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Saskatchewan accepted 118 applications from international graduates

On May 10, 2021, Saskatchewan updated the number of spots remaining through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for international graduates in the framework of the temporary immigration policy. The province announced it will accept 1,000 applications for a nomination from those students who resided in the province on September 1, 2020, and have completed an academic program in Saskatchewan. Since the last week, the province accepted 12 applications, and 882 spots remain available.



Nova Scotia announced new International Graduates in Demand Stream

Nova Scotia introduced the International Graduates in Demand Stream for recent international graduates whose skills and education match specific jobs that are currently in high demand in Nova Scotia. This stream is currently open to workers in 2 job categories: NOC 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates) and NOC 4214 (early childhood educators and assistants). To be eligible for this stream, applicants must have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in one of the NOC job categories listed above before they apply to immigrate through the NSNP International Graduates in Demand Stream. In addition, applicants must be 21 to 55 years old, have met requirements for completing a course of study, have certifications required for the job, prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5, and show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.


TR to PR International Graduate stream for English-speakers reached its limit in 25 hours

On May 7, 2021, at 1:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, Canada’s new International Graduate stream for English speakers reached its cap of 40,000 applications. The International Graduate stream and two other streams for essential workers, as well as three streams for French-speaking candidates, were launched on May 6, at 12:00 PM EST. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to admit 90,000 individuals through the English streams. As of May 10, 1:30 AM EST the number of applications for other streams is 1,062 applications out of 20,000 slots for healthcare workers and 6,994 applications out of 30,000 slots for essential non-healthcare workers. As for the French streams, IRCC accepted 11 healthcare worker applications, 281 other essential worker applications, and 96 international graduate applications.


Saskatchewan issued 259 ITAs in the SINP

On May 6, 2021, Saskatchewan conducted a new round of invitations in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). SINP issued 259 invitations to apply (ITAs) for the provincial nomination. In the Express Entry category, Saskatchewan issued 136 ITAs. Another 123 invitations were issued to the Occupations In-Demand category candidates. The lowest score in both categories was 70 points, the same as in the previous draw. All invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. In this draw, Saskatchewan invited candidates in 63 different NOCs. Saskatchewan invited 3,200 candidates in 2021, 1,647 under the Express Entry, and 1,553 under the Occupations In-Demand category.

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Canada issued another 6,000 ITAs for CEC candidates in Express Entry

On April 29, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new Express Entry draw for candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program. In round #185, Canada issued 6,000 Invitations to Apply for permanent residence and the lowest score dropped to only 400 points, seventeen points fewer compared to round #183. The tie-breaking rule for this round was April 24, 2021 at 15:24:49 UTC.

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April 28, 2021: Canada invited 381 provincial nominees in the Express Entry draw #184

On April 28, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new Express Entry invitation round. In draw #184, IRCC invited candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program. IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 381 provincial candidates, and the lowest score in this draw was 717 points. The tie-breaking rule for this round March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC.



IRCC released a recommendation for international students

On April 27, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), advised study permit applicants to submit their study permit applications by May 15, 2021, should they plan to begin their study programs in the fall term. IRCC promises to process such applications by August 6, 2021. If the student submits the application after May 15, 2021, the Immigration Department will try to make a decision as soon as possible, however, it does not guarantee the decision to be issued before the study begins.


BCPNP issued 362 invitations in the new round

On April 27, 2021, British Columbia conducted two draws in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). In the general draw, the province issued 348 invitations. The lowest scores slightly changed in some categories:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 94 (-1 point)
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate 95
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 78 (-1 point)
  • Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 94 (-1 point)
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 95

The second round of the day targeted only candidates in NOC 0621 – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers and NOC 0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers. BCPNP invited 14 such candidates. Both NOCs have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System. The lowest score of EEBC – International Graduate candidates was 114 points, one point more compared to the previous draw for these NOCs, while the lowest score of other categories was 113 points – the same as it was in the previous draw. In total, BC issued 3,893 invitations under all streams in 2021.


AINP invited 200 candidates in Alberta Express Entry Stream

On April 27, 2021, Alberta released a new update about the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) inventory. The province received 2,050 applications in the Alberta Opportunity Stream and 275 Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Alberta Express Entry Stream. These applications are waiting for the eligibility assessment. In addition, on April 20, 2021, Alberta held a new round in the Alberta Express Entry Stream and issued 200 Notifications of Interest (NOI). The lowest score in this round decreased by one point and was 301 points. In 2021, AINP already invited 1,409 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in the Alberta Express Entry. The 2021 quota for AINP has not been announced yet.


Saskatchewan updated application processing times in the SINP

On April 23, 2021, Saskatchewan has updated the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) processing times. The new data is based on average times from January 1 to March 31, 2021. In the International Skilled Worker category, the processing time in the Employment Offer stream is 4 weeks, the Express Entry Stream is processed in 37 weeks and the Occupation In-Demand Stream in 35 weeks. In the Saskatchewan Experience category, the processing time in the Existing Work Permit Stream is 2 weeks; the International Students Stream, Health Professionals Stream, Hospitality Workers Stream, and the Truck Drivers Streams are processed in only 1 week. In the Entrepreneur and Farm category, the processing time for the Entrepreneurs Nominations and Farmers Stream is 14 weeks. The Job Approval Process, the authorization for an employer to hire a foreign worker through the SINP, takes 8 weeks. The processing times show the average time for 80% of applications to be processed within the last quarter.

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