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Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

IELTS and CELPIP update for immigration candidates

Immigration candidates hoping to complete and English language proficiency test as part of their Canadian permanent resident visa requirements may now be able to do so. IELTS and CELPIP have increased operations recently as countries are starting to lift coronavirus-related restrictions.

IELTS is now operational in many countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

You can now take a CELPIP in various countries too including Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and India.

British Columbia PNP draw

British Columbia invited 276 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

In total, the province has so far invited 642 immigration candidates this year.

The minimum score requirement for this B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was between 80 and 103.

Canada immigration system to undergo overhaul

Canada expects to receive a large number of immigration applications post-coronavirus. In order to deal with this surge, the federal government is looking to improve on how they process immigration applications.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will look to use digital processes wherever possible and will look to develop new strategies to process application.

Visa Application Centres (VACs) are reopening

Many VACs around the world are resuming operations as countries begin to lift coronavirus-related restrictions. This means that candidates will now be able to complete their biometrics.

Currently, there are 23 VACs that have reopened.

Alberta PNP draw issues 148 invitations

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)'s latest draw issued 148 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 300.

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