Alberta and British Columbia released the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw results this week.
Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PCPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
After its launch in 1998, the PNP welcomed only 400 immigrants, but due to its success, it now welcomes more than 80,000 a year. The increase in the number of admissions to the PNP in Canada is explained by the fact that the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote the economic development of the country.
Express Entry draws take place every two weeks. After a long hiatus, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is once again holding Express Entry draws for all programs. The first draw for all programs since 2020 took place on July 6, and a total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 557 received invitations to apply ( ITA) for permanent residency. The last Express Entry draw took place on August 3 with 2,000 invitations issued and a minimum CRS of 533.
PNP draw results from July 29 to August 4
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) issued 120 invitations to apply for provincial nomination through Alberta’s Express Entry stream on July 29. Applicants were required to achieve a minimum CRS score of 473, an increase from the last June 16 draw where the minimum CRS score was 300.
Although provincial designation is not in itself the same thing as a permanent residence, it can significantly increase the chances of obtaining permanent resident status.
For example, PNP applicants with Express Entry profiles who receive a nomination get 600 points added to their CRS score. In this case, those who received a provincial nomination from Alberta will now have a minimum overall CRS of 1073, making it very likely that they will receive an ITA from IRCC.
To be eligible for provincial nomination through Alberta’s Express Entry stream, applicants must already be in the Express Entry pool and be able to demonstrate strong ties to Alberta, such as a living family member already in Alberta or a job offer. They must also intend to settle there permanently.
This week, more than 164 candidates were invited to apply for the provincial nomination in British Columbia in the August 3 draw. British Columbia generally holds a provincial raffle each week.
There was no draw this week. Instead, the province invited applicants from targeted categories designed to fill gaps in BC’s workforce.
A total of 133 applicants from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate category were invited to a targeted draw for technology occupations. Applicants had to achieve a minimum score of 90 in the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
SIRS acts much like Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), but is only used for BC PNP.
The province also held rounds of invitations for candidates working in the following occupations. These draws are identical to the draw that took place on July 26:
- 22 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points; and
- 9 healthcare workers with scores of at least 60 points.
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