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Prince Edward Island Provincial
Nominee Program (PEI PNP)


Prince Edward Island (PEI) - Atlantic Island is well known for the province's unique coastal culture, with its growing agriculture, tourism sector and fishing attracting a large number of foreigners. So, many here want to be immigrants as skilled workers or entrepreneurs. The sparsely populated island seeks to meet skills requirements through its economic immigration program - the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).

The province’s nomination program provides a variety of avenues for immigration of skilled foreign nationals. The PNP has 3 main sections so that different immigration streams add flexibility to the program. There are 3 sections:

  1. PEI Express Entry
  2. PEI Business Impact
  3. PEI Labour Impact

Know more about these.

PEI Express Entry

The category is intended for immigration candidates who have an express entry profile under the federal government's Express Entry Program.

These types of candidates who are in the express entry pool and are interested in staying and working on Prince Edward Island (PEI) may be eligible for PEI Express entry if the skills and experience can meet the province’s current labor demand. To consider PEI Express entry, candidates must be eligible for one of the Federal Department of Economic Immigration, which is:

One of the main advantages of applying for nomination under PEI PNP's Express Entry Stream is that candidates are not required to take any job offer from any employer at the time of submission of EOI.

Like other PNPs, candidates who are able to secure nominations from PEI have a very good chance of getting an invitation to apply for PNP Nomination (ITA). Add 600 points to their CRS score. Preference is given to candidates who live and work in PEI at the time of application. Once you know that you can apply for PEI PNP or be nominated as eligible, you can apply for it. Like other PNPs, the program works through (EOI). First, you must create a profile and submit your EOI to the PEI expression of the interested system. It is important to note that EOI is not just an application, it is a pre-application step. After submitting your EOI, you will have to wait for your nomination.

Once you receive your nomination, you need to accept it online through your MyCIC account. After receiving your ITA for Permanent Residence (PR) visa from IRCC, you will need to fill out the relevant application forms and submit them along with the required documents. A non-refundable fee of CAD $300 will require to be paid with the application.

PEI Labour Impact

There are three separate ways to move to permanent residence (PR) through the Labor Impact Department:

  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Stream
  • Critical Worker Stream

It is an employer-driven stream. It allows employers in PEI to hire workers for less skilled positions that they are not able to fill through the local job market.

Skilled Worker Stream

This stream is employer driven which allows employers in PEI to hire workers for highly skilled positions that they are not able to fill through the local job market.

  • Full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum 2 years) job offer by a PEI employer at NOC Skills Level C or D
  • Minimum 6 months fulltime work experience with PEI employer
  • Valid work permit & legal status in Canada
  • Ability to attend an interview with office staff if necessary
  • Minimum secondary school education
  • Age 18-59 years
  • Minimum 2 years full time work experience or relevant education in last 5 years
  • English or French language test with minimum score of CLB / NCLC 4 in last 2 years from ILCC approved testing institute
  • Financial resources to cover all immigration costs for self and family to settle in PEI
  • The real purpose of being permanent in PEI
  • Language skills in English or French to perform the proposed task effectively, the ability to verify the language by one of the following ways:
    • Language test with lowest score of CLB / NCLC 4 in the last 2 years from ILCC approved testing institute
    • Employer signed PEI PNP L06 Employer Language Declaration/li>
    • Documents obtained from an internationally recognized institute indicating that the original study was in English or French. Which are the principal languages.
  • Sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs for self and family to settle in PEI
  • A genuine intention to settle in the PEI

Critical Worker Stream

It is an employer-driven stream that allows employers in PEI to hire workers for low-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

Following is the eligibility criteria for the stream:

  • Full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or a minimum of 2 years) job offer from an employer in PEI in NOC skill level C or D
  • Minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience with a PEI employer
  • Valid work permit and legal status in Canada
  • Ability to attend an interview with office staff, if required
  • Minimum education of secondary school
  • Age between 18-59 years
  • Minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience or relevant education in the last 5 years
  • Language test from an IRCC approved testing institute within the last 2 years with the minimum score of CLB/NCLC 4
  • Financial resources to pay all immigration costs for self and family to settle in PEI
  • A genuine intention to settle in the PEI

International Graduates Stream

International Graduates Stream offers nomination for permanent residency to those candidates who have graduated from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary institution. It is an employer-driven stream that allows employers in PEI to hire workers for high-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

Following is the eligibility criteria for the stream:

  • Full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from an employer in PEI
  • Valid post-graduate work permit with legal status in Canada
  • Ability to attend an interview with office staff from PEI Office of Immigration, if required
  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary institution
  • Aged between 18-59 years
  • Sufficient language skills in English and/or French language to perform the job offered
  • Sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs for self and family to settle in PEI
  • A genuine intention to settle in the PEI

PEI Business Impact

PEI comes with a pathway for entrepreneurs through the PEI PNP’s Work Permit Stream.

Before being nominated for permanent residence, these people are meant to come to PEI on a work permit and run a business for at least 1 year. Candidates invited to apply under this stream must sign a performance agreement and, if approved, receive a letter from the Immigration Office to apply for a work permit issued by the federal government.

 If the terms of the performance agreement are met, the candidate will be eligible to receive a nomination for permanent residence.

The eligibility criteria for the Business Impact category are as follows:

  • CAD $ 600,000 minimum verifiable personal net deposited through legal and legitimate sources in your own right
  • Minimum education equivalent to secondary school
  • Age between 21-59 years when applying
  • Transferable management skills or ownership experience and past employment in the business
  • The minimum language requirement is equivalent to CLB / NCLC4
  • Provides daily active and ongoing management of own PEI based business intended to live and work in PEI at the same time

Once you have received a nomination from the PEI government, the next step is to submit your application for permanent residency in Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) along with your certificate of nomination. The IRCC will evaluate your application based on a variety of factors. Processing times may vary.

If there is a change in your situation such as family status, contact information, employment, etc., you must notify the Immigration Office immediately. You will also need to notify both the Office of Immigration and the IRCC of any changes that may have occurred after the nomination.

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