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Prince Edward Island Holds Tenth PNP Draw, Number Of Invitations Reaches 1,541 in 2021

The province of Prince Edward Island held its second-biggest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws on October 21. The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) called about 204 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The majority of the invitations went to the Labour Impact candidates and Express Entry, standing at 195 invitations. And the remaining nine invitations went to the Business Impact candidates who must have at least 72 points in the province’s immigration system to be considered for the program. This was the tenth Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw in the year 2021 held by Canada’s maritime province, bringing the total number of invitations issued so far this year to 1,541.

PNPs allow Canada’s provinces and territories to select immigration candidates who meet their labor market needs. As Prince Edward Island administers the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), it works within the federally approved guidelines. Nevertheless, the next draw for Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) is anticipated for November 18 this year.

The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is an enhanced PNP and it is linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system. In order to be considered for this stream, candidates need to have a profile in the system.

Express Entry, in short, is an immigration application manager. It handles the applications for three economic-class immigration programs i.e. the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Eligible candidates get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French. Candidates from the Express Entry who receive a provincial nomination are given an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and they are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from PEI, Express Entry candidates need to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP. EOI profiles are given points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws.

The Labour Impact Category is for foreign nationals who have a valid job offer in PEI, and have support from their employer. It is divided into three streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.

Candidates in this category must also submit an Expression of Interest in order to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Labour Impact Category.

The Business Impact Category candidates require to meet the minimum provincial score requirement in order to proceed with their applications. The score is different in every draw. The invitations that PEI sent in today’s draw were issued under the Work Permit Stream, which is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to own and operate a business on the island.

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