SINP Invites 564 in New Draw

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invites 564 federal express entry candidate in the Latest draw.

All the interested Immigration candidates were invited to apply for Saskatchewan's Federal Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams.

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The Latest SINP draw was held on December 1.

The Saskatchewan PNP invited Immigration candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories:
Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand. They sent out a total of 564 invitations to immigration candidates who had work experience in select occupations. A total of 138 were invited through the Express Entry sub-category, and 426 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates.

In order to be invited in this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed to have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP. Regardless of the category, invited candidates needed an EOI score of at least 74 in order to be invited. This is the provincial requirement, not the Comprehensive Ranking System cutoff. Invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

Invited candidates also needed work experience in one of 86 occupations. To see which occupations were included, go to the government webpage.

The SINP uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to succeed in the regional labor market. Candidates need to demonstrate their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

The SINP uses these five factors to assess candidates and give them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

Recently, Saskatchewan started giving more EOI points to people who can speak English and French.

Express Entry sub-category

In the latest invitation round, Saskatchewan issued 138 invitations to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

The federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

If candidates in the federal Express Entry pool also filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, and they scored 74 on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they may have been invited in the latest draw.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This award effectively guarantees that they will be invited to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw, as most invitation rounds invite candidates with scores above 470.

The same goes for any one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs that are aligned with Express Entry.

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Canada Immigration News: In the Latest Canada Immigration Draw 5,000 Invitation to Apply (ITAs) were sent.

This is the biggest draw ever in Canada immigration draws. Canada has now issued 92,350 ITAs this year, surpassing targets according to the latest Canada Immigration News

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In The latest Canada Immigration news we have recived information on the latest Express Entry draw which was expected to be the biggest draw ever and it has not disappointed us. Canada has held its largest Express Entry draw ever on November 18, 2020.

A total of 5,000 invitations were issued in this draw, bringing immigration candidates one step closer to Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472 in order to receive an invitation this round.

Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system for three federal economic-class programs: Federal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in these programs, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are given a score based on the CRS. Points are awarded depending on a candidates human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability in English or French.

The highest scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry invitation round.

In case of a tie between candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. So, for this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 472 or more, needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before October 27 at 06:18:11 UTC in order 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 August 6 invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and previous 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 92,350. This year is shaping up to be a new record-breaking year for Express Entry, as the number of ITAs issued to date is the highest it has ever been.

The large number of ITAs is in line with Canada’s commitment to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants in 2021, most of them coming through the Express Entry system.

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Canadian Immigration has a new immigration target and there is to welcome over 400,000 immigrants per year

Canada is aiming to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023 accordingly.

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Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history.

Over the coming three years, Canadian immigration will aim to welcome the following level of new 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 percent of all immigrants under economic class programs, including through Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Program.

The Immigration Levels Plan is the most important immigration announcement made by the Government of Canada each year. It outlines the number of new permanent residents Canada aims to welcome over the coming years, and what categories Canada aims to admit them under. Canada welcomes immigrants under the following categories: economic; family; refugee; and humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Immigration plan 2021-2023 summary

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

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

To compensate for the fall of immigration this year, Canada has set the most ambitious immigration levels plan in its history.

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Why Canada is maintaining high immigration?

Canada is maintaining high levels of immigration to offset the negative economic and fiscal impacts of its aging population and low birth rate.

Canada has one of the world’s oldest populations, with nearly 18 percent of its population being age 65 and over. It also has one of the world’s lowest birth rates at 1.47 births per woman. As such, Canada will face challenges growing its economy and supporting government spending in the future. These challenges can be alleviated by welcoming more immigrants to support labor force and economic growth.

Since its founding in 1867, Canada has welcomed at least 300,000 immigrants in a year just five times. It is currently welcoming 0.9 percent of its population in immigrants, which is three times higher than the per capita newcomer intake in the United States.

At the same time, Canada has had a higher per capita intake in the past, welcoming 1 percent or more of its population in newcomers, something it regularly achieved in the decades prior to the First World War.

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

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Canadian Province of Quebec extends immigration targets into 2021. Check out Economic Immigration Plans in 2021

Quebec immigration targets for 2021 are more of the same as those set last year.

Quebec could welcome between 44,500 and 47,500 immigrants in 2021.

The immigration targets for 2021 is considered under the Plan d’immigration du Québec 2021, which was released on October 29. The same report coincides with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada‘s (IRCC) announcement of its multi-year plan, which will be released this week and will work as a guide for Canada’s  economic immigration plan of 2021 to 2023.

In the year 2021, It is expected that majority of new admissions to Quebec, almost 62 % are expected to come through the same province’s economic immigration programs.

The all-new Quebec immigration levels represent an increase over its 2020 targets when Quebec’s goal was to welcome between 43,000 and 44,500 immigrants. It may be because Covid-19 Pandemic has affected their 2020 immigration plans.

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According to an estimate in the plan released today, Quebec will admit a maximum of 30,500 immigrants this year, instead of the projected maximum of 44,500. The province says travel restrictions and the closure of federal offices and processing centers around the world make it difficult to meet immigration targets for 2020.

However, the province’s immigration ministry said its targets for 2021 include a rebalancing plan “with the admission of an additional 7,000 people, representing the deferment of some of the admissions that were not fulfilled in 2020 due to the health crisis.”

As a result of the health crisis, the province estimates the number of unrealized admissions in 2020 to be between 13,000 and 18,000 but plans to make up the shortfall over the next two years.

Quebec’s Admissions targets for 2021

For 2021, Quebec has set a range of between 27,500 and 29,300 new admissions for its economic immigration programs, including a maximum of 24,200 skilled workers.

The province has also set a maximum of 4,300 admissions for its business immigration programs, which include Quebec’s Entrepreneur Program and the Self-Employed Worker Program.

In addition, a maximum of 800 admissions is set for “other economic categories” such as live-in caregivers and others.

Another 10,200 new permanent residents are expected to arrive through family sponsorship, refugee, and other immigration programs.

2021 Quebec Selection Certificate targets

Under the provisions of the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has the power to select all economic class immigrants and certain refugees to the province.

Those selected are awarded a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) and can then apply to Canada’s federal government for a permanent residence visa.

Quebec’s plan calls for 26,500 to 31,200 selection certificates to be issued in 2021, slightly more than its 2020 plan, which called for a range of 20,100 to 24,700.

The majority — up to 22,400 — would go to skilled worker candidates.

The selection certificate targets are as follows:

  • Skilled workers: between 19,400 and 22,400;
  • Business immigrants: between 1,500 and 2,300;
  • Other economic immigrants: between 400 and 600;
  • Refugees selected abroad: between 4,400 and 4,700;
  • Other immigrants: between 800 and 1,200.

The targets set for 2021 include applications in process or waiting to be processed in Quebec and at the federal level. They also take into consideration the time it takes for candidates to complete all the immigration procedures.

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Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC

British Columbia has invited 354 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination program (Express Entry BC) in the latest draw.

Recently British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited candidates from different subcategories that include:-

  • 3 skilled worker immigration sub-categories and

  • 2 Express Entry sub-categories.

British Columbia holds its weekly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on October 27.

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

Candidates were invited under the

  • Skilled Worker,
  • International Graduate,
  • Entry-Level and
  • Semi-Skilled subcategories.

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The minimum criteria or required score for successful candidates are mentioned below:

  • 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

British Columbia holds draws through its various PNP categories and streams weekly.

The largest BC PNP draw of the 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 based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English, and location of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they can 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.

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Express Entry: Canada's latest Draw is second largest draw.

Canada invites 4,200 immigration candidates.

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It was Canada’s 163rd Express Entry draw. Largest number of Candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence(Canada PR).

Canada is looking focused to achieve its target of 1 million immigrants between 2020-2022. Canada is increasing its number of draw issued since all-program Draws resumed in july.

This Latest Express Entry round issued invitations to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 472. This is three points less than the previous all-program draw, the biggest drop since all-program draws resumed in July.

A total of 4,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued this draw, which is the second all-program draw Canada has held in two weeks. This pattern is more congruent with pre-coronavirus invitation rounds where all-program draws were held every two weeks.

This draw matches the 4,200 ITAs issued in an Express Entry round on September 2, which ties it for the second-biggest draw ever. The biggest draw issued 4,500 ITAs on February 19. The large number of invitations being issued by Canada is a strong indication that it remains committed to welcoming high levels of immigrants in 2021 and beyond.

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Express Entry is the application system that manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs in regular invitation rounds.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool. These invitation rounds typically take place every two weeks and the vast majority involve candidates from all three Express Entry-managed categories.

Today’s draw brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 74,150 a new record for this date.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in today’s draw. The timestamp used was March 9, 2020, at 13:03:40 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 472, as well as those candidates with scores of 472 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The tie-break rule is used to rank candidates who have the same CRS score. A candidate’s CRS score remains the primary factor in selecting candidates to be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Factors that can affect the cut-off CRS score include the size of the draw (larger draws can produce a lower minimum CRS score) and the time between draws (shorter periods between draws can help to lower the CRS score).

Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s CRS, which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

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Provincial Nominee Program

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has invited 3299 Immigration Candidates in 2020 till now

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Canada Provincial Nomination has been a popular immigration pathway among Canadian Immigrants in recent years. Provincial Nominee Program (Canada PNP) was introduced to meet the need of Canadian provinces and to hire skilled workers in specific fields or domains.

Recently this week, Manitoba PNP invited 213 immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR. This new Provincial nominee program draw brings the total number of invitations issued so far this year to 3,299 which is a really promising number in this ongoing pandemic situation.

This new Manitoba PNP draw invited 213 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on August 28.

This new Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) draw invited

-> Skilled workers and
-> International student graduates

Through three immigration streams:

1. Skilled Workers in Manitoba,

2. Skilled Workers Overseas, and

3. International Education streams.

These invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were distributed among their respective Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirement:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 171 LAAs – a minimum score of at least 475;
Skilled Workers Overseas— 8 LAAs – a minimum score of at least 824; and
International Education Stream— 34 LAAs – no EOI score requirement.

The number of LAAs issued to immigration candidates is 3,299 in these categories so far in 2020. This was also Manitoba’s 97th draw since the program began in April 2014.

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Among all the LAAs issued in these different categories on the August 28 draw, 23 were handed to candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system.

Immigration Candidates who were qualified for the Express Entry pool are ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that was considered on human capital factors such as

1. Age,

2. Work Experience,

3. Education, and

4. Language Ability.

As expected, The highest-scoring candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence (Canada PR) through regular draws from the Express Entry pool. Canada is Planning to Invite 1 million immigrants incoming 3 years (2020- 2022) so we can expect an increase in the number of draws every month.

It is known that those who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

All the Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination from Manitoba in this recent draw declared a valid Express Entry ID and provided a job seeker validation code.

Manitoba’s Expression Of Interest (EOI) system:-

People who are interested and want to immigrate through Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) need to register an Expression of Interest with the Manitoba PNP 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

1. English or French language skills,
2. Education,
3. Work Experience,
4. Manitoba connections,
and other factors.

These above three factors will decide if you will receive an invitation and the other two factors can improve your chances.

Manitoba immigration streams

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams allow the province of Manitoba to nominate skilled workers who can support Manitoba’s local labor market needs.

People who overseas need to have a connection to Manitoba. This could be close family ties or friends in the province, previous experience in Manitoba, or an invitation under one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.

The best thing for Overseas Candidates is that they do not need to be physically present in Manitoba at the time of the application to be eligible.

Successful candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category must meet certain criteria, such as having a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Manitoba.

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

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Express Entry Draws

Express Entry Draws - The latest reports on Canada Immigration suggest that they welcomed over 19,000 immigrants in June.

Canada’s immigration numbers in June were considered to be highest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Canada Express Entry Draws is considered to invite the maximum number of Immigrants in recent years followed by the provincial nomination program.
According to sources Canada has welcomed over 19,000 new permanent residents(PR) in June 2020. This was also revealed in new Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data released today.

Canada’s June permanent resident (PR) intake was the largest with 19,200 newcomers since the start of coronavirus pandemic. Canada invited a total of 11,000 newcomers in May and the 4,000 who gained PR in April. It was also Canada’s highest level of immigration in a month since the coronavirus was officially labeled a pandemic in March.
If we look from the other side, it was very less in comparison to over 34,000 immigrants welcomed by Canada in June 2019. The lower level compared with last year is due to the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Canada has had travel restrictions in place since March 18th. Additional challenges include confirmation of permanent residence(COPR) holders being unable to travel to Canada even if they are permitted to do so, and IRCC application processing being affected by social distancing measures.
Countries with highest newcomers in June

The top 10 Countries in June 2020 (Permanent Residence numbers in brackets) were:

  1. India (6,760)
  2. China (2,010)
    Philippines (900)
    USA (740)
    Pakistan (595)
    Brazil (560)
    United Kingdom (535)
    Nigeria (530)
    Iran (390)
    South Korea (355)
  3. As general leading immigrant source countries in June remain the same from recent months and years. The new immigrants in June were individuals who had applied for PR months ago, meaning that immigrant source countries have not been much impacted by the pandemic so far.

What you can expect for the rest of 2020
The June 2020 PR figures indicate that Canada’s immigration system is getting back to normal to the extent possible during this pandemic. Many people were able to overcome COVID-19 challenges in June (e.g., travel delays) than earlier months to complete their PR landing.
Canada’s PR levels tended to be higher in the summer so over the coming summer months we can expect immigration levels to increase from this range as the current level suggest.
There is one more thing that is true that the travel restrictions and other COVID-19 disruptions will keep PR figures lower than what they were during similar periods in 2019.
Nonetheless, Canada continues to invite more successful immigration candidates to apply for Permanent Residence.
Every two weeks, Express Entry draws have remained a constant fixture throughout the pandemic, with Canada issuing 3,900 or more invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence every two weeks.

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Last week we have witnessed Canada held two Express Entry draws, including one Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates in one of the draws. FSWP candidates were excluded from Express Entry draws between March and July since IRCC wanted to prioritize the invitation of candidates more likely to be in Canada right now (and hence, less likely to face COVID-19 interruptions).
The resumption of Express Entry draws which include FSWP candidates, plus ongoing Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws are among the numerous positive signs that suggest Canada remains committed to its pre-pandemic immigration policies.
This has also been emphasized by IRCC and Canada’s immigration minister. They have repeatedly stated since the start of the pandemic that welcoming high levels of immigration after COVID-19 will be key to maintaining a strong and healthy Canadian economy.

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Canada Work Permit 2020

Canadian Work Permit Programs are going strong since the start of March 2020

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If we consider the year of 2019 Work permit numbers issued in the same timeframe had dropped but in 2020 it has maintained a steady pace.

The number of work permit holders in Canada appears to have been affected by COVID-19 Pandemic closures.

Canada had issued a total of 32,995 work permits back in January 2020. After the novel coronavirus was deemed a pandemic in March work permit totals went down to 19,650, about a 28 percent decrease from March 2019.

Numbers rose in April to 29,900 work permits, still about 22 percent less than 2019. A total of 25,125 work permits were issued in May, which is a 45 percent decrease from last year, and about a 30 percent decrease from the month before. The reason for the drop in May work permits is possibly due to less Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) permits. These numbers can still rise as we are heading towards the end of the year 2020.

  • The Latest data includes new work permits issued to people who were eligible to work in Canada through the
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) or

  • The International Mobility Program (IMP).

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) typically admits fewer foreign workers to Canada than the International Mobility Program (IMP) and was created so that Canadian employers could hire foreign talent if they are not able to fill the job vacancy with Canadian workers. It is mainly used to admit seasonal agricultural workers to Canada, but also covers other sectors.

On the Other side, the International Mobility Program (IMP) is more focused on meeting Canada’s broad economic and social needs. Most of the work permits issued under the IMP includes the Global Talent Stream (GTS), and the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

The Global Talent Stream is for tech workers who either work for designated companies or are being hired in highly-skilled occupations. The advantage of the Global Talent Stream is that it has a two-week processing standard. Companies can hire foreign talent abroad and have them come to work in Canada in the same month.

International students also have a chance in IMP. International students can use the PGWP to gain up to three years of Canadian work experience, which is highly valued in an application for permanent residence through the Canada Express Entry immigration system.

This end semester, international students who study online will still be eligible for a PGWP which is great news for all the international students outside of Canada. Normally online study is ineligible for a PGWP, but Canada’s immigration department is making an exception this year due to the unprecedented school closures brought on by the pandemic.

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First all-program draw

Let us review all the Express Entry First all-program draw since the start of the pandemic.

FSWP and FSTP candidates were eligible to receive invitations to apply for permanent residence in the first all-program draw since March 4.

COVID -19 pandemic had its impact felt all over the globe and Canada is no exception. Now things are getting normal in Canada and they are resuming all the Permanent residency programs as usual.

Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws and is now issuing invitations to apply to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates. Although they have also issued PR’s to candidates even during the pandemic.

Canada issued the first all-program Express Entry draw since March 4 and has issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation round. There is a rise in CRS Score this time. Last time Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 431 to receive an ITA.

Since the coronavirus was labeled a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restriction to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This left FSWP and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP) candidates in an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution.

Most CEC candidates are already in Canada and therefore are not affected by Canada’s current travel restrictions. Provincial Nomination Program candidates continue to be invited as well to allow provinces to meet their labor market needs. It is important to note however that even when Canada was excluding FSWP and FSTP candidates, some of the CEC and PNP candidates being invited in previous draws were also outside of Canada.

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Today’s draw was an indication that things will be back to as usual and Canada federal government will focus on their target to welcome 1 million new immigrants before 2022. Latest Express Entry draw was of the same size as the previous all-program invitation round held March 4, which issued 3,900 ITAs.

22nd draw of 2020 will bring the total number of ITAs issued this year to 53,800, Most compared to last years for this date.

The higher CRS cut-off is a function of FSWP candidates once again securing ITAs. Given the length of time since the last draw featuring FSWP candidates, today’s draw featured ITAs to candidates with higher CRS scores who would have otherwise been invited in earlier months had the coronavirus pandemic not affected IRCC’s Express Entry policies.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in today’s draw. The timestamp used was February, 11, at 13:08:31 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 478, as well as those candidates with scores of 478 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It was introduced in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s three federal high-skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Program,  Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

While a job offer is not required to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

A set number of the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITA) through regular draws from the pool, which typically take place every two weeks.

The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

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