As the world is slowly returning to normalcy after the first outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, January 2021 seemed to be revitalizing month for Canadian immigration.
Closely adhering to its immigration levels plan for 2021-2023, the federal and provincial governments have issued nearly 13,000 invitations/provincial nominations to apply for permanent residence. This can be seen as a sign of relief and more new aspirants can be expected to immigrate to Canada very soon.
Watch Immigration Minister Merco Mendicino as he speaks on the current state of Canadian immigration during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
ITAs For Canada PR Under Express Entry
Canada Express Entry is a long-drawn two-step process.
As it manages the application database for three federal immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), the Federal Skills Trades (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – aspirants are first required to qualify for individual program requirements. Such eligible profiles are assessed and ranked on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Core human factors such as age, education, language skills, and work experience are used to calculate a CRS profile score.
The second step will involve the fortnightly nomination draws held by IRCC. The high-ranking candidates based on the CRS score get invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR).
|Express Entry Draws – January 2021|
|Nomination Draw Date||Qualifying CRS||ITAs issued|
|January 06||PNP-specific – 813||250|
|January 07||CEC-specific – 461||4,750|
|January 20||PNP-specific – 741||374|
|January 21||CEC-specific – 454||4,626|
Express Entry has already issued over 10,000 ITAs for Canada PR. Canada is targeting nearly 110,000 ITAs in 2021 following the last year as it issued the highest ever nominations in a single year.
Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility to qualify for Express Entry.
Provincial Nominations To Qualify For Canada PR
The unique arrangement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments in Canada allows the nomination of foreign candidates separately based on the unique labor demand of each province. Later on, these provincial nominations allow eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Candidates with an active Express Entry are awarded an additional 600 points on receiving a provincial nomination. This would effectively guarantee them an ITA for Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
|Provincial Nominee Program Draws- January 2021|
|Province||ITAs issues||Eligible Immigration Streams|
|British Columbia – January 05||168|| Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams|
|January 12||80||Tech Pilot draw- Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams|
|Saskatchewan – January 07||385||International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.|
|Ontario – January 13||484||Express Entry candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.|
|Manitoba – January 14||272||Three immigration streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas.|
|Nova Scotia – January 19||Only invited financial officer – (NOC) code 1114||Express Entry candidates under Labour Market Priorities stream.|
|Alberta – January 08||50||Express Entry stream|
|Prince Edward Island – January 21||211||Express Entry, Labour Impact and|
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Canada will target at least 200,000 ITAs for Canada PR every year through various economic-class pathways – Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, various Business Immigration streams. Going by the present trend, we expect the country to surpass its target well before time.
As an aspirant to migrate and settle in Canada, now is the best time for you to apply. Further, you are also being informed that any misrepresentation on your visa application can cause a ban of upto five years.
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