PEI taps Express Entry pool in latest Expression of Interest draw

Prince Edward Island taps Express Entry pool in latest Expression of Interest draw

PEI taps Express Entry pool in latest Expression of Interest draw

PEI taps Express Entry pool in latest Expression of Interest draw

Candidates in Labour Impact and Business Impact categories also issued invitations

The Atlantic province of Prince Edward Island has issued 169 invitations in a new draw announced Friday, including 75 to Express Entry candidates.

The draw took place on April 19 and is the third through Prince Edward Island’s Expression of Interest system, which was introduced in February.

PEI’s Office of Immigration said the Express Entry candidates invited are either currently working in the province or had graduated from one of its post-secondary institutions. Those invited had Expression of Interest scores that ranged from 37 to 87 points.

Express Entry candidates who wish to be considered under the PEI Express Entry Category must create a profile in the province’s Expression of Interest system. Profiles are reviewed and assigned points based on six selection factors: age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability up to a maximum of 100 points.

Express Entry candidates who have been invited through the PEI Express Entry Stream have 90 days from the invitation date to submit a complete application to the province’s Office of Immigration.  Applicants who are nominated by PEI receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, leaving them well position to receive an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Labour Impact and Business Impact invitations also issued

The April 19 draw also issued invitations to 77 candidates in PEI’s Labour Impact Category and 17 Business Impact Category applicants.

Candidates invited through the Labour Impact Category had scores that ranged from 22 to 85, while the scores for Business Impact Category candidates ranged from 135 to 155.

PEI’s Labour Impact Category is for individuals who possess skills and experience that are needed in PEI’s labour market. The category is divided into three streams: Skilled Workers, Critical Workers and International Graduates.

The Business Impact Category is also divided into three streams: 100% Ownership, Partial Ownership and Work Permit.

PEI’s Office of Immigration did not provide a breakdown of how many candidates were invited through each stream in Labour Impact and Business Impact streams.

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Canada revise controversial medical inadmissibility rules for Immigrants

Canada revises controversial medical inadmissibility rules for immigrants

Canada revises controversial medical inadmissibility rules for immigrants

Canada revises controversial medical inadmissibility rules for immigrants

Cost threshold for ‘excessive demand’ cases tripled and definition of social services amended

The Government of Canada has announced major changes to its controversial medical inadmissibility rules for immigration candidates that are expected to reduce the number of refusals significantly.

The changes stop short of a recommendation by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to abolish Section 38-1(C) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which bars anyone who “might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”

While agreeing with the call to repeal the policy and saying it will take steps to do so at a later date, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has for now tripled the threshold for what’s considered an excessive demand.

In 2017, the cost threshold for a demand to be considered excessive was $6,655 per year, or $33,275 over five years. Based on those figures, the cost threshold would now be $19,965 per year.

IRCC said the change, which takes effect June 1, will effectively “dispense with the majority of medical inadmissibility cases seen in Canada today.”

Furthermore, IRCC says it is amending the definition of social services by removing references to special education, social and vocational rehabilitation services and personal support services. These amendments would benefit applicants with visual and hearing impairments, among others.

According to IRCC, approximately 1,000 applicants for permanent or temporary residence are ruled inadmissible for medical reasons each year, or 0.2 percent of all applicants who undergo medical screening. The savings from this ruling amounted to 0.1 percent of all publicly funded health spending in Canada.

Old rules ‘out of step’ with Canadian values

In a news release, IRCC said the old criteria were “out of step with a 21st century approach to persons with disabilities.”

“Most of those affected are individuals who would otherwise be approved in the economic immigration class, and selected for the benefit their skills will bring to the Canadian economy,” the news release said.

“Amending the definition of social services will bring the policy in line with Canadian values on supporting the participation of persons with disabilities in society, while continuing to protect publicly funded health and social services.”

Critics of the old policy had said it was at odds with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Canada ratified in 2010.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the revisions bring the policy more in line with that pledge.

“The changes we are announcing today are a major step toward ensuring our immigration system is more inclusive of persons with disabilities, and reflects the values of Canadians,” Hussen said in a statement.

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PNP Immigration options for international Students




If you want to come study in Canada as an international student, you might be wondering which province you should study in. Are there benefits to studying in some provinces? Is it easier to immigrate permanently in some provinces after you’ve studied? Well, we’ve put together a list of some of the provinces with significant immigration benefits for international students!


There are so many options to choose from when you’re trying to select a school in Canada. Some people want to experience the bustling city, so they might apply to study in Toronto or Vancouver. Other people might want a quieter experience with an ocean view, so they’ll select a school in Atlantic Canada. We can’t make these big decisions for you. But, we can help to give you the information you need to choose what’s right for yourself!

In this article, we’re going to review some of the provinces that offer immigration advantages to international students. But, you might want to consider other factors when deciding where to study as well. Which schools are the best? Which programs will get you the best job? Make sure you do all your research before deciding on a province!


After spending a couple of years studying in Canada, many international students fall in love with the country and want to stay permanently. Thankfully, Canada wants international students to stay as well! That’s why there is a range of immigration programs available to international students.

Most PNPs targeting international students will require that the student has a valid post-graduation work permit. Students at accredited institutions who have completed a study program of at least one year are eligible to apply for this work permit after they graduate. However, you only have 90 days to apply for the post-graduation work permit after you graduate – so be sure to act fast!

Once you have your post-graduation work permit, you’ll be eligible to live and work anywhere in Canada, so that’s a great benefit! Now, which provinces are best suited for permanent immigration?


A Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, is a provincially operated immigration program. PNPs allow a province to nominate a foreign national for Canadian permanent residence. Once a person has a nomination, they are eligible to submit an official application for permanent residence!

Every province and territory has a few different PNPs since the streams are tailored to fit their unique economic and demographic needs. Here are a few of the provinces with PNPs tailored to international students who have completed studies inside that province.


If you complete a post-secondary educational credential in Alberta, you might be eligible for this stream! Your program must have been at least one-year in length. You also have to be working in the province at the time of application.


If you complete a master’s degree or a doctoral degree at an eligible institution in British Columbia, you can use this stream to apply directly for a provincial nomination. No need for a job offer!


If you complete a master’s degree or a doctoral degree at an eligible institution in Ontario, you can apply for provincial nomination through this stream. Be aware that Ontario has strict quotas for these streams, so you’ll have to pay close attention to their updates!


Canada’s Atlantic provinces are all in the process of implementing the new study to stay programs. These programs assist international students throughout their Canadian studies, giving them career guidance, training, and networking opportunities. As well, most of these provinces have their own PNP streams, designed to help international graduates obtain permanent residency!


A lot of international students might graduate from an institution in one province and then get a job offer in a different province. Don’t worry! There are a number of PNPs designed for this specific situation. The PNPs listed below are designed for international graduates from schools anywhere in Canada.

All of these programs require you to have two things. First, you’ll need your valid post-graduation work permit. Second, you’ll need to be working for an employer in the province where you’re applying. The employer must also be willing to provide you with an official offer of employment to continue working there.


If you’ve completed a post-secondary program of at least one year, anywhere in Canada, but you’re currently working in Alberta, you’re likely eligible to apply for provincial nomination through this program!


If you completed a post-secondary program anywhere in Canada and you currently have an offer of employment from a company in British Columbia, then this program might be an option for you. In order to be eligible, you also must have 2 years of full-time work experience in a similar position to your job offer.


If you graduated from a post-secondary program in Canada and you have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer, then you might be eligible for this PNP. Your Canadian education must have been for a program of study at least 2-years in length or a 1-year program which required a previous degree as a prerequisite!


Keep in mind that PNPs are only one of many ways that you can become a Canadian permanent resident. You might also want to check out the criteria for the programs contained with Canada’s Express Entry system. After you have one year of Canadian work experience, you may be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry!

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