PNP

Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for fourth Week of August

PEI, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Ontario hold PNP draws this week while Quebec releases details from last week’s draw. In total 1,559 immigration candidates have received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. They may receive an ITA from IRCC before year-end!  


PEI holds scheduled monthly PNP draw 

161 immigration candidates receive invitations from Prince Edward Island in the province’s newest draw 

Since the start of the year, PEI has been holding monthly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, which were scheduled in advance. This draw for the month of August was held on August 19, 2021. 

A total of 161 candidates received invitations from the Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). 

The invitations were divided among the following categories: 

  • 152 invitations were issued to candidates in the Express Entry and Labor Impact streams; 
  • 9 invitations were issued to candidates with a score of 72 or more, in the Business Impact stream.

Applicants interested in settling in the beautiful province of PEI are required to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP. The profiles are evaluated using a points-based system for factors such as age, language proficiency etc. The highest ranked, eligible candidates receive invitations during a draw.  

So far, the province of Prince Edward Island has held eight PNP draws and issued a total number of 1,194 invitations to date.

According to an Invitation to Apply schedule published by PEI in late 2020, the next PNP draw for the province is scheduled to be held on September 16, 2021. 


496 candidates receive invitations in new Saskatchewan draw 

Candidates from Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories, eligible in province’s latest PNP draw 

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held a new PNP draw on August 19, 2021. 

Through the draw, 496 new immigration candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Candidates were selected from two immigration programs; 335 invitations were issued to candidates from the Occupations In-Demand subcategory who met the minimum score requirement of 70. 

The remaining 161 invitations went to candidates who had a score of 71 or more, in the Express Entry sub-category. This score is different from the federal government’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. 

When candidates create and submit their EOI to SINP’s online application system, their profiles are evaluated. The province scores candidates out of 100 points using an International Skilled Worker’s Points Assessment Grid. The highest ranked candidates are issued invitations during draws. 

To qualify for the draw, candidates had to demonstrate work experience in an eligible occupation. The eligible occupations varied depending on the depending. The full list of eligible occupations can be found on Saskatchewan’s provincial government website.

Candidates were also required to provide an Educational Credential Assessment to indicate whether their education meets the Canadian standard. 

With four months left to 2021, there’s a strong possibility the selected candidates will receive their permanent residency by the end of the year. 


B.C’s holds Tech draw and invites 74 candidates 

The latest Tech draw brings up the total number of invitations issued by the province in 2021 to 7,601 

Following last week’s round of invitations which saw the province holding four PNP draws on the same day, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held it’s bi-weekly Tech draw on August 24, 2021. 

A total of 74 immigration candidates who met the requirements of Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) categories; received invitations through the BC PNP. 

For this draw, candidates were selected specifically from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategory. In order to be eligible for the draw, selected applicants had to meet a minimum provincial score of 80. 

Candidates also had to demonstrate they have a valid job offer in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations

Once the invitation has been sent, candidates are given 30 calendar days to submit their application for a provincial nomination.

Those who successfully receive a nomination are automatically awarded an additional 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. 

This significantly boosts their score and makes it a near guarantee that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will select their profile during a round of invitations. 


326 Masters graduates invited by Ontario in new PNP draw 

Ontario invites candidates to apply for a provincial nomination and get one step closer to becoming a Canadian permanent resident 

A second Masters Graduate stream draw was held in Ontario on August 25, 2021. 

Candidates who met a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 37 or more were eligible for the province’s latest PNP draw. The 326 candidates will have two weeks (14 days) to submit their application for a provincial nomination and pay an application fee of $1,500. 

Ontario has recently revamped its immigration intake system. 

The EOI intake system for Masters Graduates was launched by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) several weeks ago in early August, allowing international students who have or who are graduating with a master’s degree from Canada to register and submit their profiles. 

Candidates do not need a job offer in hand to submit their application, but the application has to be submitted within two years of graduating. Any profiles submitted past the two-year mark will become ineligible. 

Given that the application for provincial nomination must be submitted within two weeks, they will likely be processed very quickly. Once they are, they will become eligible for draws held by IRCC.

With the intention of meeting its immigration targets for 2021, the federal government has been holding frequent PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific draws. 

If things progress without any complications, many of these selected candidates may get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC in the coming months. 


Second Arrima draw under new intake system held in Quebec 

Details of Quebec’s second Arrima have just been released by the province 

Quebec held an Arrima draw on August 19, 2021 but only released the details of the draw on August 26, 2021. 

A total of 502 immigration candidates received invitations from the province during this draw and they can now apply for permanent selection. 

This is the second draw to be held by Quebec since the launch of its new expression of interest rating system, which was implemented in July. 

Candidates were selected from the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) and had to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Arrima,, the province’s online registration portal. They also had to meet a minimum score of 548 and have work experience in a targeted profession as the invitations were issued based on the province’s labor market needs. 

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