British Columbia PNP draw invited 256 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued another 256 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent Residency to immigration candidates in a new draw held on December 8.

The invitations went to candidates through its five immigration subcategories of Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams

The minimum score requirements in this invitation round ranged between 77 and 97 points based on the immigration sub-category.

Breakdown of the Minimum Scores:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 95
  • SI – International Graduate: 95
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 77
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 97
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 97

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) Category is a popular stream of BCPNP that allows province to search & invite qualified candidates with a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry system – the most popular pathway for skilled immigrants to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

The Skills Immigration Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province.

In order to receive an invitation for provincial nomination through the EEBC, candidates need to be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) whereas Skills Immigration candidates only have to be registered with the SIRS.

All invited candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories had an indeterminate, full-time job offer with an employer in B.C.

Candidates invited under the EEBC: Skilled Worker and EEBC: International Graduate categories will automatically receive an additional 600 CRS points toward their comprehensive ranking system (CRS) scores, if their applications get approved by BCPNP. This effectively guaranties them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Federal Express Entry Draw.

Applicants, who received an invitation in this draw, now have to submit a complete application via the BC PNP Online Registration System within 30 calendar days from the date of invitation.

British Columbia has now invited around 9,000 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2020 through its various PNP categories and streams.

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Another 5000 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #169: December 9, 2020

Canada issued another highest-ever 5000 Invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency to immigration candidates in a new Express Entry Draw held on December 9, 2020.

In order to receive an ITA in this invitation round, candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score of 469.

With this draw, Canada has now issued total 102,350 ITAs this year, which is a record high number of invitations issued in a year ever.

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 in this draw. Candidates who had a CRS score of 469 or more, needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before June 4, 2020, at 22:26:05 UTC in order to receive an ITA in this invitation round.

The large number of ITAs issued in last few Express Entry draws is a strong indication of Canada’s commitment to welcome more than 400,000 new immigrants in 2021. More than 100,000 of these immigrants will come through the Express Entry system.

 

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Saskatchewan invited 564 immigration candidates for provincial nomination in new draw on December 1

Over 500 immigration candidates are now one more step closer of achieving their dream of getting Canadian permanent residency.

In its latest draw held on December 1, 2020, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited total 564 candidates through its two immigration subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.

DISTRIBUTION OF INVITATIONS

Immigration stream Total Invitations issued Minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirement
Express Entry 138 74
Occupations In-Demand 426 74

The invitations were sent out to immigration candidates who had work experience in one of 86 occupations.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate qualified foreign workers who have the potential to thrive in Saskatchewan to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

It is also one of the easiest Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to apply as a job offer or work experience in Canada is not required to qualify. However, candidates need to have minimum one year of full-time work experience to apply for both of its subcategories – Express Entry and Occupation in Demand.

In order to apply for a provincial nomination through either of these streams, candidates need to first register an EOI profile with the SINP.

Eligible EOIs are then awarded a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid, which allot them points based on their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

High-scoring candidates are then invited to apply for provincial nomination through regular draws conducted by the SINP.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination get an additional 600 points toward their overall CRS score, which effectively guarantees them an invitation in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

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Nova Scotia invited Express Entry Candidates For Provincial Nomination In New Labour Market Priorities Stream Draw on December 1

Nova Scotia issued new invitations to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry Candidates through its Labour Market Priorities immigration stream draw held on December 1.

However, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) did not provide information on total number invitations, also known as Letters of Interest (LOI), issued in the draw.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream of NSNP targets Express Entry candidates based on the Nova Scotia’s labour market needs. This stream is flexible and the skilled occupations as well as criteria specified under this can change with each draw, depending on province’s labour market and social needs. For instance, NSNP has targeted programmers and media developers, nurses and automotive industry workers in recent draws.

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.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination get an additional 600 points toward their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which effectively guarantees them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

In order to receive an invitation in December 1 draw; candidates were required to demonstrate that they have:

  • a full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer that must be valid for at least one year after the permanent resident visa is issued
  • at least one year of skilled, job-related work experience
  • a Canadian secondary school diploma or the equivalent
  • a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 or higher in French or English

Candidates, who received an LOI in this invitation round now have 30 calendar days to submit a complete application for provincial nomination to NSNP.

Candidates must include the required supporting documentation/letters of reference from employers to demonstrate work experience, language test results and proof of education with their application.

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CRS dropped to 469 in latest Express Entry Draw; 5000 candidates received ITAs for permanent residency

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #168: November 25, 2020

Canada conducted another Express Entry Draw just at a gap of one week on November 25.

The highest-ever 5000 Invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residency, were issued to immigration candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score of 469.

The CRS cut-off threshold dipped below 470 for the first time in an all-program draw this year.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was October 15, 2020, at 08:50:10 UTC. This means the candidates who had a CRS score of 469 or more, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

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.

The new draw brings the total number of ITAs issued so far in 2020 to 97,350, which put Canada on the track to surpass 100,000 ITAs issued in 2020 – the highest ever in one year.

The highest-ever number of ITAs issued in last two Express Entry invitation rounds, are in line with Canada’s commitment to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants in 2021. More than 100,000 of these immigrants will come through the Express Entry system.

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