The maritime province of Canada, Prince Edward Island (PEI) held its scheduled Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) draw on January 20. This is the first PEI PNP of 2022 and resulted in 132 invitations to apply (ITA) for provincial nominations. All the invitees were targeted under all three provincial streams: Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact.
PEI has been one of the most consistent provinces in 2021 after British Columbia & Manitoba in holding its provincial nomination draws. In fact, PEI is the only maritime province in Eastern Canada that releases its draw schedule for the rest of the year in advance.
Apart from provincial streams, federal programs can also help you settle in the province. Prince Edward Island is a part of the federal Atlantic immigration program and the federal government is looking to invite over 6,000 candidates every year to apply for Canada immigration through the program.
January 20 PEI PNP Draw: Highlights
Since the launch of the federal Express Entry system in 2015, all the immigration streams under Canada PNP are categorized into two: ‘enhanced’ provincial streams and ‘base’ nomination streams.
A total of 121 invitations went to Express Entry and Labour Impact categories.
In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from PEI, candidates must create an Expression Of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP. EOI profiles are given points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws.
If a candidate is already registered in the federal Express Entry pool, they could qualify for provincial nomination under the PEI PNP Express Entry category.
Foreigners like Skilled Workers, Critical Workers, and International Graduates with a valid job offer in PEI, and having support from their employer may qualify under the Labour Impact category.
The remaining 11 invitations went to applicants under the Business Impact category.
Such candidates are issued invitations under the Work Permit Stream, which is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to own and operate a business in PEI. They required a provincial score of above 72 points in order to receive nominations.
Most previous draws this year had a qualifying score of above 80 points.
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The Provincial Nominee Program pathway is considered the second-best alternative to Express Entry to obtain permanent residence.
Provincial Nominee Programs are designed to accommodate the specific and specialized labour market demand of Canada’s provinces and territories. A successful provincial nomination will improve the scope to obtain permanent residence in a quick time.
Currently, top in-demand jobs in Prince Edward Island include:
- Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012);
- Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 3222);
- Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233);
- Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171);
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174);
- User support technicians (NOC 2282)
- Homebuilding and renovation managers (NOC 0712)
- Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)
Further, fulfilling the predetermined residence requirement in Canada, eligible candidates can apply with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency.
The next PEI PNP draw is expected for February 17, 2022.
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