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What Are the Top 6 Enhanced PNP Streams Aligned with Express Entry for 2021

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"It is a common misconception that some Canadian provinces are easier to immigrate to than others. Every Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can be easy if you meet the eligibility criteria. Some provincial streams require you to have a valid job offer which can be done if you are already living and working in Canada but not so much when you are applying from abroad. "
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Updated on:  Jun 16, 2021
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It is a common misconception that some Canadian provinces are easier to immigrate to than others. Every Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can be easier if you meet the eligibility criteria. Some provincial streams require you to have a valid job offer which can be done if you are already living and working in Canada but not so much when you are applying from abroad. 

There are dozens of different PNP streams across Canada with eligibility requirements that respond to the local labor market demands of the provinces and territories that manage those programs. However, most PNPs require applicants to have a connection to the province through previous employment, designated education programs or a valid job offer. 

PNPs also offer Enhanced PNP streams that are linked to the federal Express Entry system. These enhanced PNP streams are for applicants who qualify for one of the three federal economic immigration programs and want to reside in a specific province or territory. 

Receiving provincial nomination through enhanced PNP streams will grant you 600 additional Comprehensive System Ranking (CRS) points, virtually guaranteeing your Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.


What Are the Most Popular Enhanced PNP Streams for 2021?

The following enhanced PNP streams are the most easily accessible immigration pathways for permanent residency in Canada:

Human Capital Priorities Stream: Ontario’s Express Entry: 

The Human Capital Priorities Stream offers immigration pathways for foreign skilled workers eligible for one of the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class and an active Express Entry profile. 

This stream has been actively inviting permanent residents during 2020. A job offer is not an eligibility requirement making it easier for applicants with no previous connection to the province. 

Ontario also offers the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream for applicants who are fluent in the French language. 

Ontario regularly conducts tech draws within the Human Capital Priorities stream to select skilled tech workers in occupations in-demand from the Express Entry pool.

BC PNP- Express Entry:

The BC PNP- Express Entry is one of the most diverse immigration categories offered by British Columbia. This category includes several different immigration streams for foreign skilled workers, international graduates and health professionals. There are 4 streams available under this category: 


Applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the immigration stream they are interested in. They must score at least 95 points to be eligible for provincial nomination and then ultimately permanent residency. 

Alberta Express Entry Stream: 

The Alberta Express Entry is considered easier due to its low CRS score requirements. The minimum required CRS score is 300 to qualify for permanent residency.

This immigration stream is for high skilled foreign workers and international graduates who wish to live and work in Alberta. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for the AINP and the federal Express Entry system.

International Skilled Worker - Saskatchewan Express Entry: 

The International Skilled Worker - Saskatchewan Express Entry offers an Express Entry aligned stream for foreign skilled workers eligible for 1 of the 3 economic immigration programs and meets the additional requirements for the category. This stream targets foreign workers with skills and experience relevant to the local labor market demands.

Successful applicants will receive the provincial nomination and be invited to apply for permanent residence in the province. It is a comparatively easier stream since it only requires you to have only 1 year of skilled work experience. If you are practicing a skilled trade, then you require 2 years of work experience.

Nova Scotia Demand and Experience: Express Entry: 

The Nova Scotia Demand and Nova Scotia Experience are 2 Express Entry-aligned streams under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is for highly skilled foreign workers with a valid job offer from a designated employer in the province. It has two categories, however, Category A will be permanently closed on January 4, 2021. Category B has been permanently closed.

The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry is for skilled foreign workers with relevant work experience with a designated employer in the province. 

Applicants must have enough financial resources to meet the settlement fund requirements.

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