We talk about Express Entry for Canada a lot, now there is an alternative if you do not meet our point requirement. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are offered by provinces and territories to enhance migration outside of highly populated areas. The process is not the same as the Express Entry however if you get a PNP you get an extra 600 points added to your Express Entry application which is very positive in aiming to receive an invite for permanent residency. PNP allows for over 80 000 PR admissions per year.
Quebec immigration programs are distinct from the rest of Canada and they have control over their economic class immigrants. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and Prince Edward Island (PIE) have programs that could also be an option if you do not qualify for Quebec’s programs.
On the 25th of October OINP invited candidates from the Master's Graduate Stream that had any score above 35, however, that Master’s degree needs to be completed at a University in Ontario. Other requirements would be passing a proficient English or French language test and having working experience in Ontario for at least 12 months of the past 24 months. The province also invited candidates from the PhD graduate stream with a minimum score of 24.
The PIE program invited candidates on the 20th of October through the Labour and Express Entry Streams as well as the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur streams. Once again minimum score requirements were lower than what is expected for the Express Entry Draws. The difference with the Prince Edward Island PNP is that Express Entry candidates need to apply for it separately from the Express Entry.
If your score is falling below the New World Immigration minimum requirement of 450 then you can ask and explore the option of a provincial nomination, however considering the criteria needed to qualify. Enquire with us below and see if this is an alternate option for you and your family, it’s never too late to try.