Provincial immigration authorities limit their scope of operations

Provincial immigration authorities limit their scope of operations

Provincial immigration authorities limit their scope of operations
On March 17, 2020, several provincial immigration authorities made announcements about their work operations during the Covid-19 crisis. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) informed that it is unable to provide service to clients in person at this time. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is taking steps to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on the BCPNP while limiting the operations, however, it will continue to issue Invitations to Apply in weekly draws for the Tech Pilot. ITAs for other streams will also continue but may happen less often.

#Covid_19, #Ontario, #British_Columbia, #OINP, #BCPNP

Despite Covid-19, BC held the largest draw in the Tech Pilot
On March 17, 2020, British Columbia held a new round in the BC Tech Pilot of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). In the new draw, the provincial authorities invited 87 registrants in four categories: Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration – International Graduate, Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker, and Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate. This was the largest draw in the Tech Pilot since it’s launch. The lowest score of this round in all categories was 90 points. This year, British Columbia issued 516 invitations to apply for a nomination in the Tech Pilot. In total, the province already invited 1639 foreigners under all streams of the BC PNP.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #Tech_Pilot, #PNP

Immigration through education is on rising
In recent years, the number of international students in Canada has continued to grow. According to official statistics, the growth rate for international students in Canada has far exceeded that for local students in the past two decades, increasing by 154% between 2010 and 2018. At least 60% of foreign students will choose to apply for permanent residence in Canada after graduation. Compared to the current major immigration destinations in the world, Canada’s international student policy is the most lenient and friendly. As long as foreign students complete a full-time undergraduate or master’s degree of two years or more, they can obtain a three-year work permit. International students can apply for immigration through the Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Program.

#International_students, #Express_Entry, #PNP, #study_in_Canada

Newcomers preferred PEI’s Charlottetown to settle down
While cities across Canada are engaged in a heated competition to attract more immigrants, Charlottetown led the way as it welcomed 1,900 people in 2019, 2.4% of its population is newcomers. This is due to the province of Prince Edward Island’s success in attracting large numbers of Economic Class immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). At the national level, Canada welcomed more than 341,000 immigrants or about 0.9% of its population.

#Prince_Edward_Island, #PEI, #PEIPNP, #AIPP

International students: working hours regulations
International students can work for 20 hours per week while pursuing their studies. During study breaks, they can work as much as they want. But during school, if they work for more than 20 hours a week then it is considered a violation of the Employment Act. When they are on a study permit their prime focus should be on school. Many students may come to Canada under the Student Direct Stream Program to join the Fall 2020 session. Admissions for international students enrolled in the May 2020 session are almost full.

#International_students, #study_permit, #work_while_study