PNP’s updates bring new opportunities for candidates of Express Entry program
In the third quarter of 2019, the provincial nominee programs also remain very active to nominate express entry candidates through their express entry linked immigration streams. All the Canadian provinces except Quebec nominate eligible candidates through Provincial Nominee Programs.
To enhance the quality of influx of immigrants, all of them have continued to improve their respective programs through updates. So if you are planning to immigrate to Canada, then keep an eye on these updates for approaching better immigration options. The following is the list of some PNP’s updates in the past quarter which directly going to influence the selection of Express entry candidates for Canada PR.
“Canada’s provincial nominee programs continue to grow and innovate, creating new opportunities for Express Entry candidates and those outside the Express Entry system.”
- Ontario Tech Draws
In July, the Canadian province Ontario introduced tech draws to target skilled foreign workers with previous work experience in any of the following six tech occupations:
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
- Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
- Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
- Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
After the announcement, Ontario issued invitations to 1,623 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its first OINP Tech draw on July 12, 2019. Again, within the short duration, it released its new draw on August 1 with another 1,773 invitations for provincial nominations. OINP’s Human Capital Priorities Stream conducted these draws with a minimum requirement of Express Entry profile. A job offer is not mandatory; however, candidates need to match other federal and provincial criteria.
- Eligible occupations in Saskatchewan:
In September, the Canadian province Saskatchewan introduced another development in its PNP by opening its two most popular categories, Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration to candidates with work experience in more than 200 skilled occupations. Following the announcement, on September 25, 2019, Saskatchewan invited 769 candidates for its 100 in-demand occupations.
- New Brunswick introduces targeted Express Entry searches
At the end of July, New Brunswick, announced that it would also commence occasional, targeted searches of candidates registered under Express Entry pool to meet the demands of labor market in the province.
- Alberta’s lower CRS score:
Recently, the government of the province of Alberta provided detail on its two express entry draws held on September 11 and September 18 with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 302 and 350 respectively. Alberta Express entry draw has witnessed its highest CRS score of 425 so far in 2019; this was comparatively lower than the lowest cut-off score of 438 in all federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019.
- Five Manitoba draws in conjunction with Express Entry:
In the past decade, the Canadian province of Manitoba issued a total of 483 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs)s through its five draws. Its draws primarily focused candidates having profiles in Manitoba’s streams – Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and the International Education Stream.
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