Alberta invited 300 Express Entry candidates with CRS Scores as low as 301 to apply for provincial nomination on March 26

The Canadian province of Alberta released details of its new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw conducted on March 26.

A total of 300 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) in this invitation round.

In order to receive an invite in this draw, candidates just needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.

Introduced in 2018, the Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the AINP search the federal Express Entry system for candidates who meet its specific eligibility requirements and invites them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

It also provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible Express Entry candidates with strong ties to the province or who are working in an occupation that supports the province’s “economic development and diversification priorities,” among other factors.

Candidates do not require having any job offers in the province to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through this Stream. However, AINP generally gives priority to candidates who:

  • have a job offer and/or work experience in the province;
  • hold a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • have a parent, child or sibling already living in the province

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, AINP is only considering those immigration candidates for nomination who are already living and working in Alberta.

Express Entry candidates with a nomination from Alberta, receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which effectively increase their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.

Alberta has now invited more than 1000 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021.

 

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Nova Scotia invited French-speaking Express Entry candidates in new immigration draw on March 29

Nova Scotia conducted its second immigration draw of this year through the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream on March 29.

The invitations, also known as Letters of Interest (LOIs) were issued to Express Entry candidates who had selected French as their first official language and had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or higher in French in all language abilities.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), however, did not disclose the information on how many invitations were sent in this invitation round.

Apart from French language proficiency, invited candidates also needed to demonstrate that they have:

  • English as a second official language with a CLB score of 7 or higher all language abilities –Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Either a bachelor’s degree OR completed a three or more years of study program at a university, college, trade or technical school.
  • Applied before 11:59 p.m., April 28, 2021

The Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream of NSNP targets immigration candidates based on the province’s labour market needs.

In order to qualify for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia through this Stream, candidates first need to have a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry system.

The NSNP has held total 16 Labour Market Priorities Stream draws since its launch in the year 2018 and have invited Financial Auditors, Accountants, Programmers, Early Childhood Education Workers, Social Workers, Nurses, and Carpenters to apply for provincial nomination.

Invited candidates now have 30 Calendar days to send in their application for the provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to NSNP.

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Saskatchewan PNP draw invited 418 new immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 418 new immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency in its latest immigration draw held on March 24.

Out of total invitations issued, 183 went to Express Entry candidates and another 235 were issued to Occupations In-Demand candidates.

In order to be invited in this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 70 points on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid.

Stream Total Invitations issued Minimum EOI Score
Express Entry 183 70
Occupations In-Demand 235 70

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, or SINP, allows the province to nominate qualified immigration candidates with skills required in its labour market. Express Entry and In-Demand Occupation sub-categories are two prominent streams within the SINP for individuals who have education and work experience in a high-skilled and in-demand occupation.

While a minimum of one year of full-time work experience is essential to apply for both of its subcategories, a job offer or work experience in Canada is not required.

In order to apply for a provincial nomination through either of these streams, candidates need to first register an EOI profile with the SINP.

Eligible EOIs are then awarded a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid, which allot them points based on their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency through regular draws conducted by the SINP.

Express Entry candidates, who obtain a nomination through the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category, receive additional 600 points toward their CRS scores, effectively increasing their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.

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95 Tech candidates received ITAs for a provincial nomination in new British Columbia PNP Draw on March 23

Latest British Columbia PNP Tech draw on March 23 invited 95 Tech candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent Residency.

Invitations were issued to candidates under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 80 in order to receive an invite in this draw.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot

Launched in May 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot provides a fast-track immigration pathway to qualified foreign tech workers who want to become permanent Canadian residents.

In order to apply through the Tech Pilot, immigration candidates need to have a job offer in one of 29 eligible occupations in the province. The job offer must be valid for a minimum of one year with at least 120 days remaining at the time of submitting the application.

The eligible candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). They must choose to apply through the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC immigration categories.

The BC PNP will then invite candidates who fulfill the minimum score requirements to apply for a provincial nomination through weekly draws conducted by BC PNP.

Invited candidates will then have 30 calendar days to submit their complete application for provincial nomination to BC PNP.

Those candidates, whose applications get approved, received a nomination confirmation that they can then use to submit their Canadian permanent residence application with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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PEI invited 211 Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact candidates in its first PNP draw of 2021 on January 21

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) held its first immigration draw of 2021 on January 21.

A total of 211 Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact candidates received invitations to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency from PEI in this selection round.

Out of total invites issued, 196 went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. However, the PEI PNP did not provide a breakdown of how many Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates were invited, nor the minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score required for each category.

The remaining 15 invitations were issued to Business Impact candidates under the Work Permit Stream. The invited Business Impact candidates had a minimum point threshold of 80.

PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is for candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates, who would like to be considered for a provincial nomination from the province, need to create a separate EOI profile with the PEI PNP.

These profiles are given a score on the basis of information provided in their EOI based on factors such as education, work experience and proficiency in English or French. The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination get an additional 600 point toward their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which effectively guarantees them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

PEI PNP’s Labour Impact Category is not aligned with the Express Entry system and is designed for foreign nationals with a valid job offer in the province and support from a PEI employer.

Candidates in this category may fall under three possible streams: Skilled Worker (in PEI and outside Canada), Critical Worker and International Graduate.

PEI PNP’s Business Impact: Work Permit Stream is for individuals interested in owning and operating a business on the island. This stream also operates on a points-based EOI system.

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