Latest Provincial Nominee Program Draws for Canada Permanent Residency

Canada Provincial Nominee Programs

The new Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 is already set in motion. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will allow Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to take the center stage throughout the period. Canada is targeting about 83,500 eligible immigrants to be invited to apply for Canada permanent residency in 2022 through various PNP.

PNP News

Last week, between March 14 to March 18, three different Canadian provinces held their respective Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. All the invited candidates were now eligible to apply for provincial nominations and take the next step toward permanent residence.

Factors that increase the likelihood of being nominated by a particular PNP include:

  • having work experience or a Canadian education; or a job offer in that province; or
  • having a family member already living in that province, such as a sibling, or parent.

Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

The newly renamed Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) held an Express-Entry linked provincial nomination draw on March 8.

A total of 350 Express Entry candidates with a CRS score of at least 318 received invitations to apply for provincial nominations under the Alberta Express Entry stream.

In order to qualify for the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation.

Contact our consultants to learn about the list of occupations that are not eligible for the stream.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

It was a busy week for BC PNP and its provincial streams.

First up, 175 BC immigration candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination on March 14. They were candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 85.

About 123 of these candidates were invited through a BC Tech draw. Candidates under Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories and managed through the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS) qualify for BC Tech draws.

Second up, BC PNP held three other draws for candidates in targeted occupations including early childhood educators, and healthcare professionals.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

PEI held its scheduled draw on March 17.

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) invited a total of 141 immigration candidates.

Breaking down the results, Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates received a combined total of 130. The remaining 11 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had provincial scores of at least 62 points.

Apply for Canada Immigration via Canada Provincial Nominee Programs & Secure Canada PR

Most Canadian provinces and territories (except for Quebec and Nunavut) have special arrangements with the federal government to operate their own immigration programs. Such provincial nominee programs give these regions autonomy to nominate skilled workers to fulfil their local labor demand.

While a provincial nomination is not the same as a permanent residence, it can increase one’s chances of obtaining Canada permanent residency status.

Provincial nominees with active Express Entry profiles are awarded 600 points over and above their usual Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Otherwise, this score is based on core human capital like age, proficiency in English or French, work experience, education qualification, and more. Further, they also qualify to be invited to apply for a PNP-specific round of invitations. For instance, in the latest Express Entry draw, Canada invited 924 PNP candidates to apply with CRS scores of at least 754.

It could take months before you can get hold of an invitation to apply for provincial nomination and further additional months to receive a Canada PR invite. While the government of Canada does not discriminate between the immigration applications applied through a certified consultant or self, keeping track of program requirements and subsequent program documentation can be overwhelming.

It is an accepted practice to take up your immigration case to a certified immigration consultant and let them handle your immigration application on your behalf. CanApprove is a certified immigration consultant by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC). Several potential immigration candidates have trusted us to apply for Canada immigration over the last two decades. We are glad to have delivered to our maximum potential each time.

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