Immigration News for June 2020: What can immigrants expect?
Immigration News for June 2020: this is our complete coverage. Of course, immigration remains a top priority for Canada. Canadian immigrants can be sure there will be some big announcements this month. Most of all, we will also know whether Canada will reopen its doors to foreign travellers by end of June. In addition, the flattening of the pandemic curve in Canada points to the possibility of lifting travel restrictions altogether.
Though not confirmed, it’s possible that the Canada-U.S. border could open on 21, with other countries welcomed starting from 30 of June. But while border reopening is the most pressing issue for many, there are other exciting news regarding immigration to share.
Express Entry Program
Since the temporary closure of borders on March 18, predicting the Express Entry draw dates has become difficult. Typically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), were held every two weeks on Wednesday. Following travel restrictions, the IRCC has invited CEC and PNP candidates to only apply for permanent residence.
As Canada aims to welcome new talent from all around the world, we are expecting for the country to resume draws soon. Already this month, there could up to four Express Entry draws.
PNPs and Quebec
Draws via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are difficult to predict. These draws respond to interest of immigration candidates as well as the province’s needs when it comes to its internal labour market. However, we want to point out that British Columbia hosts its Tech Pilot draws every week. This is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Alberta, on the other hand, holds draws once or twice a month. The details are published sporadically, with the last reporter draw having took place on May 13. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program and the Alberta Express Entry Stream are among the most popular programs to immigrate to Canada. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program last draw was on May 28, with two draws per month in 2020. Ontario is on the busy side – the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has held ten draws, the latest on June 3d.
Quebec, given its special status, does not have a PNP. However, it does hold draws through its special immigration system, the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ). Quebec is looking to introduce two new pilot immigration program shortly: one for nurses aides and the other for tech workers.
Language testing centres to re-open
One of the main issues during quarantine months for immigrants was the closure of CELPIP and IELTS testing centres. This effectively stripped away for many the possibility to perfect their knowledge of the English language, which is prerequisite to work and live in Canada (French for Quebec). However, soon more test centres will re-open. This will see more individuals submit Express Entry and immigration applications.
CELPIP has already been made available in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Hong Kong. The IELTS has update their webpage with locations currently running tests. Other larger markets for CELPIP and IELTS, such as India, could reopen in the coming weeks.