Prince Edward Island (PEI) invited 195 eligible candidates in a new immigration draw held on December 17.
All the invited candidates belonged to Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact categories, thereby, focusing on a specific group of immigrants – skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and students.
Most of the invitations to apply for a provincial nomination, 174 in number, went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. And the rest, 21 invitations went to Business Impact candidates.
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How To Get Provincial Nominations Under PEI PNP?
11 provinces/territorial governments have a unique arrangement with the federal government to invite candidates matching their specific labor demands to apply for Canada PR.
After the launch of Express Entry in 2015, all nominations made through any of the Provincial Nominee Programs are classified into two types: Enhanced nominations & Base nominations.
PEI PNP offers various streams (immigration programs targeted at the specific group) to attract foreign applicants like recent international graduates, skilled workers, entrepreneurs to receive provincial nominations. Further, these nominations can be submitted to IRCC to obtain permanent residence.
‘Enhanced’ Nomination Stream – PEI Express Entry Category
Being an ‘enhanced’ nomination stream, PEI PNP selects eligible profiles already registered in the federal Express Entry pool.
The federal pool consists of applicants qualifying for programs like – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
These profiles are scored and ranked against each other based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The scores depend on factors like age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English and French.
If any Express Entry candidates receive a provincial nomination, they are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score. It will guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
‘Base’ Nomination Stream – Labour & Business Impact
Under such streams, candidates who do not qualify for Express Entry registrations are nominated to meet the specific labor demand of the province.
The Labour Impact Category is for foreign nationals having a valid job offer in the province. The focus group of immigrants who would qualify under this category includes Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.
The Business Impact Category is for foreign entrepreneurs willing to own and operate a business in the province. The invitations for this category are issued under the Work Permit Stream.
Just like any other province, Prince Edward Island also requires interested applicants to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile prior to consideration for a provincial nomination under this stream.
EOI profiles are given points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply through monthly provincial draws.
December 17 PEI PNP issued 21 invitations under the Business Impact Category to candidates with a minimum EOI score of 85. However, the provincial release said nothing about the breakdown nor the minimum EOI score of how many Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates were invited.
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