As summer winds to a close, three provinces held PNP draws in the last week of August. Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba held fairly large draws and issued a combined total of 1,940 invitations to eligible candidates. More draws are expected to be held in the coming weeks, especially as travel restrictions ease.
Two PNP draws held in Alberta during last week of August
The results of Alberta’s latest draws bring up the total number of invitations issued by the province to 4,007
Alberta has just released the details of the two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held during the last week of August.
The two draws were fairly large ones. On August 23, 2021, a total of 450 Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 300 or higher, received invitations from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). This was the largest draw to be held by Alberta.
The second draw, held on August 30, 2021, while still big, dipped down to 400 invitations. In order to be eligible for the draw, the Express Entry candidates had to meet a minimum score of 301.
Towards the end of 2020, Alberta had temporarily stopped holding draws. They only resumed in January of 2021. Over the last eight months, the province has held regular PNP draws and has issued invitations to 4,007 Express Entry candidates.
The province’s allocation for 2021 is 6,250, which means they can still issue 2,243 invitations. It remains to be seen whether the last four months of 2021 will see an increase in frequency and size of the draws.
488 candidates invited by British Columbia in new PNP draw
B.C. is inching closer to the 10,000 invitations mark as it continues to hold weekly draws
Continuing the trend of holding weekly draws, British Columbia held two draws on August 31, 2021.
Earlier this year, since February, B.C. has been holding two separate rounds of invitations every month for PNP candidates. There is a general draw for all candidates and a second one which is specific to wholesale retail and retail managers as well as foodservice and restaurant managers.
In the general draw, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) selected candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
Draw results at a glance (NOC 0621 and 0631 not included)
|SI – Skilled Worker||90|
|SI – International Graduate||77|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||69|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||86|
|EEBC – International Graduate||75|
The second draw for the NOC 0621 and NOC 0631 occupations, resulted in 21 invitations being issued to candidates with scores of 106 or more.
British Columbia has been holding this second separate draw as a way of balancing the needs of the provincial labour market.
Since the beginning of January 2021, B.C. has held a draw every single week and have issued a total of 8,089 invitations to immigration candidates.
Many of these candidates have already been selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to submit their application for permanent residency.
Manitoba holds PNP draw and issues 602 invitations
Since the start of 2021, Manitoba has held regular draws and issued a total of 7,391 invitations to PNP candidates
Manitoba held a major PNP draw on September 2, 2021 and issued invitations to 602 immigration candidates. In Manitoba, these invitations are referred to as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs).
The selected candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program(MPNP).
Draw results at a glance:
|Streams||Number of LAAs Issued||Min. Score Required|
|Skilled Workers in Manitoba||463||445|
|Skilled Workers Overseas||84||698|
|International Education Stream||55||N/A|
101 of the LAAs went to Express Entry candidates with valid profiles.
Candidates who successfully receive a provincial nomination will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS scores. A high score such as this is a near guarantee they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC.
In recent months, IRCC has been holding frequent PNP specific draws as the federal government works diligently at meeting its immigration targets for 2021. If the submitted applications are processed quickly, the candidates chosen in this draw may become be eligible to become permanent residents before the year is out.