Canada: British Columbia, Ontario invite candidates under PNP category

Canada is on track to accept 55,900 immigrants through Express Entry in 2022.

This week, the Ontario and British Columbia governments issued invitations to apply to candidates through their provincial nomination programs.

Provincial nomination serves as the first step in obtaining permanent residency from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is not in itself the same as permanent residency.

With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, most Canadian provinces and territories operate their own provincial nomination programs. Interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through these programs.

The Province of Quebec administers its own immigration programs and differs from Canada’s immigration programs.

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Established in 1998 and now with more than 80,000 PR entries per year, the PNP has grown in number because federal and state governments see it as an effective tool in promoting the country’s economic development outside of the provincial and metropolitan areas.

Here are the provinces’ immigration results from September 30th to October 7th:

Canada: The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 1,340 candidates from the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream on September 29, with a required score of 266 from the candidates.

Under the rules, candidates must already reside in Ontario and require at least one year of accumulated full-time paid work experience in Ontario in a trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) in order to to be eligible for this stream.

In addition, candidates must have a valid license or certificate for their profession from an Ontario government agency and a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 or higher in English or French.

British Columbia: The provincial nomination in British Columbia was invited on October 4 for over 229 candidates.

Approximately 184 candidates were invited to a general drawing that included tech careers, including skilled worker and international graduate categories, as well as express submission candidates.

Contestants in the general draw had minimum SIRS scores between 82 and 120. SIRS behaves similarly to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but is used only for British Columbia’s PNP, CIC News reported. In addition, the country conducted invitation rounds for candidates in the following professions.

Here is a list of candidates appointed for various purposes under PNP:

1) 32 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with at least 60 points;

2) 13 health professionals from the fields of Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (including EEBC option) with at least 60 points

3) entry-level and semi-skilled health workers with a minimum score of 60 and;

4) Other priority professions with a minimum score of 60.

This will be one of the last draws in October as BC is pausing the draws between October 12 and November 166 due to the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021, an updated method of assessing a candidate’s skill level in economic immigration programs.

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