The week following Labour Day weekend was a quieter one for immigration news, but three provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta) held PNP draws. A combined total of 1,062 candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. Alberta held its largest draw yet and is close to meeting its allocation for 2021.
B.C. holds Tech Draw and issues 34 invitations
Over 8,100 invitations have been issued by the province since the beginning of the year
On September 7, 2021, British Columbia held its bi-weekly Tech Draw.
The draw resulted in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issuing invitations to 34 immigration candidates from the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.
They were selected specifically from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. In order to qualify for the draw, the candidates had to meet a minimum provincial score of 80 and have a valid job offer in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations.
Candidates who received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination will now have thirty calendar days to complete and submit their applications.
Since the first week of January 2021, B.C. has been holding weekly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. To date, the province has issued over 8,100 invitations to eligible candidates.
Many of the candidates who were selected earlier this year have likely received an invitation to apply for permanent residency from IRCC by now as Immigrations, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has been holding frequent rounds of invitations for PNP and CEC candidates.
Largest draw ever to be held in Alberta, requires a CRS of 300
A new record was broken by Alberta in its latest PNP draw when 500 candidates received invitations from the province. Highest number yet!
Following two fairly large draws, which were held in late August, Alberta smashed some more records by holding its largest PNP draw on September 7, 2021.
In total, 500 immigration candidates received invitations from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
In order to qualify for the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates had to meet a minimum a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300.
This draw brings up the total number of invitations issued by Alberta to 4,507. They are allowed to issue 6,250 invitations as per their provincial nomination allocation of 2021.
The candidates who successfully receive a provincial nomination will be automatically awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score, meaning these candidates can end up with a final CRS score of 900 plus points!
Such a high score makes them prime candidates for IRCC’s regular round of invitations for PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific candidates.
With all these draws, Canada is well on its way to meeting its immigration targets for 2021.
New PNP draw held in Saskatchewan; 528 candidates invited
Candidates under the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand subcategories were eligible in province’s latest PNP draw
A new round of invitations was held by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) on September 8, 2021 and resulted in 528 immigration candidates receiving an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.
The candidates were chosen from the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand subcategory. Under Express Entry, 316 eligible candidates were selected. The remaining 212, were picked from the second immigration program.
To qualify for the draw, applicants had to have a minimum EOI score of 66. This score is out of 100 points and based on the Expression of Interest (EOI) that is submitted by interested candidates.
When the candidate’s EOI is assessed, there are evaluated on factors such as their connections to the province, their ability to settle into the province, their work and education experience etc.
In addition to meeting the scoring requirement, candidates were also required to submit an Educational Credential Assessment to demonstrate that their education meets the Canadian standards and requirements. Although the Occupations In-Demand subcategory is targeted highly skilled workers with experience in one of the province’s In-Demand Occupations, candidates are not required to have a job offer in hand in order to be eligible.