In the PEI PNP draw held by Prince Edward Island on June 17, 2021, 113 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. The distribution of the invitations happened as follows:
- Express Entry & Labor Impact categories – 101 invitations
- Business Impact category – 12 invitations
This draw was the sixth draw held by PEI PNP in 2021. In total, PEI has issued 905 invitations in 2021 so far. Of these 816 invitations were from the Express Entry and Labor Impact streams while 89 invitations were from the Business Impact stream.
PNPs are what Canadian provinces and territories use to find immigration candidates who are skilled and qualified enough to meet the province’s labor market requirements. Even Prince Edward Island uses its PEI PNP under federally approved guidelines to achieve this purpose.
Canada immigration to PEI has seen a dip over the span of a year owing to travel restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the ambitious immigration plans of the federal government are expected to make up for the shortfalls in 2021. Canada is targeting to bring in 80,800 new immigrants this year via PNPs.
About PEI PNP Express Entry Category
The Express Entry category of PEI PNP is an enhanced PNP. So, it has a link with the Express Entry system of the federal government.
The Express Entry system manages visa applications for 3 economic-class Canada immigration programs namely: CEC, FSWP, FSTP.
Candidates with eligibility are given a CRS score for factors such as their work experience, age, language skills in English/French, and education.
Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination are granted 600 extra CRS points on their original CRS score. This way, they effectively get the assurance that they will get an ITA for Canada PR in an upcoming Express Entry draw.
For a candidate to be given a chance for PEI’s provincial nomination, Express Entry candidates must create an EOI profile with the PEI PNP.
On a unique points grid, these EOI profiles are given points. The candidates who score the highest are then invited to file applications via draws conducted monthly.
About Labour Impact category
This category is meant for foreign nationals with a valid job offer received from an employer in PEI. The category is divided into 3 streams namely Critical Worker, International Graduate, and Skilled Worker.
Candidates belonging to this category have to submit an EOI so that they could be considered for a provincial nomination via the Labour Impact category.
About Business Impact category
Candidates of the Business Impact category must meet the requirement of the minimum provincial score so that they can go ahead with filing their applications. The score differs in every draw. The invitations sent in in June 17 draw were issued to candidates under the Work Permit Stream. This stream is meant for foreign entrepreneurs who are willing 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
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
PEI – Prince Edward Island