In the draw held on December 1, the province of Prince Edward Island invited 69 skilled workers in Canada immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The invitations were issue through the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). Usually, Prince Edward Island conducts draws as per the schedule of monthly provincial draws it publishes at the beginning of every year. But recently, the province has begun to conduct draws outside this schedule as well.
PEI PNP Expression of Interest system
The province of Prince Edwards Island launched the Expression of Interest system in 2018, with an aim to select eligible candidates through the Business Impact Work Permit Entrepreneur and Labour Impact & and Express Entry streams of the PEI PNP. Those interested to settle in Prince Edward Island must first submit an Expression of Interest under the online system of PEI. The selected candidates from among them will be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Those who successfully apply and obtain a provincial nomination may apply for permanent residence in Canada with that.
Last year, Prince Edward Island issued a total of 1933 invitations. Out of these, 1764 invitations went to Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates. The remaining 169 invitations went to Business Impact candidates.
PEI PNP Express Entry stream
The Express Entry stream of PEI PNP targets those candidates who are already in the federal Express Entry pool. If a candidate receives provincial nomination, they will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points added to their total score. This would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada, in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw. The Express Entry category of PEI PNP has two pathways under it, one for the candidates with a job offer and the other for those who do not have a job offer.
PEI PNP Labour Impact category
PEI PNP Labour Impact category has two streams under it, the Skilled Worker Stream and Critical Worker stream
Skilled Worker Stream
The Skilled Worker Stream of the PEI PNP targets candidates with a job offer from a PEI employer. It should be a full-time employment offer in an occupation classified as skill level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Further, the candidate should have post-secondary level education, with at least 14 years of formal education. The age should be between 21 and 55. The candidate must also meet the language proficiency requirements according to their occupation and demonstrate sufficient settlement funds. Furthermore, they must also demonstrate their intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.
Critical Worker Stream
This category under the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program is for foreign workers who are already working in PEI in specific critical demand occupations. They must have a full-time job offer in one of the following occupations:
- Truck driver;
- Customer service representative;
- Food & beverage server;
- Housekeeping attendant.
They must have six months of work experience in the Prince Edward Island business which offers them the employment. They must also have a valid Canadian work permit, high school diploma and minimum 12 years of formal education, age between 21 and 55 years and at least 2 years of full-time work experience acquired within the past 5 years. Further, they must demonstrate language proficiency, settlement funds and an intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.