The number of PR invitations issued to PNP candidates is on the rise in Canada. Out of the 62,500 candidates who received invites between January and September in 2018, 7,500 had a provincial nomination. This accounts for almost 12% of all the invited candidates. This number was just 9% in 2017.
The Provincial Nominee Program of Canada allows participating provinces to nominate a set number of candidates for PR each year. Each province with an immigration program now has at least one stream that is linked to the Express Entry program.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool receive an additional 600 points if they have a provincial nomination. The extra points ensure that the candidates receive an invite.
The rising number of candidates with a provincial nomination in the EE pool may also be responsible why the lowest score in 2018 has not gone below 440. If the same trend continues, then the best bet for those scoring less than 440 to obtain an ITA would be to apply through a PNP.
The growing number of invites being issued to PNP candidates clearly shows the increasing importance of the PNPs to the Canadian Govt. As per Canada’s multi-year immigration level plans, the cap for PNP candidates would be increased by another 6,000 places.
Canada’s intake target through PNPs in 2018 is 55,000. The cap will be increased to 61,000 in 2019. By 2021, the intake target would be increased to 71,300 which will be a 30% rise over 2018’s target.
The PNP was first established in the year 1996. IRCC released a report which showed that the growth of the PNPs has been exponential. From an intake of 233 in the first year, it has risen to 49,724 in 2017.
The growth of the PNPs is also helping to redistribute the incoming immigrant population away from the major cities of Canada. 34% of all the economic immigrants who came to Canada in 2017 settled outside Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. These 3 provinces house the largest cities Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver respectively. The number of immigrants who settled outside these provinces was just 10% in 1997.
A report by Statistics Canada also pointed out something noteworthy. Most economic immigrants tend to remain in the same place where they first settled. The report revealed that only 11% of the immigrants tend to move away, as per CIC News.
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