Last week, Canadian provinces Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia issued ITAs to applicants through provincial nomination programs (PNP). Most Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut manage their own PNPs. Through these immigration programs, interested applicants will be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Quebec’s immigration programs are directed by the province and are different from rest of the Canada’s immigration programs.
However, a provincial nomination is not similar to a permanent residence, it can be directed as a first step towards attaining permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Provincial Immigration Results
On September 20, the Canadian province of Ontario issued 823 invitations to candidates in the Masters’ Graduate stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Applicants require at least a score of 33 or above to qualify.
Additionally, applicants in this stream should meet the eligibility criteria mentioned below:
- Must have a master’s degree from a qualifying university in Ontario
- Must have a language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (English or French)
- Must have lived legally in Ontario for a minimum of one year in the last two years
Each year, Ontario is one of Canada’s most populous provinces and invites the maximum number of newcomers. It also has the largest allocation of invitations to apply available under any PNP in Canada. For 2022, Ontario is issued 9750 invitations.
On September 8, Quebec issued 1202 invitations to the skilled workers to apply for permanent selection. This was the largest draw in the Arrima Expression of Interest system in 2022. Quebec does not typically announce its draw results until one to two weeks after draws. The invitations were issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to immigration applicants applying under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
Applicants who had profiles in the Arrima Expression of Interest system with a score of a minimum of 620 points. Candidates who were invited to apply for permanent selection by Quebec have 60 days to submit their application and pay processing fees. Quebec targets to process complete applications within six months. This involves all the documents and forms.
If successful, applicants will get a Certificat de sélection du Québec. One can use this document to apply for permanent residence with the Canadian government.
On September 21, more than 352 applicants were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in British Columbia. British Columbia conducts provincial nomination draws each week. Of most applicants, 341 were invited in a targeted draw for tech occupations. The invitations were issued to applicants in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included Express Entry applicants. This provincial draw included Entry Level and Semi-Skilled applicants.
The minimum SIRS score for the targeted regional draw was calculated between 91 for Skilled Workers with Express Entry to 70 for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled applicants. SIRS behaves like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), however, is only used for British Columbia’s PNP.
The Canadian province organized rounds of invitations for applicants working in the below-mentioned occupations:
- 11 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with a minimum score of 60 points
- Healthcare workers with a minimum score of 60 points