There’s no doubt, Coronavirus restrictions measures have made the first half of 2020 a major challenge for Canada’s immigration system. The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have, however, continued to ride the storm.
Currently, the federal government is on course and setting the modalities for the reopening of borders. More immigration activities are also expected to take place this month of July.
We dedicate this Canada immigration newsletter to foreign nationals or visitors, temporary foreign workers and international students planning to settle in Canada temporarily or on permanent bases.
Those whose dreams are to obtain Canadian permanent residency are advised to follow our immigration newsletter daily for fresh updates. We also recommend that candidates read the rundown of changes in rules and regulations for temporary and permanent visa applications.
What Is The Current Situation In Canada?
Currently, Canada’s federal and provincial governments are carefully trying to find the right timing for reopening of economies and the border, without causing a second wave of the coronavirus, which has caused restrictions to be re-imposed in some parts of the world.
Exemptions have also been enacted and reviewed for certain categories of individuals such as new permanent residents, temporary foreign workers (important to Canada’s food supply chain) and international students.
A further exemption launched in June saw immediate family members of permanent residents and citizens allowed to travel, provided they are residing in Canada for at least fifteen (15) days.
Anyone travelling to Canada must quarantine for fourteen (14) days on arrival and be able to present a reliable quarantine plan to Canada Border Services Agency officers on arrival.
With all these various stringent measures being imposed by the government, draws are still being conducted at both the federal and provincial levels.
At the federal level, through the Express Entry System, Canada has set up two-weekly draws, sending 0ut upwards of 3,500 Invitations to Apply each time. While at the provincial level, draws have not stopped. We will see more Provincial nominees draws opened for interested immigration candidates.
In addition, more CELPIP testing centres are now available in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Hong Kong, according to their webpage. Some other locations are also planning to re-opening later this month.
Finally, in recent weeks, many Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world have been re-opening to provide services to those looking to come to Canada. The Visa Application centres enable individuals to submit their biometrics as part of the requirements outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
As a general response, Canada’s immigration system has demonstrated its ability to endure and react during a crisis that has gripped the world. All the above trends point towards a positive signal for increased Canada immigration activities in the month of July.
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Canada Immigration Newsletter for Interested Immigrants July 2020
July 01, 2020
British Columbia invited 314 Immigration candidates in the Express Entry and Skills category to apply for a provincial nomination in a new invitation round conducted June 30.
This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was the largest carried out by British Columbia immigration department since the coming of the coronavirus pandemic and the second largest overall of 2020.
The biggest draw took place prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, on March 10, and saw 332 invitations issued.
The BC Express Entry stream is linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system, which manages the pool of applicants for Canada’s three major economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.
July 02, 2020
Manitoba immigration invited 125 Candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The 93rd Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw took place on July 2.
A total of 125 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were released by Manitoba to 125 candidates.
The aim of LAAs is to invite immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.
Letters of Advice to Apply were rolled out to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) candidates under the following streams: Skilled Worker in Manitoba: 101, Skilled Workers Overseas: 6, International Education Streams: 18.
The ranking score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream was 475. It was 816 for candidates invited under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
July 07, 2020
British Columbia conducted a new Tech Pilot draw on July 7 and rolled out 57 invitations. These invitations were issued to foreign tech worker and international students through the BC PNP.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot started in 2017. It was aimed at assisting employers in attracting potential immigrant in the Information Technology (IT) sector and to facilitate the immigration process for foreign tech worker and international students.
The BC PNP issues weekly Tech Pilot invitations to qualified candidates with a valid one-year job offer in one of the program’s specified occupation. The employment offer must also have a minimum of 120 days remaining at the time of application.
The July 7 draw saw 57 invitations sent out to candidates in the Skilled Workers and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration stream.
Selected candidates in all the subcategories required a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).
July 07, 2020
Alberta PNP Draw Invites immigration candidates With CRS Scores As Low As 303. More candidates in Alberta are one step closer to Canadian permanent residency, following a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on June 17.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) sent out 187 invitations to candidates who may be qualified via the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
Invited candidates in the Express Entry pool required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirements of at least 303.
July 08, 2020
Canada resumed all-program draw and is now rendering invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates.
Canada’s first all-program draw since March 4 has rolled out 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of a minimum of 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation rounds.
Since the coronavirus was called a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restrictions to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. This left the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates in limbo.
Most CEC candidates are already residing in Canada and therefore are not impacted by Canada’s current travel restrictions. PNP candidates continue to be invited as well to enable provinces to meet their labour market plans.
This draw was the same number of size as the previous all-program invitation round conducted March 4, which issued 3,900 invitations.
July 14, 2020
British Columbia province has issued 320 invitations to Express Entry BC (EEBC) candidates and Skilled Immigration (SI) candidates in its latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw conducted July 14.
The Express Entry BC program is one of many provincial programs across the country linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system.
The Express Entry system is used by the federal government of Canada to manage permanent residence applications via the three major economic programs: Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
July 16, 2020
Manitoba held its 94th Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on July 16, 2020. A total of 174 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were issued to immigration candidates.
The purpose of Letters of Advice to Apply is to invite candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. LAAs were sent out to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) immigration candidates under the following streams: Skilled Worker in Manitoba: 134, Skilled Worker Overseas: 11, International Education Streams: 29.
Eighteen (18) out of the 174 candidates who received invitations had profiles in the federal Express Entry system.
July 17, 2020
Prince Edward Island invited 194 candidates to take one step closer to permanent residence of Canada. Canada’s Island Province thus far held two PNP draws in July.
The first draw was conducted on July 10, when the province invited eight (8) Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) did not provide a breakdown of how many candidates were invited from each immigration category.
The draw held on July 16 was considerably larger. There were 157 immigration candidates invited from the Labour Impact and the Express Entry category. The PEI PNP also invited twenty-nine (29) Business Impact candidates that day.
July 21, 2020
The province of British Columbia invites 62 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a BC PNP Tech Pilot draw held on July 21.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration program for in-demand technology workers and international students.
All Tech Pilot candidates invited through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) needed to have a job offer that is at least one year in duration in one of the pilot’s twenty-nine (29) in-demand occupations.
The July 21 draw saw invitations sent out to 62 candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate class of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.
Selected candidates in all the subcategories are required to have a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).
July 21, 2020
Canada invited 557 immigration candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence on July 22, 2020. The IRCC has now invited 54,357 express entry candidates so far this year.
Only the 557 immigration candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited in the latest Express Entry draw, which is why the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off points was 687. This is the lowest CRS requirements for a PNP-specific draw so far this year.
All these immigration applicants had previously received provincial nominations and were granted an additional 600 points toward their overall scores.
This means candidates who received Invitations in this round would have needed a CRS score of at least eighty-seven (87) for their human capital without the provincial nomination.
July 23, 2020
The IRCC conducted another Express Entry draw on July 23, the second invitation round held in two days. Invitations were sent out to a total of 3,343 Canadian Experience Class candidates. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 445 was sufficient to ensure an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Today’s CRS cut-off score was fourteen (14) points higher than the last CEC-specific draw on June 25, which had a CRS cut-off score of 431. The increase in points is due to more candidates being entered into the Express Entry pool over the past month after Canada conducted an all-program draw on July 8.
July 28, 2020
British Columbia immigration invited 46 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on July 28.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw chose thirty-four (34) immigration candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration class.
The selected 46 immigration candidates were from either the International Graduate or the Skilled Worker subcategories and were required to have a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration route for in-demand skilled workers and international students. It operates through British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams.
July 29, 2020
Ontario Tech Draw invited immigration candidates who had work experience in one of six in-demand occupations, thereby making it the third tech draw held so far this year.
The Ontario Immigration held its biggest draw of the year on July 29. A total of 1,288 invitations was issued to candidates who may be qualified for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. They required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 463 and 477 in order to be granted an invitation.
July 29, 2020
Saskatchewan invited 502 candidates to apply for permanent residence in an invitation round conducted by the province on July 29.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited applicants from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Occupations In-Demand, and Express Entry.
In order to be considered in this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed to have lodged Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP.
The SINP uses the Express of Interest (EOI) system to select the applicants that have the most potential to thrive in the Saskatchewan province. Candidates need to show their commitment to building a life in prairie province by showcasing their age, work experience, education or qualifications, language ability, and ties to the province.
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