Exploring the New Canada Provincial Nominee Program Changes of April 2024.

For many years, investors, business owners, and skilled workers have been able to apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Canada is a country that constantly modifies its immigration laws to draw in talent and foster regional growth because of its dynamic economy and different regions. The Provincial Nominee Program underwent an extensive revamp in April 2024 with the goal of streamlining procedures, addressing labour market demands, and improving the immigration process generally. 

Acquiring knowledge of these latest changes aids future applicants, qualified representatives, and current pool candidates in preparing their applications using the most recent guidelines.

Key Takeaways

The Changes Focused on the following characteristics

  • Streamlining Applications
  • Processing Adjustment
  • Stream Selection Updates

The province nominee programs (PNPs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Ontario underwent some modifications in April.

Before anything, a major implication was made: Every PNP candidate nominated under an Express Entry stream has to take a language exam and mention their valid results as it is electronically verified with the testing agency, PNP-EE candidates do not need to submit a copy of their test results with their application.

Alberta- 23rd April,2024 

  • On 23 April,2024 Alberta Advantage Immigration Program declared that it will stop all the temporary processing measures for Ukrainian nationals effective April 30, 2024. 
  • The costs for the various application streams and services offered by the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) have been updated. The fees for worker streams, the farm stream, post-nomination services, and requests for modifications to business performance agreements are all included in these amendments. Furthermore, a new charge has been implemented for expressing interest through the entrepreneur streams.

The Following is a list of Fee Structure 

Application/request typeFee
Worker stream applications:    Alberta Opportunity Stream; Alberta Express Entry Stream; Rural Renewal Stream; Tourism and Hospitality Stream$840
Entrepreneur stream applications:     Graduate Entrepreneur Stream; Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream; Rural Entrepreneur Stream; Farm Stream$3,500
Expression of Interest (required and evaluated based on points factors to determine if submission qualifies for an invitation to submit a full business application): Graduate Entrepreneur Stream; Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream, or Rural Entrepreneur Stream$200
Request to Extend Nomination (Reissue of an expired nomination certificate after 6 months)$150
Request for a 204(c) Letter of Support from AAIP to apply for work permit$150
Request for a 205(a) Letter of Support from AAIP to apply for work permit$150
Request for Reconsideration$250
Request for Business Performance Agreement changes$150

British Columbia -22nd  April,2024

  • An operational update about the timing of the weekly Skills Immigration draws has been published by the BC PNP.
  • With effect from April 30, invitations to apply for BC PNP Skills Immigration will be sent to qualified registrations received before the draw day. New registrations received on the day of the draw will not be taken into consideration for that specific BC PNP draw, but they will be carried forward

Manitoba – 26th April, 2024

  • Like AAIP, MPNP’s special measures for Ukrainian EOI draws came to an end at the end of April. Ukrainians may still submit standard EOIs, though. Furthermore, new Ukrainian applicants will also not be eligible for an application fee refund effective May 1, 2024.
  • As of April 26, Manitoba is also prioritising assessments of submitted MPNP applications with expired or expiring work permits.Therefore, in order to receive priority processing, MPNP candidates whose work permits have expired or will expire in the next 45 days must notify the MPNP by filling out the Skilled Worker Webform. This was made effective due to the challenges faced by PGWP

Nova Scotia -17th April, 2024 

Ontario – 10th April,2024

  • On April 10th, OINP released an updated Employer Form (version code 2024/04).
  • This updated form must be included in all new nominations to the employer job offer stream. In the event that you upload a previous version of the form, OINP has said that they would return your submission. 

Canada is still struggling with the backlog of immigration applications. These PNP modifications point to a concentration on enhancing effectiveness and attending to particular system requirements. As these programs expand further, it’s critical to stay up to date on new advancements.

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