Prince Edward Island PNP Offers Unique Opportunity for Express Entry Candidates
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) reopened recently and offered a unique immigration option to aspiring immigrants who had submitted their application in the federal Express Entry pool.
New Expression of Interest (EOIs) had not been accepted by the government of PEI for this stream since late 2016. However, EOIs are once again been accepted for PEI PNP.
The Express Entry stream of PEI is more improved now, which means candidates have the chance to get 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points if they are able to get a nomination certificate. In such a case, their chances of being picked up for receiving the Invitation to Apply (ITA) increases considerably.
What is the Working of PEI PNP?
When compared with other PNP streams in the Express Entry system, the PEI PNP can be considered more of an outlier.
First distinctive feature of this is that this program does not work on points based system. Any aspiring immigrants who have been successful in submitting a profile in the Express Entry system will also be eligible for making an Expression of Interest under the Prince Edward Island Express Entry stream.
There is an exception on international graduates who are working in Prince Edward Island on the basis of Post-Graduate Work Permit. These types of candidates should have a minimum of four months of full-time work experience with their employer in PEI.
Another distinctive feature of this program is that an applicant is not required to submit any application fee. Moreover, the process of submitting the application is quite simple. The application form contains just one page asking only simple questions and a question that asks ‘Why would you like to immigrate to Prince Edward Island?’
How to Get Nominated?
An aspiring immigrant who wants to apply for PEI PNP Express Entry stream must fulfill the following requirements:
· Fulfill the eligibility requirement for at least one immigration programs from the federal government:
- o Federal Skilled Trades Class
- o Federal Skilled Worker Class or
- o Canadian Experience Class
· Create a profile for federal Express Entry system
A candidate should however remember that submitting an EOI is different from submitting an application for the program. A candidate needs to be selected before he or she can submit the application for the program.
Although, PEI PNP does not use point system, but selection of candidates is not done randomly. This is something which can be considered as semi-transparent.
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