Here Is Full List Of Facilitated LMIA Occupations In Quebec

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Quebec released new list of facilitated LMIA occupations. These are high demand occupations in the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s not mandatory for employers to prove that they have advertised or made a genuine effort prior to hiring a temporary foreign worker.

Ministry has now added 47 more occupations to this list, so total number of occupations increased from 181 to 228. In short these are in-demand occupations in Quebec. This list will be applicable from 2022-23. Below is the list of 228 occupations:

Quebec Employers Can Now Hire More Temporary Foreign Workers

NOCOCCUPATION TITLE
0111CFOs
0112Human resources managers
0113Purchasing managers
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0131Managers of telecommunications companies
0211Engineering services managers
0213IT systems managers *
0311Health care managers
0421Administrators —- post-secondary education and vocational training (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another government department or agency)
0423Managers of social and community services (only this designation)
0513Directors of sports, recreation and fitness programs and services
0601Corporate sales managers
0631Restaurant and food service managers
0632Accommodation services managers
0711Construction managers
0712Home construction and renovation managers
0731Transportation managers
0811Natural resources and fishing managers
0821Agricultural managers
0822Horticulture managers
0911Manufacturing managers
0912Utilities managers
1111Financial auditors and accountants
1112Financial analysts/Financial analysts and Investment analysts
1113Securities agents, Investment agents and Traders
1114Financial planners and Financial advisors (this designation only)
1121Administrative officers
1122Business management consulting professionals
1123Professionals in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211Supervisors of office clerks and administrative support staff
1214Postal and courier service supervisors
1215Supervisors of supply chain coordination, tracking and scheduling staff
1221Executive assistants
1222Executive assistants
1223Human resources and Recruitment officers
1224Property management officers
1225Purchasing agents
1226Conference and event planners
1241Administrative assistants
1243Medical administrative assistants
1252Health information management professionals
1253Records management technicians
1254Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1311Accounting technicians and Bookkeepers
1312Adjusters and Claims writers
1313Insurers
2112Chemists
2113Geoscientists and Oceanographers
2121Biologists and related scientific personnel
2122Forest science professionals
2123Agronomists, Advisors and Agricultural specialists
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and Electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2141Industrial and Manufacturing engineers
2142Metallurgical and Materials engineers
2143Mining engineers
2144Geological engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) *
2151Architects
2152Landscape architects
2153Urban and land use planners
2154Land surveyors
2161Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries *
2171IT analysts and consultants *
2172Database analysts and data administrators *
2173Software engineers and designers *
2174Programmers and Interactive Media Developers *
2175Web designers and developers *
2211Chemical technologists and technicians
2212Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
2221Biological Technologists and Technicians
2223Forest science technologists and technicians
2225Landscaping and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234Construction estimators
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Commercial Goods)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244Avionics and aircraft electrical instrumentation and equipment mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2252Industrial designers
2253Drafting Technologists and Technicians
2254Survey Technologists and Technicians
2255Technical staff in geomatics and meteorology
2261Auditors and testers of non-destructive testing
2263Public health, environmental and occupational health and safety inspectors
2264Construction inspectors
2273Deck officers, water transport
2275Rail Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators
2281Computer Network Technicians *
2282User Support Agents
2283Computer Systems Evaluators and Video Game Testers*
3011Nursing coordinators and supervisors
3012Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
3111Specialist doctors
3112General Practitioners and Family Medicine Physicians
3113Dentists
3114Veterinarians
3121Optometrists
3122Chiropractors
3124Allied Practitioners in Primary Health Care
3131Pharmacists
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142Physiotherapists
3143Occupational therapists
3211Medical Laboratory Technologists
3212Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists’ Assistants
3213Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians
3214Respiratory therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215Medical radiation technologists
3219Pharmacy technical assistants (only this designation)
3222Dental hygienists and therapists
3223Dental technologists and technicians and dental laboratory assistants
3231Dispensing opticians
3233Practical nurses
3234Ambulance and paramedics
4011University professors and lecturers
4012Teaching and research assistants at the post-secondary level (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State )
4021Teachers at the college level and other vocational training instructors (only for educational institutions designated by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another government department or agency)
4031Teachers at secondary level (only for educational establishments designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or agency mandated by the State)
4032Teachers at primary and preschool levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or state mandated body)
4033School information counselors
4112Lawyers (everywhere in Canada) and notaries (in Quebec)
4151Psychologists
4152Social workers
4153Marriage therapists, family therapists and psychoeducators (only this designation)
4161Researchers, consultants and program officers, natural and applied sciences
4162Economists, Researchers and Economic Policy Analysts
4163Economic Development Officers, Marketing Researchers and Consultants
4164Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4165Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4166Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4167Sports, Recreation and Fitness Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4168Government Specific Program Officers
4212Social and community service workers
4214Educators with a college or university degree in early childhood education or child development and early childhood educator assistants with a high school diploma (including the authorized employer to be hired is an educational establishment designated and recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur or another government department or agency, or a childcare service recognized by the Ministère de la Family)
4215Instructors for Persons with Disabilities
4312Firefighters
5111Librarians
5113Archivists
5122Editors, Editors and News Editors
5123Journalists
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131Producers, directors/directors, choreographers and the designation technical, creative and artistic directors/technical, creative and artistic directors and project managers – visual effects, digital animation and video games *
5211Technicians in libraries and public archives
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5241Graphic designers and illustrators and the designation animators, designers and animation technicians in the field of 2D and 3D digital media*
5242Sales Supervisors – Retail Interior Designers and Decorators
5254Sports, Recreation and Fitness Program Leaders and Leaders
6221Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale
6231Insurance agents and brokers
6311Food service supervisors
6314Information and customer service supervisors
6321Chefs
6322Qualified or experienced cooks/qualified or experienced cooks (only this designation)
6331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – wholesale and retail trade
6342Tailors, seamstresses, furriers and milliners
6345Upholsterers
7201Foremen/women, machinists and metal forming, profiling and erection trades (this designation only)
7202Supervisors, Electrical and Telecommunications (only this title)
7204Foremen/women in carpentry (only this designation)
7205Foremen/women, other trades in construction and repair and installation services (only this title)
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232Tool and die makers
7233Sheet metal workers
7236Ironworkers
7237Welders and operators of welding and brazing machines
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system electricians)
7242Industrial electricians
7243Power system electricians
7244Line and cable workers
7246Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
7251Plumbers
7252Pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters
7271Carpenters
7281Bricklayers-masons
7282Concrete finishers
7283Tilers
7284Plasterers , installers and finishers of interior systems and lathers
7291Roofers and shinglers
7292Glaziers
7293Insulators
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Interior covering installers
7301Foremen/women in mechanics (only this designation)
7302Foremen/women of heavy equipment operator crews (only this designation)
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7311Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics
7312Heavy equipment mechanics
7313Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314Railway car repairers
7315Aircraft mechanics and inspectors
7316Machine fitters
7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321Motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers
7322Dent repairers and body repairers
7332Appliance repairers and maintainers
7333Electrical mechanics
7361Locomotive and yard engineers
7371Crane operators
7372Drillers and blasters in surface mines, quarries and construction sites
7381Printing press operators
8211Forestry Supervisors
8241Tree felling machine operators
8252Supervisors of farms and specialized laborers in animal husbandry (only this designation)
8255Landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture supervisors (this designation only)
9212Supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213Supervisors, food and beverage processing
9214Supervisors, rubber and plastic products manufacturing
9215Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing and processing
9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9232Central control room and industrial process operators, petroleum refining and gas and chemical processing
9235Pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241Power Plant Mechanics and Power System Operators
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators
Quebec Facilitated LMIA Occupations For 2022-23
  • Here Are New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of February 7

    This article enlists new official IRCC processing times updated on February 7, 2023 as well as comparison with processing times of last week.

    In 2022, the IRCC processing tool was modified to deliver precise data on typical processing times.

    These processing timelines are given to provide applicants for visas or immigration to Canada an idea of how long their application may take for a decision to be made.

    Additionally, future applicants who desire to submit an application for a Canadian immigration or visa can acquire a feel of what to anticipate before doing so.

    Based on data gathered over the last six months, these processing times are intended to provide new weekly processing times.

    Furthermore, the processing period starts when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer makes a determination about the application.

    These processing times are updated by IRCC officially on weekly basis.

    IRCC Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Citizenship grant23 monthsNo Change
    Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)14 monthsNo Change
    Resumption of citizenship24 monthsNo Change
    Renunciation of Citizenship15 monthsNo Change
    Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
    New PR card42 daysNo Change
    PR card renewals67 days+ 2 days

    IRCC is currently sending acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email for paper and online applications received in the week of December 7, 2022.

    IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 monthsNo Change
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsNo Change
    Parents or Grandparents PR39 monthsNo Change

    According to the most recent official IRCC data, the Canadian immigration backlog stood at 918,300.

    Furthermore, 1.055 million applications were still being handled in accordance with IRCC service standards. In total, IRCC was processing around 1.97 million applications as of December 31, 2022.

    Processing time for Canadian Passport 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
    In-Canda Urgent pick-upBy the end of next business dayNo Change
    In-Canada Express pick-up2-9 business daysNo Change
    Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 business daysNo Change

    IRCC Processing time for Economic Class

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)16 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)31 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 monthsNo Change
    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 monthsNo Change
    Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Business Class67 monthsNo Change
    Federal Self-Employed43 monthsNo Change
    Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)23 monthsNo Change
    Start-Up Visa33 monthsNo Change

    Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
    India: 107 Days
    Nigeria: 388 Days
    United States: 37 Days
    Pakistan: 263 Days
    Philippines: 61 Days
    UAE: 313 Days
    Bangladesh: 232 Days
    Sri Lanka: 194 Days
    United Kingdom: 217 Days
    – 5 Days for India
    + 22 Days for Nigeria
    – 3 Days for United States
    – 44 Days for Pakistan
    – 16 Days for Philippines
    + 16 Days for UAE
    + 6 Days for Bangladesh
    + 3 Days for Sri Lanka
    – 3 Days for UK
    Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 13 days
    Paper-Based: 23 days
    – 1 Day for online
    – 3 Days for paper-based
    Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
    India: 130 Days
    Nigeria: 410 Days
    United States: 172 Days
    Pakistan: 318 Days
    Philippines: 175 Days
    UAE: 259 Days
    Bangladesh: 214 Days
    Sri Lanka: 255 Days
    United Kingdom: 156 Days
    + 2 Days for India
    + 36 Days for Nigeria
    – 43 Days for United States
    + 2 Days for Pakistan
    + 17 Days for Philippines
    No Change for UAE
    + 7 Days for Bangladesh
    + 25 Days for Sri Lanka
    + 1 Day for UK
    Study Permit Outside Canada10 WeeksNo Change
    Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 204 days
    Paper-Based: 96 days
    – 1 Day (Online)
    – 1 Day for Paper-Based
    Study Permit Inside Canada5 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 149 Days
    Paper-Based: 125 Days
    – 5 Days (Online)
    – 18 Days (Paper-Based)
    Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
    India: 8 Weeks
    Nigeria: 34 Weeks
    United States: 17 Weeks
    Pakistan: 60 Weeks
    Philippines: 12 Weeks
    UAE: 35 Weeks
    Bangladesh: 31 Weeks
    Sri Lanka: 22 Weeks
    United Kingdom: 11 Weeks
    No Change for India
    + 1 Week for Nigeria
    + 3 Weeks for United States
    – 11 Weeks for Pakistan
    + 1 Week for Philippines
    + 1 Week for UAE
    No Change for Bangladesh
    No Change for Sri Lanka
    + 1 Week for UK
    Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 164 Days
    Paper-Based: 60 Days
    – 3 Days (Online)
    No Change for paper-based
    International Experience Canada (Current Season)5 Weeks– 2 Weeks
    Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)25 DaysNo Change
    Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change
    *Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized. If you are not applying for a job in a critical occupation, your processing time may be longer than shown above.
    Source: IRCC

  • Canada Permanent Resident Status – All You Need To Know

    Canada has become a popular destination for potential immigrants who want to become Canadian Permanent Residents.

    However, there are a lot of rules and regulations as well as technicality for permanent resident status, that permanent residents in Canada or future permanent residents must know.

    Moreover, do you know know what it means to have a permanent resident status? Although most benefits are similar to citizens, some stark differences exist. 

    In this article, we will help you understand all the aspects of Permanent Resident Status:

    What does permanent resident status mean? 

    A permanent resident is someone who has been granted permanent resident status after immigrating to Canada but is not a Canadian citizen. Generally, permanent residents are citizens of other countries.

    Having a Canadian permanent resident status allows you to travel freely to Canada without needing a visa.

    Nevertheless, when you return from a trip outside of Canada, you must check that your PR card is still valid and apply for a new one if necessary.

    You do not lose your status as a permanent resident if your PR card expires.

    However, when boarding a flight to Canada or travelling to Canada on a commercial airline, permanent residents (PRs) of Canada must have their current PR card or permanent resident travel document (PRTD).

    You might not be allowed to board your airline, train, bus, or boat to Canada if you don’t have your PR card or PRTD.

    A person does not acquire permanent residency when they apply for refugee or temporary status in Canada.

    To become one, they must first have their claim accepted by the Immigration and Refugee Board. They must next apply for and obtain permanent resident status. 

    Therefore, a visitor or temporary residents, such as a student or foreign worker, is not considered a permanent resident.

    Why having your permanent resident (PR) card is important? 

    You can prove that you are a Canadian permanent resident by showing your PR card. It allows you to enter and exit Canada freely. 

    Hence, when returning to Canada on a commercial vehicle, such as an airplane, boat, railway, or bus, you must present your permanent resident card to prove your PR status and passport. 

    If you are outside Canada without your current PR card or are not carrying one must apply for a permanent resident travel document.

    This is because you could be refused entry if you return to Canada without your PR card or PRTD. 

    What are the benefits of being a Canadian Permanent Resident?

    You have the following privileges as a permanent resident:

    • obtain the most social benefits available to Canadian citizens, such as healthcare coverage
    • reside, work, or attend school anywhere in Canada
    • apply for citizenship in Canada
    • protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the legislation of Canada.

    However, you must abide by all federal, provincial, and local laws in Canada and pay taxes to enjoy permanent residency benefits. 

    What can Canadian Permanent Residents not do? 

    Being a permanent resident, you are prohibited from the following:

    •  Voting or running for political office
    • Occupy certain positions requiring a high-level security clearance.

    How long do you live in Canada to maintain your PR status?

    You must have spent at least 730 days in Canada to maintain your permanent residence status during the last five years.

    These 730 days do not have to run consecutively. In some cases, your time spent overseas could count toward 730 days.

    Check if your time spent abroad counts toward becoming a permanent resident.

    Use a travel journal to record your time spent in Canada. Additional techniques to determine your time in Canada include:

    • When you enter Canada, inquire with the border officer  
    • Obtain or apply to renew your PR card. IRCC will let you know if you are eligible. 

    Losing your status as a permanent resident

    When your PR card expires, you still retain your status as a permanent resident. Only if you go through an official procedure may you lose your status.

    You risk losing your status as a permanent resident if:

    • After an investigation or PRTD appeal, an adjudicator concludes that you are no longer a permanent resident;
    • You choose to renounce your status as a permanent resident;
    • A removal order is issued and becomes effective against you; or
    • You acquire citizenship in Canada.

    Remember, you remain a PR until a decision is reached about your status, even if you don’t match the residency requirement.

    Renouncing your status as a permanent resident voluntarily

    As mentioned earlier, you do not automatically lose your status as a permanent resident.

    You might decide one day that you don’t want to live in Canada permanently. If so, you can voluntarily apply to renounce your permanent resident status.

    For instance, if you:

    • You are aware that by spending a significant amount of time abroad, you have failed to fulfill your residency requirements, and
    • Would like to travel to Canada, and 
    • Are unwilling to wait for a visa officer to evaluate your status as a permanent resident formally.

    Or

    • would want to avoid delays at the Port of Entry 

    You may be unable to enter Canada until your permanent resident status is resolved, either through the issuance of a permanent resident travel document or the voluntary surrender of your permanent resident status.

    For more information, check out IRCC’s official Permanent Residents’ status page.


  • IRCC Minister Makes A New Announcement For Hong Kong Residents

    Today, IRCC Minister Hon’ble Sean is making an important announcement for Hong Kong residents in Canada.

    Han Dong (MP for Don Valley North), Jean Yip (MP for Scarborough–Agincourt), Dr. Anna Victoria Wong (Executive Director, Community Family Services of Ontario – CFSO) will be joining the Fraser in this announcement.

    Below is the today’s new announcement made by IRCC Minister, Hon’ble Sean Fraser regarding continued support for residents of Hong Kong residents.

    The open work permit program for qualified Hong Kong residents is being extended and expanded by Canada, as announced today by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

    The minister announced new changes to the Hong Kong special programs by extending the deadline to apply.

    For qualified Hong Kong residents, the new deadline for submitting an application for an open work visa is February 7, 2025.

    Furthermore, IRCC also announced expanding the eligibility to Hong Kong residents who have completed post-secondary education within the last 10 years. Previously, this was 5 years.

    As a result Hong Kong residents can now gain more work experience for up to 3 years.

    Spouses, common-law partners, and dependant children may also apply for a study or work visa under Hong Kong’s open work permit public policy.


  • Environment Canada Jobs Hiring Now For Various Locations

    Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is currently accepting applications for multiple jobs for various locations in Canada.

    ECCC is looking to hire individuals for Environmental Protection Branch, Corporate Services and Finance Branch, as well as Public Affairs and Communications Branch by March 2023.

    People who live in Canada, as well as Canadian citizens and foreign permanent residents are eligible to apply.

    Depending upon the position, eligible and selected candidates can get paid up to $102,712.

    Furthermore, people who live in Canada with valid work authorization, as well as Canadian citizens and foreign permanent residents are eligible to apply for these roles.

    Current Job Openings At ECCC

    1. Compliance Promotion Officer

    Location: Edmonton (Alberta), Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Mount Pearl (Newfoundland and Labrador), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Burlington (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec), Montréal Island (Québec), Regina (Saskatchewan), Whitehorse (Yukon)

    Salary: $74,580 to $89,411

    Who can apply: People who live in Canada with valid work authorization, as well as Canadian citizens and foreign permanent residents.

    Closing date: 9 February 2023

    Click here for more information and how to apply

    2. Asset Management Specialist

    Location: Calgary (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Richmond (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Burlington (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec), Montréal Island (Québec), Québec (Québec), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)

    Salary: $68,909 to $78,691

    Closing date: 16 February 2023

    Click here for more information and how to apply

    3. Materiel Management Officer

    Location: Calgary (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Richmond (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Burlington (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec), Montréal Island (Québec), Québec (Québec), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)

    Salary: $47,415 to $62,066

    Closing date: 16 February 2023

    Click here for more information and how to apply

    4. Various IS-03 Communication Advisor positions: Inventory

    Location: This inventory will be utilized to fill current vacant positions and upcoming IS-03 vacancies across Canada.

    Salary: $71,599 to $77,368

    Closing date: 10 March 2023

    Click here for more information and how to apply

    5. Various IS-04 Senior Communication Advisor positions: Inventory

    Location: This inventory will be utilized to fill current vacant positions and upcoming IS-04 vacancies across Canada.

    Salary: $85,476 to $92,412

    Closing date: 10 March 2023

    Click here for more information and how to apply

    6. Various IS-05 Strategic Communications Advisor positions: Inventory

    Location: This inventory will be utilized to fill current vacant positions and upcoming IS-04 vacancies across Canada.

    Salary: $95,209 to $102,712

    Closing date: 10 March 2023

    Click here for more information and how to apply


  • IEC 2023 New Rounds Of Invitations Sent >5,300 Invites

    Fourth International Experience Canada – IEC 2023 draw sent more than 5,300 invites, in a new rounds of invitations, for week ending February 3, 2023.

    More than 4,481 candidates are invited under the Working Holiday category of IEC. Overall, 26,809 have been invited under this category in 2023.

    IEC 2023 has target of inviting 90,000 candidates from more than 32 countries this year. Click here for country-wise quota for 2023.

    One third of the quota has already been used in first 4 IEC draws of 2023.

    Moving forward, more than 631 invitations went to the Young Professional category, while 224 invites (217 for France) went to International Co-op (internship) category.

    As of February 1 IRCC processing update, the current season of IEC has a processing time of 7 weeks for 80% of the applications.

    Below is the latest full list of the countries that have received invites as of February 3, 2023.

    1. IEC 2023 Working Holiday

    Invited profiles under Working Holiday category get an open work permit allowing to work for nearly any business in Canada.

    This is the category for you if you:

    • have no job offer
    • would like to work for more than one company in Canada
    • would want to work in more than one area and make money so that you may travel
    CountryInvitations Issued In
    Week Ending Feb 3
    Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Andorra04123
    Australia2922,081213Unlimited
    Austria131071229
    Belgium6245638426
    Croatia10507239
    Czech Republic5241629723
    Denmark1910813269
    Estonia1051178
    France1,2846,7248,3202,021
    Germany001,6684,490
    Greece20165768
    Hong Kong1715319103
    Ireland4402,8283348,692
    Italy108761781,252
    Japan3141,7242585,181
    Korea Republic6174,3371,9331,329
    Latvia35148
    Lithuania1661852678
    Luxembourg214071
    Netherlands6045128106
    New Zealand105765681,943
    Norway2280113
    Poland3431526440
    Portugal25306341,526
    San Marino14022
    Slovakia20123114173
    Slovenia321372
    Spain10874870295
    Sweden119014529
    United Kingdom5023,6353512,661
    Total4,48126,80913,56932,960

    2. Young Professionals Category

    In the Young Professionals category, invited applicants get an employer-specific work visa.

    For this category, applicants need to have:

    • a valid job offer from Canadian employer that helps to advance professionally.
    • to work for the same employer in the same place.
    CountryInvitations Issued In
    Week Ending Feb 3
    Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia5346Unlimited
    Austria13058
    Chile045156248
    Costa Rica1410733
    Croatia25017
    Czech Republic880794
    Estonia0208
    France1431,041661,573
    Germany00114350
    Greece66833
    Ireland6394137
    Italy139210164
    Latvia0208
    Lithuania111215
    Luxembourg00010
    Netherlands39545128106
    Norway02013
    Poland2241100
    Portugal1141193
    Slovakia321019
    Slovenia00115
    Spain11542121
    Sweden010096
    Switzerland137813146
    Taiwan753626
    Total6312,2364233,523

    3. International Co-op (Internship)

    An employer-specific work visa is issued in the International Co-op (Internship) category. This category is for you, if you

    • are a post-secondary student with a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada;
    • will complete this work placement or internship to finish your studies; and
    • will work for the same company in the same area throughout your stay in Canada.
    CountryInvitations Issued In
    Week Ending Feb 3
    Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    France2171,6211273,043
    Ireland15046
    Luxembourg1409
    Switzerland29044
    Taiwan3509
    Total2241,6441273,151

  • New OINP Draw Invites 1,902 Express Entry profiles For PR

    Today, Ontario Provincial Nominee Program also known as OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) invited 1,902 Express Entry profiles.

    OINP announced two draws under Human Capital Priorities stream targeting at Express Entry profiles created with 9 Tech and 42 Healthcare occupations/NOCs.

    Click here for the list of all the 51 invited NOCs/occupations in today’s OINP Draw.

    Invited Express Entry profiles will now have 45 calendar days from the date of receiving the Notification of Interest (NOI) to claim their OINP nomination.

    Below is the summary of today’s OINP Human Capital Priorities stream draw:

    Date NOIs issuedNumber of NOIs issuedCRS score rangeProfiles created in IRCC Express Entry system
    February 2, 20231,127481-489February 2, 2022 – February 2, 2023
    February 2, 2023775476-489February 2, 2022 – February 2, 2023

    OINP logically decided the CRS cut off score between 476-489 for Healthcare and 481-489 for Tech occupations.

    This seems because today’s Express Entry draw by IRCC invited Federal Skilled Worker profiles having a CRS score of 489 and above.

    As per projections, there will be at least 3 federal Express Entry draws before the 45 day deadline if everything goes normal.

    So, invited candidates can wait for those draws before accepting the OINP NOIs, rather than burning the spot for Express Entry profiles with low CRS scores.

    Remember, OINP has a set annual quota around 9,750-10,000 allocated by Federal government and someone else can use your spot.

    Invited profiles can save hassle to complete the formalities of OINP and help other Express Entry profiles to qualify in upcoming draws.

    OINP regularly scans Express Entry pool and offers provincial nomination directly to profiles with occupations (NOC codes) that are in high demand.

    There is no need to create any profile with Ontario PNP, to qualify for OINP Human Capital Priorities stream.

    List of Occupations/NOC Codes Invited In Today’s OINP Draw

    Healthcare occupations

    • NOC 30010 – Managers in health care
    • NOC 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
    • NOC 31101 – Specialists in surgery
    • NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
    • NOC 31103 – Veterinarians
    • NOC 31110 – Dentists
    • NOC 31111 – Optometrists
    • NOC 31112 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    • NOC 31120 – Pharmacists
    • NOC 31121 – Dietitians and nutritionists
    • NOC 31201 – Chiropractors
    • NOC 31202 – Physiotherapists
    • NOC 31203 – Occupational therapists
    • NOC 31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    • NOC 31209 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    • NOC 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    • NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    • NOC 31302 – Nurse practitioners
    • NOC 31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    • NOC 32100 – Opticians
    • NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
    • NOC 32102 – Paramedical occupations
    • NOC 32103 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    • NOC 32104 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
    • NOC 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    • NOC 32110 – Denturists
    • NOC 32111 – Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    • NOC 32112 – Dental technologists and technicians
    • NOC 32120 – Medical laboratory technologists
    • NOC 32121 – Medical radiation technologists
    • NOC 32122 – Medical sonographers
    • NOC 32123 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
    • NOC 32124 – Pharmacy technicians
    • NOC 32129 – Other medical technologists and technicians
    • NOC 32200 – Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
    • NOC 32201 – Massage therapists
    • NOC 32209 – Other practitioners of natural healing
    • NOC 33100 – Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
    • NOC 33101 – Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
    • NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    • NOC 33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    • NOC 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services

    Tech occupations

    • NOC 20012 – Computer and information systems managers
    • NOC 21211 – Data Scientists
    • NOC 21223 – Database analysts and data administrators
    • NOC 21230 – Computer systems developers and programmers
    • NOC 21231 – Software engineers and designers
    • NOC 21232 – Software developers and programmers
    • NOC 21233 – Web designers
    • NOC 21234 – Web developers and programmers
    • NOC 21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

    Source: OINP


  • First FSWP Express Entry Draw Sent 3,300 New Invites For PR

    Today, first Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Express Entry Draw of 2023 sent 3,300 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR).

    Applicants with CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 489 or above received the invitations.

    This is the first Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Express Entry draw. Below are the details of today’s Express Entry draw.

    Federal Skilled Worker

    Number of invitations issued: 3,300

    Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,300 or above

    Date and time of round: February 02, 2023, at 15:12:01 UTC

    CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 489

    Tie-breaking rule: March 29, 2022, at 16:09:00 UTC

    If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

    This is a good new for Express Entry aspirants with cut off score coming at 489. It seems imperative that next no program specified draw will be having CRS cut off around 480.

    If next Express Entry draw comes out to be CEC only (which is more likely), then we can also witness a CRS cut off around 450-460.

    Our advise to new applicants is create your Express Entry profile asap before IRCC start conducting targeted Express Entry draws as per new proposed categories.

    Below is the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 1, 2023.

    CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 1, 2023

    Express-Entry-crs-score-distribution-february 1

    Latest processing time for Express Entry as of February 1

    As of February 1, Express Entry processing times increased for all the three categories as listed below:

    • Canadian Experience Class – 16 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 31 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

    Full History of Canada Express Entry Draws since January 2022

    DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
    February 1, 2023Provincial Nominee Program893733
    January 18, 2023No Program Specified5,500490
    January 11, 2023No Program Specified5,500507
    November 23, 2022No Program Specified4,750491
    November 9, 2022No Program Specified4,750494
    October 26, 2022No Program Specified4,750496
    October 12, 2022No Program Specified4,250500
    September 28, 2022No Program Specified3,750504
    September 14, 2022No Program Specified3,250510
    August 31, 2022No Program Specified2,750516
    August 17, 2022No Program Specified2,250525
    August 3, 2022No Program Specified2,000533
    July 20, 2022No Program Specified1,750542
    July 6, 2022No Program Specified1,500557
    June 22, 2022Provincial Nominee Program636752
    June 8, 2022Provincial Nominee Program932796
    May 25, 2022Provincial Nominee Program590741
    May 11, 2022Provincial Nominee Program545753
    April 27, 2022Provincial Nominee Program829772
    April 13, 2022Provincial Nominee Program787782
    March 30, 2022Provincial Nominee Program919785
    March 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program924754
    March 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,047761
    February 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,082710
    February 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,070674
    January 19, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,036745
    January 5, 2022Provincial Nominee Program392808

    What is Express Entry System?

    Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing service standard of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

    The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based methodology, is used by Express Entry to rate applicant profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit an application for permanent residence.

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP).

    Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who are in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these programmes.


  • IRCC Approves New PTE (Pearson Test of English)-All You Need To Know

    On February 1, 2023 program delivery update for IRCC staff confirmed that PTE (Pearson Test of English) has been approved as English proficiency test.

    Pearson Canada Inc. is the designated language-testing organization that conducts PTE.

    IRCC will start accepting PTE scores in late 2023 as per the update. There is no fixed date or month as of now.

    This update is currently for Canada immigration meaning for all the Economic permanent residency (PR) programs.

    Economic programs include all the Express Entry categories, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Cargivers, Agri-Food Pilot, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Economic Mobility Pathways Project, Atlantic Immigration Program, Quebec Skilled Workers and Business.

    PTE will join IELTS and CELPIP as third acceptable English language proficiency test.

    In this article, we tried to answer general questions about PTE, CLB levels, and score equivalency with IELTS.

    How does PTE test approval affect study permit applicants?

    For SDS (Student Direct Stream) study permit applications, only IELTS (English) or TEF (French) are acceptable by IRCC. IELTS or TEF is mandatory requirement by IRCC for SDS.

    For general study permit applications, language proficiency test is usually a requirement for getting enrolled in a DLI (college or university). PTE is already accepted by certain DLIs in Canada to enrol international students.

    IRCC requires proof of enrolment in a DLI to accept non-SDS application and language test is a supporting document that must be submitted along with visa application.

    What will be PTE score requirements for Canada Immigration?

    English proficiency is measured as Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels for Canada immigration.

    Below are IELTS General CLB levels for Canadian Immigration.

    CLB LevelReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
    108.07.58.57.5
    97.07.08.07.0
    86.56.57.56.5
    76.06.06.06.0
    65.05.55.55.5
    54.05.05.05.0
    43.54.04.54.0

    Below are possible PTE CLB levels score that we generated based on IELTS score comparison:

    CLB LevelReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
    1084768976
    966668466
    856567656
    746464646
    629363636
    518-20292929
    415-1818-202318-20

    For Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), minimum language requirement is CLB level 7 in all 4 abilities.

    Meaning each module of IELTS should have 6 bands to be eligible for FSWP. In regards to PTE, the possible score requirement could be 46 depending on score comparison.

    For IELTS magic number of 8 triple 7 (8 in listening and 7 in rest of the modules), PTE equivalent score could be 84 in listening and 66 in rest of the abilities.

    Similarly, for Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), minimum language requirement is CLB level 5.

    So, possible PTE equivalent score for CLB level 5 could be 18 in reading and 29 in rest of the modules.

    PTE Score Requirement For Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

    CLB LevelPossible PTE ScoresIELTS Scores
    CLB Level 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 jobs46 in each module6 in each module
    CLB Level 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs15-18 in reading and 29 each in rest of the modules4 in reading and 5 each in rest of the modules

  • Alberta Express Entry Draw 2023 Sent 200 New PR Invites

    Two Alberta PNP (AAIP) draws in January 2023 sent 200 invitations under Express Entry stream.

    First Alberta PNP draw on January 19, 2023 invited only 46 Express Entry profiles having a CRS score for 324 and above.

    Second Alberta PNP draw on January 23, 2023 invited 154 Express Entry profiles having a CRS score of 385.

    With Express Entry system shifting more focus towards Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Alberta Express Entry stream is one of the best option.

    However, not all the Express Entry profiles having a CRS cut off score declared in a draw are invited. Additional factors decide whether you will receive an invitation or not.

    Alberta Express Entry Draw History

    Date of drawNumber of InvitesCRS Cut Off
    January 23, 2023154385
    January 19, 202346324
    December 8, 2022129305
    July 29, 2022120473
    June 16, 2022150306
    May 19, 2022100382
    April 14, 2022250356
    March 22, 2022350325
    March 8, 2022350318
    February 1, 2022400340
    January 18, 2022350346
    January 5, 2022250327
    AAIP StreamNumber of applications in the queue (approximate)The AAIP is assessing applications received before (approximate)
    Alberta Opportunity StreamApproximately 1642November 14, 2022
    Applications received after this date are not yet assigned for assessment to an officer
    Alberta Express Entry StreamApproximately 342Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway applications are processed with priority. Rest of the applications are treated as an Expression of Interest (EOI) and are not reviewed based on submission date.

    Usually, 50% of the PNP allocation is reserved for Alberta Express Entry Stream and there was no draw for 4 months after July 29, 2022 because PNP reached its quota for 2022.

    However, last Alberta Express Entry draw of 2022 was declared in December which invited 129 Express Entry having CRS score of 305.

    On January 18, 2023 Alberta announced that 25% of these PNP allocation by IRCC will be reserved for Express Entry profiles having a family connection in the province. 👇

    Alberta PNP Draw Additional Factors That Matter:

    Being eligible for Alberta Express Entry stream does not mean that you will definitely get invitation in a draw.

    Following additional factors play a role in whether you will receive a NOI or not:

    • Job offer or work experience from an Albertan employer
    • Graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution from Alberta
    • Having a parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta

    Alberta PNP Draw Factors That Decrease Your Chance:

    Occupations With High volume Of Submissions:

    As per AAIP, applications in following NOCs may take longer to process:

    • 62020 – Food service supervisors
    • 62010 – Retail sales supervisors
    • 63200 – Cooks
    • 21231 – Software engineers and designers
    • 13110 – Administrative assistants
    • 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
    • 73300 – Transport truck drivers
    • 12200 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
    • 60030 – Restaurant and food service managers
    • 21222 – Information systems specialists

  • Check Out New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of February 1

    IRCC updated their processing tool in 2022 to provide precise information on average processing times of recent applications.

    This article lists updated processing times by IRCC as of February 1, 2023 as well as comparison with processing times reported last week.

    These processing timelines are given to provide applicants for Canada visas or immigration an idea of how long it might take for processing of their applications by IRCC.

    Additionally, potential applicants who desire to submit an application for a Canadian immigration or visa can acquire a feel of what to anticipate before doing so.

    Based on data gathered over the last 6 months, these processing times are intended to provide new weekly processing times.

    Furthermore, the processing period starts when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer makes a determination about the application.

    IRCC Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Citizenship grant23 months– 1 month
    Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)14 months– 1 month
    Resumption of citizenship24 months– 10 months
    Renunciation of Citizenship15 monthsNo Change
    Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
    New PR card42 days– 138 days
    PR card renewals65 days– 9 days

    IRCC is currently sending acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email for paper and online applications received in the week of December 1, 2022.

    IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 months– 1 month
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 months+ 1 month
    Parents or Grandparents PR39 months+ 1 month

    The Canadian immigration backlog reduced to 918,300 as per the most recent available official IRCC data.

    Moreover, 1.055 million applications were still being processed in accordance with IRCC service standards.

    Overall, IRCC was processing approximately 1.97 million immigration/visas applications as of December 31, 2022.

    Processing time for Canadian Passport 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
    Urgent pick-up (In-Canada)By the end of next business dayNo Change
    Express pick-up (In-Canada)2-9 business daysNo Change
    Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 business daysNo Change

    Processing time for Economic Class

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)16 months– 4 months
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)31 months+ 1 month
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 months+ 7 months
    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 months– 1 month
    Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Business Class67 months+ 1 month
    Federal Self-Employed43 months+ 2 months
    Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)23 15 months+ 8 months
    Start-Up Visa33 months+ 1 month

    Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
    India: 112 Days
    Nigeria: 366 Days
    United States: 40 Days
    Pakistan: 307 Days
    Philippines: 77 Days
    UAE: 297 Days
    Bangladesh: 226 Days
    Sri Lanka: 191 Days
    United Kingdom: 220 Days
    – 10 Days for India
    – 37 Days for Nigeria
    – 2 Days for United States
    – 20 Days for Pakistan
    – 15 Days for Philippines
    + 56 Days for UAE
    No Change for Bangladesh
    + 3 Days for Sri Lanka
    – 2 Days for UK
    Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 14 days
    Paper-Based: 26 days
    – 3 Days for online
    – 17 Days for paper-based
    Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
    India: 128 127 Days
    Nigeria: 374 Days
    United States: 215 Days
    Pakistan: 316 Days
    Philippines: 158 Days
    UAE: 259 Days
    Bangladesh: 207 Days
    Sri Lanka: 230 Days
    United Kingdom: 155 Days
    + 1 Day for India
    + 10 Days for Nigeria
    No Change for United States
    + 24 Days for Pakistan
    + 3 Days for Philippines
    + 21 Days for UAE
    + 1 Day for Bangladesh
    – 3 Days for Sri Lanka
    No Change for UK
    Study Permit Outside Canada10 Weeks+ 1 Week
    Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 203 days
    Paper-Based: 97 days
    – 2 Days (Online)
    + 1 Day for Paper-Based
    Study Permit Inside Canada5 Weeks+ 1 Week
    Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 154 Days
    Paper-Based: 143 Days
    – 10 Days (Online)
    – 15 Days (Paper-Based)
    Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
    India: 8 Weeks
    Nigeria: 33 Weeks
    United States: 14 Weeks
    Pakistan: 71 Weeks
    Philippines: 11 Weeks
    UAE: 34 Weeks
    Bangladesh: 31 Weeks
    Sri Lanka: 22 Weeks
    United Kingdom: 10 Weeks
    No Change for India
    – 1 Week for Nigeria
    + 4 Weeks for United States
    No Change for Pakistan
    No Change for Philippines
    – 14 Weeks for UAE
    No Change for Bangladesh
    – 4 Weeks for Sri Lanka
    + 3 Weeks for UK
    Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 167 Days
    Paper-Based: 60 Days
    – 3 Days (Online)
    No Change for paper-based
    International Experience Canada (Current Season)7 WeeksNo Change
    Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)25 DaysNo Change
    Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change
    *Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized. If you are not applying for a job in a critical occupation, your processing time may be longer than shown above.
    Source: IRCC

  • First Express Entry PNP Draw Sent 893 New Invites For PR

    Today, first PNP only Express Entry Draw of 2023 sent 893 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR).

    Applicants having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 733 or above received the invitations.

    This is the first Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specified Express Entry draw since June 2022.

    Below are the details of today’s PNP Express Entry draw.

    Provincial Nominee Program

    Number of invitations issued: 893

    Rank required to be invited to apply: 893 or above

    Date and time of round: February 01, 2023, at 16:05:57 UTC

    CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 733

    Tie-breaking rule: December 09, 2022, at 10:49:57 UTC

    If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

    Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry draws include Express Entry profiles under Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades (FSTP) having a provincial nomination from one of the Canadian provinces.

    Next Express Entry draw is expected to be CEC only or all program specified draw as it used to prior to pandemic.

    Meanwhile, IRCC is also working on targeted Express Entry draws as per new proposed categories.

    Below is the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 1, 2023.

    CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 1, 2023

    Express-Entry-crs-score-distribution-february 1

    Latest processing time for Express Entry as of February 1

    As of February 1, Express Entry processing times increased for all the three categories as listed below:

    • Canadian Experience Class – 16 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 31 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

    Full History of Canada Express Entry Draws since January 2022

    DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
    January 18, 2023No Program Specified5,500490
    January 11, 2023No Program Specified5,500507
    November 23, 2022No Program Specified4,750491
    November 9, 2022No Program Specified4,750494
    October 26, 2022No Program Specified4,750496
    October 12, 2022No Program Specified4,250500
    September 28, 2022No Program Specified3,750504
    September 14, 2022No Program Specified3,250510
    August 31, 2022No Program Specified2,750516
    August 17, 2022No Program Specified2,250525
    August 3, 2022No Program Specified2,000533
    July 20, 2022No Program Specified1,750542
    July 6, 2022No Program Specified1,500557
    June 22, 2022Provincial Nominee Program636752
    June 8, 2022Provincial Nominee Program932796
    May 25, 2022Provincial Nominee Program590741
    May 11, 2022Provincial Nominee Program545753
    April 27, 2022Provincial Nominee Program829772
    April 13, 2022Provincial Nominee Program787782
    March 30, 2022Provincial Nominee Program919785
    March 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program924754
    March 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,047761
    February 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,082710
    February 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,070674
    January 19, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,036745
    January 5, 2022Provincial Nominee Program392808

    What is Express Entry System?

    Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing service standard of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

    The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based methodology, is used by Express Entry to rate applicant profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit an application for permanent residence.

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP).

    Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who are in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these programmes.


  • Latest BC PNP Draw Sent More Than 280 New Invites For PR

    January 31 – Today, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP Draw) invited more than 280 applicants for permanent residency (PR).

    This was a targeted draw at Tech and Healthcare profiles, with most of the invitations 243, sent to 35 Tech occupations or NOC codes. Rest went to healthcare and childcare occupations.

    These invites were sent under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate stream, including Express Entry BC PNP option.

    The minimum cutoff score reduced by 5 points to 85 as compared to the latest BC PNP Tech-only draw on January 10, 2023.

    The cut off score and the number of invitations for today’s draw are broken down below:

    Number of InvitesCategoryMinimum Cut Off ScoreDescription
    243Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)85Tech Occupations
    18Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)60Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202)
    18Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)60Targeted draw: Healthcare
    <5Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)60(NOCs 31103, 32104)

    BC PNP Tech Occupations

    • 10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
    • 20012 Computer and information systems managers
    • 21100 Physicists and astronomers
    • 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
    • 21211 Data scientists
    • 21220 Cybersecurity specialists
    • 21221 Business systems specialists
    • 21222 Information systems specialists
    • 21223 Database analysts and data administrators
    • 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
    • 21231 Software engineers and designers
    • 21232 Software developers and programmers
    • 21233 Web designers
    • 21234 Web developers and programmers
    • 21300 Civil engineers
    • 21301 Mechanical engineers
    • 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
    • 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
    • 21320 Chemical engineers
    • 21399 Other professional engineers
    • 22110 Biological technologists and technicians
    • 22220 Computer network and web technicians
    • 22221 User support technicians
    • 22222 Information systems testing technicians
    • 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
    • 50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
    • 22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
    • 51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
    • 51112 Technical writers
    • 51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
    • 52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
    • 52112 Broadcast technicians
    • 52113 Audio and video recording technicians
    • 52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
    • 53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

    Care economy: Healthcare occupations

    • 30010 Managers in health care
    • 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    • 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    • 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
    • 31110 Dentists
    • 31201 Chiropractors
    • 31120 Pharmacists
    • 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
    • 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    • 31203 Occupational therapists
    • 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
    • 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    • 32121 Medical radiation technologists
    • 32122 Medical sonographers
    • 32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
    • 32110 Denturists
    • 32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    • 32101 Licensed practical nurses
    • 32102 Paramedical occupations
    • 41300 Social workers
    • 42201 Social and community service workers
    • 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
    • 31101 Specialists in surgery
    • 31302 Nurse practitioners
    • 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    • 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    • 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    • 31202 Physiotherapists
    • 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    • 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
    • 32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
    • 32112 Dental technologists and technicians
    • 32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
    • 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    • 33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
    • 31200 Psychologists
    • 41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
    • 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (only health care assistants / health care aides are eligible under NOC 33102).

    How To Apply:

    Eligible candidates can create an online profile with BC PNP here. Once an online profile is created, profiles are eligible to be invited in one of the upcoming BC PNP draws, based upon the total points depending upon the BC PNP scoring matrix.

    Click here to get more information to assess your eligibility for various streams of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

    Processing Time:

    Estimated processing time for 80% of the British Columbia PNP applications is 3 months.

    These processing times are calculated from the date a complete application is received by the BC PNP after nomination.

    However, selected profiles/candidates in a BC PNP stream may need to submit a request after nomination, in case of any of the following:

    • employment status changes after receiving an invitation in a draw.
    • working permit expiry date is within 180 days of receiving the BC PNP nomination.
    • Also, if family structure of the applicant changes.

  • Latest OINP Draw Sent 611 New Invitations For PR

    On January 31, 2023 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) also known as Ontario PNP sent 611 invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residency (PR).

    This OINP draw declared cut off score of 53 and above under the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream.

    The cut off score increased by 18 points as compared to last OINP Foreign Worker Stream draw on January 10, 2023.

    Furthermore, Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with Ontario PNP between November 22, 2022 – January 31, 2023 were considered for this draw.

    So far OINP has sent 1,017 invitations to apply (ITA) under Foreign Worker Stream this year.

    This was a targeted draw at tech and health occupations and invited profiles created with OINP in 53 occupations and NOC codes.

    List of NOC Codes Invited in OINP Draw today

    1. NOC 20012 – Computer and information systems managers
    2. NOC 21211 – Data Scientists
    3. NOC 21223 – Database analysts and data administrators
    4. NOC 21230 – Computer systems developers and programmers
    5. NOC 21231 – Software engineers and designers
    6. NOC 21232 – Software developers and programmers
    7. NOC 21233 – Web designers
    8. NOC 21234 – Web developers and programmers
    9. NOC 21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers
    10. NOC 22221 – User support technicians
    11. NOC 22222 – Information systems testing technicians
    12. NOC 30010 – Managers in health care
    13. NOC 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
    14. NOC 31101 – Specialists in surgery
    15. NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
    16. NOC 31103 – Veterinarians
    17. NOC 31110 – Dentists
    18. NOC 31111 – Optometrists
    19. NOC 31112 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    20. NOC 31120 – Pharmacists
    21. NOC 31121 – Dietitians and nutritionists
    22. NOC 31201 – Chiropractors
    23. NOC 31202 – Physiotherapists
    24. NOC 31203 – Occupational therapists
    25. NOC 31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    26. NOC 31209 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    27. NOC 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    28. NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    29. NOC 31302 – Nurse practitioners
    30. NOC 31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    31. NOC 32100 – Opticians
    32. NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
    33. NOC 32102 – Paramedical occupations
    34. NOC 32103 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    35. NOC 32104 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
    36. NOC 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    37. NOC 32110 – Denturists
    38. NOC 32111 – Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    39. NOC 32112 – Dental technologists and technicians
    40. NOC 32120 – Medical laboratory technologists
    41. NOC 32121 – Medical radiation technologists
    42. NOC 32122 – Medical sonographers
    43. NOC 32123 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
    44. NOC 32124 – Pharmacy technicians
    45. NOC 32129 – Other medical technologists and technicians
    46. NOC 32200 – Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
    47. NOC 32201 – Massage therapists
    48. NOC 32209 – Other practitioners of natural healing
    49. NOC 33100 – Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
    50. NOC 33101 – Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
    51. NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    52. NOC 33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    53. NOC 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services

  • British Columbia New Decriminalization Of Drugs-All You Need To Know

    British Columbia Decriminalization Of Drugs: Effective today, adults 18+ in British Columbia won’t face criminal charges for having small amounts of some illicit narcotics in their possession.

    The new exemption will stay in effect from January 31, 2023 to January 31, 2026. Furthermore, this exemption is “NOT” legalization of these illegal drugs.

    Small amount is defined as possession of a cumulative total of up to 2.5 grams of certain illegal drugs only for personal use.

    So, adults (18 and older) will not be detained or punished for having up to 2.5 grams of any combination of these illicit narcotics in their own possession.

    However, this exception does not apply to children under the age of 18. The Youth Criminal Justice Act still applies to minors between the ages of 12 and 17.

    This exemption is only applicable in British Columbia, but all other Canadian provinces and territories are still enforcing their existing laws for possession of illegal drugs.

    Another important thing is that this exemption is not applicable at certain locations as listed below:

    • elementary and secondary school (Kindergarten to Grade 12)
    • licensed child care facilities
    • airports
    • on Canadian Coast Guard vessels and helicopters

    Full list of illegal drugs or substances that an individual in British Columbia can possess up to 2.5 grams

    British Columbia Decriminalization of drugs
    Illegal SubstanceControlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) listing
    Opioid1. Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum), its derivatives, salts, preparations, and alkaloids
    2. Phenylpiperidines, their intermediates, salts, derivatives and analogues and salts of intermediates, derivatives and analogues
    3. Phenazepines, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    4. Amidones, their intermediates, salts, derivatives and salts of intermediates and derivatives
    5. Methadols, their derivatives, salts, and salts of derivatives
    6. Phenalkoxams, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    7. Thiambutenes, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    8. Moramides, their intermediates, salts, derivatives and salts of intermediates and derivatives
    9. Morphinans, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    10. Benzazocines, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    11. Ampromides, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    12. Benzimidazoles, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    13. Fentanyls, their salts, derivatives, and analogues and salts of derivatives and analogues
    14. Tilidine, its salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
    15. Tapentadol, its salts, derivatives and isomers and salts of derivatives and isomers
    16. AH-7921, its salts, isomers and salts of isomers
    17. MT-45, its salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues and salts of derivatives, isomers and analogues
    18. U-47700, its salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues, and salts of derivatives, isomers and analogues
    19. Tramadol, its salts, isomers and salts of isomers and its derivatives O-desmethyltramadol and N,O-didesmethyltramadol 
    20. Lefetamine, its salts, derivatives and isomers and salts of derivatives and isomers
    21. Zipeprol and any salt thereof
    CocaineCocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine)
    MethamphetamineMethamphetamine (N,α-dimethylbenzeneethanamine), but not including its salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues and salts of derivatives, isomers and analogues
    MDMAN-methyl-3,4-methylenedioxy-amphetamine (N,α-dimethyl-1,3-benzodioxole-5-ethanamine)

    Click here for latest BC PNP Draws

  • Canada Express Entry – Full List Of Documents You Need

    Express Entry system is still the most popular and fastest way of getting Canada permanent residency (PR).

    If you are planning to create a profile with Express Entry system or hoping to get an invitation in next draw, then you can stay prepared by proactively getting your documents in order.

    Remember that the documents you must have to create your Express Entry profile and the documents that you will require to submit after receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) are two difference aspects. 

    Below, you can learn about the required documents you will need while creating your Express Entry profile and the necessary documents to submit after you receive an ITA. 

    Documents required when creating an Express Entry profile

    You will need the following documents at the time of creating your Express Entry profile for consideration in a draw. 

    • A valid passport or travel document
    • Language test results: ensure that your language test results are valid or less than two years old. 
    • Education credentials: provide proof of Canadian education or an educational credential assessment report if the following applies to you:
      • Applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, or 
      • Want to claim points for your education outside of Canada 
      • A provincial nomination, if applicable 
      • A written job offer from a Canadian employer (if you have one), proof of work experience, and a certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory are all required (if you have one)
      • Proof of funds 

    Documents required after you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a Draw 

    If you are invited to apply in an Express Entry draw, then you must attach copies of the documents you used for your profile.

    Most applicants will additionally be required to submit the following documents:

    • Police certificate: if you have lived in any country for more than six months, you will need a police certificate from that country and the police certificate from your country of residence. 
    • Medical exam: if you are an in-Canada applicant, you are exempt from the medical exam requirement until October 6, 2024.
      • If you are outside Canada, you will still need to undergo a medical examination 
    • Proof of funds: You must show that you have enough funds to support yourself and your dependent. 
    • Birth Certificate – this is an essential document if you have dependent children 
    • Use of representative form if applicable 
    • Common-law union form, if applicable 
    • Marriage certificate, if applicable 
    • Divorce certificate, if applicable 
    • Death certificate if your marital status is widowed 
    • Adoption certificate if your dependent children are adopted 

    Other required documents 

    You only need to send these if they are on your customized document checklist.

    If you do not provide these documents, your application may not be refused or rejected. They are only used to determine whether you fulfill the program requirements for which you are applying.

    • Relationship proof to a relative in Canada 
    • Your digital photos to verify your identity 
    • another name to confirm aliases or nicknames
    • Form authorizing the release of personal information to a designated individual 
    • Any other documents you believe are relevant to your application

    To get more information on the documents you may require, check out IRCC’s official page


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Kamal Deep Singh, RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) licensed by CICC (formerly known as ICCRC) with member number R708618. He brings extensive knowledge of immigration law and new changes to rapidly evolving IRCC.