This week, four more Canadian provinces have issued candidates invitations to apply (ITA) through their Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). The provinces include British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta. Generally, most provinces and territories in Canada handle their PNP operations. However, Quebec and Nunavut are exempted from this rule. The programs invite interested candidates to submit their applications for provincial nominations. With a provincial nomination, the candidates have higher chances of becoming permanent residents.
Quebec is entirely responsible for administering its immigration programs which are quite different from the other Canadian immigration programs. This is the only province the ultimate control over immigrants from every economic class.
Promoting Economic Development
Generally, Canadian PNPs admit up to 105,000 PR annual admissions. The admissions have been steadily increasing since they began in 1998. The provincial and federal governments hail it as one of the most effective ways of encouraging economic development growth beyond the urban centers. The draws took place within the same week that the IRRC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) granted 893 invitations to apply to Express Entry applicants. The applicants had already received their provincial nominations. Most Canadian territories and provinces (except Nunavut and Quebec) have provincial nominee programs connected with express entry. This Express Entry draw was the first to target PNP applicants since June 2022. All Express Entry draws between July and the most recent one has been all-program draws.
Confirm Your Eligibility- Provincial Immigration Results Between January 28 to February 3
On January 31, the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) issued 611 ITAs to applicants in the Employer Job Offer: The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) Foreign Worker stream. Typically, the draw was focused on tech and healthcare occupations.
An applicant must meet the following requirements to qualify and receive an invitation to apply:
- Must attain a minimum score of 53
- Must have a full-time job offer in Ontario province. The job must meet the requirements for TEER category 0,1,2, or 3 of the NOC (National Occupational Classification).
On February 2, Ontario held two targeted draws for applicants in the Human Capital Priorities stream. The initiative saw the invitation of 115 candidates in the tech occupation. The applicants had a minimum CRS score of between 481 -489. The program also invited 725 applicants to the healthcare department with a minimum score of 476-489.