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Canada Immigration News February 2021

Here is the Canadian Immigration News for February 2021 complied by the best immigration consultancy in UAE. Trenity Consultants are immigration consultants having expertise in handling Canadian visas of all types.

• 52K people eligible for a new 18-month Canadian work permit

The Canadian government is helping the former international students who were impacted by Covid-19 in Canada. The applications are being accepted from Post-Graduate Work Permit holders with expired permits or the permits near to expiry. The open work permits will be valid for up to 18 months.

• Canada-Ukraine deal for expansion of immigration

Ukrainians may find it easy to migrate to Canada to move to Canada. This will enhance the opportunities for expansion for the nationals looking to move to Canada. The aim is to allow the governments of both nations to share the best practices for managing immigration.

• Ontario invitation for Express Entry candidates in PNP dra

Ontario has invited the express entry candidates for the nomination of the Human Capital Priorities Stream. The applications for a provincial nomination were floated on February 2 for the total invitation for 283 candidates with scores between 466-467.

• CRS drops to 360 in new Alberta PNP draw

Alberta has released the details for the second draw for PNP that was held in January. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program issued the invites for Express Entry Candidates for CRS of 360. The primary step for eligibility for the provincial nominee program (PNP) is to enter the Express Entry System.

• British Columbia: 216 immigration candidates receive invites

BC invites 8 candidates for Entrepreneurship and other 208 skilled worker and international graduate candidates for February 2. PNP held a draw through the PNP program on February 2, 2021. The minimum requirements for the candidates vary according to the categories.

• Median entry wages for immigrants have reached a record level in 2018

The new stats Canada report reveals immigrant wages rose before the pandemic. This value was the highest in 2018 as per the Statistics Canada report released on 1 February.

• Canada launches new work permit for Skilled Hong Kong graduates

The open work permit immigration to Canada will be available for Hong Kong citizens this year beginning from February 8. The 3-year work permits will allow Hong Kongers for gaining work experience in Canada that could be used for immigration application.

• Temporary residents may extend their stay

The people whose temporary status is about to expire and can’t fly home may be able to stay in Canada at this time. The residents who can’t leave Canada due to coronavirus restrictions might apply for an extension of status. The application needs to provide the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The applicants need to apply online and meet the other requirements. IRCC needs to apply in advance for the present temporary resident status expiry.

• January unemployment in Canada reached the highest level

The tighter coronavirus restrictions drove employment down and the Canadian labour force was determined as an all-time high in January. Quebec implemented a curfew on January 14 that affected the operating hours of some businesses. The restrictions eased in the Atlantic provinces and the employment losses were entirely in part-time work.

• PNP applications for New Brunswick for labourers

New Brunswick is making it easier for application off NB skilled workers. The new laborers in New Brunswick can apply for the provincial nomination program and it is open until April 30, 2021.

• Coronavirus testing is required for crossing the Canada-US land border

Prime minister Justin Trudeau announced the New COVID-19 measures that have gone effective. There is a requirement for travelers for providing the test to land borders crossing as early as February 15. Te tests need to be done within 72 hours and must be done through PCR test.

• British Columbia invites 74 immigration candidates in Technical Pilot draw

The candidates for Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration Categories were invited to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. There were 74 invitations issued for applying for a provincial nomination for PR on February 9. A minimum provincial score of 80 is required for skilled workers and international graduate subcategories. The candidates need to be registered in one of the BC’s existing provincial immigration streams with a valid job offering of a minimum of 12-months for any one of the 29 eligible occupations.

• Express Entry for 654 PNP Candidates

Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination were invited to the new invitation rounds. There were 654 Express Entry Candidates for application of PR on February 10, 2021. The invited candidates had a minimum scoring of 720 by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

• Canadian immigration welcomed 184K immigrants in 2020

The immigration of Canada dropped to the minimum level this year. There were 184Knew immigrants for PR in 2020 felling due to the coronavirus pandemic. There were travel restrictions announced on Canada to restrain the spread of Covid-19. The pandemic is not over yet but Canada is maintaining a commitment to welcome high levels of immigrants for supporting post-COVID recovery.

• Saskatchewan invites 541 candidates in new PNP draw

This draw offered the maximum invites issued in a single day by Saskatchewan. There were new draws initiated in Express Entry (344) and Occupation In-Demand (197) immigration sub-categories for PR. The invites were issued on February 11, 2021.

• Political parties prioritizing immigration for Newfoundland and Labrador

The elections coming up on February 13 are prioritizing immigration to retain new immigrants to address aging and reducing the population. These provinces might not be the first choice to immigrate to Canada with the immigration efforts.

• Air travelers need to quarantine in the hotel from Feb 22

The air travelers to Canada will have to quarantine in a hotel for three days at their expense beginning from February 22. This date was declared by PM Justin Trudeau as the new coronavirus safety measure. The quarantine test needs to be done on the arrival at the airport.

• International students get 100% students online and get PGWP

Canada is loosening eligibility requirements for PG work permits. The entire postsecondary program is eligible for an open work permit after graduation. It is becoming easier for international graduate students to get eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

• International graduates studying remotely can immigrate to British Columbia

International graduates from British Columbia need to complete 50% of the studies within Canada for eligibility for the international student immigration categories (BC PNP). The graduates can complete half of their studies from Canada and the ones staying in the home country during COVID-19 may still be able to immigrate to the province.

• New PNP draw: Manitoba invites 296 immigration candidates

A total of 786 candidates were invited in 2021 for a draw on February 12, 2021. Skilled workers and International graduates were invited through these streams: Skilled workers in Manitoba, Skilled workers overseas, and International education stream.

• 27,332 invites in the historic draw for Canada

Canada’s immigration minister invited 27,332 candidates for applying in the latest Express Entry Draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scoring of at least 75 is required for the unprecedented Express Entry Invitation that is the lowest requirement ever.

• Ottawa immigrants affected by Covid-19

The infection rate among the immigrants is high as they have a higher exposure risk. The impact of Covid-19 on immigrants and other communities based on virtual community dialogue events hosed by OLIP and IRCC.

• Ontario invites 1186 Express Entry Candidates in Tech Draw of 2021

Ontario held a new draw on February 16 for inviting 1186 immigration candidates with work experience in the technical segment for applying for provincial nomination.

• Alberta invites Express Entry Candidates

CRS requirement for Alberta’s new PNP draw has dropped to 60 points since the previous invitation round.

• Travel restrictions extended

The travel restrictions are extended till March 21 for US travelers and April 21 for travelers from other countries.

• BC invites 494 immigration candidates for two PNP draws

There were two draws on February 16 and announced the temporary suspensions for 31 occupations excluding from invitation rounds.

• Invitation for 121 immigration candidates by PEI

Express entry, business, and labour impact candidates invited for the provincial nomination for PR.

• Canada releases the list of government-authorized hotels for quarantine

The cost of quarantine for three days is fixed and there are government authorized hotels fixed for quarantine. This is required for awaiting the results of the test in the facility for up to three days.

• AIP Improving immigrant retention rates in the region

Canadian immigration department found short-term outcomes of immigrants moving to Atlantic Canada under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) that helps the east coast provinces to retain immigrants.

• Manitoba invitation in new PNP draw for 207 applicants

On February 12, Manitoba invited 207 immigration candidates for provincial nomination. Skilled workers and international graduates were invited through these streams: Skilled Workers Overseas, Skilled workers in Manitoba, and International Education Stream.

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