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British Columbia invited 358 immigration candidates through PNP

October 26, 2021

British Columbia invited 358 immigration candidates through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations in a regularly held general draw.

More specifically, invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

Manitoba held a new round of invitations on October 21, 2021

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited a total of 459 immigration candidates in three Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 388 invitations with a minimum score of 375;
Skilled Workers Overseas — 39 invitations with a minimum score of 716; and
International Education Stream — 37 invitations with no score requirement.
Among these invitations, 94 went to candidates in the Express Entry system.

If you want to benefit from a nomination from Manitoba, you need to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP. This puts you in a position to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Manitoba then ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors, as well as their connections to the province.

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba categories are designed to allow the province to identify candidates who meet its labour market needs.

Candidates overseas need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through the likes of close family ties, previous experience in the province, or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. You do not need to be living in Manitoba at the time of your application to be eligible.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) provides pathways for immigration to Canada.

October 24, 2021

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offer immigration options for international clients without a job offer under occupation in demand and sinp express entry streams which are based on a point system.

Saskatchewan is a province located in Western Canada.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) provides pathways for immigration to Canada. There are two very active provincial nomination streams that do not require job offers. The first is the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream, which requires having an active profile in the Express Entry system in order to apply.
The Express Entry sub-category is PNP, which means it is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score. This award effectively guarantees them a chance to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

In order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under this stream, candidates must create an Express Entry profile and submit their EOI ( express their interest) in settling in Saskatchewan.
The second stream is the Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand, which does not require having an Express Entry profile. The stream is designed to bring skilled workers to fill labour market needs. To be eligible, an applicant must have at least one year of work experience in one of the positions included on Saskatchewan’s Occupations In-Demand list.
Saskatchewan regularly issues invitations through these two streams. So far in this year, 2,733 Saskatchewan Express Entry and 3,433 Occupations In-Demand candidates have been invited.

International Skilled Worker: Express Entry

This sub-category is for candidates who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan but have experience in an in-demand occupation. Applicants must meet these below requirements:

▪️ Score a minimum of 60 points out of 110 on the SINP point assessment grid
▪️ Have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code
▪️ Meet Express Entry language requirements and can provide test results
▪️ Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan
▪️ Have post-secondary school or training that is equivalent to at least one year of Canadian education
▪️ Have sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Saskatchewan

International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand

This sub-category is for applicants who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly qualified in an occupation in demand. More specifically candidates must meet these requirements:

▪️ Score a minimum of 60 points out of 110 on the SINP point assessment grid
▪️ Live outside of Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada
▪️ Not be a refugee claimant
▪️ Have a language score of at least 4 according to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
▪️ Completed post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship and have an equivalent foreign education credential
▪️ Have work experience that is related to occupation and education
▪️ Must have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is in-demand in Saskatchewan at the time of application
▪️ Have sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Saskatchewan

Canada Govt. Announced a New One-Off Residence Visa Pathway for some temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand

30 September 2021

The Government announced a new one-off residence visa pathway for some temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand. Some critical purpose visa holders arriving in New Zealand between 30 September 2021 and 31 July 2022 on long-term visas may also be eligible for this new visa. Partners and dependents can be included as part of these residence applications.

Applications will be open in two phases from 1 December 2021 for some eligible applicants and from 1 March 2022 for remaining eligible applicants.

All applications must be submitted by 31 July 2022.

Eligibility
Applicants must have met the criteria on 29 September 2021.

To be eligible you must:
have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and be on an eligible visa or have applied for an eligible visa on or before 29 September 2021 that is later granted.

You must also meet one of the three criteria:
have lived in New Zealand for three or more years, or earn at or above the median wage ($27 per hour), or work in a role on a scarce list.

If you meet the criteria for eligibility but are in Australia and have been unable to return to New Zealand by 29 September 2021, you may be considered eligible.

Eligible visas
On 29 September all applicants must have been on (or have applied for and later granted) one of the following visas:

Post Study Work Visa
Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
Essential Skills Work Visa
Religious Worker Work Visa
Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa
Trafficking Victim Work Visa
Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa
Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Work Visa
Victims of Family Violence Work Visa
South Island Contribution Work Visa
Work Visa granted under Section 61 (provided the applicant held another eligible visa type within 6 months before being granted a Section 61 visa)

Some Critical Purpose Visitor Visas (CPVV):
Critical health workers for longer-term roles (6 months or longer), and
Other critical workers for long term roles (more than 6 months).

Short-term visa holders are not eligible, such as visitors, students, working holidaymakers, and seasonal workers like those on the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme or those who enter as short-term critical workers.

Partners and dependent children, including those currently outside New Zealand, can be included in residential applications.

Critical Purpose visitor holders
Two groups of Critical Purpose visitor visa holders will be eligible, as long as you arrive in New Zealand and apply before 31 July 2022.

Critical health workers for longer-term roles (6 months or longer), and
Other critical workers for long term roles (more than 6 months).

If you are in a short term or seasonal role on a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa, including fishing crew, agricultural and horticulture mobile plant operators and shearers, you will not be eligible.