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Quarterly 2020 Roundup: Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs Continue to Help Newcomers Apply to Immigrate to Canada

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that Express Entry draws and Provincial Nominee Programs are still on track in inviting foreign workers to apply to immigrate to Canada.

The Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs have not only opened up more avenues for those wanting to apply for Canadian permanent residency but have helped to streamline the application process as well as making it more accessible to potential immigrants. Visit our blog here to learn more about ways to improve your chances of success in the upcoming draws.

The Express Entry draws have seen 3 draws in March 2020, whilst three Provincial Nominee Programs draws recently took place in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Keep reading to find out more about how thousands of foreigners have already received their Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada and how you could join them.

March Express Entry Draw Roundup 2020


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The number of Express Entry ITAs issued in March have been understandably lower than usual due to a delay in processing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first Express Entry draw in March, held on the fourth, saw 3,900 invitations issued with a minimum CRS score of 471. The latest Express Entry draws, which took place amidst the lockdown announced on March 18, saw 668 Express Entry candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)cut off score of at least 720 receive ITAs through Provincial Nomination(PN) only. This may seem exceptionally high but having a PN is worth 600 CRS or PR points alone, making it easier than you may think for highly skilled foreigners to get an ITA permanent residence in Canada.

The second Express Entry draw took place only five days later, and this time was a Canadian Experience Class-specific draw and is only the second of its kind since 2015. This draw, held on March 23, had a CRS score of 467, inviting 3,232 people to immigrate to Canada.

It can be expected that there may be an increase in the number of draws over the next few weeks and months going forward due to the admission targets that need to be upheld for 2020 and 2021.

For more information on everything that you’ll need to ensure a successful application, consult our Ultimate Express Entry Checklist.

March Provincial Nominee Draw Roundup 2020


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The Provincial Nominee Program had a number of provincial draws in March.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (Manitoba PNP) invited 222 skilled workers and education applicants to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a draw that took place of March 12. The province then saw it’s second draw for the month on March 30, inviting another 226 Canada visa candidates.

Prince Edward Island announced that their draw scheduled for 19 March had been postponed due to offices being closed amidst the COVID-19 measure put in place in the province.

The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP) issued 205 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) through the draw held on March 26. PN was offered to newcomers who fell in 71 of the in-demand occupations stipulated by the province. This means that those who apply for a PN in a province or territory definitely have a better chance of receiving an ITA for permanent Canadian residence. Examples of occupations that received ITAs included college instructors, medical laboratory technologists as well as corporate sales managers.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (British Columbia PNP) draw held on March 30 inviting 311 bringing the total to 1,826 skilled foreigners that are already applying through the British Columbia PNP to immigrate to Canada in 2020 so far.

How We Can We Help You Achieve Success


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We offer premium advice on the visa application process, including how to immigrate to Canada. With the help of our government accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs). Our professionals are highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable on all federal government immigration policies, including the Express Entry System and PNPs.

With our guidance, you stand the best possible chance of achieving an ITA for Canadian permanent residence. We will assist you in selecting the immigration program that it is best suited to you and your loved ones’ needs and support you throughout the entire visa application process.

Why struggle through the application process on your own when you have us by your side to support you. Simply contact us today to secure your place in one of the upcoming draws before the quota fills up!

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