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Manitoba’s latest provincial draw was held on 08 April

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Manitoba’s latest provincial draw was held on 08 April

Manitoba invited 243 Canadian immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on April 8. Invited candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). If they receive it, the nomination will support their final application for Canadian permanent residence.

Manitoba regularly invites immigrants to apply through one of the following three Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas.

Below are the results from the latest draw:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 208 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 456;

Skilled Workers Overseas— 14 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 708; and

International Education Stream— 21 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

A total of 15 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), went to Express Entry candidates.

Manitoba immigration programs

Manitoba has a number of immigration programs dedicated to attracting international talent to settle in the province. The provincial government manages its immigration through the MPNP, which supports immigration applications to the federal government. Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations.

If you want to benefit from a nomination from Manitoba, you need to register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP. This puts you in a position to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Manitoba then ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors, as well as their connections to the province. The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams are designed to allow the province to identify candidates who meet its labour market needs.

Candidates overseas need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through the likes of close family ties, previous experience in the province, or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. You do not need to be living in Manitoba at the time of your application to be eligible.

In order to receive an invitation under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, you need to have a full-time job offer from a provincial employer.

International graduates who complete education in Manitoba can receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they demonstrate that they have in-demand skills.

Manitoba invites Express Entry candidates

Express Entry is the main way Canada manages skilled worker applications. It is possible to skip the PNP process and receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry is an application management system for three federal immigration programs. When you submit your profile, you are then ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which considers factors like your age, work experience, education, and language skills.

The highest-scoring candidates receive invitations to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws. You gain an additional 600 CRS points if you receive a provincial nomination from a PNP, such as Manitoba’s. This award is high enough to allow you to receive an Invitation to Apply in an Express Entry draw.

Saskatchewan invited 279 in new PNP draw

Saskatchewan held a new draw, inviting immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on April 8. The invitations went to candidates who were eligible for a nomination from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), specifically from the International Skilled Worker category. Of those invited, 146 were eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 133 were nominated through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

Regardless of the stream, invited candidates needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 70 in order to be invited. They also needed Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard.

They also needed work experience in one of the 58 in-demand occupations listed on the government web-page. Some of the eligible occupations include medical laboratory technicians, social workers, and educational counselors, among others.

Occupations In-Demand subcategory

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is a base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), meaning it is open to immigration candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. This sub-category is for highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.

In order to apply for Canadian immigration through this sub-category, foreign nationals need to create an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system. Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to select immigration candidates that have the potential to thrive in the province. Candidates will be assessed on how their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province demonstrate their ability to settle in Saskatchewan.

They are then given a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry sub-category

The Express Entry sub-category is an enhanced PNP, meaning it is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan in order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score at the federal level and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates in the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories were invited through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

British Columbia issued 80 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on April 6, 2021.These invitations were issued to candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

Selected candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students.

About the BC PNP Tech Pilot

The pilot project was launched in 2017 and has been extended several times, most recently until June 2021. In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score that determines whether they may be invited to apply in a given invitation round. The score is based on a number of factors such as level of education, years of direct work experience and having a B.C. employment offer.

So far in 2021, B.C. has 19 draws through its various PNP categories and streams and invited almost 3,000 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

About Express Entry

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

Federal Express Entry draws are typically held twice a month and invite approximately 5,000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The latest Express Entry draws, held on March 31 and April 1, resulted in 5, 284 invitations to apply for permanent residence combined. So far this year, IRCC has issued 49,124, nearly half of its target of new Express Entry candidates to admit in 2021. At this time last year, IRCC had issued 22,600.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada set an ambitious target to welcome 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, with economic class immigrants set to arrive mostly through Express Entry-managed programs.

Saskatchewan invited 418 PNP candidates

Saskatchewan holds a new draw on 24th Mar and invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination . The invitations went to candidates who were eligible for a nomination from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), specifically from the International Skilled Worker category. Of those invited, 183 were eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 235 were nominated through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

Invited candidates needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 70 in order to be invited. They also needed Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard. They also needed work experience in one of the 78 in-demand occupations listed on the government web page. Some of the eligible occupations include medical laboratory technicians, social workers, and educational counselors, among others.

About the Occupations In-Demand subcategory

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is a base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), meaning it is open to immigration candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. This sub-category is for highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.

In order to apply for Canadian immigration through this sub-category, foreign nationals need to create an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system.

Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to select immigration candidates that have the potential to thrive in the province. Candidates will be assessed on how their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province demonstrate their ability to settle in Saskatchewan.

They are then given a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

About the Express Entry sub-category

The Express Entry sub-category is an enhanced PNP, it is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan in order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score at the federal level and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

B.C. has invited 2,535 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021

British Columbia issued 95 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in the latest draw which took place on March 23. The Province held a Tech Pilot draw through its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories. Invited candidates were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot offers an accelerated immigration pathway for those who have tech skills and are seeking to become permanent Canadian residents.  Candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

Unlike the other BC PNP streams that require a permanent job offer, Tech Pilot job offers must be for a minimum of one year, with at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP. The job offer must also be full-time and from an eligible employer in the province. Job offers of more than one year are also eligible under the pilot program.

Invitations through the province’s tech pilot are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements. Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination have 30 days to submit a complete application. Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.

If they are approved, candidates will receive a nomination confirmation that can be used to apply for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Class.

Tech Pilot is not a separate stream or category of the BC PNP, those who wish to apply must first create a profile through the province’s online portal, the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), and register under one of its existing categories.

The SIRS is a point system that allows the BC PNP to give priority to candidates who have the required skills to contribute to the province’s economic growth.

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score that determines whether they may be invited to apply in a given invitation round. The score is based on a number of factors such as level of education, years of work experience and having a B.C. job offer.

The pilot project was launched in May 2017, following a labour market study that found the biggest issue facing B.C.’s tech sector was access to talent. So, the Tech Pilot was created to support the tech sector’s growth by making it easier and faster for workers with in-demand skills to immigrate to B.C. The pilot has been extended several times, most recently until June 2021.

Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination were invited to apply for permanent residence

Canada invited 671 Express Entry candidates to send in their applications for permanent residence on March 8. Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 739. Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination are automatically given 600 points on top of their original human capital score. Meaning those who had the minimum score of 739, had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 139 without the provincial nomination.

Candidates who had the minimum score of 739 were only included if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021 at 19:10:25 UTC, as per the tie-break rule.

So far this year, Canada has issued 38,657 Invitations to Apply (ITA).  This is more than three times greater than the number of ITAs that IRCC issued at the same time last year.

The majority of these invitations came from when IRCC issued 27,332 ITAs from the previous draw on Saturday, February 13. This is not only the biggest Express Entry draw ever, but it also had a historically low CRS requirement of 75.

It is unusual to see draws happen more than two weeks apart. Today’s draw comes 22 days after the Saturday draw when every single candidate in the pool who was eligible for the Canadian Experience Class was invited to apply for permanent residence.

Ontario invited nurses, investment managers, and accountants in the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination

Ontario invited 754 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in the latest OINP draw which was held on March 2. Invited candidates had profiles in the Express Entry system with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 463 and 467. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates who were eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP). This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gives foreign workers the opportunity to launch their careers in Ontario.

In this draw, the OINP invited Express Entry candidates to apply for the provincial nomination if they had work experience in one of the following 10 occupations:

Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122);

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124);

Other business services managers (NOC 0125);

Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601);

Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111);

Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112);

Human resources professionals (NOC 1121);

Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122);

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012); and

Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163).

Invited Express Entry candidates need to have at least one year of work experience in one of these occupations in order to receive the provincial nomination. If they are nominated under this, or any other Express Entry-linked PNP, they will be bumped to the front of the line to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

In 2020, Ontario invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through the HCP stream. This was the largest proportion of all the Express-Entry linked PNP nominations that Ontario issued last year.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from a PNP automatically get an additional 600 CRS points toward their overall score. This effectively guarantees that they will receive an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Saskatchewan has issued 1,727 invitations so far in 2021

Saskatchewan held a new draw on February 25, inviting candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 299 candidates from the International Skilled Worker category. Only candidates who could be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory were invited in this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.

 

Candidates needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 70 in order to be invited. They also needed work experience in one of the 70 in-demand occupations listed on the government web-page. Invited candidates had work experience in at least one of 70 in-demand occupations. Some of the eligible occupations include medical administrative assistants, retail and wholesale buyers, and geological engineers among others.

The SINP uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to succeed in the regional labour market. Candidates need to demonstrate their commitment to settling in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province. Saskatchewan gives candidates a score out of 100 according to the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

As of November 2020, Saskatchewan started giving more EOI points to people who can speak both English and French.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This award effectively guarantees that they will be invited to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw. The same goes for any one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs that are aligned with Express Entry.

British Columbia invited immigration aspirants from technology sector in the latest Tech Pilot Draw

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw issued invitations to candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, this draw took place on 23rd Feb and under this draw 87 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Invited candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 75, now the invited candidates have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students, which was launched in 2017 and has been extended several times, most recently until June 2021.

In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score that determines whether they may be invited to apply in a given invitation round. The score is based on a number of factors such as level of education, years of direct work experience and having a B.C. employment offer.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from B.C. will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

IRCC is aiming to admit 108,500 Express Entry candidates as permanent residents by the end of this year. So far in 2021, B.C. has had seven draws through its various PNP categories and streams and invited 1,395 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Ontario invited 1,186 candidates in the latest Tech draw

Ontario held a new draw on 16th February , inviting 1,186 immigration candidates with work experience in the tech sector to apply for a provincial nomination. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued the invitations to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 453 to 467. The OINP issued invitations to candidates who were eligible for a nomination under the Human Capital Priorities stream.

Invited candidates will need to demonstrate that they have eligible work experience in one of the targeted occupations, in order to get the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination. These six occupations include the following:

Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);

Computer engineers (NOC 2147);

Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);

Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173);

Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174); or

Web designers and developers (NOC 2175).

Those who received an invitation now have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the PNP.

Those who receive the nomination from Ontario will automatically get an additional 600 CRS points toward their overall score. This boost will effectively guarantee that the successful candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw. This goes for anyone who gets a provincial nomination from any PNP.

This is Ontario’s first Tech Draw of the year. The previous Human Capital Priorities draw invited Express Entry candidates in targeted occupations, especially in finance, and health occupations, among others. Last year, Ontario invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through the Human Capital Priorities stream. This was the largest proportion of all the Express-Entry linked PNP nominations that Ontario issued in 2020.

Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian immigration. If invited candidates successfully get the provincial nomination from Ontario, they can then use it to apply for permanent residence from the federal government. Once they are approved by the federal government, these new permanent residents will get to settle into their careers in Ontario.