Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP)

For those wanting to immigrate, work and reside on Prince Edward Island there are a number of ways to obtain your permanent residency.

The PNP, Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program , is a program where the federal government nominates applicants to apply for their permanent residency. Priority will be given to entrepreneurs and individuals who are qualified to add to the skill shortage within the PEI (Prince Edward Island) labour market.

Below we list the different schemes available and the requirements of each one.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Skilled Workers Outside Canada

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 59.
  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma but with a minimum of a two-year program from an accredited recognized PEI education establishment.
  • Be proficient in either French and/or English and be able to prove this by sitting an exam at a recognized institution.
  • Have sufficient funds to support the applicant and their family to pay all immigration costs and to settle in PEI.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest to settle in PEI.
  • Have gained a full time long term permanent or a minimum of a two year contract job offer from a PEI employer with a chosen profession listed on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level.
  • A valid postgraduate work permit must be attached to the foreign graduate and confirmation of the legal status in Canada.
  • However, through this stream the employer must have made contact with our office and our office in order for this to be verified and to go ahead must approve the job offer.
  • Be able to attend an interview with staff from the local office, if required.

To go ahead the applicant need to study the Labour Application Guide and then create a profile in the Prince Edward Expression of Interest System. Your profile will only be valid for six months and any changes during that time needs to be updated, these changes could be positive ones or negative ones. This, however, is not an application, it is simply as it says an Expression of Interest. Your employer must also complete the forms.

If you are nominated to submit an application to PEI there is a non-refundable fee of CAD300 and this has to be submitted with your application. There are various forms to complete before the application can be submitted. You are also responsible for submitting your application to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with your nomination certificate.

If you are intending to start work whilst your permanent residency application is going ahead then you must obtain a letter of support for a work permit which you can then use to apply for an official work permit whilst you wait for your permanent residency.

We understand that each system can be difficult to grasp and that you will probably have lots of questions which is why we encourage you to contact us for more information and relevant.

Skilled Workers In Prince Edward Island

If a Prince Edward Island employer employs you you can apply for permanent residence via the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program. This system allows employers to fill vacancies, which no local can fill.

Again there are several requirements needed prior to be able to submit an Expression of Interest.

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.
  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma but with a minimum of a two year program.
  • Be proficient in either French and/or English and be able to prove this by sitting an exam at a recognized institution.
  • Have sufficient funds to support the applicant and their family to pay all immigration costs and to settle in PEI.
  • Be able to demonstrate that the applicant has at least two years work experience within the last five years within their chosen profession.
  • Be able to attend an interview with staff from the local office, if required.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest to settle in PEI.
  • Have gained a full time long term permanent or a minimum of a two year contract job offer from a PEI employer with a chosen profession listed on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level.
  • Have a valid work permit for Canada.

To go ahead the applicant need to study the Labour Application Guide and then create a profile in the Prince Edward Expression of Interest System. Your profile will only be valid for six months and any changes during that time needs to be updated, these changes could be positive ones or negative ones. This, however, is not an application, it is simply as it says an Expression of Interest. Your employer must also complete the forms.

If you are nominated to submit an application to PEI there is a non-refundable fee of CAD300 and this has to be submitted with your application. There are various forms to complete before the application can be submitted. You are also responsible for submitting your application to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with your nomination certificate.

Critical Workers

The Critical Worker scheme allows island employees to fill lower skilled jobs that are unable to be filled by the local market.

Again there are a number of requirements needed prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.

  • Have a full time long term, in other words permanent or a minimum of a two year contract employment offer. This must fall under the NOC (National Occupation Classification) and is one of the following occupations; truck driver, service representative, labourer of some description, feed and beverage service and housekeeping attendant.
  • A minimum of six months full time work must have been completed for a PEI employer.
  • The applicant must have a valid work permit and legal status for Canada. They not be classified as an alien, in other words someone without a legal status.
  • Education must be to a minimum of secondary school education.
  • Applicants must be between the age of 21 and 59.
  • A minimum of two years full time work experience or relevant education must have been carried out within the last five years.
  • Proficiency in French and/or English must be proven and a test must be taken at a recognized language institution.
  • Proof that the applicant has sufficient funds to provide for the family, pay all immigration costs and be able to the ability to establish in PEI.
  • Demonstrate a genuine intention and want to settle in PEI.
  • Be able to attend an interview in a local PEI office should it be required.

To go ahead the applicant need to study the Labour Application Guide and then create a profile in the Prince Edward Expression of Interest System. Your profile will only be valid for six months and any changes during that time needs to be updated, these changes could be positive ones or negative ones. This, however, is not an application, it is simply as it says an Expression of Interest. Your employer must also complete the forms.

If you are nominated to submit an application to PEI there is a non-refundable fee of CAD300 and this has to be submitted with your application. There are various forms to complete before the application can be submitted. You are also responsible for submitting your application to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with your nomination certificate.

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Provincial Government Job Opportunities

There are opportunities within the public sector of Prince Edward Island. There are number of different roles and therefore we suggest you do speak to us to establish what there is but also to see the prospects are.

This details how an employee can apply for their permanent residency within Prince Edward Island, however, there is also the option of an employer to register and become designated via the federal immigration pilot program and therefore attract and employ either highly skilled workers, semi skilled workers or graduates from Atlantic Canada post secondary institutions,.

International Graduate Stream

An employer driven scheme that allows employers to hire foreign graduates from recognized PEI universities and further education establishments.

There are minimum requirements necessary for both the international graduate and the employer.

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.
  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma but with a minimum of a two-year program from an accredited recognized PEI further education establishment.
  • Be proficient in either French and/or English and be able to prove this by sitting an exam at a recognized institution. The employer can chose how proficient the applicant needs to be in order to carry out the role.
  • Have sufficient funds to support the applicant and their family to pay all immigration costs and to settle in PEI.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest to settle in PEI.
  • Be able to demonstrate that the applicant has at least two years work experience within the last five years within their chosen profession.
  • Have gained a full time long term permanent or a minimum of a two year contract job offer from a PEI employer with a chosen profession listed on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level.
  • A valid post grad work permit must be attached to the foreign graduate and confirmation of legal status in Canada.
  • If necessary the foreign graduate must be able to attend an interview in PEI.
  • Have acquired a minimum of six months work experience for the PEI employer in a position directly related to the applicants post secondary education received in PEI.

The minimum requirements for the employers are as follows:

  • The employer must offer a full time permanent contract or a minimum of two-year contract.
  • The employment offer has to be consistent with the skills of the applicant’s ability and education and experience.
  • The terms and conditions of the contract has to meet the federal and provincial standards along with a minimum wage.
  • The employer and employment must be located in PEI.
  • Settlement support must be offered to the applicant and their family.
  • The employer has to prove that they have attempted to employ within Canada and that the position is critical to the employers business.
  • A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is provided is necessary.
  • Attendance at an immigration interview may also be required.

Business Impact Category – Work Permit Stream

Prince Edward Island has a dedicated stream to encourage entrepreneurs to open and run a business on the island. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offer a temporary work permit allowing the applicant to establish the business and providing that the conditions are met with the Government of Prince Edward Island agreement then the applicant can apply for Canadian permanent residency.

The Work Permit Stream works on a point system and the applicant has to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) first to be considered.

Requirements for the Business Impact Category are as follows:

  • The applicant must have a verifiable personal net worth of CAD600,000.
  • Have completed at least a secondary level of education.
  • Have senior management skills or business ownership experience.
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59 at the time of filing the application.
  • Proficiency in French and/or English must be proven and a test must be taken at a recognized language institution.
  • Intend to operate a business and reside within PEI.
  • The applicant must also be actively involved on an ongoing basis in the business.

The business has to meet certain requirements too:

  • The business mustn’t be a non-profit organization and must provide a product or service that will generate profit.
  • Registration under the Companies Act of PEI or the Canada Business Corporations Act.
  • The business must have been operating for a minimum of twelve months.
  • A validation for Purchase and Sale Agreement must be produced.
  • Head quarters of the business must remain in PEI as must a permanent establishment.
  • Issue a report to the Office of Immigration annually for five years.
  • Contribute to the PEI economy.

There are guidelines on what the Performance Agreement must cover as well as the Business Plan, which we can assist with and advise accordingly.

Like most of the entry requirements for immigrating to Canada a point system is in place and the applicant must meet the following:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.
  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma but with a minimum of a two-year program from an accredited recognized PEI further education establishment.
  • Be proficient in either French and/or English and be able to prove this by sitting an exam at a recognized institution.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest to settle in PEI.
  • Have at least five out of the last seven years of Business Ownership Experience but with at least a 50% share in the business or have Senior Management experience supervising at least 3 staff and not owning anything more than 20% of the company.
  • The applicant must also show that they can adapt to living on Prince Edward Island. This can be education in PEI either in the past for the applicant or spouse/common law partner or current education for a dependent. Family already residing in PEI for at least twelve months as a Canadian Citizen or as a Permanent Resident.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

This is a program driven by the employer and the federal immigration pilot program with the purpose of filling permanent labour shortages and skill gaps by supporting foreign nationals to apply for permanent residency.

The three different streams are:

  • The Atlantic High Skilled Program
  • The Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
  • The Atlantic International Graduate Program.

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