1458 immigration candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination as British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario hold PNP draws. B.C.’s Tech Pilot program, set to expire this June has been made into a permanent program and Ontario’s new intake system continues gaining popularity.
British Columbia holds Tech Pilot Draw and invites 68 candidates
B.C.’s Tech Pilot program becomes permanent as province holds new draw
The province of British Columbia started the month of June with a Tech Pilot draw.
The June 1, 2021 British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw resulted in 68 immigration candidates receiving invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.
Candidates were selected from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. In order to qualify, they had to have a minimum provincial score of 80 or more.
In addition to meeting the scoring requirement, candidates also need to demonstrate they have a valid full-time job offer in one of the 29 eligible tech occupations, high in demand in B.C.
Tech Pilot becomes permanent
Since the program’s launch in 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot program has been a very popular and successful one. It has led to over 6,000 applicants becoming permanent residents in Canada.
The program will be renamed to BC PNP Tech but everything else will stay the same. It will still be used as a fast-track PNP for international students in the tech field and tech workers.
Candidates who wish to be considered for the program will still need to create and register their profiles on the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
This is very exciting news and it will be interesting to see whether there is an increase in the number of invitations issued through the Tech program.
Since January 2021, B.C. has issued 4,876 invitations to eligible candidates.
404 Express Entry candidates invited by Manitoba
Province holds largest draw of the year in Express Entry specific draw
Manitoba held an unusual draw on May 27, 2021 and issued invitations to 404 Express Entry candidates from the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
In order to qualify for the draw, eligible candidates had to have a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 601 or more. The score was tabulated using the province’s own scoring system out of 1000 points and is not linked to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used by the federal government.
Why was this draw unusual? Normally, when the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) holds a draw, candidates are selected from multiple streams including Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education stream. However, the May 27 draw only issued invitations to Express Entry candidates.
Candidates who received an invitation will now have to submit their application for a provincial nomination.
If they are successful they will automatically be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score. The high score will dramatically increase their chances of being selected during IRCC’s next round of invitations.
Over the last several months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been holding Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific draws with increasing regularity.
The likelihood of these candidates becoming permanent residents by the end of the year is quite high. The total number of invitations Manitoba has issued so far this year is at 3,422.
Skilled Trades draw held in Ontario
986 candidates were invited in latest Ontario PNP draw
Ontario continues to hold steady draws under its new immigration intake system. On June 1, 2021, a total of 986 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
The draw selected candidates from the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream who had a CRS score of 300 to 379.
In order to be eligible for the draw, applicants had to have submitted their profiles between June 1 2020 and June 1 2021.
Candidates who successfully receive a provincial nomination are almost guaranteed to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the federal government during a round of invitations.
This is because a provincial nomination results in an automatic 600 points on top of an existing CRS score. So for example, candidates who were selected in this draw could end up with a final CRS of 979!
Applicants who received an invitation will be given 45 calendar days to submit their paperwork for a provincial nomination.
Chances are high they will then become eligible in subsequent draws held by IRCC.
Each new draw brings Canada closer to meeting its 2021 immigration goals of welcoming 401,000 newcomers into the country this year.