The month of June is the month where there will be major announcements for Canada immigration such as this will be the month when the Canadian government will decide whether to or not open doors for foreign travelers into the country.
There is a possibility of travel restrictions to be lifted mainly because of the two reasons: Flattening of the coronavirus curve and the incremental opening of the Canadian economy. The Canada – U.S border can be opened on June 21 and for foreign travelers, they could start to come back after June 30.
Express Entry Program
Looking at the trend, there can be a total of four express entry draws this month. Since the travel restrictions were placed from March 18, the express entry draw date has been very difficult to predict than they were earlier this year.
Express entry program all-program draw that includes the candidates from the FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program, FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program and CEC – Canadian Experience Class were invited to apply for Canada PR Visa every two weeks.
Since the travel restrictions, IRCC – Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada has been holding program-specific draws only targeting candidates under CEC and express entry candidates with a provincial nomination.
The trend we have seen is that Canada holds an express entry draw targeting candidates with PNP and then a second draw for CEC candidates. These draws are held on an interval of two weeks between them.
For Canada to welcome global talent from across the world, they will eventually resume draws for FSWP and FSTP candidates also.
PNPs and Quebec Immigration
PNPs – Provincial Nominee Programs are difficult to predict as they are held according to their local labour market demands. But, there are some PNPs that are exceptions to this situation.
BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program holds its Tech Pilot draw every week to issue invitations to the candidates who have work experience in any one of the 29 targeted tech occupations to apply for provincial nomination. It also held two draws on June 2nd.
AINP – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program also holds provincial draws about once per month, but it releases details of the draw after some time in fact. The last reported Alberta provincial draw was held on May 13.
Before the travel restrictions, the SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program was holding its round of invitations about twice per month. The most recent SINP draw was held on May 28.
Ontario issues the largest number of invitations for provincial nomination as it has Canada’s largest jurisdiction. This year, OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, has held a total of 10 draws, with the latest one held on June 3rd.
Quebec has its own immigration program rather than a PNP. They are going to add some requirements to its popular – Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) “within the coming weeks”, according to the Quebec’s Immigration minister. Also, they will be introducing two new pilot immigration programs for nurses aides and tech workers.
More Language Testing Centres
Due to the closure of IELTS and CELPIP centers, it has become a hurdle for many immigrants who want to study or move to Canada. However, more language test centers are re-opening that will allow more candidates to submit their Express entry profiles and immigration applications.
In the coming days, both CELPIP and IELTS can resume their operations in major markets like India.
Renewal of Open Work Permit Pilot
Canada is expected to announce whether the open work permit pilot project will be renewed for the fifth time.
This open work permit allows spouses or common-law partners of foreign nationality to work while their application for permanent residence is being processed. The deadline for Canada to announce the renewal of the pilot program is July 31.