Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for fifth Week of September

The last week of September saw two provinces holding PNP draws. Saskatchewan and British Columbia invited a combined total of 813 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Each draw and invitation issued brings Canada closer to meeting its 2021 immigration goals. 

Saskatchewan holds new PNP draw and issues 391 invitations 

Candidates in new draw were selected from Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand categories 

A new round of invitations was held by the province of Saskatchewan on September 27, 2021. 

The Provincial Nominee Program draw resulted in by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issuing 391 invitations to eligible candidates the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory and the Occupations In-Demand subcategory. 

Draw results at a glance: 

  • Express Entry – 152 invitations issued 
  • Occupations In-Demand – 239 invitations issued 

In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the province and meet a minimum EOI score of 71. 

Applicant profiles are evaluated based on factors such as language proficiency, work experience, education etc. and given a score out of 100. 

Even though the Express Entry subcategory is linked to the federal government’s Express Entry pool, candidates are still required to create an EOI profile with SINP if they wish to be considered for a provincial nomination. 

Candidates who are interested in the Occupations In-Demand subcategory, do not need to have an Express Entry profile, nor do they need a job offer from the province in hand. This category is for high skilled workers who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations and can help contribute to the province’s economic growth. 

Latest PNP draws in B.C. results in 422 invitations issued 

9,083  invitations have been issued by British Columbia since the beginning of 2021 

On September 28, 2021, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held two PNP draw and issued a total of 422 invitations to immigration candidates. 

Twice a month, B.C. holds two different rounds of invitations, a pattern the province has been following since February of this year. This is due in part to the high number of candidates in certain occupations who have registered with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and the province’s desire to balance the labor market needs of all sectors. 

Under the general draw, 386 candidates were selected from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, specifically the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories. 

The score requirement for the draw ranged from 69 and 90 points. 

For the second draw, candidates were again selected from the SI and EEBC categories but the targeted occupations fell under NOC 0621 and NOC 0631.  

36 candidates with scores of 105 received invitations in the second draw. 

Candidates who are successful in receiving a provincial nomination will be awarded 600 extra points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, boosting their profiles and nearly guaranteeing an invitation from IRCC for permanent residency. 

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