Canada announced six new immigration flows and hosted two Express Entry draws in one big week for Canadian immigration.
It’s been a busy week for Canadian immigration. In addition to two Express Entry raffles and multiple Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) raffles, Canada announced six new immigration flows offering permanent residency avenues for international graduates, key workers, and French speakers.
Canada announces 6 new immigration programs
Basic workers, international college graduates and French speakers can potentially become permanent residents under one of six new immigration programs starting this May.
Three of the new programs accept up to 90,000 permanent residence applications. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) accepts:
- 20,000 requests from temporary workers in the healthcare sector;
- 30,000 applications from temporary workers in other selected key occupations;
- 40,000 applications from international students who have studied in a Canadian educational institution.
The other three programs are aimed at French-speaking applicants. These programs do not have a recording cap. The new guidelines apply to workers in 40 health professions as well as 95 other important professions.
The six new streams will start accepting applications from May 6, 2021 and run until November 5, 2021.
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IELTS and CELPIP websites crash and then work again
Two English language test providers saw their websites crash due to a sudden surge in demand. Both IELTS and CELPIP faced technical difficulties on April 15, 2021, just a day after Canada announced that six new immigration programs will be accepting applications from May 9, 2021.
The urgency of applicants may be due to the fact that three of the six immigration programs have an admission limit (the other three are aimed at French speakers).
Canadian immigration applicants are required to submit their language test results as part of their application. Employees must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 and graduates must have a CLB of 5.
Key workers, international college graduates and other candidates who wish to benefit from the new immigration programs can now register for a language assessment. Both the IELTS and CELPIP websites are back online.
The IRCC held two Express Entry draws for PNP and CEC candidates
The IRCC held two Express Entry drawings last week.
In the first drawing on April 14, 266 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence. The candidates required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 753. This appears to be a high requirement. However, PNP candidates receive an additional 600 CRS points. This means that the candidates only needed a CRS core score of 153.
In the second raffle on April 16, 6,000 candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were invited. These candidates had to have a CRS score of only 417. This draw was the second largest in Express Entry’s history.
Canada has now invited a total of 55,390 immigrant candidates to apply for permanent residence this year. At the same time last year, Canada had invited 30,400 candidates.
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Ontario holds tech draw
Ontario invited 528 Express Entry candidates on April 13 to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Candidates had to have technical experience to receive an invitation.
Candidates were invited through the Provincial Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. Must have a profile in Canada’s Express Express Entry System and a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 456 and 467. You must also have work experience in an eligible occupation.
British Columbia has a big provincial draw
British Columbia invited 452 immigrant candidates to four provincial nominee program (PNP) draws on April 13
Invitations were issued through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The candidates who received an invitation came from the sub-categories “skilled worker”, “international graduate” and “lower level” and “partially qualified” of the streams SI and EEBC.
The minimum number of points required for one of the draws in the provinces was between 79 and 95 points. A total of 420 immigration candidates were invited to this raffle. A further 21 candidates received invitations as part of a further raffle, which was specifically aimed at retail and wholesale managers (NOC 0621) and food service managers (NOC 0631).
The remaining 11 candidates were invited via Entrepreneur Immigration Streams.
Prince Edward Island invites candidates to the provincial draw
Prince Edward Island invited a total of 156 immigrant candidates through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). Of the 156 invitations, 140 were to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. Another 16 invitations went to Business Impact candidates with a minimum score of 75.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) like this one enable Canadian provinces and territories to invite immigrant candidates to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in the province. These immigrant candidates typically meet the province’s labor market needs.
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