British Columbia held a new draw in the Tech Pilot

British Columbia held a new draw in the Tech Pilot

British Columbia held a new draw in the Tech Pilot
On April 20, 2021, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has issued new invitations for candidates in the Tech Pilot. In this round, 90 qualified registrants in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot received invitations in four categories: Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration – International Graduate, Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker, and Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate. The minimum score for this round was 80 points. British Columbia invited 3,531 candidates in 2021 and 682 of them were invited under the Tech Pilot.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #Tech_Pilot, #PNP

Canadian Government again extended travel restrictions
Since March 2020, Canada has put restrictions on non-essential travel, which the Government has been extending every month. On April 20, 2021, Canada’s Public Safety minister Bill Blair announced that the Government ‘will continue to do what it takes for as long as it takes to keep Canadians safe.’ Canada will keep its borders closed for non-essential travel for all countries, including the United States. The restrictions on international travel into Canada have been extended until May 21, 2021. Canada experiences a delay with vaccine supply which in turn has an impact on the travel restrictions. Earlier, Ottawa announced it plans to complete the vaccination by September 2021.

#travel_restrictions, #COVID_19

Thunder Bay issued 13 new community recommendations under the RNIP
On April 20, 2021, Thunder Bay, ON, released new results of the issuance of the community recommendations in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). In 2021, the city recommended 1 candidate in the NOC 0, 2 candidates in the NOC A, 22 candidates in the NOC B, 4 candidates in the NOC C, and 3 candidates in the NOC D. Among them, the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) of Thunder Bay recommended 5 Cooks (NOC 6322), 1 Chef (NOC 6321), 3 Cleaners (NOC 673 minor category) and 1 Security Guard (NOC 6541). Those candidates now can move forward to the federal stage of permanent residence application.

#Thunder_Bay, #RNIP, #Ontario, #community_recommendation, #rural_immigration

Canada increases the excessive demand threshold
On April 20, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the new cost threshold for excessive demand for health and social services. This is the number of funds the government interprets as acceptable to cover the medical expenses of the new immigrants from the taxpayer’s money. According to the update, the average Canadian per capita health and social services cost is $7,266, and 3 times that average is $21,798. This means permanent resident applicants whose medical demand is below this figure will be considered admissible to Canada based on medical exams.

#IRCC, #medical_exam, #excessive_demand, #immigration_policy