On October 21, 2021, a PEI PNP draw was held and the results of the even are out. In the draw, 204 immigration candidates were invited. These candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
Of the candidates invited, 195 were selected from the Express Entry and Labor Impact streams. The remaining 9 candidates were selected from the Business Impact stream. The Business Impact candidates had a minimum of 72 points that helped them qualify.
The Oct 21 PEI PNP draw was the tenth draw held by Prince Edward Island in 2021. The total number of invitations issued by the province till now in 2021 has come to 1,541.
The upcoming PEI PNP draw is scheduled to take place on November 18, 2021.
What is the Express Entry category of PEI PNP?
The Express Entry category of PEI PNP is linked to the federal Express Entry system and hence is an enhanced PNP. It’s necessary that candidates participating in a PEI PNP draw under this category have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.
Express Entry is a points-based application management system used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool that’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.
When provincial governments choose and nominate Express Entry candidates through PNP draws, they automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score that will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.
The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.
Labor Impact category
Foreign nationals holding a valid job offer in PEI, as well as the support of the employer in PEI, come under this category. These candidates have to submit an EOI so that they are considered to be granted a provincial nomination.
Business Impact category
Candidates under this had to meet the minimum provincial score requirement so that they could take their applications forward. In the Oct 21 draw, PEI sent invitations under the work permit stream. This stream is meant for foreign nationals who are looking to own and run a business in PEI.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
PEI – Prince Edward Island