British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan have issued ITAs (Invitations to Apply) to candidates through their PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) this week.
Provincial nomination can act as the first step towards obtaining permanent residence from IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada), but it is not in itself the same as a permanent residence.
The majority of provinces and territories in Canada (except Quebec and Nunavut) manage their Provincial Nominee Programs. Interested candidates, through these programs, possibly will be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Immigration programs in Quebec are overseen by the province and differ from those in Canada.
The PNP makes up for 105,000 PR admissions per year. It commenced in 1998 and there has been a steady increase in the annual number of PNP admissions. Federal and provincial governments consider it to be a highly effective tool for the promotion of economic development outside of urban centers.
Results for Provincial Immigration (December 9 – December 16)
The OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program), on December 13, issued 160 letters of interest to applicants from the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Applicants had to be in the Express Entry pool with CRS scores ranging from 341-490. The draw aimed at applicants with work experience in specific NOC (National Occupational Classification) codes.
To be eligible for this stream, applicants are required to be in the pool for the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Canadian Experience Class. They ought to be able to read, understand, speak, and write French at a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 7 or higher.
Moreover, they must be able to read, understand, speak, and write English at CLB level 6 or higher.
Over 212 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in British Columbia on December 13.
BC invited 180 applicants in a general draw that comprised tech occupations. The invitations were issued to applicants in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and consisted of applicants for Express Entry.
Also, invitations were issued to Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates. The SIRS score for the general draw was in between 80 – 104.
SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System) acts much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). However, it is only used for PNP in the province of British Columbia.
In addition, BC held rounds of invitations for applicants working in the below-mentioned occupations:
- 19 early childhood educators as well as assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of no less than 60 points
- 13 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 60 as minimum scores
Manitoba invited 1,030 applicants under the Skilled Worker Overseas stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program. Candidates, to be invited, are required to meet a baseline of criteria that is specific to the program. Of the total number of applicants who received an EOI (Expression of Interest), 656 had profiles in the Express Entry system.
The province of Saskatchewan held its first draw in over a month on December 15. It invited 348 applicants under the Express Entry stream, and 285 under the Occupations-In-Demand stream of the SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program), for a total of 633 invitations issued. Applicants from both categories required scores of 82.
Two invitations were issued to applicants with scores of 62, whose country of residence is Ukraine.