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Third largest PNP draw of 2021 held by British Columbia

Until now, B.C. has held 23 draws through PNP, and a total of 3,441 invitations are issued in 2021. 452 candidates were invited in four PNP draws held by British Columbia on April 13, 2021.

Invitations issued were from the following streams:

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate as well as Entry Level
  • Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC

In the largest draw, 420 immigration candidates were invited, wherein minimum scores ranged between 79 and 95 points. A separate draw was conducted in 2021 for NOC 0621and NOC 0631, where 21 ITAs were issued to aspiring immigrants having at least 113 scores. B.C also issued 11 invitations through the Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

About the BC PNP

The BC PNP is separated into two immigration streams which are further divided into sub-categories:

  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry

Skills Immigration

Aspiring migrators must register an account under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). After registering, candidates are given a score based on factors such as educational qualifications, professional experience, and language abilities. Candidates with maximum scores are then invited for PNP through B.C.’s regular draws.

After receiving the ITA, 30 days are given to submit a complete application through the online system, after which, within two to three months, a decision from the province is received. A successful nomination allows candidates to apply for P.R. through IRCC under Provincial Nominee Class, and this nomination is valid for six months.

Express Entry (B.C.)

The EEBC stream is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Candidates are assessed on various factors like education, work experience, language ability, age, etc. Express Entry is an online application system that allows aspiring skilled migrators to submit their profiles under three federal immigration programs;

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

When receiving a nomination from one of the Provinces, aspiring migrators who have submitted their Express Entry Pool profiles are awarded 600 additional points. A nomination that adds 600 points under PNP ensures that the nominated candidate will be receiving Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the succeeding express entry draw.

PNPs are all operative throughout the COVID pandemic. The Canadian government is focused on inviting 80,000 candidates through the PNPs. With the right guidance, aspiring migrators can achieve their goal of settling in Canada in one of their favorite provinces.

Online Application Portal launched by IRCC for 7 immigration programs

For traditional paper based immigration programs, the IRCC is digitizing the application process. The application portal for permanent residence in Canada was launched on April 1. The following seven programs that were previously paper based will now follow a more efficient and transparent online application process like most of the other Canadian immigration programs:

  1. Québec Selected Investor
  2. Québec Entrepreneur
  3. Quebec Self-Employed Persons
  4. Non-Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program
  5. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  6. Agri-Food Pilot
  7. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Applicants will still have the option to apply for these immigration programs on paper. The portal is introduced with a limited group of applicants to initiate a new procedure and improve the application process for prospective immigrants to Canada. The Canadian immigration department is also digitizing other paper-based immigration programs.

This online portal is focused towards providing immigration applicants with more options to apply for permanent residence and it will help the applicants avoid mailing delays they previously experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

IRCC is always developing tools and practices so that the immigration system can become more efficient and due to the pandemic the need for upgrading the current system has been accelerated.

Citizenship tests have been digitized and citizenship ceremonies are taking place online since March 2020 in Canada. An online landing process was also introduced by IRCC due to which approved permanent residents could avoid appearing for in-person interviews, in most cases.

For more updates and information regarding Canadian immigration programs, contact our Options Abroad today.

299 Candidates invited under Manitoba’s New PNP Draw

On March 11, 2021, 299 immigration candidates were invited to apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

This is the fifth draw of 2021. Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to Skilled workers and international graduates. Following are the three streams through which LAAs were sent under MPNP along with Candidates’ minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirements:

  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 35 invitations (issued to Express Entry candidates)
  • Skilled Workers inside Manitoba— 261 invitations (minimum score 459)
  • International Education— 3 invitations (minimum score 728)

SINP invited applicants falling under the category of International Skilled Workers

In 2021, Saskatchewan nominated 1,975 aspiring migrators under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Out of these, 248 principal applicants were invited by the Province on March 11, 2021.

All the SINP invited applicants fall under the category of International Skilled Workers. Further, 72 candidates are qualified for the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category, and the other 176 might be nominated through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

To receive the invitation, the candidates must have an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 71, irrespective of the stream. Also, Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) and work experience in one of the 70 in-demand occupations listed on the government website is required.