Canada Immigration News – EMPP for Refugees, EE draw, PNP updates, June 27, 2020

Despite the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we see lots of activities in the world of immigration to Canada. Consequently, this Canada immigration news post covers three updates.

Canada Immigration News #1: invitations by the provinces under PNP programs

According to the provincial websites, only two of the provinces issued invitations in the past week. Probably the big one is from PEI as they invited 20 entrepreneurs along with 71 candidates under the Labour and Express Entry options. Of course, BC being the active magnet for immigration, invited another 87 candidates under the Skilled Immigrants and Express Entry BC options. Both provinces made the invitations on June 23, 2020.

Canada Immigration News #2: the latest Express Entry draws

IRCC conducted two rounds of invitation in the past few days. Initially, on June 24, 2020, they invited 392 PNP Express Entry applicants. Then, on June 25, 2020, they invited 3,508 Canadian Experience Class applicants. Therefore, the minimum CRS score dropped to 431. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of inviting FSWC or FSTC applicants at this moment. Nonetheless, we are monitoring the situation and will update you if some good news about these groups come up.

Canada Immigration News #3: EMPP for refugees

Canada resettles many refugees to Canada every year. Resettlement covers people who have left their home country because of the fear of persecution, internal wars or other valid reasons. Of course, the process focuses on those adversities. However, the government of Canada has shown interest in another initiative for refugees.

Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP) is a collaboration between the government of Canada and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Under the EMPP, certain refugees may resettle to Canada through economic immigration options. Consequently, if you are a highly skilled refugee, you could immigrate to Canada through EMPP.

IRCC, in a recent news release, emphasized they are willing to continue this program. In fact, according to the news release, they intend to accept up to 500 immigrants under EMPP in the next two years. Moreover, they intend to establish a Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility to enhance this program. Consequently, we expect to see some positive impact on skilled refugees in the upcoming months.

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    Released on June 27, 2020

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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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