The Canada Government has once again invited 3,350 Express Entry Candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) in the latest draw held on Wednesday, May 29. This is contained in Canada’s recently released Immigration Newsletter released for May.
The latest draw brings the total number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued so far in 2019 to 35,100. The admissions target for 2019 is 81,400 new permanent residents, which is an increase of 6,500 admissions compared to 2018’s target of 74,900.
Further details provided in the newsletter also shows that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 470. The draw held on Wednesday was the first all-programs Express Entry invitation round since May 1st. It also marked a return to a larger number of invitations.
Minimum Score for May: The tie-break used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was 470. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 470, as well as those with scores of 470 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received ITAs.
The previous Express Entry draw held on May 15 was limited to candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class and only saw 500 ITAs issued. All-programmes draws involve candidates from the three economic-class immigration categories managed by the Express Entry system which include the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
More Immigrants are welcome: By 2021, the Canadian Government plans to welcome 350,000 new permanent residents. In 2018, the total admission targets for all immigration categories was 310,000. By 2019, the total admission target had been increased to 330,800.
According to Canada’s Multi-Year Immigration Plan covering 2018 to 2021, the total admission targets for all immigration categories have been set to 350,000.
Eligible Candidates: Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and proficiency in English or French.
The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency through regular draws from the pool.
Intermediate skilled workers in demand: Canada’s maritime province, Nova Scotia, has unveiled a new three-year pilot stream for immigration candidates with an eligible job offer in one of its targeted intermediate-skilled occupations.
The Occupation in Demand Stream is currently open to eligible candidates with a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in two specific occupations categorized as Skill Level C under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
NOC 3413 — Nurses aides, orderlies and patient service associates
NOC 7511 — Transport truck drivers
Candidates must also meet the following requirements in order to be eligible:
- have one year of work experience related to the job;
- be 21 to 55 years old;
- have a high school diploma;
- have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
- prove language ability equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 through official language test results;
- show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
Why this matters: Many Nigerians are always on the look out for immigration opportunities, especially to countries such as Canada. For such people, news like this serve as a source of encouragement, whilst also informing them of the right way to go about their immigration processes.
In view of the serious economic hardship in countries such as Nigeria, many people will continue to look for greener pastures elsewhere until the Government takes the right steps towards remedying the problem.