Canada PNPs Remained Active in May Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

The month of May remained an active month for most of Canada’s PNP – Provincial Nominee Programs that saw a total of 2000 invitations issued combined for a provincial nomination for Canada PR Visa.

Of the total invitations issued, the majority of them were given to candidates registered under the federal government’s Express entry program through PNP’s “enhanced” streams. These streams allow the provinces to search for skilled candidates who meet the demands of the local labour market in the express entry pool and nominate them for provincial nomination.

For an express entry candidate to land a provincial nomination, their CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System score is given a major boost of 600 points. These many points make sure, a candidate to get an ITA – Invitation to Apply in the next round of express entry draw.

In this article, we will be discussing how various PNPs performed in the month of May.

AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program

AINP invited a total of 191 Express entry candidates in the provincial draw that was held on May 13. Candidates were required to have only a minimum of 300 CRS score to get an NOI – Notification of Interest from the province.

As the coronavirus continues to pose an imminent public health risk and to impact immigration applications, Alberta only considers provincial applicants if they already live and work in the province. However, the province offers flexibility to PNP applicants who cannot submit all documents due to disruptions in service caused by the pandemic.

BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

Province of British Columbia invited a total of 632 immigration candidates through the round of invitations held between May 7 and May 26.

Two draws were made as part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot program, which helps the province’s tech sector recruit talent through weekly draws.

The 225 candidates selected last month by lot came from the skilled worker and international graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80 points under MPNP’s Point Assessment grid.

The other two draws launched invitations to skilled, entry-level and semi-skilled workers as well as international graduates through its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

The minimum marks required for these candidates were between 81 and 110 points.

MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

MPNP held their EOI – Expression of Interest draws on May 7 and another on May 21, inviting a total of 222 immigration candidates for a provincial nomination through its’ three streams – Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education Streams. So far this year, the province has issued 2,030 letters of advice to apply (LLA) to immigrants in these categories.

NSNP – Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Nova Scotia held a draw on May 22 and invited registered nurses to apply for a provincial application for permanent residence in Canada through its “enhanced” stream – Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Invited applicants were required to have a profile in the Federal Express Entry pool and at least three years of work experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse, which is NOC – National Occupational Classification Code 3012. Nova Scotia did not disclose the number of invitations issued during the draw.

OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Ontario invited a total of 703 immigrants in the month of May for provincial nomination. OINP held a provincial draw on May 13, inviting express entry candidates with work experience in six tech sector occupations. Invited candidates had the CRS score between the range of 421 to 451 points, which is the lowest CRS score requirement since OINP held its first draw in July 2019.

PEI PNP – Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

PEI PNP held a draw on May 15, inviting a total of 15 immigration candidates working in essential service industries.

The province has also released details of two previous draws held on March 23 and April 27.

For the three draws, PEI PNP invited only Express Entry and Work Impact categories who worked in an essential service such as healthcare or trucking. Only 29 candidates have received invitations in the last three draws.

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

The Province of Saskatchewan invited a total of 252 immigration candidates for the provincial nomination for Canada PR Visa on the round of invitations held on May 28.

SINP invited applicants from the international skilled worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry and Occupations in Demand streams.

This is the first Provincial Nominee Program aligned to Express Entry (PNP) in Saskatchewan since Canada closed its borders to non-essential travel. The previous draw of March 26 was reserved for candidates registered under Occupation in-demand stream.

In the last round of invitations, Saskatchewan issued 127 invitations to candidates who had profiles in the federal government’s Express Entry program.

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