The Prince Edward Island desires to increase the number of foreign workers it sponsors for Canada PR as part of its overall plan to maintain immigration at the highest levels witnessed in a decade.
As per the internal review of the Province’s Nominee Program (PNP) it recommends the province to explore additional avenues to mitigate the potential fraud.
More number of workers, less number of investors
The review projects that, there would be an increase in the number of workers, the province proposes to sponsor to fill job vacancies with Island employers to 425 for the year 2019; it is nearly twice the number of workers the province sponsored for the year 2017.
During the same period, the number of immigrant investors the province wishes to sponsor as provincial nominees is expected to drop significantly.
The Prince Edward Island Minister of Economic Development Chris Palmer stated that shift in numbers and other program changes would help increase immigrant retention rates, these have been the lowest in the nation.
The province has made an announcement in the month of September that it is going to end the controversial entrepreneur stream for its Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominal Program in the wake of two separate investigations into alleged immigration fraud by Canada Border Services. The above move was taken after years of concerns out of Ottawa about the “potential misuse” of P.E.I’s program.
The review revealed the province is projected to maintain its PNP through the year 2020 at the present level of 1070 nominations each year-plus family members-allocated by the federal government.
The province would still prefer to maintain 1 stream of the PNP for business class immigrants-the work permit steam, this would enable the participants to enter the nation on a temporary visa and operate business for 1 year before the province would sponsor them.
This is the approach which every other province is willing to follow with only exception of New Brunswick.
The Prince Edward Island work permit stream came into existence in the year 2012, since then, until now only a handful of people got nominated under this program in any given year.
As per the review, the province would try to explore additional avenues along with federal partners as well as counterparts in Canada to mitigate the potential fraud.
One thing the review would like to suggest is that the province would like to seek information sharing agreement with the federal government and other jurisdictions.
Palmer stated, even in the past we were taking steps to improve the monitoring and even now we would try to do this.
The review recommends the government to increase the amount of time, for a year the nominee must be present in the provinces from the present 183 days to 274 days.
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