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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI), which consists of one large island and various surrounding isles is the smallest province of Canada.

The Prince Edward Island is the same location where the famous “Charlottetown Conference” took place in the year 1864 and is therefore considered as the region which resulted into the birth of the large maple country. This island province is known not only for its beautiful coastline and lush farmland but is also home to growing economy which is primarily based on tourism, fishing and agriculture.

The PEI PNP is the provincial nominee program of the Prince Edward Island. This particular immigration program enables the eligible immigrants with required skills and qualifications to get selected and therefore receive a nomination certificate from the province of Prince Edward Island, after which they can apply for the Canadian permanent residency by applying towards the federal government of Canada.

The PEI PNP accepts applications from eligible candidates under some of the major immigration categories that includes: 

  • PEI Express Entry Stream
  • Immigrating to PEI as a worker
  • Immigrating to PEI as an entrepreneur
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

PEI Express Entry Stream 

You can apply to get nomination under the PEI Express Entry immigration stream for applying towards the permanent residency of Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program of Prince Edward Island (PEI PNP). Your chances of getting an Invitation to Apply from the federal government of Canada increases when you receive a nomination from the PEI PNP. 

To become eligible to apply for the PEI PNP nomination via the Express Entry program of the province, you are required to:

  • meet the eligibility requirements of minimum one Federal Economic Immigration categories:
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • create a profile in the Express Entry portal and be included in the Express Entry pool of candidates. The Express Entry profile can be created any time by logging into the IRCC website. 

There are two pathways to apply for the permanent residency of Canada from PEI Express Entry Category, which in turn depends if you hold a job offer from an employer based in PEI or otherwise. However, preference is given to applicants that are already living and working in the province.

Immigrate to PEI as a worker

The provincial government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) welcome applicants under this particular immigration stream who possess relevant skills and experience that are high in demand and are essential for the PEI’s labour market. This particular immigration category is divided in following sub-streams: 

Critical Workers

You can apply to get nominated for the permanent residency of Canada through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program’s (PEI PNP) Critical Workers stream if you are already employed and working under an employer in the PEI. The PEI’s Critical Worker stream is completely employer-driven, which allows employers in the province of PEI to hire employees for low-skilled positions which they are not able to fill by finding an eligible candidate from the local job market.

Skilled Workers Outside Canada 

You can apply to get nominated for the permanent residency of Canada through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program’s (PEI PNP) Skilled Worker Stream if you already hold a job offer from an employer based in Prince Island. This particular immigration stream of the Prince Edward Island is completely employer-driven and enables employers from the island to hire employees to fill high-skilled positions which they are not able to fill by finding an eligible candidate from the local job market. 

Skilled Workers in PEI

You can apply to get a nomination for the permanent residency of Canada through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program’s (PEI PNP) Skilled Worker Stream, if you are currently working with an employer who is based in the province. This particular immigration stream is completely employer-driven and enables employers across the PEI to hire candidates to fill high-skilled positions which they are not able to fill by finding a suitable candidate from the local job market. 

International Graduates

You can apply to receive nomination to apply for the permanent residency of Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program’s Prince Edward Island (PEI PNP) International Graduate stream, if you have completed your graduation public-funded post-secondary academic graduation of Prince Edward Island. The international Graduate Stream is completely employer-driven and enables the employers across the province to hire individuals to fill high-skilled positions which they are not able to fill by finding a suitable candidate from the local job market.

Immigrate to PEI as an Entrepreneur

Work Permit Stream

If you are willing to invest and operate a new business by immigrating to the Prince Edward Island by immigrating to the province, then you can become eligible to be nominated for the Canadian permanent residence permit by using the Work Permit Stream of the Provincial Nominee Program of Prince Edward Island (PEI PNP). This stream is especially designed for foreign nationals who either own a business or have extensive management experience and intend to move to the province of PEI to start a new business and eventually get the permanent residency of Canada. 

While on work permit, the applicants would be expected to start working in a legitimate occupation in the province and then accumulate more knowledge about the business in which they would like to invest across PEI.

Please note that the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) has recently announced changes in the Business Impact Category under the PEI’s Provincial Nominee Program. Starting from September 20, 2018, PEI will only send invitations to those entrepreneurs that will be selected through the Work Permit stream. This is because the other two, 100% Ownership and the Partial Ownership streams will permanently close. All applicants will continue to receive invitations from the Expression of Interest system and also the schedule of regular draws will remain unchanged. 

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program could be described as an employer-driven immigration pilot program that is mainly operated by the federal government of Canada and is designed to assist eligible employers across PEI to hire and therefore fill positions in jobs that have permanent labour shortages as well as skill gaps in a business by nominating international qualified and talented workers to apply for the permanent residency of Canada. 

The three different streams under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program which aims to address the various needs of PEI employers includes:

  • Atlantic High Skilled Program which enables the employers to attract high skilled individuals; 
  • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program enables the employers to attract semi-skilled individuals; and 
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program enables to attract recent graduates from the post-secondary institutions that are located in Atlantic region of Canada.

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