2020 has been no less than a rollercoaster ride. Many predict a new beginning in the coming year 2021 and we can see Canadian Immigration heading in the right direction.
Here are our top picks for the weekly highlights benefiting the aspirants aiming for permanent residence in Canada:
Express Entry Issues Another 5,000 ITAs for Canada PR
Continuing its streak of increased draw size to 5,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canada PR, the federal Express Entry recorded a never before achieved feature – issuing 102,350 ITAs in a single year so far.
December 9 draws issued 5,000 ITAs for Canada PR having qualifying CRS score of 469.
Any foreign skilled worker with or without a job offer and work experience in Canada may qualify for permanent residency through Express Entry pathway.
Canada prefers foreign skilled workers with following human capital: young age of 25-40, education qualification of Post-graduation level, relevant work experience and language proficiency (preferably both in English and French).
Provincial Nominee Program Draws
Only British Columbia issued invitations to apply for a Provincial nomination to eligible candidates last week.
December 8 BC PNP draws invited 256 candidates registered in the Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories under the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
Any foreign skilled worker who has a registered profile in the federal Express Entry pool and has given their expression of interest to get nominated by British Columbia can qualify under the EEBC stream. Likewise, those without an Express Entry profile and less work skills may qualify under Skills Immigration stream.
Each nominated candidate had a minimum Provincial score between 77 and 97. The scores are awarded based on factors like the level of education, work experience, proficiency in English, and location of employment.
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Canada Approves Coronavirus Vaccine
Immigration to Canada becomes even more attractive as Health Canada gave its approval to use COVID-19 Vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech Manufacturing.
Most experts suggest that this would boost the already increasing immigration levels in Canada. Although Canada was equally affected by the pandemic as like the rest of the world, the country kept its immigration system functioning throughout the lockdowns.
It renovated the fortnightly Express Entry draws to invite more candidates qualifying under the Canadian Experience Class and those with Provincial nominations to apply for Canada PR. The country also unveiled a revised Immigration Levels Plans for 2021-2023. New incentives were also introduced to favour more bilingual candidates to qualify for Canada PR.
It certainly seems like Canada is looking to get its newcomer levels back on track following the pandemic and the approval of vaccine will serve as a stepping stone.
Canada Among Top ‘Safe And Stable’ Countries For International Students
Navitas Insights conducted two surveys, first in May 2020 and the other in September 2020, assessing the situation of overseas education and ranking major study destinations based on their response to tackling the impact of pandemic.
The survey puts Canada ahead of countries like New Zealand, Australia & the US. It viewed Canada not only as a ‘safe and stable’ study destination but also being ‘open and welcoming’ for economic-class & family-class immigrants.
The report read, “Students who wish to travel to Canada only need to be attending a college or university that has obtained approval on its COVID-19 readiness plan from their respective provincial governments. It does not matter where the student is traveling.”
Here is a simplified procedure to obtain a Canadian study permit:
- Identify your desired University/College in Canada.
- Apply for your desired study program and wait for a letter of acceptance from your Canadian Institution.
- Based on the letter, you will then be required to submit an application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order to obtain a study permit.
Mandatory documents include language proficiency certificates (IELTS/TOEFL), the letter of acceptance from the DLI, proof of financial stability (enough money to pay for your tuition for the first year), health certificate.
You can also include a family member in the application to join you in Canada through the course of your study. However, if it is your spouse who is included in the application, they may need to qualify for an open work permit.
Obtaining a study permit in Canada also opens the door for permanent residency.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 50% of international students who completed their Master’s degree program & over 30% with their Bachelor’s degree program from any Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) ended up qualifying for a permanent residence in Canada within the first 10 years of obtaining their study permit.
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If you are planning to migrate to any developed country in search of better economic opportunities or a peaceful social life, we recommend you to choose Canada!
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