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One Step Closer (PEI Provincial Nomination Program Update)

It’s been a crazy and tiring October for N and I. Aside from scrambling to complete the requirements for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), we were also neck deep in preparing a wedding and moving into our own place

Wait. Planning a wedding? But don’t you have to be married to apply to Express Entry as a couple? 

Yup! N and I have actually been married since July 2015. We had a civil wedding in the Manila City Hall, with only our immediate family there with us. We just got “married” again a week ago in front of everyone else… the only ones who know this little secret of ours are our families and you that are reading this. 😛

Moving into a new place? But aren’t you moving to Canada? 

Well… we hope that we’ll eventually move to Canada, but until we get our passports stamped, I really don’t want to assume anything. Besides, I think we can consider moving into our own place a kind of “practice” for Canada especially since it’s the first time in our lives that we won’t have any helpers in the house (most families in the Philippines have at least one helper in the house to help with chores, taking  care of children/elders, etc.)

Okay, now that those two questions are out of the way, we can now proceed to an update with our Express Entry application.

In our last post a month ago, we shared that we have been selected by the province Prince Edward Island to be given a nomination under the PEI PNP program. Since then, our application has moved along pretty well. Here’s our updated timeline,

January 2016: PEI Letter of Intent

September 1, 2016: Invitation to Apply from PEI

September 15, 2016: Submission of Documents

September 26, 2016: Request for Application Fee for PEI PNP Nomination

October 5, 2016: Received Nomination Certificate from PEI

October 12, 2016: Express Entry Draw, Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA)

October 18, 2016: Upfront medical at St. Luke’s Bonifacio Global City

Coming from our last update, after paying the 300 CAD application fee to PEI, we received an official nomination certificate from them last October 5.

PEI Provincial Nomination
Once we accepted the nomination, 600 points were added to our original EE score of 440 to give us a total of 1040 points. After that, we just waited for the next draw (October 12, 2016, minimum CRS score of 484 points) and we finally got the elusive EE ITA.

In our next post, we’ll be talking more about the EE ITA itself and the requirements that need to be passed. Hopefully, we can have that up by next week since we’re actually on our honeymoon right now. 🙂

Cape Town
                                                                                                                                                           Hello from beautiful Cape Town! 🙂

Moving to Canada will be a daunting task for anyone and If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

13 thoughts on “One Step Closer (PEI Provincial Nomination Program Update)”

  1. Congratulations! And good luck on cic stage! I’m sure you will get your PR soon! Could you please share what is your NOC code?

  2. Hi my wife also submitted EOI for Prince Edward and her NOC is 6235 financial sales representative. May I now how many months or years before they release the result of nomination and is 6235 in demand in Pei thanks

    1. Hi Jesus!

      For us, it took PEI almost nine whole months before they awarded us with the Invitation to Apply for their Provincial Nomination Program. We submitted our Expression of Interest sometime in January 2016 and heard back from them September of 2016. In between those two dates, we had 0 communication with them.

      As for the specific NOC of your wife, I apologize but I really have no idea right now about the job environment on the island. Maybe when we land in June I will have a better idea and let you know. However, from what I understand, PEI’s economy is mostly influenced by the tourism industry.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  3. Hi!
    I know It’s a little too late for this message but anyway, I would like to ask if you have a job offer when you applied for PEI PNP?

    I know that you are already in Canada. Congrats!
    You gave me hope with your blog. 🙂

  4. Hi!
    How did you pay for your nomination fee? I went to bdo where I have peso savings acct but said they can only issue demand draft on USD and only if you have a dollar acct with them. Can I get money order from western union and courier it via dhl or fedex? Thanks!

    1. Hi Juliet!

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if the Western Union option is possible. We had ours done through our bank, but we had a dollar account at that time.

      Really sorry if I couldn’t be of help. ☹️

  5. Hi! I was able to get bank draft from bpi.
    However, I now have a problem on how to send it to PEI Immigration Office as all courier services I went to told me they do not accept/send bank drafts.
    May I know how you sent yours?

    Instruction on the email by PEI was to send via mail or courier and indicate name and file number in the package.

    1. Hi Juliet!

      I’m sorry that you encountered this problem. For us, it was our agency who sent the statements over to PEI, so I’m not really sure how it can be done.

      If you find out, you could post it as a reply here so that the information can also help others in the future.

      Good luck and congratulations again on your nomination 🙂

  6. I have received an ITA from PEI. Now i need to submit competed application papers based to PEI then they will issue me a nomination certificate. Can you tell me what documents you submitted to PEI with your Application for Nomination?

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