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Manitoba PNP invites 426 immigration candidates, offers nomination

Manitoba PNP invites 426 immigration candidates, offers nomination

Manitoba PNP invites 426 immigration candidates, offers nomination

Here’s what happened in the Manitoba immigration scene on October 7, 2021. Manitoba PNP invited a total of 426 immigration candidates across 3 PNP streams as follows:

Stream No. of invitations Min. EOI score
International Education Stream 55 None
Skilled Workers Overseas 21 729
Skilled Workers in Manitoba 350 446

Among the invitations sent, 84 were sent to Express Entry candidates.

About Express Entry

Express Entry is a points-based application management system. It’s used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.

The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool. It’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.

Provincial governments choose and nominate Express Entry candidates through PNP draws. They automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score. The high score will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.

For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.

The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC. They are invited to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.

If immigration candidates want to receive invitations from Manitoba PNP under the International Education stream, they must complete their education in Manitoba. They must also demonstrate that they have the required in-demand skills sought by the province.

If immigration candidates want to receive invitations from Manitoba PNP under the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, they must show that they have connections with Manitoba. This could be by way of family members in the province, invitation received via one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives or prior experience in Manitoba.

If immigration candidates want to receive invitations from Manitoba PNP under Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, they will require to have a full-time paid job offer from an employer in Manitoba.

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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

EOI – Expression of Interest

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

Alberta PNP invites 275 Express Entry candidates, offers nomination

Alberta PNP invites 275 Express Entry candidates, offers nomination

Alberta PNP invites 275 Express Entry candidates, offers nomination

The details of the Alberta PNP draw that was conducted on September 30, 2021, were released lately. In the draw, AINP had invited 275 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. They had a minimum CRS score of 300 points.

In September 2021 alone, Alberta PNP had invited 1,610 immigration candidates. All the draws held in September 2021 had 300 as the minimum CRS score. Till now in 2021, this Canadian province has invited 5,617 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The total number of invitations Alberta is allowed to issue in 2021 is 6,250.

The working of Alberta PNP Express Entry stream

The Express Entry stream is an enhanced PNP stream that finds eligible and suitable candidates from the Express Entry pool. Their eligibility and suitability of candidates are largely determined by the skill requirements of the province, fulfilled by skilled foreign workers.

Express Entry is a points-based application management system used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.

The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool that’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.

When provincial governments choose and nominate Express Entry candidates through PNP draws, they automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score that will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.

For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.

The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.

To be eligible for a provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream, you need to have experience working in an eligible occupation. However, this list of eligible occupations isn’t provided as such by AINP. Rather it issues a list of occupations that aren’t eligible for nomination.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

EOI – Expression of Interest

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program

Nova Scotia PNP invites 330 Express Entry candidates, offers nomination

Nova Scotia PNP invites 330 Express Entry candidates, offers nomination

Nova Scotia PNP invites 330 Express Entry candidates, offers nomination

Nova Scotia conducted another couple of PNP draws on October 7, 2021, in which 330 Express Entry candidates were invited in all to apply for a provincial nomination. The selected candidates had skilled work experience.

In the largest draw of the 2, Nova Scotia PNP invited 286 Express Entry candidates. They had a job offer from Nova Scotia and they possessed a minimum work experience of a year in a skilled occupation. Another criterion they met was that they had an English language proficiency of CLB level 5.

In the other PNP draw, Nova Scotia PNP invited Express Entry candidates who had a minimum skilled trade experience of 2 years as well as 44 carpenters. These candidates had an English language proficiency of CLB level 5.

Both the draws were held under the Nova Scotia Labor Market priorities stream. The invited candidates have till November 6, 2021, to apply for a provincial nomination with Nova Scotia PNP.

About Express Entry

Express Entry is a points-based application management system used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.

The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool that’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.

When provincial governments choose and nominate Express Entry candidates through PNP draws, they automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score that will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.

For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.

The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

EOI – Expression of Interest

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark

My journey as an IT specialist from Dubai to Canada

My journey as an IT professional from Lucknow to Calgary

 

My journey as an IT professional from Lucknow to Calgary

My name is Avinash Gowda, and I am an IT specialist; and this is the story of my journey from Dubai to Canada.

I always wanted to migrate to another country, and Canada was on the top of my list. But first, let me share with you the details of my education and early employment years.

As soon as I finished my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, I got a job in a small IT firm in my hometown, Bengaluru. I worked in this firm for three years.

During my two years as an IT professional at my first firm, I tried to learn as much as I could. In the interim, I obtained a Cisco program certificate.

 I wanted to try for overseas jobs and so began my job hunt for the same. I ended up getting a job in the IT department at a multinational firm in Dubai.

I was working here for five years when the bug to migrate to another country took over. Canada again popped up in my mind, and I was keen to get permanent residency in Canada.

The correct information is important

While I continued to work in Dubai, I kept an eye on what was going on in Canada’s immigration system. Believe me when I say that the more you know about yourself, the better. You will make fewer mistakes while applying for a visa and immigration if you thoroughly understand the process.

I would read everything about Express Entry, the latest immigration news, new announcements from Canada Immigration, and provincial draws. After some time, I felt confident that I had a decent understanding of how to migrate to Canada. But, to be honest, I was not sure enough to apply on my own.

As a preliminary step, I had checked the eligibility points calculator to check whether I was eligible to apply for any of Canada’s immigration programs. I ensured that I had the required 67 points to be eligible.

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I was planning to apply as a skilled foreign worker through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, one of the programs available in the Express Entry system.

Express Entry

Among the various immigration programs, the Express Entry system is the most popular.

This immigration program was started in 2015 for managing the applications under its Economic Class immigration programs.

The Express Entry program has streamlined the immigration process and made it more transparent. Key details of the program are:

  • The program has no cap on applicants and is open throughout the year.
  • The program applies to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program
  • To apply for this program, you must first submit an Expression of Interest.
  • Your application will be graded and placed in a pool of applicants.
  • Applicants with the top scores receive invitations to apply for PR or ITAs.
  • The yearly immigration levels or immigration targets define the number of ITAs that can be issued each year.

To be eligible for the Express Entry draw, Canada’s most popular immigration program, you must have the required points under the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS. A CRS score of 1200 points is assigned to candidates in the Express Entry pool. Your CRS score is determined by factors such as age, work experience, adaptability, and so on. Each Express Entry draw will have a different CRS score.

Migrating to Canada as a temporary worker

A recent Canadian immigrant advised coming to Canada as a temporary worker and then changing to permanent status. I was more perplexed than ever at this point. On the one hand, I considered the FSWP since I was a skilled foreign worker. Then there was the possibility of migrating as a temporary worker.

Choosing Y-Axis

I decided to approach an immigration consultant and opted for Y-Axis. I was impressed by their experience and reputation and the positive feedback they received from their customers.

At Y-Axis Dubai, I spoke with a counselor about my desire to immigrate to Canada, my family background, work experience, work interests, skills, and certifications, and so on.

I talked about my career choices in Canada, as well as my immigration options.

My consultant suggested that I get an international resume done if I want to search for a job in Canada.

I hired a Y-Axis professional to help me with my international resume. This CV was now complete. Again, I enlisted the help of the gentlemen at Y-Axis to get my CV out to the right individuals on LinkedIn. You will be more visible to foreign employers than ever before if you have a CV that stands out from the crowd.

Finding a job in Canada 

I emailed my resume to about 20 different companies. The government of Canada’s official employment website was really helpful. They detail the work description, the responsibilities expected in that position, the estimated remuneration nationally and in each of the specific ten provinces, job trends, prospects, etc.

It is much easier to come up with a doable road map for Canada immigration for IT specialists, in my instance, if I have a fairly clear concept of what to expect working in the same position within Canada at different places. I finally found a job as an IT specialist in Canada.

Finding a place in the Express Entry Pool

Anyway, by this time, my application had been accepted into the Express Entry pool. I would apply through the FSWP because I would be ineligible for the other two Express Entry programs, and the FSTP was out for me because I had no trading experience.

Similarly, the CEC option required Canadian work experience, which I lacked. CEC assists temporary workers who have been in Canada for an extended period. All I had to do now was wait for my invitation from Canada’s federal government, given that my profile had been accepted into the Express Entry pool.

Waiting for an invitation

This is most likely the longest of them all. That of waiting for a formal invitation from Canada before submitting a completed application for permanent residency in Canada.

After a few months of waiting, I was fortunate enough to receive an ITA from IRCC. I then submitted my application for permanent residence in Canada. I had gathered all of my papers and was almost ready to submit my application by that time. I was waiting for the call to come to Canada.

Landing in Canada

I am still getting used to my new surroundings. A unique career opportunity has presented itself. This is a new country. I’ve made some new buddies. However, I believe that settling in Canada is the most straightforward option for a migrant. There is no barrier in terms of language. The locals are pretty friendly. The nicest part is that there are a lot of Indians in Canada! In the few days that I have been here, I have met so many new friends. Many of them are Indians themselves. In Canada, it certainly seems like home.

Canadian passport ranking – Canada among the most powerful passports

Canadian passport is among the most powerful in the world; travel to 97 countries visa-free

Canadian passport is among the most powerful in the world; travel to 97 countries visa-free

While Canada immigration is already so popular a choice for immigrants the world over, Canadian citizens can pride themselves on another reason. The Canadian passport is now the fifth on the world rankings and is among the most powerful passports in the world.

Thus, the Canadian passport ranking places it with other powerful passports of countries including the USA, Hungary, Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic, and the UK.

Those who hold a passport Canada issue can visit 97 countries visa-free. Also, they can visit another 45 destinations where they will require only a visa upon approval.

The ranking has been revealed in the latest report of Henley & Partners. It’s a global firm based in London that gives residency and citizenship services.

It’s not a new thing that Canada has been featured in the list of the world’s most powerful passports. Also, dual citizenship is very common in Canada.

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Jobs are back in Canada – Gear up to work in Canada

Jobs coming back to Canada as unemployment rate falls for fourth consecutive month, says Statistics Canada

Jobs coming back to Canada as unemployment rate falls for fourth consecutive month, says Statistics Canada

There’s good news from Canada! Currently, unemployment is going down in Canada. This new development is leading prospective immigrants to access many opportunities to immigrate via Canada’s economic immigration programs.

The latest Labor Force Survey held by Statistics Canada has reported that there has been a fall in unemployment in Canada for the fourth consecutive month. Thus, in September 2021, unemployment reached 6.9%. This was the lowest unemployment rate since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The reason for this was the rejoining of workers in the workforce of Canada in various industries.

Statistics Canada has also revealed that jobs in the public and private sectors came back in September 2021. Big job returns were recorded in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Ontario.

Job additions in natural resources and manufacturing sectors

The manufacturing sector saw 22,000 jobs added lately. The addition of jobs in the natural resources sector was 6,600.

Higher vaccination rates have played an important role in bringing the Canadian economy around, making it possible for the country to recover from the hardships it faced during the pandemic.

Immigration contributing to population growth in Canada

During the onset of the COVID-19, and while restrictions were imposed owing to the pandemic, immigration was the reason there was a population growth of 74.9%. This was revealed by Statistics Canada in September 2021.

International migration increased from 24,329 in Q2 of 2020 to 75,084 in Q2 of 2021. This indicates that the number of skilled immigrants newly arriving to work in Canada has increased.

With strong inter-provincial migration happening between Canadian provinces during the pandemic crisis, populations of provinces like Yukon, the Atlantic Canadian provinces, and British Columbia increased.

Also, PNP helped skilled workers and investors to arrive in various provinces of Canada and become eligible to work there and apply for Canada PR.

Moreover, international students who arrived in Canada to join higher study courses also had the opportunity to work in Canada. This was materialized as one of these options:

  • Working on-campus without a work permit
  • Working off-campus with a work permit
  • Working in internship programs as part of a study curriculum with a work permit

Using the PGWP, graduated international students apply for a work permit to work in Canada. This was another part of Canada immigration that could contribute to the workforce of the country.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

Counting work experience under Canada Express Entry – What to know

Is your work experience eligible for Express Entry

Is your work experience eligible for Express Entry

Have you ever had the doubt about how your work experience gets counted for eligibility in the Express Entry system? Here we try to answer this query.

Here’s the basic fact. Express Entry counts your work experience only if it is classified as “skilled” by the Canadian system of classifying occupations. IRCC checks the level of education required to do your job in Canada and thus assesses your eligibility along with such skilled work experience. The more education and skill level you have, the higher your occupational skill level will be.

It’s the NOC that analyzes the skill level required in Canada by an immigration candidate entering through the Express Entry system. The NOC job description ascertains your skill level into 5 categories:

Skill Type 0: This includes jobs in management. E.g., managers in restaurants, mines, and shore captains.

Skill Level A: This includes professions that usually require a university degree university. E.g., architects, dentists, and doctors.

Skill Level B: This includes skilled technical jobs and trades that usually need an apprentice training or college diploma. E.g., electricians, plumbers, and chefs.

Skill Level C: This includes jobs of an intermediate nature that usually requires high school and/or job-specific training. E.g., food and beverage servers, long-haul truck drivers, and industrial butchers.

Skill Level D: This includes labor jobs that usually provide training on the job. E.g., oil field workers, cleaning staff, and fruit pickers.

If you want to immigrate via Express Entry, you must be having a job offer that falls under any of the above-said skill types.

Work duration

IRCC treats 30 hours per week as full-time work. When calculated yearly, it comes to 1,560 hours. So, an applicant via Express Entry can either qualify by working full-time and paid for a year or part-time till it adds up to 1,560 hours. Under part-time work, you are expected to work under 15 hours a week till it comes to 1,560 hours.

Note: IRCC won’t take extra hours worked over the stipulated 30 hours per week as a full-time job.

Work experience requirements for FSWP

  • A minimum of 1 year of skilled work experience in the last 10 years.
  • The work experience counted for qualification under the FSWP must match the primary job mentioned in the application for immigration.
  • A minimum of 67 points out of 100 to be scored in the assessment to pass, 15 points of which must come from work experience.
  • To get 15 full points, you will need a minimum of 6 years’ work experience in an eligible occupation.

Work experience requirements for CEC

  • You will need a minimum of one year’s full-time Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation.
  • The work experience coming from self-employment or work done during studies in Canada won’t be counted.
  • Minimum language proficiency has to be displayed.

Work experience requirements for FSTP

  • You need a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within 5 years prior to filing the application. An equal amount of work experience in a paid part-time job is also counted as eligible.
  • You must meet the requirements for the skilled trade you mentioned in the application except that you need a qualification certificate.
  • You must also have a valid job offer. The job offer must be for full-time employment of a minimum of 1 year or a qualification certificate in your skilled trade issued by the authority in a Canadian province/territory/federal government.
  • Minimum language proficiency has to be displayed.
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Note:

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program invites 486 Express Entry candidates

486 PNP candidates were invited in the recent Ontario Immigration Nominee Program

486 PNP candidates were invited in the recent Ontario Immigration Nominee Program

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program targeted 18 occupations and invited 486 Express Entry Candidates in the new Ontario PNP draw held on October 6, 2021.

Few of the professionals among 18 targeted occupations include nurses, managers, and human resource professionals in the new Ontario PNP draw.

This draw was held after a two-month hiatus under the new Human Capital Priorities Stream.

The candidates invited in this draw are eligible to apply for a provincial nomination and support their permanent residency application if they meet all the eligibility criteria of the program. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), associated with the Express Entry system, automatically adds 600 points towards their overall score if they get the nomination.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited Express Entry candidates having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 463 and 467.

The OINP draw invited candidates having work experience in any of the following 18 occupations:

NOC code Occupations
NOC 0114  Other administrative services managers
NOC 0122  Banking, credit and other investment managers
NOC 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
NOC 0125 Other business services managers
NOC 0211 Engineering managers
NOC 0311 Managers in health care
NOC 0601 Corporate sales managers
NOC 0631 Restaurant and food service managers
NOC 0711 Construction managers
NOC 0731 Managers in transportation
NOC 0911 Manufacturing managers
NOC 1121 Human resources professionals
NOC 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
NOC 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
NOC 3231 Opticians
NOC 3233 Licensed practical nurses

The invited Express Entry candidates should have a minimum of one year experience in any of the above occupations listed in order to receive the provincial nomination. If the candidates are nominated under this or the Express Entry-linked PNP, then they will directly placed in the front line to receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Till date in 2021, Ontario has invited 4,851 immigration candidates under Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. While in 2020, Ontario invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination under HCP Stream. This made Ontario as the most popular Express Entry-linked program in 2020.

How provincial nominations help Express Entry candidates get ITAs? 

Express Entry candidates who receive the PNP nomination will get an additional 600 CRS points toward their overall score. This guarantees them to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

Canada’s Express Entry system

Express Entry system aims to manage skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs which include:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canada Experience Class

Express Entry candidates are eligible for any one of the programs. IRCC allots points to the candidates in the Express Entry pool of candidates based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Language ability in English or French
  • Other factors

The candidates with the highest points are invited to apply in the Express Entry draws.

The candidates with the highest points are invited to apply in the Express Entry draws.

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Canada invites 34,500 under the Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada invites 34,500 under the Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada issues 34,500 invitations to apply for Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada issues 34,500 invitations to apply for Parents and Grandparents Program

Between September 23, 2021 and October 4, 2021, potential sponsors have been invited to apply to the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program [PGP] of Canada.

Canada’s PGP allows the citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], “We sent enough invitations to reach our goal of accepting 30,000 complete applications.”

As per official reports, a total of 34,500 invitations to apply have been issued.

A random selection was made from the pool of candidates. Invitations to apply were sent out to “potential sponsors who previously submitted Interest to Sponsor forms in 2020”.

Those invited will be required to submit their online application for the PGP by the deadline mentioned on their IRCC invitation.

The invitation status might be checked online through the confirmation number provided by IRCC

What is my confirmation number for PGP?
A confirmation number is displayed on the screen after the successful online submission of the interest to sponsor form.

An email is also sent to the applicant confirming that the form had been duly received by IRCC. The confirmation number would also be given in that email.

For reference, a confirmation number would be given with a combination of 7 letters and numbers. After a hyphen in the middle, the number ends with 19.

Those that have either forgotten or lost their confirmation number might make use of the IRCC online form to check their invitation status.

Family reunification remains a priority with the Canadian government.

As per IRCC, “This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be accepting a record number of up to 30,000 applications under the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program, the largest ever single intake.”

To ensure that applicants are not penalized for losing income during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2020 tax year, “the income requirement will continue to be the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%”.

Regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits – such as the Canada Emergency Response benefit – will be included towards the calculation of the income of the sponsor.

Those not invited might instead consider applying for the Canada Super Visa.

Allowing a stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time, the Super Visa of Canada is another pathway for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada.

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British Columbia PNP Draw, September 28, 2021

BC PNP draw on September 28, 2021 - invites highest scoring candidates

BC PNP draw on September 28, 2021 - invites highest scoring candidates

British Columbia has invited the highest scoring registrants in the following categories to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The successful applicants are nominated to apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.

Candidates can log into the BC PNP Online profile to check whether they received an invitation to apply.

Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC

Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score Other Considerations
5-Oct-21 108 SI – Skilled Worker 70 Tech draw
SI – International Graduate 70
EEBC – Skilled Worker 70
EEBC – International Graduate 70

Entrepreneur Immigration

Date Stream Score Number of Invitations
17-Aug-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category 126 8
17-Aug-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot 129 < 5
15-Jun-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category 126 9
15-Jun-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot 139 < 5
13-Apr-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category 126 6
13-Apr-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot 116 5
2-Feb-21 Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category 122 8

The number of invitations sent is based on the annual nomination allocations from the Canadian federal government (IRCC) and the ability to process applications in a timely manner.

British Columbia PNP Tech 

As per the BC PNP Tech, it issues weekly invitations to qualified registrants having valid job offers in the key technology occupations. If the candidates occupation is not listed in the key technology occupations, they are still eligible to apply. BC PNP continues to conduct regular draws for qualified individuals across various occupations, depending upon the program’s processing capacity.

List of categories under which registrants are invited

Below is the list of categories where the registrants are invited:

  • Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration — International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC — International Graduate
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

Whereas the Health Care Professional and International Post-Graduate candidates under Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams do not require an invitation to apply. They can directly apply through the BC PNP website online.

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