A Brief Look on PNPs

2016 has been a big year for the Provincial Nominee Programs as the Express Entry system is sending more immigrants to these provinces. 2015 had not been as promising in this aspect as only 13% candidates who were issued an ITA in the Express Entry had provincial nomination certification.

The first nine months of the current year had been much better as the share has gone up to 23%. At a moment’s notice, these streams may change, open or reopen and thus it will benefit candidates who have maintained an updated profile in the Express Entry pool and are ready with their documents for submission.

Many of the documents required to apply for Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Program are the same. In the recent weeks and months, provinces in western Canada had been more active. British Columbia is encouraging more international graduates and skilled workers to apply for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

As per news, nearly 2,700 candidates from the Express Entry pool are been called to apply for BC PNP. The Express Entry sub-category – International Skilled Worker program of Saskatchewan works bit differently and operates on first-come, first-serve basis.

There is a specific in-demand occupation list in this sub-category and ever since its introduction last year it has reopened on nearly eight occasions. At times, the application intake cap was reached within days and even hours.

This means that aspiring immigrants need to be prepared before hand in order to reap maximum benefit as the program opens up. Manitoba was not to be left behind as it has been quite active with its Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.

A number of Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) were issued by the government of Manitoba under its Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). On an average, a draw was held every month.

Throughout this year in 2016, various territories and provinces across Canada have given provincial nomination certificates. In all likelihood many provinces are in plans to re-open or launch dedicated PNP streams in the coming time.

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