PEI, British Columbia and Ontario were three of the provinces that held PNP draws this week. A combined total of 375 immigration candidates received invitations and they can now apply for a provincial nomination. Ontario held its first PNP draw for international students since launching the new immigration intake system several weeks ago.
PEI holds monthly PNP draw and issues 155 invitations
Candidates in Labour Impact, Express Entry and Business Impact categories qualify for latest PNP draw in PEI
Prince Edward Island has been steadily following its schedule of monthly Provincial Nominee Program draws and held the draw for this month on May 20, 2021.
A total of 155 immigration candidates were invited through the Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).
The majority of the invitations, 138 in total were divided between Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates. It is not yet clear how many invitations went to which category or what the score requirements were.
In order to qualify for the Labour Impact category, applicants had to demonstrate they had a valid job offer in the province and the support of their employer.
The remaining invitations (17) were issued to Business Impact candidates who met the minimum score requirement of 80 and above. The invitations for this draw were issued under the province’s Work Permit Stream. This stream is for entrepreneurs who are looking to own or operate their own business in PEI.
Candidates who received an invitation through the Express Entry stream will receive an additional 600 points on their CRS score if they are successful. The high score will make them a shoe-in for IRCC’s next round of invitations.
Each new draw helps the federal government get a little bit closer to reaching its immigration target for this year. The government’s target for the Provincial Nominee Programs is to welcome 80,800 newcomers in 2021.
PEI published an Invitation to Apply schedule in late 2020 for this year and to date they have been diligently following this schedule. The next PNP draw is expected to be held in the third week of June 2021.
New Tech Pilot draw held in British Columbia
The province has issued over 4,000 invitations through PNP draws in the last five months
On May 18, 2021, British Columbia held its weekly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.
The Tech Pilot draw resulted in a total of 82 candidates receiving invitations through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
The selected candidates received invitations under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration (SI) categories. In order to qualify, candidates needed to meet a minimum provincial score of 80 or more.
In addition to meeting the scoring requirements, candidates have to be registered in one of B.C.’s provincial immigration stream. Applicants also need to provide proof they have a job offer in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations.
The offer has to be valid for at least one year or longer.
The next step is for the selected candidates to complete their application forms for a provincial nomination and submit within thirty (30) calendar days.
Candidates who are successful will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
In recent months, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been holding regular rounds of PNP specific and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific draws and issuing invitations to thousands of eligible candidates. So a candidate who successfully receives a provincial nomination is almost guaranteed to get an invitation from IRCC.
The province of B.C. has been holding regular weekly draws since the beginning of the year. Each week the draws alternate between PNP and Tech Pilot. To date, a total of 4,438 qualified candidates have received invitations through numerous BC PNP streams.
The chances are quite high these candidates will become permanent residents by year end and help the federal government meet its immigration targets for the year.
First International Student stream draw held in Ontario
Ontario holds new PNP draw and issues invitations to international students with profiles in the new intake system
The province of Ontario recently launched a new immigration intake system.
The first Provincial Nominee Program draw for international students, using the new system, was held on May 18, 2021.
Ontario issued invitations to 138 international students inviting them to apply for a provincial nomination.
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to create and submit a profile in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.
Additional requirements include meeting an EOI score requirement of 77 or higher and needing to have a valid job offer in Ontario.
Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
Foreign nationals who currently have a valid and eligible job offer from an Ontario employer and who are planning to settle in Ontario, can apply for the International Student stream under the Employer Job Offer category. They also need to have completed a program at Canadian Designated Learning Institution.
One of the positives of this stream is that applicants are not required to be currently living in Canada nor do they have to apply from within the country.
Interested candidates will need to register their profile online. Each applicant’s profile is evaluated based on factors such as age, language, education, work experience etc. The profile is given a score and used as an eligibility criteria during draws.
On May 11, 2021, Ontario issued over 80 invitations to candidates in skilled trades and health care occupations using the new intake system. And this week they invited international students.
Based on these draws, it appears that Ontario’s new system is off to a great start!