Provincial Nominee Program updates, developments and new features

There is a surge in immigration activity among Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs recently, as provinces receive applications from workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates.

These Programs permit Canadian provinces to issue nominations to persons for PR. Some PNP streams, considered to be enhanced streams, have been aligned with the selection system of Federal Express Entry. Such nomination fetches the applicant 600 points under the CRS and he/she can receive Invitation to Apply for PR at a later draw from this pool.

Base streams are those Streams which do not form a part of the Express Entry. They interest persons who are not presently eligible to migrate to Canada taking the Express Entry route. Several Express Entry candidates may also be successful to immigrate through the Base PNP stream route.

The Government of Canada presently has an Immigration Plan where a target to allow 54,000 new PRs through the PNP has been set for this year. The government proposes to introduce its new Immigration Plan soon. It is likely that the proposed plan may allow more scope for all the provinces to process nomination for more people for undertaking immigration to the country.

Saskatchewan

Since July, Saskatchewan province has opened up options for the skilled worker. The sub-categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, International Skilled Workers (Express Entry) and sub-categories of International Skilled Worker Occupations (In-Demand) are popular. These permit individuals passing the eligibility norms to submit an application without a job offer being mandatory, provided they possess work experience of a high demand job.

This list was extended In July by adding 40 additional occupations. The Express Entry sub-category received 600 applications. This was popular and was filled up soon. In August, the sub-category of Occupations In-Demand was reopened and received 1,200 applications.

In the same month, it increased its yearly application intake, for Express Entry, to 2,600 from 1,700. This is likely to continue in the future till December 2017.

Nova Scotia

Express Entry-aligned PNP option is popular in the Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry stream, which is an integral part of the Nominee Program of Nova Scotia. It has an occupations list for all eligible candidates and works on serving early arrival basis. Here too a job offer is not obligatory, but candidates must include a profile registered in Express Entry and meet other criteria also.

In October, Nova Scotia released this stream for 300 fresh applications. The province has said that NSDEE can be reopened intermittently as it has a plan to greet fresh people who can stay without delay and fit into the labor market.

British Columbia

British Columbia issued 2,000 invitations to submit applications during August and September 2017 for its Provincial Nominee Program covering workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates. It has conducted draws which are specific to technical professionals as an initiative in coordination with British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot Program. This has several categories, and a few of them are sided with the Federal Express Entry system.

Manitoba

Under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, the province has invited businessmen and skilled workers to seek its provincial nomination. In August 443 and in September 349 skilled workers were invited to submit applications.

Many candidates were invited in the Skilled Worker category and a few were invited in the Skilled Worker Overseas category. The categories lead to PR in Canada to persons ineligible for entering the Express Entry pool.

Manitoba Business Stream has seen three draws Since July. 98 business candidates were sent the required invitation to apply to the MPNP. The MPNP-B presents an uncomplicated pathway to PR and a period on temporary status is not compulsory. Hence having PR is not needed as a basis for the business success.

New Brunswick

In September the Express Entry Labour Market Stream of New Brunswick started to accept applications from eligible candidates temporarily. It required having the experience to work in a qualified occupation.

The EELMS works on the basis of Expressing Interest, where all eligible candidates who desire to arrive in New Brunswick are required to enter candidates’ pool first. PNP Authorities invite the high ranked candidates to submit an application for superior provincial nomination. EELMS is highly dynamic and has seen several changes to answer to the local needs. Candidates in the Express Entry pool must watch it because the path of growth of EELMS is unknown and there is not much information about the type of candidates it is going to seek.

Ontario

Since July the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has seen a flow of applications and has stopped receiving applications for the Human Capital Priorities stream which is Express Entry-aligned. Innovative strategies like searching for Information and Communications Technology experience candidates in the Express Entry pool has been taken by immigration authorities. These candidates are preferred in despite a low score of 400 points in CRS.

The Human Capital Priorities stream is passive in nature and is likely to commence receiving applications shortly. Then aspirants in the Express Entry pool will be invited to submit an application for nomination. Persons who wish to migrate can go through the programs of federal nature, managed under Express Entry.

Ontario has also launched a pilot in August which is not aligned with Express Entry, to benefit for workers figuring in top demanded occupations in agriculture and construction spheres, with a job offer. During September, it started to accept online applications for Corporate Stream, and during October 2017 all online applications for the Ph.D. Graduate and International Masters Graduate streams were accepted.

Alberta

Presently Alberta saw 4,300 provincial nomination certificates issued during 2017 in its Immigrant Nominee Program. 1,150 have been given since August, reflecting great efforts of the staff to greet newcomers, in a big way apart from welcoming present temporary residents, as new PRs. Presently it has no categories with Express Entry, but candidates having a nomination certificate can submit applications the Canadian government for obtaining PR status.

The three streams of AINP are:

  • The Strategic Recruitment Stream meant for engineers, post-graduate workers, and traders.
  • The Employer focused stream has categories for international graduates, skilled workers, and semi-skilled workers.
  • The Self-Employed Farmer Stream is meant for candidates to purchase and develop farms in Alberta.

With these in place, the future of all immigrants is bright and they can realize their dream of settling in Canada.

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