5,127 immigration candidates can now apply to become permanent residents in Canada as IRCC held two back to back PNP and CEC-only draws. The two draws bring Canada closer to meeting its target of inviting 108,500 candidates through Express Entry-managed programs.
PNP draw held in Saskatchewan: 295 invitations issued
The province targets candidates in Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams for new draw
A new Provincial Nominee Program draw was held in Saskatchewan on July 8, 2021.
295 immigration candidates were invited through Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) draw and can now apply for a provincial nomination.
Candidates were selected from the International Skilled Worker category. Within that stream, 99 invitations went to eligible candidates in the Express Entry subcategory and 196 went to applicants from the Occupations In-Demand subcategory.
In order to be eligible for the draw under any of the streams, candidates were required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and have a score of 80 or higher. SINP scores candidates out of 100 using the International Skilled Worker’s Points Assessment Grid. During a PNP draw, the highest scoring candidates are issued invitations.
The score requirement for this draw was two points lower but the number of invitations issued was higher when compared to the draw Saskatchewan held last month
Educational Credential Assessments needed to be submitted when applicable to show that the applicant’s foreign education meets Canadian standards.
For the Occupations In-Demand subcategory, candidates need to demonstrate they have the required work experience in one of the province’s 62 in-demand occupations.
B.C. holds two new PNP draws
6,169 immigration candidates have received invitations from B.C. so far since beginning of the year
British Columbia holds weekly draws alternating between tech draws and PNP draws.
For the July 6, 2021 draw, the province held two separate rounds of invitations under its PNP program, as it has been doing since February of this year and issued a total of 387 invitations.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held one general draw while the second one specifically targeted restaurant and food service managers as well as retail and wholesale trade managers.
By holding this additional draw, B.C. is trying to balance and meet the needs of the labour market.
For both draws, candidates were selected from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
In the general draw, invitations were issued specifically to applicants in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories with scores that ranged between 75 and 92 points.
342 candidates were invited.
The second draw resulted in 45 invitations being issued to candidates with scores of 108 or higher and who have work experience in occupations under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631.
Selected candidates will now have to submit all their paperwork and the province will notify them of their final decision within three months. Once an applicant receives a nomination, it will be valid for six months.
New PNP draw held in Alberta: 148 candidates invited
Scores continue to stay low at 302 points, in Alberta’s latest PNP draw
Details from the PNP draw held in Alberta on June 29, 2021 have just been released.
A total of 148 Express Entry immigration candidates with a minimum CRS score of 302, were invited by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
Selected candidates can now apply for their provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream.
While the CRS score for this draw continued to stay low, it was a slightly higher requirement in comparison with the province’s PNP draw earlier this month. A fewer number of invitations were also issued.
For 2021, Alberta has an allocation of 6,250 nominations.
Since resuming its round if invitations at the start of this year, a total of 2,432 Express Entry candidates have received invitations from the province to apply for a provincial nomination.
Many of these candidates may have been selected in the latest invitation rounds held by IRCC.
In an effort to reach the immigration targets for 2021, the federal government has been holding frequent PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) only draws and issuing thousands of invitations in one shot.
Given these draws, it is highly probable that a majority of the candidates who receive their provincial nomination this year will become permanent residents before 2022.
277 candidates invited by Manitoba in new PNP draw
Manitoba is one invitation shy of issuing 5,000 invitations to PNP candidates this year
When Manitoba held a PNP draw on July 9, 2021, the province issued 277 invitations to eligible candidates, bringing the total number of invitations issued since January 2021 to 4,999!
Selected candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
To be considered for the draw, candidates had to create and register an EOI with the MPNP and meet the minimum score required.
The results of the draw are as follows:
|Streams||Number of LAAs Issued||Min. Score Required|
|Skilled Workers in Manitoba||201||445|
|Skilled Workers Overseas||53||703|
|International Education Stream||23||N/A|
Of these 277 invitations, otherwise referred to as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to Express Entry candidates with a valid profile and a job seeker validation code.
Successful candidates will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score. This dramatic increase in points nearly guarantees them an invitation when IRCC holds its next round of invitations.
Over the last few months, IRCC has been holding regular PNP-specific and CEC-specific draws and issuing large numbers of invitations with the aim of giving them permanent residency before the end of the year.