Candidates who are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in Prince Edward Island may express their interest in applying to the PEI PNP Express Entry Stream.
Candidates for this stream must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system.
How to Apply
Candidates who are interested in applying to the PEI PNP Express Entry Stream must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form, which is posted on the PEI PNP's website for Express Entry. In order to use this form, candidates must have already created an Express Entry profile with IRCC and be placed in the pool of candidates.
Since the EOI form not a formal application to the PEI PNP, there is no submission fee. However, candidates who are invited to apply for provincial nomination, and submit an application, are required to pay an application fee of $300 CAD.
The PEI PNP does not guarantee that all Express Entry profiles submitted will be reviewed or accepted. Only those applicants with skills matching current identified labour needs for the province will be considered. Successful candidates will receive a provincial nomination from PEI, resulting in 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
The PEI Office of Immigration states that the following factors can increase a candidate's chances of being nominated by the province:
- If the candidate is currently living and working legally in PEI;
- If the candidates has strong family connections to PEI through a parent, sibling, aunt or uncle. The relative must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has been living in PEI for at least one year;
- If the candidate has at least one year of full-time work experience in PEI in the last 10 years;
- If the candidate has completed at least two years of studies in PEI in the last 10 years;
- If the candidate owns residential property or a business in PEI;
- If the candidate has experience working in an area that has a skill shortage in PEI (the province has not provided a list of such occupations); and/or
- If the candidate has a job offer from a PEI employer in a high-skilled position. (The employer must show efforts they attempted to fill the position locally before offering the job to the candidate.)