Immigration News April 25

British Columbia held new rounds of invitations under the BC PNP

On April 23, 2024, the Government of British Columbia held new invitation draws under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and issued invitations to apply to qualified candidates in tech, healthcare, childcare, construction, and veterinary care occupations. In the tech draw, the province invited 45 candidates. The minimum score for candidates invited in this draw was 120 points. BC issued 11 ITAs to candidates under the childcare-targeted draw for early childhood educators (NOC 42202). In the Healthcare-targeted draw, British Columbia invited 19 candidates who scored 100 points. The province also issued 11 invitations to candidates working in the construction sector. Furthermore, up to five invitations have been issued to candidates working in veterinary care occupations. British Columbia issued up to 91 ITAs in this draw. This year, the province has already invited up to 2,850 candidates.

Manitoba invited skilled workers and international graduates

On April 24, 2024, Manitoba held a new invitation round in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). In round #215, the MPNP invited 203 applicants under the Completed post-secondary study in Manitoba selection with a minimum score of 811. In the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, MPNP issued 58 LAAs to candidates invited under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The lowest score in the SWO category was 644 points, 69 points fewer than in the previous draw. In addition, 66 invitations were issued in the International Education Stream. In this round, Manitoba has issued LAAs to 327 candidates, including 68 Express Entry candidates. In 2024, MPNP invited 2,225 candidates, and 297 of them received invitations in the Express Entry.

Quebec to accept 7,350 work permit applications every year

On April 24, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new update concerning the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently residing outside Quebec who are applying for work permits under the International Mobility Program. The updated instructions clarify that starting from 2023, a maximum of 7,350 work permit applications will be accepted each calendar year. This limit has been implemented to manage the numbers efficiently and ensure a smooth application process. However, it is important to note that this cap may be subject to change based on the program’s annual review.