The latest draw by the Canadian Government has taken the total number of candidates invited to apply for the Canadian Permanent Residency to 49,000 in the first half of 2019.
According to the Canadian Immigration Newsletter obtained by Nairametrics, the Canadian Government invited 3,600 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency in a draw held on July 24. It was further revealed that the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) cut-off of 459 in the latest draw was a point lower than the 460 used in the previous draw held on June 26.
The cut-off drops again: In the latest draw, the CRS score witnessed another downward trend as recorded in each of the last three draws.
- Essentially, the drop in CRS score is attributed to the regular bi-weekly interval between draws maintained by the IRCC since the end of May.
- Although the shorter interval between draws denotes fewer candidates had time to enter a profile in the Express Entry Pool.
Record high ITAs issued: With the country’s expanded admissions targets for the three Express Entry-managed programmes and its Provincial Nominee Programme, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has so far, issued a total 49,000 ITAs in 2019. This suggests that the IRCC is likely to surpass its ITA record of 89,800 issued in 2018.
- Meanwhile, the past two weeks have seen Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams in Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia invite candidates for applications for the provincial nomination.
- Basically, the Express Entry pool consists of candidates for Canada’s three federal high skilled immigration programmes, which are: Federal skilled workers class, Federal skilled trade class, and Canadian experienced class.
The province with the biggest draw: Ontario’s first Tech-draw was the largest of 2019 draws through its Human Capital Priorities stream, issuing 1,623 invitations to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores between 439 and 459, and work experience in six tech-related occupations, amongst other prerequisites. It should be noted, however, that:
- Ontario has the largest allocations with 6,900 nominations of the nine provinces and two territories participating in the PNP for 2019.
- Ontario was the destination of 64% newcomers to Canada annually for new permanent residents admitted through the Express Entry system in 2018.
A big first half of 2019: Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programme was expected to hit the ground running in 2019 and it did not disappoint according to report.
- Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP) allows the participation of Canadian provinces and territories to nominate foreign workers and international graduates for the Canadian permanent residence through a network of streams tailored to their several labour market needs.
- The PNP streams were in alignment with the Federal Express Entry system and were tremendously active in the first 6 months of 2019, inviting thousands of applications for a provincial nomination to immigration candidates with a profile in the Federal Government’s Express Entry pool.
About Express Entry: Express Entry is a selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. It is completely an electronic process involving the country’s Federal Government, Provincial Governments, and Canadian employers.
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 residence through regular draws from the pool.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala resumes first day as WTO Director-General
Dr Okonjo-Iweala officially resumed duty as the DG of the WTO today, March 1, 2021.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Finance Minister and the first woman and African to be appointed as Director-General of the World Trade Organization resumed her first day of work as WTO chief.
This was disclosed in a social media statement on Monday morning by the WTO. Okonjo-Iweala said the WTO has lots of work to do and she feels ready to start
The trade organisation said: “Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her first day as WTO Director-General! She makes history as the first woman and first African to take up this post.”
On her first day, Dr. Iweala said she is “coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do. I feel ready to go.”
Director-General @NOIweala & the chair of WTO fisheries subsidies talks @WillsSantiago welcomed civil society's plea for a successful conclusion to the negotiations, visiting today an ice sculpture set up in front of the WTO headquarters by the #StopFundingOverfishing coalition. pic.twitter.com/9Y5eN4Bh5y
— WTO (@wto) March 1, 2021
What you should know
- On February 15th 2021, Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was officially appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
- The United States and former Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joe Keshi pointed out that the only way Nigeria as a country can benefit from her appointment is by being productive.
- “She will not help you unless you are productive, she will not help you except you have something to sell, because her role as a DG of the World Trade Organization, the World Trade Organization is an organization that regulates global trade and except you have something to sell and you know put into the world market her role is to ensure that you get a fair deal and that you are not cheated in the whole process,” he said.
President Biden conducts first military airstrike against Iran-backed militia in Syria
The US has carried out military action in an approved airstrike against Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria.
U.S President, Joe Biden conducted his first military action in an approved airstrike against Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria, in a response to rocket attacks against American interests in Iraq.
This was disclosed in a report by Reuters on Friday morning, which revealed that the airstrikes were “limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said: “At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria.”
“President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” he added.
The Pentagon revealed that the airstrikes were targeted at multiple facilities used by Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) at a Border Control point.
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