58th Express Entry Draw held on 5th April, 2017

The 58th Express Entry draw took place on 5th April 2017 wherein 3,753 candidates were issued Invitations to apply with a cutoff score of 431 or above. In the last draw, 3,749 Invitations to apply were issued with the score of 441 or above. A new record low CRS score which indicates wide range of candidates may submit their application. It’s indicated that if the draw sizes remain relatively large then we may witness lower CRS requirement during the year 2017. Now the candidates who have received the invitation to apply can proceed further with their PR process and submit their application within 90 days with all the supporting documents. Moreover, the candidates must ensure that the information provided in the documents must be accurate and relevant. If the information provided is found to be inaccurate or irrelevant then the candidate can be penalized or may be barred for 5 years from applying to immigrate to Canada.

Manitoba announces improvements in its service standards

With the aim of speedy processing, Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Training has announced that Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program will implement few improvements on its service standards.

☛ Candidates who will submit their complete applications under Manitoba PNP program will be processed within six to fewer months.

☛ An online resource providing list of in-demand jobs in the province will be introduced which will help in prioritizing invitations to apply in the Express Entry pool.

☛ New pathways to be introduced which will enable international students in Manitoba for easier transit to permanent resident status.

Amendment in Canada’s Citizenship Act

Following an amendment in Canada’s Citizenship Act, children under the age of 18 could apply for Canadian citizenship on their own. The amendments will be applicable to cross section of youths including children estranged from parents, asylum seekers, with criminal convictions and minors who don’t want to follow their parents back to their home country such as India and China. As per the current law, applicants must be atleast 18 years of age or included in a parent or guardian immigration application inorder to apply for citizenship. Canadian resident under the age of 18 can apply for citizenship on their own on compassionate grounds but it’s rarely used.

Quebec allows applicant to modify and update their application

Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion has announced that applicants who have submitted an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate through Mon project Quebec can modify and update their information. Modifications are restricted upto certain sections such as contact information, addition or removal of spouse or dependent child information, academic information, language proficiency updates, and family details of the one’s who live in Quebec.