The CanadaVisa Team - 24 July, 2020
Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.
Canada holds two Express Entry draws
Canada held two program-specific draws on the 22 and 23 July. The first draw invited 557 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence. The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 687. Candidates are given an additional 600 points when nominated by a province. Without the additional points, the minimum required CRS score would be just 87.
This means that Canada has invited 57,700 immigration candidates so far this year.
British Columbia invites 62 tech workers
The latest B.C. PNP draw saw the province invite 62 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence, through the B.C. Tech Pilot.
Invited candidates had a minimum provincial score of 80, and were required to have a job offer in one of 29 occupations. The job offer must be at least one-year long.
Many skilled workers coming to Canada from the U.S.
New data shows that between 2017 and 2019, there was a 75% increase in immigration from the United States. That increase is much higher than other countries.
In fact, a new analysis published suggests that U.S. skilled workers received the most number of invitations to live in Canada permanently.
Federal Court rules that U.S. no longer a safe third country
Canada’s Federal Court has ruled that the U.S. is no longer considered to be a “safe third country”.
The Safe Third Country agreement means that an asylum seeker must make their claim in the first country they arrive in, provided it is considered a safe country.
This meant that asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States were often turned away. However, this is no longer the case as the Federal Court finds it unconstitutional to turn away asylum seekers coming into Canada from the United States.