Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for Fourth Week of January

Three provincial nominee program draws were held during the last week of January. B.C held its second Tech Pilot draw and issued 81 invitations. Quebec held its first Arrima draw of the year and invited 95 candidates while Manitoba issued 218 LAAs to immigration candidates, and Alberta issued 150 ITA. A total of 544 ITAs.

81 Invitations Issued in Latest BC PNP Tech Draw

B.C holds second Tech Pilot draw of 2021. 81 invitations have been sent to qualified candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams. Minimum score of 80 required to qualify for the draw. February 9 2021 is next predicted Tech Pilot draw date.

B.C. held a second British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot draw this year under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams.

The draw held on January 26 2021 resulted in 81 candidates being sent invitations. One higher than the number of invites sent out during the last draw on January 12 2021.

The candidates were selected from the following subcategories:

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

In order to be eligible for the draw, a minimum provincial score of 80 was required across all streams and subcategories. The provincial score is based on the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates who are wish to be considered for a draw need to complete and submit their profile online through SIRS. Their profile is evaluated and points are awarded based on human capital factors such as an applicant’s age, their level of education, their language proficiency and work experience.

Candidates also had to show they have valid job offers in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations. The job offer has to be for a full-time position, be valid for a period of at least one year and has to have at least 120 days remaining on it from the time of application.

The 81 applicants who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the January 26 2021 draw will now have 30 days to submit their application package online through the BC PNP Online Registration system.

Even though an ITA does not guarantee that the applicant will be given permanent residency, a provincial nomination does go a long way to increasing their scores and making them a shoe-in since a provincial nomination means an the applicant receives an automatic 600 points on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The province of B.C. has been holding weekly provincial nominee program draws and Tech Pilot draws are held every second week.

Should this pattern continue, CICWeekly anticipates the next Tech Pilot draw will be held on Tuesday February 9 2021.  

First Arrima Draw of 2021 Held in Quebec

Quebec issued 95 invitations to candidates in the first Arrima draw of 2021. Candidates were chosen from the Regular Skilled Worker Program and will have 60 days to submit their application. The province hopes to welcome 47,500 newcomers into the province this year.

The province of Quebec held its first Arrima draw of the year on January 26 and issued invitations to apply to 95 qualified candidates.

Candidates were selected from the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) under two categories:

  1. Candidates were required to demonstrate proof of a valid job offer.
  2. Individuals who were residing in Quebec and holding down a job as a diplomat, a consular officer, or a representative from an intergovernmental organization or the United Nations. It may also have included staff members who fall under Section 26 of the Quebec Immigration Regulation.

Quebec’s Immigration System:

Quebec has always marched to its own beat and so unsurprisingly, the province manages its own immigration programs with a very specific selection process which is distinct and different from the federal government’s approach.

This is due in large part to Quebec’s desire to maintain its French language and rich heritage. 

As such, in 2018 Quebec launched Arrima, an online registration portal designed to manage and simplify the application process for the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

In order to be eligible for the program, interested candidates must complete and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Arrima. Once an EOI is in place, the applicant is put into a pool of eligible candidates.

The applicant’s profile is reviewed by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). Invitations to apply are issued to idividuals with profiles and work experiences that MIFI feels can assist and support the province’s economic growth.

When an invitation has been issued, candidates have a set period of time to submit the requested documents and application which is reviewed by the province’s immigration ministry using the RSWP selection grid.

A score is assigned based on things like language skills, age, education and work experience and if a candidate successfully passes this evaluation, they are provided with a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). 

The CSQ proves that an individual has been approved to live in Quebec. The next step is to apply permanent residency with Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Candidates who received an invitation in the January 26 draw will have 60 days to submit their application.

Given this is the first draw Quebec has held in 2021 and the high number of immigrants it hopes to welcome, CICWeekly expects the province to be holding many more draws in the coming months.

218 Immigration Candidates Invited in Manitoba PNP Draw

The newest PNP draw held on January 28 in Manitoba resulted in 218 immigration candidates receiving an Letters of Advice to Apply. Applicants were selected from Skilled Workers and International Graduates streams. 13 of the invitations were given to Express Entry candidates.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held its second draw of the month on January 28 2021, as January winds down and issued invitations, referred to as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to 218 qualified candidates.

Draw results at a glance:

StreamsNumber of LAAs IssuedMin. Score Required
Skilled Workers in Manitoba178518
International Education Stream23None Required
Skilled Workers Overseas17681

13 of the 218 issued LAAs went to Express Entry candidates who have a valid Express Entry ID, proof of work experience in one of Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations as well as a job seeker validation code. Should any of these conditions not be met or missing, the candidate’s application will be refused.

Expression of Interest (EOI) System in Manitoba:

Individuals who are interested in settling down in Manitoba through the province’s PNP first need to create and register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP in order to receive an LAA.

An applicant’s profile is evaluated and ranked out of 1,000 points. The points are based on factors such as the applicant’s language proficiency, their level of education, their work experience, age etc. The highest ranked profiles are issued invitations during draws.

Manitoba’s Workers Immigration Streams:

The Skilled Workers Overseas category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams is designed to encourage individuals who have the required skillset and work experience to fill and support gaps in the province’s labour market shortages.

Interested individuals need to demonstrate their desire to settle in Manitoba and show any established links or connections such as close friends or family who currently reside in the province.

While candidates are not required to physically be residing in the province at the time of application, candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category do need to show proof of a full-time job offer from a Manitoba employer.

With the newest draw, the total number of invitations issued to candidates through the MPNP for the year 2021 now stands at 490. 

Alberta holds second PNP draw in January 2021

In the second Express Entry draw to be held in January, Alberta dropped the CRS score requirement to 360 and issued 100 invitations, doubling the number from the first draw. A total of 150 immigration candidates received nominations through the provincial nominee program draw.

Following the first draw of the year held on January 8, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held a second draw a few weeks later on January 28 2021.

100 invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates who had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 360 or higher.  This was a much lower score requirement compared to the January 8 draw where the cut off score was 406.

The 100 candidates who received an invitation are now eligible to apply for a provincial nomination under Alberta’s Express Entry stream.

The successful applicants will receive an additional 600 points on their CRS score and when Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds their bi-weekly Express Entry draws, the highest ranked candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency to Canada. 

Given that the minimum cut-off CRS score for Express Entry draws are in the 400s, an applicant with a provincial nomination is almost guaranteed an ITA.

Candidates who interested in applying through the Alberta Express Entry stream have a few steps to follow and must demonstrate they have work experience in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic growth.

If they have the relevant experience, applicants need to create an Express Entry profile and wait to receive a Notification of Intent (NOI) letter from the AINP. Once they receive this letter, applicants can indicate to AINP that they are interested in the Express Entry stream.

So far Alberta has issued 150 invitations to Express Entry candidate through the two draws held in January. In 2020, the province issued 4,000 nominations in total, a lower number than originally anticipated due to the effects of COVID.

The province has not yet released its provincial nomination allocation for 2021.

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