IRCC held the last invitation round in Express Entry in 2020

IRCC held the last invitation round in Express Entry in 2020

IRCC held the last invitation round in Express Entry in 2020
On December 23, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the last draw in the Express Entry in 2020. In invitation round #170, IRCC invited 5,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The lowest score in this round dropped by one point and was 468 points. The tie-breaking rule for this round was June 4, 2020, at 13:39:44 UTC. As of December 21, 2020, there are 147,487 profiles in the Express Entry pool of candidates, 770 profiles more compared to the previous update. Despite the COVID-19 and imposed travel restrictions, IRCC has set a new record inviting 107,350 candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry.

#Express_Entry, #IRCC, #ITA, #FSW, #FST, #CEC, #PNP, #PR

Newfoundland and Labrador released a full guide to the Priority Skills Stream
On December 23, 2020, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism of Newfoundland and Labrador published a full guide to the Priority Skills Stream of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP). The new stream will nominate candidates in two substreams – Academic and Work. The Academic substream will target Master and Ph.D. graduates of Memorial University who completed their studies in the past three years in one of the priority occupations. The Work substream is intended for foreign specialists possessing work experience in relevant in-demand occupations. The Priority Skills Stream will also be linked to Express Entry thus candidates who have Express Entry profiles will be able to apply for PR online. Other candidates will be able to submit the paper-based application to the IRCC. The NLPNP also released a points grid of the stream in the guide as well as the list of occupations in-demand.

#Newfoundland_and_Labrador, #NLPNP, #PNP, #Priority_Skills

Thunder Bay published a schedule for the RNIP intake rounds in 2021
On December 23, 2020, Thunder Bay published a full schedule of the intake rounds of the community recommendations issuances in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in 2021. Thunder Bay plans to hold 12 sessions:

January 4-8, 2020
January 27-31, 2020
February 22-26, 2020
March 22-26, 2020
April 26-30, 2020
May 27-31, 2020
June 21-25, 2020
July 19-23, 2020
August 23-27, 2020
September 20-24, 2020
October 18-22, 2020
November 24-29, 2020
#Thunder_Bay, #RNIP, #Ontario, #community_recommendation, #rural_immigration

Quebec no longer requires CAQ to study French
On December 23, 2020, the Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI) of Quebec announced that foreign workers and asylum seekers residing in Quebec, as well as their spouses and dependent children, will no longer need a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) to attend French courses of the MIFI. In turn, this means those foreigners will not need to apply for study permits to study French. Such measures will relax the financial burden on foreign nationals in Quebec and improve their integration.

#Quebec, #CAQ, #MIFI, #foreign_workers, #asylum_seekers, #refugees, #French, #integration