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A look back at PNP highlights from the last two weeks


Alexandra Miekus - 29 November, 2021

Canadavisa News November 29
Canadavisa News November 29

Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs have had a busy last two weeks.

Here are some of the highlights.

On November 18, one of Canada's prairie provinces, Saskatchewan, held its largest draw of the year, inviting 633 Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Under its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), the province sent out invitations to candidates from 14 eligible occupations under each of the two categories. Both groups of candidates also needed Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard.

Also on November 18, Manitoba invited 428 immigration candidates under its Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Among the invited were 68 candidates with profiles in the Express Entry system.

On the same day, November 18, Prince Edward Island also held a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw. The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) invited 188 immigration candidates, under its Express EntryLabour Impact, and Business Impact streams.

Then last week, more specifically on November 23, British Columbia invited 357 immigration candidates through its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The province held two draws and invited candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.

A day later, on November 24, Alberta released information about its latest round of invitations. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited candidates who had scores of at least 343 in the Express Entry system on November 9. 

That same day, the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held an Express Entry draw, inviting 613 PNP candidates

This recent surge in provincial government invitations comes as the year 2021 draws to a close. Each province with a PNP receives an annual quota from the federal government for the number of immigration candidates it can nominate, and provinces are looking to fill them before the end of the year. Canada's goal is to welcome more than 400,000 new immigrants per year starting this year to support its post-COVID economic recovery.

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