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Score 300; Lowest CRS in 12 months under Alberta PNP

Alberta, under its PNP, invited 250 candidates scoring 300 in the Express Entry Pool on May 5, 2021. Although it was not the largest draw, the score was the lowest in 12 months.

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 an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the succeeding express entry draw.

Canada invites 4,147 candidates in the new CEC Express Entry draw

On May 13, another Express Entry draw with a low score requirement was held by Canada.

IRCC invited candidates with at least 401 scores which is one point more than the previous CEC draw. Invited Candidates fall under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and they are equipped with at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada.

So far, 66,475 candidates have been invited in 2021. The number of ITAs issued is far greater than last year’s invitations, as, in 2021, IRCC held larger draws.

IRCC is focusing on issuing ITAs to those who are already in Canada as they have set a target to invite 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021 while there are travel restrictions. Hence, there is a high number of candidates who are invited under the CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada. CEC and PNP have different score requirements as lower scores are required under CEC.

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)

Candidates are assessed on various factors like education, work experience, language ability, age, etc. Based on the scores, candidates are invited to apply for PR in Canada through regular draws held by IRCC.

There is a large number of immigration programs open right now for aspiring immigrants. With the right guidance, aspiring migrators can achieve their goal of settling in Canada in one of their favorite provinces.

For more details, consult Options Abroad (www.optionsabroad.ca), the one-stop solution provider for all immigration needs.

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)