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Canada has over a hundred immigration streams you can benefit from. Whether you an investor or a skilled worker? you will always have one immigration stream that covers you.
Canada’s commitment to welcoming new immigrants has been constant. In fact, under its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants per year, which is the highest level in its history. The federal and provincial governments have continued to carry out immigration draws and process applications.
Canada has also put in place measures to make this target achievable. The emergence of several COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate residents will be one important component of returning the country and its immigration system to normal. Canada has also continued to keep its fourteen (14) day quarantine law as well as the requirement to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before traveling into Canada in place to help curb the spread of the virus within its borders.
It is fair to expect that IRCC and Canada’s provinces and territories will seek to normalize the immigration system to the best of their abilities this month. At the very least, we can expect more Express Entry and Provincial draws to take place this month of February 2021 and beyond.
We dedicate these Canadian immigration newsletters to temporary foreign skilled workers, visitors, and international students seeking to settle in Canada temporarily or on a permanent basis. And if you are planning to immigrate to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s a guide for you!
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Canada Immigration Newsletters for Interested Immigrants February 2021
February 02, 2021
Ontario immigration department invited candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination, on February 2. A total of 283 immigration candidates were invited, with Comprehensive Ranking System scores ranging between 466 and 467.
The immigration candidates, invited by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), may be qualified for the Express Entry Human Capital Priority Stream (HCP). This PNP program gives foreign workers—with skilled work experience— the opportunity to settle permanently in Ontario province. In turn, the skills that new immigrants bring through the PNP fill shortages in Ontario’s labor market.
In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited immigration candidates to apply for the provincial nominations if they have work experience in one of the ten listed occupations.
February 02, 2021
British Columbia immigration department held a draw through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) on February 2, 2021.
A total of 216 immigration candidates (Skilled Worker and International Graduate) got invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under the province’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) categories.
However, the minimum required score for candidates varied by category. The cut-off scores for Express Entry B.C subcategories were: Skilled Workers: 104; International Graduates: 100.
Candidates in this category were required to have already lodged profiles under Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system.
February 09, 2021
British Columbia invites 74 Candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on February 9.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee programs (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw sent out invitations to 74 candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.
Selected candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduates subcategories required a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).
The Feb. 9 draw saw the minimum score remain in the range of 80s, as has been the case for Tech Pilot draws since the start of the year.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration option for in-demand tech workers and international students.
February 10, 2021
Alberta invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 10.
The Alberta Immigration department invited a total of 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited immigration candidates only required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.
In order to receive an invitation in this particular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system.
February 10, 2021
IRCC invited 654 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on February 10, 2021. Canada invited candidates who had a minimum score of 720.
Only the 654 Express Entry candidates who had obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations in the latest draw, which is why the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off score was very high.
Candidates who have obtained nominations from Express Entry-aligned PNPs automatically get additional 600 points added to their overall score.
Today’s draw CRS score was twenty-one (21) points lower than that of the last PNP-specific round of invitations conducted on January 20, 2021.
Express Entry candidates do not need to have any Canadian experience in order to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. They do not need a job offer, but it may give them added points.
The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada, via regular Express Entry rounds of invitation.
February 11, 2021
New draws through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories saw invitations issued to 541 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) rolled out the new invitations on February 11, 2021.
A total of 344 candidates were invited via the Express Entry sub-category, and the other 197 invitations were given to Occupations In-Demand candidates.
The SINP allows Saskatchewan to select immigration candidates with skills required in the province’s labor market.
The candidates that were invited had Educational Credential Assessments. They also require an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least Seventy-two (72) under the SINP’s EOI points grid.
February 13, 2021
Canada invited 27,332 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in its latest historic draw — you read that right.
Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, invited candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on Feb 13. This historic Express Entry invitation round only needed candidates to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least Seven-five (75)— the lowest CRS requirement ever.
This draw was almost six times bigger than the largest Express Entry draws ever (5,000 invitations were sent out in four straight draws between Nov. 18 and Dec. 23 last year).
February 16, 2021
British Columbia immigration invited 494 immigration candidates in two separate Provincial Nominee Program draws conducted on February 16, 2021.
Out of the total number of invitations sent to the 494 immigration candidates, 459 went to candidates from the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
More specifically, invitations were sent out to candidates in the International Graduate, Skilled Worker, as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-category of SI and EEBC streams.
The minimum scores for this draw ranged between eighty-five (85) and One-hundred and four (104) points.
Another thirty (35) invitations were rolled out to candidates who work as retail and wholesale trade managers as well as food service and restaurant managers.
February 18, 2021
Prince Edward Island announced the details of its scheduled February 18 draw. A total of 121 immigration candidates were issued.
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP issued most of the invitations to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. Business Impact candidates took home the remaining Nineteen (19), as long as they had a minimum point threshold of eighty-two (82).
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate immigration candidates who meet their labor market needs. They sometimes link with Canada’s federal Express Entry system.
February 23, 2021
British Columbia issued 87 invitations to candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 23.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw rolled out invitations to immigration candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.
Invited immigration candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories required a minimum provincial score of Seventy-five (75), which is five points lower than the last Tech Pilot-specific draws of 2021.
Every week, Tech Pilot candidates are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Invited candidates have thirty (30) calendar days to apply for the provincial nomination.
February 25, 2021
Saskatchewan immigration department held a new draw on February 25, inviting 299 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 299 Express Entry candidates from the International Skilled Workers category. Only immigration candidates who are eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory were invited to this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.
Candidates needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least Seventy (70) in order to be invited. They are also required to have work experience in one of the Seventy (70) in-demand occupations listed on the government website.
Invited candidates had work experience in at least one of Seventy (70) in-demand occupations. Some of the eligible occupations include retail and wholesale buyers, medical administrative assistants, and geological engineers among others.
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