Last week, Canadian provinces released their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw results and Quebec also released its recent draw result through Arrima. Most Canadian provinces except Quebec and Nunavut manage their PNPs. Through the PNP interested candidates are invited for a provincial nomination.
However, a provincial nomination is not similar to permanent residence, it can considerably increase the odds 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 a PNP-specific round of invitations.
In the year 1998, when the PNP was launched it welcomed only 400 immigrants and now 80,000 candidates are invited every year. The significant increase in the number of PNP admissions helps in the economic growth of Canada. 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.
Here’s a quick review of the PNP results along with the details of Quebec’s Arrima draw.
On May 5, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited 30 candidates to apply for a permanent selection under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
The invited Candidates had their profiles in the Arrima Expression of Interest system with a valid job offer outside of the Montreal Metropolitan area.
On May 17, British Columbia invited more than 175 candidates through its weekly round of invitations to British Columbia PNP draw.
A total of 154 of these candidates were invited through their general British Columbia draw. Candidates who were invited to this draw were the skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories with a minimum provincial score between 77 and 123.
British Columbia held three separate draws for candidates in targeted occupations. A total of 21 childhood educators qualify for skilled worker and international graduate sub-categories. The province also invited several healthcare professionals. The invited candidates required a minimum score of 62 points.
Prince Edward Island
On May 20, Prince Edward Island invited a total of 153 immigration candidates. Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates received the maximum invitations with a total score of 137. The remaining 16 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had provincial scores of at least 62 points.