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Canada Eases Path to Permanent Residency for Skilled Nigerian Workers

Canada Eases Requirements for Skilled Workers from Nigeria and Other Countries to Gain Permanent Residency

Canada's Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently invited 920 candidates to apply for permanent residency through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via the Express Entry system. This draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 739, reflecting Canada's effort to attract skilled workers worldwide to boost its economy.

Earlier, on June 19, 2024, IRCC issued 1,499 invitations under the PNP, with a lower minimum CRS score of 663. These varying score requirements show how the Express Entry system adjusts to create opportunities for candidates with different CRS scores.

The latest draw uses a tie-breaking rule to ensure fairness, giving priority to earlier-submitted profiles when candidates have the same lowest CRS score.

As of July 2, 2024, the distribution of CRS scores in the Express Entry pool indicates a competitive landscape. The majority of candidates have scores between 451-500. Specifically, there are 940 candidates with scores between 601-1200, 16,521 candidates between 501-600, and 64,761 candidates between 451-500.

The Provincial Nominee Program is a key pathway for skilled workers seeking permanent residency in Canada. It allows provinces and territories to nominate candidates based on their skills, education, and work experience to meet local economic needs.

Each province and territory manages its own PNP, targeting various groups such as students, businesspeople, skilled workers, and semi-skilled workers. These programs address specific labor market needs, ensuring a steady flow of talent to support local economies.

The Express Entry system, managed by IRCC, is the main method for handling permanent residency applications from skilled immigrants. It includes multiple immigration programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Provincial Nominee Program.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points based on factors like age, education, work experience, and language skills. The CRS score determines whether a candidate is eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

IRCC holds regular draws approximately every two weeks, with each draw having a specific cut-off score that candidates must meet or exceed to receive an ITA.

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