In times where developed countries label immigration as an economic burden on them, Canada sees an economic & social opportunity in increasing the levels of immigration even during the pandemic.
The Canadian provinces are actively engaged in nominating eligible economic-class immigrants including skilled workers, international students and business entrepreneurs to eventually apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Following this trend is the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) which held a record-breaking provincial nomination draw on September 17. It resulted in issuing 345 invitations to apply for provincial nominations to eligible economic-class candidates under Express Entry, Labour & Business Impact Categories.
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PEI Express Entry & Labour Impact Category
September 17 PEI PNP draw issued 313 invitations under the Express Entry & Labour Impact Category.
The PEI PNP Express Entry category is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Naturally the profiles registered under it have various occupations and skill sets. Thus, the Labour Impact Category includes Critical Worker, International Graduate which is more specific to province’s labour demand.
Any candidate to be considered under the Labour Impact Category must need a valid job offer in PEI, and their employer support. Whereas the federal Express Entry allows candidates with work experience and with/without job offer in Canada.
All the interested candidates who wish to receive a provincial nomination from PEI are required to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the province. Later, these selected candidates can apply for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry pathway.
A EOI profile is assessed and scored for a maximum of 100 points. It is based on six selection factors: age, language proficiency, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability.
The press release did not provide a detailed category-wise breakdown to determine how many Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates were invited, nor the minimum EOI score required for each category.
PEI Business Impact Category
Business entrepreneurs are more than welcomed to run and operate a business in PEI. Such candidates are invited under the Work Permit Stream of PEI PNP.
Candidates willing to qualify under the Business Impact Category are evaluated on six selection factors like Age, Language, Education, Business Ownership or Senior Management Experience, Community Endorsement and Adaptability for a maximum of 200 points.
The latest nomination draw invited 32 candidates through the Business Impact Category. They were required to have a minimum EOI score of 102. This is particularly 10 points lesser than the previous August 20 PEI PNP draw.
September 17 PEI PNP now becomes its largest nomination draw ever. With this, the province is nearing a total of 2,000 provincial nominations over the past 12 months.
Canada has been experiencing demography shock- aging population and low birth rate for quite some years now. The current travel restrictions has only multiplied the need of more economic-class immigrants. Infact, a recent survey conducted by the World Education Services revealed that interest in moving to Canada has actually increased amid pandemic.
Iit is now safe to conclude that immigration to Canada is a mutual need.
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