The second quarter of the year continues holding strong with provinces holding regular PNP draws. The week of May 24, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec issued a combined total of 1,433 invitations to immigration candidates from various streams including Foreign and Skilled Workers and International Students.
Saskatchewan issues 269 invitations in new PNP draw
Candidates from Occupation In-Demand stream were eligible in Saskatchewan’s newest provincial nominee program draw
As May winds to a close, several provinces have been busy holding new Provincial Nominee Program draws.
A draw was held on May 25, 2021 and the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
invited 269 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Because the candidates were selected from the Occupations In-Demand sub-category under the International Skilled Worker stream, they need to demonstrate they have relevant work experience in one of the province’s 36 in-demand occupations.
Aside from work experience, in order to qualify for the draw, the province required candidates to meet a minimum EOI score of 65 or more. During the last selection round, the minimum points required were five points higher.
Applicants also needed to prove that their foreign education is comparable to the Canadian standard by submitting an Educational Credential Assessment.
Once the candidates who received an invitation submit all their paperwork successfully receive a provincial nomination, they will be eligible for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s selection rounds.
IRCC has been holding PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific rounds with increasing regularity, so the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency are incredibly high.
Alberta announces latest PNP draw results
AINP holds tenth PNP draw and increases CRS score requirement by one point
Less than two weeks after holding a Provincial Nominee Program draw earlier in May, the province of Alberta held another PNP draw on May 18, 2021.
This was the tenth draw to be held since January 2021 when the province went through a temporary hiatus.
The draw results were revealed and published on the province’s website on May 25, 2021. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited a total of 250 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination following the draw.
The score requirement was one point higher compared to the May 5 draw.
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to have a valid Express Entry profile and have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301 or higher. Given the countrywide traveling restrictions in place because of COVID, Alberta is only issuing invitations to candidates who are currently working and residing in the province
With the 250 new invitations issued, the total number of Express Entry candidates who have received invitations from the province has risen to 1,909.
Alberta’s provincial allocation for 2021 from the Government of Canada has recently been revealed and stands at 6,250. It is the same number of nominations that was allocated for the year 2020, however, due to the pandemic, the AINP was only able to issue 4,000 nominations.
370 invitations issued by British Columbia in new PNP draw
B.C.’s weekly PNP draws since January 2021 have resulted in nearly 5,000 invitations being sent out
The first was a general draw while the second draw focused on retail and wholesale managers and restaurant and foodservice managers. A total of 370 invitations were issued.
Why are two draws being held? The province is looking to balance the needs of its labor market across all sectors and there is a significant number of candidates with experience in these occupations who are currently registered in the province’s PNP system.
Draw results at a glance for the general draw (NOC 0621 and 0631 not included)
|SI – Skilled Worker||94|
|SI – International Graduate||90|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||76|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||94|
|EEBC – International Graduate||90|
The second draw for NOC 0621 and NOC 0631 resulted in 47 immigration candidates with a minimum score of 111, receiving invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.
Candidates have thirty days to submit their completed applications through the BC PNP online system.
If they are successful, these candidates will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS scores. With scores in the 900s, it is quite likely they will be selected during IRCC’s next round of invitations and get their permanent residency by the end of the year.
A tech pilot draw will be held next week in B.C. make sure to stay connected to CICWeekly for all the details.
Manitoba invites 232 immigration candidates in PNP draw
Candidates in three immigration streams eligible for latest PNP draw in Manitoba
The results from Manitoba’s latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw have been released. The draw was held on May 25, 2021 and invitations were issued to 232 immigration candidates.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) selected qualified candidates from the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education streams.
All interested candidates have to create and register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the province and meet the draw requirements, including meeting a minimum EOI score.
The International Education stream had no scoring requirement.
Draw results at a glance:
|Streams||Number of LAAs Issued||Min. Score Required|
|Skilled Workers in Manitoba||166||415|
|Skilled Workers Overseas||46||703|
|International Education Stream||20||None Required|
20 invitations, referred to as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in Manitoba, were given to candidates with valid Express Entry profiles.
So far this year, Manitoba has issued 3,018 invitations to PNP candidates.
There is a high likelihood that these candidates will all become permanent residents of Canada by the end of this year, especially as the federal government has been holding regular draws in order to meet its immigration targets for 2021.
Foreign workers from rural communities invited in Ontario PNP draw
First draw for Regional Immigration Pilot held since the program’s launch last year
On May 25, 2021 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held a PNP draw for foreign workers in rural communities who had job offers.
Invitations were issued to 64 immigration candidates with profiles in Ontario’s new Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Specifically, they had to have registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot. The selected candidates will now be able to apply for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream.
Regional Immigration Pilot Program
The Regional Immigration Pilot was launched in 2020 and this is the first draw to be held under the program.
While Ontario is one of the top choices for new immigrants, most people choose to settle in bigger cities like Toronto. In order to encourage newcomers to settle in rural communities, Ontario launched this two-year pilot.
The program has been designed to address the labor shortages faced by many rural communities and will allow Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Quinte West/ Belleville to nominate 150 candidates. All three municipalities have proven labor shortages in skilled occupations and are capable of helping newcomers settle into their community with ease.
Since the launch of Ontario’s new immigration intake system in April, the province has held three draws in quick succession and more are expected to follow bringing Canada closer to meeting it’s immigration targets for this year.
Ontario issues additional invitations to international students
Less than ten days after holding first PNP draw for international students, the OINP issues over 100 more invitations.
Following Ontario’s first PNP draw targeting international students held on May 18, 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held two additional draws on May 26, 2021.
One was a general draw and the other was for the Regional Immigration Pilot. Both draws resulted in 158 invitations being issued.
The selected candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination.
To qualify for the draw, candidates were required to have a profile in the province’s new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool and be eligible for the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream.
From the general draw, 147 candidates with a minimum EOI score of 73 or more received invitations. The other 11 invitations went to the pilot program and did not require a minimum score.
To be eligible under the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, candidates need to demonstrate they have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer and show their intent and willingness to settle in Ontario.
While applicants are not required to be based in Canada at the time of application, they do need to have completed a program of study at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution.
It has been a busy few weeks for Ontario as they rolled out the new immigration intake system and held a number of draws targeting candidates from various streams and categories.
Foreign workers invited by Quebec in new Arrima draw
Quebec holds fourth Arrima draw of 2021
Quebec held a round of invitations on May 27, 2021 and invited 90 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection.
Candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) were invited by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).
In order to be eligible for the draw, applicants have to be over 18 years of age and had to have completed an Expression of Interest (EOI) on Arrima, Quebec’s online registration portal.
During the draw, two types of candidates were invited:
- Candidates with a valid job offer;
- Candidates who were living in Quebec and working as a consular officer, diplomat, a representative from the United Nations or any intergovernmental organization operating in the province.
Candidates who were invited to apply for permanent selection now have 60 days to complete and submit their immigration application forms. The application will be reviewed by the province’s immigration ministry using the RSWP selection grid.
Each candidate is then assigned a score based on factors such as language skills, education, work experience, age, the province’s market labor and the candidate’s ability to integrate into society.
If successful, the candidate is provided with a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ).
To date, Quebec has held four draws and issued a combined total of 476 invitations to eligible and qualified candidates.
The province’s immigration goal for 2021 is to welcome 47,500 newcomers.