Canada has invited about 7,257 PNP candidates so far in 2022.
Canada invited 787 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence and all the invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 782.
This minimum score was relatively high because Express Entry candidates get an automatic 600 points added to their score when they receive a provincial nomination and without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have had 182 base points.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited about 919 PNP candidates with scores of at least 785 in the previous invitation round.
In the first quarter of 2022, Canada only invited 6,470 Express Entry candidates to apply for immigration and it was the slowest first quarter since the inception of the Express Entry program in 2015.
The drop in invitations was as a result of IRCC only inviting PNP candidates since September 2021 when the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) was paused. There have also been no draws for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates since December 2020.
Before the pandemic in 2020, most of the draws were not program-specific and so candidates from any Express Entry-managed program could be invited to apply.
But then the COVID-19 outbreak brought about travel restrictions, Canada decided to focus on meeting its record-breaking immigration targets by transitioning high numbers of temporary residents to permanent residents.
With the TR2PR program, the number of Express Entry applications began to pile up especially the FSWP applications which were mostly for overseas applicants. He backlog caused processing times to exceed the standard of six months.
The IRCC decided to pause the Express Entry draws for non-PNP programs so as to cut the backlog of immigration applications in half and the Immigration Minister Sean Fraser suggested that the draws for skilled workers could resume in this spring but no confirmed date was given.
Manitoba And British Columbia Held New PNP Draws
As at April 4 to 8, Manitoba and BC held its weekly PNP invitation rounds.
The PNPs are avenue for interested candidates to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. The provincial nomination doesn’t give you permanent residency in Canada but a nomination from a province in Canada will increase your chances of obtaining permanent resident status.
A nomination from a province in Canada will give a candidate 600 points to add to his or her Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry System and they will also be eligible to be invited to apply for a PNP-specific round of invitations.
This is one of the participating provinces in Canada that has its own PNP and it holds a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) round of invitations on a weekly basis.
So on April 5 last week, the province held rounds of invitations under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). In this draw, over 180 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in these draws.
About 131 candidates were invited through a general draw and these candidates were expected to meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories which are managed through the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
The candidates who received invitation in this draw were from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories and they needed a minimum provincial score between 77 and 125 depending on the stream.
The province has been holding rounds of invitations for several weeks in specific occupations to meet the increased labour needs in certain sectors of the economy. This week, the province invited the following:
- 43 early childhood educators (NOC 4214) with minimum scores of 70
- 14 healthcare workers with minimum scores of 70
- Less than five healthcare assistants (NOC 3413) with minimum scores of 70
- Less than five animal health technologists and veterinarians (NOC 3114 and NOC 3213) with scores of at least 78.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent 223 invitations to apply to candidates on April 7 and the invitations were divided across three immigration streams:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 156 invitations with a score of at least 739
- Skilled Workers Overseas – 33 invitations with a score of at least 683
- International Education Stream – 34 invitations with no score requirement.
Of all those who were invited to apply, about 30 candidates had profiles in the Express Entry System.
Those who were interested in a nomination from Manitoba need to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP. Manitoba ranks candidate profile out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors and also their connections to the province.
The MPNP will then issue invitations to eligible candidates who may apply for a provincial nomination under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.