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Canada Provincial Nominee Program Immigration Results for May 2022

Program Immigration Results for May 2022

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In May, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) sent more than 1,400 invites to apply for provincial nomination.

The PNP is a jointly operated migration policy by the federal, provincial, and territory governments. It allows provinces and territories in Canada to form their immigration streams better to fulfill their labor market and economic development demands.

Canada established the PNP in 1998 to promote immigration to smaller provinces and less densely populated regions of the country and divide the advantages of immigration more fairly across the provinces.

Today, the PNP accounts for a large proportion of economic immigration to most Canadian provinces and territories.

Several smaller Canadian provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia,  Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, rely on this program to satisfy their demographic and labor force requirements. By 2024, PNPs alone are projected to result in the annual admission of more than 93,000 immigrants as permanent residents.

PNPs with Express Entry links

The majority of participating states and territories line up at least one PNP stream with the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s management system for three migration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) (FSTP).

Express Entry-linked PNP streams, sometimes known as “enhanced” PNPs, let a province choose Express Entry applicants and ask them to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from a PNP receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

In May, 1,134 individuals got Invite to Apply in two separate Express Entry draws for PNP-eligible candidates.

FSWP and CEC invites are currently on hold to alleviate the Express Entry backlog caused by the pandemic-related administrative difficulties.

In April, though, Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said that Express Entry invites for FSWP and CEC candidates will begin in early July.

In addition, the Minister claimed that most of the new Express Entry applications would be handled within the IRCC-mandated requirement of six months.

Canada’s province of British Columbia

BC PNP conducts weekly drawings and invites the individuals with the best scores to apply for provincial nominations in the Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration, Tech, and Entrepreneur Regional Pilot streams.

In addition, the province conducts special draws for individuals whose profession has been designated as a priority. More than 636 British Columbia immigration aspirants got invites in May.

Alberta

In May, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) revealed the results of a draw. On May 19, 100 applicants were asked to seek a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream. To be invited, applicants required a CRS score of at least 382.

Manitoba

Manitoba offers frequent invites through the following three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and International Education Stream.

Last month, the province had one general draw. 315 Letters of Advice to Apply were sent, and 48 were sent to candidates with qualifying Express Entry profiles.

As a special immigration policy for Ukrainian nationals, Manitoba additionally conducts occasional Expression of Interest (EOI) drawings for persons who match MPNP eligibility requirements and are impacted by the present situation in Ukraine. On May 20, the province did a similar drawing and issued thirteen invites.

New Brunswick

NBPNP announced the temporary suspension of the New Brunswick Express Entry stream in an update dated May 20, 2022. A representative for the NBPNP noted in an email that this decision was “due to a substantial rise in demand from foreign employees and international students in Canada.”

And that if the program were “allowed to continue on its current course, the high demand on our current programming would threaten access to immigrants and refugees for certain sectors or customer types when it is needed, such as Internationally Educated Nurses or overseas students who are presently in New Brunswick and will graduate later this year.”

This temporary suspension is limited to the Express Entry stream and applicants filed after May 20, 2022. The spokesman stated that the stream “may reopen later this year without providing a precise date.”

Employers who seek to recruit foreign nationals still have access to additional options, including the New Brunswick Skilled Worker stream, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Monthly draws for the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) are predetermined and planned. The PEI PNP drew 137 applicants from the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams and 16 candidates from the Business Impact stream on May 20.

Quebec

Those wishing to settle in Quebec are evaluated using a different approach than those wishing to settle in other parts of Canada. The immigration programs of Quebec are controlled by the province and are separate from those of Canada.

On May 5, the Immigration, Citizenship, and Integration Ministry (MIFI) invited 30 individuals to apply for permanent shortlisting under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Candidates were required to have profiles in the Arima Expression of Interest system and a genuine employment offer outside the Greater Montreal Area.

Saskatchewan

On May 5, Saskatchewan announced information on a draw performed through its Entrepreneur Expression of Interest procedure. There were 54 invites sent out.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) welcomed 197 people to apply for a provincial nominee program on May 5. This invitation round extended 106 invitations to Express Entry candidates and 91 invitations to Occupations In-Demand candidates.

As a reaction to the turmoil in Ukraine, Saskatchewan is also hosting special drawings for Ukrainian residents. The most recent drawing was held on May 5, and one invitation was sent out.

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