This page discusses the most recent Canada Immigration news for the month of April 2020 for interested candidates. As the world battles the scourge of coronavirus pandemic, the Canada immigration system has been quite steady.
It is a mark of the importance of Canada immigration that draws have continued to be conducted at both federal and provincial level.
Since the Canadian response to coronavirus pandemic was put into action mid-March, the country has restricted entry to try and reduce the spread of the virus that has killed many thousands of people globally. The most recent information suggests that travel restrictions will remain in place until June 30, 2020.
But, even within the border restrictions there lay a clear acceptance of the importance of both temporary and permanent immigrants to Canada, with exemptions put in place by IRCC.
Since 15th of March, some 3,920 individuals have received invitations via Express Entry. Further, provincial draws have been held by Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba.
This is the government’s reaction viewing coronavirus as a blip in a long-term immigration plan designed to increase the Canadian economy and welcome more than one million newcomers between now and 2022.
The Express Entry system is to continue to be used as the pathway to welcoming skilled immigrants through the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades programs and Canadian Experience Class.
All of these measures are intended to put the economy of Canada in the best place possible to recover as fast as possible once the COVID-19 is under control.
Canada and its provinces have a stated commitment to utilizing robust immigration to meet long-term economic growths. Canada is open to immigration and remains a major destination for immigrants wishing to become part of its landscape.
To serve your interest and ensure you have the best possible chance of being selected and nominated for Canada immigration in 2020, we have rolled out some latest Canada Immigration news or draws conducted for the month of April 2020, for interested immigrants. Other subsequent draw dates, time and schedules would be posted as well.
Always keep in touch with us regularly and get more Canada immigration news daily…
Canada Immigration News For Interested Immigrants April 2020
April 05, 2020:
Alberta invited more Express Entry applicants to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian immigration this year. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) published details, where 136 candidates obtain invitations to apply through the Alberta Express Entry program.
Invited candidates had valid profiles in the federal Express Entry pool and needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 300.
The 136 Candidates do not need an employment or job offer in order to be invited via the Alberta Express Entry Stream, however, they required to have profiles in the Express Entry system.
April 06, 2020:
British Columbia immigration issued invitations to apply to 18 entrepreneurs candidates registered in the Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot program on April 6.
The minimum score requirements for this draw was 107, the least score for this stream since October 2019.
The Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) program is for experienced business individuals seeking a route to Canadian immigration and who can settle in the province and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide massive benefits to the provincial economy.
This was the fifth Entrepreneur Immigration draw of 2020, with Sixty-two (62) invitations issued so far.
April 07, 2020:
British Columbia provincial government has issued 147 invitations to skilled workers and international graduates in the latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw.
The April 7 draw featured invitations via four (4) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Minimum scores were eighty-five (85) for all four streams.
April 09, 2020:
The Canadian immigration department invited 606 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canada immigration in a draw conducted April 9. The minimum CRS score for this invitation round reduced by twenty-two (22) points from the last Provincial Nominee Program draw held March 18.
Canada continues to conduct regular draws which remove the uncertainty about the likelihood that Express Entry draw would take place following the implementation of special measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
April 09, 2020:
Canada held second Express Entry draw in a day, this time rolling out 3,294 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Canadian Experience Class candidates.
The second Express Entry draw was held on Thursday, April 9, with minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 464 and above.
This rare second express entry draws within the same day saw the least minimum CRS score requirement since October 2019.
April 09, 2020:
Manitoba invited 153 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw conducted April 9. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent invitations to candidates who had lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile via one of three immigration streams.
Below are the numbers of invitation, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), that were rolled out from each stream: Skilled Worker in Manitoba: 123; Skilled Worker Overseas: 16; International Education Stream: 14.
Of these invitations issued to 153 immigration candidates, fifteen (15) were rolled out to candidates who had a valid Express Entry profile.
April 15, 2020:
Canada’s federal government conducted another round of Express Entry invitations, inviting 118 provincial nominees.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) rolled out invitations to 118 provincial nominees on April 15. Invited nominees or candidates required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 808.
All of these candidates had previously obtained provincial nominations and were granted an extra 600 points toward their overall score. This means without the provincial nominations these candidates would have had a CRS of 208.
April 16, 2020:
IRCC issues invitations to 3,782 immigration candidates and their family members to apply for permanent residence of Canada. This was the second Express Entry draws in two days.
The invitations apply for Canadian permanent residence were rolled out to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program applicants with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as little as 455.
Today’s draw follows the 118 invitations already sent out the previous day to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates, bringing the total of invitations sent out to over the past two days to 3,900.
April 16, 2020:
British Columbia sent out invitations to 271 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on April 16.
This British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invitation round was largely affected by COVID-19 measures that have impacted businesses within the province, according to their website.
The latest draws saw British Columbia immigration officials move to exclude occupations in hospitality, tourism, food and beverage service, retails and others where a high-volume of candidates have recently been approved.
April 21, 2020:
British Columbia sent out 91 invitations to skilled workers and international graduate in a new BC PNP Tech Pilot draw.
The draw conducted on April 21, 2020, featured invitations across four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Minimum scores were Eighty-five (85) for all four streams.
April 23, 2020:
Manitoba immigration sent out Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to 132 skilled workers and international graduate through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
The April 23 draw saw LAAs rolled out through three MPNP streams. Ninety-three (93) LAAs went to Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates, with the lowest-ranked candidates scoring 489 points. International Education program applicants got fourteen (14) letters of advice to apply.
The final twenty-five (25) LAAs went to Skilled Workers Oversea applicants with a minimum score of 714.
Manitoba immigration department announced that seven (7) of the 132 Skilled Workers and international graduate candidates had valid Express Entry IDs and job seekers validation codes. This was the 88th draw held in the history of the province.
April 24, 2020:
Ontario entrepreneur stream invited 26 candidates to Apply for a provincial nomination in the second draw of 2020.
The April 24 draw saw invitations rolled out to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) candidates scoring between 132 and 200 points.
Candidates who lodged an Expression of Interest between November 22, 2019, and April 17, 2020, were qualified for consideration.
This was the second Ontario Entrepreneur draw held in 2020 and the first since Feb. 26 when twenty (20) candidates were invited with a minimum score of 136.
April 27, 2020:
Nova Scotia government invited French-speaking Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian immigration through its Labour Market Priorities Stream on April 27, 2020.
This draw targeted Express Entry candidates who had chosen French as their first official language and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score point of eight (8) or higher in French in all language abilities (reading, listening, speaking and writing).
Selected French-speaking Express Entry candidates also had to have a CLB score of at least six (6) or higher in English in all four language abilities and either a bachelor’s degree or a completed course of three years or more at a college, university or technical school.
April 29, 2020:
The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada invited a total of 589 provincial nominees in the Express Entry draw conducted on April 29, with a minimum CRS score requirement of 692. With an extra 600 points from having a provincial nomination, that means the basic human capital point requirements was only Ninety-two (92).
This is the least CRS requirement for a PNP- specific Express Entry draw so far this year. It is six points lower than the April 9 draw, which issued invitations to provincial nominees, with a CRS of at least 698.
April 29, 2020:
Ontario sent out targeted invitations to hopeful immigrants who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream on April 29. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) rolled out the invitations to 190 candidates in 14 skilled trades occupations.
Ontario is contacting the selected individuals who received the Notifications of Interest (NOIs). The OINP selected applicants with work experience in the following 14 skilled trades occupations, also known as National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes
April 29, 2020:
British Columbia invited Seventy-five (75) Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence via its Tech Pilot on April 29.
The draw issued invitations to eligible foreign tech workers with a valid job or employment offer in one of twenty-nine (29) in-demand technology occupations in the province.
Invitations were allotted to Skilled Workers and International Graduate candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration programs. The minimum required score for individuals in both Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories was eighty-five (85).
April 30, 2020:
Ontario government issued invitations to bilingual Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream on April 30.
The selected candidates were eligible to immigrate to Canada via Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) streams.
This is perhaps the biggest FSSW draw of the year so far, with 307 Notifications of Interest (NOIs). The first draw of its kind this year, conducted on January 9, invited 242 French and English-speaking candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence of Canada.
These invited french-speaking candidates will be contacted by the program. They have forty-five (45) days to apply online for their provincial nomination.
More Canada immigration news coming soon!!!