Treading in Deep Water

Treading in Deep Water
by Greg Godels

As one good reason for voting for Biden: should he win, Democrats will not be able to continually blame all of our sorry politics and capitalism’s contradictions on Trump. And the experience of a Biden government might well hasten the defection from a moribund Democratic Party.

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  1. Marc says:

    Lawyer Reiner Foellmich: Crimes against humanity, Oct 5, 2020, 49 minutes

  2. Marc says:

    Q3 2020: All-time biggest quarter for Express Entry With 78,350 ITAs issued so far, 2020 is a record-breaking year for the number of invitations to apply issued for Canadian immigration.
    by Shelby Thevenot

    A record number of candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system this summer.

    It seems that the pandemic has not stopped the sheer number of invitations being issued for candidates to apply for immigration. A total of 28,450 Express Entry candidates were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the third quarter of 2020. This is more ITAs than any previous quarter since the application management system launched in January, 2015. It also brings the number of ITAs issued this year to a record high of 78,350. Even in the second quarter of 2020 during the first wave of coronavirus, Canada still issued 27,300 ITAs, which hasn’t been seen in one quarter since Q4, 2018.

    Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, who had been completely left out in Q2, were finally included in the July 8th Express Entry draw. Since September 2nd, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has consistently held all-program draws, which do not discriminate by program type.

    The month of August saw four different types of Express Entry draws. Following another all-program draw on August 5th, Canada also held a Federal Skilled Trades draw on August 6th, inviting immigration candidates with trades experience to apply for permanent residence. Then on August 19th, and 20th, Canada returned to its Q2 habit of holding Express Entry draws that were exclusive to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class candidates.

    Though the largest Express Entry draw ever still goes to the February 19 invitation round where 4,500 candidates were invited, the past three draws in September have consistently invited 4,200 principal applicants.

    Applications through the Express Entry system take an average of six to eight months to process, so the number of people who actually get permanent residence from these draws won’t be seen until 2021. The number of permanent residents admitted to Canada in July was down 63 per cent compared with July, 2019, as a result of coronavirus restrictions and service disruptions. Immigration data on how many permanent residents were admitted in August and September have not been released, yet.
    Provincial Nominee Programs

    PNPs are some of the alternative pathways to permanent residence. Express Entry candidates who do not have high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, above 470, can get a boost of 600 points with a provincial nomination. Or, immigration hopefuls who are not in the Express Entry pool may be able to go through a base PNP if they have ties to a certain province.

    In Q3, the provinces of B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. all held PNP draws.

    The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) holds draws every week, inviting skilled tech-industry workers through the Tech Pilot. They also invite other candidates with job offers in the province, depending on labour market needs.

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