Canadian Immigration Newsletter for the month of March, 2021
Visitors have more time to apply for work permits within Canada
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made available a new window in the immigration process for new foreign employees.This new feature enables foreign temporary residents to apply and get work permits without needing to leave the country.
Normally, foreign employees have to apply for work permits and get it approved before coming into Canada. If the employee is already a visitor in the country as of that time, he/she will have to leave and come back so that the work permit will be validated.
This offer was introduced on August 24, 2020, and was programmed to end on March 31, 2021. However, it has been extended to August 31, 2021. You can see the requirements and apply here.
Amateur athletes exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions
Canada has made it easier for amateur athletes with high performance ratings to enter into Canada for sporting activities, without needing to follow all Covid-19 prevention procedures as any other person would. They might also not need to be subjected to the compulsory 14-day quarantine session.
To know more about this and it’s requirements, you can visit here.
Nova Scotia invites French-speaking Express Entry candidates
Nova Scotia has invited 329 French-speaking visitors into it’s province. The visitors are coming are being accessed and coming into Canada through the Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities stream.
Applicants must have a CLB score of at least 7 in English, but advised to have as much as they can so as to increase the chances of approval. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or a certificate proving that they completed at least a three-year program in an accredited University, College, Technical school or Trade.
Applicants are advised to meet up with the requirements and also have a valid Express Entry Number. You can know more here.
Canada’s population growth rate falls to WWI levels in 2020
There has been an increase in death rates in Canada since the past 13 months, due to Covid-19 effects. In 2020, Canada’s net population growth was only 0.4 percent. The population growth in Canada has never been this low since it’s last occurrence during World War 1.
Moreso, Immigration contributed to population growth by only 58 percent in 2020. This is less when compared to the normal 80 percent. Infact, in 2019, 86 percent of Canada’s population growth was as a result of immigration.
However, this is good news to visitors and foreigners searching for jobs. The Minister of immigration in Canada has declared that Canada would increase the number of immigrants to 401,000 in 2021. Know more here.
Prince Edward Island PNP invites 150 candidates in new draw
The Prince Edward Island has invited 150 applicants through it’s Provincial Nominee Program. Out if the 150 slots, 140 is for Express Entry and Labour Impact applicants. The remaining 10 slots are for business impact applicants with threshold point of at least 70.
Canada has planned to admit 80,800 Immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2021. This PNP covers the following economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. Learn more here.