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PEI holds the first scheduled draw of 2022

PEI holds the first scheduled draw of 2022

The updated results of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw were announced on January 20, when the PEI Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) issued invitations for provincial nominations to 132 immigration candidates.

Candidates who applied through Express Entry or Labor Impact received the most invitations, totalling 121. The remaining 11 invites went to Business Impact candidates who had a provincial score of at least 72 points.

The PEI PNP schedules its annual drawings in advance, and this is the first of the year's scheduled draws for the coastal province.

In 2021, PEI admitted 1,804 individuals, with 1,697 coming from the Labor Impact and Express Entry streams and 157 from the Business Impact and Express Entry streams.

What is the PEI PNP Express Entry Category

The PEI PNP Express Entry stream is a program connected with Express Entry that allows the PNP to search the Express Entry pool of candidates for qualified employees to suit the province's labour market needs. To be considered for this stream, candidates must have an Express Entry profile in the system.

In 2018, the PEI Expression of Interest (EOI) system was officially launched. According to a fixed draw schedule, the province holds monthly draws in its three primary PNP categories. There are three types of immigration phases in the province.

The PEI Provincial Nominee Program's Express Entry category is an "improved" Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

This means that candidates who have expressed an interest in coming to the Atlantic province through the federal Express Entry system may be eligible for PEI Express Entry.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class are the three main economic class immigration programs managed by the Canadian federal government through Express Entry (CEC).

Express Entry is a method for managing applications for three federal economic programs:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (Federal Skilled Worker Program),

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

3. Class on the Canadian Experience

CRS scores are assigned to eligible applicants based on a variety of characteristics such as age, work experience, education, and English or French language proficiency.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) assigns a score to Express Entry candidates based on their age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability.

Those who earn a provincial nomination from any province receive 600 CRS points added to their score. In a subsequent Express Entry draw, this virtually secures an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

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Applicants who are nominated for the PNP while in the Express Entry pool earn an additional 600 points on their CRS score, which ensures them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

Express Entry applicants, on the other hand, must create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP in order to be considered for a provincial nomination.

When the points are assigned to the EOI profiles, the ones with the highest scores are allowed to apply in the area’s monthly lotteries.

Labor Impact Category

This collective is open to foreign residents who have got a valid job offer and are under sponsorship from any Canadian employer. There are multiple streams in this category too.

1. Skilled Worker

Employers on Prince Edward Island who have discovered or hired a foreign worker may use the PEI PNP Skilled Worker Stream to assist that worker in obtaining permanent residency in Canada.

Those candidates have the necessary qualifications but do not meet the criteria. If they have a post-secondary education, they are eligible for the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels O, A, or and work experience in the desired field Furthermore, particular conditions must be met in order to be considered for nomination.

Criteria for Choosing Skilled Workers

The applicant for the Skilled Worker Stream must meet the following requirements:

  •  Have a full-time, long-term (i.e., permanent or at least 2 years) work offer at a NOC 
  •  Have a valid work permit if currently employed by a Prince Edward Island employer.
  •  Have legal status in the country of residence.
  •  Be able to attend an interview at the Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population, if required.
  •  Have successfully completed a minimum 2-year post-secondary education degree or diploma. 
  •  Be between 21 and 59 years of age.
  •  Have at least two years of full-time work experience within the past five years.
  •  Possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job offered by a Prince Edward Island employer.

2. Critical worker

Prince Edward Island is a small island off the coast of Canada Through the PEI PNP Critical Worker Stream, employers who have employed a foreign worker can assist the worker in obtaining permanent residency in Canada.

By allowing foreign employees to apply to become permanent residents, the PEI PNP helps to fill labour market shortages. The employment must be classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The Critical Worker Stream is a pilot initiative that will be evaluated on an annual basis for both its impact on the industry and its effectiveness.

There are five occupations currently included in the pilot program: truck drivers, customer service representatives, labourers, food & beverage servers and housekeeping attendants. Furthermore, specific criteria must be satisfied to be nominated under the program.

Critical Worker Selection Criteria

Under the Critical Worker Stream, the applicant must:

  •  Have a full-time, long-term (i.e., permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from a Prince Edward Island employer at a NOC skill level C or D in one of the following occupations; truck driver, customer service representative, labourer, food & beverage server or housekeeping attendant.
  • Have worked a minimum of 6 months full-time for the Prince Edward Island employer.
  •  Have a valid work permit.
  •  Have legal status in the country of residence.
  •  Be able to attend an interview at the Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population, if required.
  •  Possess a minimum education of high-school equivalent. 
  •  Be between 21 and 59 years of age.
  •  Have at least two years of full-time work experience or relevant education within the past five year

Employers in Prince Edward Island can hire a recent graduate from a recognized approved Prince Edward Island institution or college through the International Graduate Stream, which is employer-driven.

Under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill, the international graduate must have a full-time employment offer in their field of study. This is done for their consideration for a provincial nomination under the Labor impact category.

Under the International Graduate Stream, the applicant: