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BC PNP Draw Invites 360 Candidates through Skills Immigration Stream and Express Entry BC

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On 25th November 2020, BC invited 360 candidates under Skills Immigration (SI) stream, and Express Entry BC (EEBC) in the latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw. BC invited 360 candidates to apply for Canada PR.

The applicants were invited under Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, International Graduate subcategories and Skilled Worker.

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Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, BC issues invitations every week to applicants who crack the eligibility criteria with a valid employment offer in the key technology profession. The BC PNP draw refers to those applicants. In case that your occupation isn’t on the list of key technology professions, you may still be qualified to apply. BC keeps on conducting weekly draws for qualified candidates across various occupations, based on the programs processing and yearly allocation capacity.

Occasionally, BC welcomes the highest scoring candidates in every category to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). BC selects effective candidates to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to gain Canada PR. The below table shows the score required for successful candidates to qualify for BC PNP.



Points Required


Skills Immigration

Skilled Worker


International Graduate


Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled


Express Entry BC Skilled Worker


International Graduate


If one has to apply for BC PNP, you need to create your profile on the online portal of BC PNP. The candidates are invited based on work experience, education, employment location, and language proficiency. If your application is approved, you can use provincial nomination for applying to Canada PR.

Candidates applying under the Express Entry system gain additional 600 points towards their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These applicants have viably ensured an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future Express Entry draw.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is the most optimized, a fast-track Canada immigration pathway for international students and qualified IT workers.

To be considered for BC PNP for Canada immigration to obtain Canada PR, applicants need to have a valid employment offer in one of 29 eligible occupations. Applicants who receive ITA have 30 days to submit the complete immigration application.

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The VACs in San Francisco and Seattle are now Open for Biometrics

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The good news for applicants applying for Canada immigration is that the VACs in San Francisco and Seattle are now open for biometrics. The U.S. residents can now submit their biometrics at any VACs to complete the Canada immigration process.

On 23rd November 2020, the VACs in San Francisco and Seattle, Washington opened up their services only for biometrics. Applicants can carry the rest VAC services in the centres located in New York and Los Angeles. Candidates can give biometrics at any of these four centres. They can likewise submit biometrics to the 131 Application Support Centers situated in the U.S., as long as they have their Biometrics Introduction Letter.

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The San Francisco and Seattle centres will be open for a time of one year. They are selected to make it more advantageous for those affected by Covid related service closures. Candidates for Canada immigration can submit biometrics for their new or currently progressing applications.

U.S visa holders get few exemptions, such as they don’t have to give biometrics. Different exclusions include kids under age 14, candidates over age 79 and not applying for asylum, heads of government, diplomats, individuals who previously gave biometrics, visa-exempt international nationals dropping by, and Canadians.

It is mandatory to submit biometrics or photo and fingerprints if you are applying for the mentioned Canada visas –

  • Canada Visitor visa
  • Canada student visa (Unless they are U.S. residents)
  • Canada Study visa (Unless they are U.S. residents)
  • Asylum or refugee
  • Extension for work or study permit, or
  • Extension on visitor records, legal status

Individuals in Canada applying for temporary resident at present are excluded from biometrics temporarily. This measure was set up because of the pandemic. It applies to individuals who are applying to expand their stay in Canada. It includes students, workers, or tourists, just as the individuals applying to re-establish their status. It additionally covers individuals who are applying for their visa or permit in Canada.

As a component of the temporary COVID-19 measure, candidates having Canada PR don’t have to give their biometrics again if they have submitted in the last ten years.


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Canadian Immigration saw Rising Interest from April to August 2020

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Inspite of Covid-19 pandemic, Canadian immigration saw rising interest from April to August 2020. The latest survey carried out by Word Education Services (WES) has delivered its most recent release on how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed individuals’ perception of immigration. The survey was carried out wherein many prospective Canadian immigrants were targeted, who had applied for WES evaluation carried between January 2019 and July 2020. A total of 27,930 responses were received and analyzed.

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WES announced three significant findings –

  • The interest in Canada immigration increased between April and August among probable workers;
  • The graph of respondents delaying immigration showed a considerable downfall in this time duration as many individuals applied for Canada immigration;
  • The prospective immigrants expect financial conditions in their nation of origin to be more regrettable than in Canada.

This is the third report, which specified Canada immigration statistics since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. WES estimated the first analysis of Canada immigration during the height of the primary wave in April. The second took a gander at equivalent information in the month of June. The recently delivered analysis is a depiction of perspectives from August.

The targeted group incorporated most of the respondents from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Pakistan. Lebanon and Bangladesh residents each contained 2 percent of respondents, and the excess 25 percent were gathered into “other” nations. The chart below highlights the percentage of respondents based in specific countries.

A stratified random sampling methodology was used to collect the data from the targeted group. The data for the survey was collected from 17th August 2020 to 26th August 2020.

As mentioned above, many individuals who participated in the survey expected more adverse financial conditions in their home country and the remaining expected a negative impact on the job market. The earlier findings of one of the surveys conducted by WES showed that 80 percent of the respondents excepted negative financial conditions and hence opted for Canada immigration to secure their future by applying for Canada PR.

More respondents perceived COVID-19 to affect job availability in their profession adversely, both in Canada and their nation of origin. Forty-seven percent anticipated a negative effect on job availability in April, and 60% in August. The pandemic’s impact on Canada’s jobs expanded somewhat from 41 percent in April to 44 percent in August.


FSWP or FSTP – Which Canadian Immigration program is the best fit for you?

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The Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Programs (FSTP) are the two well-known immigration programs for Canada. Both the programs are a part of the Express Entry system along with the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The two Canadian immigration programs, i.e. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), may be confusing for most applicants who do not understand the similarities and differences between the two. This blog would help you understand both the programs closely and determine which one is the best fit for you.

Individuals will, in general, combine these two programs. There is a difference in the eligibility criteria of the federal skilled worker (FSW) and that of the federal skilled trades (FST) program. The immigration procedure for preparing the two programs’ application is electronic and depends on a point-based system. As these programs are part of Express Entry, applicants who rank higher in the comprehensive ranking system (CRS) are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada PR.

For obtaining the Canada PR, one must qualify for the federal skilled worker points system. The federal skilled eligibility criteria include the applicant’s education, work experience, and language requirements.

Now some of you may ask what Express Entry Pool is? The applicants who are willing to move to Canada make an online profile. If they qualify for one of Canada’s immigration programs, they enter the Express Entry Pool.

In the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), an individual must have –

  • At least 12 months’ work experience in the last ten years.
  • Only paid work is considered, and voluntary or unpaid work is not considered.
  • The job has to belong to one of the NOC skill levels 0, A or B.

If you did an all-day work, it must be equivalent to 30 hours of the week for a year, equal to 1,560 hours consistently. If it was a part-time job, it should be 15 hours out of each week for two years, equivalent to 1,560 hours. If one qualifies these requirements, he/she would be able for the federal skilled worker points system.

Whereas, in Federal Skills Trade Program (FSTP), the necessities are referenced underneath –

  • You should plan to live anyplace in Canada except for Quebec.
  • You should meet the necessary level of language requirement either in English or French.
  • You should have two years of full time or equivalent measure of part-time experience in the five years before applying under Express Entry.
  • You should meet the job requirements as it is mentioned in NOC.
  • You should have a full-time employment offer for at least one year.

As a candidate, you must show that you precisely performed the responsibilities at your job, as mentioned in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) list. If you neglect to show the obligations and experience for the employment you did as it is mentioned in the NOC, your immigration application won’t be acknowledged.

Similarities – Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

  • Can apply under Express Entry System (If you meet all eligibility criteria).
  • Having an employment offer is not a must but will definitely increase your score and chances to rank high in the draw pool.
  • No age barrier (If you are aged more than 47, you do not earn CRS points).
  • Submit proof of funds (Can score extra for adaptability/how can you manage to settle in Canada).
  • Can apply to work and reside in the province (Expect Quebec as Quebec has its skilled worker program).

Differences – Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Criteria FSWP FSTP
Language Skills  For the first language minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadien (NCLC) is 7, whereas, for the second language, it should be Level 5. For first or second language, the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) should be Level 4 for Reading and Writing and level 5 for Speaking and Listening.
Education Certificate, Degree or Diploma from Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution; or Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization of your secondary or post-secondary institution (outside of Canada). No education requirements, but having one can improve your CRS score and rank in the Express Entry system pool (therefore, one needs to have an ECA).
Work Experience  Minimum of 1-year full-time, uninterrupted work experience in the last ten years under-skilled occupation skill level A or B or skill type 0; or Canadian job offer following the Labour Impact Assessment criteria Minimum of 2 years of full-time, uninterrupted work experience in the last ten years under one of the following groups:
• Major Group 72 – Electrical, construction, industrial trades
• Major Group 73: maintenance and equipment operation trades
• Major Group 82 – supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
• Major Group 92 – processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators
• Minor Group 632 – chefs and cooks
• Minor Group 633 – butchers and bakers

If you need additional information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program or are willing to apply for it, you can connect with Elaar Immigration for all your Canada immigration necessities. Our group of committed and licensed Canada immigration consultants will guide you in the right direction as per your unique situation.

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Visa Application Centres in India Reopened Today

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The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in India started its operations from today, i.e. 20th November 2020. The Canadian Government stated that it would be limited to few biometric appointments in Delhi, Mumbai, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad. The VACs will give high priority to family class applicants and international students.

After the Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted, resuming the biometric services was the last hitch for the applicants who applied for Canada immigration. While international students have been relieved from Canada’s travel limitations as of 20th October 2020, Indian students who have not submitted biometrics before couldn’t make a trip to Canada. The equivalent could be said for skilled worker immigrants and family class who are additionally excluded from the travel limitations.

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Since VACs in India have started with their operations from today, the individuals who are absolved from Canada’s travel restrictions will have the option to present their biometrics to finish their entire process of Canada immigration application and be ready to travel to Canada.

On Twitter, the Canadian Government posted that it won’t accept any walk-ins at VACs. Individuals should book an appointment with VACs in advance and be present at the VAC at a given time.

Suppose the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has given a special Biometric Instructions Letter (BIL) which concerns you. In that case, you will get more guidelines to your email ID on the document about how to plan your biometric arrangement.

The Canadian Government mentioned that it would schedule more appointments in the coming weeks as the VACs opens its services in phases. As India is the leading nation where people are interested in Canada immigration.

Biometrics are required to complete the Canada immigration process. The individuals willing to visit Canada, work, study or stay in Canada have to undergo biometrics and submit their photograph. These individuals have to pay the application fee to complete the Canada immigration application. Biometrics helps the Canadian Government to identify the individual’s identity when they enter Canada.

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