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The PEI Express Entry stream allows Express Entry candidates invited by PEI immigration authorities to apply for and receive a provincial nomination, resulting in 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada at a subsequent Express Entry draw.

The PEI Express Entry stream is one of many streams managed under the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), though the only stream aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Other PEI PNP streams exist outside Express Entry.

Currently, any Express Entry candidate is eligible for nomination through PEI Express Entry;* however, this does not mean that every candidate in the Express Entry pool may be be nominated. A few things have to happen before that is a possibility.

First, you have to create a PEI PNP Expression of Interest 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.

At this point, you will have active profiles in both the federal Express Entry system and the PEI Expression of Interest system. Your profile will remain active in the latter for up to six months.

The EOI form is not a formal application to the PEI PNP; as a result, there is no submission fee. However, candidates who are invited to apply to the PEI PNP and submit an application are required to pay an application fee of $300 CAD.

Once in the PEI Expression of Interest system, candidates are assigned a score out of 100 in the PEI Express Entry stream points grid.

PEI Express Entry points grid

The PEI Express Entry points system is slightly different, depending on whether you have a job offer in PEI.

Selection factors

Selection factorWith a job offerWithout a job offer
Work Experience1520
Maximum Points100100


Over 490
Maximum points20

Language ability

Language abilityPoints
CLB 9 & 1020
CLB 815
CLB 710
Below CLB 70
Maximum points20


Highest education credentialPoints
Master’s level or PhD from a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree15
Post-secondary academic degree (Bachelor) from a college or that required at least three years of full-time study12
Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade that required at least two years of full-time study after secondary school10
Completion of secondary school0
Maximum points15

Work experience

Candidates are awarded points for work experience based on the NOC listed in their Express Entry profile.

Points in this category are weighted differently depending on whether or not a candidate has a job offer in PEI.

Work experience Points with job offerPoints without job offer
More than 6 years1520
4-6 years1515
2-4 years1010
1-2 years55
Maximum points2020


Points for employment are weighted differently depending on whether or not a candidate has a job offer in PEI.

EmploymentPoints with job offerPoints without job offer
Working in PEI on a valid work permit50
Job offer in PEI related to educational credentials50
Overseas qualification verified with the regulated body in PEI. This is not an ECA.55
Minimum 1-year continuous full-time work experience in PEI.55
Maximum points1510

Invitations are issued to the top-ranked candidates in periodic PEI PNP draws. You can keep track of draws on our Canada PNP Live Tracker.

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file to the PEI PNP.

*Are all PEI Express Entry candidates able to submit an EOI?

In short, yes, except for some international graduates. 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 six months of full-time experience working for the PEI employer, and
  • Have at least four months remaining before the expiration of your work permit at the time of submitting an application to the PEI PNP.

PEI Express Entry: in summary

Here is a summary of the application process for PEI Express Entry

  1. Assess eligibility to enter the federal Express Entry pool. If eligible, create an Express Entry profile.
  2. Create a profile in PEI’s EOI system.
  3. Successful profiles receive an invitation to apply and have up to 60 days to submit an application to the PEI PNP.
  4. Prepare and submit an application with all the necessary documentation.
  5. Receive a nomination from PEI and obtain upload this to the Express Entry profile to obtain 600 additional CRS points.
  6. Receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.
  7. Submit the application for permanent residence, complete with all required documentation.
  8. Receive Canadian permanent residence.
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