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British Columbia invited 80 immigration candidates for provincial nomination in new Tech Pilot Draw on April 6, 2021

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted its weekly Tech Pilot draw on April 6, 2021.

Total 80 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residency were issued to immigration candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories of BC PNP.

In order to receive an invite in this draw, Tech candidates under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

Launched in May 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot provides a fast-track immigration pathway to qualified foreign tech workers and international student who want to become permanent Canadian residents.

In order to apply through the Tech Pilot, immigration candidates need to have a job offer in one of 29 eligible occupations in the province. The job offer must be valid for a minimum of one year with at least 120 days remaining at the time of submitting the application.

The eligible candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). They must choose to apply through the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC immigration categories.

The BC PNP will then invite candidates who fulfill the minimum score requirements to apply for a provincial nomination through weekly draws conducted by BC PNP.

Candidates, who received an invitation in April 6th Draw now have 30 calendar days to submit their complete application for provincial nomination to BC PNP.

British Columbia has now invited around 3,000 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in total 19 draws it conducted through various PNP categories and streams so far in 2021.

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CRS dropped 17 points to 432 in new CEC- specific Express Entry Draw on April 1 Total 5000 candidates received ITAs for Canadian PR

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #181: APRIL 1, 2021

Canada invited another 5000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for Permanent Residency in latest Express Entry Draw on April 1.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score requirement for this draw was 432, which is a reduction of 17 points than the previous CEC-specific draw held on March 18. This is also the third-lowest CRS cut-off for a CEC draw conducted by Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As per the tie-break rule applied by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), only those CEC candidates with minimum score of 432, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for foreign workers who have at least one year of full-time (or an equivalent in part-time) skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within the last three years and who wish to become permanent residents.

Canadian Experience Class applications are processed through the Express Entry system. Eligible candidates need to first create an online Express Entry profile and receive an ITA before they can make an application for permanent residency.

CEC is an ideal route to Canadian permanent residency for temporary foreign workers. Having obtained Canadian work experience, these individuals get a “head start” against other candidates in the Express Entry pool as it is a highly-valued factor under the CRS.

It is a popular option for international students as it offers them the fastest and most simple path to achieving permanent residence after completing a program or course of study at a Canadian educational institution and acquiring required work experience.

In order to meet its ambitious target of welcoming 401,000 economic class immigrants in 2021 amid travel restrictions, IRCC has been holding CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-specific draws since these candidates are most likely already in Canada.

The total number of invitations issued by IRCC so far this year is already 49,124, which is almost half of its target of new Express Entry admissions in 2021.

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284 PNP candidates received invitations to apply for Canada PR in new Express Entry Draw

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #180: March 31, 2021

Canada invited 284 Express Entry candidates with provincial nominations to apply for permanent residency in new immigration draw held on March 31, 2021.

The draw was restricted to candidates from Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates who had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 778.

Immigration candidates, who obtain a nomination from an Express Entry-aligned PNP, automatically receive 600 points toward their overall CRS score.  This is the reason that CRS cut-off score for this invitation round was little high as compared to previous draws.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 778 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

Canada continues to hold Express Entry draws targeting candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or those who had successfully applied and received a nomination through a PNP.

If go with the recent trends, there are chances that IRCC might hold an Express Entry round of invitations for CEC candidates within a day or two.

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Alberta invited 300 Express Entry candidates with CRS Scores as low as 301 to apply for provincial nomination on March 26

The Canadian province of Alberta released details of its new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw conducted on March 26.

A total of 300 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) in this invitation round.

In order to receive an invite in this draw, candidates just needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.

Introduced in 2018, the Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the AINP search the federal Express Entry system for candidates who meet its specific eligibility requirements and invites them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

It also provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible Express Entry candidates with strong ties to the province or who are working in an occupation that supports the province’s “economic development and diversification priorities,” among other factors.

Candidates do not require having any job offers in the province to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through this Stream. However, AINP generally gives priority to candidates who:

  • have a job offer and/or work experience in the province;
  • hold a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • have a parent, child or sibling already living in the province

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, AINP is only considering those immigration candidates for nomination who are already living and working in Alberta.

Express Entry candidates with a nomination from Alberta, receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which effectively increase their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.

Alberta has now invited more than 1000 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021.

 

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Nova Scotia invited French-speaking Express Entry candidates in new immigration draw on March 29

Nova Scotia conducted its second immigration draw of this year through the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream on March 29.

The invitations, also known as Letters of Interest (LOIs) were issued to Express Entry candidates who had selected French as their first official language and had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or higher in French in all language abilities.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), however, did not disclose the information on how many invitations were sent in this invitation round.

Apart from French language proficiency, invited candidates also needed to demonstrate that they have:

  • English as a second official language with a CLB score of 7 or higher all language abilities –Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Either a bachelor’s degree OR completed a three or more years of study program at a university, college, trade or technical school.
  • Applied before 11:59 p.m., April 28, 2021

The Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream of NSNP targets immigration candidates based on the province’s labour market needs.

In order to qualify for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia through this Stream, candidates first need to have a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry system.

The NSNP has held total 16 Labour Market Priorities Stream draws since its launch in the year 2018 and have invited Financial Auditors, Accountants, Programmers, Early Childhood Education Workers, Social Workers, Nurses, and Carpenters to apply for provincial nomination.

Invited candidates now have 30 Calendar days to send in their application for the provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to NSNP.

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