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Recent PNP Draws: January 2021

The new year is off to a strong start with Canada’s provinces extending invitations to more than 2,332 foreign nationals. Through the first PNP draws of 2021, candidates received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Let’s take a look at which provincial nominee programs have been most active in January.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Total invitations: 887

So far, all invitations extended through the SINP have been through the Occupations In-Demand stream or the Express Entry stream. To be eligible, candidates must have a minimum score of 60 points on the SINP points assessment grid.

The grid takes into consideration various factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. The SINP is a competitive program and candidates who only meet the basic criteria are unlikely to receive an invitation to apply.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Total invitations: 524

The BC PNP has extended 524 invitations to candidates through three separate draws. Invitations have been extended through five streams of the BC PNP.

So far, the BC PNP has been holding draws on a weekly basis. The last draw was held on January 26 and saw 81 applicants under the BC tech pilot program receive an invitation.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Total invitations: 484

Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program has only held one draw so far this year, but it was a significant one. On January 13, the OINP extended a total of 484 invitations to eligible candidates. 184 of these candidates were invited through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream and another 338 received invitations through the Skilled Trades stream.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Total invitations: 490

Over 2 draws, Manitoba extended 490 invitations to candidates through three streams of the MPNP. 31 of these candidates had active Express Entry profiles.

A nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) virtually guarantees that a candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

Anya Leibovitch

Anya Leibovitch is a writer, editor, and translator based in Montreal. She writes about the city’s tech and literary scene, as well as immigration.

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