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 immigration programs were issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) under the MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system.
The same day, a total of 598 candidates for immigration to BC were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Colombia immigration programs (BCPNP).
Just a few days later, on August 30, the international skilled workers’ occupation in demand reopened for up to 700 new applications. This intake cap was subsequently reached very quickly, and the sub-category is now closed. According to the province announcement the 2016 cap under this program has reached its limit.
Manitoba skilled worker and sub category PNP program
Manitoba foreign skilled worker program is currently open to those applicants who can demonstrate a connection to Manitoba such as working or studying or have relatives in Manitoba These Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility however the Skilled Worker Overseas sub-category is for skilled workers who may be outside Canada but who can demonstrate a connection to the province. A points-based system is used to assess candidates according to factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.
BC PNP: Wide range of candidates invited
The latest BC PNP draw saw a wide range of workers, graduates and entrepreneurs invited to apply for immigration to Canada. Those individuals who were invited had previously made an expression of interest in settling in BC, either through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) or through BC’s Entrepreneur Immigration stream pool. Overall, candidates were issued ITAs through a total of five different BC PNP categories, some of which are aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
Options beyond Express Entry
“These Provincial Nominee Programs in Western Canada have certainly been very active recently, but it is interesting to note that of the two thousand or so applications received or invitations issued in late August, the majority were not for streams aligned with the federal Express Entry system,” notes Attorney David Cohen.
“It is important for individuals who are seriously interested in immigrating to Canada to have their options assessed across a range of programs, not only those that are processed through Express Entry. In many cases, an immigration opportunity that is not widely known or publicized may be available.