On April 1, 2021, there are Canadian work permit alternatives to the owner/operator category made for the immigrant entrepreneurs. This category aimed at the applicants to apply for the work permit without fulfilling the advertising requirement of LMIA. The work permit for immigrant entrepreneurs is no longer persistent and the category has been removed.
The second draw by Quebec was more than two times bigger than the first one. There were 208 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection on March 30. Two categories were invited under this category:
On April 1, Canada invited 5K Express Entry candidates with a minimum of 432 points to receive ITA. This is valid if the Express Entry profile is submitted before Feb 16, 2021. It was marked as the third-lowest CRS cut-off for CEC draw during the pandemic.
The express entry was launched in 2015 and Canada has issued 44,124 immigration candidates in Q1 2021 making the total reach 401,000. Express entry is a twin-step process with the first step to meet eligibility criteria under express entry and obtain your CRS scoring. In step 2, IRCC holds Express Entry draws for the successful candidates to apply for PR.
Quebec and Ontario economies will recover from the COVID-19 downturn by getting billions added to these two provinces’ economies on Canada meeting its immigration targets.
BC invites the candidates in the Express Entry BC and skills immigration categories for BC provincial nominee program on April 6, 2021. The selected candidates required a minimum provincial score of 80 in the skilled worker and international graduate category.
The former PM Brian Mulroney wants the Canadian population to grow to 100 million by 2100 for the future prosperity of the nation.
Canada travel restrictions will expire on April 21 but with coronavirus third wave, it could be rolled over for 30 more days. The health minister suggested that it is not the right time for international travel.
On April 8, Immigration candidates were invited for applying for the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams program for SIINP majorly from the International Skilled Worker category. There will be 133 nominations through the Occupations in-demand subcategory and 146 for the Express Entry subcategory. A minimum EOI scoring of 70 is required to obtain the invitation.
The funds of $246 million will be used for the next three years for the facilitation of immigrant skills recognition, promotion of regional immigration, and retaining foreign students.
A total of 1870 Canadian immigration candidates were invited to apply for the provincial nomination this year. There were about 243 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination on April 8. The candidates can apply through MPNP in three categories: skilled workers overseas (14 invites), skilled workers in Manitoba (208 invites), and International Education Stream (21 invites).
There were employment gains seen across the Canadian provinces with the highest increase in Ontario, Quebec, BC, and Alberta. The employment in the culture, recreation services, and information sector increased since September. There is a disproportionate effect of the immigrants by the pandemic. The maximum gains were reported for the construction sector with an employment of more than 238,000 immigrants.
Canada invited 266 Express Entry candidates to apply for PR on April 14. CRS requirement for the new draw was 25 pts lower than the previous PNP draw. PNP candidates automatically get 600 points and a score of 753 was needed to receive a provincial nomination. Hence, a score of 153 will be required.
Provincial nomination for PR released the invitation for PEI labor impact, express entry, and business impact candidates. These details were released for the scheduled draw on April 15. 140 invites were sent to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates and 16 invites went to Business impact candidates. PNPs allow Canadian provinces for meeting labor market requirements.
The language test providers CELPIP and IELTS reported technical difficulties with the booking of language tests for Canadian immigrants on April 15. This happened after Marco Mendicino (Immigration Minister) announced the 90,000 new immigrants' entry through 6 new limited-time immigration programs.
Canada draws the second-largest in Express Entry draw on April 16 with a CRS of 417 points. There were 6000 candidates invited for the Canadian Experience Class for PR in the new round. This was the second-largest draw in the Express Entry history.
Canadian Immigration department has made the transition of the immigration programs from paper-based to online application processes. The online PR application portal was launched on April 1 with the PR residency applicants in the seven defined streams. You can apply for these programs on paper but there is an option given for the online application for ease.
The caregiver applications for 6000 candidates for PR are expected to be finalized by December 31, 2021. IRCC will finalize the applications for caregivers and their families for the candidates who have completed the work experience in Canada.
On April 19, Manitoba invited 2269 immigration candidates to apply for a PNP nomination with 399 candidates applied through the skilled workers overseas stream. EOI scoring requirements were also dependent on the invitation mode for the strategic recruitment initiatives.
On April 20, BC invited 90 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. BC PNP rendered invites for candidates under Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories with a minimum provincial score of 80. Till now, BC has invited 3531 candidates in 2021.
The workers in artificial intelligence, visual effects, and IT industries can submit applications for permanent selection in Quebec starting from April 22. There are a total of 550 principal applicants to be selected every year with the applicants intending to settle in Quebec for work for the recruitment of highly qualified workers.
On April 22, Saskatchwan invited the candidates through Occupation In-demand streams (139 nominations) and Express Entry programs (130 nominations). This would make them one step closer to obtaining Canadian PR. The invites were sent to the candidates eligible from SINP from the International Skilled worker category.
Manitoba has invited 367 immigration candidates in the skilled worker's category to apply for provincial nomination. The candidates were invited through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). This is valid for the international student graduates and temporary foreign graduates that have job offerings in the skilled occupation category in Manitoba.
Alberta has invited 1409 immigration candidates in 2021 with the recent applications required for 200 more Express Entry candidates on April 20. The requirement of the CRS score is 301 with the nomination applicable through Alberta Express Entry Stream.
There were two PNP draws held on April 27 in BC for 362 application invitations. There was a general draw held with the second draw targeting retail and wholesale trade managers.
Canada invited 381 Express Entry candidates for application of PR. The invited candidates need a nomination received from a Provincial Nominee Program before March 16, 2021. There are 117 points required as the PNP candidates get 600 points automatically.
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