Provinces of Canada have their own immigration programs managed by provincial government in collaboration with the Canadian Immigration Department. Each month various provinces conduct draws and selection rounds for a wide range of visa programs managed by them. Also, eligible occupation list updates are often made. Below are recent updates on the happenings in various provinces with regards to their immigration.
- On July 10, Saskatchewan announced its moving away from the first come first serve model to a Express Entry alike system for its Occupation in-demand subcategory. This means that applicants of this subcategory program will now have to Express their Interest and undergo a draw selection system to be qualified for a nomination, in the similar manner of its International Skilled Worker Category. This system is expected to come into effect from July 16, 2018.
- On July 5, 2018 the Saskatchewan province announced reopening for intake of International Skilled Worker-Express Entry applications. The province aimed to intake 500 fresh applications for this program. The last intake was held on June 4, 2013 where 400 applications were successfully taken. The basic requirement to qualify for this program is to have an Express Entry profile with a Job Seeker Validation code.
- On July 6, 2018 we came to know that the program closed within 24 hours of its reopening due to reach of intake limit. July 5 opening marked the third opening of the program throughout 2018, which amazingly filled in a short time.
- Prior to the announcement of International Skilled Worker-Express Entry opening, on July 3, Saskatchewan released yet another update on change of occupation list for this subcategory and In-demand occupation category. 12 occupations were removed and added 9 new occupations to the In-demand occupation list.
- The International Skilled Worker-Occupation in-demand subcategory was opened for the 1st time in 2018 on June 7, 2018.
- On July 9, 2018 the Manitoba province conducted its Express Entry linked draw. This was the second draw in a series conducted within one week. During this draw the province invited nearly 132 Express Entry candidates for provincial nomination, who represented a ranking score of 519 point or more. Invitations were issued to candidates with a valid Express Entry profile and job-seeker validation code and at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupation list that is designated skill level “B” under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This specification was different than the July 6 draw, which did not limit work experience to NOC B occupations.
- The previous draw of Manitoba was conducted within the same week, i.e. on July 6, 2018. During this draw, the points threshold was decreased to 519 from 545. During this draw, 202 candidates of the EE pool received their Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba. This draw was 6th in 2018 from the time Express Entry-linked Skilled Workers sub stream was introduced in January. Prior to this draw, the province conducted a draw for Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas; issuing 114 Express Entry candidates.
British Columbia Province
- On June 26, 2018 the British Columbia province announced that it will continue its Tech Pilot Program for another year. This program was designing aiming to invite tech professionals experience in any one of the 32-in demand occupations through weekly draws. British Columbia said that it this pilot program will be extended till t June 2018, reducing both the number of in-demand occupations from 32 to 29 and the duration of its required job offer, from a permanent full-time offer to a full-time offer of at least one year (365 days).
Prince Edward Island
- This PEI conducted its draw on June 21 and gave way to Express Entry candidates to receive nominations. 20 candidates of the Express Entry system were invited and 60 candidates of the Labour Impact Category received their invitations.
Other Prominent Immigration Programs by Provinces
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
The allotment of PR visas to be issued by pilot program, Atlantic immigration pilot program has been increased from July 10. Initially, the program aimed at inviting 500 candidates and now has higher the expectation to 2500. In order to be eligible, foreign workers must have a full-time job offer from a designated employer and possess at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) paid work experience in an occupation designated Skill Type O, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
While Quebec is one of one the top provinces within the Canadian region, the province follows its ouwn set of immigration and laws. In March 2018, the Government of Quebec announce its plans of introducing an Express Entry modelled system. Just in the recent times, it stated a new EOI system which is l to come into effect from August 2, 2018.
To stay posted about the new system of Quebec and how it works, feel free to ask an expert.