Due to the coronavirus the frequency of draws have been a little more unpredictable but even at that Canada remains on pace to achieve its Express Entry target of 85,800 ITAs in 2020, with 34,829 ITAs so far, compared with 31,250 at this time in 2019.
Over the past week we have seen a downward trend in score requirements for Express Entry across various streams of the express entry immigration programs from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) - specific draws, as the May 15 draw had the lowest points cut off for this cohort since January 2019, to the provincial nomination program across provinces like BC, Alberta and Ontario.
Here's a summary of the draws that happened last week .
12th May: B.C. Tech Pilot Draw issued 92 immigration invitations for candidates in Skilled Worker and International Graduate programs in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. The minimum score required for candidates in both programs was 80, compared to last week’s draw which had a cut-off score of 85.
13th May: Express Entry round issued 529 invitations to PNP candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 718 were invited to apply for permanent residence
Ontario round issued 703 invitations to PNP candidates with Comprehensive
Ranking System (CRS) scores between 421 and 451 were invited to apply for permanent residence. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to candidates who had work experience in one of the following six tech sector occupations:
Computer and information systems managers NOC 0213
Computer engineers NOC 2147
Database analysts and data administrators NOC 2172
Software engineers and designers NOC 2173
Computer programmer and interactive media developers NOC 2174
Web designers and developers NOC 2175
14th May: Express Entry round issued 200 invitations in Alberta’s latest draw with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 322.
15th May: Express Entry round issued 3,371 invitations to CEC candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 447 or higher.
21st May: The province of Manitoba invited 99 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency
Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 72
Skilled Workers Overseas: 15
International Education Stream: 12
22nd May: Although the number of people invited was not disclosed, the The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) invited nurses to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
Another important trend is the recent PNP-specific Express Entry draws, these draws has resulted in even more tech workers being selected under the PNP.
Despite the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, some Canadian tech companies are currently hiring, and are poised to help lead economic recovery in Canada and this has led to an increase in the demand for tech workers.
Some immigration initiatives have been created to aid in filling the tech labor shortages. This allows tech companies looking to hire foreign nationals who are capable and want to settle in Canada permanently. This programs includes The Ontario Tech Pilot is for candidates with experience in 6 tech-related occupations and the B.C's Tech Pilot which invites candidates to apply for a provincial nomination almost on a weekly basis. Eligible candidates have a job offer in one of 29 tech occupations. Application can be sent via 'Skills Immigration' stream or the 'Express Entry BC stream
On the other hand, the pandemic has had a significant impact on certain sectors that are more vulnerable to employment fluctuations in B.C.’s economy. This has led to the temporary exclusion of several occupations from recent PNP invitation rounds.
But with the downward trend in score requirements we can be hopeful for the FSW draw will also follow the same trend as we move toward June and the post COVID-19 era.
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