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Provincial Nominee Program

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Provincial Nominee Program

If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), a Canadian territory or province has to nominate you. They will assess if you will be able to meet their labor or economic market needs.

The Provincial Candidate Program allows qualified and experienced individuals to settle in the province and particular territories of Canada. Those provinces and territories nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada.

All about the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):

Under Canada’s Constitution, the federal government and each province and territory share the authority to manage the country’s immigration system.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and are interested in settling in a particular region. The only exceptions are the Northern Canada territory of Nunavut and Quebec. Instead, the province of Quebec has the authority to establish its selection criteria for economic immigration.

The primary purpose of the PNP is to spread the benefits of immigration across Canada. Before the launch of the PNP in 1998, most of Canada’s immigrants settled in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. Since 1998, however, Canada has seen a broader distribution of immigration across the country since the Prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) have enjoyed more success attracting immigrants thanks in large part to the PNP.

Each PNP has at least one immigration stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Provincial nominations issued under these Express Entry-aligned streams are known as ‘enhanced nominations.’ The benefits of enhanced PNP streams are that they award Express Entry candidates an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, which essentially guarantee they will receive a permanent residence invitation under Express Entry. Another significant benefit is they can have their permanent residence application processed by the federal government quicker, typically within six months. The other way to obtain permanent residence through the PNP is under a ‘base’ stream. Here, you apply to a PNP stream directly, and once you receive a provincial nomination, the federal government will process your permanent residence application.



     Northwest Territories

     New Scotland

     Prince Edward Island



     British Columbia

     New Brunswick

     Newfoundland and Labrador



How to apply?

Well, it depends on the provincial candidate program you are applying for. This process can be done online through Express Entry or on paper.

     Paper-based process: The whole process includes two stages:

At first, you need to find out any specific province or territory to live in Canada. Check the eligibility criteria and then ask the province for a nomination.

In the second stage, when that province nominates you, you can apply for permanent residence. This PR may take 20-24 months for your PR.

     Through Express Entry : For any Province to invite you in your EE – profile for 600 points

     Your must create your EE profile

     Provinces will invite you to submit a PNP application on draw day .

     Submit your PNP application from the PNP portal

     Provinces will give decisions in Email and in your EE- with 600 points .

     Then wait for EE_ Federal PNP draw to get ITA to apply PR

     Apply for Federal PR to get PR – within 6-8 months under PNP program

You can apply in two ways, either;

1. Contact the province to request a nomination under a fast-track entry flow. When nominated by the province, create your Quick Entry Profile to display your nomination. OR

2. First create your quick entry profile to display any particular province that interests you. When the province sends you a “Notice of Interest,” contact them directly.

No matter how you apply, you must be eligible for that province. Also, submit your express entry profile with minimal criteria. Once you are invited to apply, submit your electronic application to IRCC.

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What are the basic eligibility criteria for immigrating to Canada?

Eligibility criteria vary based on the immigration program you choose. Generally, factors like age, education, work experience, and language proficiency are considered.

How can I improve my Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score?

Enhance your CRS score by improving language proficiency, obtaining higher education, gaining more work experience, and securing a job offer in Canada, among other strategies.

What is the Express Entry system, and how does it work?

Express Entry is a points-based system for managing immigration applications to Canada. It ranks candidates based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency.

What is the difference between federal and provincial immigration programs?

Federal programs are managed by the Canadian government, while provincial programs are run by individual provinces. Each has its own criteria and targets specific skillsets or demographics.

How can an immigration consultant assist me in the process?

Immigration consultants can provide expert guidance, help you navigate complex paperwork, ensure accurate documentation, and increase the likelihood of a successful application.

What is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and how does it work?

PNPs allow provinces and territories to nominate individuals for immigration based on their specific economic needs. Each province has its own criteria and streams.

Can I apply for permanent residency if I don't have a job offer in Canada?

Yes, it’s possible. Express Entry and other immigration streams consider various factors, and a job offer is just one of them. However, having a valid job offer can significantly boost your chances.

What language proficiency tests are accepted for immigration purposes?

The most commonly accepted language tests are the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and CELPIP for English and the TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) for French.

How long does the Canadian immigration process take?

Processing times vary based on the type of application and immigration stream. Generally, it can take several months to years. Express Entry, for example, aims to process applications within six months.

What is the difference between a work permit and permanent residency?

A work permit allows you to work in Canada temporarily, while permanent residency grants you the right to live and work in Canada indefinitely. Permanent residents also have access to social benefits and healthcare.


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