The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada granted more than 3,400 provincial nomination invitations in August 2021. So far, this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been conducting PNP-focused Express Entry draws every two weeks on an average.
In August, IRCC held two Express Entry draws to target PNP candidates, granting 512 Invitation to Apply (ITAs) on August 4 and 463 on August 18. Although the number of Express Entry invitations were somewhat lower as compared to June and July, the number of invitations granted through Express Entry is registering record highs.
As of now, IRCC has issued more than 100,000 ITAs in 2021.
Nearly every province and territory in Canada, excluding Quebec and Nunavut, has its own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). These programs allow each of them to select the most suitable candidate to meet the demands of their local labour market and to manage the regional settlement of the population of immigrants within their jurisdiction.
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Each province has its own criteria to select foreign workers eligible for permanent residence in Canada under their respective PNP.
In August, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) conducted four invitation rounds through the subcategories of Occupations in-Demand and Express Entry of the International Skilled Worker Category. It issued a total of 948 invitations, which is more than 7 invitations issued in the previous month.
British Columbia, for the past month has issued over 900 invitations to apply for provincial nomination through the Skills Immigration, Express Entry British Columbia streams. This matches closely with the number of invitations issued over the past months.
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Ontario held a total of five draws in August through its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the first one on August 6 and the second-ever in-Demand Skills stream draw on August 11. On August 18, the province held the first round of invitations for the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams. In two draws, it invited 479 international student graduates, 402 Masters Graduates with Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirements and 77 with EOI scores of 17 and above for the PhD Graduate stream.
On August 25, Ontario conducted a second Masters Graduate stream draw inviting 326 candidates with EOI scores of at least 37 and on August 26, the OINP granted 20 invitations through its Entrepreneur Steam to applicants with scores from 142 to 200. In total, Ontario invited 875 candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
Manitoba held one draw, on August 12, for the streams of Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education Stream in August. 275 Letters of Advice to Apply were granted, of which 36 were issued to applicants who had a valid Express Entry profile.
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On August 19, Prince Edward Island had a pre-scheduled draw when the province issued a combined 161 invitations to immigration applicants. 151 were issued to Express Entry and Labour Impact applicants. The remaining were issued to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum score of 75.
PNPs allow individuals to get permanent residency in Canadian provinces and territories. PNPs are of two types: base and enhanced. The base streams work outside of the Express Entry system, while enhanced nomination streams work with the Express Entry system.
Source: CIC News