The year of 2018 has set four new records in the month of fall i.e., October for the most invitations issued so far in 2018 through provincial immigration streams. These four provinces with huge invitations are Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia.

Few of the streams through which candidates are issued invitations are linked to the federal Express Entry system. Express Entry manages applications of skilled workers through the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration program namely,  the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Most of the Canadian provinces and territories are having a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that authorise them to nominate a set number (quota) of immigrants to apply for Canadian permanent residence each year. Every Express Entry candidate who receives a provincial nomination from a province while in the pool, is eligible to claim an additional 600 points toward their total Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This further determines their rank in the Express Entry pool of candidates and boost chances of their selection in the subsequent draws.

Let us look closer to these provincial draws that issued huge invitations in the month of October:

Prince Edward Island:

The Canadian province called Prince Edward Island has an Express Entry-linked immigration stream that allows candidates to come and stay in the province even without a job offer in the province.

This popular immigration stream took applicants in October 18 draw through Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program. The draw invited 270 candidates, surpassing the preceding high of 152 invitations that were issued in the month of April.

Candidates that have applied through PEI’s non-Express Entry stream of Labour Impact categories were also invited for Canadian Permanent Residency this draw. The PEI PNP draw is based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system which typically requires the candidates interested to come and settle to Prince Edward province to submit a profile with information on their work experience, educational qualification, language skills and other factors related to adaptability. Then these profiles are given a point score based on these details provided by the candidate. All eligible profiles from here will enter into the pool of candidates for the selected stream of program.

Applicants with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence visa to Canada through regular draws.

Saskatchewan:

Another province that conducted a huge 2018 October draw was the Province of Saskatchewan, which is located in Canada’s Prairie region. The draw sends invitations to candidates through one of its popular International Skilled Worker sub-categories. The draw took place on October 10 and issued a total of 494 invitations to candidates from Occupation In-Demand pool, considered the most issued through sub-category ever since Saskatchewan switched to a new system of Expression of Interest (EOI) in the month of July.

Candidates to be able to apply for Saskatchewan PNP, are not required to have any job offer in Saskatchewan as eligibility for this stream, which is not linked with federal Express Entry program. The only conditions that are required to have by the candidates are work experience in one of the 20 occupations found on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List, education, reasonable language skills among other criteria. Another draw held October 10 issued 359 invitations to candidates in the International Skilled Worker’s Express Entry sub-category. This stream also does not require a job offer in order to be eligible to apply for a PR. The Express Entry candidates also must be having work experience in a high-skilled occupation that is considered in high demand in the province, apart from other criteria.

Ontario:

Ontario’s Express Entry-linked stream also held its largest ever draw this year. Ontario is Canada’s most popular province and its capital, Toronto, is Canada’s prime and most culturally diverse city in Canada. The province has a booming IT industry which is why it is becoming increasingly popular among highly skilled workers willing to settle in Canada.

On October 19, Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned stream called Skilled Trades Stream issued 439 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. This draw saw the maximum invitations issued in a single draw in 2018 through the stream, which now has record invitations of 1,445 from Ontario to Express Entry candidates in 2018.

The Skilled Trades Stream of Ontario PNP allows the province to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who are currently living in the province on a Job visa/ any other permit and meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). For this stream, among other criteria, candidates must have a minimum of 12 months of full-time, permanent skilled work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, in any of the skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.

Also, Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream does not require a minimum Express Entry CRS score for giving nomination to eligible candidates.

British Columbia:

On October 17, the province of British Columbia held its largest ever draw for 2018. The draw issued 472 invitations to candidates through its Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is known to conducts draws once in every two weeks for candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level / Semi-Skilled categories of its Skills Immigration Stream. Most of the streams of Skills Immigration and B.C. Express Entry categories require a candidate to hold a valid job offer from a British Columbian employer in order to be eligible. All applicants of the Express Entry BC Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories are also invited through these regular draw of lots.

The BC PNP immigration program requires candidate to first register through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The SIRS serves as a model like Expression of Interest system and issues a rank/ point score based on the BC PNP’s unique point grid that consider one’s age, education & expertise, etc.

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