With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are many provinces in Canada that are still holding provincial draws despite the travel restrictions inviting skilled immigrants for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residents.
Canada – Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) provides a better immigration pathway to the immigrants with work experience of working in a province, studying in a province, and also for those who haven’t.
Following are some of the major PNPs that have been active in the recent weeks inviting immigrants for provincial nominations:
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
OINP has held three provincial draws in the last couple of weeks. In late April, OINP targeted Entrepreneurs, French-speaking, and tradespeople in certain occupations through these provincial draws. So far in 2020, OINP has issued invitations – Notifications of Interest (NOI)s in the following manner:
- Human Capital Priorities Stream – 1,440
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549 and,
- Skilled Trades Stream – 190
OINP released the details of their 2019 provincial nominations, showing the majority of nominations were issued to the candidates with an active profile in the federal government’s express entry program. A total of 7,391 nominations to principal applicants, bought 6,340 spouses and dependents for a total of 13,371 new immigrants in the province.
The annual allocations for the year 2020 for OINP have not been yet released.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
AINP in total has held 8 provincial draws so far this year, with three draws after the travel restrictions.
AINP’s “enhanced” stream – Alberta Express Entry Stream has invited express entry candidates with the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score 300 points for provincial nomination. For an express entry candidate to get a provincial nomination, they are awarded major 600 CRS points, effectively guaranteeing an ITA to apply for Canada PR Visa to the Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The Province of Alberta has also placed some special coronavirus measures, giving more flexibility for candidates to submit their applications for provincial nomination. Though provincial draws are still held, the candidates who are currently living or working in the province are considered for the nomination.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
SINP has held five draws so far this year, inviting immigrants from Express entry and Occupation in-demand streams. For any candidate under this stream to apply for a provincial nomination, they must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the SINP.
After the travel restrictions, a provincial draw has only invited Occupation in-demand candidates only, inviting a total of 205 people from 71 targeted occupations in the country. Also as a part of special measures for coronavirus, SINP can request an extension of six months to apply for permanent residency with the federal government
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
BC PNP is one of the PNPs that have continued to invite candidates through regularly held draws, especially targeting candidates with job offers in the province and working in the tech sector.
Through a weekly held Tech draw, BC PNP invites candidates with job offers in 29 eligible occupations to apply for provincial nomination.
Some candidates invited through tech draws, are also invited in regular Skills Immigration and BC Express Entry invitation rounds. In the provincial draws on March 30, and April 16, certain occupations were left out of the draw in response to COVID-19 measures.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
With the travel restrictions in place, MPNP has held three provincial draws and a total of nine since the start of the year.
MPNP has issued a total 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) through its categories – Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and International Education. They also invited a few Express entry candidates for provincial nomination.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The first provincial draw of NSNP was held on April 27, which invited French-Speaking Express entry candidates for provincial nomination. Express Entry candidates were required to have minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 8 in the French language in all four abilities – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and also CLB level 6 in the English language in all four abilities.