03 Feb Canada held the targeted Express Entry draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program candidates
Canada held the targeted Express Entry draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program candidates
On February 2, 2023, the next day after Express Entry draw #239, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,300 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) in the new FSW-targeted draw. In round #240, the cut-off score was 489 points. The tie-breaking rule for this round was March 29, 2022, at 16:09:00 UTC. As of February 1, 2023, there were 239,415 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool, 598 fewer compared to the previous update. In 2023, in total, Canada issued 15,193 invitations.
Express_Entry, #IRCC, #ITA, #FSW
OINP held two draws under the Human Capital Priorities Stream
On February 2, 2023, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) conducted two new invitation draws under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. In the tech draw, the OINP issued 1,127 targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates with work experience in one of the in-demand occupations. Those candidates’ CRS Express Entry score was between 481-489 points. In the healthcare draw, Ontario issued 775 targeted NOIs to candidates with CRS scores between 476 and 489. In total, the OINP invited 1,902 candidates in the two Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream draws. In 2022 Ontario issued 5,493 invitations under all streams of OINP.
Ontario, #OINP, #Human_capital, #Occupations_in_demand
Canada should speed the recognition of foreign medical credentials
Canada needs to take full advantage of the talents and skillsets of immigrants, especially in healthcare. According to Statistics Canada, only 36.5% of new immigrants holding a foreign nursing degree work as registered nurses, while only 41.1% with medical degrees from abroad have found employment as doctors. Even though Canada currently faces a shortage of healthcare professionals on the frontline, bureaucratic and professional barriers prevent too many from entering relevant medical fields. As a result, many new immigrants are stuck in lower-paying jobs that need to recognize their skills.
Healthcare_workers, #Statistics, #Frontline_workers, #healthcare, #nurses
ESDC updated processing times for LMIA applications
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, the current average LMIA processing times reduced for all streams except for Global Talent and the two agricultural streams:
Global Talent Stream – 10 business days (+ 1 day)
Agricultural stream – 18 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 11 business days (+3 days)
Permanent residence stream – 17 business days (-6 days)
In-home caregivers – 25 business days (-11 days)
High-wage stream – 34 business days (-4 days)
Low-wage stream – 36 business days (-3 days)