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PNP Draws For British Columbia, Manitoba And Saskatchewan

The PNP draws for the week of March 7 to March 11, 2022.

All the provinces in Canada except Quebec and Nunavut operate their own Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). These programs allow interested candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through invitation.

When the candidates receive the nomination, they can then use it to increase their chances of getting permanent residence in Canada when they apply.

Three provinces in Canada held draws where they invited immigration candidates to take the next step on their pathway to permanent residence.

British Columbia

On March 8, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its weekly round of invitations and a total of 204 invitations were sent out to British Columbia immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The province held two draws through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. Those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and also Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub categories of SI and EEBC streams were issued invitations.

About 191 which was the majority of invitations were sent through a general draw. These candidates received invitations if they met the minimum score requirements between 77 and 128 depending on the program for which they are eligible for.

Another draw targeted candidates whose occupation fell under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (restaurant and food service managers) and the draw issued 13 invitations with minimum scores of 128 across the board.

British Columbia has been conducting a separate round of invitations twice a month targeting these two occupations throughout the pandemic. The separate draws are being held due to the high number of candidates from specific labour market sectors who are registered in the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Manitoba

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent about 120 invitations to candidates to apply for provincial nomination on March 10. The invitations were divided across three immigration streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba which had 50 invitations with a minimum score of 781
  • Skilled Workers Overseas which had 34 invitations with a minimum score if 718
  • International Education Stream which had 36 invitations with no score requirement.

33 of the candidates that were invited had profiles in the Express Entry system.

On March 9, the province held a special draw for Ukrainians in response to the crisis in Ukraine. About 71 invitations were sent to Ukrainians who have an Expression of Interest profile in Manitoba’s pool of candidates.

Those who had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 4 in reading, writing, speaking and listening according to a valid language test. Candidates will also need to have a connection with Manitoba such as a family member, close relative, previous employment or studies in Manitoba. They will also need to score at least 60 points according to the MPNP’s assessment criteria.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in a draw conducted on March 8 saw about 85 invitations given to immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination.

This draw has been smaller compared to draws from other years. In 2022 so far, Saskatchewan has sent out a total of 225 invitations to candidates to apply which is far lower than the 1,975 candidates that were invited by March 11, 2021.

A media spokesperson from Saskatchewan government wrote in an email to CIC news “EOI draws invite persons with experience and education in in-demand occupation occupations who do not have employment offers.”

He further wrote that “the SINP prioritizes applications from persons with employment offer from Saskatchewan employers to address urgent labour shortages. As we have received a higher number of applications from persons with employment offers in recent months, the EOI draws have been adjusted to reflect that.”

In the March 8 invitation round, Express Entry candidates had 39 invitations and Occupations In Demand candidates had 43 invitations. The minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirement was 87 for both categories of candidates and they will need to have work experience in one of the 31 occupations.

Saskatchewan also issued three invitations to Express Entry candidates who were living in Ukraine as a way of responding to the crisis in Ukraine and showing support for Ukraine.

This draw was done on March 4 and about 36 invitations were issued to Ukrainians to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry and non-Express Entry PNPs

There are two types of PNPs and they are the Enhanced PNPs and the Base PNPs.

The Enhanced PNPs invite candidates from the Express Entry System while the Base PNPs operate through the province’s own application management system.

Through the Enhanced PNPs, candidates that are nominated automatically get 600 points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which will increase their chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a Canada.

The Base PNPs on the other hand are in the process of going more digital as the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has soft launched a permanent residence online application portal to allow some base PNP applicants to apply online.

The portal is expected to be fully implemented for all application in the summer.

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