Spousal Immigration Application Processing Boosted to 6,000 Per Month: IRCC

Canadian immigration authorities have vowed to cut waiting times for families by processing 6,000 spousal applications per month from October to December.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says the new commitment is designed to “find new ways to keep families together”.

A statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said: “COVID-19 has created uncertainty for Canadians who are sponsoring spouses for permanent residence.”

In an announcement on September 24, it said it would speed up processing by:

  1. Increasing the number of spousal application decision-makers by two-thirds.
  2. Digitize paper applications so they can be processed by IRCC employees working remotely.
  3. Piloting new technology to conduct interviews with applicants remotely.

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IRCC says that by processing 6,000 applications per month from October to December, “combined with processing to date, this rate will lead to about 49,000 decisions by the end of this year.”

“We will continue to search for innovative and compassionate ways to reunite families while following the advice of our public health experts to protect the health and safety of Canadians,” IRCC said.

Mendicino added: “We understand that the last few months have not been easy for those who are far from their loved ones in these difficult times. 

“This is why we are accelerating the approval of spousal applications as much as possible. Our government will continue to find new ways to keep families together.”

Basic Requirements For Family Sponsorship

To be a sponsor:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your relative, if necessary. This agreement also says the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support her or himself.
  • You must provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident.
  • You must provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.

Canada Rated No 1 in World For Welcoming Immigrants


Canada is the most welcoming place on Earth – and far more tolerant than the United States – for immigrants, a newly-released Gallup poll reveals. 

On Wednesday, the polling giant released the results of its latest Migrant Acceptance Index. 

It asked people living in 145 countries last year whether they thought immigrants living in their country, becoming their neighbors and marrying into their families were good or bad things.

Canada scored the highest score, 8.46, indicating Canadians are the most welcoming people in the world when it comes to immigration.

Most Accepting Countries for Migrants

Country  Migrant Acceptance Index score
1 Canada 8.46
2 Iceland 8.41
3 New Zealand  8.32
4 Australia  8.28
5 Sierra Leone  8.14
6 United States  7.95
7 Burkina Faso  7.93
8 Sweden 7.92
9 Chad  7.91
10 = Ireland  7.88
10 = Rwanda 7.88

The United States came in sixth place with a score of 7.95.

“In Canada, residents almost universally saw migrants living in their country (94 per cent) and being in their neighborhoods (95 per cent) as good things, while more than nine in 10 (91 per cent) said a migrant marrying into their family would be a good thing,” the Gallup poll’s authors wrote.

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Americans also had a generally favorable view of immigrants but they were less effusive about that welcome.

“Nine in 10 … (Americans) …. said a migrant living in their neighborhood would be a good thing, and similar percentages said migrants living in their country (87 per cent) and marrying into their families (85 per cent) would be good things,” wrote the poll’s authors in their report.

This is the first time Canada has been the number one-ranked country on the MAI. 

In the last such worldwide poll conducted in 2016 and 2017, Canada came in fourth place, behind Iceland, New Zealand and Rwanda.

Canada and its southern neighbour each have long histories as countries welcoming immigrants. 

A bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York features a quote from a decidedly pro-immigration poem, The New Colossus: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

In the past few years, though, the immigration policies of Canada and the United States have decidedly diverged.

Canadian Minister Justin Trudeau has further opened Canada’s doors to immigrants. American President Donald Trump has tried to shut his country’s doors, report the Gallup poll’s authors.

“Until the pandemic forced Canada to slow immigration to a trickle, the country was poised to admit more than one million permanent residents between 2019 and 2021, with targets increasing every year,” wrote the poll’s authors. “In the U.S., the Trump administration is estimated to have cut legal immigration by almost half since taking office.”

Those different approaches are reflected in the attitudes of those leaders’ supporters.

In the United States, Trump supporters scored 7.1 on the MAI. Those who disapproved of Trump’s job performance scored 8.59 on the index, even higher than the average score in Canada.

In Canada, supporters of the Liberal prime minister’s job performance scored 8.73 on the MAI while those who disapproved of Trudeau scored 8.21.

In the United States, those who identified most with their city and country and where they lived scored more highly on the MAI, with an average score of 8.16, than those who identified most with their race or religion, who scored an average of 7.69. 

Younger Americans were also more likely than their elders to accept immigrants. Among Americans between the ages of 15 and 29, the MAI score was 8.34. It measured nearly a full point lower among those Americans aged 65 and older, at 7.37.

Migrant Acceptance by Age in the U.S., Canada

Age  U.S. MAI score Canadian MAI score
15-29 8.34 8.32
30-44 8.11 8.54
45-54 8.04 8.53
55-64 7.79 8.41
65+ 7.37 8.51

Those divides between young and old or those who identified more with their faith than with their city and country were not seen in Canada.

But in both Canada and the United States, the more highly-educated and urbane tended to be more accepting of immigrants and those with less education and those living in rural areas. 

Canada’s Throne Speech: Ottawa Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration

Canada’s federal government says immigration will be an important ‘driver of economic growth’ during the COVID-19 crisis recovery, reaffirming its commitment to bringing in new permanent residents.

In the Speech from the Throne to open a new session of parliament on September 23, Governor General Julie Payette said immigration helps ‘keep Canada competitive on the world stage’.

The speech was the clearest indication yet that Ottawa plans to ramp up immigration levels once pandemic-related travel restrictions can be lifted.

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All eyes now are on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, outlining the Liberal action plan for the coming months.

Mendicino must also deliver a new immigration levels plan to parliament, set to take place in late October or early November.

“Immigration remains a driver of Canada’s economic growth,” Payette said on Wednesday. 

She added: “As part of both the short-term economic recovery and a long-term plan for growth, the government will leverage the advantage we have on immigration to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.”

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The speech came at a time when Canadians are nervously watching case numbers amid the start of the second wave of COVID-19.

Canada’s plan to welcome 342,000 new immigrants in 2020 has been decimated by the crisis, reducing the number of new permanent residents to 117,000 as of the end of July, compared to the 197,000 welcomed in the first seven months of 2019.

With case numbers rising in Canada again, it is unlikely international travel restrictions – including the closure of the Canada-U.S. border – will be lifted any time soon.

It means immigration levels are likely to be significantly below the plan laid out by Mendicino in early March, just days before the full-scale health crisis took hold in Canada.

But, where countries like the U.S. have used the pandemic as a reason to clamp down on immigration, Canada has remained as open as possible.

‘An Opportunity’

Payette described the current global climate as ‘an opportunity’. 

“With other countries rejecting global talent that could help their economy, Canada has an opportunity as we recover to become the world’s top destination for talent, capital, and jobs,” she told parliament. 

“When people choose Canada, help build Canada, and make sacrifices in support of Canada, we should make it easier for them to formally become Canadian.”

Much of the central content of Trudeau’s previous mandate letter to Mendicino has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Liberals had grand plans to introduce a Municipal Nominee Program and abolish the Canadian citizenship fee, but neither has come to fruition thus far.

How far they have been pushed down the agenda will becoming clear as Ottawa sets out its immigration plan in the coming months.

British Columbia Immigration Issues 74 Invitations Targeting 29 Tech Occupations

British Columbia immigration has targeted 29 technology occupations with 74 invitations in a new draw through the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The September 22 draw featured invitations through four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. 

The minimum scores were 80 for all four streams. The featured streams were:

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

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Did You Get Invited in the Latest B.C. Immigration Draw?

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
22-Sept-20 SI – Skilled Worker 80 Total: 74
  SI – International Graduate 80
  EEBC – Skilled Worker 80
  EEBC – International Graduate 80

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Biometrics Exemption for Certain Canada Permanent Residence Applicants

Certain applicants for Canada permanent residence have been exempted from providing biometrics in a new measure designed to mitigate the impact of coronavirus restrictions.

The exemption, announced in a public policy effective September 22, covers permanent residence applicants who previously provided biometrics within the last 10 years.

Foreign nationals who are both inside or outside Canada are covered by the exemption.

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“As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, most biometrics collection service points were temporarily closed,” said a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

“There is uncertainty as to when the full complement of biometric collection services in Canada and overseas will reopen and operate at full capacity. 

“In the meantime, there is a growing inventory of applications for permanent residence that cannot be finalized because applicants are unable to fulfill the biometrics requirement.”

In order to qualify for the exemption, candidates must have:

  • A pending or new application for permanent residence.
  • Previously provided their biometrics within 10 years of the date of their PR application.

The new policy became operational on September 22 and is in effect until revoked by federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino.

Temporary Workers

The latest policy follows a June 5 move to exempt certain temporary foreign workers crucial to the battle against coronavirus from having to submit biometrics before arrival.

The exemption applies to occupations in the following fields:

  • Agricultural and agri-food
  • Health-care
  • Truck drivers

The number of candidates affected by the change will be limited, as the majority of temporary workers in essential occupations have already given biometrics because they have previously worked in Canada.

Candidates may be asked to provide biometrics when they arrive at their Port of Entry, IRCC says.

Immigrants Help Boost Tech Companies’ Productivity: Study


Tech companies get a boost in employee productivity in the long run when they hire immigrants with skills that complement those of their local workers, a new study reveals. 

But the effect isn’t immediate. It can take up to a decade for that uptick in productivity to show up.

In Immigration and Firm Productivity: Evidence from the Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database, authors Wulong Gu, Feng Hou, and Garnett Picot report that Canadian companies generally saw a 1.9 percent improvement in employee productivity when the proportion of employees they had who were immigrants increased by 10 percent. 

The study released in mid-September noted a trend among medium and big Canadian companies to hire more immigrants in the 15 years ending in 2015. During those years, immigrants made up roughly 13.5 percent of workers in those companies and had grown by almost six-tenths of a percentage point. 

“Changes in the share of immigrants in a firm’s employment varied greatly, typically ranging from a 15 percentage point increase to a 15 percentage point decline,” the researchers wrote.

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In that research paper which is part of the Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series published by Statistics Canada, the authors note the boost in employee productivity from the greater role of immigrants in the workplace was not uniform across all sectors of the economy or all immigrant profiles.

“The largest increase was for immigrants with official language skills and with university education,” wrote the authors. “The smallest change was for immigrants who intended to work in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science occupations.”

The researchers’ findings support the idea that the boost in employee productivity that comes from hiring more immigrants is due to those workers bringing skills that complement those of Canadian-born employees. 

“It is possible that technology-intensive or knowledge-based industries require a high degree of division of labour and specialization of functions. In those industries, immigrants who are less-well educated or without high-level skills may work on jobs different from, but complementary, to the jobs of the native-born high-tech or knowledge workers,” wrote the authors.

“As a result, an increase in immigrant workers with lower skill level provides more opportunities for specialization and productivity growth in technology and knowledge-intensive industries, and the effect of immigration is higher for immigrants with lower skill levels and in high-technology or knowledge industries.”

Assimilation Costs

The delay in that boost in employee productivity is something previous researchers have suggested may be due to the costs associated with assimilating the newcomers into the Canadian society and the companies’ workforces.

Highly-skilled and university-educated immigrants tend to have a relatively small effect on productivity. The study’s researchers suggested this might be because many of those immigrants tend to be under-employed or not work in the STEM fields for which they are trained.

“Previous empirical evidence in Canada (indicates) that recent immigrants with a university degree earned similar wages as Canadian-born workers with only a high school diploma, and over one-half of recent immigrants who were trained at the university level in the STEM fields did not work in STEM occupations and tended to work in low-skilled jobs,” the authors wrote.

Research into the productivity of immigrant workers and their impact on companies in other countries has turned up intriguing clues as to how immigrants have fared there.

A study released eight years ago, for example, noted highly-educated immigrants to the United States were more likely to be involved in innovation than their American-born counterparts. 

By comparison, manufacturing plants that hired a lot of low-skilled immigrants as labourers intended to rely more on labour-intensive processes and be slower in adopting automation.  

How to Apply for Canada Permanent Residence from Brazil


During the first half of 2020, Brazil rose up the rankings of most important sources of new Canadian permanent residents.

In 2019, Brazil was in the number 12 spot on that list. By the end of June, the South American country had climbed to number seven as the COVID-19 global pandemic restricted the travel of new arrivals from several other countries, including the United States and South Korea, more so than those from Brazil.

The number of Brazilians who became new permanent residents of Canada in the first half of 2020 was virtually unchanged from the figure for the first six months of last year, with a downward nudge of less than 2.2 per cent. 

The number of Americans seeking to become permanent residents in Canada, by comparison, dropped by about 24 per cent, from 5,095 for the first half of 2019 compared to only 3,870 for the comparable period this year. Despite that sharp decline in Americans becoming new Canadian permanent residents this year compared to 2019, the United States is still a more important source of new permanent residents than Brazil. 

But the sharp decline of other countries, including South Korea, has pushed them below Brazil in the rankings for the first six months of this year. 

There were 35.2 percent fewer South Koreans, at 1,840, who came to Canada to become permanent residents in the first six months of this year compared to the 2,840 during the same period last year. 

That means that Brazil became an even more important source of new permanent residents to Canada this year relative to other countries and there are many options for Brazilians looking to immigrate to Canada. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is slowly subsiding in Canada and the country is re-opening its economy after the lockdowns. With that uptick in the Canadian economy, immigration is likely to become more important than ever. 

Even during the pandemic, Canada continued to bring in permanent residents who had qualified before the international travel restrictions were put in place and welcomed temporary foreign workers that were vital to securing the country’s food supply.

Although the pandemic did cause a major slowdown in Canada’s immigration processes, the opportunities to immigrate remain and the country is still committed to its immigration levels plan that was released shortly before COVID-19 made itself felt in Canada. In that plan, Ottawa announced its intention to welcome more than 1.1 million new permanent residents through to the end of 2022.

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The message from Canada’s federal government is clear: Canada wants and will continue to welcome immigrants to Canada.

Brazil is no exception. 

The South American country has been a growing source of new Canadian permanent residents for years with a high of 5,290 Brazilians coming to make Canada their home last year. And this year, Brazil seems to be almost on track to meet that number again. 

Although there was a slowdown in the number of Brazilians becoming new Canadian permanent residents in March and April, those figures have since firmed back up with 560 new permanent residents from Brazil in June from a low of 100 in April. 

That June figure for this year is up almost 11 per cent from the number of Brazilians who made Canada their home in the same month last year. 

As the lockdowns of Canadian businesses came to an end, 1,000 Brazilians became permanent residents of Canada during the second quarter of the year that ended on June 30 compared to 1,380 for the same quarter in 2019.

That brought the total number of new Canadian permanent residents from Brazil for the first half of this year to 2,255, only slightly less than the 2,305 in the first half of last year. 

Brazilian Immigration to Canada, 2020

In the five years ending in 2019, the number of new Canadian permanent residents from Brazil has tripled, from 1,730 in 2015 to 5,290 last year.

Brazilian Immigrants to Canada by Year

Last year, Brazilians accounted for slightly more than 1.55 per cent of all new permanent resident arrivals to Canada.

Although that may seem like a small share of new permanent residents to Canada in 2019, it is actually more than the number of Australians and Germans who made Canada their permanent residence that year. 

The biggest source of new permanent residents in 2019 was India with almost 85,590 people from that country choosing to make Canada their home, roughly 25 per cent of the total number of new permanent residents to Canada that year. 

China was then next-biggest source of new permanent residents to Canada, with 30,245 Chinese citizens immigrating to Canada.

Canada Permanent Residents by Country of Citizenship

If you are looking to apply for Canada permanent residence from Brazil, the first step is to assess which programs give you the best chance of success.

What Are The Options For Immigrating To Canada From Brazil?

Broadly, the options are:

  • Federal Economic Class.
  • Provincial Economic Class.
  • Quebec Immigration.
  • Business Immigration, including the Start-Up Visa Program.
  • Temporary Residence First, Then Transition To Permanent.
  • Family Class Sponsorship.

1) Federal Economic Class

Canada accepts the largest number of immigrants under the economic class, with annual levels set to move over 200,000 in the category over the next three years.

The largest group within the economic class is the Federal High Skilled category.

There are many immigration streams to be considered when considering applying for Canadian permanent residence from Brazil.

What Are Canada’s Federal Economic Class Programs?

Canada operates its federal economic class immigration system using Express Entry. Many provinces also follow a similar approach.

Express Entry requires candidates to submit a profile, with the highest scoring profiles issued an Invitation to Apply to one of the above immigration programs.

Candidates then get 60 days to submit a full application.

Under Express Entry, candidates score Comprehensive Ranking System points for core factors such as age, education, work experience and language ability.

What Is The Express Entry Process?

  • Submit profile and enter Express Entry Pool.
  • Get issued an Invitation to Apply if you meet minimum points requirement.
  • Submit an application in 60 days.
  • Get a decision in target processing time of six months.
  • If successful, move to Canada.

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Several of Canada’s provinces also operate Express Entry streams, allowing them to tap skilled workers from the pool.

A provincial nomination is worth 600 points and effectively guarantees an Invitation to Apply.

If you meet the requirements, Express Entry can be a fast way to achieve Canada immigration, with target processing times of six months once the full application is received.

What Are Canada’s Provincial Programs?

If you do not qualify through a federal economic program, the next step is to consider provincial streams for your application for permanent residence from Brazil.

Each one of Canada’s provinces runs their own immigration programs, targeting the specific demands of local labour markets.

If you have specific skills, there could be a provincial stream waiting to accept you.

Quebec has autonomy over its immigration system, with the right to set its own immigration levels and the power to operate its own programs.

Quebec recently launched an Expression of Interest system similar to Express Entry, where candidates submit profiles to the Arrima system and are issued periodic invitations to apply.

Can I Apply For A Business Immigration Program?

Canada also aims to attract entrepreneurs and investors through its business immigration programs, with many applications accepted from Brazil.

At the federal level, options include:

Start-Up Visa Program

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program offers Canadian permanent residence to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs.

The program targets innovative entrepreneurs and links them with private sector investors in Canada who will help establish their start-up business.

Candidates can initially come to Canada on a work permit supported by their designated Canada-based investor, before qualifying for permanent residence once their business is up and running.

There are three types of private-sector investor:

  1. Angel investor.
  2. Venture capital fund.
  3. Business incubator.

Initially a three-year pilot, the program was made permanent on March 31, 2018.

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What Are the Start-Up Visa Candidate Eligibility Requirements?

The basic candidate eligibility requirements for the Start-Up Visa are:

  1. Qualifying business.
  2. Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support from a designated entity.
  3. Sufficient unencumbered, available and transferable settlement funds.
  4. Proficiency in English or French at minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level 5.

What Is A Start-Up Visa Program Designated Entity?

A designated entity is a Canadian private sector angel investor, venture capital fund or business incubator.

The required commitment must meet the following criteria:

  1. A designated angel investor group must invest at least $75,000 into the qualifying business. Candidates can also qualify with two or more investments from angel investor groups totalling $75,000.
  2. A designated venture capital fund must confirm that it is investing at least $200,000 into the qualifying business. Candidates can also qualify with two or more commitments from designated venture capital funds totalling $200,000.
  3. A designated business incubator must accept the applicant into its business incubator program.

What Are the Start-Up Visa Program Business Ownership Requirements?

For the candidate to qualify for permanent residence:

  1. The intended business must be incorporated and carrying on business in Canada.
  2. The candidate must own at least 10 percent of the voting rights in the corporation.
  3. No other person can hold 50 percent or more of the voting rights in the corporation.

NOTE: Up to five candidates may have their permanent residence application supported by the same business investment. However, certain candidates may be designated essential to the business. If any essential candidate withdraws their application, or are refused, all other candidates under the same business investment will see their applications terminated.

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

One of Canada’s most popular business programs is the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

It is the only passive investment program that leads to Canadian permanent residence.

Intake for the Quebec Investor is currently paused as the provincial government reviews the requirements.

Quebec Investor: Primary Requirements

  • Legally acquired personal net worth of $2 million;
  • Two years of suitable management or business experience within the five years preceding the application;
  • Investment of $1.2 million into a passive government guaranteed investment for a period of five years bearing no interest;
  • Intend to settle in the province of Quebec.

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Quebec also runs Immigrant Entrepreneur and Self-Employed programs.

Several of Canada’s other provinces also operate business programs as a route to permanent residence from Brazil.

Increasingly, the provinces require time spent in Canada setting up a business as a temporary resident before candidates are nominated for permanent residence.

Owner-Operator Business Immigration

Candidates looking to immigrate to Canada from Brazil should also consider the Buy a Business and Move to Canada Program.

Federal owner-operator rules allow a candidate to buy a business and move to Canada on a temporary work permit, before transitioning to permanent residence further down the line.

Under this policy a work permit is issued following the sale and transfer of the majority share ownership of an existing profitable Canadian business to the immigration candidate.

Can I Transition From Temporary To Permanent Residence?

Increasingly, immigrants are coming to Canada as temporary residents and transitioning to permanent residents.

Canada continues to accept temporary workers in priority occupations during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a popular route for candidates who do not immediately qualify for permanent residence when applying from Brazil.

Time spent in Canada as a temporary resident counts towards a permanent residence application.

Work permits are issued through the Temporary Foreign Worker ProgramInternational Mobility Program and International Experience Canada Program.

Caregivers also have their own streams for work permits (under the TFWP) and transition to permanent residence.

What Is Family Class Immigration?

Candidates in Brazil with family members who are already permanent residents or citizens can apply through Family Class Sponsorship immigration.

Which Family Members Can Be Sponsored For Canada Immigration From Brazil?

  • Spouse
  • Common-Law partner
  • Conjugal partner
  • Dependent children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship
  • Another relative of any age or relationship but only under specific conditions
  • Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).

What Are The Requirements To Be A Sponsor?

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your relative, if necessary. This agreement also says the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support her or himself.
  • You must provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident.
  • You must provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.

Prince Edward Island Draw Targets 345 Skilled Worker and Business Candidates

A first mass immigration draw since the start of the coronavirus crisis open to candidates from overseas saw Prince Edward Island issue 345 invitations.

The September 17 draw was also the largest of 2020, with invitations issued through the Labour Impact, Express Entry and Business Impact Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) streams.

Previous draws since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in March had either been aimed at specific occupations or only open to candidates already in P.E.I.

The latest draw saw 313 invites issued to Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates, while Business Impact candidates received 32 invitations.

Business Impact candidates also required a minimum score of 102 points.

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PEI PNP Immigration Draws 2020

Date Category Invites Issued Minimum Score
17-09-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 313 N/A
Business Impact 32 102
20-08-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 277 N/A
Business Impact 28 112
11-08-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 8 N/A
16-07-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 158 N/A
Business Impact 29 117
10-07-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 8 N/A
23-06-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 71 N/A
Business Impact 20 117
18-06-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 10 N/A
10-06-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 9 N/A
29-05-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 19 N/A
15-05-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 14 N/A
27-04-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 10 N/A
23-03-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 5 N/A
20-02-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 143 N/A
Business Impact 10 122
16-01-2020 Labour Impact/Express Entry 110 N/A
Business Impact 13 125

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IRCC to Resume Limited In-Person Canada Immigration Services From Monday September 21

Canada’s immigration authorities are taking the first tentative steps towards in-person services suspended since March due to the coronavirus crisis.

An announcement on September 17 said very limited citizenship, permanent residence, asylum and biometrics services would resume from Monday, September 21.

All in-person services, at select Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices, will be available by appointment only.

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An IRCC statement said the limited return of services is considered a ‘testing phase’.

“This testing phase will allow us to assess our protocols and procedures, and ensure the safety of our staff and our clients,” the statement said. 

“The lessons learned will help us plan for reopening services more widely in the future.”

Services resuming during the testing phase are as follows:


Vancouver Expo is reopening for citizenship-related services, including citizenship knowledge re-testing and citizenship hearings.

Permanent Residence

IRCC offices in Etobicoke and Montreal are reopening for permanent residence-related services including PR card pick up and PR determination interviews.


IRCC offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls are reopening for limited asylum-related services, for candidates who need to collect or submit documents, provide their biometric information, or come in for an interview.

If this pilot goes well, IRCC offices in Vancouver (Hornby), Montreal and Etobicoke will open in the future.


Permanent residence applicants in Canada waiting to give biometrics will receive a Service Canada call over the next few months to book a biometrics appointment.

In regions where more candidates are waiting to give biometrics, such as the Greater Toronto Area, it may take longer to receive a call, IRCC says.

Saskatchewan Immigration Conducts Rare Draw Targeting Specific Technology Occupations

Saskatchewan immigration has conducted a rare Expression of Interest draw targeting three technology occupations, issuing invitations to 621 candidates.

The September 15 Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program draw targeted the following occupations:

  1. NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers
  2. NOC 2174: Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  3. NOC 2175: Web designers and developers

The draw featured invites through the Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry streams, with a minimum score of 68 points.

To get an invitation, candidates with 68 points either had to have a connection to Saskatchewan or 10 years of work experience combined with a language level of CLB 8 or higher.

These conditions did not apply to candidates scoring 69 points or higher.

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Latest Saskatchewan Expression of Interest Draw

Draw date Category Minimum score Invites issued Other considerations
15-Sep-20 Occupations In-Demand 68 166 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.

The following candidates were invited to apply (NOCs list below):

• Those with 69 points or higher;

• Candidates with 68 points and connections to Saskatchewan; and

• Candidates with 68 points and had 10 years of work experience and a language level of CLB 8 or higher.

NOCs included:

2173, 2174, 2175

Express Entry 68 455



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