Immigration levels in Canada may have declined over the past year due to pandemic-induced travel restrictions. During the same time, the federal and provincial governments have taken every possible step to uphold the spirit of immigration by regular conduct of nomination draws and inviting candidates who are already present in the country to apply for permanent residency. International student immigration has also begun to Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) that are adhering to the COVID-19 readiness plan.
Here’s a brief of how provincial nomination draws spanned out last week.
Express Entry Candidates Receive Provincial Nominations
A significant percentage of permanent residency applications of foreign skilled immigrants in Canada has been channelized through the Express Entry system since 2015.
The Express Entry system is a database of immigrant applicants who qualify for either of the three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All the registered candidates are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.
Further, those who receive a provincial nomination are given an additional 600 points toward their CRS score which will effectively guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw. This has prompted all Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to align their nomination streams with the federal Express Entry pool for quick nominations to meet their specific labour demand.
On June 17, Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) Express Entry stream actively invited about 101 candidates along with its Labour Impact category to apply for provincial nominations. The same day also saw a total of 10 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), going to eligible Express Entry candidates from Manitoba PNP. Two days earlier, on June 15, British Columbia had made about 72 provincial nominations to candidates qualifying its Express Entry and Skills Immigration stream.
To be considered for a provincial nomination from the province, Express Entry candidates need to create an EOI profile separately from the respective province.
‘Base’ Provincial Nominations
Apart from inviting candidates who are already registered in the federal pool, the Prince Edward Islands, British Columbia along with Manitoba scouted for candidates beyond the federal pool.
About 12 more invitations to apply for provincial nominations went to business immigration candidates under the PEI Business Impact category. The invitations were issued under the Work Permit Stream, which is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to own and operate a business on the island. Business Impact Category candidates need to meet the minimum provincial score requirement to proceed with their applications. In the latest PEI PNP draw, they had to score a minimum of 60 provincial points to qualify.
On the other hand, Manitoba PNP resulting in inviting 141 immigration candidates under its various provincial streams:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 95 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 430;
- Skilled Workers Overseas – 24 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 703; and
- International Education Stream – 22 invitations with no EOI score requirement.
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Canada is planning to make up for the immigration shortfall in the next three years and achieve an ambitious immigration target of inviting more than 1.2 million new immigrants. Under the current target, Canada’s PNP will admit up to 80,800 new immigrants in 2021. Contact CanApprove to make the most of the favourable time for immigration to Canada.