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

Information of travellers now collected by CBSA

Basic biographical information of travellers who leave or enter the country will now be collected. Airlines are required to provide this information to the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA).

The CBSA may also provide this information to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), to make it easier for IRCC to verify the number of days a person was in Canada for immigration or citizenship purposes.

The number of days a person was in Canada can impact immigration applications such as study permits, permanent residence and citizenship.

Ontario PNP Stream to open soon

Ontario’s Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream is opening soon and will be expanded to more occupations (for outside the Greater Toronto Area only).

This stream’s purpose is to address labour shortages. Applicants inside Canada or abroad may apply through this stream.

The occupations that are eligible include truck drivers, farm workers, nursery workers, butchers and more. For a full list, please refer to this article.

Ontario issues 24 invitations for entrepreneurs

Ontario has invited 24 entrepreneurs to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence under its Entrepreneur Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

This brings the total number of entrepreneurs invited this year up to 70.

Candidates had Expression of Interest (EOI) scores between 134 and 200.

Entrepreneurs are required to have a specific net worth depending on whether they plan to live in the GTA or outside the GTA.

For the GTA, entrepreneurs would need to have a net worth of at least $800,000. The required investment is $600,000. 

For outside the GTA, entrepreneurs need to have a net worth of $400,000. The required investment is $200,000.

Latest Manitoba PNP issues 125 invitations

The latest Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) draw saw 125 immigration candidates issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The lowest ranking score for this round was 475 under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream. For the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, the lowest score was 816.

So far in 2020, a total of 2,460 candidates were invited.

Largest BC PNP draw since start of pandemic

British Columbia issued 314 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. The candidates were invited under the Express Entry and Skills Immigration streams.

The BC Express Entry stream uses the Canadian government’s Express Entry system to manage candidates.

Candidates who were invited under the Skills Immigration stream, were selected from the following subcategories: Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.

The minimum score required was between 79 and 100, depending on the stream and sub-category.

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