British Columbia invited 1950 candidates in the Tech Pilot in 2020

British Columbia invited 1950 candidates in the Tech Pilot in 2020

British Columbia invited 1950 candidates in the Tech Pilot in 2020
On November 17, 2020, British Columbia conducted a new invitation round in the Tech Pilot of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The province distributed 76 invitations to apply for a nomination 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 lowest score in all categories did not change and was 80 points. So far, British Columbia invited 1,950 Tech Pilot candidates in 2020, which is about 23% of the total 8,453 invitations issued by the province this year.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #Tech_Pilot, #PNP

Alberta issued 91 nominations in the AINP
On November 17, 2020, Alberta released a new Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) update. Since the last update on October 27, Alberta nominated another 91 foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence through the AINP. This year, Alberta issued 3,928 nominations for PR in Canada and almost reached the self-established limit of 4,000 nominations. Initially, AINP was provided with a quota of 6,250 nominations from the IRCC but due to COVID-19, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney decided to limit the number due to high unemployment in Alberta. As of November 12, AINP received 1,910 applications in the Alberta Opportunity Stream that are waiting for the eligibility assessment. In addition, there are 25 Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

#Alberta, #AINP, #PNP, #ITA, #Nomination_certificate, #PR, #IRCC

Canada added several more post-secondary DLIs with COVID readiness plans
On November 17, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released an updated list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID readiness plans which can accept international students from outside Canada. As of now, there are 261 DLIs out of 474 (excluding Quebec) that offer PGWP-eligible programs with approved COVID readiness plans:

Alberta – 51 DLI (+3)
British Columbia – 81 DLI (+18)
Manitoba – 16 DLI
New Brunswick – 15 DLI
Newfoundland and Labrador – 3 DLI
Nova Scotia – 24 DLI (+1)
Ontario – 56 DLI (+29)
Prince Edward Island – 5 DLI
Saskatchewan – 9 DLI
Yukon – 1 DLI
We can expect that all educational institutions will soon be ready to admit international students and all students will be allowed to come to Canada to pursue their education.

#international_students, #study_permits, #study_in_Canada, #COVID_19, #DLI, #PGWP

WES released an updated survey about the impact of COVID-19 on the plans to immigrate to Canada
The new survey by the World Education Service (WES) revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has little impact on the interest of foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada. The survey showed that 48% of prospective immigrants did not change their plans to immigrate to Canada. This is a 2% increase compared to 46% in August and a 10% increase compared to 38% in April. Only 6% of respondents stated they were less interested in coming to Canada now. Only 12% of survey participants indicated the intention to postpone their application for PR and another 12% expressed plans of immigrating to a different country.

#IRCC, #immigration_levels, #WES, #COVID_19