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CRS score reduced again in Express Entry draw dated May 1st-2020

The Government of Canada has issued 3,311 Invitations to Apply to Express Entry candidates through a program-specific draw held May 1.

The Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, were issued to Express Entry candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for these candidates was 452.

This is the lowest CRS requirement so far in 2020, three points under the April 16 CEC draw that had a minimum CRS cut off of 455.

Another 589 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) earlier this week. The minimum CRS score for these candidates was 692.

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144th`s Express Entry Draw

 Today’s draw rendered invitations for 3,782 immigration candidates and their families to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 455 on April 16, 2020.

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How COVID-19 is affecting business at IRCC

Workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. IRCC has announced exemptions but they’re not in place. Travel restrictions are still in effect for these groups.

Only Canadian citizens, and permanent residents, and some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and are asymptomatic, are able to enter Canada by air at this time.

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visa applicants affected by coronavirus outbreak in Iran and South Korea

The Canadian immigration department is working to accommodate visa applicants from China, Iran and South Korea as the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) causes service disruptions and travel restrictions.

Nationals of these three countries who have applied for a Canadian visa, but who are unable to comply with certain requirements due to circumstances beyond their control, will be given more time to complete the necessary steps, such as providing their fingerprints and photo.

“Disruptions” may include any of the following:

  • visa application centre closures;
  • service disruptions;
  • limited access to local government offices and businesses; and
  • limited access to a panel physician who can do the immigration medical exam.

IRCC will also be able to help those who need a permanent resident travel document to return to Canada.

In addition, the immigration department will still accept incomplete applications from those who are applying for a visitor visawork permitstudy permit, or permanent residence.

“No application in progress will be closed or refused due to a lack of documentation,” the IRCC webpage says. “We’ll automatically give you an extra 90 days to complete these steps. Once you’re able to, complete the steps as soon as possible to avoid delays.”

The additional 90 days also applies to the biometrics deadline. Though the instruction letter says this step must be completed within 30 days, the IRCC is giving an additional 90 days to those applicants who have been affected by service disruptions— no new biometrics instruction letter required.

IRCC has laid out special instructions for affected permanent resident applicants, work or study permit applicants, and citizenship applicants. In most cases, it is necessary to communicate with IRCC through their online web form.

Permanent resident applicants

Those who are applying for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system must submit their application within 60 days of receiving their Invitation to Apply (ITA).

However, IRCC will accept incomplete applications provided that applicants were unable to send all the required documents due to disruptions related to COVID-19. Applicants must send a letter explaining the reasons why the documents are missing, and the application will be held until further notice.

When applicants do obtain the missing documents they may send them to IRCC using the online web form. This same form can also be used for those who wish to withdraw their application. Refunds may be available to those who withdraw within 24 hours of submitting, as long as processing has not yet started.

Canadian citizenship applicants

Those who anticipate that they will miss an important date in their citizenship application process must contact IRCC via their online form, and explain why. Citizenship events or appointments may include one of the following:

  • the knowledge test;
  • a retest;
  • the interview;
  • a hearing; or
  • taking the Oath of Citizenship.

You must contact IRCC within 30 days of missing the appointment.

If you need to submit documents use the online form to tell IRCC when you have returned from an affected country. You will be given an additional 30 days for most required documents and an additional 45 days for medical opinion forms.

Citizenship applicants will still need to meet the physical presence requirement. Canada requires that applicants be present in the country for at least three years out of the five years immediately preceding the date of their citizenship application. Extra days spent in affected countries due to the virus will not count as days in Canada.

Restricted from travelling to Canada after permanent residence approved

Those who have been approved for permanent residence, but are unable to travel to Canada before their documents expire must use IRCC’s web form to explain their situation. Once travel becomes possible again, they must tell IRCC via the online form in order to receive instructions regarding restarting the processing of the permanent residence application.

The same instructions apply for those whose confirmation of permanent residence has already expired.

Temporary workers, students, and visitors unable to leave Canada

Foreign nationals who are in Canada on a visitor visa can apply online to extend their stay in Canada.

Temporary workers and students have a couple of options depending on their circumstances.

Those who are no longer working or studying can apply to change their status to a “visitor,” as long as the study or work permit has not expired.

Some may be able to extend their work permit or study permit if they are eligible. IRCC says it is important to include a note in the application explaining the reason for extending a stay in Canada.

If the visitor record, work or study permit has expired within 90 days it may be possible to restore status.

If the 90-day mark has been passed, it may be possible to apply for a temporary resident permit.

Iran

Permanent residents coming from Iran who need their permanent resident travel document can submit a web form to IRCC.

The form will ask “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada?” You must answer “Yes.”

It will then prompt you to “Choose the visa office processing your application” where you need to select “Turkey — Ankara.”

In exceptional circumstances where you need to travel to Canada urgently, email the Ankara, Turkey, visa office at ANKRA@international.gc.ca. The application will need to be submitted to the visa office by courier.

If you need a visitor visa, study permit, or work permit to travel to Canada urgently you need to apply online at the government’s webpage.

After you apply, fill out a web form and explain your situation and request urgent processing of your visa or permit application. In order to make sure it goes to the right office, IRCC recommends the following:

  • When asked “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada” answer “No.”
  • Complete the rest of the form.

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Canada invites 3,400 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

The Government of Canada issued 3,400 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates in a draw held January 22.

The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in 22nd of 2020 draw was 471, a reduction of 2 points over the minimum score in the previous Express Entry draw held January 8.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued a total of 6,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2020 through the Express Entry system.

Canada has higher admissions targets for 2020 and 2021 for the various programs managed by the Express Entry system.

The target for new permanent resident admissions through the three federal high-skilled programs is slated to rise to 85,800 this year and 88,800 in 2021.

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BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

The business must be established in a community of fewer than 75,000 people located more than 30 kilometres from a larger city.

The two-year pilot is designed to help address demographic challenges in these communities, including the movement of young people to more densely populated cities in B.C. in search of better opportunities.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) says the two-year pilot is intended to help distribute the economic benefits of immigration to B.C. more evenly across the province.

Foreign entrepreneurs approved through the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) — Regional Pilot will first obtain a temporary work permit to establish and run their business in British Columbia for at least 12 months in accordance with the terms of their established Performance Agreement.

If the business is then deemed by the BC PNP to meet the requirements of this agreement on an ongoing basis, the entrepreneur will receive a provincial nomination and can apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residence.

Registration for the pilot is expected to begin in early 2019.

Eligibility Requirements for the Community

In order to be eligible, the B.C. community must have a population under 75,000 and must be located 30 kilometres away from a city with more than 75,000 inhabitants. The community must prove that it can offer the newcomer entrepreneur a network of settlement and business agencies. It is the responsibility of community representatives to attend immigration and pilot-specific training prior to hosting exploratory visits and referring prospective EI Regional Pilot applicants.

Eligible B.C. communities enrolled with the EI Regional Pilot will be listed here once their profiles are posted by the BC PNP.

Eligibility Requirements for the Applicant

The EI Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs looking to establish a new business in a smaller, regional community in British Columbia. Foreign entrepreneurs who have or are looking to purchase a pre-existing business may determine their eligibility under the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Category.

In order to register and apply to the EI Regional Pilot, applicants must:

A. Determine Eligibility for the BC PNP EI Regional Pilot

Before registering to the pilot, future entrepreneur applicants must:

  • have active business ownership and senior management experience within the last 5 years that includes:
    • 3 or more years of experience as an active business owner-manager; or
    • 4 or more years of experience as a senior manager; or
    • a combination of 1 or more years of experience as an active business owner/manager and 2 or more years of experience as a senior manager.
  • have either a post-secondary credential OR experience as a business owner/manager with 100% ownership of the business for at least 3 out of 5 years;
  • have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000;
  • provide a business plan to establish a new eligible business in an enrolled B.C. community;
  • hold at least 51 per cent ownership of the proposed business;
  • make a minimum investment of $100,000 in the proposed business;
  • create at least one full-time equivalent position for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • demonstrate a minimum language proficiency equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4;
  • actively manage their business in B.C. for at least 12 months in order to obtain a provincial nomination;
  • reside within the enrolled community where the business is established for at least 75 percent of the time while on a work permit.

B. Conduct a Community Exploratory Visit

All candidates must conduct an exploratory visit to the community in which they are hoping to establish their business. During the exploratory visit, the prospective EI Regional Pilot candidate presents their business proposal to the community’s pilot representative. The purpose of the visit is to obtain a community referral, which is required as part of the entrepreneur candidate’s registration.

Business proposal and referral request 

In the business proposal, the applicant must provide a business plan. The business must be established with the sole purpose of earning profits by providing products and/or services to the local community. The business must also demonstrate the potential for long-term financial success.

Ineligible businesses include bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based business, real estate development /brokerage, insurance or business brokerage. A complete list of BC PNP EI Regional Pilot ineligible businesses will be available in early 2019.

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