Canada’s new, improved provincial pathways to immigration

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Far from taking the summer off, Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs spent the months of July, August and September innovating and issuing more than 3,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. 

The big news in the third quarter of 2018 included the largest invitation round so far this year through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, Saskatchewan’s switch to an Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry sub-category and the creation of Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs, allow participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of immigration candidates for permanent residence each year.

All Canadian provinces and territories with a PNP now have at least one “enhanced” nomination stream that is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the profiles of candidates in Canada’s three main federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which effectively fast-tracks them for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Over the course of July, August and September, Express Entry-linked PNP streams across Canada issued more than 3,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Express Entry candidates.


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