The Provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island Issued Provincial Immigration Invitations

Last week, candidates have been invited to apply through provincial immigration programs in British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island.

Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec and Nunavut) have their own provincial nomination programs. Through these programs, interested candidates can apply for provincial nominations.

Immigration programs in Quebec are administered by the province, which is distinct from Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province with control over immigrants from all economic classes.

Each year, 105,000 PRs are admitted through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Since 1998, the annual number of PNP admissions has steadily increased. Both the federal and provincial governments see it as a valuable tool for promoting economic growth outside of urban areas.

Results of provincial immigration from December 1 to December 8

Quebec

A total of 998 skilled workers applied for permanent selection on November 24 and another 513 applied on December 1.

In the draw on November 24, no specific NOCs were targeted, but candidates required job offers outside the Montreal Metropolitan Community and a minimum Arrima Expression of Interest score of 603.

Candidate profiles had to have at least 589 points in the Arrima Expression of Interest system on December 1. This draw was aimed at candidates with specific NOCs and job offers outside of the Montreal Metropolitan Community.

A number of invitations were issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to immigration candidates applying under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Those invited to apply for permanent selection by Quebec have a maximum of 60 days to submit their application and pay processing fees. As soon as all the necessary information is received, Quebec will begin processing complete applications within six months. This includes all forms and documents.

British Columbia

On December 6, more than 188 candidates applied for a provincial nomination in British Columbia.

An invitation was issued to 144 candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, including Express Entry candidates, in a targeted tech draw.

It is essentially the same as the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), except that it only applies to British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Candidates in the tech draw had to achieve a minimum SIRS score of 95.

As well as invitations for candidates in the following occupations, the province also held rounds of interviews.

  • A minimum of 60 points must be achieved by 32 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
  • 12 healthcare workers with at least 60 points in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category;
  • Minimum 60-point scores for other priority occupations
Manitoba

As part of the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program, the province invited 305 candidates. To qualify, candidates must meet a baseline of requirements specific to their program.

  • Manitoba Skilled Workers issued 206 invitations with a minimum score of 775
  • There were 43 invitations issued by Skilled Workers Overseas with a minimum score of 673
  • The International Education Stream issued 56 invitations without requiring a score

A total of 31 applicants had profiles in Express Entry.

All Expressions of Interest (EOI) received before November 16 will be evaluated under the NOC 2016. EOIs received after November 16 will be evaluated under the NOC 2021.

Prince Edward Island

As of December 1, Prince Edward Island had invited 69 candidates via the Express Entry and Labour streams. This brings the total number of candidates invited by the province in 2022 to 1,721.

To be considered for nomination by PEI, Express Entry candidates must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) separately.

Through monthly draws, EOI profiles receive a score based on PEI’s points grid, similar to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

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