Four provinces held Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws during the week of February 15 2021 issuing a total of 2,001 invitations. Ontario held its first Tech Draw while B.C. conducted two and lifted the temporary suspension on certain occupations. Alberta’s score requirements dropped further to 301 and PEI held its second scheduled draw of the year.
B.C. holds two PNP draws and issues 494 invitations
Temporary suspensions for 31 occupations were lifted as B.C. held two PNP draws, issuing a total of 494 invitations. Score requirements varied from 85 to 120.
A combined total of 494 invitations were issued to qualified candidates from British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
Draw results at a glance:
|Category||Required Score||Invitations Issued|
|SI- Skilled Worker||98||Total: 459|
|SI- International Education||94|
|SI- Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||85|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||104|
|EEBC – International Graduate||94|
Draw results for NOCs 0621 and 0631 only:
|Category||Required Score||Invitations Issued|
|SI- Skilled Worker||120||Total: 35|
|SI- International Education||120|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||120|
|EEBC – International Graduate||120|
The 35 invitations were issued to applicants with management work experience in the restaurant and food industry (NOC 0631) as well as retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621).
British Columbia announced that effective February 16 2021 the temporary suspension placed on 31 occupations such as tourism, hospitality, personal services and retail sectors etc. is being lifted and the province would resume issuing ITAs to candidates in those NOCs.
The BC PNP is the province’s provincial nominee program and is aimed at attracting foreign workers with high-demand skills and experience who are interested in settling in Canada. Interested candidates need to complete and submit their profile online through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
The profiles are evaluated and Invitations to Apply (ITAs) are issued according to a candidate’s ranking which is based on factors such as age, work experience etc.
Candidates who were selected during the draw will have 30 days to submit their application package online. If successful, the provincial nomination will add 600 points to an applicant’s overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
B.C. holds weekly draw and since the start of 2021, a total of 1,308 immigration candidates have received invitations from the province.
121 invites issued by PEI in new PNP draw
PEI follows province’s Invitation to Apply schedule and holds its second PNP draw, issuing 121 invitations.
Prince Edward Island held its second Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw of the year, almost a month after the first one.
A total of 121 immigration candidates received invitations through the Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) draw on February 18 2021.
The invitations went to candidates in the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories.
Draw results at a glance:
- Express and Entry and Labour Impact: 102 invitations (a breakdown of how many invitations went to which category was not provided, nor was the minimum EOI score)
- Business Impact: 19 invitations
Applicants in the Business Impact category were required to meet a minimum score of 82.
Individuals who are interested in PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category need to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP.
The submitted profiles are evaluated and scored using a unique points-based system that takes into account factors like age, language proficiency and work experience. Candidates with the highest scores are issued invitations during a draw. Candidates who succeed in getting a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points on their CRS score.
In order to qualify for the Labour Impact category, foreign nationals must submit an EOI and must be in possession of a valid job offer from an employer in PEI.
The candidates in the Business Impact category need to be willing to open or take over a business in the province and demonstrate they have the funds (a minimum verifiable net worth of $600,000) to do so.
In late 2020, an Invitation to Apply schedule for PEI was published which outlined PEI’s intention to hold monthly draws during 2021. If the province stick’s to this schedule, PEI will likely hold another draw in the third or fourth week of March.
Make sure to check CICWeekly for regular draw updates.
Ontario holds first Tech Draw of 2021
1,86 Express Entry candidates with experience in one of six tech occupations and scores of 453-467 were invited in Ontario’s first Tech Draw of the year.
The province of Ontario held its first Tech Draw of 2021 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
The invitations were issued to candidates who may be eligible for nominations in the Human Capital Priorities stream.
In order to qualify for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination, interested applicants needed to prove work experience in one of the province’s targeted occupations which include:
- Computer engineers;
- Computer and Information Systems Managers;
- Software Engineers and Designers;
- Database Analysts and Data Administrators;
- Web Designers and Developers;
- Computer Programmer and Interactive Media Developers.
The selected individuals who received invitations will now need to submit their PNP application within 45 calendar days.
Ontario Tech Draw
The Tech draw falls under the Human Capital Priorities Stream and is designed to attract individuals who have technological skills. The program enables Ontario to recruit top talent in the technology sector from around the world.
Individuals who are interested in being considered for Ontario’s Tech Draw need to create and submit a profile in Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system.
They will also need to meet the criteria for the Human Capital Priorities Stream and have relevant work experience in one of the occupations listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes.
Candidates who are successful in their nomination will receive an additional 600 points on their CRS score, which will be beneficial in a subsequent Express Entry Draw.
Last year, 6,716 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream, Ontario will likely aim to surpass this target in 2021, given Canada’s 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
PNP draw in Alberta invites Express Entry candidates with CRS of 352
Express Entry candidates selected in Alberta’s PNP draw from last month can expect to get their permanent residency before the end of 2021.
Details from Alberta’s February 16 2021 PNP draw were recently released.
A total of 159 Express Entry candidates were selected through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) and issued invitations to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
The CRS score required to qualify for the draw was 352 or higher. Candidates were also required to have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system.
The applicants who successfully receive their provincial nomination will be awarded an additional 600 points on their CRS which is a near guarantee they will get selected during the next Express Entry round of invitations.
Alberta Express Entry Stream:
This stream is ideal for individuals who are in the Express Entry pool and who wish to settle in Alberta. They also need to demonstrate they have work experience in a field that is not included in a list of occupations AINP will not consider.
Through this stream the province can nominate a limited number of qualified candidates; candidates who they feel will be able to support the provincial government’s economic growth and priorities.
Given the travel restrictions and border closures that are in place as a result of the pandemic, at this time only candidates who are currently living and working in Alberta are being considered by the AINP.
Interested applicants cannot apply directly to the Alberta Express Entry Stream, they must have an Express Entry profile and wait to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from AINP. Once the NOI is received, they can contact AINP to state their interest in applying to the stream.
The AINP then invites eligible candidates to apply.
Alberta has not yet released their 2021 allocation for provincial nominations.