Are you still thinking of migrating to Canada, but the pandemic has delayed your plans? Here’s some good news. Canada’s PNP or Provincial Nominee Programs released approximately 3,400 ITA this August, or Invitations to Apply for provincial nominations in various provinces.
This is terrific news for many, because it means Canada is bouncing back and beginning to open its borders again. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, almost every Canadian province and territory has its PNP. These initiatives enable provinces to pick the best candidates for local jobs and manage regional immigration settlements.
There are unique PNP requirements in each province for Canadian permanent residency that is awarded to foreign employees.
Since its creation in 1998, the PNP has grown to become Canada’s second most significant pathway to permanent residency and one of the most recommended by expert immigration consultancy firms.
Between now and 2023, PNPs alone are anticipated to result in more than 80,000 immigrants being admitted as permanent residents each year.
What is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
PNPs allow various Canadian provinces and territories to nominate applicants for permanent residency and are classified into two types:
Base nominations are subject to specific PNP streams and processing requirements of each province. Candidates will often go through a two-step procedure to get from a successful base nomination to permanent residency.
Candidates who satisfy the criteria for a PNP route can apply and get a nomination certificate. They can then seek permanent residency with the federal government.
Enhanced nomination streams are connected to the Express Entry system. They enable provincial immigration officers to scan the Express Entry pool for primary applicants who meet specific requirements. The provinces then ask these people to seek a provincial nomination.
The Express Entry system handles the applicant pool for the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Candidates that earn a provincial nomination are almost ensured an ITA or Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in an Express Entry lottery. In most cases, at least one PNP stream is linked to Express Entry, Canada’s leading source of economic immigration.
While the number of Express Entry invitations given this month was lower than in June and July, the number of Express Entry invitations issued is at an all-time high. This year, CIC has issued over 100,000 ITAs.
Here are some results per province, based on the nominations they’ve sent out:
- Alberta: The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)’s Express Entry Stream held the biggest draw of 2021, where 396 candidates with CRS scores of at least 300 were invited.
- British Columbia: Express Entry British Columbia has invited over 900 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The number of invites granted in recent months has roughly matched the number of skills immigration streams.
- Ontario: The province invited 402 international student graduates to apply for a Master’s Graduate stream who needed Expression of Interest (EOI) scores and 77 candidates with EOI scores of 17 and above for the Ph.D. Graduate stream. In total, the province invited 875 applicants through their Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
- Manitoba: The province held one draw in each of the following categories: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas. 275 invitations were sent, 36 of which were issued to candidates through Express Entry.
- Prince Edward Island: The province held a pre-scheduled draw and issued a combined 161 invitations to immigration candidates through the Express Entry, Labour Impact candidates, and Business Impact candidates.
- Saskatchewan: The SINP or Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program gave a total of 948 nominations through the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories of the International Skilled Worker Category.
The main advantage of the PNP for Canadian Immigration is that it makes obtaining permanent status easier. When you receive your PNP nomination from a province, you receive 600 CRS points, which raises your total CRS score.
Though the PNP immigration program has a longer processing time and higher processing fees than the Express Entry program, it is the best option for immigration candidates who already have a job offer but don’t have a low CRS score. If this seems like a viable option for you, get in touch with an immigration consultant today to get you started in the process!
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