As we round up April, Canada continues to invite thousands to immigrate to Canada in 2020, despite the travel restrictions currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs not only remain open for those wanting to apply for Canadian permanent residency but we have seen a trend in the various programs and visas that are currently seeing an influx in processing. In fact, Express Entry draws have seen a considerable increase in the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued for permanent residency. The average has jumped from 3,200 to 3,900 per Express Entry draw.
Certains programs such as PNP linked Express Entry programs as well as the Canada Experience Class, in particular, are being processed more regularly than other immigration programs and visas. What does this mean? Canadian work experience and having a valid job offer in Canada are key to a successful visa application. And here’s why.
April Express Entry Draw Roundup 2020
The number of Express Entry ITAs issued in April have increased considerably since March 2020.
The first Express Entry draw took place on April 9, inviting 606 candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 698 to immigrate to Canada. A second draw was held that same day, where the CRS score dropped to just 464, inviting 3,294 Canadian Experience Class applicants to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The third Express Entry draw, on April 15, issuing 118 ITA’s to Express Entry applicants with Provincial Nominations (PNs) who had CRS scores of 808 or higher. The great part about having a PN? You get 600 extra permanent residence (PR) points, which almost always guarantees getting an ITA for permanent residence. Once again, Canada held another draw just one day later, where it invited 3,782 Canadian Experience Class candidates, with a record low score for 2020 of just 455, to apply for permanent residence.
March Provincial Nominee Draw Roundup 2020
The Provincial Nominee Program has had a number of provincial draws in April 2020 and has allowed thousands of skilled foreign workers to immigrate to Canada in 2020.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its first draw on April 6, inviting 18 candidates with PR scores of 107 to apply for permanent residency under the Entrepreneur Immigration stream. A second draw was held on April 7, focusing on candidates who applied through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Candidates with scores as low as 85 received ITAs for permanent residency. The BC PNP issued a further 271 PNs to candidates with minimum scores of between 85 and 100 in its third draw, held on April 16. British Columbia saw yet another Tech Pilot draw on April 21, inviting 91 talented individuals with minimum provincial scores of 85 or higher.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held its first draw on April 9, with 153 applicants receiving provincial nominations (PNs), with PR scores ranging between 500 and 742. Manitoba saw its second draw take place on April 23, issuing 132 invitations to applicants with scores of 489 and 714, depending on the program or stream chosen to apply through.
The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (AINP) held its first draws on April 1 and 14, inviting 120 candidates with CRS scores of 381 in its first draw, followed by another 200 applicants with CRS scores of 353 to apply for permanent residence.
The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP) invited 26 under its Entrepreneur stream to immigrate to Canada and start their new business ventures. Those with a score of 132 and 200 received ITAs depending on which programs were selected to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Nova Scotia focused on inviting French speakers through it’s Labour Market Priorities Stream, with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scores of 8 or higher. Numbers of ITA's have yet to be released.
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