I am not having enough CRS scores to be qualified for an Express Entry Draw. Is there any other option to immigrate to Canada?
When it comes to Canadian Immigration, this is a universal truth that -Not everyone is eligible for Immigration Programs, same is true for PNPs and other immigration programs.
ONE MUST MAKE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT – There is no guarantee when it comes to PNP and other immigration programs( that you will be selected or nominated to apply for PR- permanent residency).
Most people think that NOC (National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to classify jobs) is the most important factor for the provinces to select the applicants, but this is not always true, there are numerous other factors that go with it.
The only provinces which are presently conducting draws are Alberta, Manitoba, PEI & Saskatchewan.
Lets take a look for a short summary for each above mentioned provinces.
For Alberta, during the pandemic, It is only considering candidates who are already living and working in the province.
Besides, candidates also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP is not transparent with their selection procedure, it only provides a list of occupations that they will not consider. Any other occupation may be considered.
Applicants for Manitoba PNPS, need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through close family ties, previous experience in the province, or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. Generally, If you do not have a close family member or a connection in the province of Manitoba, you will not have enough points to receive an invitation to apply.
If you are a skilled worker and want to immigrate Manitoba, you need to register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP. This puts you in a position to receive an LAA- (Letters of Advice to Apply) through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.
At the time of writing this blog, Saskatchewan held a recent draw on June 15, 2021 issuing 255 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.
In Saskatchewan PNPs, your NOC must be selected. Generally, A minimum score of 60 points out of 100 is needed to apply under a SINP International Skilled Worker (ISW) sub-category.
However, The ideal candidate under SINP would have a score of 70 points and to achieve this score, one must have a Masters degree, around 10 years of work experience in a singular NOC category, IELTS CLB 8(English or French), Age 34 and under, or a relative that is living in Saskatchewan for 1 year ( It gives you 20 additional points).The important point here is to note that applicant’s education and work experience must be relevant.
- Prince Edward Island
The Government of Prince Edward Island has released its recent June 17,2021 PNP draw results. The province invited a total of 113 immigration candidates through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
This is suitable for candidates who have a valid job offer in P.E.I., and have support from their employer. In addition, they have previous work experience or studies in Prince Edward Island.
When it comes to Ontario PNP, It conducts Targeted Draws and Tech Draws meaning only specific occupations (NOCs) are being selected.
- Nova Scotia
For the recent draw, the province of Nova Scotia, have selected candidates having a primary occupation as a financial officer – National Occupation Classification (NOC) code 1114. In other previous draws, the stream has targeted programmers and media developers, automotive industry workers as well as nurses.
- British Columbia
The BC PNP aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.
The most recent invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.
The BC PNP has two immigration streams, Skills Immigration and Express Entry, both of which are divided into sub-categories. These streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). In order to apply through the SIRS, you are first required to register an account. Once this is done, you will be assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.
For rest of the provinces of Canada (except Quebec and Nunavut), generally, you need a job offer to apply.
NOTE: If an applicant is nominated through a PNP which is aligned with Express Entry, the applicant can then claim 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, virtually guaranteeing that they will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.