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PEI issues new invitations to Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Work Permit candidates in latest draw

September 20, 2019

Prince Edward Island issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to candidates in its Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact immigration categories in a draw held September 19. 

A total of 122 invitations were issued to candidates in the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories and the Business Impact: Work Permit Stream.

The Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) reported that 109 invitations were divided between the Express Entry and Labour Impact streams. They did not provide a breakdown of how many Express Entry candidates were invited or the minimum score.

Another 13 invitations went to Business Impact: Work Permit Stream candidates.

Express Entry, Labour Impact invitations

PEI’s Express Entry Category is for candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates who would like to be considered for a provincial nomination from PEI must create a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP.

These profiles are given an EOI score out of 100 based on factors such as education, work experience and proficiency in English or French and the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through monthly draws.

The PEI PNP says it prioritizes Express Entry candidates who are living and working in PEI.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

PEI’s Labour Impact Category is not aligned with the Express Entry system and is divided into three EOI-based streams — Skilled Workers (in PEI and outside Canada), International Graduates and Critical Workers.

Candidates for these streams must be working in PEI or have an eligible full-time, long-term job offer from an employer in the province, among other criteria.

The PEI PNP has now issued 1,031 invitations to candidates in both the Express Entry and Labour Market Impact categories since the start of 2019.

The next draw is scheduled for October 17, 2019.

Entrepreneur invitations

PEI’s Business Impact: Work Permit Stream is for eligible foreign entrepreneurs with business ownership or eligible management experience who would like to invest in and run a business in PEI.

The Work Permit stream also operates on a points-based EOI system and the lowest-ranked candidate in the September 19 draw had a score of 115.