PNP updates creates new opportunities for Express Entry candidates
The third quarter of provincial programs activity saw selection draws and a number of innovations to streams that aligned with the Express Entry programs.
In the last quarter, the provinces participating in PNP programs have taken some innovative steps and developed their immigrant nominee programs.
While the changes made in programs of Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick directly affected Express Entry applicants, through the selection draws Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island (PEI) invited candidates registered in the Express Entry pool to submit an application for provincial nomination.
The recent period of time, particularly the last months were busy ones for many Canadian PNP streams. The Provincial Nominee Programs enable partaking Canadian provinces and as well as regions to choose immigration applicants having abilities that are necessary for the province’s labor market needs. Once they find a relevant candidate with appropriate skills and experience, they invite the applicants and nominate them to become Canadian permanent residents.
In general, Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs generate great chances for immigration candidates to move to Canada permanently even if they do not currently qualify to become eligible for ITA through Canada’s Express Entry system. In addition, the same is also true for applicants who are eligible for the Express Entry program but their CRS score is nor high enough to get an Invitation to Apply.
When candidates receive a provincial nomination certificate, through the Express Entry aligned PNP streams, they are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. This, in turn, effectively guarantees to receive a provincial nomination in subsequent draws which paves the way for Canadian permanent residence.
There are also some other provincial programs that are not currently aligned with the Express Entry system. These programs can nominate potential candidates which later enables them to directly apply to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada to get permanent residence cards. Some provinces have already designed these programs, which is called “base programs”, to target specific candidates with lower-skilled work experience.
Generally, the Express Entry immigration system handles 3 of Canada’s main economic immigration programs which are Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and as well as Canadian Experience Class.
Applicants registered in the Express Entry pool later receive invitations to apply for permanent residency in Canada. However, the selection process is determined by the ranking of the candidates in the pool which based on their age, education, work experience, and as well as language proficiency.
Regularly, the highest-ranking set of candidates are invited through regular draws.
Ontario’s Tech Draws
The province of Ontario conducted it’s first Tech Draw through its OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) on July 12. At that draw, the province issued a 1623 invitation to Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination. Another set of ITA’s, 1773 invitations to apply, were issued in the second draw which took place on August 1.
Ontario’s aim in selecting candidates for nomination is to find eligible applicants that meet labor demands for both federal and provincial criteria. The draws are conducted through the Human Capital Priorities Stream. Although there is no requirement for a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, the applicants still need to have an active Express Entry profile that meets the province’s conditions.
Saskatchewan Immigration Nomination Program
After overhauling the occupation requirement for the Express Entry aligned and Occupation In-Demand subcategories, on September 2019, the province of Saskatchewan has dropped the list of in-demand jobs in favor of an excluded occupation list.
In a result of these important changes, the number of qualified occupations for immigration candidates jumped from 19 to 2018. The new changes enable the province to choose more candidates to fill labor gaps in Saskatchewan’s labor market. Please note that in order to become eligible for selection you do not need to have a job offer from a Canadian employer. However, all candidates are required to have a minimum of one year of work experience in their appropriate field of study.
In the other hand, another Canadian province, Alberta conducts regular provincial draws in which issues invitations to Candidates with lower CRS requirements. In fact, when the lowest ranking candidate receiving invitation through the regular draws had 457 points, Alberta invited applicants with the CRS score as low as 302.
If you wish to immigrate to Canada whether by studying or through one of the mentioned provincial nominee programs, you are welcome to assess your eligibility through our free immigration assessment tool!