Prince Edward Island immigration department held its last scheduled draw of the year on December 17. The department issued invitations to a total of 195 candidates. Most of the invitations, 174, were sent to Express Entry and Labor Impact candidates. Business Impact candidates took home the remaining twenty-one (21), as long as they had a minimum point threshold of eight-five (85).
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canada’s provinces to choose immigration candidates who meet their labor market needs. They sometimes link with Canada’s federal Express Entry system.
PEI Express Entry Category
The Prince Edward Island PNP’s Express Entry Class is an enhanced PNP, which means it works within Canada’s Express Entry system.
Express Entry manages the applications for three main economic-class immigration categories: Federal Skilled Trade Program, Federal Skilled Workers Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
For example, the 195 candidates are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their work experience, age, education, and language proficiency in French and English.
Immigration candidates who receive a provincial nomination are granted an extra 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively assured an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in future Express Entry draw.
In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from PEI, Express Entry candidates need to create an Expression of Interest profile with the PEI PNP.
EOI profiles are awarded points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring applicants are then invited to apply through monthly draws.
The PEI PNP did not release the breakdown of how many Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates were invited, nor the minimum EOI score needed for each category.
Labor Impact Category
The Labor Impact Category is for foreign citizens who have a valid job offer in PEI and have support from their employer. It is divided into three streams: Critical Worker, Skilled Worker, and International Graduate.
Candidates in this category must also lodge an EOI profile in order to stand a chance to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Labor Impact Category.
Business Impact Category
The Twenty-One (21) candidates who were invited through the Business Impact Category on November 19 re a minimum EOI score of Eighty-five (85). These invitations were sent out under the Work Permit Stream, which is for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to own and run a business in PEI.