Canada PNP: Express Entry Candidates Get Lucky With Nominations For Canada PR

Just four days have passed in the month of March 2021 and already about 1,500 eligible Express Entry candidates have received invitations to apply for provincial nominations. 


Selected Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) have targeted desirable candidates who had already sent their Expression of Interest (EOI) / Notification of Interest (NOI) to Alberta, British Columbia & Ontario.  

Such Express Entry candidates are now one step closer to applying for permanent residence (PR). This is predominantly based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which includes candidates’ age, education qualification, work experience, language proficiency in English & French among others. 

Alberta Invites Candidates With Low CRS 352 

Alberta has recently released the details of its February 16 PNP draw. 

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited a total of 159 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nominations under its Alberta Express Entry stream.

All the invited candidates only needed a CRS score of as low as 352.

In order to be eligible to be nominated under this enhanced PNP, Express Entry candidates should demonstrate strong ties to Alberta, or who can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities. 

Candidates also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. On the corollary, here is a list of occupations that AINP will not consider.

British Columbia Issues 444 Invitations For Provincial Nominations

The details of the recent provincial draw held on March 02, by British Columbia have been realized. 

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 418 invitations in a single draw to candidates through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. Further, invitations were received by skilled workers, international graduates as well as entry-level and semi-skilled workers. 

In order to receive invitations for a provincial nomination, from BC PNP under the above streams, one will have to register with Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Even here, the candidates will be assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.

The qualifying scores for this draw ranged between 83 and 97 points. 

Additionally, a separate draw was conducted simultaneously for retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) and restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631). About 26 invitations were issued to these candidates and with qualifying scores of at least 118.

B.C. has already invited nearly 2,000 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021. You could be featured soon. Get in touch with our consultants to know more. 

Ontario Targets Express Entry candidates in 10 selected occupations

Results from March 02 provincial nomination draws from Ontario have been released. 

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) invited 754 candidates who have profiles in the Express Entry system with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 463 and 467.

Further, only those Express Entry candidates with at least one year of work experience in the following 10 occupations were invited: 

  • Banking, credit, and other investment managers (NOC 0122);
  • Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers (NOC 0124);
  • Other business services managers (NOC 0125);
  • Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601);
  • Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111);
  • Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112);
  • Human resources professionals (NOC 1121);
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122);
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012); and
  • Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163).

Express Entry is more sort of an application management system for Canada’s Federal High Skilled immigration pathways: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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Those registering in the pool with a prior provincial nomination will automatically get an additional 600 CRS points added to their overall score. This would effectively guarantee them an invitation from IRCC to apply for permanent residence in the upcoming fortnightly Express Entry draw.

If you are looking to immigrate to Canada soon, consider applying through Express Entry & ‘enhanced’ PNP streams. Get in touch with our immigration lawyers to kick-start your immigration process. 

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