Candidates Invited by 3 Canadian Provinces in Recent PNP Draws


Aarushi Jain
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 01:41 PM IST

This week, candidates in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island were invited to apply through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Apart from Quebec and Nunavut, each province and territory in Canada has its own PNP. Via these initiatives, interested candidates may be asked to apply for provincial nomination.

Candidates Invited by 3 Canadian Provinces in Recent PNP Draws

Those who have achieved provincial nomination may have an advantage in obtaining permanent residency. Every year, the Province Nominee Programme admits 105,000 PRs. Since the programme's inception in 1998, annual PNP admissions have consistently climbed.

Both the federal and provincial governments use PNP to promote economic growth outside of metropolitan areas. Two Express Entry draws are now being held by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), including one this week in which only PNP candidates obtained ITAs. Individual provinces seek skilled and qualified people who can help with local labour shortages and contribute to the economy of their respective jurisdictions.

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Results of Provincial Immigration between February 11 and February 17

Saskatchewan: During the first Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Programme (SINP) draw for 2023, 243 individuals were invited under the Express Entry stream and 177 candidates were invited by the province. A minimum score of 84 is required for applicants from both programmes.

Prince Edward Island: On February 16, 2023, 222 candidates were invited through the PEI PNP's Labour and Express Entry programmes. Six individuals were also invited through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur, with a minimum point barrier of 70. Express Entry candidates must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP individually if they want to be nominated by PEI. Candidates are assigned a score by EOI profiles based on PEI's points grid, and the top-ranked individuals are asked to apply through monthly drawings, similar to Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

British Columbia: On February 14, British Columbia welcomed 232 people to file for a provincial nomination. The province welcomed 183 applicants in a draw aimed at tech vocations. Invitations were granted to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories, as well as Express Entry candidates. A minimum SIRS score of 83 is necessary for applicants in all categories. The SIRS scoring system is exclusively utilised for the Provincial Nominee Program in British Columbia, however, it is identical to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System. In British Columbia, there are five different streams for candidates with various talents and expertise.

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Express Entry BC is available in four of these categories. The fifth stream under a qualifying NOC code for Express Entry is for Semi-Skilled and Entry-Level workers, who lack job experience.

Provinces offered rounds of invites for applicants working in the following occupations:

  • 29 early childhood teachers and assistants with a minimum of 60 points.

  • 20 healthcare workers having a minimum of 60 points from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, including the Express Entry category.

  • Other vocations have a minimum of 60 points.

Know More About PNP Programme in Canada!

Source: CIC News

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