If you are already in the Express Entry Pool, you may find yourself receiving an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination without formally applying for same. This is made possible by the specialized provincial immigration streams in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta.
The government of these provinces have recently began to use the immigration streams to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet specified criteria such as work experience in a specified occupation to nominate them without a direct application from them.
Candidates that are identified are notified of the province’s interest and invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in that province. These immigration pathways are generally referred to as “passive” streams due to the fact that the candidates can only apply after being chosen through one of these searches by the province.
Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively moved to the front of the line for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry invitation round.
Provincial immigration streams that are used to search the Express Entry pool are:
- Nova Scotia
- Labour Market Priorities Stream
- Human Capital Priorities Stream
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Skilled Trades Stream
- Alberta Express Entry Stream
In order to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through one of these streams, immigration candidate must first enter a profile in the Express Entry pool. For you to be accepted into the pool, you must have completed your Education Credential Assessment (ECA), obtain minimum scores in language test examination (English or French), and candidates must have work experience in a particular occupation.
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