In the latest Express Entry draw, which took place on October 18, 2017, a total of 2,757 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 436 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 436 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.
Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream — which reopened the morning of October 11 for up to 300 new applications — has reached its intake limit for this application intake period. This stream allows eligible Express Entry candidates with work experience in an eligible occupation to submit an application for a provincial nomination under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
The province of New Brunswick has announced that publicly-funded health care is now available for international students who are completing full-time studies in the province. The announcement was made on October 6 and the new measure will come into immediate effect.
The trend of low points thresholds in immigration draws conducted by the government of British Columbia remains consistent, as more workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) following the latest draws that took place on September 27 and October 4.
The government of Manitoba issued 31 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) on September 29 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 90 and 95 points under the unique MPNP-B points grid.
The province of Manitoba has invited 349 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on September 26. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). With a nomination, invited persons may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.
The number of points required in order for eligible workers and international graduates to be invited to apply for provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has reached record new lows across multiple categories, following the latest draws that took place on September 13 and September 20.
The Global Talent Stream is now available to employers in the province of Quebec, allowing them to hire certain skilled foreign workers quickly with a two-week processing time standard for applications.
The Global Talent Stream, first introduced in June, is part of the government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, an initiative designed to facilitate access to uniquely specialized foreign workers in order to promote Canada's economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Express Entry candidates in certain priority occupations who have attended an information session hosted by the immigration authorities of New Brunswick may submit an application for an enhanced provincial nomination, but this option will only be available for a temporary period.