Last week, Manitoba hosted a special invitation round under the Provincial Candidate Program (PNP) for citizens of Ukraine, and the British Columbia PNP issued invitations to more than 155 candidates.
Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) have their own PNP programs. Under these programs, interested applicants may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Although a provincial nomination in itself does not equate to permanent resident status, it can significantly increase the chances of obtaining this status.
For example, PNP candidates with an Express Entry profile who receive a nomination are awarded 600 points. They also qualify for a special invitation round for the PNP. In the latest Express Entry draw last week, Canada invited 919 PNP candidates with a Comprehensive Rating System (CRS) score of at least 785 to enter.
The BC PNP held its weekly invitation round on 12 April. More than 155 British Columbian immigrant candidates have received invitations to apply for the provincial nomination.
124 of these candidates were invited as a result of the BC Tech draw.
As a special immigration measure for citizens of Ukraine, the Manitoba PNP (MPNP) periodically runs a raffle inviting them to apply for a provincial nomination.
The most recent was on April 11, during which 20 letters of recommendation to apply (LAA) were issued with a minimum requirement of 60 points.
To be eligible for the competition, applicants had to have a minimum of CLB 4 in each language category, pass a language proficiency test, and have a connection to Manitoba, such as having close relatives, working or studying in the province.