Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) FAQ

Last updated: 2 September 2020

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) is a program that allows Prince Edward Island to nominate immigrants to fill the economic and labour market needs of the province.

Yes, PEI has an immigration stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, also referred to as an enhanced Express Entry stream. This stream is called PEI PNP Express Entry (see question 6 for more information). By receiving an enhanced provincial nomination from this stream, candidates receive an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, resulting in an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence being issued at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Applying to the PEI PNP is a two-step process. Candidates interested in living and working permanently in Prince Edward Island should first review the different PEI PNP streams to determine if they are eligible:

Step 1: Once a complete application is submitted along with all supporting documentation, the processing time for eligible applications can be up to three months or more.

Step 2: Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) for a permanent resident visa within six months of receiving your nominee certificate. Applicants, along with their spouse/common-law partner and dependents, if applicable, must meet all requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility. IRCC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa.{/slide}

The province accepts expressions of interest under this category from foreign nationals who wish to invest in and actively manage a business in PEI. The category consists of one stream:

  • Work Permit Stream

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the PEI PNP Business Impact Category: Work Permit Stream.

The province accepts applications under this category from individuals who possess skills and experience that are needed in PEI’s labour market. The category is divided into three sub-categories:

  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Stream

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the PEI PNP Labour Impact Category and its three streams.

Candidates who are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool by qualifying for one of the federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class) and who are interested in living and working in Prince Edward Island may apply to the PEI PNP Express Entry Stream. Eligible applicants may benefit from processing times of six months or less. The PEI PNP does not guarantee that all Express Entry profiles submitted will be reviewed or accepted. Only those applicants with skills matching current identified labour needs for the province will be considered.

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