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    • Alberta resumes PNP draw's after six months
      Alberta has released details of its first PNP draw of the new year. AINP invited 50 candidates to apply for provincial nomination on January 8, 2021. The Comprehensive Ranking Score cut off was 406 points.

      AINP did not specifiy details of occupations that were targeted this draw.

      Alberta PNP program (AINP) regularly selects candidates from the Federal Express Entry pool. Selected candidates are issued NOIs. Successful applicants receive additional 600 points to their CRS score, thereby virtually guaranteeing an ITA from Express Entry draw.

      Last year from the allotted quota of 6,250 nomination certificates received from IRCC, Alberta used only 4,000 nomination certificates due to pandemic induced economic slowdown. Alberta's labour market crashed significantly by May 2020, and unemployment shot up sharply. Alberta stopped issuing invitations from June 17, 2020. This was AINP's first draw after a gap of six months.

      AINP currently does not have information on the number of nominations it can issue in 2021.

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    • Manitoba starts new year immigration with 272 invitations.
      Manitoba issued 272 LOAA (Letters of Advice to Apply) in the latest Expression of Interest (EOI) draw held on January 14, 2021. The latest draw was the 106th MPNP draw under the EOI system. The previous MPNP draw occurred on December 30, 2020, where 188 LOAA (Letters of Advice to Apply) were issued.

      236 Letters of Advice to Apply issued to "Skilled workers in Manitoba" category. The score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited was 461 points. 

      29 Letters of Advice to Apply issued to "International Education Stream" category candidates. 

      7 Letters of Advice to Apply issued to candidates were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited in this category was 722.

      From all the 272 LOAA issued, 22 LOAA's went to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

      List of all MPNP Draws held in 2021:

      MPNP Draw #106 – January 14, 2021 – LOAA issued: 272

      Check the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program page for details on each category and to understand how to apply under MPNP.

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    • Canada kicks off 2021 with two Express Entry Draws
      Canada welcomed the new year by issuing 250 invitations to candidates under Express Entry draw# 171. Eligible candidates had provincial nominations as of January 6, 2021. 

      Canada conducted another round of invitations under Express Entry Draw 172 on January 7, 2021, whereby it issued 4750 invitations to candidates under the Canadian Experience Class.


      Express Entry draw 171 (January 6): 

      The IRCC invited provincial nominee candidates with a minimum CRS score of 813 points. 

      Candidates who receive a provincial nomination get an additional 600 points. Hence, the cutoff appears to be higher than the normal range.

      Express Entry draw 172 (January 7): 

      The IRCC invited Canadian Experience Class candidates with a minimum CRS score of 461 points. 


      Under the Canadian Experience Class program, the candidates have to demonstrate that they have worked in Canada under an eligible NOC code for a minimum period of one year.

      IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule to both the draws as well. 

      The date and time of cutoff for Express Entry draw 171 (PNP) was November 2, 2020, 11:11:52 UTC. 
      The date and time of cutoff for Express Entry draw 172 (CEC) was September 12, 2020, 20:46:32 UTC.

      With these two draws, Canada has issued a total of 5000 invitations to apply in the new year. These two draws have suggested that Canada may invite more candidates who are already present in Canada. 

      The situation is similar to the previous year, whereby IRCC invited only PNP/CEC candidates for an extended period between March 2020 and August 2020 under Express Entry.

      Express Entry is Canada's online system of managing immigration applications. 

      Express Entry manages applications for the three key economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

      In the previous year, Canada invited a record 107350 candidates under the Express Entry system.
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    • British Columbia invites 168 immigration candidates in first PNP draw of 2021
      British Columbia has issued 168 invitations under Skills Immigration and Express Entry category of BCPNP on January 5, 2021. 

      BCPNP issued 168 invitations in the S.I. - Skilled Worker, S.I. - International Graduate, S.I. - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, EEBC - Skilled Worker, EEBC - International Graduate categories.

      The minimum provincial score cut off for this draw was 77. British Columbia did not provide a breakdown of invitations issued in each category.

      Summary of BCPNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry (January 5, 2021):
      S.I. - Skilled Worker - required a score of 95
      S.I. - International Graduate - required a score of 95
      S.I. - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled - required a score of 77
      EEBC - Skilled Worker - required a score of 99
      EEBC - International Graduate - required a score of 99

      The following NOCs were not part of this draw:

      0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 3236, 6211, 6311, 6313, 6321, 6322, 6341, 6421, 6511, 6512, 6513, 6521, 6522, 6523, 6524, 6525, 6531, 6532, 6533, 6562, 6564, 6611, 6621, 6711, 6721, 6722, 6731

      The BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams are for workers or international graduates with the skills, education and experience required for high-demand occupations in B.C. 

      Skills Immigration categories:

      Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker


      Skills Immigration – Healthcare Professional


      Skills Immigration – International Graduate


      Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate


      Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (Including employment in the Northeast Development Region of B.C.)


      Express Entry BC categories:

      Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker


      Express Entry BC – Healthcare Professional


      Express Entry BC – International Graduate


      Express Entry BC – International Post-Graduate


      Download British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide
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    • Saskatchewan PNP invites 576 candidates for PR
      Saskatchewan invited 576 candidates for permanent residency under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) on December 17, 2020. Candidates needed a minimum of 71 points on the SINP Points Assessment Grid to receive an invitation. These invitations were issued under Express Entry and Occupation-in-demand subcategories.

      Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued 190 invitations under Express Entry subcategory and 386 invitations under Occupation-in-demand subcategory to candidates having experience in below NOC Codes:

      0013, 0014, 0016, 0112, 0114, 0121, 0125, 0212, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0651, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0821, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 1254, 1311, 2131, 2144, 2147, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2175, 2233, 2242, 2252, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 3143, 3211, 3214, 3215, 3234, 3237, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4156, 4161, 4165, 4166, 4169, 4212, 4215, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6315, 6321, 6332, 7202, 7204, 7232, 7237, 7241, 7246, 7251, 7281, 7301, 7305, 7311, 7315, 7321, 7322, 9213, 9226

      Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

      Saskatchewan limits candidates' selection by occupation so that only the nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected, and nominations do not exceed employment demand. The SINP application inventory's needs help determine the frequency and size of Expression Of Interest (EOI) Selections. Selections take place on a bi-monthly basis, at minimum.


      In the current year, Saskatchewan has invited 4,426 Occupations In-Demand candidates and 3,854 Express Entry candidates so far, bringing the total to 8,280 invitations in these two subcategories. To be considered for the draw, candidates must have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to the SINP.

      Check the SINP Excluded Occupation List for the list of occupations currently not eligible for SINP Express Entry and Occupation in Demand categories.
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