Last week, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island issued invitations to candidates to apply through their provincial immigration programs.
Each year, 105,000 PRs are admitted through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Since 1998, the annual number of PNP admissions has steadily increased. Both the federal and provincial governments see it as a valuable tool for promoting economic growth outside of urban areas.
The provincial nomination does not amount to permanent residence; however, it can serve as the first step toward obtaining permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Almost every Canadian province and territory has its own provincial nomination programs. For example, Quebec’s immigration programs are distinct from Canada’s other immigration programs. Thus, only through these programs, interested candidates get a chance to apply for a potential nomination.
Results of Provincial Immigration (17th to 23rd December)
On December 19, a total of 936 letters of interest got issued to candidates from the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. The stream had asked the candidates to have work experience in the targeted tech occupations.
To qualify under the stream, the candidates must be in the Express Entry pool under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The targeted candidates under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System score between the range of 484-490.
Over 153 candidates applied for a provincial nomination in British Columbia on 20 December. The province issued invitations to candidates in a targeted tech draw that included tech occupations. The invitations were issued to the candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, including Express Entry candidates.
Candidates in the targeted draw had to achieve a minimum SIRS score of 90. SIRS is essentially the same as the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), except that it only applies to British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
British Columbia also held invitation rounds for candidates working in the following occupations;
- A minimum of 60 points must be achieved by 15 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
- 5 healthcare workers with at least 60 points from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category;
As of December 21, Saskatchewan invited 153 candidates via the Express Entry stream and 315 under the Occupation-In-Demand stream. This brought a total of 468 invitations with a required score of 80.
Prince Edward Island
On December 15, the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island invited 127 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry stream. In addition, a total of seven candidates were invited through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur with a required score of 62. This had brought around 1,854 candidates so far in 2022. Candidates for PEI nomination through Express Entry must submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry is used to rate EOI profiles, and similar to the CRS, the highest-scoring applicants are asked to apply through monthly lotteries.