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November 19, 2021
November 19, 2021

Saskatchewan has invited 633 immigration candidates in the latest invitation round held on 18 November. Following an almost two month break from conducting draws, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates to apply through two of its immigration streams. Of those invited, 425 were for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 208 were 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. In this draw, there were 14 eligible occupations for each category. The full list of eligible occupations can be found on Saskatchewan’s government website.

Both groups also needed Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard.

About Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category

The Express Entry sub-category is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), meaning it is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan in order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score. This award effectively guarantees them a chance to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

About the Occupations In-Demand subcategory

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is a base PNP, meaning it is open to immigration candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. This sub-category is for highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.

In order to apply for Canadian immigration through this sub-category, foreign nationals need to create an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system. Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to select immigration candidates that have the potential to thrive in the prairie province. Candidates will be assessed on how their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province demonstrate their ability to settle in Saskatchewan.

November 18, 2021

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is a stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Which is an economic immigration pathway used by the province of British Columbia to attract experienced, high-demand foreign workers. The program gives people a path to permanent residence who choose to live and work in British Columbia.

Candidates invited through B.C’s Tech draws must 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).

Candidates who received invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 75. Invited candidates now have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

So far in 2021, British Columbia has issued over 10,500 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.

About the BC PNP Tech program

The BC PNP Tech was launched in May 2017 as a pilot project following a labour market study that found the biggest issue facing B.C.’s technology sector was access to talent. Given the success of the project, B.C made it a permanent program. It is designed to enable employers in British Columbia’s technology sector to continue to attract and select international talent when qualified workers are not available locally.

More specifically, the BC PNP Tech is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. Candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations to qualify for the stream.

Unlike other BC PNP streams, job offers under the BC PNP Tech must be for a minimum of one year, with at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP. It must also be full-time and from an eligible employer in the province.

Invitations through the province’s tech program are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements. Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination will need to submit a complete application. Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.

If they are approved, candidates will receive a nomination confirmation that can be used to apply for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program Class. PNP candidates automatically earn 600 points for their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System and thus have a very good chance of obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence via Express Entry.

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

Canada invited 888 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on 27 October. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had scores of at least 744. All invited candidates had received an automatic 600 points because they had a provincial nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This is the third largest PNP draw of the year.

Throughout the pandemic, Canada has been holding Express Entry draws that target PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. Because of this, the number of Express Entry candidates invited over the past month has been significantly less. CEC draws are typically larger than PNP draws because there are significantly more candidates.

Even with the reduced number of invitations issued this month, Canada has still invited a record number of Express Entry candidates this year. So far in 2021, Canada has invited 111,265 Express Entry candidate to apply for permanent residence. Last year, Canada invited a total of 107,350 immigration candidates.

Also due to the PNP draws, the average score cutoffs have remained relatively high. This is entirely due to the 600-point award that comes with the provincial nomination.

On October 26, Fraser became Canada’s new immigration minister. Former immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, took over as the minister of public safety. The immigration minister’s job is to oversee IRCC. Fraser will be the figure head of the department who approves new policies, and makes the announcements on government initiatives that relate to immigration.

Now that the new minister has been chosen, IRCC can once again start to make major decisions on the Express Entry strategy.

October 23, 2021

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited a total of 459 immigration candidates across three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The results are as follows:

  •  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

Among these invitations, 94 went to candidates in the Express Entry system.

 Manitoba immigration programs

 Manitoba manages its immigration programs through the MPNP, which supports immigration applications to the federal government. Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations.

If you want to benefit from a nomination from Manitoba, you need to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP. This puts you in a position to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Manitoba then ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors, as well as their connections to the province.

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba categories are designed to allow the province to identify candidates who meet its labour market needs.

Candidates overseas need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through the likes of close family ties, previous experience in the province, or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. You do not need to be living in Manitoba at the time of your application to be eligible.

In order to receive an invitation under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, you need to have a full-time job offer from a provincial employer.

International graduates who complete their education in Manitoba can receive an invitation under the International Education Stream if they can demonstrate that they have in-demand skills.

October 22, 2021

Ontario held new rounds of invitations on 20th October, inviting 546 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates having profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.

Candidates have qualified for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream, for the Masters Graduate stream, and for the PhD Graduate stream. A total of four targeted invitations were issued to candidates who were eligible for the Foreign Worker Stream under the Economic Mobility Pathways Project.

The OINP also invited 479 international student graduates to apply for the Masters Graduate stream, and 63 who were eligible for the PhD Graduate stream. Invited candidates needed to 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.

This is the second-largest Masters Graduate stream draw since Ontario adopted an EOI system for its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that are not using the Express Entry system.

The precedent for these draws shows that masters degree draws tend to be larger and require a higher score. This could be due to the number of qualified applicants entering the EOI system for each type of degree. Thousands of international students graduate each year with a master’s degree in Ontario, while the number of PhD graduates is in the hundreds, according to Statistics Canada.

Foreign Worker stream

The Ontario Foreign Worker Stream under the Employer Job Offer category is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario. Candidates do not necessarily have to apply from within Canada, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible candidates need to accumulate the equivalent of two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, have an eligible job offer in Ontario, and intend to immigrate to the province, among other criteria.

Those who want to apply for this PNP stream, have to register an EOI profile on the Ontario website. After registering a profile, it will go into the EOI pool. Ontario will give it a score based on the information that was submitted.

Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams

In order to be considered for the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate stream, candidates need to sign up with Ontario’s e-Filing Portal then register an expression of interest for their chosen graduate stream. Ontario then invites eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination, an important step toward Canadian permanent residence.

It is not necessary to have a job offer to apply, but applications must be submitted within two years of graduation.

October 21, 2021

The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is a stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Candidates invited through B.C’s Tech draws must 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).

Candidates who received invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 75. Invited candidates now have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

So far in 2021, British Columbia has issued nearly 10,000 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.

About the BC PNP Tech program

The BC PNP Tech was launched in May 2017 as a pilot project following a labour market study that found the biggest issue facing B.C.’s technology sector was access to talent. Following the success of the project, B.C made it a permanent program. The program is designed to enable employers in British Columbia’s technology sector to continue to attract and select international talent when qualified workers are not available locally.

More specifically, the BC PNP Tech is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. Candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations to qualify for the stream.

Invitations through the province’s tech program are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.

Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination will need to submit a complete application. Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.

If they are approved, candidates will receive a nomination confirmation that can be used to apply for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.

PNP candidates automatically earn 600 points for their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System and thus have a very good chance of obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence via Express Entry.

October 13, 2021

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited a total of 426 immigration candidates across three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

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

Among these invitations, 84 went to candidates in the Express Entry system.

Manitoba immigration programs

Manitoba manages its immigration programs through the MPNP, which supports immigration applications to the federal government. Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations.

If you want to benefit from a nomination from Manitoba, you need to register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP. This puts you in a position to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Manitoba then ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors, as well as their connections to the province.

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba categories are designed to allow the province to identify candidates who meet its labour market needs.

Candidates overseas need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through the likes of close family ties, previous experience in the province, or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. You do not need to be living in Manitoba at the time of your application to be eligible.

In order to receive an invitation under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, you need to have a full-time job offer from a provincial employer.

International graduates who complete their education in Manitoba can receive an invitation under the International Education Stream if they can demonstrate that they have in-demand skills.

October 12, 2021

Nova Scotia held two draws on October 7, inviting a total of 330 Express Entry candidates with skilled work experience. In the largest of the two draws, 286 people were invited. This group had 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.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) also 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 have until November 6 to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Criteria for each draw in brief:

Draw for 286 skilled workers

In order to be invited, candidates must:

  • have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer for full-time skilled work in Nova Scotia that lasts at least one year after your permanent resident visa is issued (full-time means working year-round and at least 30 hours a week);
  • have one year of skilled work experience related to the job;
  • have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
  • prove language ability in English at Canadian Language Benchmark 5; and
  • apply no later than 11:59 p.m., November 6, 2021.

Documents you must provide with your application include:

  • Copies of language tests
  • Proof of education
  • A job offer showing your title and duties of the position related to the job offer, position’s NOC Code, annual salary, number of weekly hours, duration of job offer, work address, and whether the position is unionized. If it is, attach a letter indicating the union concurrence.

Draw for 44 carpenters

In order to be invited, candidates must:

  • Have a primary occupation of carpenter (NOC 7271).
  • Provide letters of reference from employers, as outlined in the application guide, to demonstrate that they have two or more years of skilled trades experience as a carpenter. (Self-employed individuals must provide documentation from third parties indicating the service provided along with payment details. Self-declared main duties or affidavits are not acceptable evidence of work experience.)
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 5 or higher in English in all language abilities as demonstrated by providing your results from a language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and
  • apply no later than 11:59 p.m., Nov. 6, 2021.

The province has set a target of increasing its population from 971,000 to two million people by 2060. In order to do this, Nova Scotia will need to welcome high numbers of immigrants, and support immigrant retention. A survey from 2020 suggested the main deciding factor on whether or not immigrants stay in Nova Scotia depends on the job opportunities that are available. Among immigrants who arrived between 2011 and 2018, about 74 per cent stayed in the province.

If the Express Entry candidates invited in the October 7 draws successfully receive the provincial nomination, they will get an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates in the Express Entry system are assessed based on multiple factors such as their age, education, work experience and official language ability. They are ranked according to the CRS. No minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was associated with the two draws

October 8, 2021
October 8, 2021

Ontario invited 162 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on October 7. Selected candidates were eligible to immigrate to Canada through Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. Candidates needed 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, which means it is aligned with the Express Entry system. Invited candidates will be contacted by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), and have 45 days to apply online for their provincial nomination.

The first step is to being eligible for the FSSW to have a profile in the Express Entry system. This program is for people who meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Candidates need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7 in French, and 6 in English. Among other eligibility criteria, the OINP will also want to see that candidates have enough funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario.

Since the people invited in this draw have profiles in the federal Express Entry system, receiving the provincial nomination from Ontario would give them an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their overall score.

October 7, 2021

B.C. invited 108 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination on October 5. The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is a stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
Candidates invited through B.C’s Tech draws 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). Candidates who received invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 70.

So far in 2021, British Columbia has issued over 9,000 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.

BC PNP Tech program

The BC PNP Tech was launched in May 2017 as a pilot project following a labour market study that found the biggest issue facing B.C.’s technology sector was access to talent. Following the success of the project, B.C made it a permanent program. The program is designed to enable employers in British Columbia’s technology sector to continue to attract and select international talent when qualified workers are not available locally.

More specifically, the BC PNP Tech is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. Candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations to qualify for the stream. Invitations through the province’s tech program are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.

Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination will need to submit a complete application. Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months. If they are approved, candidates will receive a nomination confirmation that can be used to apply for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.

PNP candidates automatically earn 600 points for their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System and thus have a very good chance of obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence via Express Entry.