British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island have issued ITAs (Invitations to Apply) to candidates through provincial immigration programs this week.
The majority of provinces and territories in Canada (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) manage their own PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs. Through these programs, interested applicants may be invited to apply for provincial nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination can prove beneficial for obtaining PR.
Immigration programs in Quebec are overseen by the province and differ from those in the country. Quebec is the only province with control over all economic class immigrants.
The provincial nominee program makes up for 105,000 PR admissions each year. It commenced back in 1998 and the annual number of PNP admissions has since improved gradually. Federal, as well as provincial governments, consider it a highly effective tool for promoting economic development outside of urban centers.
Results for Provincial Immigration (December 1 – December 8)
Over 188 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in British Columbia on December 6.
BC invited 144 candidates in a targeted tech draw. The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included applicants for Express Entry.
Candidates in the tech draw had the least possible SIRS scores of 95. SIRS functions much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). However, it is only used for PNP in British Columbia.
Also, the province held rounds of invitations for applicants working in the below-mentioned occupations.
- 32 early childhood educators as well as assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of no less than 60 points
- 12 healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, such as Express Entry category, with scores of no less than 60 points
- Other priority occupations with the lowest scores of 60
Quebec invited 998 skilled and experienced workers so they can apply for permanent selection on November 24 and an additional 513 on December 1.
On November 24 the draw did not target distinct NOCs. However, applicants required job offers outside of the Montreal Metropolitan Community and the least possible Arrima Expression of Interest score of 603 points.
The draw held on December 1 aimed at candidates with particular NOCs who had job offers outside of the Montreal Metropolitan Community. Applicants had to have profiles in the Arrima Expression of Interest with scores of no less than 589 points.
The invitations were issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to immigration candidates applying under the QSWP (Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program).
Those candidates who were invited to apply for permanent selection by Quebec have a maximum of 60 days for submitting their application and paying processing fees. The province targets processing applications within 6 months, commencing on the date all the required documents have been received. This consists of all forms as well as documents.
The province of Manitoba invited a total of 305 candidates under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Candidates, in order to be invited, are required to meet a baseline of criteria, which is specific to their program. In total, Manitoba invited:
- Skilled Workers issued 206 invitations with the lowest score of 775
- Skilled Workers in a foreign country issued 43 invitations with the lowest score of 673
- International Education Stream issued 56 invitations requiring no score
Out of all who were invited to apply, 31 had profiles in Express Entry.
Manitoba will continue to process all EOI (Expressions of Interest) received before November 16 under the NOC 2016. Any EOIs, which were received on or after November 16, will be assessed under NOC 2021.
Prince Edward Island
The province of Prince Edward Island, on December 1, invited 69 applicants through the Labour and Express Entry streams. This brings the total number of applicants invited by PEI so far to 1,721 in 2022.
Express Entry candidates who are looking to be nominated by the province are required to submit a separate EOI (Expression of Interest) to the PEI PNP.
EOI profiles are awarded a score based on the point grid of the PEI and, like the Express Entry CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply through draws each month.