IRCC invited 4,200 candidates in the Express Entry draw #163

IRCC invited 4,200 candidates in the Express Entry draw #163

IRCC invited 4,200 candidates in the Express Entry draw #163
On September 16, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new all-programs draw in the Express Entry. In round #163, the government again issued 4,200 Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence to candidates in the Federal Skilled Workers programs, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and Express Entry aligned provincial programs. The cut-off score in this round was 472 points, three points lower than in draw #162. The tie-breaking rule for this round was March 09, 2020 at 13:03:40 UTC. As of September 14, 2020, there are 144,018 profiles registered in the system, 1,826 more compared to the previous update. This is the first significant increase in the number of registered candidates since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Canada issued 74,150 ITAs in 30 rounds of Express Entry.

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

BCPNP invited 407 foreigners to apply for a nomination
On September 16, 2020, British Columbia released the results of the September 15 draw in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). The province invited 409 candidates to apply for a nomination. The lowest scores in this round somewhat dropped for International Graduate candidates in SI and EEBC streams, as well as for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Workers:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 94
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 95 (-3 points)
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75 (-1 point)
Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 94
Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 98 (-3 points)
As was announced earlier, BC keeps excluding 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 total, BC issued 6,476 invitations in 2020 under all streams of BCPNP.

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

Alberta updated the AINP inventory
On September 16, 2020, Alberta released a new update of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) inventory. As of September 15, the province received 1,450 applications that are waiting for the eligibility assessment under the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS). All applications were received before April 22, 2020. In the pool of the Alberta Express Entry Stream, currently, there are 150 Expressions of Interest. AINP invited 1,933 Express Entry candidates in this stream to apply for a provincial nomination. However, since June 17, there were no new invitation rounds.

#Alberta, #AINP, #PNP, #ITA, #Nomination_certificate, #PR

IRCC updated the page about non-priority temporary resident visa (TRV) applications
On September 16, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated the page about non-priority temporary resident visa (TRV) applications. The new instructions clarify temporary regulations regarding travel itinerary changes and transit while en route to Canada. Beginning July 1, IRCC resumed the processing of the TRV applications. Nevertheless, only online TRV applications are being processed with a few exceptions. IRCC also notified it prioritizes the applications of those who are exempt from travel restrictions.

#TRV, #IRCC, #visitor_visas, #COVID_19, #travel_restrictions

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