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A busy final quarter of 2017 for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Programs are getting so famous in Canada and the reason for it to get so much popularity is the easy pathway it creates to get permanent residency in the country.

The programs are specially developed to allow provinces and the territories to select the candidates according to the labor market needs and nominate them for permanent residence. The provinces Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba have been very active since the mid of October.

Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities Stream has opened once again and the Notification of Interest has been issued in early November. It allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to select the individuals from the Express Entry pool based on the skills and allow integrating them in adherence with the province’s labor needs and demands.

Individuals who are selected through this streamare then invited to apply for the permanent residency in Ontario by getting a Notification of Interest. The candidates selected through this stream from the Express Entry pool get an additional 600 points to be added in their Comprehensive Ranking System score.

On November 22, the OINP announced that it has reached its allocation limit for nominations but then on December 18th, the OINP announced that it has received further allocations from the Government of Canada and the processing of application will be continued and the notifications will be issued until the new quota is filled.

The OINP issued a report late in December; it had some very interesting details about the program which showed that the most number of nominees of 2017 were employed in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. OINP’s top five nominee occupation categories included software engineers, designers which were followed by computer programmers and interactive media developers.

The report also showed that 1,835 nominees in 2017 were from India whereas 1,608 nominees were from China.

The British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program, the BC PNP also was very active and had a busy final quarter of 2017. 1,738 invitations to apply were issued by the province for the provincial nomination from a number of categories in the Skilled Immigration and Express Entry streams in the five draws which happened between October 11 and December 13. The numbers also included the invitations to apply which were issued under the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot; it supports the efforts by the province’s technology sector to help in attracting talent.

The minimum score which is required for the invitation to apply remained the same over the course of year. However, in the Express Entry BC Skilled Worker category there was a slight increase from 73 to 80 in the December 6th draw.

Around 23 invitations were issued under the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream by the BC PNP in the draws which took place on November 1 and November 29.

Manitoba also announced its big news in the last quarter of 2017 which was November 15th, the Provincial Nominee Program, MPNP was reconstructed and modifications were done.

Some of the big changes included were creating an in-demand occupations list and also a new pathway which is aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system. It also reconstructed its three streams; MPNP-B business immigration stream, Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream and Skilled Worker Overseas Stream. The program also introduced new International Education Stream.

The MPNP remained very active in the final quarter of 2017 and held three draws on October 31, November 23, December 13 and December 29. In these draws, 943 Letters of Advice to Apply issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream and also 156 issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas categories.

Saskatchewan had two draws in the final quarter of 2017, one was from its Entrepreneur stream and the other one was from the International Skilled Worker — Express Entry sub-category.

The draw took place October 26th for the International Skilled Worker Express Entry and around 1,000 new applications for provincial nomination were accepted. The intake of the sub category has been the largest till date as it has broken the record of 600 applications which were accepted in the two previous openings in 2017.

The International Skilled Worker — Express Entry is designed to allocate the individuals who have skilled experience in one of the Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations and who are already in the federal Express Entry pool.

The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Stream had its largest draw on October 31st. The draw invited 285 international entrepreneurs to apply for provincial nomination.

Category B of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream was also reopened on December 9th to a maximum of 225 applications by Nova Scotia.

In category B, paid work experience in any opportunity requires an individual to have at least one year of full time or (1,560 hours or more) or even equal amount of part time paid work experience in the last six years in the listed opportunity occupations. Opportunity occupations are professions in Nova Scotia which have the most employment opportunities.

Category B reached its intake limit quickly as it was already working on a first come, first served basis.

Category A is arranged employment which remains open. The candidates in this category must have an arranged job offer which is supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment from the Nova Scotia employer. It also requires that the job offer to be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC)skill level O, A, or B occupation.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) announced that it would launch two new streams in the year 2018 which would be the Alberta Opportunity Stream and the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream and 11 sub-categories will be combined by the Alberta Opportunity Stream and there would be one criteria set for eligibility.

AINP will be allowed through the Alberta Express Entry Stream to nominate a limited number of limited numbers of candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry pool including candidates present in the federal government’s three economic immigration classes namely; the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The year 2018 would be even busier for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. After the announcement of the Multi Year Immigration Plan it has been expected that the PNP allocations would see an increase. The target of 55,000 for the year 2018 is showing an eight per cent increase in the allocation target of 2017 which was 51,000.

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