Nova Scotia, Alberta and B.C. Announce Updates to their Provincial Nominee Programs
Posted on September 28, 2015
The past few days and weeks have seen a number of Canadian provinces make important announcements in relation to their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) for immigration to Canada. In addition to this week’s news that Saskatchewan has reopened its International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category, important news has also come from the provinces of Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia.
Nova Scotia: 300 additional spaces The province of Nova Scotia, located on Canada’s east coast, became the first province to have its enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allocation increased in the middle of the year when it was announced that 300 additional spaces had been allocated for its Express Entry streams, known as Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry.
Both of these Nova Scotia streams are aligned with the government of Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system, which manages the selection of new skilled immigrants to Canada. The move will allow Nova Scotia to nominate 1,350 immigrants under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) in 2015, nearly double last year’s cap of 700.
Alberta: No new applications until 2016, government recommends Express Entry The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), Alberta’s PNP, will not be accepting new applications until January 27, 2016. This temporary pause on new applications is due to the AINP having been oversubscribed, with approximately 10,000 applications awaiting assessment.
“A pause on application intake gives AINP the additional time it needs to reduce wait times for applicants who have already submitted applications and are waiting on a decision. This pause will also provide an opportunity to make improvements to the program,” stated an Alberta government spokesperson.
Applications postmarked after August 27, 2015 will be returned. Complete AINP applications postmarked on or before August 27, 2015 will be accepted for processing. For the meantime, the province has encouraged individuals interested in immigrating to Alberta to do so through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.
British Columbia: Temporary halt on applications to BCPNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. The province of British Columbia has placed a temporary moratorium on new applications to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Skills Immigration stream and Express Entry stream. The BCPNP has received more applications for these streams than it has nominations for 2015 and, as such, has placed a moratorium on new applications until early 2016.
The BCPNP will, however, continue to accept applications under the Health Care Professional and Northeast Pilot Project categories. In addition, the recently-opened Entrepreneur Immigration stream will continue to accept registrations from prospective applicants, up to a maximum of 200 per month.
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