The beginning of a new month brought new hopes to aspirants looking to settle permanently in Canada. The prospects of economic-class immigrants including Skilled workers, entrepreneurs as well as investors got even brighter with regular nomination draws. Even the Canadian economy is reviving with the recent positive trends in employment. Having said that, let us now look deeper into the top highlights of Canadian immigration for the preceding week.
Back-to-back Express Entry draws
No doubt, Express Entry draws are the most awaited and popular nomination systems among the economic-class immigrants to obtain permanent residence. Each profile registered in the Express Entry pool is assessed and scored on a 1,200 points Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, proficiency in English or French. The most eye-catching feature is that candidates need not require any job offer in Canada to apply for Canada PR under the Express Entry system.
Immigration, Refugees and the Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted back-to-back Express Entry draws issuing over 4,150 invitations to apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates for permanent residency. Such candidates qualified for one of the three federal immigration programs- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
First draw was an all-program Express Entry nominating 3,900 candidates having a minimum CRS score of 476 points. It was followed by an exclusive Express Entry draw the next day, issuing 250 ITAs only under the Federal Skills Trades Program and having a cut-off CRS score of 415.
Such consecutive Express Entry draws indicate the liberal intention of welcoming more and more economic-class immigrants who are outside Canada to apply for permanent residency. This also shows that Canadian immigration is swiftly recovering from the backlashes of travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
New PNP draws
Canadian provinces have held the spirits of Canadian immigration high throughout the lock time period. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) from several provinces remained active, thereby, issuing provincial nominations to select economic-class immigrants. This week, Manitoba and British Columbia PNPs remained active. A successful provincial nomination shall also guarantee a permanent residence in Canada.
Manitoba nominated 199 candidates who qualified under its three provincial streams- Skilled Worker Overseas, Skilled Workers in Manitoba and the International Graduates Stream, apart from the federally-managed Express Entry pool. Economic-class immigrants outside Canada are required to demonstrate their connection to the province in order to receive a provincial nomination. Meanwhile, a job offer in Manitoba is necessarily required before applying under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream. Recent International students who graduated from any institution in Manitoba are eligible for provincial nominations.
British Columbia targeted 437 skilled immigrants for nominations to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The nominated candidates qualified for the provincial Skills Immigration category and Express Entry-linked category. They are required to have a prior job offer and are required to register under the provincially managed Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Employment recovery in Canada
The labour force survey by Statistics Canada shows the easing of travel restrictions in May and June reflected well in the recovery of employment to 9.2%, like that of February’s levels. Sectors like Construction, Retail experienced a rise in employment. Experts suggest that the situation is only going to be better in the upcoming months.
All these only points us to conclude that Canada is in need of immigrants and the government is doing its best to make it happen. Talk to immigration consultants at CanApprove to plan your future in Canada. Follow this page to get more latest updates on Canadian Immigration. August Week-in-Review: Canada Immigration between 1 August – 7 August