The Atlantic Canada province of Prince Edward Island has issued new invitations to candidates in its Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact immigration categories.
A total of 147 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates in the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories. The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) did not provide a breakdown of how many candidates were invited under each category.
A further 29 invitations were issued to candidates in the province’s Business Impact Category’s Work Permit Stream. Candidates invited through this stream were required to have at least 130 points under the Business Impact Category’s points grid in order to receive an invitation.
No minimum scores were provided for the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories, which have now issued a combined 1,175 invitations so far this year.
The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from PEI are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score, which effectively moves them to the front of the line for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Express Entry candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination with or without a job in the province, and there have been cases when the PEI PNP has contacted Express Entry candidates who have not submitted an Expression of Interest to the province but who may be a match for labour market needs in the province.
The PEI PNP employs an Expression of Interest (EOI) system that requires interested candidates to submit a profile detailing their work experience, education, language skills and other factors.
EOIs are reviewed and assigned points based on six selection factors: age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability up to a maximum of 100 points.
A select number of candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through monthly draws.
PEI’s Labour Impact Category also operates on an EOI basis and is divided into three streams — Skilled Worker, Critical Worker and International Graduate.
Candidates for these streams must be either currently working for a PEI employer or have a job offer from an employer in the province, among other criteria.
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