The Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are pathways to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who intend to settle in a Canadian province or territory.
Under the Provincial Nominee programs, the government of Canada allows the provinces and territories of Canada to nominate skilled professionals, workers in skilled trades, and candidates with Canadian experience to live, work and settle in the participating provinces & territories. As per the PNPs, the participating provinces have a pact with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and let them select their applicants with desired requirements.
Unlike other provinces, Quebec has its pre-defined selection criteria. The PNPs accommodates potential immigrants to file their petition through a specific province or territory and the province gets the right to nominate the individuals via the provincial Nomination program.
Moreover, some provinces also have skilled immigration agreements catering to the requirement of recruiters and the capital investment requirements of each region. Hence several provinces have also acquired their business immigration schemes motivating experienced business professionals to settle in these provinces.
Many provinces & territories updated their PNP streams, after the launch of the Express Entry Program, to align it with Express Entry. This means that some PNPs might require an applicant to have an existing Express Entry profile that meets their eligibility requirements.
When nominated through a PNP aligned with the Express Entry, the candidate gets an additional 600 points as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which increases the chances of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian PR in the next Express Entry draw.
To apply under the PNP program, you must meet the minimum requirements for the non-Express Entry streams of the province or should be nominated under that stream.
To apply for the Canadian PNP program, applicants need to present:
Check the list of provinces & territories and determine where you would like to immigrate. Moreover, make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements of the program.
Submit your application directly to the province or territory you have chosen.
If your application is successful, you will be nominated by the province or territory to apply for Canada PR.
You now need to apply to the Canadian federal government for permanent residence. If the PNP you have chosen is aligned with Express Entry, you can apply online. If not, you need to submit a paper-based application.
All the Provincial Nominee Programs are different. The process you are applying for depends on the program. While some of the PNPs accept applications throughout the year, others keep the program closed for most of the year, opening it only when they are ready to accept applications.
Some PNPs invite applications from foreign candidates, who meet the minimum eligibility criteria, directly from the Express Entry pool or ask them to submit a formal Expression of Interest.
Express Entry is the fastest and most common pathway to attain Canadian PR. If a candidate is not able to meet the points as per the Express Entry draw, he/she can consider the PNP programs of Canada to receive a Permanent Residency. There are ten provinces in Canada that offer different opportunities to applicants. Those who qualify for the PNPs get an additional 600 points as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), placing the candidate at a high score level with increased chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next Express Entry draw.
The provinces of Quebec and Saskatchewan have no strict regulations when it comes to language proficiency wherein they accept the application of candidates with CLB 4 (Canadian Language Benchmark).
The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) experts at Universal Adviser help clients to migrate to Canada as per their case studies. We strive to help you land an opportunity in the province that favours your profile. Moreover, you can also explore some other immigration streams to make your dream come true.