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PEI’s Work Permit Stream: A dream for entrepreneurs

Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces, famous for its red beaches, luscious green fields with bountiful farmland, and scenic historic towns. PEI may have one of Canada’s smaller populations, but the booming tourist industry and supportive community atmosphere make it an ideal place to found a business. And now, the government of PEI is inviting promising entrepreneurs to set up shop on their red shores! 

The PEI Work Permit Stream is an economic immigration stream that invites entrepreneurs to create and run businesses on Prince Edward Island. Those who join the stream are also eligible to receive a provincial nomination from the government of PEI. 

The Work Permit Stream has outlined the criteria that applicants need to be eligible for the program:

  • Have a minimum personal net worth of $600,000. This wealth must have been acquired legally and through legitimate sources. 
  • Have an education background of secondary school (or the equivalent) or higher.
  • Be between 21-59 years of age when applying.
  • Have experience as a business owner OR relevant management skills from past jobs.
  • Meet the language requirements, which for this stream is a CLB/NLC score of 4 or higher.
  • Live on PEI while actively managing the business day-to-day. 
  • Have an interview with the Office of Immigration.
  • Sign a Performance Agreement with the Office of Immigration and meet all terms and conditions.

You can apply to the PEI Work Permit Stream today through the Government of Prince Edward Island website. After that, applicants create an Expression of Interest Profile. The EOI informs the government that the candidate wants to be considered for the program and for a provincial nomination. 

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Nearly 930 invitations issued in latest Saskatchewan Express Entry draw

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) conducted a huge provincial nomination draw on October 24. The draw saw invitations distributed to 922 Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates. These 922 lucky immigration candidates can now apply for provincial nominations, which will bring them closer to gaining Canadian permanent residence. 

The SINP draws its provincial nominations through two streams. First is through the Express Entry stream, where it accesses the profiles of eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry system. Express Entry manages profiles from Canada’s three main economic immigration categories: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. In addition, the other stream is Occupation In-Demand, which is largely open for eligible immigrants without Express Entry profiles.

The candidates from both Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand need to register for an Expression of Interest (EOI) before they can be considered in Saskatchewan draws. The EOI gives them a score based on their education, English or French proficiency, work history, and age. Although the highest-scoring candidates are prioritized, the minimum EOI score for the latest draw was 69 out of 100. For Express Entry candidates, receiving provincial nominations means they get 600 points for their Express Entry profiles. As a result, provincial nominations almost guarantee selection for Canadian permanent residence.  

Expanded Occupations List

Saskatchewan has had nine different invitation draws in that past month. These selections have followed Saskatchewan’s recent expansion of eligible jobs for in-demand occupations. On September 25, Saskatchewan disposed of their in-demand occupations list in favour of an exclusions list. So, this meant that the 216 occupations not on the exclusions list were eligible. This draw had the largest range of targeted occupations, with the selected candidates stemming from 130 different occupations  

Of the nine draws that took place since September 25, four have been Occupation In-Demand exclusive and five have been for Express Entry candidates. Altogether, 3,846 lucky candidates have received provincial nomination invitations.

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Alberta sends 115 provincial nominations to Express Entry candidates 

Alberta held a provincial Express Entry draw on October 9, where 115 candidates were invited to apply for provincial nominations. These Express Entry candidates were drawn through the federal system, which manages economic immigrants from the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. 

Like many Express Entry draws, Alberta Express Entry selects candidates who meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS ranks Express Entry applicants based on factors such as their educational background, work history, French or English language skills, and age. For this draw, the selected candidates needed to have CRS scores of 350 points or higher. Although it is not the lowest score Alberta Express Entry has required, it is still significantly lower than the federal Express Entry minimums. The lowest CRS score that the federal Express Entry required in 2019 was 438. In contrast, the lowest score requirement in Alberta this year was 300. 

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has proven to be especially helpful for Express Entry candidates who have lower CRS scores. CRS score requirements are significantly lower than the federal draw. As a result, qualified candidates who are short just of the federal scores can boost their score with provincial nominations. Provincial nominations add 600 points added an applicants Express Entry profile. And such high scores all but guarantee a candidates’ selection in the federal Express Entry stream. Subsequently federal draws award successful candidates with Canadian permanent residence.

Qualifying for Alberta Express Entry 

The AINP looks to give provincial nominations to immigration candidates who meet any of their requirements. First, the candidate should have connections to Alberta. This could be a close family in Alberta, previous work history, a job offer, or experience attending school in the province. The candidate should also have the potential to contribute to economic development and the labour market. Finally, the program looks for immigration candidates who help the province meet their diversification objectives. 

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Latest Express Entry draw on September 18 sends 3,600 invitations for permanent residence 

The Canadian government held another Express Entry draw this past Wednesday, September 18. As a result, 3,600 invitations were drawn and sent to candidates for Canadian permanent residence. 

A limited number of the highest-ranking candidates are drawn from pools managed by Express Entry. These pools consist of profiles from Canada’s skilled worker’s economic immigration classes: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. The draws are usually bi-weekly, taking place at least twice a month.

This week, Express Entry drew candidates with a minimum score of 462 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on a candidate’s skilled work and education experience, age, and language proficiency in French or English. Incidentally, the minimum requirements for the last draw on September 4th was one point higher at 463.

Canda has sent a total of 63,400 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) this year, surpassing the numbers achieved this time last year of 58,600. The federal government’s goal for 2019 is to send 81,400 ITAs through the Federal High Skilled class. However, the end of 2018 saw a record-breaking total of 89,800 ITAs sent, and it is possible that more than that will be sent by the end of this year. 

This latest Express Entry draw also used the tie-break procedure. This meant that any candidates who had a score above 462 that created Express Entry profiles before the designated cut off time (August 29, 2019, at 07:57:13 UTC) received an ITA.

For anyone with CRS scores that are too low for Express Entry, there are numerous Provincial Nominiee Programs (PNPS) to help increase CRS scores. PNPs require much lower CRS scores to apply and they award 600 points to the selected applicants. Some provinces do not even consider CRS scores at all when looking at applicants.

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Alberta Extends 121 invitations through Express Entry

August 15t saw Alberta send out 121 invitations for candidates to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence. All candidates were selected from Canada’s Express Entry system.

The province examined eligible profiles in the Express Entry system. Many of the accepted candidates had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of just 400 points. As a result, candidates received Notifications of Interest (NOIs). The NOIs will allow them to apply for a provincial recommendation. If accepted, applicants will be rewarded 600 CRS points. Such high scores all but guarantee that the applicant will be selected in a federal express entry draw.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream uses the federal Express Entry System for the purpose of finding candidates well suited to the province who meet their eligibility requirements. This provincial stream has been implemented once before: this resulted in a draw on August 7th that saw 35 invitations issued. Some candidates in that draw had scores of only 352 points. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has sent over 5,500 NOIs since the Alberta Express Entry Stream launched.

Lower Scores for Alberta Express Entry

Creating a profile with the federal Express Entry system allows applicants to be considered in the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Additionally, Express Entry profiles create connections with any other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The Alberta tends to select candidates with lower CRS score minimums compared to other Express Entry streams. For instance, score requirements have been as low as 300 in four different draws in Alberta this year. On the other hand, the lowest score in the 2019 federal Express Entry draws was 438 points.

The province of Alberta does not explicitly require previous work experience or a current job offer in the province. However, it does give priority to applicants with them. It also prioritizes those with a degree from a Canadian post-secondary school and those with close family currently living in the province.

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September Express Entry draw issues 3,600 invitations for Canadian ResidenceThe September 4th Express Entry draw saw 3,600 invitations sent out to applicants looking to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This month’s draw called for a score of at least 463 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The Government of Canada’s Express Entry program extends permanent residence invitations to eligible applicants. Candidates are evaluated based on their CRS score, which awards points based on skilled work and education experience, age, and language proficiency in French or English. During regular Express Entry draws a limited number of the highest scoring applicants are sent invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

There have been more Express Entry draws so far in 2019 compared to this time last year. A total of 59,800 ITAs have been sent this year, with 54,700 awarded by September in 2018.

Although more invitations have been issued at each Express Entry draw, there have been longer wait times between the draws. Because of this, the minimum score requirements have been higher on average.

Longer wait times allow more time for new applicants to enter the draw. If the new applicants have higher scores that means the minimum score requirements will increase. Shorter wait times have the opposite effect, lowering the CRS score requirements.

The September 4th draw needed to apply the tie break procedure. This procedure is used when multiple candidates have the same score. It gives priority to the candidates who have had their profiles in the system longer.

Hopeful applicants with low CRS scores can find ways to increase their points. One way is through provincial nomination programs, which can award up to 600 additional points. Provincial nomination streams also happen more frequently than Express Entry.

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Ontario Express Entry

Ontario Tech Draw Offers Nearly 1800 Invitations to Express Entry Candidates

Ontario’s new Tech Draw sent out 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw held August 1st, 2019. Over the past 20 days, close to 3,400 total candidates have been encouraged to pursue provincial nomination for draws in this stream. 

The Tech Draw is targeted towards Express Entry candidates with experience in one or more of six designated technology occupations the province has identified as high demand.The Tech Draw looks for candidates skilled in one of the six following occupations for the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level and skill type: software engineers and designers (NOC 2173), computer engineers (NOC 2147), computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174), database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172), computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213), and web designers and developers (NOC 2175).

For the August 1st draw, the lowest score on the Comprehensive Ranking System was 435, a relatively low score.The Tech Draws began in July this year, making this draw the second of its kind so far. Both draws in total have issued 3,396 invitations to candidates.

Ontario is one of Canada’s most prosperous technology bases, especially in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo. 

In the past 5 years, 80,000 new jobs in the tech industry were created in Toronto alone. These Tech Draws are designed to meet the increasing need for jobs in this sector, making it a promising stream for hopeful immigrants.

The Ontario government can search through the federal Express Entry pool of candidates to find those with the desired skills and experience in technology, and invite them to apply for permanent residence in the province. For candidates to be considered for the draws, it is mandatory to have an existing profile under the federal Express Entry system. 

Candidates with high scores on the CRS and with lots of experience in the field, and those with lower scores have both been granted invitations, or Notifications of Interest. 

Several provincial streams like the Ontario Tech Draw allows candidates with lower CRS scores to improve their ranking and be invited to apply for permanent residence, based on the province’s need for candidates in certain job industries. Candidates who receive invitations through Ontario Tech Draws will see increased CRS scores, and be prioritized to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence on the national and federal level.

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Saskatchewan PNP

325 invitations issued to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates by Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 325 immigration candidates to apply for a Saskatchewan provincial nomination through its International Skilled Worker Category on May 22, 2019. 

The International Skilled Worker Category consists of three sub-categories: Employment offer, Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand. 

Employment offer category requires candidates to have a job offer in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Express Entry category and Occupation In-Demand category require candidates to have work experience in one of the 19 occupations that are currently listed as in-demand in the province. However, a job offer in Saskatchewan is not required for the two sub-categories. Please see the latest Occupation In-Demand list at the bottom of the page.

221 out of the 325 invitations went to Occupation In-Demand candidates. The rest 104 went to candidates in Saskatchewan Express Entry category. 

A minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the SINP point assessment grid is needed to be considered for a provincial nomination. However, only the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply. In the May 22 draw, the lowest score among both the Express Entry and the Occupation In-Demand candidates invited was 82. 

So far in 2019, SINP has invited 854 Occupation In-Demand candidates and 814 Saskatchewan Express Entry candidates. The Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system, which is an online system managing the pool of immigration candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class. 

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which will enhance their profile to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence from the Government of Canada. 

For any questions on immigrating to Saskatchewan or other Canadian provinces, you are welcome to contact our professional Canada Immigration Consultants. 

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PEI EOI draw

PEI, a popular destination for immigrants, has issued its latest invitations

Prince Edward Island, known as PEI, one of the three maritime provinces, has experienced an incredible population growth rate of 2% year-over-year since 2016. During the same period, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which are the other two maritime provinces, had an average growth rate of 0.8% and 0.5% respectively. Amongst all of the maritime provinces, PEI has been very successful in attracting and retaining skilled foreign workers in recent years.

On May 16, PEI Provincial Nominee Program issued 104 invitations to immigration candidates in its new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw. 

90 out of the 104 invitations went to candidates applying through Labour Impact category and Express Entry category.  

The labour Impact category consists of four sub-categories: Skilled Worker in PEI, Skilled Worker outside PEI, Critical Worker and International Graduate. A job offer in PEI is required if using these streams.

The Express Entry category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system. A job offer in PEI is not required, but a priority is given to candidates who are currently living and working in the province. 

The rest 14 invitations went to candidates applying through Business Impact category-Business Work Permit Stream, with the minimum point of 107.

To be considered for a nomination, candidates must create a profile in PEI’s EOI system. Qualified candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Within the EOI system, depending on which stream you are using, there are several areas with associated points: age, language, education, work experience, employment, business ownership or senior management experience, community endorsement and adaptability. 

The EOI draw is held on the third Thursday of each month. The next Expression of Interest draw is scheduled for June 20, 2019. 

If you are interested in immigrating to PEI or other Canadian provinces and have any questions, please feel free to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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Why Provincial Nominee Programs matter

Immigration has become a major way to maintain population growth and meet the needs of the local labour market for each Canadian province. All Canadian provinces except Quebec increased their immigration allocations in 2019. 

The data from the federal department of immigration shows that the number of immigrants brought through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) has increased year by year. In IRCC’s mute-year immigration levels plan, IRCC had a target of 55,000 admissions of new permanent residents through the PNP in 2018, 61,000 in 2019 and reach 71,300 in 2021.

There are two types of provincial nomination streams: enhanced nomination streams and base nomination streams. 

Enhanced nomination streams are linked to the Federal Economic Immigration programs. Only candidates who meet the eligibility requirements both of a province’s PNP and one of the three Federal Economic Immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class) can apply via the enhanced nomination streams. Express Entry applicants who have been nominated by one of the nine participating provinces and two territories can receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS ranking score, which will enhance their profile to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The processing time of the Express Entry is only six months. If you are eligible for one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs and do not have enough points for an ITA, the enhanced nomination streams are your best choices.

Base nominations are granted outside the Express Entry system and can also be used to apply for permanent residence. You only need to meet the eligibility requirements of a stream or category of the province’s PNP. However, the processing time of Provincial Nominees is 15-19 months. If you are not eligible for the Federal Economic Immigration programs, there are various base nomination streams in each province for you to choose. 

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada and have any questions, you are welcome to contact our Canada Immigration Consultants.