Ever since the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Canada’s process of issuing permanent residency has been streamlined into just three federal programs, all managed by the Express Entry system.
All Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) are then classified into ‘base’ & ‘enhanced’ streams. Candidates invited under ‘base’ provincial streams are those who do not qualify for Express Entry and majorly have prior experience in Canada through temporary permits. Those under ‘enhanced’ streams are registered in the federal Express Entry pool and most do not have previous work experience inside Canada.
Such candidates are then invited to apply for provincial nominations. This will bring them one step closer to apply for permanent residency.
In the last week of May, the Canadian province of Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta were seen actively inviting up to 1122 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nominations.
Let’s have look at the results of these provincial draws.
‘Base’ Provincial Nominee Draw from Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Manitoba issued 232 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to eligible candidates in its new provincial draw on May 25 under the following streams:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 166 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 415;
- Skilled Workers Overseas – 46 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 703; and
- International Education Stream -20 invitations with no EOI score requirement.
Additionally. 20 more invitations went to Express Entry candidates.
The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams are designed to allow the province to identify candidates who meet its labor market needs. Further, International graduates who complete education in Manitoba are eligible to receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they demonstrate that they have in-demand skills.
On the other hand, Saskatchewan invited 269 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on May 25. The provincial invitations were focused on candidates having work experience in one of the 36 in-demand occupations listed on the government webpage.
In order to get nominated from Manitoba & Saskatchewan, you must register an Expression of Interest with the province. Manitoba then ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors, as well as their connections to the province. Whereas, Saskatchewan ranks candidates out of 100 points for the same human capital factors.
‘Enhanced’ Provincial Nominee Draw from Alberta & British Columbia
On May 18, Alberta invited 250 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The Alberta Express Entry Stream is for those candidates in the federal Express Entry pool and who have strong ties to Alberta. Candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation and a minimum score of 300 to receive an invitation from Alberta.
British Columbia sent out 370 invitations to another set of Express Entry candidates through two provincial draws held on May 25. Interestingly, British Columbia is also the province that has issued the most number of provincial nominations so far.
Following the trend, eligible candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations in the first draw. The second draw called for candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631.
Any candidate who is willing to receive provincial nominations under B.C. PNP will have to register themselves under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Further, registered profiles are assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.
The minimum scores for the first draw ranged between 76 and 94 points for a total of 323 candidates. The second targeted draw resulted in 47 invitations with scores of 111.
Canada is set to invite up to 80,800 new immigration candidates through various Provincial Nominee Programs alone in 2021. Contact CanApprove to know your best chances of immigration.