As Canada entered the phase-wise reopening of the country and beautiful summer weather adding up the enthusiasm to these moments, we are beginning to witness people walking in the streets, in restaurants' patios, and a lot more delightful environment around us.
The federal government has announced that they will reopen the borders once 75% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. As of early July, almost 37% of Canada's population was fully vaccinated. The good news was given by Canada's vaccine Procurement Minister Anita Anand. The President stated that they expect 80% of the population to be fully vaccinated by the end of July.
With this excitement of reopening, there is impressive news for immigration because more express entry candidates were invited in the second quarter than in the first quarter of 2021. As of June 30, IRCC has issued 88,715 ITAs for permanent residents, which is the highest number since 2017.
Express Entry Draws
June 9 – IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 940 applicants under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with the lowest CRS score of 711.
June 10 – One day after the PNP draw, IRCC issued ITAs to 6000 applicants under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream with the lowest CRS score of 368.
June 23 – IRCC issued ITAs to 1002 applicants under PNP with the lowest CRS score of 742, which is 31 points higher than the previous draw.
June 24 – ITAs to 6000 applicants were issued by IRCC under the CEC stream with the lowest CRS score of 357, which is the second-lowest score in 2021 after the draw on February 13 (lowest CRS score of 75).
June 1 – The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted notifications for applicants with a ranking system score between 300 - 379 who could qualify for Ontario's Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.
June 16 – OINP issued ITAs to candidates with the lowest score of 38 in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system pool who could qualify for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign worker.
Also, ITAs were issued by OINP to candidates with a score of 66 and above in the EOI who could qualify for the International Student stream.
June 23 – Notifications of interest were issued by OINP to candidates with a ranking system score between 464 – 467 and work experience in specific NOC codes. These notifications were issued for those who could qualify for Ontario's Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream.
June 28 – OINP expression of interest system opened for intake to the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream. The system will remain open throughout the year.
Other Provincial Updates
June 17 – Quebec invited 69 applicants who had filed an EOI in Quebec's online registration portal, Arrima to apply for permanent selection. This invitation has been made under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP).
June 17 – Prince Edward Island invited Express Entry and Labour Impact 101 candidates and 12 Business Impact candidates with at least 60 points.
June 22 – British Columbia invited a total of 395 candidates in two PNP draws.
341 candidates with a ranking system score between 75 – 93 were invited under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.
The second draw was conducted under SI and EEBC categories and targeted applicants who have occupations under NOC 0621 and NOC 0631.
June 22 – The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 184 candidates with a minimum of 300 points to apply for a provincial nomination.
June 28 – The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 1,017 candidates with a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code to apply for the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. Candidates needed a minimum of 565 EOI points to receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) for application.
June 29 – British Columbia issued ITAs to 52 applicants who work in the IT sector under The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech. Those who are invited must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia's Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.
COVID-19 updates on immigration
June 18 – Canada extended travel restrictions on non-essential international travel until July 21, 2021.
June 29 – In March 2020, as one of the measures related to COVID-19, IRCC extended the application period for express entry to 90 days.
As of June 29, IRCC has reverted the 90-day application period allowed for Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency to 60 days.
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