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October 31, 2020

Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history.Over the approaching three years, Canada will aim to welcome the subsequent level of latest permanent residents:

  • 2021: 401,000 immigrants
  • 2022: 411,000 immigrants
  • 2023: 421,000 immigrants

The only time Canada welcomed over 400,000 immigrants in a year was in 1913, when it admitted 401,000 newcomers. It has never come close to this figure again. The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan aims to welcome about 60 per cent of all immigrants under economic class programs, including through Express Entry and therefore the Provincial Nominee Program.

The Immigration Levels Plan is that the most vital immigration announcement made by the government of Canada annually . It outlines the amount of latest permanent residents Canada aims to welcome over the approaching years, and what categories Canada aims to admit them under.

Canada welcomes immigrants under the subsequent categories: economic; family; refugee; and humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Earlier this year, on March 12, the federal announced Canada would aim to welcome over a million new permanent residents between 2020 and 2022. Days later, Canada had to shut its borders because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, Canada will likely fall well in need of the 341,000 immigration target it set for this year, however it’s been holding Express Entry draws throughout the pandemic that will end in Canada breaking its Express Entry record this year. In addition, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws remain ongoing.

Canada’s immigration record was achieved in 1913 when it welcomed 401,000 immigrants which were over 5 per cent of its population in newcomers. Today, a 5 per cent newcomer intake would result in 2 million new immigrants arriving to Canada.

October 28, 2020

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited candidates from 3 skilled worker immigration sub-categories and 2 Express Entry sub-categories in the draw which took place on 27th October.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued a complete of 354 invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories.

The minimum required score for successful candidates was as follows:

  • 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 through its various PNP categories and streams on a weekly basis.The largest BC PNP draw of the current year was on September 29 when 450 provincial nomination invitations were issued.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates 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 issued a score supported factors like level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they will then use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Such individuals are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

October 16, 2020

Ontario held a new Tech Draw on October 15, inviting Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who were qualified for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream.

A total of 772 principal applicants received NOIs from the Tech Draw. Express Entry candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 462 and 470 in order to be invited. They also needed to have at least 1 year of work experience in one of the following 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

They also needed to possess a profile within the Express Entry system.

People who received the NOI from Ontario now have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the provincial nomination.

If they are awarded the nomination from Ontario they will automatically get an additional 600 CRS points toward their overall CRS score. This award will ensure that they receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw. This goes for anyone who is nominated under any Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada.

This is Ontario’s fourth Tech Draw of the year. The one on July 29 was the biggest Tech Draw so far in 2020, when 1,288 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

October 15, 2020

Canada’s holds a new Express Entry draw on 14th Oct in which a total of 4,500 invitations went to Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 471.The CRS requirement was the same as the previous Express Entry draw held on September 30.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been holding draws of 4,200 every fortnight since September 2. The immigration department has not had a draw of this size since February.For this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 471 or more, needed to possess submitted their Express Entry profile before September 1, 2020, at 12:11:23 UTC so as to receive an invitation.

This year, the CRS requirement has typically hovered above 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw on Transfiguration invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and former Canadian Experience Class-only draws dipped into the 440s. PNP-only draws have higher requirements because Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are automatically awarded an additional 600 CRS points. PNPs offer alternative pathways to permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who have a lower CRS score.

The new draw brings the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 82,850. The number of ITAs issued this year is fast-approaching the target IRCC set in March for Federal High Skilled immigration.This year is shaping up to be a replacement record-breaking year for Express Entry, because the number of ITAs issued so far is that the highest it’s ever been.

The new immigration levels are going to be announced by the end of the month. Canada will set admission targets for immigrants in all classes between 2021 and 2023. These levels will give us a glimpse into how many immigrants Canada plans to admit through Express Entry next year.

October 14, 2020

Between October 13th and November 3rd, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can submit interest to sponsor forms on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website. After November 3rd, IRCC will conduct a lottery and invite candidates to submit sponsorship applications to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. IRCC will accept up to 10,000 applications for the 2020 PGP window.

The PGP’s benefits are clear for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. They get to reunite with their loved ones. Their parents and grandparents enjoy the complete benefits of being permanent residents like the power to work in Canada, access health care, and eventually earn the proper to become Canadian citizens.

Benefits of this programs for families are that in addition to supplementing the household income, parents and grandparents enable their children and grandchildren to figure more hours. The reason for this is often that parents and grandparents can provide child care, giving the remainder of the family more flexibility to pursue economic opportunity.

In the past, Canadian government surveys have found that the PGP is among the smallest amount popular immigration streams among Canadians. This is understandable given the perception that parents and grandparents contribute little to the Canadian economy, and are likely to be a big expense on social services like health care, but it’s important to recollect that Canada mitigates these concerns in several major ways. First, parents and grandparents account for just 6 per cent of the entire number of immigrants Canada welcomes during a typical year.

In order to immigrate to Canada, parents and grandparents, a bit like all immigrants, got to pass a medical screening authorized by the Canadian government to make sure they do not create excessive demand on Canada’s health care system.

Canada imposes a 20-year undertaking period on those that sponsor their parents and grandparents. This means that sponsors sign a contract with the Canadian government that they’re going to be financially liable for their parents and grandparents for 20 years from the date their family member obtains permanent residence. During this complete period, the sponsor is legally obligated to repay any supplementary benefit that’s collected by their parents or grandparents. This leads to very low supplementary benefit utilization by parents and grandparents.

Canada seeks to pursue economic, social, and humanitarian goals through its immigration system. It wants immigrants to profit the economy, and thus it selects nearly 60 per cent of its immigrants under the economic class. It also seeks to reunite families which is why it operates the parents and Grandparents Program. While it shouldn’t be viewed through an economic lens, a case can certainly be made that the parents and Grandparents Program does help the Canadian economy.

October 10, 2020

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited skilled workers and international graduates through three immigration streams:

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

The invitations, also referred to as Letters of Advice to Apply  (LAAs), were distributed as follows alongside their respective Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirement:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 152 LAAs with a minimum score of at least 528
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 14 LAAs with a minimum score of at least 611
  • International Education Stream— 25 LAAs, no EOI score requirement

This is Manitoba’s 100th draw since the program began in 2014,this draw took place on 8th October and brings the entire number of LAAs issued thus far this year up to 3671.

Express Entry Manitoba

Among the LAAs issued within the 8th October draw, 20 went to candidates with a legitimate profile within the federal Express Entry system.

Those who will be receiving a provincial nomination will be awarded an additional 600 CRS points and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Manitoba’s EOI system

People who want to immigrate through Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) got to register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Under Manitoba’s system, such candidates are ranked 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.

About Manitoba immigration streams

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams allow the province to nominate skilled workers who can support Manitoba’s labour market needs.People who are applying from overseas got to have a long-time connection to Manitoba. This can be demonstrated through close family ties or friends within the province, previous experience in Manitoba, or a invitation under one among the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.

Candidates do not need to be physically present in Manitoba at the time of the application to be eligible.Successful candidates within the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category must meet certain criteria, like having a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Manitoba.

International students that graduated from an academic institution in Manitoba may receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they have in-demand skills.

October 9, 2020
October 9, 2020

Canada welcomed 11,315 new permanent residents in August 2020.In addition to welcoming fewer immigrants in August than the prior month; Canada’s August 2020 total was well short of the nearly 31,600 immigrants it welcomed in August 2019.

The corona-virus pandemic is to blame, with Canada imposing travel restrictions since March of this year to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Prior to the pandemic, Canada was targeting the arrival of 341,000 new immigrants in 2020 which is the same level it achieved last year.

Between January and August of 2020, Canada has welcomed 128,400 immigrants. Based on current trends, it appears Canada’s permanent resident intake will fall short of 200,000 immigrants this year for the first time since 1999.

The fall in Canada’s immigration levels is temporary and is a function of travel restrictions and other pandemic-related disruptions. Canada remains committed to welcoming high levels of immigration.

The first sign of commitment to immigration is ongoing Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws throughout the pandemic.

The PNP is also very active with the likes of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia each hosting PNP draws during the pandemic. Quebec, which operates its own immigration system, held its largest draw in over one year last week.

In late September, the Canadian government outlined immigration as a key priority to supporting Canada’s economic recovery following the pandemic.

Earlier this week, Canada announced the re-opening of its Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

In the announcement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated it would accept 30,000 PGP applications in 2021. Given the PGP usually accounts for around 6 per cent of all new immigrants to Canada each year, the 2021 PGP target is more indication Canada remains committed to welcoming over 300,000 immigrants next year and beyond.

Canada will announce its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan later this month. The announcement will shed more light on the country’s immigration plans beyond the pandemic.

While Canada’s August 2020 permanent residents intake was much lower than usual, and the pandemic will likely keep newcomer levels low in the short run, we can expect a significant rebound in Canada’s immigration levels as soon as next year.

October 7, 2020

British Columbia invited immigration candidates working within the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

A total of 72 invitations were issued through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot on October 6.

Candidates within the skilled worker and International Graduate subcategories in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams were invited during this latest invitation round and the minimum required score for applicants in both subcategories was 80.

British Columbia holds weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in 29 eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. In order to be considered eligible under the Tech Pilot, candidates got to be registered in one among B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a legitimate job offer of a minimum of 12 months in one among the Tech Pilot’s eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skilled Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates 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 issued a score supported factors like level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and site of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they will then use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Class.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia are going to be given a further 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed invitation to apply (ITA) during a future federal Express Entry draw.

September 30, 2020

This was the province’s largest draw of 2020, surpassing the over 430 invitations it issued in its September 1st draw.

This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw saw invitations go to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams.

The minimum score requirements in today’s draw ranged between 75 and 94 points for the five EEBC and SI categories that were involved.

The minimum scores were:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 93
  • SI – International Graduate: 94
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 75
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 93
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 94

In order to receive an invitation through the EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Skills Immigration candidates only got to be registered with the SIRS.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive a further 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The 600 points effectively guarantee they’re going to obtain a permanent residence invitation under Express Entry.

The province held seven draws in total through its various PNP categories and streams and invited over 1,430 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Applicants who received an invitation to apply today now have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit an entire application via the BC PNP Online registration system.
In order to be considered under the BC PNP, most candidates must have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer within the province that’s willing to support them through the application process.

September 30, 2020
September 30, 2020

Canada held a new Express Entry draw on September 30.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score during this latest invitation round was 471.The large number of Invitation to Apply (ITA) issued today is a strong indication that Canada remains committed to welcoming high levels of immigration in 2021 and beyond.

Canada has now sent out 78,350 ITAs thus far in 2020, which is well above the 69,420 that were issued at an equivalent time in 2017, another record-breaking year for Express Entry.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on March 2, 2020 at 12:37:25 UTC.  this suggests that each one candidates with a CRS score of 471 and above who submitted their profile before this date and time received an ITA in  during this invitation round.

The latest invitation round was Canada’s 164th Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It had been also the 25th draw of the year and therefore the fifth all-program draw held since Canada went into lockdown on March 18.