This week, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan issued an invitation to apply to skilled labor candidates through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PNPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nominations. Although provincial enrollment is not in itself the same as permanent residency, it can be the first step toward obtaining permanent residency from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and differ from Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province that has control over migrants of all economic classes.
PNP is responsible for over 105,000 PR admissions in Canada per year. It began in 1998 and the number of PNP admissions has steadily increased every year as the federal and provincial governments see it as an effective tool to promote the country’s economic development outside provinces and urban centers with already high immigrant populations. .
Provincial Immigration Results November 4-11
On November 8, Nova Scotia issued letters of interest to candidates through the Nova Scotia Labor Market Priority Stream for the first time since February.
The Nova Scotia Immigration Office has not responded to requests for the number of letters issued, but has issued criteria for obtaining one. The candidates should meet the baseline of eligibility as follows:
- has chosen French as its first official language and has a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 10 or higher in French across all language abilities.
- Have English as a second official language with a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 or higher in English across all language abilities.
- Earn a bachelor’s degree or have completed a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institution.
Candidates who have decided to apply to the province after receiving their letter should include copies of both the language test and proof of education, including the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
Saskatchewan issued 35 invitations to apply through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) on November 8.
The province invited 21 candidates from the express entry category and 10 from the business-in-demand category. The minimum expression of interest score in both the categories was 69. There were educational credential assessments of all the invited candidates.
As a measure in response to the current conflict, the province also invited four candidates who currently reside in Ukraine.
This is the first SINP draw since September 28th. Several provinces have paused their PNP draws in anticipation of NOC 2021, in which the current national occupational classification system will be updated to reflect a new method of classification for skilled workers seeking to immigrate to Canada. under express entry program
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