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Prince Edward Island Immigration Draw To Take Place Thursday

Prince Edward Island immigration department will conduct a second draw of 2020 through its Expression of Interest platform on Thursday, February 20.

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) draw will feature invites for the province’s various immigration streams for Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact applicants.

In the only draw conducted in 2020, 123 invites were sent out through the PEI PNP.

Prince Edward Island launched its Expression of Interest system at the beginning of 2018 and has made monthly draws ever since.

A total of 1,629 invites were issued by PEI during 2019. Of these, 1,436 went to Labour Impact and Express Entry applicants, with the remaining 193 assigned to Business Impact candidates.

Prince Edward Island Express Entry Streams

PEI’s Express Entry category works by considering participants already in the federal Express Entry Pool for a provincial nomination.

Such a nomination adds extra 600 points to a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and effectively assures an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

The PEI Express Entry Category features two routes or pathways to Canadian immigration, one for candidates with a job offer and one for those without a job offer.

Prince Edward Island Labour Impact Category

1) Skilled Worker Streams

This employer-driven stream allows highly skilled workers with a job offer in PEI to be selected for Canadian immigration if they meet the following criteria:

  • A full-time job offer from a PEI business in an occupation considered as skill level “0”, “A” or “B” of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Completion of post-secondary education (i.e tertiary) with a minimum of fourteen (14) years of formal education;
  • Between Twenty-one (21) and Fifty-Five (55) years of age;
  • At least two (2) years of full-time work experience in the past five (5) years;
  • Sufficient proficiency in French or English to occupy the employment offered;
  • Sufficient settlement funds;
  • Show the intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.

2) Critical Worker Stream

This category is designed to resolve labour shortages and is open to foreign workers already in Prince Edward Island with employment in specific critical demand occupations. The primary requirements for nomination are:

  • A full-time job offer from a Prince Edward Island business in one of the following occupations:
    Customer service representative; Truck driver; Labourer; Food & beverage server; Housekeeping attendants.
  • Six (6) months of work experience with the Prince Edward Island business offering employment;
  • An approve and valid Canadian work permit;
  • High school diploma and minimum of Twelve (12) years of formal education;
  • Between Twenty-one (21) and Fifty-five (55) years of age;
  • At least two (2) years of full-time work experience in the past five (5) years;
  • Demonstrate basic skills in French or English language;
  • Sufficient settlement funds;
  • Demonstrated willingness to settle in Prince Edward Island.

Prince Edward Island Business Impact Category

Work Permit Stream

Candidates applying under the P.E.I. Work Permit Stream must get a Canadian work permit and work for a P.E.I. employer for a certain amount of time as designated in a Performance Agreement.

After the Performance Agreement is met, the candidate must make a minimum $150,000 investment in the business and commit to operating or supervising the business on a daily basis from within the province.

Previously, Prince Edward Island operated direct permanent residence business streams, but these were cancelled in September 2018 over immigration fraud concerns.