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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have invited 2,991 candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residence in the second draw to take place so far this August. Candidates with 433 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as a result of the August 9 draw. This is the lowest CRS cut-off threshold since May, and therefore the lowest since changes to the CRS — including the introduction of additional points for French speakers and candidates with a sibling in Canada — were implemented in early June.

The three previous draws that took place since those changes came into effect all had a CRS cut-off threshold in the 440s. The fact that the latest draw followed quickly after the previous draw, motorcycle fairings, which took place exactly a week ago on August 2, would have been a contributing factor to the decrease in the threshold this time around, as longer gaps between draws allow more candidates to enter the pool.

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*Note: Draws of May 26 invited provincial nominees with a minimum CRS score of 775, and candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class with a minimum score of 199.

Following today’s draw, Yamaha r6 fairings, the total number of ITAs issued since Express Entry was launched in January 2015 stands at 125,587. Of these, 60,742 have been issued so far this year; cbr600rr fairings, this is significantly more than the total number issued in all of last year.

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*Note: Draws of May 26 invited provincial nominees with a minimum CRS score of 775, and candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class with a minimum score of 199.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP):
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will welcome up to 1,200 new applications under the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) during an intake period that began on August 9.

Of the 42 occupations on the new list,19 mentioned below did not require any professional licensure.

NOC OCCUPATION
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1122 Managers in Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing

0821 Managers in agriculture 0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers

British Columbia: British Columbia issued a total of 357 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in draws that took place on July19 and July 26. The latter draw was a ‘tech-only’ draw, a new initiative started by BC in May. Non-tech workers and graduates may have been invited to apply on July19.

Start-Up Visa program: The government of Canada has announced that the Start-Up Visa program, a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for entrepreneurs launching a company in Canada, will become a regular feature of Canada’s immigration landscape in 2018

Manitoba: Manitoba issued 40 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in July, 2017 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 89 and 97 points under the unique MPNP-B point’s grid. 

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