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Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) provides several pathways towards permanent residency for foreign nationals who live or intend to live in Prince Edward Island. The PEI PNP immigration stream targets skilled workers, international graduates, workers in critical occupations and business people.

How Does Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program Work?

As in all Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), interested candidates must obtain a Provincial Nomination Certificate in order to be able to apply for permanent residency.

Therefore, the first step is to verify whether you qualify for one of the Prince Edward Island PNP immigration streams. Each stream has different requirements and targets different groups of candidates.

The PEI PNP is based on so called ‘Expression of Interest (EOI)’ system. Thus, qualified candidates must submit an EOI, which tells the PEI PNP that you are interested in the program.

As part of the EOI, you will provide information about your age, language skills, education, work experience, employment and adaptability. Based on your answers, you will receive a score.

Periodically, PEI PNP draws candidates with the highest score and invites them to apply. 

If you are invited, you will have 60 days to submit the provincial nominee application.

Those who are approved and receive the Provincial Nomination Certificate, may then continue and submit an application for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Prince Edward Island PNP Immigration Streams

You may immigrate permanently through PEI PNP either as a worker (including International Graduates) or as an entrepreneur. See the below immigration streams for specific requirements.

Immigrate to PEI as a Worker

Critical Workers Stream

The Critical Workers Stream is for candidates who have a full-time, long-term (minimum 2 years) job offer from an employer in Prince Edward Island in semi-skilled and low-skilled occupations (NOC C or D). You must also work for at least six months in the province and have a minimum 2 years of relevant experience or education in past five years. Read more.

International Graduates Stream

The International Graduates Stream accepts candidates who have graduated from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary school; have a full-time, long-term (minimum 2 years) job offer from an employer in Prince Edward Island and have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit. Read More.

PEI Express Entry Stream

The PEI Express Entry Stream is open to candidates who have a valid Express Entry profile and as a result they qualify for one of the Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Trades Program. Priority is given to applicants with a job offer from a PEI employer. Read more.

Skilled Workers in PEI Stream

The Skilled Workers in PEI Stream is for candidates who have a full-time, long-term (minimum 2 years) job offer from an employer in Prince Edward Island in skilled occupations (NOC 0, A or B); have a valid work permit; have completed a post-secondary degree or diploma (minimum 2 years); be employed in PEI and have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in past five years. Read more.

Skilled Workers Outside Canada Stream

The Skilled Workers Outside Canada Stream accepts candidates who have a full-time, long-term (minimum 2 years) job offer from an employer in Prince Edward Island in skilled occupations (NOC 0, A or B); have completed a post-secondary degree or diploma (minimum 2 years); and have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in past five years. Read more.

See also Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) as an alternative to Prince Edward Island PNP Immigration Streams.

Immigrate to PEI as an Entrepreneur

Work Permit Stream

The Work Permit Stream is open to candidates who have a significant net worth and intend to buy and operate a business in Prince Edward Island. You must also have at least secondary education and transferable management and business ownership experience. Read more.

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