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Our latest Canada immigration newsletters keep you informed on the developments in immigration programs. Be it new Express Entry draws, provincial nominations, program changes, or updated occupations in-demand, we have it largely covered!

Canada pushes on with its plan to attract more newcomers this year. According to sources, over 26,600 new permanent residents were admitted in January 2021.

That translates to a roughly ten (10) percent increase from January 2020, before Canada went into full lockdown.

Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino said that with new admission in February, the federal government is almost forty (40) percent ahead of the pace needed to meet the 2021 immigration targets of 401,000 newcomers.

On Feb, 13, Canada invited 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residence via the popular Express Entry system, about five times more than the previous record-breaking draw.

Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, invited every single candidate who was qualified for the Canadian Experience Class. An estimated ninety percent of these immigration candidates were already residing in Canada at the time of the draw.

Canada’s borders are still closed to non-essential travel. After travel restrictions came into effect in March 2020, the number of permanent residents decreased by about fifty (50) percent. The year ended with Canada welcoming just 184,370 newcomers compared with 341,175 in 2019.

In an effort to make up for the shortfalls of new immigrants, Canada increased the immigration targets over the next three years. Rising from 401,000 this year to 421,000 in 2023.

Currently, Canada is prioritizing immigration candidates who are already living in the country, while travel restrictions are still firmly in place.

The federal government is yet to make public when or how travel restrictions will be lifted.

In the meantime, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, their families, international students, and some essential workers are the key groups exempt from travel restrictions.

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 March 2021

March 02, 2021

Ontario immigration department invited 754 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on March 2.

Invited candidates had valid profiles in the Express Entry system with Comprehensive Ranking System scores between 463 and 467.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited immigration candidates who may be qualified for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP). This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gave foreign workers the opportunity to start their careers in Ontario province.

In this draw, the Ontario immigration invited Express Entry candidates to file for the provincial nomination if they had work experience in one of the following eligible ten (10) occupations.

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March 02, 2021

British Columbia province invited 444 immigration candidates to two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws conducted on March 2.

The invitations were sent out to candidates from the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

More specifically, those who got invitations were from the Skilled Workers, International Graduates as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

The minimum scores for the largest draw ranged between eighty-three (83) and Ninety-seven (97) points. A total of 418 were invited to this draw.

There was also a separate draw held for restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631) and retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621), where twenty-six (26) invitations were issued to candidates with scores of at least 118.

The province has now held Eleven (11) invitation rounds, bringing the total number of invitations sent out to date to 1,839 in 2021.

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March 03, 2021

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited 159 Express Entry candidates to file for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates only required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 352.

These immigration candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination. If their applications are assessed and successful, the nomination will shoot them to the top of the Express Entry pool.

All immigration candidates invited to Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw had a valid profile in the Express Entry system.

Those who obtain the provincial nomination from Alberta will automatically get an extra 600 CRS points added to their overall score. That means the lowest-scoring Express Entry candidates in this draw would get a new score of 952.

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March 03, 2021

Ontario immigration department held another draw via the Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, rolling out Notifications of Interest(NOIs) to 126 candidates.

The March 3 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program draw saw NOIs sent out to immigration candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging between 455 and 467.

To be eligible for the draw, candidates had to lodge Express Entry profiles between the months of March 3, 2020, and March 3, 2021.

Candidates from this draw needed to have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system, which processes and manages applications for the Federal Skilled Trades Programs, the Federal Skilled Workers Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates are awarded points on the CRS for work experience, educational qualification, age, and language ability.

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March 05, 2021

Nova Scotia immigration department has held a new business immigration draw targeting Entrepreneur Stream candidates.

The new business immigration draw saw forty-three (43) invitations rolled out through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, with the lowest-ranked Bussiness candidate scoring 118 points.

The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur stream targets individuals with management and business experience. They must live in Nova Scotia province, either start a new business or invest in an existing business, and actively participate in the day-to-day runnings of that business.

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March 08, 2021

Canada invited 671 Express Entry candidates to send in their applications for Canadian permanent residence on March 8.

Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, invited candidates who had a minimum score of 739. This score requirement seems very high, but that is because everyone invited had previously gotten a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

The 671 Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination are automatically given an extra 600 points on top of their actual human capital score. Meaning those who obtained the minimum score of 739, had a Comprehensive Ranking System score of 139 without the provincial nomination.

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March 09, 2021

British Columbia sent out invitations to 95 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on March 9.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw sent out invitations to 95 immigration candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.

Selected candidates who were from the Skilled Workers and International Graduate subcategories required a provincial score of at least eighty (80).

The province has now conducted twelve (12) draws so far this year, bringing the total number of invitations released to date to 1,926 in 2021.

Invited immigration candidates have thirty (30) calendar days to apply for the nomination.

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March 11, 2021

Saskatchewan immigration department invited 248 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on March 11.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 248 candidates or principal applicants from the International Skilled Worker category.

Of those invited, Seventy-two (72) may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 176 may obtain the nomination via the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

Regardless of the immigration stream invited candidates required an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least Seventy-one (71) in order to be invited. They also needed Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) to show their foreign education was equivalent to the Canadian education standard.

They also needed work experience in one of the Seventy (70) in-demand occupations listed on the government website. Some of the eligible occupations include purchasing officers and agents, social and community services workers, as well as educational counselors.

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March 11, 2021

Manitoba invited 299 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on March 11.

This is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)’s fifth draw of 2021. 299 immigration candidates (Skilled workers and international graduates) were given Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) through the following three (3) streams, along with their minimum Expression of Interest score requirements:

Skilled Worker in Manitoba— 261 invitations with a minimum score of 459; International Education Stream— three (3) invitations with a minimum score of 728; and Skilled Workers Overseas—  thirty-five (35) invitations.

In this draw, thirty-five (35) LAAs went to Express Entry candidates.

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March 16, 2021

Alberta province held a new draw on March 2, inviting 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited a total of 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Applicants only needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.

Those who were invited to the program can now apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.

All immigration candidates invited to Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw had a valid profile in the Express Entry system.

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March 16, 2021

British Columbia rolled out invitations to 506 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on March 16.

These invitations were given to 506 candidates, from Express Entry BC (EEBC) and the Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PN

Particularly, those who received invitations were from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

There were two separate draws, one that was specifically for restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631) and retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621).

A total of seventy-eight (78) invitations were given to people working in these occupations, and the minimum provincial score requirement was 114. The remaining 428 immigration candidates who were invited had scores between eighty-one (81) and Ninety-six (96).

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March 17, 2021

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 183 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence on March 17.

Canada immigration ministry invited candidates who had a minimum score of 682. This Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirements seem quite high, but that is because candidates invited had previously obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

The 183 Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination are practically given additional 600 points on top of their original human capital score. Meaning those who had the minimum CRS score of 682, would have originally had a CRS score of eighty-two (82) without the provincial nomination.

Candidates who had the minimum score of 682 were only added to the draw, if they lodged their Express Entry profile before March 4, 2021, at 16:56:20 UTC, as per the tie-break rule.

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March 18, 2021

Canada immigration ministry, IRCC, invited 5,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 18. Invited candidates needed to be qualified for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have at least a score of 449 in order to receive an Invitation to Apply.

Some of the basic eligibility criteria for the CEC include one year of full-time skilled Canadian work experience, and intermediate official language skills among other requirements.

Candidates who had the minimum score of 449 were only included if they lodge their Express Entry profile before Feb 19, 2021, UTC, as per the tie-break rule.

This new CEC-only draw demonstrates how Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is continuing to prioritize immigration applicants living in Canada, while travel restrictions are still in place.

About Seventy-seven (77) percent of Express Entry candidates in Canada are qualified for the CEC, according to IRCC data from March 8.

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March 18, 2021

Prince Edward Island immigration department released the details of its scheduled March 18 draw. 150 immigration candidates were invited to file for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Programs (PEI PNP) sent out a total of 150 invitations.

Most of the invitations, 140, went to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. The remaining ten (10) invitations were given to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of Seventy (70).

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canada’s provinces and territories to choose immigration candidates who meet their labor market needs. They are sometimes linked with Canada’s federal Express Entry system.

Canada is aiming to welcome 80,800 newcomers through the PNPs this year.

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