Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta use so-called ‘passive’ immigration streams to search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates.
Candidates who enter the Express Entry pool may find themselves on the receiving end of an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination without even trying thanks to specialized immigration streams in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.
These streams have recently been used to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet specified criteria such as work experience in a specified occupation. Those identified are notified of the province’s interest and invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in that province.
These immigration pathways are sometimes referred to as “passive” streams because candidates can only apply after being chosen through one of these searches.
Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively moved to the front of the line for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry invitation round.
Provincial immigration streams that are used to search the Express Entry pool are:
- Nova Scotia
- Labour Market Priorities Stream
- Alberta Express Entry Stream
- Human Capital Priorities Stream
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Skilled Trades Stream
In order to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through one of these streams, immigration candidates must first enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.
Source: CIC News
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