Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Prince Edward Island has released the details of its scheduled March 18 draw.
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) issued a total of 150 invitations. Most of the invitations, 140, went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining 10 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of 70.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canada’s provinces and territories to select immigration candidates who meet their labour market needs. They sometimes align with Canada’s federal Express Entry system. Canada is aiming to admit 80,800 new immigrants through the PNPs this year.
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PEI PNP Express Entry Category
The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is an enhanced PNP, which means it works with the federal government’s Express Entry system.
Express Entry manages the applications for three economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are given an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from P.E.I., Express Entry candidates need to create an EOI profile with the PEI PNP.
EOI profiles are given points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws.
The PEI PNP did not provide a breakdown of how many Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates were invited for each category, nor the minimum EOI score requirements.
Labour Impact Category
The Labour Impact Category is for foreign nationals who have a valid job offer in P.E.I., and have support from their employer. It is divided into three streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.
Candidates in this category must also submit an Expression of Interest in order to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Labour Impact Category.
Business Impact Category
Business Impact Category candidates need to meet the minimum provincial score requirement in order to proceed with their applications. The score is different in every draw. The invitations that P.E.I sent in today’s draw were issued under the Work Permit Stream, which is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to own and operate a business on the island.