Canada held a second PNP-specific Express Entry draw

Canada held a second PNP-specific Express Entry draw

Canada held a second PNP-specific Express Entry draw
On January 20, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) a third Express Entry draw in 2021. In invitation round #173, Canada issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) to 374 candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program. The lowest score in this round was 741 points, 72 points less compared to the previous PNP-specific draw that occurred on January 6. The tie-breaking rule for this round was September 5, 2020, at 19:39:04 UTC. As of January 18, 2021, there are 147,324 profiles registered in the pool, 829 profiles more compared to the previous update. In total, Canada invited 5,374 foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry in 2021.

#Express_Entry, #IRCC, #ITA, #PNP

BCPNP issued 195 invitations to apply for provincial nominations
On January 20, 2021, British Columbia published results of the new draw in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) which occurred on January 19. In this round, the BCPNP issued 195 invitations to apply for the provincial nomination. The lowest scores in this round increased for all categories:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 96 (+1 point)
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 96 (+1 point)
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 80 (+3 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 106 (+7 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 103 (+4 points)
BCPNP excluded the following 31 NOCs from participation in the BCPNP draws (0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 3236, 6211, 6311, 6313, 6321, 6322, 6341, 6421, 6511, 6512, 6513, 6521, 6522, 6523, 6524, 6525, 6531, 6532, 6533, 6562, 6564, 6611, 6621, 6711, 6721, 6722, and 6731.). In 2021, British Columbia already invited 443 invitations under all streams of the BCPNP.

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

New Brunswick announced a new recruitment event for Sawmill Machine Operator
On January 21, 2021, New Brunswick announced the Virtual Recruitment Mission for Sawmill Machine Operators in Ukraine in the framework of New Brunswick’s Provincial Immigration Programs. The event is aimed at Sawmill Machine Operators (NOC 9431) and will take place in February. To be eligible, candidates must have relevant education, training, and work experience in this skilled trade. The registration is open until February 12, 2021.

#New_Brunswick, #NBPNP, #Job_fair, #information_session

International travel restrictions extended until February 21, 2021
As expected, following the extension of the US-Canada border closure until at least February 21, 2021, on January 20, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair tweeted that Canada is extending restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada. According to him, the government will never hesitate to take the strong action needed to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19 while maintaining essential trade with the international partners. Canada implemented travel restrictions in March 2020. Since then, every month those measures are being extended.

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

British Columbia will review a decision to exclude tourism and hospitality occupations from BCPNP
On January 20, 2021, the government of British Columbia announced that the BC PNP is going to review its decision to exclude 31 occupations in tourism, hospitality, retail and other personal services from participation in the BC PNP draws. This decision was implemented on March 30, 2020, amidst the pandemic of COVID-19 which hit several sectors in the province and increased unemployment in these sectors. Due to many public inquiries, the government will review this decision and publish the new information once it is available.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #PNP, #COVID_19