In the latest round of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, four Canadian provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario – have nominated candidates.
In Canada, both the federal and provincial governments are responsible for immigration. They both consider the PNP an effective strategy for distributing the economic benefits of immigration. This helps ensure these benefits reach beyond the major urban centers and extend to other areas across the country.
How Does PNP Work?
The PNP allows provincial governments to nominate candidates they believe are best equipped to establish themselves economically and integrate effectively within their province. Once an individual receives a nomination through PNP, the process of attaining permanent resident status generally becomes simpler.
Nomination Doesn’t Guarantee Permanent Residency
It’s important to note that receiving a provincial nomination doesn’t guarantee the candidate will become a permanent resident. Despite being nominated, they still have to apply separately to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status.
Key Points on PNP Nominations
- PNP nominations help candidates to obtain permanent resident status more easily potentially.
- Despite a provincial nomination, candidates must independently apply to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- Each province conducts its own draws and sets specific requirements.
Let’s take a closer look at the PNP results from June 5th to 16th.
Provincial PNP Draw Results: Alberta
Alberta, between May 9 and June 8, has carried out seven PNP draws under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Programs:
- Two draws targeted the Designated Healthcare Pathway and Alberta Job Offer stream, inviting a total of 13 candidates. The lowest CRS scores were 307 and 401.
- One draw focused on the Priority sector – Tourism and Hospitality occupation, inviting 175 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 444.
- 236 candidates were invited via the family connection and primary occupation in demand stream in two separate draws.
- A draw for the Priority Sector – Agriculture Occupation invited 20 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 342.
- The most recent draw focused on Agriculture Occupation and French as a First Language, inviting 150 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 382.
British Columbia held three PNP draws on June 13, extending invitations to:
- 170 candidates from various streams, including Skilled Workers, International Graduates, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled. The minimum SIRS score ranged from 87-107.
- 23 early childhood education educators, assistants, and 18 healthcare occupation candidates need a minimum SIRS score of 60.
Manitoba carried out a PNP draw on June 15, inviting 540 candidates from three categories:
- The first draw was occupation-specific and nominated 255 Skilled Workers in Manitoba, with a minimum score of 602 and specific occupation classifications.
- A general draw invited 205 Skilled Workers in Manitoba who had a minimum score of 665.
- The last two draws nominated 80 candidates from the International Education stream and Skilled Workers Overseas category, with scores of 718.
- On June 5, Ontario released 278 notifications of interest for the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream.
- Two separate draws were conducted:
- The first draw was for candidates in Health, Education, and Finance occupations.
- The second draw was for individuals in Tech, Trades, and Other Priority occupations.
- The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores for the nominated candidates varied between 312 and 487.
Staying informed about the PNP can be a crucial part of your journey to immigrating to Canada. Make sure to regularly check updates and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of each province.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a Canadian immigration program. It allows provinces to nominate candidates who they believe can contribute economically and are likely to settle successfully in their province.
Do all provinces in Canada participate in the PNP?
Most provinces and territories in Canada participate in the PNP, with each having its own specific streams and criteria. This allows them to select immigrants who meet their unique needs.
Does a PNP nomination guarantee permanent residency in Canada?
What is the CRS score in the context of the PNP?
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system the Canadian government uses to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. High CRS scores can improve a candidate’s chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
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