Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada located in the East Coast of North America. The province has a growing economy whose main growth areas are agriculture, tourism and fishing.

Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program also known as the PEI PNP provides prospective immigrants with experience and skills opportunities to apply for the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Certificate after which they can apply for the Canadian permanent residence.

The PEI PNP offers three major immigration categories:
• PEI PNP Express Entry
• Labor Impact Category
• Business Impact Category

PEI PNP Express Entry:
Under this category, candidates who are eligible under the Express Entry pool and are interested to live in the province can apply. However only those candidates who have skills that match the labor needs of the province will be considered for nomination under this category.

Canada offers nearly 80 different PNP programs, some of the popular PNP programs include:

1.Manitoba PNP
2.New Brunswick PNP
3.Ontario PNP
4.Saskatchewan PNP
5.Prince Edward Island PNP

Labor Impact Category:
Immigration candidates who have the required skills and experience to meet the needs of the labor market in the province. The stream has three categories:
1.Skilled Worker Stream
This stream is for workers who have been selected or identified by an employer in the province. To be eligible to apply under this stream, the applicant must be either working in the province or have a job offer from an employee in the province.
2.Critical Worker Stream
This stream is applicable to workers who have been hired by an employer in the province and the employer wishes to sponsor them for a PR visa. The applicants can belong to either a semi-skilled or unskilled profession.
3.International Graduate Stream
Recent graduates from recognized universities and colleges in the province who have already been hired by a PEI employer. Eligible applicants will have to work in a skilled profession related to their field of study.
Business Impact Category
This category has a single stream called the Work Permit Stream. This stream is for individuals who want to invest in a business in the province.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Prince Edward Island is also one of four provinces included in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

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FAQ
What is the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program [PEI PNP]?

A provincial program under the PNP of Canada, the PEI PNP allows Prince Edward Island to nominate immigrants – to IRCC for Canada PR – that have the potential of filling the labour market and economic requirements of the province.

Does PEI PNP have any Express Entry linked PEI immigration pathway?

Yes. The PEI PNP Express Entry stream is linked with the Express Entry system of the federal government of Canada.

How does a PNP nomination help an Express Entry candidate?

An Express Entry candidate that is a provincial nominee under PNP Canada is automatically given 600 CRS points. CRS here stands for the Comprehensive Ranking System used for ranking Express Entry profiles. With a CRS 600 by PNP, an Express Entry candidate is guaranteed an ITA in the next federal draw to be held.

What if I'm eligible for more than 1 PEI PNP streams?

While you might be eligible for more than 1 PEI PNP streams, the PEI will only be issuing 1 nomination per applicant. Hence, in such situations the most recommended course of action is to determine as to which would be the ideal stream to apply to and to proceed accordingly.

I already have an application in process for a non-Express Entry stream with the PEI PNP. Can I switch to Express Entry?

Those eligible for more than 1 stream should decide before applying as to stream that they would prefer applying under. The PEI PNP might not allow switching streams prior to nomination. Those already nominated through 1 PEI PNP stream might not switch streams.

I don’t qualify for the Express Entry system of Canada. Can I still apply for PEI immigration?

If you don’t qualify for IRCC’s Express Entry pool, you cannot get a PNP nomination under the PEI Express Entry stream. Nevertheless, there are other PEI PNP streams that you can explore and check eligibility against.

Currently, I am working in PEI. Does this make me eligible for PEI Express Entry stream?

The PEI PNP prioritizes applicants currently working in the province in a position that matches their education and/or work experience.

Can I include my parents on my PEI Express Entry application?

No. Only spouse and dependent children [below 19 years of age] might be included in the PEI Express Entry application along with the principal applicant. Other family members – such as parents, grandparents or siblings – cannot be included.

What is the Labour Impact category of the PEI PNP?

The Labour Impact category of the PEI PNP supports foreign nationals – with a valid job offer as well as support from a PEI employer – that intend applying for a PNP nomination for Canada PR through the PEI PNP.

At what stage of Canada immigration through PEI PNP process do I have to apply to IRCC?

If selected by the PEI PNP as a provincial nominee, you will have to submit your application for Canadian permanent residence within 3 months of receiving your nomination certificate.

What are the details of the Prince Edward Island PNP?

Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program also known as the PEI PNP provides prospective immigrants with experience and skills opportunities to apply for the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Certificate after which they can apply for the Canadian permanent residence.

The PEI PNP offers three major immigration categories:

  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Labor Impact Category
  • Business Impact Category
What are the details of the various categories under PEI PNP?

PEI PNP Express Entry

Under this category, candidates who are eligible under the Express Entry pool and are interested to live in the province can apply. However only those candidates who have skills that match the labor needs of the province will be considered for nomination under this category.

The PNP Express Entry is a PEI immigration stream that is consistent with the federal Express Entry immigration selection scheme. Candidates who receive an enhanced provincial nomination from this stream receive an additional 600 Detailed Ranking System (CRS) points, resulting in an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Labor Impact Category

Immigration candidates who have the required skills and experience to meet the needs of the labor market in the province. The stream has three categories:

1.Skilled Worker Stream

This stream is for workers who have been selected or identified by an employer in the province. To be eligible to apply under this stream, the applicant must be either working in the province or have a job offer from an employee in the province.

2.Critical Worker Stream

This stream is applicable to workers who have been hired by an employer in the province and the employer wishes to sponsor them for a PR visa. The applicants can belong to either a semi-skilled or unskilled profession.

3.International Graduate Stream

Recent graduates from recognized universities and colleges in the province who have already been hired by a PEI employer. Eligible applicants will have to work in a skilled profession related to their field of study.

Business Impact Category

This category has a single stream called the Work Permit Stream. This stream is for individuals who want to invest in a business in the province.

What are the steps to apply for the PEI PNP Express Entry stream?

Step 1: After a full application and all supporting documents have been submitted, the processing period for qualifying applications will take up to three months or longer.

 Step 2: Within six months of obtaining your candidate certificate, apply for a permanent resident visa for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC). Applicants, their spouse/common-law partner, and their children.

For eligible foreign nationals, the PEI PNP Express Entry combination makes immigration to the province both quicker and easier. When using Canada Express Entry, the entire PEI immigration process could take as little as six months in some cases.

Individuals nominated for Canadian immigration through the PEI PNP would score high enough on the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking Calculator to almost guarantee a place in the next draw. It does not take long to be approved for PEI immigration after receiving an invitation to apply to become a Canada Permanent Resident, as applications are processed in six months or less.

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