Western Canadian Provinces Welcome New Applications Through Provincial Nominee Programs

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Vancouver-skylineLate August was a busy period for PNPs in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia (BC)

The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC were each active in their drive to welcome new immigrants over the past couple of weeks, as more than 2,000 potential newcomers either submitted an application to one of these provinces’ Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) or were invited to do so.

On August 24, a total of 714 candidates for immigration to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) were issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) under the MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system. These LAAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province.

The same day, a total of 598 candidates for immigration to BC were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Just a few days later, on August 30, the International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) reopened for up to 700 new applications. This intake cap was subsequently reached very quickly, and the sub-category is now closed at the time of writing.

The exact details of these developments are outlined below.

SINP International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand

This SINP sub-category allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation to make an application for a SINP provincial nomination certificate, which is then followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Interestingly, applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

The current occupations list contains 21 occupations across a range of industries, notably in engineering, trades, agriculture, health care, and IT. To view the full list of in-demand occupations, as well as full eligibility requirements, click here.

This SINP sub-category is a ‘base’ sub-category, meaning that it is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. It is possible that individuals who are not eligible for Express Entry (for example, because of language ability) may be eligible for this SINP sub-category.

(Note: The government of Saskatchewan’s website has recently stated that this sub-category has accepted the maximum number of applications for 2016. However, the website has stated this previously, only for the sub-category to reopen subsequently. Therefore, it is possible that it will open again this year.)

MPNP for Skilled Workers

The MPNP issues LAAs through two sub-categories of the Skilled Workers stream. On August 24, a total of 176 LAAs were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 538 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category. Under the MPNP’s EOI points system, the province selects candidates under a ranking system. In this draw, Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates required 592 points (out of 1,000) in order to be issued an LAA, and Skilled Workers Overseas candidates required 543 points.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers aims to attract workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. These immigration options may be particularly attractive to individuals who may not be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, as the eligibility requirements are rather different. For example, the MPNP awards points for language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 to candidates in certain occupations, a much lower threshold than what is required under the Federal Skilled Worker Class.



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