PNP

Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for Third Week of March

During the week of March 14, Alberta, British Columbia and PEI all held PNP draws for eligible immigration candidates. A combined total of 646 invitations have been issued. Every draw brings Canada closer to meeting its immigration targets for this year.   


Alberta holds new PNP draw: 350 invitations issued 

Express Entry candidates receive invitations from province 

A new draw, inviting Express Entry candidates, was held on March 8, 2022 by the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). 

In total, 350 eligible candidates received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from the province. If they are successful, they will be one step closer to becoming a Canadian permanent resident. 

To qualify for the draw, candidates needed to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 318, as well as meet the eligibility requirements for the federal government’s Express Entry system. 

In addition to the score, candidates were also required to demonstrate work experience in an occupation deemed eligible by the province. 

The AAIP functions a little differently in that they do not provide a list of eligible occupations, instead, the province has put out a list of occupations that are considered ineligible for the stream. This means, anything that is not on the list, qualifies. 

Additional factors like having relevant work experience in Canada, a job offer from an employer in the province, having a Canadian education, or having strong ties to the province through family or relatives, all help increase the chances of a candidate receiving a nomination.


175 invitations issued by British Columbia in multiple draws

Candidates in targeted occupations as well as tech workers receive invitations in an unusual draw held by province

British Columbia’s bi-weekly tech draw was held on March 14, 2022, in addition to three other draws. 

In total, 123 immigration candidates with experience in the technology industry, were selected by British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) to submit applications for a provincial nomination. 

Candidates were invited if they submitted their profiles in the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), had a minimum provincial score of 85, and met the requirements of either the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories. 

For this draw, candidates were chosen from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories.  

Three additional PNP draws were held, and candidates from targeted occupations were issued the remainder of the 175 invitations. They are as follows: 

  • 27 invitations issued to early childhood educators from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories, with minimum score of 85. 
  • 21 invitations issued to 21 healthcare professionals who may be eligible for the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, or Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories and have a minimum score of 85. 
  • Less than five invitations to health care assistants who had a provincial score of at least 63. 

Candidates need to submit their applications within 30 calendar days. 


Prince Edward Island holds scheduled PNP draw: 121 invitations issued 

Province continues to follow PNP draw schedule and holds third draw of the year 

PEI is the only province to put out a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw schedule for the whole year in advance. The draws that take place throughout the year follow this schedule. 

The regularly scheduled draw for this month was held on March 17, 2022 with a total of 141 immigration candidates receiving an invitation from the Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). 

The bulk of the invitations went to 130 candidates in the Express Entry and Labor Impact streams. The remaining 11 invitations were issued to candidates from the Business Impact stream who met a minimum provincial score of 62. 

Individuals who are interested in PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category need to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP.

The submitted profiles are evaluated and scored using a unique points-based system that takes into account factors like age, language proficiency and work experience. 

Candidates who successfully receive the provincial nomination will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score. There is a high probability they may receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a few months when during a round of invitations.  

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