Many provincial nominee programs (PNPs) across the country are continuing their operations to attract immigration candidates closer to the highly sought-after Canadian permanent residency status.
PNPs offer more options to migrate to Canada for foreign nationals who have studied or worked in the province, and in some cases, for those who have not.
Despite Canada’s temporary travel restrictions spurred by COVID-19, most Provincial Nominee Program are still holding invitation rounds.
In recent weeks, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has conducted three draws. French-speakers, Entrepreneurs, and tradespeople in certain occupation were targeted in these draws that all took place in late April.
So far in 2020, Ontario province has sent out Notifications of Interests (NOIs) otherwise known as “invitations” to:
- 1,440 principal via through the Human Capital Priorities Streams;
- 549 through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Streams; and
- 190 through the Skilled Trades Streams.
The province also published its PNP results from 2019, revealing that most nominations went to applicants who had valid profiles in the federal Express Entry system. They also choose more principal applicants than they were allocated by the federal government last year.
In the end, 7,391 principal applicant, brought 6,340 spouses and dependents for a sum total of 13,731 newcomers to Ontario in 2019, with everyone obtaining Canadian permanent residency.
The federal government’s 2020 PNP allocation numbers for Ontario have not yet been announced.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Programs (AINP) has conducted eight draws so far this year, and three following COVID-19 measures.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream, which is supervised by the AINP, has held draws inviting federal Express Entry applicants with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as small as 300 to apply for a provincial nominations.
If invited candidates receive the nomination, they will obtain an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall score, which would effectively assures them an Invitations in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
The AINP has also put in place its own special COVID-19 measures, which give some more flexibility for applicants to lodge their applications. Though the AINP is still conducting draws, they will only consider candidates who are presently living and working in the province for a provincial nomination.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SNIP) conducted five draws so far this year, issuing invitations to candidates from the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand program. Candidates in these categories must lodge an Expression of Interest in order to be qualified.
The draw held after the start of coronavirus travel restrictions targeted Occupation In-Demand candidates only, inviting 205 people from Seventy-one (71) occupations to apply for a nominations.
As part of special COVID-19 measures, SINP nominees can now request an extension of six months to apply for Canadian permanent residency with the federal government.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to conduct draws regularly, inviting individuals with job offers in the province and especially those working in the technology sector.
British Columbia holds a Tech Pilot draws weekly, inviting candidates with job offers in twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations to apply for a provincial nominations.
Some weeks, candidates nominated through the Tech Pilot are also invited in regular Skills Immigration and British Columbia Express Entry invitation rounds. In the March 30, and April 16 draws certain occupations were left out of the draw in response to coronavirus -related measures in the province.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has conducted three draws since travel restrictions was in place on March 18, and nine draws since the beginning of the year.
Manitoba draws regularly invite candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education immigration class. They also invite a few Express Entry applicants in each invitation round.
The MPNP has sent out 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to immigration candidate in these categories since the beginning of this year.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP) conducted its first draw of the year on April 27. French-speaking Express Entry candidates were granted invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in this invitation round.
These Express Entry candidates requires a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of eight (8) in all French language abilities such as reading, listening, speaking and writing. They also required CLB of at least Six (6) in all English language abilities.