Most of the world is now under the grip of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The governments all around the world are taking necessary steps to put an end to the spread of COVID-19 any further. 


Canada has also imposed the necessary restrictions. Despite COVID-19 measures slowing down Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) services, Canada is still striving to meet its immigration targets set for 2020. Take a look. 


Express Entry Draws


Two Express Entry draws were conducted by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a gap of 5 days. 


The first draw on March 18 extended invitations to 668 eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. However, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) was a staggering 720. It may seem high but this draw only included candidates that had provincial nominations aligned with Express Entry.


Your Express Entry profile may get an additional boost of up to 600 CRS points if you secure a provincial nomination. 


The second draw on March 23 extended invitations to 3232 eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This particular draw focussed on Canadian Experience Class candidates with minimum CRS of 467. 


Canada Express Entry manages the applications for three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.


Eligible candidates are ranked in the Express Entry pool based on a score awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which provides points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French


Provincial Nominee Draw


While Prince Edward Island postponed its usual nomination draw, Alberta released the results of its nomination draws held on March 4, before the COVID-19 situation got serious.  


The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held its latest Express Entry-linked provincial nominee program draw on March 4. A total of 100 candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool who had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 300 were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. 


Most PNP streams do not require a job offer in order to qualify for Canada PR, however, the following factors are an added advantage: 

  • a job offer and/or work experience in the province;
  • a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • a parent, child or sibling already living in the province.


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Announcement of Canada 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan


Canada’s announcement of 2020-2022 Immigration levels plan gave a sigh of relief even during these difficult times. The country aims to welcome nearly 341,000 immigrants in 2020 alone and over 1 million newcomers in the next three years.


Canada’s economy looks set to contract in 2020 and welcoming new immigrants may only cause more burden on the labour market. However, current events serve as a reminder that Canada’s immigration policies are largely proactive in nature, and since the late 1980s, the decision of the number of immigrants to welcome has been largely detached from economic conditions on the ground.

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