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Let's Give a View on Canadian immigration over the next 6 months

Understand some of the most interesting Canadian Immigration stories for the rest of 2020.

One Positive news is that we should see things continue to improve in the second half of 2020, and hopefully normalize by 2021. For example, immigration candidates can now book and complete an English language test, and obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).

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Perhaps the biggest reason we should all remain optimistic is that we continue to receive positive messages and signals from the federal government and Canada’s immigration minister.

The federal government has  Proposed many flexible policies

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Implemented them in such a place right now to help immigration candidates. For example, they are giving candidates more time to submit their documentation, and are not refusing anyone if they are unable to submit a complete application due to COVID-19 interruptions.

Immigration minister Marco Mendicino has consistently stated throughout the pandemic that Canada is just as committed as ever to welcoming immigrants to support its economy.

With that in mind, here are some of the major issues we should look out for in the remaining six months of 2020.

What About ongoing Travel Restrictions

The biggest issue on everyone’s mind is when Canada will lift its travel restrictions with the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Whether you are Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, minister Mendicino, or another senior leader, the answer is: no one really knows.

The answer to this question ultimately depends on how successful Canada and other countries will be in containing COVID-19.

It is perhaps safe to say that the sooner the pandemic is under control, the sooner Canada can begin to exempt more individuals and then eventually lift the restrictions altogether.

Another major question mark is whether Canada will accommodate international students in time for the fall 2020 semester.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has said it will process study permits to the best of its ability, but under current travel rules, international students who did not have a valid study permit prior to March 18 are unable to come to Canada.

Hence, it seems likely that later this summer, Canada will exempt new study permit holders who wish to begin their studies in Canada by September.

Federal Skilled Workers Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is the main pathway for Express Entry candidates to obtain permanent residence. Since the start of the pandemic, however, Express Entry draws have only focused on Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. IRCC’s rationale is it wants to issue invitations to apply (ITA) to candidates within Canada, since they are less likely to experience coronavirus disruptions than candidates overseas.

It is important to remember, though, that some of the CEC and PNP candidates now receiving ITAs are also overseas. Moreover, it is reasonable to expect that by the time that successful candidates submit their permanent residence applications and IRCC processes them, we will be in 2021. At that point, hopefully, Canada’s border rules will have been eased.

Therefore, a strong argument can be made in favour of IRCC including FSWP candidates in Express Entry draws right now. Even if one is not convinced by this argument, remember, again, that some CEC and PNP candidates are currently abroad, so why should FSWP and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates—some of whom are actually currently in Canada—be excluded?

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Family class

A common question right now is whether IRCC will renew the Open Work Permit Pilot before it expires on July 31.

The pilot gives an open work permit to spouses and partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are waiting for their spousal sponsorship application to be processed.

Given how beneficial this pilot is to Canadian families and the economy, we should expect it to be renewed.

Another major question mark is with respect to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). It has been delayed due to IRCC reviewing how to improve it, and then the onset of COVID-19.

IRCC has stated it is committed to announcing details about the program’s launch later in 2020.

One obstacle, which minister Mendicino has noted, is that parents and grandparents are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Hence, IRCC is trying to identify how it can welcome such individuals to Canada in a manner that protects their health.

Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023

Aside from any forthcoming announcements on travel restrictions and when IRCC will invite FSWP candidates again, the third biggest story in the next six months will be minister Mendicino’s 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan announcement.

This will be the most anticipated announcement since the government tabled their immigration plan in 2017—back then, stakeholders wanted to know if Canada would commit to significantly higher immigration levels and whether it would re-introduce a multi-year plan (prior to 2017, plans were announced one year at a time).

By November 1st, Mendicino will tell us the extent to which COVID-19 will impact Canada’s short- and medium-term immigration goals. We all know immigration is critical to Canada’s economy and society, but at the same time, COVID-19 has created much uncertainty.

Ultimately, COVID-19 has not impacted Canada’s need for immigration, so there is a strong chance immigration levels will remain high in 2021 and beyond.

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Immigrate to Canada in 2020

Immigrate to Canada - Over 80% of Canada’s population growth is from immigration

Between January and March of 2020, 82% of Canada’s population growth came from immigration.

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Immigrate to Canada in 2020 might be a normal process even in case of current situation. Although Canada experienced its smallest first quarter population increase since 2015 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Statistics suggests that Canada’s population grew by 76,000 in the first three months of 2020, with 82% of the growth coming from immigration. Canada’s population now stands at just under 38 million people.

Covid-19 Virus  arrived to Canada in January and subsequently had a major impact on travel to the country. Since March 18th, Canada has had travel restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of the virus. The impacts of COVID-19 are likely to have contributed to the fact that fewer Canadians returned to the country, and fewer temporary residents arrived, compared with the same time in 2019. Your Immigrate to Canada in 2020 Plan can still work as travel restriction are getting lift off gradually ny Canada Federal Government. Canada is still accepting PR Visa Applications and draws are happening more frequently than ever.

Immigration numbers were stronger in the first three months of 2020 compared with 2019. Nearly 70,000 immigrants arrived to Canada at the beginning of this year compared with nearly 66,000 in the first quarter of 2019.

Canada’s early 2020 immigration numbers likely would have been even stronger if not for the pandemic, as immigration levels began to fall in March.

Temporary resident arrivals was nearly 80% weaker than in 2019, mostly due to a decline in new international students coming to Canada.

The Statistics Canada study expects that COVID-19 will have an even bigger impact on Canada’s permanent and temporary resident levels between April and the end of June of 2020. Given how dependent Canada is on immigration to fuel its population growth, we can expect weaker population growth to be reported in Statistics Canada’s next quarterly study.

Nonetheless, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to say that their 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan has not changed due to the coronavirus. This means that once the pandemic is over, we can expect immigration to serve the strong role it played prior to the pandemic in supporting the country’s population, labour force, and economic growth.

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Express Entry – PNP Candidates

Latest Express Entry Draw Invited 392 PNP Candidates

Total number of invitations that have been issued to Express Entry candidates so far this year is upto 46,392.

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Canda holds another round of Express Entry invitations two days back. Inviting candidates who had provincial nominations.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 392 invitations to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 696 and above that is not very Challenging when you will consider that every candidate that recieve a PNP invitation recieve 600 additional points.

All these candidates had previously received provincial nominations and were awarded an additional 600 points toward their overall score. This means without the provincial nomination the candidate would have had a CRS of 96.

The CRS ranks human capital factors such as

Age,

Work experience,

education, and

Official language proficienc

To Determine which Express Entry candidates would have a high likelihood of succeeding in the Canadian labour market.

Federal Skilled Worker Class,

 Federal Skilled Trades Class and

 Canadian Experience Class.

A tie-break rule was applied in this draw. All candidates with a CRS score of at least 696 who submitted their profile before April 23, 2020, at 10:39:30 UTC, received an ITA in this round.

Since the government announced special coronavirus measures restricting travel on March 18, Canada has been holding regular Express Entry draws targeting provincial nominees and Canadian Experience Class candidates.

So far in 2020, the government of Canada has held 15 draws through these two programs and issued tens of thousands of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.

Immigration targets are currently on track to exceed last year’s levelsas this was declared earlier in 2020. Canada Government is ready to welcome 1 million Immigrantst till 2022. Despite travel restrictions, more ITAs were issued this year than at the same time in 2019. To date, as of June 24, a total of 46,392 principal applicants have been invited to apply for permanent residence in 2020.

In Recent weeks  we have also seen an impressive amount of activity among Canada’s Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams. In the past 7 days alone, more than a thousand Express Entry candidates have been contacted by Canada’s provinces to apply for a provincial nomination.

These streams allow Canada’s provinces and territories to choose candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet their individual labour market needs and nominate them for Canadian permanent residence.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination through one of Canada’s Express Entry-linked streams, the first step is to submit an Express Entry profile.

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British Columbia PNP Draw issues 276 invitations

British Columbia PNP Draw issues 276 New invitations

Canadian Province of British Columbia has now invited 642 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in the month of June.

British Columbia PNP Draw

In the Latest BC PNP Draw British Columbia invited 276 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in a draw held June 16. Other Prvincial Nomination Programs are also going strong in 2020 like British Columbia PNP Draw and the reason behind it is quiet clear. Canada Government had a target to welcome 1 million (10 lakhs) Immigrants till the end of 2022. Coronavirus has effected their plan so now they have to welcome more immigrants in a short period of time.

If these draws continue to happen so regularily then its possible that CRS Score will fall even further as we have witnessed it before. This time Invitations went to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) Category is for candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

The Skills Immigration Category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.

The minimum score requirements in today’s draw ranged between 80 and 103 for the five EEBC and Skills Immigration (SI) categories that were involved.

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The minimum scores were:

  1. SI – Skilled Worker: 100
  2. SI – International Graduate: 100
  3. SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 80
  4. EEBC – Skilled Worker: 100
  5. EEBC – International Graduate: 103

In order to receive an invitation through the EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Express Entry is the federal government’s application management system. Express Entry candidates are given points based on human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Skills Immigration candidates only need to be registered with the SIRS.

B.C held three draws so far in June, with the latest being a Tech draw held on June 9.

Tech Pilot draws are held weekly and candidates are awarded a score based on factors such as

  • Education,
  • Work experience and
  • Language proficiency as part of the registration process.

Created in 2017, the Tech Pilot addresses labour demands in British Columbia’s tech sector that cannot be met locally. Its goal is to ensure B.C.’s tech sector has access to the talent it needs to continue growing. (BC PNP)

Tech Pilot candidates are exempt from the permanent, full-time job offer requirement that applies to most immigration categories under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Tech Pilot candidates, however, must demonstrate a job offer that is at least one year in duration and has at least 120 calendar days remaining at the time they apply for a provincial nomination.

British Columbia’s recently announced that the Tech Pilot will be extended until June 2021.

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Latest Express Entry draw invites PNP candidates

Latest Express Entry draw invites PNP candidates

Latest Express Entry draw invited candidates who had provincial nominations were invited to apply for permanent residence in the June 10 draw.

Latest Express Entry Draw

Canada Goverment has recently held another Latest Express Entry draw which invited around 341 candidates with provincial nominations.

This Latest Express Entry Draw marked the seventh draw targeting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) recipients from the federal Express Entry system since special coronavirus measures went into place on March 18. Its been a challenge for Canada to invite new candidates with these special corona virus measures applied but Canada has been alternating between holding Express Entry draws targeting PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. Canada has also going to held online ceremony for new permanent resident citizens. 

We are already aware that PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool are awarded an additional 600 points on top of their original human capital score. This is why the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement was 743 to receive Invitations to Apply (ITA) in this draw. Without the additional points from the provincial nomination, invited candidates would have had a human capital score of 143.

May was a busy week for PNP’s and as recorded PNPs have been active over the past few weeks, with invitation rounds taking place in most Canadian provinces.

Combined, the provinces have issued more than 2000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence since the start of May.

June is shaping up to be another busy month for PNPs, with some notable developments expected from various provinces. In recent days, Ontario, Manitoba and B.C have already held PNP draws.

Unlike PNP draw, those targeting CEC candidates typically have a much lower CRS cutoff. The last CEC-only draw invited candidates with CRS scores of only 440, the lowest requirement for these candidates since January 2019.

A tie-break rule was applied in this draw. All candidates with a CRS score of at least 743 who submitted their profile before April 14, 2020, at 13:25:51 UTC, received an ITA in this round.

Draws dates have also become more unpredictable. Earlier in the year, all-program draws that covered Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and CEC candidates, happened every two weeks. Now that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is holding targeted draws, they may happen days or hours apart.


So far immigration targets are on course to exceed last year’s levels. Even with travel restrictions in place, there have still been more ITAs issued this year than at the same time in 2019. As of today, June 10, a total of 42,441 principal applicants have been invited to apply for permanent residence in 2020.

 

Canadian immigration is managed by the federal government. Express Entry is the government’s system for managing immigration applications for three economic-class programs:

The people who are eligible for one of these programs submit their profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are given a CRS score based on their human capital factors such as

  • Age,
  • Work experience,
  • Education, and
  • Language ability in English or French.

The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.

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Manitoba PNP Draw

Latest Manitoba PNP Draw - Canadian Province issued 124 new invitations

Some of the International student graduates and skilled workers both in Manitoba and abroad were invited to apply for a provincial nomination

Manitoba PNP Draw

The Latest Manitoba PNP Draw mark the 91st Manitoba Expression of Interest (EOI) draw took place on June 4.

A Selective number of 124 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) distributed the invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to candidates who were eligible for the following streams:

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The count of total number of LAAs issued to immigration candidates in the year 2020 has reach up to 2,154 after this.

Out of the 124 LAAs issued, nine went to candidates who had profiles in the Express Entry pool.

Express Entry

Express Entry manages applications for three federal immigration streams: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Eligible candidates are ranked on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which gives them a score based on human capital factors such as

  • Age,
  • Work experience,
  • Education, and
  • language ability.

The highest-scoring candidates are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through regular federal Express Entry draws.

If the nine MPNP candidates, who received an LAA in the June 4 draw, successfully receive the provincial nomination they will be awarded an additional 600 CRS points.

The extra points effectively guarantee that the candidate will be selected in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Manitoba’s Expression of Interest system

In order to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba through both the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas categories, candidates need to register an EOI with the MPNP.

An EOI is an online profile that is ranked out of a score of 1,000. Points are awarded for a candidate’s education, work experience, connections to Manitoba and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

In the latest draw, candidates invited under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream had a score of 523.

The lowest-ranked candidate invited from the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream had a score of 703.

Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category allows the MPNP to select and nominate skilled foreign workers who can help support Manitoba’s labour market.

Candidates must have an established connection to Manitoba such as close family or friends, previous education or work experience in the province, or an invitation through one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, among other requirements.

They do not need to be in Manitoba at the time of application in order to be eligible.

The candidates invited through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

The candidates invited through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category must have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Manitoba employer, among other criteria.

International Education

Manitoba graduates with certain in-demand skills may be invited under the International Education Stream.

This stream includes three sub-categories: 

The MPNP sent out 19 LAAs to International Education Stream candidates in this draw.

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Ontario PNP Draw – Canadian Province of Ontario issued new PNP draw invites 699 Express Entry candidates

Ontario PNP Draw - Canadian Province of Ontario issued new PNP draw invites 699 Express Entry candidates

Express Entry Candidates with CRS scores as low as 358 were invited to apply for a Provincial Nomination from Ontario PNP Draw

Ontario PNP Draw

Latest Ontario PNP Draw invited Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of nine occupations to apply for a provincial nomination on June 3.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) draw invited candidates who may be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP).

Ontario PNP Draw Candidates with work experience in the following nine occupations were issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in the latest invitation round:

  • Financial managers (NOC 0111)
  • Other administrative services managers (0114)
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (0124)
  • Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111)
  • Other financial officers (NOC 1114)
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122)
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
  • Other primary health practitioners (NOC 3124)
  • Dieticians and nutritionists (NOC 3132)

Express Entry candidates who had at least one year of work experience in Canada needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 358 and 439 in order to receive an invitation from Ontario. A total of 167 NOIs were given to candidates with work experience in Canada.

Most of the invitations were given to candidates who had done work experience abroad. A total of 532 of the invited candidates did the required work experience internationally. These candidates needed CRS scores between 471 and 500.

In order to be invited, candidates first needed to have profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry manages the applications for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Candidates are awarded points based on their human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability.

A nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) practically guarantees that a candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

Ontario is allowed to nominate 7,600 principal applicants this year. This includes 250 nominations for temporary workers in intermediate skilled occupations or National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level C.

In 2019 over half of Ontario’s 7,391 provincial nominees were Express Entry candidates.

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British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program issued 279 new invitation to immigration Candidates

British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program issued 279 new invitation to immigration Candidates

Bristish Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

On June 2nd, British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program held its largest Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) draw round since March.

A total of 241 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates received invitations to apply under the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program. It comes under Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. The minimum required score for candidates varied by category.

The cut-off score for Express Entry BC subcategories were:

Such candidates needed to have already submitted profiles under Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. Following their invitation to apply for a provincial nomination by B.C., successful candidates will earn an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which will effectively guarantee that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence under IRCC’s Express Entry system.

The cut-off score for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were:

The B.C. government indicated that there was an impact of the coronavirus on the draw. As has been the case in recent months, B.C. excluded several sales and service occupations from the draw.

Entrepreneur Streams

B.C. also invited candidates to its entrepreneurs streams for the first time in nearly two months. Two draws were held in what were the sixth and seventh entrepreneur draws held by the province in 2020.

A total of 29 invitations were issued under the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category. 

The cut-off score was 121.

The purpose of the Base Category is to welcome established entrepreneurs who either wish to start a business or take over one. Candidates are assessed based on criteria such as their business experience, net worth, education, business plan, and the amount of investment they plan to make.

B.C. also issued 9 invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot candidates who had a cut-off score of at least 118 points.

Launched in 2019, the purpose of the pilot is to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs to build a new life in smaller communities in the province. Candidates are assessed on similar criteria as the Base Category, however there are some different requirements such as lower net worth and minimum investment thresholds.

This draw round was BC’s largest since March 30 when it invited 311 candidates.

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Study in Canada

Study in Canada: There is an Important Update coming for English test options for fall 2020. If anyone is looking to study in Canada this fall, here is an overview of English language tests that are widely accepted by Canadian universities and colleges.

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Every Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) have their own admissions policies. DLIs are colleges, universities, and other educational institutes that are allowed by the government to welcome international students.

Designated learning Institutions (DLI’s) assess criteria such as an applicant’s transcripts, professional background, motivation letter, and academic and professional recommendations. They also assess your language skills.

It is very important that you make sure which DLIs you are applying to before deciding upon which language test to take.

Now due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, language testers have had to scale back their operations to comply with government lockdown orders around the world. However, they are also options available for online tests to help international students meet the admissions requirements of Canadian schools.

Here are language test options widely accepted by Canadian DLIs, discussed in alphabetical order:

CAEL

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test is operated by Paragon Testing Enterprises. It is accepted by over 180 universities and colleges across Canada, including all English-speaking universities and 82 per cent of English-speaking colleges. According to Paragon’s website, CAEL is set to once again be available in India, the Philippines, the UAE, and in most of Canada by early June.

Test results are available within 8 business days.

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Cambridge Assessment English

C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency exams offered by Cambridge Assessment English  are accepted by over 200 schools in Canada including nearly all public universities.

Test results are available within 2-3 weeks for computer-based tests, and 4-6 weeks for paper-based tests (both of which must be completed at a Cambridge test centre).

These exams are generally taken after students have completed English language courses. As such, tests are more in-depth to prepare students to be able to put their English language skills to good use in real-life contexts, including higher education. C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency certificates are valid for life, which means that some institutions in Canada accept results that are older than 2 years. Cambridge is reopening its global test centres as local regulations allow and advises students to contact their local test centres for the latest information.

Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is accepted by almost 140 Canadian post-secondary institutions. It can be completed in just 1 hour and results are available in 2 days. The test is administered online.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is operated by three partners: IDP Education, the British Council, and Cambridge Assessment English. This test is accepted by some 400 Canadian universities and colleges. It is currently available in over 30 countries, but is usually administered in more than 140 countries.

Results are available after 13 days for paper-based tests and within 5-7 days for computer-based tests.

In response to the pandemic, the three partners recently introduced the IELTS Indicator as a temporary measure to help international students complete their English test online. IELTS Indicator is taken online from the candidate’s home.

The IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training (both of which can only be completed in person at an IELTS test centre) are the only English tests approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for students that want to fast-track their study permit application.

Under IRCC’s Student Direct Stream (SDS), residents of India, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Morocco, and Senegal can get their study permit processed within 20 calendar days, so long as they meet certain criteria, including obtaining a score of at least 6.0 on each skill of the IELTS (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

IRCC accepts both paper-based as well as computer-delivered IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training test results.

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Pearson Test of English (PTE)

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is accepted by 90 per cent of Canada’s universities and colleges. Normally available in over 50 countries, PTE is currently available in over 10 countries, including in much of India.

Test results are available for most people within 2 days.

Pearson is also offering its Versant test online during the coronavirus period so that international students can get their English assessed at home. Versant test results are available immediately after the test has been completed.

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is accepted by over 400 Canadian universities and colleges including 100 per cent of universities.

Results are available within 6 days.

The TOEFL iBT (“Internet-based Test”) is usually available in over 150 countries but the administrator of the test, Education Testing Service (“ETS”) has had to scale-back operations just like every other tester. Test dates are becoming more available for students in locations around the world in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL Special Home Edition iBT to international students in every country where it runs tests except for mainland China and Iran.

Results are available after 6-10 days.

Other options

There are other options available to international students. For instance, there are tests that are offered by individual institutions themselves, such as the University of Toronto, and McGill University.

Before registering for an English language test, make sure that the DLIs you are applying to accept the test. In addition, make sure to confirm that the DLIs will accept online tests that are currently being offered during the COVID-19 period.

IELTS General and CELPIP for Canadian immigration

Many international students go on to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit and then apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Before submitting your Canadian immigration application, you need to take another language test, and the two English tests accepted by IRCC are the IELTS General and the CELPIP.

Fortunately, your English skills will be even stronger by the time you take either test due to the time you will have spent learning, working, and socializing in Canada.

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Canada’s Express Entry

Express Entry: Only 440 CRS needed 3,515 ITAs issued. Canada's Express Entry cut-off scores continue to plummet, as a CRS of only 440 was needed to secure an ITA in today's draw.

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Recent Express Entry round on 28th may, issued 3,515 invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 440 or higher.

Express Entry draw cut-offs continue to plummet as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites a larger number of CEC-specific candidates. Today’s draw was the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the second-largest since Canada introduced special coronavirus measures in the middle of March.

The May 28 draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score decrease in each of the last six CEC draws held since the last all-program draw on March 4, 2020. This trend may be explained in part by the relatively regular interval and frequency between draws that IRCC has maintained during the last two months.

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The time between draws is an important factor that can have an effect on the CRS cut-off score. Shorter intervals between draws mean fewer candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.

The cut-off score of 440 is a decrease of 7 points from the previous CEC draw on May 15, which had a minimum score of 447 and was previously the lowest points cut-off for the program since January 2019.

Today’s CEC draw was the second invitation round in 24 hours to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.

The draw held on May 27 issued 385 invitations to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The minimum CRS score for these candidates was 757.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in the Express Entry pool are awarded an additional 600 points on top of their original human capital score. This is why the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement is usually much higher for draws such as the one that took place yesterday.

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs —

Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as

  • Age,
  • Education,
  • Skilled work experience and
  • Language Ability in English or French.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates receive an ITA through regular draws from the pool and IRCC typically aims to process applications for permanent residence within six months.

IRCC applied its tie-break rule in this draw and the date and time used was March 7, 2020 at 10:36: 59 UTC. This means that all CEC candidates with a CRS score of at least 440 who submitted their profile before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Today’s draw brings the total ITAs issued in 2020 to 42,100.

Despite the fact that Canada’s immigration policies and procedures have undergone major changes since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Express Entry system has remained operational and candidates can still submit a profile.

IRCC has held a total of twelve Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program draws over the past two months.

Both categories of applicants are more likely to already be in Canada than those arriving through other Express entry-linked programs, which means they will not be impacted by the current travel restrictions.

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