Every province in Canada (except Quebec) has a special agreement with Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows them to nominate potential immigrants with required work experience and skills as a permanent resident in the province. This immigration pathway is known as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
What is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is for the skilled immigrants who have the skills, education and work experience that can help in the economic development of the province. They must have intention to live in the province and want to become permanent residents of the country. PNPs allow the provinces to fill the gap in their local labor market by nominating skilled immigrants for PR status in the province. Depending on the demands of the local labor market, every PNP has a different requirement and eligibility criteria.
What are the different PNPs in Canada?
As mention before every province has PNPs except Quebec, following is the list of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada:
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
- Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
How to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
If an immigrant wants to move to Canada through the Immigration pathway – Provincial Nominee Program, Canada province or territory has to nominate the immigrant.
The very first step is to select the PNP of the province or territory where immigrant wants to settle. In order to qualify, the candidate must have the skills; education and work experience that are needed to settle in-country and support themselves and the accompanying family members.
Once the application is submitted, the province will assess the application based on their economic needs or labor market needs.
After the successful evaluation of the application, the applicant can apply for Canada PR Visa within the timer period provinces have set out. Provinces will let the applicant know how to apply through Express Entry program or through regular application process:
- Nomination under Express Entry PNP stream: For this candidate is required to create an express profile and must be accepted into the pool.
- Nomination under a non-Express Entry PNP stream: PR visa applicants who were nominated under non-express Entry PNP stream, must apply for PR using the regular application process
How to apply for PNPs through Express Entry Program?
There are two ways to apply:
- Must select the province and apply for provincial nomination under their PNP’s Express Entry linked stream
- If the province nominates the application, the candidate must create an express profile and show the provincial nomination certificate
- Create an Express profile and show the province that the candidate is interested in
- If the province send the candidate a “Notification of Interest”, then contact the province directly
- The candidate will have to apply to their Express Entry linked Stream
If the express entry candidate is able to land the provincial nomination certificate, then they are awarded 600 CRS points, effectively ensuring that the candidate gets an ITA and apply for Canada PR Visa to the IRCC.
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