Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
Prince Edward Island or PEI holds a unique place in Canadian history and is considered Canada’s ‘birthplace’. The Charlottetown conference in 1864 was held here and it determined that Canada be formed. The island is renowned for its lush beauty with gorgeous coastlines and abundant farmlands. Its economy is based on tourism, fishing and agriculture.
The PNP in PEI is known as Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program or PEI PNP. There are three major categories under this program.
- PEI PNP Express Entry
- Labour Impact Category
- Business Impact Category
PEI PNP Express Entry
Those people who qualify for the Canadian Express Entry program can apply under this category. If selected, the processing time for their applications may be six months or even less. However, there is no guarantee that applications will be processed or even reviewed. If the applicants’ skills match the current requirement for PEI, then the applications will be considered.
Labour Impact Category
PEI’s labour market has certain needs and it looks to the applicants under this category who have the necessary experience and skills to fulfil them.
There are 3 streams under this category.
Skilled Worker Stream
Under this stream, workers who have an employment offer or current employment with an employer from PEI can apply. To qualify, the workers must be skilled and have work experience in the field. They must also have a diploma or a post-secondary degree.
Critical Worker Stream
Under this stream, unskilled and semi-skilled workers who are employed by a PEI employer and whose employer wants to sponsor them can apply.
International Graduate Stream
Under this stream, people who have graduated recently from an accredited recognized PEI educational institute and are employed in their field of study by a PEI employer can apply.
Business Impact Category
Work Permit Stream
Under this stream, people who want to invest in a business in PEI can get a work permit before they get the provincial nomination. They have to work in the country and learn about the business they intend to invest in while on the permit.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
There are labour shortages in four Atlantic provinces and PEI is one of them. Hence, it is part of a pilot program with the other three provinces in which it works with the Government of Canada to recruit workers to address the shortage. People who are either staying abroad or are staying in Canada on a temporary status can apply under this program. Applicants need to have an employment offer that is from a designated employer to apply under this category.