PEI holds February 2020 Expression of Interest draw

Shelby Thevenot
Published: February 21, 2020

Candidates in all three economic class immigration categories of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) are now one step closer to Canadian permanent residence.

The province invited a total of 153 candidates in the Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact categories on February 20.

Of those invited, the 143 candidates from the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories will be able to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

PEI Express Entry Category

The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is aligned with the Canadian government’s Express Entry System, which manages the applications for three economic class immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates create profiles that are put into a pool and are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and official language proficiency.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are given an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Government of Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from PEI, Express Entry candidates need to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP.

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EOI profiles are given points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws.

The PEI PNP did not provide a breakdown of how many Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates were invited, nor the minimum EOI score required for each category.

Labour Impact Category

Candidates in the Labour Impact Category were also invited in the February 20 draw.

This immigration category is for foreign nationals who have a valid job offer in PEI, and have support from their employer. It is divided into three streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.

Candidates in this category must also submit an EOI profile in order to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Labour Impact Category.

Business Impact Category

The PEI PNP issued invitations to 10 candidates with an EOI profile in the Business Impact: Work Permit Stream.

Those invited needed to have a minimum EOI score of 122.

The Work Permit Stream is for entrepreneurs who wish to own and operate a business in PEI.

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