Towards the end of an eventful Canadian immigration month of September till the start of Halloween month of October, a lot has happened concerning the permanent residency prospects in Canada.
Continuing our weekly series to 25-September to 02-October week, here are some quick highlights on Canadian Immigration:
Express Entry draw
Continuing the all-program nomination streak, Canada held its popular Express Entry draws on September 30 issuing 4,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence. A one point decline to 471 in the overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was seen from the previous draw held in the same month.
This is just the 31st draw of 2020 and the overall tally of ITAs issued is nearing the 80,000 mark. The exact number of ITAs issued in 2020 alone stands at 78, 350 which is a new record in itself considering the unprecedented situation worldwide.
New PNP draws
Various nomination program draws from several provinces are seen active every week and most have even almost nearing their annual targets for 2020. This is a record in itself considering the ongoing lockdown situation owing to COVID-19.
Unique programs from provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island have helped several categories of foreign skilled workers, recent international graduates, business entrepreneurs get a provincial nomination. These nominations shall effectively guarantee them a permanent residence in Canada at a later date.
British Columbia was particularly active this week to hold its largest-ever nomination draw in 2020. September 29 draw issued 450 invitations to eligible candidates under its prominent Express Entry & Skills Immigration streams.
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Canada most accepting country for immigrants, ranks above USA, Australia
A recent global study conducted by a private agency shows Canada to be the world’s most accepting country for migrants.
The survey included over 145 countries and respondents of varying age groups. The outcome was a unanimous choice for Canada as the most preferred destination for immigration in search of better economic and social opportunities.
Australia emerged as the fourth most preferred destination for migration ranking above the USA which came at the sixth position. The results follow the current political line and the countries’ present immigration policy to welcome migrants to strengthen its economy.
Travel Ban Extended
Following a series of travel ban extensions since March 18, Canada maintained the status quo by extending travel restrictions with plausible exemptions for foreign travelers by yet another month.
Certain categories of foreigners those who are exempted are: permanent residents or who have been Canadian permanent residents; certain temporary foreign workers; certain international students; immediate family members of Canadians.
For more details, here is the link to the official notification page.
Meanwhile, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has innovated the conduct of its nominations and expression of interest draws for attracting skilled workers, entrepreneurs and students to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
In a recent press release, the Immigration Minister Mendicino exclaimed over 53,000 study permits during the last month. His government had eased out the study permit requirements to help international students in the upcoming online academic session. This also included liberalizing the post-graduation work permit criteria for existing international students.
The federal Express Entry draws and prominent provincial nomination draws managed to issue over 100,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada so far in 2020.
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