Immigration Department to interview clients via video conferences

Immigration Department to interview clients via video conferences

Immigration Department to interview clients via video conferences
On March 30, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) informed the public that its stuff plans to use video conference interviews and hearings for clients. Video conferencing will also assist to reduce long waiting times for citizenship hearings. The officials emphasized the cybersecurity aspect of such services. Devices used for video interviews will not have access to any IRCC systems so all personal data will be protected. IRCC staff will send email instructions with all the information about the date and time of the interview or hearing.

#IRCC, #interviews

BC PNP issued new invitations while excluding some occupations
On March 30, 2020, British Columbia finally conducted a new draw in the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). At the same time, as a result of the negative impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the provincial economy, the government has excluded the Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) category from this draw. In addition, BCPNP excluded other tourism, hospitality and retail-related occupations as well as occupations where BCPNP experienced a high volume of applications: 0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers, 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers, 0632 – Accommodation service managers, 0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c., 1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations, 1221 – Administrative officers, 1241 – Administrative assistants, 3236 – Massage therapists, 6211 – Retail sales supervisors, 6311 – Food service supervisors, 6313 – Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors, 6321 – Chefs, 6322 – Cooks, and 6341 – Hairstylists and barbers. In this round, BCPNP invited 311 candidates. The lowest scores in the categories decreased for several points:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 102
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 102 (-4 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 105 (-5 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 102 (-8 points)
British Columbia invited 1,950 candidates to apply for the nomination of the province in 2020.

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

Canada needs 25,000 new truckers by 2023
During the national struggle with impacts of the Covid-19 on the Canadian economy, truck drivers are those very people who make all our groceries and goods available in the stores. At the same time, according to the recent data, Canada has not enough truckers to fill all the positions. The truck transportation industry is unable to fill one out of every 15 positions. The total number of truck driver jobs in Canada has increased from 8,600 in 2016 to 20,500 in 2019. This means Canada needs 25,000 new truckers by 2023. The immigration experts continuously urge the federal government that it is time to establish dedicated immigration pathways for long-haul truck drivers before it is too late.

#Truckers, #Truck_drivers

What common questions are asked about the AIPP?
Compared to other employer-sponsored immigration programs, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) has very low requirements for applicants’ academic qualifications and language skills. As long as you have a high school education or above and demonstrate language proficiency of at least CLB 4, you can apply for immigration through the AIPP. Canadian work experience is not required as long as the applicant demonstrates they have a minimum of at least one year’s work experience. If the applicant is an international graduate, no work experience is needed. Concluding that, the most essential part of the AIPP is finding a designated employer.