British Columbia updated the Skills Immigration draw timing

British Columbia updated the Skills Immigration draw timing

British Columbia updated the Skills Immigration draw timing
On April 22, 2024, British Columbia updated the Skills Immigration draw timing. Starting April 30, 2024, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) will extend invitations to applicants for Skills Immigration whose qualifying registrations were received before the draw date, meaning that all applications submitted before the draw date will be included in that specific draw. However, it is important to remember that registrations received on the draw date will not be part of that day’s draw. They will instead be considered for an upcoming draw. This approach aims to offer all applicants a fair chance and make the immigration process more efficient.

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New Brunswick’s housing issue worsens: Landlords need to respect human rights
Phylomene Zangio, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, expresses concern over increasing allegations of housing discrimination in the province. Landlords are reminded of their legal obligation to respect the Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, ancestry, or family status. Increasing incidents involve discrimination against families with children and individuals with service animals. Practices like advertising “adults only” buildings or denying accommodation to tenants with service animals breach the act. Housing complaints rose from 4% to 13% of total complaints in 2022-23, indicating a concern for housing rights. Landlords are urged to understand their human rights obligations, and tenants are encouraged to know their rights and responsibilities for fair rental relationships.

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Immigration of Parents and Grandparents sees a gradual start this year
Canada saw a slight increase in new permanent residents under the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in February compared to January, but overall performance this year has been slow. Data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that 3,735 new permanent residents arrived through the PGP in the first two months, 13.9% fewer than the same period in 2023. If this rate continues, the PGP will see 22,410 new permanent residents by year’s end, a 20.8% decrease from last year. Ontario received the most arrivals through the PGP, with 1,795 parents and grandparents settling there. The rest of the provinces and territories saw varied numbers of new residents. With Canada’s total immigration expected to increase, PGP immigration will likely rise over the coming years. Canada plans to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024 and maintain this number in subsequent years.

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Many temporary Canadian residents facing work permit expiry struggle to gain permanent residency
In Canada, temporary residents with expiring work permits face challenges in gaining permanent residence due to the federal government’s scoring system. Attributes like age, education, and language proficiency earn points, but recent prioritization has disadvantaged higher-scoring candidates. This has led to some resorting to dubious means to secure job offers for points. Peter Veress, an immigration consultant, highlighted the increasing misuse of Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) as proof of arranged employment in immigration applications. Amid a housing crisis, Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault acknowledged this issue and pledged to address the misuse of the temporary foreign worker program.

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