You can apply for a PEI Express Entry nomination for permanent residency through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). Your nomination through PEI PNP will increase your chance of being issued an Invitation to Apply from the Federal Government.
Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible for nomination through PEI Express Entry, you must:
- meet the requirements of at least one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program;
- Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
- Canadian Experience Class
- create a Federal Express Entry Profile and be placed in the pool of candidates. You can create a profile at any time through IRCC(link is external).
There are two pathways to permanent residency through the PEI Express Entry Category, depending on if you have a job offer in PEI or not. Priority will be given to applicants that are living and working in PEI.
How do I apply?
If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Express Entry Guide then you or your representative must create a profile in the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system. To create a profile you will be asked to provide a valid email address, and identification information including your passport details. Once your account has been verified, you will be able to proceed to complete your profile. Applicants can only have one active profile at any one time.
Your profile will remain active for a period of six months. You must ensure information provided in your profile is accurate and verifiable. If your situation changes prior to being invited to apply, you may update your profile. If your situation changes after being invited to apply you must contact the Office with the new information; this may impact the ultimate decision on your file. You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Express Entry Application Guide.
An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Express Entry. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.
If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file. If you are invited to apply you must complete the application forms. The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:
Who is not eligible to apply?
If you are currently working in PEI on a post-graduate open work permit, you must satisfy the following conditions prior to applying:
- Have at least 6 months of full-time experience working for the PEI employer, and
- Have at least 4 months remaining before the expiration of your work permit at the time of submitting an application to the Province.
If you are currently in Canada, you must be here legally. This means that if you are in Canada on a study permit and you are not studying, you are not eligible to apply.
Do I have to pay a fee?
There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest. If you are selected for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application. The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc.
What forms do I need to fill out?
You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:
- EE -01: Express Entry Application Form
- EE-02: Express Entry Consent to Validate
- EE-03: Express Entry Information Release Form for Applicant and Spouse Declaration
If you are selected for nomination by PEI, you must then accept the nomination through your MyCIC account online. After you are Invited to Apply by IRCC you must submit an electronic application for permanent residency with all supporting documentation and fees through your MyCIC account. IRCC is responsible for the decision on all applications for Permanent Residency. You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees(link is external).
Do I have to use an Immigration Consultant or a Lawyer?
No, you are not required to hire an Immigration Consultant for any immigration program in Canada.
If you choose to use an Immigration Consultant or a Lawyer, they must be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, or be a Lawyer in good standing with a Provincial Law Society(link is external). The agent must be registered with the Office of Immigration prior to the submission of an application through this stream.
My Work Permit is expiring soon, what can I do?
You are responsible for ensuring you maintain legal status in Canada. You cannot rely on PEI Express Entry to help extend a work permit that is about to expire. If you are currently working in PEI, you may be eligible for a nomination through one of our other streams, in which case we could write an employer-specific letter of support for a work permit extension to be issued with the nomination.
If you have reached the stage of applying for permanent residency through Express Entry and your work permit is about to expire, you can apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit.
What happens after I am nominated?
If you are selected for nomination by PEI, you must then accept the nomination through your MyCIC account online. After you are Invited to Apply by IRCC you must submit an electronic application for permanent residency with all supporting documentation and fees through your MyCIC account. IRCC is responsible for the decision on all applications for Permanent Residency.
If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.