Provincial activity in the third quarter of 2019 includes selection rounds and innovations to Express Entry-aligned programs.

Provinces in Canada continues to innovate and enhance programs of their immigrant candidates this past quarter.

Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick make changes directly affect the candidate Express Sign; Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island (PEI) held a round of elections of candidates invited to submit nominations Sign Express province.

All in all, in July, August and September are busy people for a variety of prospective Canadian program, which allows participating provinces and territories to choose candidates for immigration with the required skills and work experience and nominated them for Canadian permanent residence.

Latest Express Entry draw invites 3,900 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence

Canadian candidate program opens up the possibility of immigration of foreign workers who may not be eligible for a federal system of express Login or for those who are eligible but who Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) lower scores than those invited by the Government of Canada to apply for permanent residence.

Nominee province through the provincial stream Express Sign-block also called “enhanced flow of nominations,” received an additional 600 basis points and effectively CRS fast-tracked to the invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Other provincial programs that do not Express Sign-block nominate candidates who can then apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. called “basic program” was designed by the province to address specific labor requirements that are often lower-skilled workers.

Express Sign manage a pool of candidates of three major immigration program Canada Economy Class – Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence based on the value of their CRS, which considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Only the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply through the Express Login attractive.

Ontario Tech Draws

In July, Ontario introduced draws that target skilled workers with experience in 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)
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held its first Tech Draw on July 12, inviting 1,623 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The next draw on August 1 rendered another 1,773 invitations.

Ontario Tech Draws are conducted through the OINP’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, which allows Ontario to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who match both federal and provincial criteria.

A job offer is not required, but candidates must have a profile in the federal Express Entry pool and meet the stream’s provincial criteria.

Eligible occupations in Saskatchewan

On September 18, Saskatchewan overhauled the occupation requirement for its Express Entry-linked and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories, dropping its list of in-demand occupations in favor of an excluded occupations list.

The change resulted in the number of eligible occupations jumping from 19 to 218.

The executive director of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) told CIC News the change would allow the province more flexibility in selecting candidates to fill gaps in the province’s labor market. Instead of constantly changing their list of in-demand occupations, the SINP would stick with one list of ineligible occupations.

A job offer in Saskatchewan is not required under either sub-category, but candidates must have at least one year of work experience in an eligible occupation that is related to their field of study, among other requirements.

Unlike the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category, candidates in the Occupation In-Demand pathway are not required to have an Express Entry profile.

The SINP followed the overhaul of its eligible occupations with a major draw on September 25 that issued a total of 769 invitations to both Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates.

Those invited represented 100 occupations, including civil and chemical engineers, medical radiation technologists, psychologists and information systems analysts, and consultants.

New Brunswick introduces targeted Express Entry searches

Nova Scotia’s maritime neighbor, New Brunswick, announced at the end of July that it would also be conducting occasional, targeted searches of the Express Entry pool in response to labor market needs in the province.

This new approach will be used in addition to the Expression of Interest (EOI)-based invitations issued through New Brunswick’s Express Entry Labour Market Stream.

Alberta, Manitoba, PEI
Alberta holds regular draws that have lower CRS requirements than the typical federal Express Entry draws. In the third quarter, the lowest CRS cut-off score for a federal Express Entry draw was 457, whereas Alberta invited Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 302 on one occasion, and 303 on another.

Manitoba’s Skilled Worker Overseas program also works in conjunction with Express Entry. The province held five draws under the Skilled Worker Overseas program this past quarter, issuing a total of 483 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs). Manitoba uses its own unique ranking system, which is different from the federal CRS.

PEI issued 360 invitations over three draws this quarter to those in their Labour Impact and Express Entry categories. There is no break down of how many Express Entry candidates received invitations. PEI also uses its own unique system for selecting candidates.

“Canada’s provincial nominee programs continue to grow and innovate, creating new opportunities for Express Entry candidates and those outside the Express Entry system,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

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