One Step Closer (PEI PNP 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 Nomination
Once we accepted the nomination, 600 points was 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! 🙂

If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Alternatively, we’ve also set up a Twitter account @tropics2rockies, so we can also talk there. 🙂


6 thoughts on “One Step Closer (PEI PNP Update)

  1. 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

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    • 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! 🙂


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