Friday, March 3, 2017

Canadian Provinces More Active With Their Provincial Nominee Programs

Canadian Provinces More Active With Their Provincial Nominee Programs

As we move ahead in the year 2017, more and more activity is being seen in the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada. The target for the number of new immigrants coming in Canada by way of PNPs has been increased by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to 51,000 for the current year.

This target represents an increase of 7% as compared to the target that was set for previous year. Many provinces are making active preparation to meet the fresh targets as they have expanded and opened various streams and categories of their respective provincial programs.

Provinces and territories have the liberty to set their own eligibility criteria under PNPs, and pick applicants who fulfill the requirements of the labor market needs of these provinces.

British Columbia

A total of 1,260 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in three separate draws in February. In the total number 28 ITA were given to people who applied under the Entrepreneur Immigration category, and the rest of the ITA were sent to candidates who applied under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

Aspiring immigrants should remember that ITAs that are issued under the BC PNP are different from the ones that are given by IRCC to candidates who applied in the Express Entry pool. ITAs that are given by BC PNP makes a candidate eligible to apply for provincial nomination certificate. As and when a candidates gets the certificate he or she can apply for permanent residency of Canada.


The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent invitation to 324 skilled workers on February 27 to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) are periodically issued by MPNP to individuals who submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) for settling down in the province.

The process of MPNP EOI comprises of a series of questions given online. When a candidate answers these questions he or she is given a rank as per the answers provided. The draw that took place in February sent LAA to candidates who had scored 719 points for skilled workers in Manitoba. There was a reduction of 15 points as compared to the one held before this on January 27th.

If you wish to have more information on how you can immigrate to Canada than you can put forward your questions to WWICS complaints cell. There are numerous people who have settled happily in Canada through assistance from WWICS and you can read their feedback in the WWICS reviews section.

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