The Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) hit a small speed bump when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. But a country with one of the most efficient free public healthcare systems was never going to be held hostage by this virus for very long. As the country emerges from the global pandemic in a strong position, they continue to invest in what has given them their economic strength in recent years, immigrants. There were four Express Entry draws during this month (May 2020), supplemented by additional draws by individual provinces through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) over the last four days. The Express Entry system has selected applicants who have experience working in Canada and those with the most in-demand skills required by individual provinces. In the first two major draws at the beginning of the month:
- Express Entry draw #145 - 589 applicants with a Provincial Nomination and a Comprehensive Ranking System score (CRS) of 692 points were invited to apply for permanent residency
- Express Entry draw #146 - 3,311 applicants from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The CRS cut-off for this draw was 452 points.
To obtain a provincial nomination, you can create an Expression of Interest (EOI) in a particular province or territory on your Express Entry profile. If your skills or qualifications are in demand by that province, they will issue you a provincial nomination, contributing 600 points to your CRS score. In other words, a provincial nomination all but guarantees an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
The next two major draws took place halfway through the month, and another 3,900 applicants were issued ITA’s:
- Express Entry draw #147 - 529 applicants with a Provincial Nomination and a CRS of 718 points were invited to apply for permanent residency.
- Express Entry draw #146 - 3,371 applicants from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The CRS cut-off for this draw was 447 points.
As you can see, a provincial nomination or valid work experience in Canada is the way to go for the present. So let’s take a quick look at how you might go about taking one of these immigration pathways to Canada.
The Canadian Experience Class Program
The Canadian Experience Class category of the Express Entry system requires that applicants must have at least 1 year of work experience in Canada within the last three years. The work can be in a part-time position, but must then equal one years’ full-time work experience. Furthermore:
- The position must fall within the National Occupations Category 0, A or B (Managerial jobs, professional jobs, and technical jobs or skilled trades);
- You must be able to prove you have met or currently meet the requirements of the positions as specified;
- There is no education requirement, however, you can increase your CRS score by attending a post-secondary school in Canada or having your foreign credentials assessed;
- You must score a minimum of 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) tests for NOC 0, A, or a 5 for NOC B positions; and
- You must be admissible to Canada.
Provincial Nomination Program
You can improve your chances of earning a provincial nomination by:
- Creating an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the right province - different provinces have different human capital requirements while some provinces have immigration streams dedicated to certain professions. Know if a province needs you before you create your EOI.
- Make sure your profile is complete and that you highlight the best parts of yourself - don't make false claims, when it comes to work experience and/or qualifications. If you are invited to apply you will need to back up your application.
May Provincial Nominee Draw Roundup 2020
Let’s take a closer look at the applications provinces chose to sponsor, to get a better idea of where your future may lie:
- Saskatchewan - invited 252 applicants with work experience in 44 different in-demand occupations. The occupations in-demand is a subcategory for applicants who do not have an Express Entry profile, so these are people invited outside of the Express Entry system.
- Alberta - invited 191 applicants with a CRS score as low as 300 from the Express Entry system. These applicants are all working in Alberta at present under a valid work permit.
- British Columbia - invited 225 applicants through its Tech Pilot draw. International workers and graduates from 29 in-demand technology occupations received ITA’s as the province continues to grow its tech sector.
- Nova Scotia - invited an undisclosed number of registered nurses to apply for permanent residency and make the beautiful Atlantic province their new home.
- Manitoba - issued 99 ITA’s to applicants from three different provincial programs:
- Skilled workers in Manitoba - 72 ITA’s
- Skilled Workers overseas - 15 ITA’s
- International Education Stream - 12 ITA’s
- Prince Edward Island - only 29 candidates were invited to apply as the island province takes a more cautious approach to re-opening its economy after the pandemic. All of these ITA’s were issued through the Express Entry system.
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