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New Brunswick all set to search the Express Entry Pool through a targeted Search System

In an effort to meet the provincial labour market needs, New Brunswick announced on July 26th that it will begin to issue occasional invitations to apply for permanent residence in the province to federal Express Entry candidates. These invitations may come whether the candidate has filed an Expression of Interest with the province or not.

So long as the candidate is registered in the Express Entry pool, and matches the desired criteria. Then, they could be selected by the province of New Brunswick to fit the shortage of employment in certain job industries. The Express Entry pool holds profiles of a vast majority of economic-class immigrants, and rates them based on factors such as age, language proficiency, education, skilled work experience, and other criteria.

Several other provinces are already using targeted search system in the federal pool to fill the gaps in their industries, though candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from provinces are not necessarily required to accept.

All candidates who receive such invitations from the province of New Brunswick. They are still expected to meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the NBPNP’s Express Entry Labour Market Stream.

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Alberta invites Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300

The province of Alberta has invited 262 Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 300 to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the June 21 draw. 

The cut-off score of 300 is significantly lower than the lowest score drawn through a federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019, which was 438.

To be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) also requires EE candidates to work in an occupation that supports “Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities” among other criteria. The AINP has not listed the occupations that are eligible so far. 

A job offer or previous work in Alberta is not required to be eligible. However, the AINP may give priority to candidates who have a strong connection with the province. The following factors may improve your chance to receive a Notification of Interest letter:

1, Alberta job offer and/or work experience;

2, A graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution;

3, A relative that is living in Alberta.

A total of 3,816 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Alberta Express Entry stream in 2019. 

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which can effectively assure an invitation from the Government of Canada.

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3600 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence in new Express Entry draw

The new Express Entry draw held July 10 invited 3,600 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. It is the largest single invitation so far in 2019.

The cut-off score in this draw was 460, a two-point decrease from the previous draw’s minimum score of 462.

IRCC has issued 45,400 ITAs to Express Entry candidates in 2019 so far, which is more than 5,700 invitations over the same period in 2018. The larger draw scale reflects the higher admissions targets that have been set for both 2019 and 2020. 

In the first half of 2019, the cut-off score ranged from the lowest 438 to the highest 470. This pertains to all three federal economic immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class. 

Eligible candidates under these categories can enter into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores.

The highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence, through regular draws from the pool, which usually happen every two weeks.

A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for the EE pool. There are 36,000 more places still waiting to be filled this year. Contacting us now, you can be one of them.

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New Express Entry draw sees cut-off score drop by 3 points

A new Express Entry draw held June 26 invited 3,350 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The cut-off score in this draw was 462, a three-point decrease from the previous draw’s minimum score of 465.

It was the second consecutive draw to see the cut-off score drop since May 29, when it reached 470.

The time between draws is a crucial variable that influences the cut-off CRS score. The lower cut-off score in the last two Express Entry (EE) draw may be because Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) returned to draw biweekly.

When more time passes between draws, a greater number of candidates with higher scores were able to enter the pool, which can have the effect of driving up the cut-off score. 

The gap of early a month between all-programs draws explains the unusual high cut-off score in the draw held on May 29.

IRCC has now issued 41,800 ITAs to EE candidates in 2019, which is 2100 ahead of IRCC’s 2018 pace.

Express Entry is an online registration system used to apply for permanent resident in Canada, which manages applications for three economic immigration programs:  Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. 

A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for the EE pool.

If you are interested in moving to Canada and have any questions, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada Immigration Consultants.

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Canada issued 3350 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence 

In the draw held on June 12, 3350 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence, with the cut-off score of 465.

It’s only been two weeks since the last round of invitation held on May 29, which means fewer candidates were able to enter the pool between the two draws, resulting in a five-point drop in the CRS score.

The time gap between draws influences the cut-off CRS score. The EE draws are usually held every two weeks. The cut-off CRS score was 470 in the last draw held on May 29, which was four weeks elapsed from the former draw. It allows a greater number of candidates with higher scores to enter the pool when the time gap is longer than two weeks. 

So far, in 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 38,450 Invitation to apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates, which is 6,250 more than it had issued at the same point in 2018.

The Express Entry system manages applications for three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. 

Each program has its requirements. Eligible candidates are issued a score in the Comprehensive Ranking System, known as CRS score, which determines their rank in the pool. 

The highest-ranked candidates are awarded an ITA for Canadian permanent residence. 

If you have any questions on Express Entry draw, please feel free to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants. We would love to share our knowledge to help you come to Canada.

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PEI EOI draw

PEI, a popular destination for immigrants, has issued its latest invitations

Prince Edward Island, known as PEI, one of the three maritime provinces, has experienced an incredible population growth rate of 2% year-over-year since 2016. During the same period, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which are the other two maritime provinces, had an average growth rate of 0.8% and 0.5% respectively. Amongst all of the maritime provinces, PEI has been very successful in attracting and retaining skilled foreign workers in recent years.

On May 16, PEI Provincial Nominee Program issued 104 invitations to immigration candidates in its new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw. 

90 out of the 104 invitations went to candidates applying through Labour Impact category and Express Entry category.  

The labour Impact category consists of four sub-categories: Skilled Worker in PEI, Skilled Worker outside PEI, Critical Worker and International Graduate. A job offer in PEI is required if using these streams.

The Express Entry category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system. A job offer in PEI is not required, but a priority is given to candidates who are currently living and working in the province. 

The rest 14 invitations went to candidates applying through Business Impact category-Business Work Permit Stream, with the minimum point of 107.

To be considered for a nomination, candidates must create a profile in PEI’s EOI system. Qualified candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Within the EOI system, depending on which stream you are using, there are several areas with associated points: age, language, education, work experience, employment, business ownership or senior management experience, community endorsement and adaptability. 

The EOI draw is held on the third Thursday of each month. The next Expression of Interest draw is scheduled for June 20, 2019. 

If you are interested in immigrating to PEI or other Canadian provinces and have any questions, please feel free to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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Latest Express Entry pool draw sees minimum CRS score drop

Since February 20th, the minimum Express Entry (EE) Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has dropped four times.

On May 1st, another draw for permanent residence was held. The lowest score in this draw was 450.

The minimum CRS score in the two previous draws was 451.

Scores are based on factors such as age, experience, language proficiency in English or French, and education.

3,350 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada for the May 1st draw.

So far, for 2019, the number of invitations given to EE candidates has risen to 31,250. The total goal for invitations given through Express Entry pools by the end of 2019 is 81,400.

The Express Entry system includes the candidate pools from the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. These three pools draw in the greatest number of economic class newcomers each year.

All prior candidates who have profiles in the EE pool with a score of or above 450, and did not receive an invitation to apply (ITA) previously have since received an ITA.

The minimum CRS score has the potential to drop in future draws throughout the year. If draw sizes increase, it is likely that the minimum score will continue to go down even further.

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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The BC Tech Pilot Program

The BC Tech Pilot program is not a new immigration program. It is special care for jobs in short supply in BC. Starting from June 26, 2018, the job category of occupations was expanded to the following 29 occupations, all of which can be applied. BC PNP Tech Pilot opened in 2017 and extended to June 2019.

This program is to help tech companies attract and retain international talent. The British Columbia government has also been creating opportunities. It is a great benefit for international students who are studying related jobs here. Those who want to immigrate should hurry up and don’t miss it.

There are two main categories in Skills Immigration program:

Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC), both of which require offer from local employers in BC. The difference is that the requirements of IELTS score are different. SI does not need to enter the Federal EE system. Candidates with IELTS level 5 can apply for this Stream. EEBC requires a minimum of IELTS 6 in each band to enter the Federal EE system. Also, EEBC applicants can get an additional 600 provincial nominations points.

29 Tech Pilot occupations

The requirements for applicants:

  • One of the above 29 occupations is required
  • Have a job offer of at least one year (365 days) in length
  • The job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP

For more information, please contact our professional Canada immigration consultants. Our Canada immigration experts will guide you on the right program based on your professional background.

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2019 Minimum CRS Score & Time Between Draws

Express Entry cut off’sexpected to continue to fall

In the draw (#113) on 20 March, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent invitations to 3,350 candidates, inviting them to submit applications for permanent residence. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the draw was 452.

In the previous draw on March 6, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) was 3,350, with a cut-off score of 454. For the draw for February 20, 3,350 applicants were invited on a cut-off score of 457. They were all drawn 14 days apart, and the cut-off score continued to drop.

The first draw of the year (#108) took place on 9 January, with 3,900 candidates being invited and a cut-off score of 449; The draw 14 days later also invited 3,900 people with a cut-off score of 443. The CRS cut-off score continues to drop when the draw is made within 14 days of each other.

According to the immigration plan released by IRCC, the total number of planned immigrants in the three categories of the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class in 2018 was 74,900. In 2019, it could be 81,400. It will continue to increase in 2020 and 2021. It looks like the number of future draws could also continue to grow.

As of the #113 draw on March 20, IRCC had issued a total of 21,200 invitations in 2019, up from 14,500 in the same period in 2018.

The drop in the cut-off score for the two draws in a row was a welcome result. If the draw for the second quarter of 2019 is larger, and IRCC keeps the draw frequency at about every two weeks, we could see that the cut-off score may continue to decline.

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