2020 has been a tough year in every phase confining all of us into our homes. Now with things moving towards the old normal, January seemed quite an eventful month with many immigration updates from IRCC. Let's review the major events that happened during the first month of 2021, in January.
COVID updates on immigration
Express Entry Draws
January 6 – IRCC issued ITAs to 250 applicants under the Provincial Nominee Program with the minimum CRS cut-off at 813 points. The previous PNP draw was held on August 19, 2020.
January 7 – IRCC issued ITAs to 4750 applicants under the Canadian Experience Class category at 461 CRS points. This is an increase of 6 points from the previous draw.
January 20 – IRCC issued a second round of ITAs under the PNP category to 374 applicants with CRS cut off at 741 points.
January 21 – IRCC issued a subsequent round of ITAs under the CEC category to 4626 applicants with CRS cut off at 454.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) updates
January 4 – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) allowed applicants to request an internal review upon receiving any rejections.
January 13 – OINP issued Notifications of Interest (NOI) to the following streams and CRS range
French – Speaking Skilled Worker: CRS 456 – 467
Skilled Trades: CRS 434 – 460
January 18 – OINP's Regional Immigration Pilot continued to accept intake forms for 2021 with 150 additional nominations available for the year.
Other Provincial updates
January 26 – British Columbia issues 80 ITAs under their Tech Pilot Draw. The province has issued 524 ITAs for the year so far under their various programs.
Other major updates
January 5 – Major step was taken by the Canadian government to sponsor parents! IRCC issued invitations to 10,000 potential sponsors selected randomly to sponsor parents
January 8 – IRCC made a unique announcement for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) holders under the current unprecedented times as a part of the Government’s initiative to support the international student community. Former international students who are/were on a Post Graduate Work Permit will get a chance to extend their PGWP by 18 months to explore newer opportunities if their work permit is expiring or expiring soon.
January 27 – IRCC minister Marco E.L. Mendicino announced the establishment of a new Canada-Ukraine Mobility Working Group to improve mobility opportunities for Ukrainians who seek to come to Canada and promote the economic immigration programs under the initiative by the Canadian Government.
All of this will be in effect after the removal of COVID-19 restrictions currently in place.
So far, IRCC has had a fast start to 2021 and is making sure that opportunities are given to as many applicants as possible.
IRCC has been implementing temporary measures so far, and in case you're confused and not sure where and how to start with your immigration concerns, we are here to help! Take this opportunity to receive the right guidance on planning your immigration goals, and succeed, by starting your assessment!
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