Unexpected turn of events has caused ripple effects all over the world economy. The scare of pandemic novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has hugely affected the normal movement of people across the countries and Canada is no exception. 

 

However, Canada has expressed its need for immigration even in times like these. With the announcement of Canada 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plans, Canada eyes over 58% of its immigration levels coming from 80+ economic class immigration programs. 

 

Check your eligibility for free & find out more about your chances of Canadian immigration through the PNP or Express Entry programs.

 

Canada Express Entry Nomination Draws in Match 2020

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

 

Draw Number Date ITAs issued  Minimum CRS score
139 March 23 3232 467
138 March 18 668 720

 

March 18 draw had a staggering qualifying CRS score of 720 since its only included candidates who 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. March 23 draw mainly focussed on Canadian Experience Class candidates to issue permanent residence in Canada. 

 

Canada Provincial Nomination Programs in March 2020

 

Province

Nomination Date

Number of ITAs issued

Alberta March 4 100
British Columbia March 30 311
Manitoba March 26 226
Saskatchewan March 26 205

 

Prince Edward Island postponed its usual nomination draw for the month March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic situation. 

 

Qualify for Canada Express Entry

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 along with other Provincial Nomination streams linked with it. 

 

You must create an Express Entry profile to be considered for Express Entry immigration programs. After you have uploaded all necessary supporting documents to your profile, your profile is ranked and scored based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A CRS is calculated out of 1,200 points.    

 

Your score on a CRS depends on factors such as your age, qualifications, experience and language proficiency in English or French and your spouse’s attributes. Upto 600 points can be scored from this route. A successful provincial nomination may give you an additional 600 points, effectively guaranteeing your permanent residence in Canada. 

 

Qualify under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

AINP invited eligible candidates under its Express-Entry linked stream with the minimum qualifying CRS score of 300. 

 

AINP streams do not require a job offer in order to qualify for Canada PR, however, a job offer and/or work experience in the province; or a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or a parent, child or sibling already living in the province shall be an added advantage. 

 

Qualify under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

BC PNP invited candidates under two immigration categories: Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration.

 

The Skills Immigration Category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province. Both categories require candidates to register using B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which provides eligible candidates with a score based on factors such as their offer of employment, location in British Columbia, education, language ability, and wage.

 

The minimum score requirements were between 102 and 105 in the latest selection round. 

 

Qualify under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

MPNP invited eligible candidates from the three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba,  International Education and Skilled Workers Overseas streams

 

To be considered for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence from the MPNP, immigration candidates must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and provide the required information on their education, work experience, skills in English or French and connections to Manitoba, among other details.

 

Qualify under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Eligible candidates under its Occupation In-Demand category were invited. Some of the 71 occupations selected this round included college instructors, medical laboratory technologists, and corporate sales managers.

 

Candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan in order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination

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