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 factor||With a job offer||Without a job offer|
|CLB 9 & 10||20|
|Below CLB 7||0|
|Highest education credential||Points|
|Master’s level or PhD from a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree||15|
|Post-secondary academic degree (Bachelor) from a college or that required at least three years of full-time study||12|
|Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade that required at least two years of full-time study after secondary school||10|
|Completion of secondary school||0|
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 offer||Points without job offer|
|More than 6 years||15||20|
Points for employment are weighted differently depending on whether or not a candidate has a job offer in PEI.
|Employment||Points with job offer||Points without job offer|
|Working in PEI on a valid work permit||5||0|
|Job offer in PEI related to educational credentials||5||0|
|Overseas qualification verified with the regulated body in PEI. This is not an ECA.||5||5|
|Minimum 1-year continuous full-time work experience in PEI.||5||5|