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  • 2020/6/5 15:26
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More than five months have passed in 2020, and about half of the time is in a pandemic. Under such circumstances, what changes have the Canadian government's policy for international students? Today, Canadian and American immigrants show everyone.

First of all, it should be mentioned that according to the latest research report published by RBC, the epidemic temporarily hit the growth target of new immigrants in Canada. The report said that Canada has always been one of the most important immigration destinations in the world, and this year is no exception. The epidemic has hit the growth of new immigrants, with international students falling by 45% and permanent residents by 30%.

The following figure is the official website of the Canadian Immigration Bureau. From January to March in the first quarter of 2020, the PR numbers and student visa numbers of each province and region:


Statistics and charts of permanent residents in various provinces and regions from January to March 2020:



Statistics and charts of student visas by province and region from January to March 2020:



The data reflects that the number of foreign students and permanent residents in all provinces and regions decreased in March.


From this point of view, under the epidemic, the number of international students and permanent residents has dropped.


What are the changes to the immigration policy for international students in 2020?

(1) Federal EE-PNP/CEC and EE-FSW


The following is the invitation status of EE from January to May 2020:


The above figure shows that from January 8 to March 4, EE's invitations are not targeted, that is, regardless of the federal EE-PNP/EE-CEC/EE-FSW, all are drawn together. However, since the outbreak of the March epidemic, EE has appeared for PNP or CEC applicants, and so far has not issued an invitation for FSW.


In addition, as can be seen from the chart above, EE-PNP and EE-CEC rarely issued a total of three invitations in April.


In addition, from March 23 to the present, the EE-CEC invitation score has been declining. In May, EE-CEC fell below 450 points, and today's invitation fell further to 440.


The following is a chart of EE-CEC's invitation scores from March to the present:


The minimum invitation score for EE-PNP appeared on April 29, and the CRS score was 692. The invitation score on May 13 rose back by 26 points to more than 700 points. On May 27th yesterday, the score jumped to 757 points.


The following is a chart of EE-PNP's invitation scores from March to the present:


In 2019, the overall EE invitation score continues to rise, and there is no distinction for PNP or CEC applicants. The chart below shows the scores of EE invitations from January 9 to December 19, 2019.


It can be seen that since the minimum invitation score of 439 points appeared on January 30, 2019, the minimum invitation score so far has been above 450 points. Among the five invitations, the lowest scores on May 29, October 30, November 13, November 27, and December 11 were all 470 points or above.


Next, the Canadian and American immigrants will analyze in depth for you, why the invitation score of EE has been declining recently:


1. One of the main reasons for the decrease in EE scores is that EE has started to invite by categories. Of course, the most fundamental reason is because of the epidemic. The previous EE invitations were basically General, regardless of the specific category. Whether it was an overseas skilled immigrant FSW or a Canadian experience immigrant CEC, and a provincial nominated immigrant PNP, all were invited together.


However, you can see from the invitation diagram above that starting from March 19, 2020, EE has started to invite by category, only PNP applicants with provincial nomination certificates and CEC applicants with Canadian experience. Because of the epidemic, Canada has restricted all non-essential travel, so it does not invite overseas applicants at the same time.


2. Even for PNP and CEC applicants, there are fewer and fewer applicants with high scores in the pool. Because all language test centers were closed during the epidemic, everyone knows that language scores are a necessary condition for EE to enter the pool. Normally NOC 0, A jobs require an IELTS score of 6 points, while Type B jobs also require an IELTS score of around 5 points.


This has led to some applicants whose work experience may have met the requirements of the immigration authorities, but because of the lack of IELTS results, they have been unable to enter the pool to participate in the invitation.


Or some applicants have had IELTS scores before, but the scores are not satisfactory. Before the outbreak, they can still improve their EE scores by brushing IELTS, but now this method will not work.


3. Another reason is that during the epidemic, many people (such as restaurants, schools, car dealers, etc.) lost their jobs, so there is no way to continue to accumulate Canadian work experience.


Because there are fewer and fewer high-quality candidates in the pool, but the Immigration Bureau still follows the invitation frequency once every two weeks, and the number of people invited has not dropped significantly, so the score will continue to decrease.


This is good news for international students who have already had qualified English scores. But keep in mind that your English score must be valid within 2 years.


Looking at the current situation in Canada, the border has not been unsealed, the language test center has not opened, and the score is expected to decline further. Applicants who wish to qualify will quickly seize this rare opportunity.


Because the classification invitation has caused an imbalance in the scores in the EE system, it is expected that after the future epidemic, the classification invitation will be the norm.


(2) Ontario Province Nominated Project -EE


At the beginning of June, Ontario issued a provincial nomination quota of 7,350 from the Federation in 2020, and there are also 250 nominations for temporary foreign workers specifically for mid-level technical occupations (National Occupation Classification [NOC]-Skills Level C)


The following are the nearly 5,000 invitations that Ontario has issued in 2020, but the invitations or registrations received do not represent the last application submitted nor the provincial nomination certificate issued by the government:

Total HCP: 2842

French categories: 549

Artisan category: 190

Employer guarantee: 1322



HCP 2020 invitations


It is worth mentioning that Ontario issued a directional invitation to the human capital priority category HCP on June 3, inviting a total of 699 people, as well as applicants with Canadian work experience and overseas work experience.

Nine positions were invited for invitation, with the minimum scores of 358 points (Canadian experience) and 471 points (overseas experience). The nine positions invited specifically are:


Compared with the last time, this invitation added 2 positions: 3124 other primary medical practitioners and 3132 nutritionists, but deleted the last 3 positions invited: 0601 company sales manager, 0621 retail and wholesale trade manager, 0651 Customer and personal service managers. It is understandable that because of the epidemic, the demand for medical and nutritionists has increased.


This invitation is different from the federal EE. Since the middle of March, the Federal EE has only invited applicants with Canadian work experience, and the Ontario invitation is also open to applicants with overseas work experience.


The minimum score for an invitation is:


o Have more than 1 year of working experience in Canada: the invitation score is 358-439.

o Have more than 1 year of designated overseas work experience: the invitation score is 471-500.


HCP-Tech Draw Invitation in 2020


As for Tech Draw under the HCP category, it issued 703 invitations to candidates with Canada Experience Class (CEC) work experience in Canada on May 13. The CRS of the invited person is between 421 and 451, and has the following NOC occupation work experience:

0213 Computer and Information System Manager

2147 computer engineers

2172 Database analysts and data administrators

2173 Software engineers and designers

2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2175 Web designers and developers


A total of 954 invitations were issued on January 15, 2020 by the HCP Technical Lottery, and the applicant's CRS scores ranged from 460 to 472.


Since July 11, 2019, OINP announced that through the existing Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP), it will provide targeted technology draws for candidates of the Express Entry with six scientific and technical career experience (Tech Draw), there have been 4 invitations so far.

It can be seen that, under the epidemic, the minimum invitation score of Tech Draw also dropped, and the minimum score of 421 appeared in the invitation on May 13.


French category invitations in 2020



Skills category invitation in 2020


On April 29th, Ontario EE-Skilled Skills Trades Stream was invited. This time it was exclusively for designated positions under skilled immigration. The number of people invited is 190. The designated occupations for this invitation are as follows:


7235 Structural metal and sheet manufacturers and fitters

7236 Ironwork

7241 Electrician

7244 Power line and cable workers

7252 Steam installers, pipe installers and sprinkler system installers

7271 Carpenter

7282 Concrete finishing agent

7291 Roofer

7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operators

7312 Heavy Equipment Mechanic

7313 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics

7316 Machine fitter

7318 Elevator builders and mechanics

7371 Crane operators


Skilled immigrants originally included all categories under NOC 633, 72, 73, and 82, but this time you are invited to see jobs that were popular in the past, such as bakers (NOC6332), car mechanics (NOC7321) are excluded from this time. Invitation list.

(3) Ontario Provincial Nomination Project-Employer Guarantee (including the latest reminder from the Migration Board)


Ontario Employer Guarantee-Category of International Students and Overseas Workers Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker Streams


On March 3rd, ONIP's Ontario Employer Guarantee-International Students and Overseas Mechanics categories were open to accept applications. A total of 1322 applications were received.


On the same day, the Ontario Department of Immigration suddenly announced the reopening of its employer-sponsored immigration, the International Student category, which closed on April 26, 2019, about 10 months apart. The official website subsequently issued news, announcing that employer-sponsored immigration – the Foreign Worker category and the International Student category are accepting applications, but they closed again in less than ten minutes after opening and the competition was fierce.


In addition, it is worth noting that the Ontario Department of Immigration emphasized on the official website on May 20 that for employers of Ontario’s overseas labor and shortage of occupations, Ontario employers must prove that they have made reasonable efforts before providing jobs to applicants. To recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents unless:


o The applicant already has a valid work permit to work in Ontario, or

o The employer has obtained LMIA approval for the position.


Ontario emphasizes that OINP Ontario's Immigration Department aims to help employers in situations where employers are unable to fill positions in the country due to skills shortages. Employers should first carry out recruitment work in Canada, or with the assistance of a recruitment agency (such as headhunters, human resources consulting companies) with professional qualifications for domestic talent recruitment.

Please note that OINP Ontario Department of Immigration does not accept recruitment by immigration consultants. Because in this case, there is a conflict of interest, so if the application shows that the immigration consultant has done Canadian recruitment for the employer, the application will be rejected.