Canada holds first Express Entry draw of 2023

Canada held its first Express Entry draw of the year today, and the first since November 23.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to 5,500 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 507. Eligible candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All are programs that operate under the Express Entry system.

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  • 12 Jan, 2023

British Columbia PNP changes points allocations for applicants

The BCPNP has modified its points system to reflect NOC changes and importance of human capital factors.To summarize, the points system (which, like in Express Entry-managed programs is used to assess applicants’ eligibility for immigration under permanent residence) has changed in the following ways:Points have been removed for National Occupation Class (NOC) skill levels. The NOC system is Canada’s main way of classifying jobs, and has recently moved to a TEER classification.As a result, the number of points assigned to human capital (skills, experience education and competencies of the individual) and economic factors (job offer, income, district of employment) of applicants has increased;Additional points have been added for professional designations and language proficiency in both English and French;Points have been added for previous experience working or studying outside of metropolitan Vancouver.

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  • 25 Nov, 2022

Canada invites 4,750 candidates in the most recent Express Entry draw

On November 23, Canada held its most recent all-program Express Entry draw.This is the eleventh draw since all-program draws resumed on July 6.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to 4,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 491. Eligible candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All are programs that operate under the Express Entry system.

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  • 24 Nov, 2022

New Brunswick announces new immigration pilot for critical workers

On the 7th of November, 2022, the provincial government of New Brunswick announced a brand new immigration pilot project: the New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot (NBCWP).The pilot (a joint project between federal and provincial governments) aims to address critical worker shortages in New Brunswick. The pilot is special in that it will not just provide economic immigration to the province, but will also guarantee settlement services (including skills and language training) for newcomers who arrive through the project.

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  • 14 Nov, 2022

Canada invites 4,750 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Canada’s held its most recent all-program Express Entry draw on November 9.This is the tenth draw since all-program draws resumed on July 6.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to 4,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 494. Eligible candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All are programs that operate under the Express Entry system.

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  • 10 Nov, 2022

Canada to welcome 500,000 new immigrants in 2025

The Immigration Levels Plan acts as a guide for the number of immigrants Canada aims to welcome over the next three years.Canada has just released its Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025.Canada will aim to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023.The target will rise to 485,000 new immigrants in 2024.It will further rise to 500,000 new immigrants 2025.Canada broke its all-time immigration record by welcoming over 405,000 immigrants in 2021 and is looking to welcome nearly 432,000 immigrants this year.The Immigration Levels Plan acts as a guide for the number of immigrants Canada aims to welcome each year. Canada’s immigration goals include growing the economy, reuniting families, and offering asylum to refugees fleeing hardship abroad.

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  • 03 Nov, 2022

Physicians are now able to apply for Express Entry

Canada has removed some of the barriers that prevent physicians already living and working in Canada as temporary residents to apply for Express Entry programs.Physicians were not eligible because, most often, Canada’s medical system works on a “fee-for-service” model, that is different than a traditional employer/ employee relationship. This means, in a technical sense, physicians are considered self-employed. Self-employed work experience gained within Canada is not eligible to be included as part of an Express Entry application.Being self-employed on its own does not render a candidate ineligible. If a candidate has gained at least one year of work experience abroad, or as an employee in Canada, they may still be eligible for an Express Entry program.

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  • 13 Oct, 2022

Canada invites 4,250 candidates in latest all-program Express Entry draw

Canada’s most recent all-program Express Entry draw was held on October 12, 2022. It was the eighth all-program draw since they resumed on July 6.IRCC issued invitations to 4,250 candidates with minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500. Candidates were eligible to receive invitations from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), all programs that operate under the Express Entry system.Express Entry all-program draws were paused for over 18 months starting in December 2020. During the pause, only candidates from the CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations to apply (ITAs). The draws were paused because of a backlog in applications caused by COVID-19 related travel restrictions. In September 2021, IRCC also paused draws for the CEC.

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  • 13 Oct, 2022

Canada to invite 23,100 interested potential sponsors for Parents and Grandparents Program 2022

IRCC has just announced the process for the PGP 2022. Canada will hold a PGP lottery yet again, drawing from the autumn 2020 interest to sponsor pool.Canada has just announced the application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022.Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue invitations to apply over the next two weeks to 23,100 interested potential sponsors. IRCC has said this figure is enough to achieve its goal of accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the PGP 2022. Invitations will begin later this week.IRCC will draw from those who expressed their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents in autumn 2020. IRCC says there are some 155,000 potential sponsors remaining in the pool. Back then, potential sponsors were given three weeks to indicate their interest by completing a form on IRCC’s website. IRCC then held a lottery and accepted some 10,000 applications for the PGP 2020. Last year, IRCC drew from the same pool to accept some 30,000 applications for the PGP 2021.

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  • 12 Oct, 2022

Canada set to announce the latest Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025

The Canadian government is expected to announce the latest Immigration Levels Plan by November 1, 2022.Each year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases an Immigration Levels Plan that acts as the guideline for how many immigrants will be allowed to come to Canada each year. It includes the breakdown of immigrants from economic class, family class and humanitarian class programs over the next three years. This year it will show projections for 2023, 2024 and 2025.The government must make this announcement by November 1 of each year, as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which is Canada’s main immigration law. It is the second Immigration Levels Plan announced in 2022, the first occurred in February after the most recent federal election on September 20, 2021.

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  • 08 Oct, 2022

Canada to allow international students to work off-campus over 20 hours per week

From November 15, 2022 until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will be allowed to work over 20 hours per week off-campus while class is in session. This temporary measure will also apply to foreign nationals who have already submitted a study permit application as of today. They will also be able to benefit from this policy if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada approve their application.

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  • 08 Oct, 2022

Express Entry draw figures for the September 28 draw are below.

Express Entry draw invitations have increased to pre-pandemic levels. This is excellent news for FSW and CEC candidates waiting for the score to drop.The September 28 Express Entry draw considered candidates in all Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). In the September 28 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 3,750 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 504 points. Please note: It can take up to 24 hours for an ITA to appear in your IRCC account.

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  • 29 Sep, 2022

Canada ends all COVID-19 travel and border measures

September 26, 2022: Canada will remove all COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1, 2022The Canadian government has confirmed that all COVID-19 border and travel measures will end, effective October 1, 2022. Effective October 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:provide proof of vaccination — this means not vaccinated travellers can enter Canada;submit public health information through the Arrive CAN app;undergo pre-arrival or on-arrival COVID-19 testing;carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;undergo health checks for travel on air and rail;wear masks on planes and trains; ormonitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.

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  • 27 Sep, 2022

Minimum CRS score changes to 510 on IRCC website

On September 14, Canada invited Express Entry candidates who had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 510, not 511 as it was originally posted.The difference means that people who scored at least 510 received their Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency. Although it is still a relatively high score compared to other all-program draws, it is the lowest score since these types of draws resumed on July 6.Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated their ministerial instructions at about 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time this past Wednesday.At the time, the page said the minimum CRS cut off was 511, but some were reporting online that they had received an ITA with a score of 510.

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  • 17 Sep, 2022

Ontario immigration is preparing to switch to new NOC 2021

Ontario is preparing to align the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) with the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 system, according to a September 6 media release.The new NOC system is already in use by Employment Development Canada (EDSC) and Statistics Canada (StatsCan), while Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be implementing the system in November.This move will impact the OINP by altering what occupations are eligible for each stream. For example, Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) which previously required a job offer or work experience in NOC skill types 0, A, or B will instead fall within TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

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  • 15 Sep, 2022
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