A summary of the most important headlines from this week
- Saskatchewan holds largest provincial draw since February
- Manitoba's PNP draw issues 253 invitations
- Tech Pilot draw in B.C. invites 52 candidates
- Canada introduces new PR pathway for asylum claimants in healthcare sector
- New immigration task force to help those affected by Beirut explosion
Largest Saskatchewan PNP draw since February
Saskatchewan invited 533 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. This is the largest Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) draw since February 27, when the province issued 576 invitations.
Five factors are considered to assess candidates and give them a score out of 100. These factors are: experience, education, language ability, age and connections to the province. The minimum score required for this draw was 69.
Manitoba PNP draw issues 253 invitations to immigration candidates
In the latest Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) draw, the province invited 253 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. This was the largest draw of the year. Invitations were issued through three immigration streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and the International Education Stream. So far this year, Manitoba issued 3,086 invitations, known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA). Candidates who wish to immigrate to Manitoba must register an Expression of Interest, and are then assessed and given a score out of 1,000 points.
British Columbia invites 52 tech workers in latest Tech Pilot Draw
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot invited 52 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. Candidates were invited through the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. The minimum required provincial score for this draw was 80.
To become eligible, candidates must have a job offer in the technology sector. The job offer must be at least 12 months in length and must be one in one of 29 eligible occupations. They must also have created a profile through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) which is the online portal the province uses. Candidates are then assessed based on multiple factors such as education, work experience, English proficiency and location of employment.
PR pathway for asylum claimants in healthcare sector
In recognition of front-line workers’ hard work during the current pandemic, Canada has announced a new pathway to permanent residence for asylum claimants working in the healthcare sector. To be considered eligible, the applicant must meet certain criteria. This new program is applicable to workers all over the country, except Quebec. However, for those who wish to reside in Quebec, the province has also announced its own program.
Lebanon offered immigration support
In light of the explosion in Beirut earlier this month, Canada is offering a helping hand to those affected. The Minister of Immigration and the Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement suggesting that Canada will establish an immigration task force that will “support the delivery of consular services, and to ensure that questions related to immigration can be quickly addressed.”