IRCC invited 4,750 candidates in the Express Entry draw #172

IRCC invited 4,750 candidates in the Express Entry draw #172

IRCC invited 4,750 candidates in the Express Entry draw #172
On January 8, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published the results of the Express Entry draw from January 7. In draw #172, IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) to 4,750 candidates under the Canadian Experience Class. The cut-off score in this round was 461 points. The tie-breaking rule for this round was September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC. In ten CEC-specific rounds in 2020, IRCC invited 34,215 candidates. In 2021, Canada already issued 5,000 invitations to apply in the Express Entry. Should IRCC continue the practice of program-specific draws, we can expect a further drop of CRS required to get an ITA.

#Express_Entry, #IRCC, #ITA, #CEC

IRCC updated the Express Entry completeness check instruction
On January 8, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated program delivery instruction for the Express Entry completeness check. The new instruction now clearly states that applicants have 90 days to submit their full application from the moment of acceptance of the invitation to apply. Earlier, IRCC has changed this period to 60 days but amid COVID-19, Ottawa grants more time to submit all the documents. IRCC clarified that it starts counting the six-month processing standard from the moment the application has been submitted. Additionally, IRCC updated the wording for the instruction on the acceptable translation of supporting documents.

#Express_Entry, #IRCC, #program_delivery, #COVID_19

International students with expired PGWP can apply for an Open Work Permit
On January 8, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced temporary police enabling international students whose Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) has been expired or is going to expire, to apply for an open work permit for a duration of 18 months. This policy is aimed at helping those international students who invested time in the study in Canada but were not able to secure enough Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence in Canada amid the pandemic. To be eligible for the new policy, candidates must reside in Canada, possess a legal status in Canada or apply for status restoration, have PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date they apply. IRCC will open the applications from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

#International_students, #PGWP, #international_graduates, #OWP, #work_permits, #IRCC, #Canadian_experience

OINP introduced changes to the internal review process
On January 7, 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced changes introduced to the internal review of the applications in all streams of the OINP. Applicants, whose nomination application has been refused have the right to request an internal review. In order to request a review, applicants must fill the Notice of Request for Internal Review form, identify the error made by the OINP officers and send the request to the OINP at Applicants are not allowed to include any new information unless the new information was not reasonably available at the time of the initial application.

#OINP, #Ontario, #PNP, #internal_review

Alberta published a new AINP statistics
On January 8, 2021, the government of Alberta released a new update in the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). In 2020, Alberta nominated 4,000 candidates. Due to high unemployment caused by the COVID-19, AINP decided not to use the whole quota of 6,250 nominations allocated by the federal government. As of today, AINP received 2,575 applications in the Alberta Opportunity Stream that are waiting for the eligibility assessment. The province also reviews 15 Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

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