Latest Canadian Immigration News - 2 Record Breaking Draws of 2018

The latest in Canadian immigration news, two provinces break records for the most Invitations to Apply issued in 2018 so far. Both Prince Edward Island (PEI) and British Columbia (BC) have set new immigration heights following their most recent invitation rounds.

If you want to immigrate to Canada, you will need to get familiar with the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These immigration categories are designed to meet the particular needs of the country’s provinces and territories. So, if you want to live in a particular province or territory, we recommend you read more about them here. The best part about PNPs is that, once you are issued an Invitation to Apply, you score 600 Comprehensive Ranking System points, basically guaranteeing you a spot in the next Express Entry draw.

British Columbia PNP Breaks Skilled Worker Record!

On October 17, 472 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in British Columbia through the province’s Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams. This is the highest number of ITAs the province has issued in 2018!

Not only did a record number of 472 candidates receive ITAs, but the minimum scores needed to qualify also dropped compared to previous draws in the year. It was thus much easier for people who want to immigrate to Canada to earn spots in the latest draw.

Latest Canadian Immigration News, British Columbia PNP Draw Issues 472 ITAs

What Minimum Score Was Needed

The draw selected 472 candidates through five British Columbia PNP streams. The minimum scores are based on the kind of job you have as well as the skills you possess. You receive this score once you register your profile with British Columbia immigration.Candidates were pulled from both the BC Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream and the BC Express Entry International Graduate stream. The minimum cut off point was 80 and 90 points respectively.

Skilled Workers, International Graduates and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Workers made up the rest of the draw with minimum respective scores of 81, 91 and 80.

CategoryMinimum Score
Express Entry BC Skilled Worker80
Express Entry BC International Graduate90
Skilled Worker81
International Graduate91
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled80

Prince Edward Island PNP Breaks EOI Record of 2018!

At the start of 2018, Prince Edward Island (PEI) changed their PNP system to an Expression of Interest (EOI) application process. It continues to be a welcome change issuing more and more ITAs for permanent residence in the province. On October 18, PEI held its largest invitation round since switching to EOI, issuing 297 ITAs.

Once again, the Prince Edward Island PNP did not reveal how many invitations were issued under each category. All we know is 270 ITAs were issued to candidates in the Express Entry and Labour Impact Expression of Interest pools. 27 ITAs were also issued to entrepreneurs hoping to establish, manage or co-own a business in PEI under the Work Permit Stream.

Latest Canadian Immigration News, Prince Edward Island PNP Draw Issues 297 ITAs

The minimum number points needed for selection under the Express Entry and Labour Impact Stream was also not revealed. The 27 who received ITAs under Work Permit Stream all had scores above 135.

CategoryMinimum Score
Labour Impact and Express EntryN/A
Work Permit Stream135

This marks the ninth immigration draw for PEI since the start of 2018. In total, 1,028 Skilled Worker Candidates and 168 Work Permit Candidates have been issued ITAs.

What Are the Minimum Requirements for the Labour Impact Category

If you want to immigrate to Canada using the Prince Edward Island PNP Labour Impact Category, you will have to meet the following criteria. You must:

  • Be between the age of 21 and 59;
  • Have a full-time job or job offer from a PEI employer for two years;
  • Have two years work experience for a job that is under NOC code 0, A or B, please note this work experience must have occurred within five years of your application;
  • Have a legal work permit;
  • Have proof that you have enough funds to live in the province;
  • Have passed language tests like IELTS, CELPIP or TEF scoring at least a 4, please note that these tests must not be older than two years; or
  • Have educational documents that are from a recognized institution that show you studied in either English or French; or
  • Have a Declaration of Language Ability that is given by your employer;
  • Have the intent to stay and live in the province;
  • Have an interview with a person employed by the Office of Immigration in PEI; and
  • Have at least a two-year degree or diploma, though this may not be applicable in certain cases

There are over 70 Canadian immigration programs you can use to make the move to Canada. The most difficult part is figuring out which program is right for you. If you sign up for our services, we will use our simple online evaluation to determine what programs you qualify for. Once we’ve established which program is best for you we can assist you in making Canada your new home.