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Canada’s provincial immigration draws in Dec 2020 – A look-back

Canada’s PNP draws in December 2020

Canada’s PNP draws in December 2020

What a year 2020 has been! A year hijacked by COVID-19 and also a year that revealed the will-power, resilience, and determination of people to survive any odds. Countries like Canada has been taking the pandemic head on playing hard not to lose track and suffer setbacks that can threaten its future. Canada especially has walked that fine line between caution and carrying-on whereby Canada immigration was open for many international aspirants. That included foreign students and foreign workers.

The border restrictions imposed by Canada came to being in March 18, 2020. Even the US-Canada border was closed and only essential travel was allowed. The precautionary measures like compulsory 14-day quarantine of those arriving in Canada was made mandatory. The number of new Canada PRs came down considerably.

To counter the situation, exemptions were allowed for certain categories of travelers. Canada work visa holders for specific categories of jobs deemed essential were allowed entry into the country. International students were also allowed entry to study in Canada in DLIs that had a COVID-19 prevention plan.

With the efforts of the Canadian government to handle the situation, the Canadian provinces has been to a great extent able to find the required skilled manpower for its labor markets. The PNP draws were conducted regularly and they continued in December 2020.

Here’s a look at the PNP draws conducted in December 2020.

December 22, 2020 – British Columbia invites 230 new immigration candidates

The PNP draw conducted by British Columbia PNP invited candidates to apply for provincial nomination. These skilled candidates were however not invited to join 31 occupations that were excluded from the scope of this PNP draw.

The minimum score required for candidates under different BC PNP categories were as follows:

Skilled Immigration

  • International Graduate – 95 points
  • Skilled Worker – 95 points
  • Entry-level & Semi-skilled – 77 points

EEBC

  • International Graduate – 99 points
  • Skilled Worker – 99 points

December 16, 2020 – Quebec invites 133 new immigration candidates

On December 16, 2020, Quebec issued 133 invitations in a draw conducted through the Arrima EOI. The candidates who were involved were those with a job offer from the province in hand.

December 15, 2020 – Ontario Entrepreneur Stream draw with 19 invitations issued

This was the 6th draw of 2020 via Ontario’s Entrepreneur Stream. ITAs were issued to OINP candidates with a score between 140 and 200. Those who had submitted EOIs between November 19, 2020, and December 10, 2020, were fit to be considered for invitation in this draw.

December 17, 2020 – PEI issues 195 invites to new immigration candidates

PEI issued invitations to 195 skilled worker and entrepreneur candidates. Candidates were invited through the Express Entry, Labor Impact, and Business Impact streams of PEI PNP. The distribution of invitations was as follows:

  • Express Entry/Labor Impact – 174 invites
  • Business Impact – 21 invites

The Business Impact candidates required a minimum score of 85 to be eligible for an invitation.

December 17, 2020 – Saskatchewan invites 576 immigration candidates

In the EOI draw conducted by Saskatchewan on December 17, 2020, 576 invitations were sent via 2 streams of:

Occupations-in-Demand– 386 candidates ofthis stream received invitations. They required experience and skills in any of the 89 NOC listed jobs. The minimum score required was 71.

Express Entry –190 candidates of this stream received invitations. They required experience and skills in any of the 89 NOC listed jobs. They required a minimum score of 71 to be eligible.

December 17, 2020 – Manitoba issues 419 LAAs to new immigration candidates

Manitoba issued 419 LAAs to international students and skilled foreign workers. There were 3 MPNP streams involved:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 329 LAAs
  • Skilled Worker Overseas – 50 LAAs
  • International Education – 40 LAAs

December 9, 2020 – Nova Scotia issues 36 invitations to immigration candidates

On December 9, 2020, Nova Scotia conducted 2 business immigration draws. The candidates targeted included candidates from:

  • Entrepreneur stream – 4 invitations with minimum score 122
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur – 2 invitations with minimum score 42

December 15, 2020 – British Columbia Tech Pilot Draw invited 92 new immigration candidates

The 92 candidates invited in this draw came from the categories of International Graduates and Skilled Workers. Candidates were invited via the streams of:

Skilled Immigration

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate

EEBC

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate

The minimum score for all sub-categories was 80.

December 15, 2020 – Ontario Immigration draw issues 668 NOIs

Ontario held a tech draw via its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. 668 candidates were invited in the draw. The invited candidates had scores between 460 and 468 CRS points. The draw targeted 6 technology jobs.

December 8, 2020 – British Columbia issues 256 invitations to immigration candidates

The 256 invitations were issued by BC PNP to candidates intended for select jobs. 31 occupations were excluded from the scope of the draw. The distribution of minimum scores for different categories the candidates belonged was as follows:

Skilled Immigration

  • International Graduate – 95
  • Skilled Worker – 95
  • Entry-level & Semi-skilled – 77

EEBC

  • International Graduate – 97
  • Skilled Worker – 97

December 1, 2020 – Saskatchewan issues 564 invitations to immigration candidates

The EOI draw conducted by Saskatchewan on December 1, 2020, SINP issued 564 invitations. The candidates were chosen from 2 streams:

  • Occupations In-Demand – 426 invites, minimum score 74
  • Express Entry – 138 invites, minimum score 74

December 1, 2020 – British Columbia invites 68 candidates in Tech Pilot draw

The Tech Pilot draw invited candidates via 4 streams who required minimum scores as follows:

Skilled Immigration

International Graduate – 80

Skilled Worker – 80

EEBC

International Graduate – 80

Skilled Worker – 80

December 1, 2020 – British Columbia issues 11 invites to entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Immigration draw issued 11 invites to candidates from the general Entrepreneur stream. The minimum score required was 121.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence

DLI – Designated Learning Institution

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

EEBC – Express Entry BC

EOI – Expression of Interest

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PEI – Prince Edward Island

LAA – Letters of Advice to Apply

NOI – Notification of Interest

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Canada leverages foreign students, workers for its economic growth

Canada's post-COVID plan for revival

Canada's post-COVID plan for revival

As Canada is going through a phase of surviving the effects of COVID-19 and reviving its economy and Canada immigration. The major contributors to a post-COVID-19 revival seem to be immigrants and international students.

There are many reasons that back this inference.

  • The Canadian institutions, especially educational institutions, are well-equipped to train newcomers and local Canadians. With their training, the migrants will integrate smoothly into the country’s labor market. These institutions attract foreign candidates. They help the candidates empower themselves to find the best job opportunities in Canada. It’s them who will contribute to the country’s economy, benefitting mutually in the process.
  • International students are exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions. Even with the COVID-19 situation, they were granted Canada study visa. These are the candidates they attract to add to Canada’s workforce in time.
  • Even before the pandemic struck, Canada already had a clear and active agenda of inviting more and more skilled and potential immigrants to study and work in Canada. The pandemic has only fuelled the need further and kept the country open for more new immigrants.
  • Newcomers are given access to short-term programs to prepare them to join the labor force of any province sooner. These trainees include TFWs who could even be seasonal workers, especially working in the food industry and allied services like transport.
  • The main pathways of Express Entry and PNPs have been open all throughout the pandemic situation. Skilled workers have been invited via immigration draws, majorly for economic class programs like FSWP, FSTP, and CEC.

Canada is still going strong on the path of welcoming more Canada PRs, who will become the essentially transformative population of the country. It’s them who will help the country achieve greater goals and more prosperity in the years to come.

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Note:

TFW – Temporary Foreign Workers

PNP – Provincial Nomination Program

FSWP – Federal Skilled Workers Program

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

PR – Permanent Resident

Only highest degree needed for ECA in Canada

WES requires visa applicants to submit highest degree

WES requires visa applicants to submit highest degree

Submitting educational credentials is an important part of Canada immigration process. The documents that prove one’s educational credentials will be scrutinized to check whether it is equivalent to a Canadian degree or other qualification. This process is called ECA.

Lately, WES, one of the providers of the ECA service for IRCC announced that immigration applicants need to submit only their highest completed credential. Submitting any other educational credentials has been found to slow down the processing of Canada PR visa applications.

Also, it’s been decided that ECAs aren’t required for Canadian credentials. So, in case you have a Ph.D., there’s no need to submit your bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

For students who have attended school in a francophone country needn’t submit their DEUG, DUT, or License for evaluation if they have any of the following:

  • DEA
  • Diplôme de Grandes Écoles
  • Diplômed’Etat de Docteur en Pharmacie
  • Diplôme d’Ingénieur
  • Diplômed’État de Docteur en Médicine
  • Maîtrise, Master

Those who hold a Diplôme de Docteur needn’t submit any of the above-listed documents. Though documents in French needn’t be translated, documents in other languages could need it.

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ECA – Educational Credential Assessment

WES Canada’s official address changes, new applicants to note

WES Canada’s official address changes, new applicants to note

WES Canada’s official address changes, new applicants to note

WES is an entity designated by IRCC that delivers services to assist Canada visa applicants to get their educational credentials evaluated and verified. This is an essential part of the Canada immigration process. The ECA provided by WES is used to evaluate degrees and diplomas earned by the applicant outside Canada.

Be it to study or work in Canada, this evaluation is necessary for migrating to the country. A WES ECA will enable an applicant to:

  • Satisfy requirements for immigration stipulated by IRCC
  • Qualify for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
  • Meet PNP requirements
  • Store verified documents and reports to be used in the future
  • Get your educational qualifications recognized so that an applicant can work on their goals in Canada

WES ECA is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

Now, applicants who are despatching their documents to WES has to be aware of the address change of WES Canada. Those who have already sent their documents needn’t worry though as those will be forwarded to the new address. But those yet to send their documents must share the new address with their respective universities/institutions.

The new mail address of WES Canada is:

102-2820 14th Avenue

Markham, ON L3R 0S9

Canada

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Note:

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

WES – World Education Services

ECA – Educational Credential Assessments

Canada brings down minimum score in latest EE draw

Canada brings down minimum score in latest EE draw

Canada brings down minimum score in latest EE draw

The federal Express Entry draw that was held on December 23, 2020, showed a dip in the minimum cut-off score. In this draw, 5,000 immigration candidates were invited. The minimum CRS score required of them was 468.

The minimum CRS score prescribed in the federal Express Entry draw held on December 9, 2020, was 469. So, there has been a dip in the minimum cut-off score in the Canada immigration draw.

With the December 23 draw, the total number of ITAs sent in 2020, has reached 107,350. This is a record-high number of ITAs. This draw was also the 4th consecutive round of invitations that issued 5,000 ITAs for Canada PR. Since September 2, 2020, an increase has occurred consistently in the number of ITAs issued in Express Entry draws of an all-program nature.

Since March 18, 2020, when travel restrictions and border closures were imposed due to COVID-19, IRCC had conducted only program-specific draws for a few months. But in time, to ensure the intake of more skilled workers as immigrants, Canada has taken necessary steps to keep up the processes for most of its immigration programs.

In the December 23 draw, IRCC applied a cut-off rule with June 4, 2020, at 13:39:44 UTC as the timestamp. This means that candidates who have a CRS score of 468 or more on this date and time will be chosen to receive an ITA.

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Note:

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PR – Permanent Residence

Canada expands the list of DLIs for international students

Canada expands its approved DLI list

Canada expands its approved DLI list

The list of approved DLIs allowed to admitting international students have been expanded. Under the measures adopted by Canada to safeguard its people from COVID-19, only these DLIs that are approved because they have a COVID-19 readiness plan are allowed to have international students on their campus.

Students who are coming to study in Canada in these DLIs are among those who are allowed to enter Canada as they are treated as traveling for an essential purpose. Initially, only international students holding a Canada study visa before March 18, 2020, were allowed in Canada. But recently, Canada has relaxed the restrictions and allowed more international students to pursue an education in the country.

Now, more educational institutions have been added to the list of approved DLIs. These include:

  • University of Waterloo
  • OCAD University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Windsor

International students entering Canada have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days once they arrive in Canada. The students are also required to install the ArriveCAN mobile application. This app must be used to submit one’s travel and contact information, student’s quarantine plan, and self-assessment results for COVID-19.

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British Columbia welcomes 230 fresh candidates in latest PNP draw

BC PNP draw 230 invites

BC PNP draw 230 invites

BC PNP issued invites to apply for a provisional nomination to 230 new Canada immigration candidates for Canada PR. The draw was held on December 22, 2020. The invites were sent through Skills Immigration and EEBC streams.

The sub-categories of which the candidates selected were and the minimum scores required of them were as follows:

  • Express Entry BC
    • International Graduate – 99
    • Skilled Worker – 99
  • Skills Immigration
    • International Graduate – 95
    • Skilled Worker – 95
    • Entry-Level & Semi-Skilled – 77

The EEBC and Skills Immigration streams of BC PNP are designed to draw in and retain international workers. It’s also meant for graduates with the required education, qualifications, and work experience that will make them eligible to fill the job positions in high demand in BC.

The candidates applying under any of these streams must first create a profile via the online portal of British Columbia PNP. They must thus register under SIRS. An evaluation of the application will be done based on factors like:

  • level of education
  • work experience
  • job location
  • proficiency in English and salary

Upon getting approved, the applicant can use the provincial nomination to apply for a Canada PR visa with IRCC under the Canada PNP.

With a nomination from BC, the candidate can get 600 extra CRS points that will give him/her a lead in an upcoming federal immigration draw. The extra points will guarantee the candidate to receive an ITA in the federal draw.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence

BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

EEBC – Express Entry BC

SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

Quebec welcomes 233 new skilled immigration candidates

Quebec immigration draw invite 533

Quebec immigration draw invite 533

The Canadian province of Quebec invited 233 new immigration candidates on December 16, 2020, under the RSWP. Candidates who had an EOI profile in Arrima, Quebec’s online registration portal, were the only ones eligible for receiving invitations.

2 categories of candidates were invited in the draw namely:

  • Ones with a valid job offer from Quebec
  • Ones who are either a consular officer, a diplomat, or a representative of the UN or any intergovernmental organization conducting operations in Quebec

The draw also allowed members of the staff of any such official, as allowed under Quebec Immigration Regulation’s provision in Section 26.The profiles of the candidates are scrutinized by the MIFI to decide if a candidate meets the specific criteria based on the labor market needs of Quebec.

What is Arrima?

Arrima manages the pool of applicants who apply for the RSWP.It’s a system that was implemented to simplify the process of applying for visas in Quebec. Those who are interested to migrate to Quebec via RSWP are required to create an EOI profile in Arrima, which is an online tool.

These candidates will be placed in a pool of candidates. The MIFI invites candidates who are the most qualified for a particular job opportunity in Quebec. The strong potential of the candidate to merge into Quebec’s society is also considered.

The MIFI ranks the candidates using the RSWP selection grid on the basis of factors like:

  • Age
  • Education level
  • A valid job offer
  • Work experience
  • The ability to support self and family for the first 3 months after arrival in Quebec
  • French and English language skills
  • Relationships with citizens of Canada or Canada PRs in Quebec

Those who get a passing score on the selection grid will get their CSQ. The CSQ is a compulsory document required by Quebec to certify that the candidate has been given approval for permanent selection in Quebec.

Those who get CSQ can apply for a Canada PR visa. This is followed by a medical examination and criminal admissibility screening.

In 2021, Quebec aims to welcome up to 47,500 newcomers.

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Note:

RSWP – Regular Skilled Worker Program

EOI – Expression of Interest

MIFI – Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration

Saskatchewan sends ITAs to 576 new skilled candidates

Saskatchewan PNP draw 576 invites

Saskatchewan PNP draw 576 invites

SINP invited 576 new Canada immigration candidates in the PNP immigration draw held by Saskatchewan on December 17, 2020. The candidates were sent invites to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR.

The candidates were invited from the International Skilled Worker category via 2 subcategories namely:

  • Express Entry
  • Occupations-in-Demand

The candidates who received invitations in this draw had work experience in select jobs. The distribution of invites among candidate categories was as follows:

  • Express Entry – 190 invites
  • Occupations-in-demand – 386 invites

The selected candidates were required to have an EOI profile submitted with Saskatchewan PNP. All candidates invite had a minimum EOI score of 71. All invited candidates had to get their Educational Credential Assessments done.

The work experience of the candidates had to be in one of the 89 occupations stipulated by SINP. The SINP employs the EOI selection system to ensure that the chosen ones have the greatest potential to meet the needs of the labor market.

Candidates must demonstrate their commitment to settling in Saskatchewan and working there to build a life and career. For this, they have to showcase their education, work experience, age, language skills, and connections to Saskatchewan.

The Points Assessment Grid for International Skilled Worker category is used by Saskatchewan to rank the candidates with profiles in SINP. The maximum score is 100. The candidates who score the highest are issued an ITA for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

Lately, the province has started to give more EOI points to those with skills in French and English.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

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Ontrario PNP draw 19 invites

Ontrario PNP draw 19 invites

On December 15, 2020, OINP held its sixth PNP draw of 2020 via the Entrepreneur stream. It invited 19 new Canada immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The candidates will have entrepreneurs who will arrive in Canada on an Entrepreneur visa.

ITAs were issued to OINP candidates who scored between 140 and 200 points. The candidates who submitted an EOI between November 22, 2020, and December 10, 2020, were deemed eligible to be considered for an invitation.

Understanding the Ontario Entrepreneur Stream

The financial requirements to be met to be eligible for the Ontario Entrepreneur stream are as follows:

Ontario's latest PNP draw welcomed 19 new investor candidates

The non-financial requirements of the Ontario Entrepreneur stream are as follows:

Ontario's latest PNP draw welcomed 19 new investor candidates

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Note:

OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

EOI – Expression of Interest