Canadian provinces and territories have made adjustments to their immigration programs in order that new immigrants can still become permanent residents during the pandemic.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are operating throughout the coronavirus outbreak, and there’s no sign of stopping in 2021 either. These programs serve a crucial purpose to regional economies. They were designed to fill gaps within the labour market with foreign workers who want to migrate to Canada.
PNPs still carry out immigration draws and issued provincial nominations even in the middle of service closures and travel restrictions in 2020. The federal supported the provincial programs by holding Express Entry draws where only PNP recipients were invited to use for permanent residence. Furthermore, Canada is getting to usher in quite 80,000 new immigrants per annum through the PNPs in step with the new Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023.
In order to work during the pandemic, provincial immigration departments had to form temporary adjustments to their normal procedures. Here may be a comprehensive list of the coronavirus measures in situ for every PNP:
- Atlantic Canada
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) remains holding weekly immigration draws, however, they’re now excluding occupations in hard-hit sectors like tourism, hospitality, retail and private services. a number of these occupations include chefs, massage therapists, and travel counsellors among others. the complete list of those 31 excluded occupations is out there on the BC PNP’s August 31 news release.
The province makes decisions on which occupations to incorporate in draws supported labour market needs. they’re going to reintroduce these excluded occupations, once they determine that there’s an economic need for them.
The central govt. isn’t processing Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA), for about 27 occupations in Alberta. a number of these occupations which will be processed include computer engineers, physicians, and graphic designers, among others. LMIAs also will be processed if they were approved under the worldwide Talent Stream.
It is still possible to use for immigration under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) albeit the candidate’s occupation is on the refusal to process list. Post-Graduation work permit (PGWP) holders who submitted an application to the Alberta Opportunity Stream on or after All Saints’ Day, are eligible to use even though they’re not working in an exempt occupation. Alberta Express Entry stream candidates can apply for a provincial nomination no matter their occupation.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is now allowing nominees to request a six-month extension to use for permanent residency to the central government.
Candidates who are applying for an SINP immigration stream may get a conditional nomination if the terms of the utilization offer from their original application changed because of the coronavirus outbreak. This might happen if the applicant not meets the minimum criteria of the SINP category through which they received their nomination. The conditions will have got to be met so as for the nominee to urge permanent residence.
Prospective immigrants applying for a nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) are going to be ready to use non-consecutive work experience toward eligibility. In other words, candidates who lost their job and began working again don’t need to work for 6 more consecutive months so as to be eligible to submit an Expression of Interest.
The MPNP also will accept incomplete occupations, as long as they include an evidence letter. Manitoba will still need all documents so as to assess the appliance. Documents like paystubs, records of employment, and letters from an employer can support an application where the candidate has been laid off, or if their hours are reduced.
Ontario is another province which will allow candidates to send incomplete applications, as long as they submit a letter explaining why the appliance is incomplete. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will consider all relevant information when reviewing the appliance, and should allow candidates to possess overtime to send the specified documents.
Despite the pandemic, in 2020 Ontario nominated 8,050 immigration candidates for permanent residence, surpassing its allocation for the year by quite 400 nominations.
Later this year, Ontario is predicted to launch an Expression of Interest system for the Employer Job Offer Category. If they follow through with this plan, it’ll abolish the rushed-seating model that’s currently in situ.
New Brunswick is temporarily accepting applications from labourers for the trained worker stream. They are considering the truck drivers through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program.
Nova Scotia focused on attracting health-care professionals during the pandemic, through the Labour Market Priorities Stream, and also the Labour Market Priorities for Physicians stream. Nova Scotia’s population in July, 2020 have reached to 979,351 which is highest till now, thanks partially to immigration.
Prince Edward Island concentrated on making sure that immigrants who were already in the province remained on their path to permanent residency. Non-residents of the province currently need to apply beforehand to visit the island.
Newfoundland and Labrador is offering a replacement immigration program for skilled workers. it’s specially tailored for graduates of Memorial University, and workers with experience in an in-demand occupation.
The Yukon Nominee Program doesn’t require foreign nationals to satisfy the quality of full-time work hours. Those that roll in the hay off or reduced work hours won’t tend the quality 90-day notice to seek out new employment.
The Northwest Territories features a new online portal for immigration applications to be submitted online.