Prince Edward Island is one of the three Maritime provinces, located in the eastern part of Canada. PEI is the smallest Canadian province, both in terms of land and population. It is well-known for red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and seafood. Charlottetown, the capital city of the province, is famous for the historical “Charlottetown Conference” in 1864, which led to the formation of the country.
The island is popular with a few informal names as well, such as the Garden of the Gulf, due to the agricultural and coastal beauty of the province. The economy of PEI is fundamentally based on farming; it contributes to 25% of Canada’s potatoes. A few other industries that contribute to the economy are tourism, fisheries, renewable energy, IT, aerospace, and bio-science.
The province welcomes newcomers to apply for permanent residency in Canada, through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). The PEI PNP targets potential immigrants with relevant skills and experience in-demand in the province. Successful applicants obtain a PEI Provincial Nomination, and then they can apply for permanent resident status with the Canadian government.
Prince Edward Island’s PNP has multiple immigration categories to invite applications for permanent residence in the province. Make home Canada has briefed all these categories below so that you can determine if the PEI PNP is the right option for you for Canadian immigration.
- PEI PNP Express Entry Category
- Labour Impact Category
- Business Impact Category
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
PEI PNP Express Entry Category
Applicants under this category include candidates who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and willing to live and work in the province. PEI selects those Express Entry candidates who have relevant skills for the in-demand occupations in the province. Successful applicants may be nominated by the PEI PNP and will receive a few extra points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Thus, nominated applicants have higher chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and obtaining Canadian permanent residency.
The PEI PNP has two pathways under the PEI Express Entry Category, these are:
- With a Job Offer
- Without a Job Offer
To qualify for this category, a candidate must:
- Be eligible for one of the below federal economic immigration classes operated by the Express Entry system:
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
- Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Canadian Experience Class
- Create a profile in PEI’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system; and
- Score competitive points based on the six selection factors of the EOI system.