British Columbia invited 173 candidates in the first 2020 draw

British Columbia invited 173 candidates in the first 2020 draw

British Columbia invited 173 candidates in the first 2020 draw
On January 7, 2020, British Columbia issued new invitations in the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). In this round, BC invited 173 candidates to apply for the provincial nomination. The scores of this draw have increased in all categories:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 100 (+8 points)
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 103 (+4 points)
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 85 (+6 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 110 (+10 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 105 (+2 points)
In 2019, British Columbia invited 9,480 registrants under all streams.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #EEBC, #Skills_Immigration, #PNP

Application processing times in the SINP have been updated
On January 7, 2020, Saskatchewan updated the processing time of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) based on average times from October 1 to December 31, 2019. In the International Skilled Worker category, the processing time in the Employment Offer stream is 4 weeks, in the Occupation In-Demand stream – 32 weeks, and in the Express Entry stream – 25 weeks. In the Saskatchewan Experience category, the processing time in the Existing Work Permit stream, the International Students stream, and the Hospitality Workers stream is 2 weeks; as for the Health Professionals and Truck Drivers streams, SINP stated that too few applications were processed during this period to calculate a representative processing time. In the Entrepreneur and Farm category, the processing time for the Entrepreneur Applications is 10 weeks, and for Entrepreneurs Nominations, it takes 20 weeks to process. The Job Approval Process, the authorization for an employer to hire a foreign worker through the SINP, takes 9 weeks. The processing times show the average time for 80% of applications to be processed.

#Saskatchewan, #SINP, #processing_times

Skilled immigration makes Canada the eighth strongest economy in the world
The Centre for Economics and Business Research’s (CEBR) World Economic League Table’s latest report predicts that Canada will become the eighth largest economy in the world in the next decade. The report compared GDP from 2019 to the next 15 years and predicted that the Canadian economy will rise from tenth in the current world rankings to ninth in 2024, and eighth in 2029. The report’s summary states: “The two western economies, Canada and Australia, have succeeded in attracting skilled immigrants. It is predicted that the two countries will continue to rise.” Canada is expected to become the eighth largest economy and Australia the 13th largest. According to the report, Canada’s population has grown by 1.1% per year between 2014 and 2019 due to its success in bringing in skilled immigrants.

#CEBR, #immigration_levels, #skilled_immigrants

Birth tourism impacting the Canadian healthcare system
Birth tourism is a serious financial burden for the Canadian healthcare system. The practice of birth tourism is concentrated in several hospitals in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. At the Richmond Hospital in BC, non-residents make up almost a quarter of all births. According to documents released through freedom of information, 1,300 of the 2,206 babies at Richmond Hospital born to non-residents since 2014. Most of these children leave Canada immediately after receiving a Canadian passport. Birth tourism affects the integrity of the medical system and the sense of justice, he adds. Also, some of these patients fail to pay hospital and doctor bills, leaving taxpayers and individual care providers on the hook.

#Birth_tourism, #citizenship