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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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Express Entry: 5,000 invited in new draw
Canada invited 5,000 candidates in Express Entry draw 169 held on December 9, 2020. Comprehensive Ranking System Score (CRS Score) for Express Entry draw number 169 was 469 points. 

Express Entry Draw# 169 was an all program draw and the third consecutive draw where IRCC issued 5000 invitations for Canadian permanent residency. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off for this draw remained the same as the previous Express Entry draw. The CRS cutoff has remained at 469 points for two consecutive draws.


IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule to this draw as well. The date and time were June 4, 2020, at 22:26:05 UTC, which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation.

With this draw, Canada has issued a record 102,350 invitations to apply in the current year. In the current year, the invitations have set up expectations for the upcoming year, with Canada set to invite more than 400,000 immigrations in 2021. Canada has a goal to invite over 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years. Refer to Canada immigration plan 2021-2023. IRCC will likely conduct one more Express Entry draws in the current year.
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Why immigrants flock to Canada?
Data shows the number of people immigrating to Canada has increased by 23% between 2015 and 2019 and will rise higher as the country seeks to overcome its ageing workforce.

Canada has announced plans to increase the number of immigrants it accepts each year. "Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth. Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes, and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labour shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage." according to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E. L. Mendicino.

Canada has increased its legal immigration target to 421,000 a year, a rise of 149,165, or 55%, from the 2015 level of 271,835.

Indians who became permanent residents in Canada increased from 39,340 in 2015 to 85,590 in 2019, a rise of 118%, according to an Immiboards analysis of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data. Canada is undoubtedly benefiting from a diversion of young Indian techies from the U.S. primarily because of challenges in obtaining and renewing H-1B visas and finding a reliable route to U.S. permanent residence.

India is the leading country of citizenship for immigrants to Canada, followed by China, with more than twice as many immigrants as China in 2019. The Philippines took the third spot with 27,815 immigrants. Nigeria was fourth, with 12,595 immigrants choosing Canada, and the United States was at the fifth spot with 10,800 immigrants moving to Canada from the U.S.

Canada - Admissions of Permanent Residents by Country of Citizenship, 2015 - 2020
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Express Entry draw 168 breaks record
Express Entry draw 168 saw the CRS Score drop to 469 points. IRCC invited five thousand candidates in this consecutive draw.

Express Entry Draw# 168 was an all program draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off for this draw was 3 points lower than the previous Express Entry draw. The CRS cut off was 469 points.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off has stayed above 470 over the past six weeks. It is the first time this year that the cut off for FSW draw has dropped below 470 points.


IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule to this draw as well. The date and time were October 15, 2020, at 08:50:10 UTC, which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation. It is the second consecutive draw where 5000 candidates received an invitation.


With this draw, Canada has issued 97,350 invitations to apply in the current year, and it will most likely cross the 100,000 invitations by the end of December. In the current year, the invitations have set up expectations for the upcoming year, with Canada set to invite more than 400,000 immigrations in 2021. Canada has a goal to invite over 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years. Refer to Canada immigration plan 2021-2023. IRCC will likely conduct three more Express Entry draws in the current year.

Canada Immigration - ITA issued in 2020 - All Express Entry Draws
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Biggest Express Entry draw of the year sees 5000 invitations
Canada conducted its most significant Express Entry draw on November 18, 2020 and invited a record-breaking 5000 immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residency in Express Entry draw number 167.

Express Entry Draw# 167 was an all program draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off for this draw was 5 points lower than the previous draw. The CRS cut off was 472.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off has stayed above 470 over the past six weeks.


IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule to this draw as well. The date and time were October 27, 2020 at 06:18:11 UTC, which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation. It was the biggest draw with 5000 candidates receiving an invitation.


With this draw, Canada has issued 92,350 invitations to apply in the current year. The invitations in the current year have set up expectations for the upcoming year with Canada set to invite more than 400,000 immigrations in 2021. Canada has set a record immigration target for 2021-2023 and will invite over 1.2million immigrants. Refer to Canada immigration plan 2021-2023. IRCC will likely conduct three more Express Entry draws in the current year.

 

Canada Immigration - ITA issued in 2020 - All Express Entry Draws
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Above the age of 35 and want to immigrate to Canada? Read this
Canada recently announced that French-speaking candidates will now get more Express Entry points. This policy follows Canada's goal to increase the Francophone population outside Quebec over the next three years. So what is the significance of this news for potential immigrants? Well, for starters, it does not impact individuals up to the age of 29. 

With the below profile, your Comprehensive Ranking System score would be 481, which is good enough to get an invite at this point with the current minimum CRS cutoff hovering around 475 points:

You are under 30 years of age,
You have a Master's degree,
You have three years of work experience in NOC A or B,
You have an IELTS score of 8777.

But consider this, what if you are above the age of 35? Let's view the profile of someone older who wants to immigrate to Canada. 

With the below profile, the Comprehensive Ranking System score drops to just 434:

You are 37 years old,
You have a Master's degree,
You have three years of work experience in NOC A or B,
You have an IELTS score of 8777.
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Express Entry draw# 166: Canada invites 4500 candidates for permanent residence
Canada conducted its fifth consecutive FSW draw on November 5, 2020 and invited 4500 immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residency.

Draw# 166 was an all program draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off for this draw was 7 points higher than previous FSW draw. The CRS cut off was 478.

IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule to this draw as well. The date and time were October 26, 2020 at 22:44:19 UTC which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation.

The invitation trend has certainly changed from CEC/PNP draws to FSW draws. Canada is looking to invite more candidates from the all program pool. 

With this draw, Canada has issued 87,350 ITA's in the current year setting a new record for Canada immigration.
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French-speaking candidates to receive additional points under Canada's Express Entry
Francophone and bilingual french-speaking Express Entry candidates are now eligible for more points toward their immigration application.

Canada is aims to attract more French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec. Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced that Francophone and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. Express Entry is an online system which is used to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. 

Changes as of October 20, 2020 - additional points for good French skills:

NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing): 

25 extra points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or you have not had an English test); or
50 extra points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills

The change will see the points increase from 15 to 25 for French-speaking candidates and from 30 to 50 for bilingual candidates.

This is in addition to points for official languages. The CRS scores of all pool profiles will be updated automatically before the next invitation round after the updates.

As per the government press release, this change will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023.

“Supporting the development of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec is part of this government’s plan for economic growth and long-term prosperity throughout the country. It is also the right thing to do to help support Francophone communities right across Canada. We will continue to attract Francophone immigrants to make sure that Francophone minority communities flourish.” - The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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Canada sets a record immigration target for 2021-2023
Canada aims to welcome 1.2m immigrants over the next three years.

Per the 2021-2023 `Immigration Levels Plan", the Canada immigration target is set to a record 401,000 immigrants in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.

The numbers represent an increase of 50,000 for each year and aim to compensate for the immigration shortfall in 2020 due to the pandemic. It represents about one percent of Canada's population.

The 2021-2023 `Immigration Levels Plan' was unveiled by Marco Mendicino, Minister of `Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada' (IRCC) on October 30. Canada will welcome more immigrants than ever before.

Canada Immigration target for the next three years is as outlined below:

2021 – 401,000 immigrants

2022 – 411,000 immigrants

2023 – 421,000 immigrants

The minister shared targets and ranges for overall immigrant admissions as well as for each category.

The immigration target appears to be a well-planned strategy as Canada realizes the importance of economic immigration. Canada aims to fuel its economic recovery by inviting 60% of the immigrants under economic class programs to boost the local labour market.

Along with Covid impact, Canada is also is facing the challenge of an ageing population. As per Statcan, Canada's median age is 40.9 years with 17.5% of the population over the age of 65. Comparing this with India, the median age in India was 26.8 years in 2015 as per Statista.

India is the largest source of new immigrants for Canada and this target bodes well for Indians who want to move to Canada.

Canada recently made changes to its Express Entry program. Even as a second language, applicants with French knowledge would now be eligible for an additional 50 bonus CRS points. Most of the applicants who get invited under the Federal Skilled Worker economic program have a good amount of international experience and relevant education, aligning with Canada's economic goals and labour market needs.
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Canadian colleges and universities reopening to international students
Designated learning institutions (DLIs) can welcome international students starting October 20, 2020. Canadian colleges and Universities with a coronavirus readiness plan approved by their province have been allowed to start accepting new study permit holders.

Eligibility:

You have or have been approved for a study permit.


You are travelling to Canada for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose


You are studying at one of the approved DLIs with a coronavirus readiness plan


Only the schools, colleges and universities listed below are approved to reopen to international students who are travelling to Canada. If your college or university is not on the list below, you can't travel to Canada to study at this time.

Find out if your DLI is approved.
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Express Entry draw# 165: Canada invites 4500 candidates for permanent residence
Federal Skill Worker draws are back in business. Canada conducted its fourth back to back FSW draw on October 14, 2020 and invited 4500 immigration candidates for PR on September 30, 2020.

Draw# 165 was an all program draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off for this draw was the same as the previous FSW draw. The CRS cut off was 471.

IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule to this draw as well. The date and time were September 1, 2020, at 12:11:23 UTC, which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation.

It is the first time since February 2020 that Canada has invited 4500 candidates. It looks like the trends have changed from CEC/PNP draws to FSW draws. Canada is looking to invite more candidates from the all program pool. 

With this draw, Canada has issued 82,850 ITA's in the current year. 

List of all FSW Draws in 2020

List of all Express Entry Draws in 2020

Y-o-Y comparison of ITA's issued under various categories:

Canada's government will announce immigration levels for 2021-2023 later this month, which will provide details on how many immigrants Canada plans to admit in the next two years.
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International Students will be allowed to enter Canada from October 20, 2020
Canada is re-opening border for International Students from October 20, 2020. Starting October 20, 2020, international students will be allowed to enter Canada in a phased manner.

To be eligible, these students must be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan.

The concerned DLI must have a COVID-19 readiness plan in place validated by the respective province.

More details will be published on October 8. 2020. Canada.ca press release

While this is definitely positive news for students wanting to go to Canada to study, VACs across India remain closed as of writing.

 
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Express Entry draw# 164: Canada invites 4200 FSW candidates
Canada conducted its fourth Federal Skill Worker draw since August and invited 4200 immigration candidates for PR on September 30, 2020.

Draw# 164 was an all program draw - only the 6th since March and 9th since the start of the year. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off for this draw was 1 points lower than the previous FSW draw. The CRS cut off was 471.

The Tie-breaking rule was applied to this draw as well. The date and time was March 2, 2020 at 12:47:08 UTC, which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation.

List of previous Federal Skill Worker draws and their Cut-offs:
#164 - Sep 30, 2020 (471)
#163 - Sep 16, 2020 (472)
#162 – Sep 2, 2020 (475)
#158 – Aug 5, 2020 (476)
#155 – Jul 8, 2020 (478)
#138 – Mar 4, 2020 (471)
#137 – Feb 19, 2020 (470)
#136 – Feb 5, 2020 (472)
#135 – Jan 22, 2020 (471)
#134 – Jan 8, 2020 (473)
List of previous Federal Skill Worker draw invitations:

#164 - Sep 30, 2020 (4200)
#163 - Sep 16, 2020 (4200)
#162 Sep 2, 2020 (4200)
#158 Aug 5, 2020 (3900)
#155 Jul 8, 2020 (3900)
#138 Mar 4, 2020 (3900)
#137 Feb 19, 2020 (4500)
#136 Feb 5, 2020 (3500)
#135 Jan 22, 2020 (3400)
#134 Jan 8, 2020 (3400)

Here is the Y-o-Y comparison of ITA's issued in each
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Nova Scotia PNP Update: NSNP invites candidates with experience in NOC 7321 and 7322
NSNP (Nova Scotia PNP) invited candidates with automotive repair experience in the latest draw held on September 24, 2020.

NSNP invited candidates having experience in below NOC Codes:

NOC 7321 - Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers


NOC 7322 - Motor vehicle body repairers


Instructions for candidates who received this invitation:

Candidates must have a primary occupation of motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322) or automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321)

Candidates must provide letters of reference from employers to demonstrate that they have two or more years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in NOC 7321 or 7322. This experience must be within the preceding five years of application.

Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 5 or higher in English.

Have completed a program of two or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institutes.

Candidates must include copies of language tests and proof of education with their application. For educational credential obtained outside of Canada, Proof of education must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. October 24, 2020.
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Saskatchewan invites 535 candidates
SINP (Saskatchewan PNP) invited 535 candidates under "Occupation-in-Demand" and "Express Entry" categories of SINP. This draw was conducted on September 24, 2020 and candidates having experience in below NOC codes were invited:

0013, 0014, 0016, 0111, 0112, 0113,
0114, 0121, 0124, 0125, 0212, 0213,
0421, 0423, 0601, 0711, 0712, 0714,
0731, 0821, 0911, 1112, 1114, 1121,
1122, 1123, 1211, 1212, 1215, 1221,
1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1241, 1242,
1243, 1252, 1313, 2112, 2121, 2171,
2212, 2222, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2234,
2241, 2242, 2243, 2251, 2254, 2262,
2263, 2264, 2281, 2282, 2283, 3219,
3237, 4033, 4161, 4162, 4163, 4164,
4165, 4166, 4169, 6221, 6235, 6313,
6316, 6342, 7305, 7311, 8222, 8241,
8252, 9212, 9213

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

Among those who selected the occupations listed below, the following candidates were invited to apply:

Occupations in Demand: 257 candidates were invited in Occupations in Demand category

• Those with 82 points or higher

Express Entry:  278 candidates were invited in Express Entry category

• Those with 82 points or higher

In the current year, Saskatchewan has invited 2,740 Occupations In-Demand candidates and 2,245 Express Entry candidates so far, bringing the total to 4,985 invitations in these two sub-categories. 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
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Prince Edward Island's biggest PNP draw of the year sees 345 invitations
The province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) invited 345 candidates for immigration in it's biggest draw of the year on September 17, 2020

PEI PNP invited 313 Express Entry candidates and 32 Business candidates, thereby pushing the previous draw of August 20, 2020, to the second position.

Prince Edward Island (PEI PNP) has issued 1752 invitations over the past 12 months, out of which 1583 invitations went to the Labour and Express Entry category.

The PEI PNP did not provide a detailed bifurcation of the Express Entry/Labour Impact invitations or the minimum EOI score required for each category.

Prince Edward Island List of past ITA's

The Prince Edward Island PNP Express Entry pathway:

To be eligible for nomination through PEI Express Entry, you must

1. Meet the requirements of at least one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program;
Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
Canadian Experience Class

2. Create a Federal Express Entry Profile and be placed in the pool of candidates

There are two pathways to permanent residency through the PEI Express Entry Category, depending on if you have a job offer in PEI or not. Priority is given to applicants that are living and working in PEI.
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IELTS Cue Cards September to December 2020
Download IELTS Cue Cards September to December 2020

EXPECTED IELTS CUE CARDS FOR SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2020.txt
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Saskatchewan invites 621 tech workers
SINP (Saskatchewan PNP) invited 621 candidates having tech experience under "Occupation-in-Demand" and "Express Entry" categories of SINP. This draw was conducted on September 15, 2020 and candidates having experience in below NOC codes were invited:

2173 - Software engineers and designers

2174 - Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2175 - Web designers and developers

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

Among those who selected the occupations listed below, the following candidates were invited to apply:

• Those with 69 points or higher;

• Candidates with 68 points and connections to Saskatchewan; and

• Candidates with 68 points and had 10 years of work experience and a language level of CLB 8 or higher.

 

SINP Past Draws




Date of Invitations to Apply


Category


Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate to Apply


Total Candidates Invited to Apply






15-Sep-20


Occupations In-Demand


68


166




15-Sep-20


Express Entry


68


455




26-Aug-20


Occupations In-Demand


68


570




14-Aug-20


Occupations In-Demand


69


247




14-Aug-20


Express Entry


69


286




29-Jul-20


Occupations In-Demand


70


248




29-Jul-20


Express Entry


70


254




28-May-20


Occupations In-Demand


78


125




28-May-20


Express Entry


78


127




26-Mar-20


Occupations In-Demand


75


205




27-Feb-20


Express Entry


69


301




27-Feb-20


Occupations In-Demand


69


275




13-Feb-20


Express Entry


70


277




13-Feb-20


Occupations In-Demand


70


369




13-Jan-20


Express Entry


69


125




13-Jan-20


Occupations In-Demand


69


109




9-Jan-20


Express Entry


69


142




9-Jan-20


Occupations In-Demand


69


166
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BCPNP invites 407 in new PNP draw
British Columbia has issued 407 invitations under Skills Immigration and Express Entry category of BCPNP on September 15, 2020. 

BCPNP issued 407 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 provincial score cut off for this draw was 80. British Columbia did not provide a breakdown of invitations issued in each category.

Summary of BCPNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry (September 15, 2020):
S.I. - Skilled Worker - required a score of 94
S.I. - International Graduate - required a score of 95
S.I. - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled - required a score of 75
EEBC - Skilled Worker - required a score of 94
EEBC - International Graduate - required a score of 95

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




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Canada invites 4200 FSW candidates in latest Express Entry draw# 163
Canada conducted its third Federal Skill Worker draw since August and invited 4200 immigration candidates for PR on September 16, 2020.

Draw# 163 was an all program draw - only the 5th since March and 9th since the start of the year. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off for this draw was 3 points lower than the previous FSW draw. The CRS cut off was 472.

The Tie-breaking rule was applied to this draw as well. The date and time were August 16, 2020, at 01:22:18 UTC, which means anyone meeting the cut-off would have received an invitation.

List of previous Federal Skill Worker draws and their Cut-offs:
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Big change: Ontario may move to "Expression of Interest (EOI)" based PNP system
Ontario may soon move to an "Expression of Interest (EOI)" based PNP system as per a recently introduced regulatory amendment proposal tabled by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

As per the notice placed on the Ontario government's website, the proposed change aims to strategically manage intake, increase the OINP's labour market responsiveness and better respond to regional labour market needs.

The proposed amendments would change the OINP application process to an "Expression of Interest" system.
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