Last week, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island (PEI) issued invitations to apply (ITAs) through provincial nomination programs (PNPs).
Most Canadian provinces except for Quebec and Nunavut manage their own PNPs. Through the PNP programs, interested candidates are invited for a provincial nomination.
However, a provincial nomination is not similar to permanent residence, it can considerably increase the chances of earning a permanent residence status. For example, PNP candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool will receive a nomination and get additional 600 points added to their score. This also makes the candidate stand eligible to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
In 1998, when the PNP was launched it welcomed only 400 immigrants and now 105,000 candidates are invited annually. The significant increase in the number of PNP admissions helps Canada’s economic growth.
Here’s a quick review of the PNP immigration results for the following provinces;
Provincial Immigration Results (December 1st – December 8th)
On December 1, Quebec invited 513 candidates to apply for a permanent selection under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). Earlier, on November 24, the province also invited 998 candidates to apply for permanent selection.
The December 1 draw was designed to target candidates with specific NOCs and job offers outside of the Montreal Metropolitan Community. A minimum score of 589 points was required in the Arrima Expression of Interest system. The November 24 draw didn’t target specific NOCs, but candidates needed job offers outside the Montreal Metropolitan Community and a minimum Arrima Expression of Interest score of 603.
Quebec has more independence over its immigration system than any other Canadian province and it does not part take in the PNP. Candidates who wish to immigrate to Quebec, need to submit their profile to an expression of interest pool called Arrima. Provincial officials welcome candidates whose profile matches the criteria for an immigration program and invited applicants to apply for a provincial nomination or a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) in Quebec. Those invited to apply for permanent selection by Quebec have a maximum of 60 days to submit their application and pay processing fees.
On December 6, British Columbia invited more than 188 applicants to apply for provincial nomination through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
Out of which, 144 were invited through a targeted tech draw. The invitations were also issued to applicants in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and also included Express Entry applicants. the PNP draw also included Entry Level and Semi-Skilled applicants with a minimum SIRS score of 95. SIRS is similar to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) however is only used for British Columbia’s PNP.
The Canadian province also held rounds of targeted invitations for applicants working in the occupations mentioned below:
- 32 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with a minimum score of 60 points
- 12 Healthcare workers with a minimum score of 60 points.
- Healthcare worker: Healthcare assistants with a minimum score of 60 points
- Other priority occupations with minimum scores of 60.
The province welcomed 305 applicants under the Manitoba Provincial Nomination program. To qualify for this program, applicants should meet a baseline of criteria. The province invited the following categories;
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba issued 206 invitations with a minimum score of 775
- Skilled Workers Overseas issued 43 invitations with a minimum score of 673
- International Education Stream issued 56 invitations with no score requirement.
Out of all who were invited to apply, 31 had profiles in the Express Entry system.
Prince Edward Island
On December 1, Prince Edward Island invited a total of 69 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry streams. Express Entry applicants who wish to be nominated by PEI must file a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP.