38,710 immigrants received PR via the Provincial Nominee Program in 2020

38,710 immigrants received PR via the Provincial Nominee Program in 2020

38,710 immigrants received PR via the Provincial Nominee Program in 2020
In 2020, 38,710 immigrants received Canadian permanent residence via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The biggest share of PNP-PR admissions belongs to British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) with 8,460 immigrants. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) led 7,825 nominees to PR. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) was only the third with 6,745 newcomers. The total number of PR admissions in the PNPs was the following:

Newfoundland and Labrador – 360 (0.9%)
Prince Edward Island – 1,005 (2.6%)
Nova Scotia – 1,590 (4.1%)
New Brunswick – 1,390 (3.6%)
Ontario – 6,745 (17.4%)
Manitoba – 5,835 (15.1%)
Saskatchewan – 5,355 (13.8%)
Alberta – 7,825 (20.2%)
British Columbia – 8,460 (21.9%)
Yukon – 100 (0.3%)
Northwest Territories – 45 (0.1%)

ESDC announced changes to the owner/operator category
On February 16, 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) announced changes in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) related to the applications for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for the “owner/operator” category. Effective April 1, 2021, ESDC lifted special processing instructions for the owner/operator LMIAs. This means ESDC will remove the advertising exemption for owner/operator candidates. Additionally, business owners/operators will be required to advertise and pay the wage in accordance with the ESDC requirement.

#ESDC, #LMIA, #buisness_immigration, #entrepreneurs, #owner_operator, #TFWP

Travel restrictions have been extended for both international and US travels
The federal government has decided to continue the border closures for both international and US travels. For instance, the US-Canada border closure has extended until at least March 21, 2021. As for international travels, the government has extended those measures until April 21, 2021. This means travel restrictions will last over one year since the beginning of the global pandemic of the COVID-19. Ottawa outlined the details of those measures in the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order. Nevertheless, essential workers and several categories of international students are still allowed in Canada.

#IRCC, #CBSA, #PHAC, #COVID_19, #TRV, #visitor_visas, #study_permits, #work_permits #travel_restrictions

IRCC has updated the email address for verification of status
On February 16, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the department has changed the email address for verification of status. The IRCC.unspecifiedX-Xnonspecifie.IRCC@cic.gc.ca email has been replaced by IRCC.VOS-VDS.IRCC@cic.gc.ca. Individuals who wish to obtain a verification of status (VOS) to link their previous and new names or gender identifiers can apply to IRCC, provide their personal information and pay the $30 fee. IRCC is supposed to process requests within 10 business days from receiving the email.