Canada immigration is the cherished dream for many for obvious reasons. The country has been, as always, welcoming of migrants even through the COVID-19 pandemic. The unrelenting immigration programs and the perfectly implemented policy for the prevention of pandemic have brought even more kudos to the country than the USA and other countries of the world.
There were a number of provincial immigration draws conducted by Canada in October 2020. The PNP draws have been instrumental in bringing skilled foreign workers to different provinces in Canada, helping them meet their labor market demands.
Many motivational policies were also introduced on the immigration front for foreign workers and their provincial employers in Canada. The response to Canada’s call to join its territories and provinces along with earning a chance at Canada PR has been enthusiastic from immigrants from all over the world. They chose Canada and put up with the COVID-19 induced travel restrictions quite patiently to arrive in the country at the right time.
Express Entry draws and PNP draws, including those aligned with the federal Express Entry system, have been instrumental in keeping the immigration scene of Canada alive and active. Here, we will briefly review the PNP draws that happened in Canadian provinces.
British Columbia PNP draw on October 27, 2020
354 ITAs were issued via the EEBC and Skills Migration streams. The candidates who got ITAs belonged to sub-categories of Entry-level & Semi-skilled, Skilled Worker, and International Graduate. Their minimum score requirements were as follows:
- Express Entry BC
- Skilled Worker – 92 points
- International Graduate – 93 points
- Skills Immigration
- International Graduate – 94 points
- Skilled Worker – 93 points
- Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled – 75 points
Nova Scotia PNP draw on October 22, 2020
NSNP sent an undisclosed number of ITAs to Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The candidates eligible to be invited in this draw got the chance to get a provincial nomination through the Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities Program. They required to have a primary occupation as computer programmers and interactive media developers among other requirements like
- A minimum work experience in Canada of one year with skill level O, A, or B.
- A 7 CLB score in all language abilities
- A Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary program of at least 3 years
British Columbia PNP draw on October 20, 2020
100 immigration candidates were sent ITAs for a provincial nomination for Canada PR. 80 ITAs went to candidates via Skills Immigration and EEBC streams. They were invited under the sub-categories of Skilled Worker and International Graduate.
20 ITAs went to candidates under BC’s Entrepreneur Immigration program. Out of these, 5 ITAs went to the candidates of Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. 15 ITAs went to candidates under the Entrepreneur Immigration base category.
A minimum score of 122 was required under the base category whereas the Regional Pilot required 109 points.
PEI PNP draw on October 15, 2020
211 ITAs were issued to Express Entry, Labor Impact, and Business Impact candidates in this PNP draw. 184 ITAs were issued to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates and 27 ITAs were issued to Business Impact candidates.
The minimum point threshold that the candidates required was 97.
British Columbia PNP draw on October 14, 2020
417 ITAs were sent to eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in BC. The candidates were selected by the BC PNP through the Skills Immigration and EEBC streams. belonged to the categories of Skilled Workers and International Graduate. Candidates belonged to the categories of:
- International Graduate
- Skilled workers
- Entry-level & Semi-skilled (under the Skills Immigration stream)
The minimum score fixed to be qualified for the draw ranged from 75 to 94. 31 occupations were dropped from the draw parameters due to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on regional businesses.
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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
PR – Permanent Resident
ITA – Invitation to Apply
BC – British Columbia
EEBC – Express Entry BC
PEI – Prince Edward Island
NSNP – Nova Scotia Nominee Program