – Consulate of Canada
Street Address: Duncan House, 31 Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata 700 001, India
Telephone: +91 33 2242 6820
Fax: +91 33 2242 6828
Email: india.consular@international.gc.caMumbai (Formerly Bombay) – Consulate General of Canada
Street Address: Indiabulls Financial Centre, Tower 2, 21st Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road West, Mumbai 400 013, India
Telephone: +91 22 6749 4444
Fax: +91 22 6749 4454
Email: india.consular@international.gc.caNov 06th, 2019:Planned results: what they want to achieve this year and beyond.Core Responsibility: Economic development in Atlantic Canada

Description:

Support Atlantic Canada’s economic growth, wealth creation and economic prosperity through inclusive clean growth and building on competitive regional strengths. Help small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth through direct financial assistance and indirectly to business support organizations. SMEs become more innovative by adopting new technologies and processes and pursuing new avenues for expansion and market diversification in order to compete and succeed in a global market.

Planning highlights:

As part of ACOA’s role as a convener for economic development in Atlantic Canada and the Agency’s role in implementing the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the renewed focus on key priorities will be a central element of ACOA’s planning. The focus on these strategic priorities will have a positive impact on the Agency’s desired results and on how it achieves them. The Agency will act as a pathfinder for national programs to support Atlantic businesses to better access and benefit from federal investments. ACOA will look to invest in specific growth sectors, such as ocean, food, clean technology and tourism, while supporting advanced manufacturing, the start-up ecosystem and exports as drivers of competitiveness. The Agency will also focus on Indigenous economic development and on supporting a skilled workforce through immigration.

ACOA will support business investments in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Atlantic Canada by:

  • Investing in businesses at various stages of development, from start-up to high-growth, to accelerate their growth, assist them in scaling up, and enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets, through the Business Scale-up and Productivity stream of the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation Program (REGI Program).
  • Deploying the Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream of the REGI Program, to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness by convening innovation ecosystem stakeholders, particularly those related to the food and ocean sectors.
  • Undertaking an initiative to target capability enhancing investments for the many SMEs across Canada that are downstream steel and aluminum users.
  • Enabling companies to adopt clean technologies and processes for increased productivity and competitiveness.

ACOA will invest in the innovation and growth of Atlantic Canadian businesses through:

  • Collaboration with other federal and provincial departments to raise business awareness of the need to increase digitization and use of transformative technologies, including clean technologies in Atlantic Canada, and ensure that businesses have the capital they need to implement advanced manufacturing solutions in their operations for increased productivity and competitiveness.
  • As business culture and skills development are critical to SME growth, close work with key stakeholders in the region, such as the provinces, educational institutions and industry associations, to address skills issues facing the industry.
  • The Atlantic Trade and Investment and Growth Agreement, which will invest $20 million from federal and provincial sources over five years (2017–2022), and the implementation of plans developed by pan-Atlantic sector teams, co-chaired by the Agency and industry associations, which support ATIGS export targets and objectives in key industry sectors such as food and beverage, clean growth, advanced manufacturing, and ocean technologies.
  • Collaboration with federal and provincial partners to implement the Tourism Innovation Action Plan and advance Atlantic Canada’s tourism competitiveness and productive capacity.
  • Its role as the lead federal department for the Accelerated Growth Service in Atlantic Canada, enabling growth-oriented businesses to attain their full potential. The Agency will keep building its pipeline of clients that demonstrate strong potential for growth by providing focused sales and export support.

Planned results

Departmental result Departmental result indicator Target Date to achieve target 2015-16 Actual result 2016-17 Actual result 2017-18 Actual result
Communities are economically diversified in Atlantic Canada Percentage of Atlantic Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are majority owned by women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities and persons with disabilities 17.0% of female ownership, 1.3% of Indigenous ownership, 10.6% of youth ownership, 4.0% of visible minority ownership, and 0.3% of person(s) with a disability ownership March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* 17.1% of female ownership, 1.1% of Indigenous ownership, 10.6% of youth ownership, 4.5% of visible minority ownership, and 0.3% of person(s) with a disability ownership
Percentage of professional, science and technology-related jobs in Atlantic Canada’s economy 31%** March 31, 2020 30% 31% 32%
Amount leveraged per dollar invested by ACOA in community projects $1.25 for every dollar invested by ACOA in Atlantic Canada March 31, 2020 $1.38 $1.17 $1.37
Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Atlantic Canada Value of business expenditures in research and development by firms receiving ACOA program funding, in dollars $66 million March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* Not available*
Percentage of businesses engaged in collaborations with higher education institutions in Atlantic Canada 18% March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* 18%
Businesses are innovative and growing in Atlantic Canada Number of high growth firms in Atlantic Canada 740** March 31, 2020 790 610 Not available*
Value of export of goods (in dollars) from Atlantic Canada $22 billion** March 31, 2020 $21.1 billion $19.5 billion $24.8 billion
Value of exports of clean technologies (in dollars) from Atlantic Canada Not available* March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* Not available*
Revenue growth rate of firms supported by ACOA programs 8% March 31, 2020 7% 13% 8%

 

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)

2019-20 Main Estimates 2019-20 Planned spending 2020-21 Planned spending 2021-22 Planned spending
289,063,006 289,063,006 267,187,006 265,407,249

Human resources (full-time equivalents [FTEs])

2019-20 Planned 2020-21 Planned 2021-22 Planned
382 382 382

Nov 06th, 2019:

Aboriginal roots:
The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec. For lack of another name, Cartier used the word “Canada” to describe not only the village, but the entire area controlled by its chief, Donnacona.
The name was soon applied to a much larger area; maps in 1547 designated everything north of the St. Lawrence River as Canada. Cartier also called the St. Lawrence River the “rivière du Canada,” a name used until the early 1600s. By 1616, although the entire region was known as New France, the area along the great river of Canada and the Gulf of St. Lawrence was still called Canada.

Soon explorers and fur traders opened up territory to the west and to the south, and the area known as Canada grew. In the early 1700s, the name referred to all French lands in what is now the American Midwest and as far south as present-day Louisiana. Centuries before Europeans began to settle in North America, explorers who came here found thriving First Nations and Inuit societies with their own beliefs, way of life and rich history.

When the first European explorers came to Canada they found all regions occupied by native peoples they called “Indians,” thinking they had reached the East Indies. The native people lived off the land, some by hunting and gathering, others by raising crops. The arrival of European traders, missionaries, soldiers and colonists changed the native way of life forever. Large numbers of Aboriginals died of European diseases to which they lacked immunity. However, Aboriginals and Europeans formed strong economic, religious and military bonds in the first 200 years of coexistence which laid the foundations of Canada.
The first use of Canada as an official name came in 1791, when the Province of Quebec was divided into the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. In 1841, the two colonies were united under one name, the Province of Canada.

The naming of a nation:

Leading up to the proposed confederation, a number of names were suggested for the northern half of the continent of North America, including: Albertsland, Albionora, Borealia, Britannia, Cabotia, Colonia, Efisga
Footnote
1, Hochelaga, Norland, Superior, Transatlantia, Tuponia
Footnote
2, and Victorialand.

The debate was placed in perspective by Thomas D’Arcy McGee, who declared on February 9, 1865:

Fortunately for posterity, McGee’s wit and reasoning – along with common sense – prevailed, and on July 1, 1867, the provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick became “one Dominion under the name of Canada.”

The new Dominion of Canada:

Today, Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories.
However, when the British North America Act, 1867, (now the Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982) created the new Dominion of Canada, there were only four provinces – Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The Northwest Territories and Manitoba:

The year 1870 – three years after Confederation – brought multiple historic changes to land ownership, including:

Canada’s purchase of Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company, which had been granted a charter to the area by the British government exactly two centuries earlier. Rupert’s Land spanned all land drained by rivers flowing into Hudson Bay – roughly 40 per cent of present-day Canada. The selling price was 300,000 pounds sterling.

Britain’s transfer of the North-Western Territory to Canada. Previously, the Hudson’s Bay Company had an exclusive licence to trade in this area, which stretched west to the colony of British Columbia and north to the Arctic Circle. When it was discovered in the mid-1800s that the Prairies had enormous farming potential, the British government refused to renew the company’s licence. With the Hudson’s Bay Company out of the area, Britain was free to turn it over to Canada.
The combination of Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory to form the Northwest Territories, followed by the creation of the Province of Manitoba from a small part of this area.

British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon:

Subsequent years brought more changes to Canada’s territorial boundaries:
In 1871, British Columbia joined the union with the promise of a railway to link it to the rest of the country.
In 1873, Prince Edward Island, which had previously declined an offer to join Confederation, became Canada’s seventh province.
Yukon, which had been a district of the Northwest Territories since 1895, became a separate territory in 1898.

Saskatchewan and Alberta:


Meanwhile, Canada was opening up its west, just as its neighbour to the south had done before. Migrants from eastern Canada and immigrants from Europe and the United States began to fill the Prairies, which were still part of the Northwest Territories. Then, in 1905, the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta were created, completing the map of Western Canada.

Newfoundland and Nunavut:

After great debate and two referenda, the people of Newfoundland voted to join Confederation in 1949, creating Canada’s tenth province.
On April 1, 1999, Nunavut was created from the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, covering 1.9 million square kilometres of Canada’s Eastern Arctic.

Nov 06th, 2019:

The Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories has serious bragging rights for producing the biggest and brightest.

In October 2018, the largest diamond ever found in North America was unearthed at the Diavik mine; a 552-carat gemstone roughly the size of a chicken egg that would make even the rich and famous.

To put the potential of the giant gem into perceptive, a polished 37.87 carat and a 36.80 carat diamond, both brilliant-cut and pear shaped, were both auctioned for a combined $1.3 million U.S.
The 552-carat gem is roughly three times the size of the next-largest diamond found in Canada, a 187.7-carat beauty that was uncovered at the Diavik mine in 2015.

The Diavik mine is owned by Dominion Diamond Mines (Dominion) and the Rio Tinto Group. Dominion also owns and operates the nearby Ekati Diamond Mine. Both mines are located approximately 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle.

The discovery proves that the Northern Lights aren’t the only phenomenon that shine bright in Canada’s North.

In fact, the Northwest Territories’ sparkling diamonds are well-known around the world. Their quality, colour and texture tell of an extraordinary journey through time, from deep volcanic eruptions billions of years ago, to a polished engagement ring that symbolizes everlasting love.

Pounds says Dominion exports most of its stones to India, a country that has expertise in cutting and polishing. In total, the company employs or contracts 1,700 people in the Northwest Territories (at the Ekati mine), and in its offices in Calgary, Yellowknife, Antwerp, and Mumbai.

Nov 06th, 2019:
Please find below the PNP updates for the Month of October 2019 – Date Wise:-

  • Oct 31: Saskatchewan invited another 858 candidates through the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams. Invitations were issued to candidates with a variety of NOC codes.
  • Oct 29: British Columbia invited 413 skills immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP. BC also invited 24 candidates through the PNP’s entrepreneurial streams.
  • Oct 28: Nova Scotia invited candidates with experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012) in a draw for the Labour Market Priorities stream.
  • Oct 25: Quebec announced the results of the latest round of invitations issued through the new Quebec Skilled Worker selection system, Arrima. The most recent draw took place on Sept 25 and issued 169 invitations.
  • Oct 24: Saskatchewan invited another 922 candidates through the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams. Invitations were issued across a wide array of NOC codes. The province has issued nearly 4,000 invitations in the past month.
  • Oct 24: Manitoba invited 157 candidates, including 12 Express Entry candidates, to apply to the MPNP, with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, the International Education stream, and the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
  • Oct 23: Alberta announced the results of an Alberta Express Entry draw that took place on October 9. As well, Alberta announced that it has issued 4,862 nomination certificates so far in 2019.
  • Oct 22: British Columbia invited 62 Skills Immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, with invitations issued across four categories.
  • Oct 17: Saskatchewan invited 986 Express Entry candidates from the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream. The following NOCs were included: 0621, 0631, 0711, 0821, 1114, 1311, 2171, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 7312, 7321.
  • Oct 17: PEI invited 146 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates to apply for provincial nomination under the PEI PNP, with another 12 business candidates also invited
  • Oct 15: British Columbia invited 277 skills immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories.
  • Oct 11: Manitoba invited 193 candidates, including 24 Express Entry candidates, to apply to the MPNP, with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, the International Education stream, and the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
  • Oct 11: Alberta announced the results of an Alberta Express Entry draw that took place on September 25. As well, Alberta announced that it has issued 4,633 nomination certificates so far in 2019.
  • Oct 8: Saskatchewan invited 559 candidates, including 231 Express Entry candidates and 328 Occupations In-Demand candidates.
  • Sept 8: British Columbia invited 64 Skills Immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, with invitations issued across four categories. 7 invitations were also issued through the Entrepreneur Regional Pilot.
  • Oct 3: British Columbia added more approved communities to the list for the BC PNP Regional Entrepreneur program, which began issuing invitations earlier this year.
  • Oct 3: Quebec announced the results of the latest round of invitations issued through the new Quebec Skilled Worker selection system, Arrima. The most recent draw took place on Sept 4 and issued 32 invitations. .
  • Oct 2: Saskatchewan invited 610 candidates, including 396 Express Entry candidates and 214 Occupations In-Demand candidates.
  • Oct 1: British Columbia invited 402 skills immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories.

Nov 05th, 2019:

The Patent Collective, one of the key initiatives of the Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy, is a $30M, 4-year pilot program intended to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with their patent and other IP needs. As the Patent Collective is a pilot program, participants will have an opportunity to shape how it will support member businesses, customize services to suit members’ needs and innovation environments, and identify how best to support the strategic use of IP in scaling businesses. The Government of Canada, in soliciting applications, is seeking input from entities to determine how the Patent Collective can be best structured to achieve the program’s objectives. For more information or to apply, please review the Patent Collective Program Guide.

Program objectives:

The Patent Collective pilot program will help its members better leverage IP in their drive to grow to scale and will also provide the Government with insight to better support SMEs in this regard going forward. This program contributes to the objectives of the IP Strategy which is intended to help Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs better understand, protect, and commercialize IP.3

Why this program is important:

The objectives of the Patent Collective pilot program and of the IP Strategy more broadly are directly aligned with priority areas under the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan. In particular, it supports companies, investment and growth; for Canadian businesses to grow and create good, well-paying jobs, they need the ability to turn their ideas into new goods and services that can compete in the marketplace. The Patent Collective pilot program will be a new resource that businesses can access to enable this objective.

Nov 01st, 2019:

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of draw as on 31st October 2019 through the SINP’s EOI system.

International Skilled Workers sub categories:

Occupation In-Demand

Total Invitation Issued: 231

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 68 Points

Express Entry

Total Invitation Issued: 627

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 68 Points.

The following NOCs have been included:

1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1313, 2171, 2172, 2222, 2234, 2242, 2251, 2253, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3212, 3219, 3223, 3237, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4211, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6316, 6331, 6342, 7245, 7246, 7315, 8222, 8255, 9212, 9213, 9226, 9241.

Oct 31st, 2019:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced 20th EE Draw under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on 20th October 2019.

3,900 ITAs have been issued to applicants in the pool with 475 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Oct 30th, 2019:

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination on 28th October 2019 for Nurses (NOC: 3012).

Please find below list of client who received a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Immigration to apply for further application process.

All below listed clients has CRS Rank below 400 and 3 years and above work experience in occupation code 3012.

Oct 29th, 2019:

Please find below Guidelines on LETTER OF INTEREST FROM NSOI:

To be eligible to apply to the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, you must have received a Letter of Interest in your IRCC online account indicating that Nova Scotia is inviting you to apply under the NSNP.

Letters of Interest will only be offered to candidates:

• With a valid Express Entry profile,

• Who meet a Labour market priority identified by Nova Scotia?

• Who have indicated their interest in moving to Nova Scotia in Express Entry?

Letters of Interest will remain valid for 30 calendar days.

Supporting Documentation:

Copy of the valid Letter of Interest received from Nova Scotia in Express Entry.

PASSPORT: Valid regular passports for all accompanying family members. Include copies of pages showing the passp Copy of the valid Letter of Interest or number, date of issue and expiry, your photo, name, date and place of birth, any amendments in name, date of birth, expiration, etc., and any previous visas and/or visits to Canada.

A copy of your valid visa or work permits, if you are not a citizen of the country where you currently live (including Canada).

Correspondence from previous attempts to immigrate to Canada through provincial or federal immigration categories. Include correspondence received from the provincial or Canadian government associated with each previous application.

SETTLEMENT FUNDS: Applicants must demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish themselves and their family in Nova Scotia and to pay the immigration costs and travel expenses (if applicable)

Supporting Documentation:

  • Official banking statements from financial institutions for the past three months indicating the account(s) balance and transnational history.
  • Statements for investment portfolios and fixed deposits and the terms and conditions for withdrawing these funds prior to maturity (if applicable).
Number of Persons in Household (in Canadian dollars)
One person $12,669
Two people $15,772
Three people $19,390
Four people $23,542
Five people $26,701
Six people $30,114
Seven people $33,528

Letters of Reference from all employers to demonstrate you meet the work experience job duties criteria for the Express Entry stream.

Letters must be written on company letterhead. Be signed by the responsible human resources officer, supervisor, or manager.

Show company’s full address, telephone number, e-mail and website addresses and be stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable).

Include all of the following information in one document:

  • the specific period of your employment with the company.
  • the positions you have held during the period of employment and time spent in each position
  • your main responsibilities and duties in each position
  • your annual salary plus benefits in each position
  • the number of hours worked per week in each position
  • the number of hours worked in total for each position
  • proof that your work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties as set out in NOC 2016, found here: noc.esdc.gc.ca/English/home.aspx

Supporting Documents listed below:

  • Offer/Appointment letter.
  • Experience/Service/Relieving/Resignation letter.
  • Promotion letter/Role change letter/Transfer letter.
  • Salary Hike/Appraisal letters.
  • Recent employer 3 months’ pay-slips.

Language tests: IELTS /CELPIP/TEF with CLB 8 or higher bands.

Proof of education: Proof of education must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if your educational credential was obtained outside of Canada.

  • ECA /IQAS Report.
  • Secondary, higher secondary, Degree, Diploma Mark-sheets
  • Degree certificate

Application Fee: There is no provincial application fee under the NSNP. You must, however, pay all the required Government of Canada immigration fees when you submit your file to IRCC

Application Process.

Apply to NSNP under the Labour Market Priorities Stream.

After you receive a Letter of Interest from Nova Scotia through your IRCC online account, you have 30 calendar days to apply to NSNP under the Labour Market Priorities stream.

To apply, you must submit your application through Nova Scotia’s online service (www.novascotia.ca/ensnp) and ensure that you include all the required supporting documents.

All supporting documents must be provided as portable document format (PDF) files. You will have to scan paper documents into PDF files and convert electronic documents into PDF files. Note that all documents must be clear

When documents are not in English or in French, you must submit a copy of the original document and a copy of the certified translation. NSOI will only accept translations prepared by certified translators.

Oct 29th, 2019:

Please find the below Information on Nova Scotia draw on Oct 28, for Nurses (3012):

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination.

Only candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.

CRITERIA FOR THE OCT. 28, 2019, DRAW FOR NURSES ARE AS FOLLOWS.

CANDIDATES MUST:

  • Have a primary occupation of registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012)
  • Provide letters of reference from employers, as outlined in the application guide, to demonstrate that they have 3 or more years of experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse.
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 8 or higher in English or French in all language abilities as demonstrated by providing results from a language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.*
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree OR have completed a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.*
  • Have submitted an expression of interest to the Express Entry pool on or after Nov. 1, 2018
  • You must include copies of language tests and proof of education to meet a bachelor’s degree or higher with your application. Proof of education must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if your educational credential was obtained outside of Canada.ELIGIBILITYTo apply you must:
  • receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
  • submit your application within 30 calendar days of the date on which your letter of interest was issued;
  • meet the minimum work-experience requirements of the Express Entry stream for which you have qualified;
  • demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses;
  • have legal status in your current country of residence;
  • meet eligibility criteria in place at the time you are issued a Letter of Interest; and
  • have a valid Express Entry number and meet all IRCC criteria for the Express Entry pool.

HOW TO APPLY

If you have received a Letter of Interest, complete the online application form and include all required information and attachments.

Oct 25th, 2019:

MPNP under the Expression of Interest System

Draw #75 – October 24, 2019

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 117
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 567

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 16

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 24 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 685

Of the 157 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 12 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

Note:

  1. Expressions of Interest from Skilled Worker Overseas candidates have not been considered in this draw unless they:
    • were directly invited by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
    • Candidates invited under the Express Entry sub-stream who do not have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code and verifiable experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list will be refused.
  2. If your score is higher than that of the lowest-ranked candidate, but you have not received an Letter of Advice to Apply, this could be because:
    • You have indicated that you have taken an approved third-party language test to demonstrate your language ability in English/French, but have not provided a valid Test Number in your EOI or your language test is no longer valid
    • You have indicated that you have received an Invitation to Apply to the MPNP under a Strategic Initiative, but did not provide a valid Invitation Number
    • Please note that for each question in EOI, help text is available, providing detailed information on the information you should enter. If one of these scenarios applies to you, you may wish to update your EOI with the correct information in order to be considered for the next draw from the EOI pool.
  3. Candidates who indicated that they are working in a regulated occupation and are fully licensed to work in Manitoba have been selected in this draw. However, the MPNP may not accept or may refuse full applications from those candidates who are not actually working in a regulated occupation and/or fail to provide proof of having undergone all necessary licensing steps to be employed in Manitoba. If this applies to you, you may wish to consider declining your Letter of Advice to Apply.

Oct 25th, 2019:

SINP International Skilled Workers:

Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Results See below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system. This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

Date of Invitations to Apply Category Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate to Apply Total Candidates Invited to Apply Other Considerations 24-Oct-2019.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY CATEGORY SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
24th Oct 2019 Express Entry 69 372 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0132, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1311, 1313, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2148, 2171, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2251, 2252, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3215, 3217, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 6344, 7201, 7202, 7204, 7231, 7235, 7236, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7251, 7271, 7281, 7294, 7305, 7311, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 7381, 7384, 8211, 8222, 9213, 9231, 9232
24th Oct 2019 Occupations In-Demand 69 550 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0132, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1311, 1313, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2148, 2171, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2251, 2252, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3215, 3217, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 6344, 7201, 7202, 7204, 7231, 7235, 7236, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7251, 7271, 7281, 7294, 7305, 7311, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 7381, 7384, 8211, 8222, 9213, 9231, 9232

Oct 24th, 2019:

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for immigration to Canada. Provinces and territories search the pool of Express Entry profiles to find candidates to nominate. Many provincial immigration streams target candidates with work experience in a specific occupation. Candidates with work experience in any skilled occupation may be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through Canada’s Express Entry system, irrespective of CRS. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The entry of new permanent residents through the PNP is scheduled to continue growing in 2020 and 2021.

From Jan 2019 to date more than 34,000 Invitations have been issued by Provinces.

Please read carefully, you will note that the detailed notes shared on every province further reassure the importance of being in the EE pool for every Canada aspirant client.

About some of the Popular PNPs – Provincial Nominee Programs:

Alberta Express Entry Stream:

Alberta announced that the allocation for 2019 is 6000 nominations, through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).Applicants who are in the Express Entry pool are getting notifications from Alberta; candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 have been invited.

We have assisted clients to submit their applications and we are happy to inform you all that we have started receiving success too.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have an active profile in Express Entry Pool
  • Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • Must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.
  • There is no fee to submit an application
  • Upon getting a notification, the application must be submitted in 30 days to the Alberta Immigration office.

Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has expanded the number of occupations that are eligible under its popular Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories from 19 to 218, opening the door to Expressions of Interest from a broad range of candidates with high-skilled work experience who had previously been excluded. SINP is currently accepting applications under, International Skilled Worker sub-categories of Occupations in Demand and Express Entry. To file EOI for SINP, basic eligibility criteria are applicant must score 60 points on SINP’s assessment grid and NOC/occupation must be listed in the SINP demand list. Upon receiving invitation applicant will be asked to submit required documents and fees to SINP.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia’s Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities Stream has invited Express Entry candidates with work experience as financial auditors or accountants- NOC 1111 and who have work experience in NOC 4214, Early childhood educators and assistants.

Prince Edward Island (PEI):

Prince Edward Island – PEI is open for applicants who have an existing active profile under the express entry. PEI issues invitations in regular intervals to applicants in Express Entry pool, upon getting invited applicants can apply to PEI’s provincial nominee the program, for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Manitoba:

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is accepting EOI and inviting internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. Interested applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of 60 points and also demonstrate a strong connection in Manitoba. The connection can be a friend or close relative, staying in Manitoba on a permanent resident or citizenship status for at least one year/previous work experience of 6 months in Manitoba/Completed education post-secondary program in Canada/ Regional Immigration/Invitation to apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit.

Ontario:

6900 nominations to be issued in 2019.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) regularly searches IRCC Express Entry pool to find applicants to issue the notification of interest(NOI) who may meet one of the criteria of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams.

NOIs issued in 2019 to till date:

Human Capital Priorities Stream – 6958

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549

Skilled Trades Stream – 732

as of September 12, 2019, 5,200 nominations have been issued.

New Brunswick:

New Brunswick will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labor-market needs.

Eligibility requirements:

1. Are living in New Brunswick and are working, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;

2. Have an offer of continuous, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;

or

3. Have been selected, from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour market needs and received a Notification of Interest via federal Express Entry account.

Candidates selected under factor 3 will receive a Notification or Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account.

PNP With Job Offers

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program has a range of streams targeting foreign nationals with specific skills and experience, applicants applying under all the streams mentioned below must have a Job Offer.

  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP):

The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream is a key component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants applying for this category must have a job offer from Newfoundland and Labrador.

British Columbia:

To apply for Provincial nomination under the BC PNPs various categories mentioned below a job offer is required.

  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC – Healthcare Professional.
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration (SI) – Skilled Worker
  • SI – Healthcare Professional
  • SI – International Graduate
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Oct 23rd, 2019:

What to expect from the immigration system in the coming years.

The Liberals’ minority victory in the October 21 federal election means Canada’s immigration system will likely remain stable as long as they are able to maintain the confidence of Parliament.

Immigration Levels: 370,000 immigrants by 2023?

Immigration levels are poised to rise even further under a Liberal minority government.
Under their current plan, the target will increase from 330,800 in 2019 to 350,000 by 2021, and their election platform suggested this pattern would continue if they attained a new mandate.

Given the incremental approach employed by the Liberals in recent years, we can expect immigration targets to increase by an additional 10,000 newcomers or so each year beyond 2021, which means that Canada could aim for approximately 370,000 immigrants by 2023.

Pilot Programs: All eyes on the Municipal Nominee Program:

In their first term, the Liberals launched several economic class immigration pilot programs. The most notable among these was the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), which the Liberals pledged would become permanent if they earned another mandate.
All eyes will now turn the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP), which the Liberals pledged to help smaller cities across Canada attract more immigrants.

Few details about the MNP have emerged, but it is sure to garner national interest given the challenges that most cities across Canada face in attracting immigrants.

Other than New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (each of which has at least two main cities), Canada’s remaining seven provinces see at least 80 per cent of their newcomers go to their main city.

The MNP’s selection criteria are likely to be modelled after the AIP and Rural Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), which was also launched by the Liberals. This means the MNP will enable employers in municipalities designated by the federal government to support the immigration applications of newcomers who meet their labour needs.

One of the major questions surrounding the MNP is how the Liberals would distribute 2,750 principal applicant spots (the maximum number of immigrants that can be selected under a pilot program) across a country with 35 census metropolitan areas — cities with at least 100,000 people — and 117 census agglomerations, which have a population of 10,000 people or more.

The Liberals may decide to narrow the MNP’s eligibility by precluding the Atlantic provinces and all designated communities under the RNIP from using the MNP.
This would mean that only small and medium-sized cities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia would be able to benefit from the MNP.

Settlement funding: Expect further increases:

Conservative and Liberal governments alike have overseen substantial increases to federal settlement funding over the past 20 years, with the Liberals continuing this policy during their first term in office.

The federal settlement envelope, which funds services aimed at fostering economic and social integration, currently stands at $1.5 billion and is slated for further increases as the Liberals continue to increase immigration levels.

Oct 23rd, 2019:

New Brunswick will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour-market needs.


Eligibility requirements:

To be considered under the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream, applicants must have any one of the following factors.

1. Are living in New Brunswick and are working paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;
2. Have an offer of continuous, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC; or
3. Have been selected, by PETL, from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour market needs and received a Notification of Interest via your federal Express Entry account.

Candidates selected under factor 3 will receive a Notification or Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account. Candidates who do receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick should proceed in the following manner:

  1. Register in INB and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Express Entry Stream.
  2. Once your EOI is successfully submitted, contact us at entree.express.entry@gnb.ca with the subject line: NB LOI.

Include in your message:

– Your full name, as it appears in your INB profile;
– a pdf copy or screenshot of the Letter of Interest that you received to your Federal Express Entry account;
– your federal Express Entry Profile Number (E00*******).

Once we verify your LOI and acknowledge receipt of your message, we will then send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream via your INB Notification Centre.

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

Oct 22nd, 2019:

Canadians return Liberals to power with minority government. Liberal immigration policies will continue, but they’ll now need opposition support.

Canadian voters elected a minority Liberal government Monday night, bringing an end to a 40-day election campaign that heard many promises on immigration but never saw it emerge as a top issue.

The Liberal minority led by Justin Trudeau will face an opposition led by the Conservative Party of Canada. Polls had both parties effectively tied for most of the campaign period and each earned around 34 per cent of the popular vote Monday night.

Liberal immigration priorities

One priority issue is Canada’s annual immigration levels, which the Liberals have pledged to raise through “modest and responsible increases.”

The multi-year approach to immigration levels planning that was introduced by the Liberals in 2017 has the number of newcomers to Canada reaching 350,000 by 2021 — a total annual increase of around three per cent over 2020.

This level of increase could continue beyond 2021 if the Liberals can gain majority support for their immigration targets moving forward.

Nearly 60 per cent of newcomers will be admitted through Canada’s Economic Class immigration programs and the Liberals’ election platform said they will keep this focus on “highly skilled people who can help build a stronger Canada.”

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer referred to the Liberals’ immigration targets as “reasonable” during the election campaign. He also said Canada’s immigration targets should not be “politicized,” which suggests some cooperation between the two parties on Canada’s targets may be possible.

Express Entry

The Liberals aren’t expected to introduce major changes to Canada’s Express Entry system, which was introduced by the Conservatives in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Class.

The points-based system issues eligible candidates a score based on their age, education level, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors, and a set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to Apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.

In 2016, the Liberals reduced the number of points awarded for a job offer from 600 to a maximum of 200 to ensure that those invited to apply for permanent residence are highly skilled and more likely to find economic success in Canada.

The Conservatives pledged to reverse this change in their election platform, a promise that could spark some friction between the two top parties in Parliament.

Oct 19th, 2019:

Please find the latest SINP draw update on 17th Oct 2019:

Cut off Score: 67 Points.

NOC: The following NOCs have been included:

0621, 0631, 0711, 0821, 1114, 1311, 2171, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 7312, 7321

Total Invites: 986

Oct 17th, 2019:

The 2019 Canadian federal election (formally the 43rd Canadian general election) is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2019, to elect members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament.

Governor General Julie Payette dissolved the 42nd Parliament on September 11, 2019, on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the traditional action that commences an election.
The 40-day campaign will see the incumbent Liberals attempt to retain the majority they won in the 2015 election. The Conservative Party, under Andrew Scheer, the New Democratic Party under Jagmeet Singh, the Green Party under Elizabeth May and the People’s Party under Maxime Bernier will contest the in-power, Liberal government.

Background:

The 2015 federal election resulted in a Liberal majority government headed by Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives became the Official Opposition (with Stephen Harper announcing his resignation as party leader) and the New Democrats (NDP) became the third party. While members of the Bloc Québécois and the Greens were elected to the House, both failed to achieve the required number of MPs-twelve- for official party status. Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe announced his resignation shortly after the election, and was succeeded by Parti Québécois MNA Martine Ouellet. After losing a leadership review, Ouellet announced she would step down as Bloc leader on June 11, 2018, and was succeeded by Yves-François Blanchet on January 17, 2019.

Tom Mulcair was rejected as NDP party leader; he gained only 48% of the vote at the NDP’s April 2016 leadership review. The party held a leadership election on October 1, 2017, electing Ontario MPP and the former Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh as Mulcair’s successor.

Name Ideology Leader 2015 result At dissolution
Votes (%) Seats
Liberal Liberalism Justin Trudeau 39.47% 184 / 338 177 / 338
Social liberalism
Conservative Conservatism Andrew Scheer 31.89% 99 / 338 95 / 338
Economic liberalism
Fiscal conservatism
New Democratic Social democracy Jagmeet Singh 19.71% 44 / 338 39 / 338
Democratic socialism
Bloc Québécois Quebec sovereigntism Yves-François Blanchet 4.66% 10 / 338 10 / 338
Social democracy
Green Green politics Elizabeth May 3.45% 1 / 338 2 / 338
Green liberalism
People’s Conservatism Maxime Bernier N/A 1 / 338
Libertarianism
Classical liberalism
Populism
Co-operative Commonwealth Social democracy N/A N/A 1 / 338
Independents N/A N/A 0.28% 0 / 338 8 / 338
Vacant seats N/A N/A 5 / 338

Oct 11th, 2019:

Canada will be opening, closing, and making changes at visa application centres (VACs) in the coming weeks.
Two new VACs will open in the Caribbean:

Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: this location will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting Oct. 9;
Castries, Saint Lucia: this location will be open from Monday to Friday starting Oct. 10.

In addition, current contracts with VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will expire next month. New contracts will result in changes to fees, services, locations and websites.

Starting Nov. 2, VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will charge a separate fee to submit applications and send documents.

Other services and fees may also be introduced at these locations.

Also, they will no longer collect biometrics on a walk-in basis. An appointment will be required and can be made on their new webpages.

New VACs opening, 2 closing

New VACs are scheduled to open in:

  • Manama, Bahrain
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Yekaterinburg, Russia

VACs in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Podgorica, Montenegro, will close permanently on Nov. 29.

The following are important dates for the Sofia and Podgorica centres:

  • November 1 is the last day they will accept applications and collect biometrics;
  • November 4 to 29, the centres will let applicants know when they can pick up their documents;
  • After November 29, documents will be returned directly to applicants and they will get all the services they’ve paid for until this date.

New websites coming for all VACs

All VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will keep their existing service provider, according to the Government of Canada webpage.

Service providers will launch new websites for all VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The new websites come online November 2 and will allow users to book appointments to submit biometrics. These appointments are mandatory.

The new websites will also contain updated location information.

Existing VAC websites will remain functional until November 1.

Oct 09th, 2019:

Please find the latest SINP draw update on 8th Oct 2019:

SINP International Skilled Workers:

Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Results See below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system. This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

Date of Invitations to Apply Category Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate to Apply Total Candidates Invited to Apply Other Considerations 8-Oct-2019.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY

CATEGORY

SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY

TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

8th Oct 2019

Occupations In-Demand

69

328

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0111, 0112, 0114, 0122, 0821, 1114, 1221, 1241, 1311, 2171, 2174, 2251 6235, 6332, 7321

8th Oct 2019

Express Entry

69

231

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0111, 0112, 0114, 0122, 0821, 1114, 1221, 1241, 1311, 2171, 2174, 2251 6235, 6332, 7321

Oct 04th, 2019:
32 candidates invited by Quebec through the ‘Skilled Worker Program’

The Ministry of Immigration, Quebec released the details of inviting 32 candidates of the Arrima profiles. This round was held on the 4th of September, 2019.

All candidates who had a valid job offer along with the expression of interest, foreigners working as consular officers, intergovernmental organisation’s representatives (United nations of Quebec) and diplomats were all considered.

Compared to the previous draws the number of people was way less. 259 invitations were sent to the same kind of eligibility candidates on 17th July, 2019.

Arrima – Know what is it

1. Arrima started in 2018. It was started towards receiving the EOI (Expression of Interest) profiles for the QSWP (Quebec Skilled Worker Program) and manage the pool of these candidates.

2. The Expression of Interest is not an application. It is how the Quebec Ministry of Immigration notifies candidates that they are considered for the Quebec Selection Certificate or CSQ (Certificat de sélection du Québec)

3. Candidates can apply for PR Quebec through the CSQ.

4. The ‘first come, first serve’ approach of accepting applications towards the Quebec Skilled Worker Program was replaced by Arrima.

5. Under Arrima’s EOI system, candidates who create a profile get points based on factors like Education, Age, Area of Training, French proficiency and Work experience.

6. After this, the candidates are allowed to apply for the CSQ based on the scores secured or based on the shortage of labour in the outlying regions of the province.

7. Candidates can apply for a PR only if they receive a CSQ from the Canadian Federal Immigration Ministry, which also scrutinizes criminal and medical history

Oct 03rd, 2019:

SINP INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) SELECTION RESULTS

See below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system.

This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

SINP Draw Update Source Link: –

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY CATEGORY SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
2nd Oct 2019 Occupations In-Demand 68 214 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0016, 0121, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0421, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0811, 0912, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 1254, 1313, 2112, 2172, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3237, 4033, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6342, 7232, 7305, 7311, 7315, 7381, 8222, 9212, 9213, 9232, 9241
2nd Oct 2019 Express Entry 68 396 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0016, 0121, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0421, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0811, 0912, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1242, 1243, 1251, Updated: October 2, 2019 1252, 1254, 1313, 2112, 2172, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3237, 4033, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6342, 7232, 7305, 7311, 7315, 7381, 8222, 9212, 9213, 9232, 9241

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Oct 03rd, 2019:

SASKATCHEWAN INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) SELECTION RESULTS: SINP – Draw Update 2nd Oct 2019

EOI can be filed for 2 subcategory streams under Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker. An applicant needs to score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment factors and occupation must be on the demand list of Saskatchewan.

1). Occupations In-Demand: The client needs to meet 60 points criteria without Express Entry. We can file if the client meets 60 points with current IELTS scores.

2). Express Entry: Client needs to meet 60 points criteria without Express Entry. We can file if the client meets 60 points and if the profile is in the Express Entry pool.

SINP INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) SELECTION RESULTS

Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at a minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

Category: Occupations In-Demand

The score of the lowest-ranked candidate to apply: 68

Total Candidates invited to apply: 214

Category: Express Entry

The score of the lowest-ranked candidate to apply: 68

Total Candidates invited to apply: 396

Oct 03rd, 2019:

IRCC has Conducted 19th CRS Draw on 02nd October 2019:

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted 19th Draw under Federal Skilled Worker Program on 02nd October, 2019

Source link for draws:

Please find below the draw details:

CRS Draw CRS score Invitations to apply issued
19th 464 3,900

Sep 27th, 2019:

BC Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Draw Updates till date:-

Total NOI issued so far till date:- 6607 Candidates

Date

Category

Score

NOI

24-Sep-19  (Tech Pilot draw) SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90
EEBC – International Graduate 90

Total number of invitations issued:

65

17-Sep-19 SI – Skilled Worker 92
SI – International Graduate 97
SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 77
EEBC – Skilled Worker 97
EEBC – International Graduate 101

Total number of invitations issued:

481

10-Sep-19  (Tech Pilot draw) SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90
EEBC – International Graduate 90

Total number of invitations issued:

57

3-Sep-19 SI – Skilled Worker 93
SI – International Graduate 98
SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 77
EEBC – Skilled Worker 96
EEBC – International Graduate 100

Total number of invitations issued:

546

Guaranteed invitations

If you achieve or exceed these registration scores, you are guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply in the next draw for your category. Invitations to apply may be issued for scores lower than these minimums. Guaranteed invitation scores are subject to change.

Category

Guaranteed Registration Score

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

135

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

105

Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

(includes Northeast)

95

Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

135

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

105

Sep 27th, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/09/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/09/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

OCCUPATION CEILINGS Released for the year 2019-20: Please go through the attached document for the new Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

    • 2211 Accountants* out of 2746 – 113 already invited
    • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1552 – 65 already invited
    • 2247 Management Consultant – 5269 – only 6 already invited
    • 2321Architects and Landscape Architects – 2171 – 125 already invited
    • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 19 already invited
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3772 – 57 already invited
    • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 29 already invited
    • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 42 already invited  
    •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1600 – 67 already invited
    •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 40 already invited
    •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 2587 – 107 already invited
    •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 8748 – 361 already invited
    •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2887 – 71 already invited
    •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2553 – 103 already invited
    •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 34 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa under 189, 190 & 489 subclasses.

Sep 26th, 2019:

Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers Application selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system as on 25th September 2019.

Occupation In-Demand :

  • Score Lowest Ranked  Candidate to Apply:79
  • Total Candidates Invited to Apply:365

Express Entry:

  • Score Lowest Ranked  Candidate to Apply:70
  • Total Candidates Invited to Apply:404

How the EOI System Works?

The first step in applying for the Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories is the submission of an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system, OASIS.

Candidates who are selected from the SINP International Skilled Worker EOI system pool receive an Invitation to Apply for a provincial nomination.

Invitations to Apply:

Applicant must submit your full application, including payment of the non‐refundable processing fee online with in 60 days.  

Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an EOI; however, candidates can only have one EOI profile.

The SINP reserves the right to limit the intake of EOI. As well, the SINP may limit the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and applications do not exceed employment demand.

Sep 23rd, 2019:

We are happy to announce new service deliverables to CAN-MRPS range of products called “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” wherein we will be assisting on all Provinces that client may be eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) thereby increasing the client’s chances of successful Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

About Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):

The Canadian federation consists of ten provinces and three territories that are as below:

Ten Provinces: Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | New Brunswick | Newfoundland and Labrador | Nova Scotia |  Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Quebec | Saskatchewan |

Three Territories: Northwest Territories |Nunavut | Yukon

Provinces and territories are actively searching the pool of Express Entry profiles to find candidates to nominate. Provincial immigration streams target candidates with work experience in a specific occupation some of which are linked to the Express Entry system. Every Province has its own eligibility criteria and Occupation list; they are coming up with innovative strategies to welcome newcomers from the Express Entry pool.

Many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are only available to candidates in the Express Entry pool and applicants who have filed their application online will continue to benefit. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

About 28,199 invitations have been issued by the Provinces from January 2019 to date.

What’s new in “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” as compared to “CAN-MRPS”?  

  • Assist clients with all Province applications that he may be eligible to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program(PNP) in place of just one province i.e. Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Extended Services for up to one year till the time the client’s application is valid in the pool
  • This is a non-refundable product with the exception of ECA going negative

We make the client PNP Ready by guiding him/her on the mandate documents, critical information, funds, and fees required for Provinces as the pre-requisites and the eligibility criteria vary and Notifications/Invitations usually have limited valid time. Also, some of the provinces accept limited applications for a short duration. Our PNP Ready services will ensure the client has all the information and documents ready to submit his/her application to Provincial authorities without any delay. This is the best way to increase his chance for Provincial Nominations.

Why all Provinces?

We aim to better the client’s chance of successful Invite and PR Visa success.

Track the latest PNP updates and share them with clients.

Extended Service for 12 months:

As per MRPS deliverables, we close the client’s account upon the filing of the application in the Express Entry Pool and profile registration for Prince Edward Island.

Under this new product “CAN-MRPS All Provinces”, clients account will remain active with us up to one year till the time his/her profile is valid in EEP.

We will assist clients to track the Express Entry profile and on all possible options under PNP and the other programs during this one year.

Product details, Fee and Refund policy:

 

Product

List Price

Discount

Offer Price

Refund terms

Standalone

CAN MRPS

INR 53000

15%

INR 45,050

Upon ECA negative – 70% refund

Solution

CAN MRPS + IELTS Live Coaching

INR 53000

INR 9500

20%

INR 50000

Upon ECA negative – 70% refund

Please note:

  • There are NO Complimentary Services offered on this product;
  • CAN-MRPS product is being deactivated with immediate effect;
  • The New product “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” comes with more deliverables including services for provinces for almost the same fee charged for MRPS. This has more value for the same fees.
  • This New product “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” and Agreement is available on SF.

Sep 23rd, 2019:

All EOIs submitted for Saskatchewan must be updated on SF.
We have a field on Opportunity page, State /Province Nomination applied, please select the province – Saskatchewan from the drop-down values and save it.
For clients who are not meeting the eligibility criteria, please raise a task to your TL with the points scored.
Please ensure to complete the activity for all the Application filed online and IELTS pending cases.
We will publish a daily report by EOD on the department id with the list of EOIs submitted by each PC.
Our Auditor – TL Vyshnavi will audit all the EOIs submitted and pending to be completed.

Sep 21st, 2019:

Saskatchewan In demand list – Exclused Regulated & Licensure professional NOC codes
0013 – Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014 – Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0016 – Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
0111 – Financial managers
0112 – Human resources managers
0113 – Purchasing managers
0114 – Other administrative services managers
0121 – Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations manager
0125 – Other business services managers
0131 – Telecommunication carriers managers
0132 – Postal and courier services managers
0212 – Architecture and science managers
0213 – Computer and information systems managers
0421 – Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services
0601 – Corporate sales managers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0632 – Accommodation service managers
0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
0711 – Construction managers
0712 – Home building and renovation managers
0714 – Facility operation and maintenance managers
0731 – Managers in transportation
0811 – Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 – Managers in agriculture
0911 – Manufacturing managers
0912 – Utilities managers
1112 – Financial and investment analysts
1114 – Other financial officers
1121 – Human resources professionals
1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211 – Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1212 – Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213 – Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
1214 – Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215 – Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221 – Administrative officers
1222 – Executive assistants
1223 – Human resources and recruitment officers
1224 – Property administrators
1225 – Purchasing agents and officers
1226 – Conference and event planners
1241 – Administrative assistants
1242 – Legal administrative assistants
1243 – Medical administrative assistants
1251 – Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252 – Health information management occupations
1253 – Records management technicians
1254 – Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1313 – Insurance underwriters
2112 – Chemists
2121 – Biologists and related scientists
2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
2211 – Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2222 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2223 – Forestry technologists and technicians
2224 – Conservation and fishery officers
2231 – Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234 – Construction estimators
2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2252 – Industrial designers
2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians
2254 – Land survey technologists and technicians
2255 – Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
2261 – Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2262 – Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263 – Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264 – Construction inspectors
2272 – Air traffic controllers and related occupations
2281 – Computer network technicians
2282 – User support technicians
2283 – Information systems testing technicians
3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 – Clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3217 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 – Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3223 – Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3237 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4011 – University professors and lecturers
4021 – College and other vocational instructors
4033 – Educational counsellors
4153 – Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4156 – Employment counsellors
4161 – Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162 – Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164 – Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166 – Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167 – Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4169 – Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4211 – Paralegal and related occupations
4216 – Other instructors
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6221 – Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222 – Retail and wholesale buyers
6235 – Financial sales representatives
6312 – Executive housekeepers
6313 – Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6315 – Cleaning supervisors
6316 – Other services supervisors
6321 – Chefs
6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
6342 – Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
6344 – Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
6345 – Upholsterers
7232 – Tool and die makers
7245 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7282 – Concrete finishers
7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7295 – Floor covering installers
7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7304 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314 – Railway carmen/women
7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7332 – Appliance Servicers and repairers
7333 – Electrical mechanics
7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7362 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7381 – Printing press operators
7384 – Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211 – Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231 – Underground production and development miners
8241 – Logging machinery operators
8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9211 – Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212 – Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213 – Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9215 – Supervisors, forest products processing
9226 – Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9231 – Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232 – Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

 

Saskatchewan In demand list – Exclused Regulated & Licensure professional NOC codes
0013 – Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014 – Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0016 – Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
0111 – Financial managers
0112 – Human resources managers
0113 – Purchasing managers
0114 – Other administrative services managers
0121 – Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations manager
0125 – Other business services managers
0131 – Telecommunication carriers managers
0132 – Postal and courier services managers
0212 – Architecture and science managers
0213 – Computer and information systems managers
0421 – Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services
0601 – Corporate sales managers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0632 – Accommodation service managers
0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
0711 – Construction managers
0712 – Home building and renovation managers
0714 – Facility operation and maintenance managers
0731 – Managers in transportation
0811 – Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 – Managers in agriculture
0911 – Manufacturing managers
0912 – Utilities managers
1112 – Financial and investment analysts
1114 – Other financial officers
1121 – Human resources professionals
1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211 – Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1212 – Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213 – Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
1214 – Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215 – Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221 – Administrative officers
1222 – Executive assistants
1223 – Human resources and recruitment officers
1224 – Property administrators
1225 – Purchasing agents and officers
1226 – Conference and event planners
1241 – Administrative assistants
1242 – Legal administrative assistants
1243 – Medical administrative assistants
1251 – Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252 – Health information management occupations
1253 – Records management technicians
1254 – Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1313 – Insurance underwriters
2112 – Chemists
2121 – Biologists and related scientists
2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
2211 – Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2222 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2223 – Forestry technologists and technicians
2224 – Conservation and fishery officers
2231 – Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234 – Construction estimators
2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2252 – Industrial designers
2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians
2254 – Land survey technologists and technicians
2255 – Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
2261 – Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2262 – Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263 – Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264 – Construction inspectors
2272 – Air traffic controllers and related occupations
2281 – Computer network technicians
2282 – User support technicians
2283 – Information systems testing technicians
3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 – Clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3217 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 – Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3223 – Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3237 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4011 – University professors and lecturers
4021 – College and other vocational instructors
4033 – Educational counsellors
4153 – Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4156 – Employment counsellors
4161 – Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162 – Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164 – Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166 – Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167 – Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4169 – Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4211 – Paralegal and related occupations
4216 – Other instructors
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6221 – Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222 – Retail and wholesale buyers
6235 – Financial sales representatives
6312 – Executive housekeepers
6313 – Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6315 – Cleaning supervisors
6316 – Other services supervisors
6321 – Chefs
6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
6342 – Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
6344 – Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
6345 – Upholsterers
7232 – Tool and die makers
7245 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7282 – Concrete finishers
7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7295 – Floor covering installers
7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7304 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314 – Railway carmen/women
7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7332 – Appliance Servicers and repairers
7333 – Electrical mechanics
7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7362 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7381 – Printing press operators
7384 – Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211 – Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231 – Underground production and development miners
8241 – Logging machinery operators
8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9211 – Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212 – Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213 – Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9215 – Supervisors, forest products processing
9226 – Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9231 – Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232 – Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

Sep 21st, 2019:

Minimum requirement for Sub categorys-Occupation In-Demand & Express Entry.

International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand (English Language Test Pending)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid. Please refer to attached PDF.
  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4;
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree with this.
    • For education obtained outside Canada, such as an academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
    • Individuals who have completed trades or vocational training as part of their high school education are not required to submit an ECA, but must instead apply for licensure.
    • Please refer to PDF Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for SINP requirements related to professional status and licensure requirements.
    • For additional information on working in Saskatchewan in a trade, regulated or non-regulated occupation, please refer to PDF Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled occupation and in-demand occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”.
    • Please refer to PDF Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements & Excluded  Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry (Application Filed Online for EE)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Are accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry Pool, have an Express Entry profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid. Please refer to attached PDF.
  • Provide valid language test results from a designated testing agency. The results should match what you declared in your Express Entry profile.
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree.
    • For education obtained outside Canada, such as an academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
    • Individuals who have completed trades or vocational training as part of their high school education are not required to submit an ECA, but must instead apply for licensure. Please refer to Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for SINP requirements related to professional status and licensure.
    • For additional information on working in Saskatchewan in a trade, regulated or non-regulated occupation, please visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled and in-demand occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”.
    • Please refer to PDF Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements & Excluded  Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

Please refer the attached PDF SINP’s Excluded Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements & SINP’s Regulated Occupations and Licensing Professional Requirements.