Latest PNP Updates Alberta And British Columbia
CRS drops to 322 in new Alberta PNP draw
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP recently released details of the latest provincial nominee program PNP draw. A total of 200 invitations, also known as Notifications of Interest, were issued to Express Entry candidates on April 29. Express Entry candidates invited in Alberta’s latest draw had Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 322.
Candidates first need to have a profile in the federal Express Entry system in order to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. They need to have work experience in an occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities, though the AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations.
With special coronavirus measures in place, the AINP now requires candidates to meet the following criteria in order to receive a nomination:
- be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home;
- have a work permit authorizing them to work in their current job;
- have a job that is full-time, paid, meet the provincial minimum wage, exceed Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA requirements; and they must
- work in an eligible occupation. Ineligible occupations include those in the government’s high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.
So far this year, Alberta has issued 1,407 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In 2019, a total of 6,884 invitations were issued through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Alberta’s provincial nomination allocations for 2020 have not yet been released.
B.C. PNP invites 92 tech workers
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program BC PNP continues to answer inquiries, receive, and process applications, assess final reports, process post-nomination requests as well as hold regular draws through its Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Streams.
On May 12, B.C. issued 92 invitations through its latest Tech Pilot draw. Invitations were made to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate programs in both the Express Entry BC EEBC and Skills Immigration streams. The minimum score required for candidates in both programs was 80, which marks a 5 point decline compared with last week’s draw which had a cut-off score of 85.
On the other hand, the pandemic has had a significant impact on certain sectors that are more vulnerable to employment fluctuations in B.C.’s economy. This has led to the temporary exclusion of several occupations from recent BC PNP invitation rounds.
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates who have been laid off and are not able to complete the required nine months of continuous permanent full-time employment will be able to count employment before and after a temporary layoff as continuous over the nine months. However, the layoff can’t exceed 16 weeks and the candidate needs to be rehired by the same employer and in a position eligible for this stream.
International Graduates who need to withdraw their registration to update it due to a change in their employment status will be able to submit a new registration and application in this category, provided the original application was submitted within the accepted three-year period.
The BC PNP may provide extensions to the business establishment period and work permit support. Those entrepreneurs who are experiencing difficulties in meeting their residency obligations or actively managing their business as a result of the pandemic are encouraged to notify the BC PNP of their particular situation.
BC PNP will accommodate changes in employment status or travel delays and provide support to the extent possible, but all registrants, invitees, applicants and nominees must continue to meet the conditions of their immigration programs.