Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories, and each individual province has their own economical and geographical needs. The Provincial Nominee Programs are aimed at those who have the skills, education and professional experience to address the specific needs and contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory.
Each province has its own programs, or “streams” that target certain specific groups of people, with their own set of rules, depending on their own needs. Some streams might be available frequently, while others may open only once in a while.
Once you apply to immigrate to Canada via a Provincial Nominee Program, you must show intent in living and working in that province, with the long lasting interest of contributing to its economy and society.
Upon being approved by a provincial government, you will receive a nomination certificate. This nomination will allow you to submit an application for final consideration of the Federal government of Canada.
How do I immigrate through a Provincial Nominee Program?
Before you can decide on how to immigrate to Canada through a Provincial Nominee Program, you must learn about what each province has to offer in terms of infrastructure, industries available, weather and life-style.
Once you have selected what province or territory you have the most interest in, our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants can assist you to understand that province’ specific requirements to qualify for their nominee program.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Alberta's provincial immigration program consists of three streams: The Alberta Opportunity Stream, the Alberta Express Entry Stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The province issues provincial nominations to foreign nationals who meet program-specific criteria and demonstrate an intention to reside in the prairie province.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
The BC PNP consists of the Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Streams. These streams are divided into categories that target skilled workers, international graduates and other professionals with skills, experience and qualifications needed in B.C.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
Manitoba's provincial immigration program is comprised of streams designed to nominate skilled workers and their families who wish to work and live in the province permanently. The MPNP is currently undergoing renewal.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
The NBPNP is New Brunswick's provincial immigration program with streams targeting entrepreneurs, international graduates, skilled workers with employer support and skilled workers in the federal government's Express Entry selection system.
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
The NLPNP accepts immigration applications from skilled workers, international graduates and entrepreneurs who meet program-specific criteria such as a job or job offer, intent to reside, and the ability to become economically established in the province.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The NSNP is Nova Scotia's program for the nomination of eligible skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals looking to settle permanently in the province. The program has various economic immigration streams with not one, but three streams aligned with Canada's Express Entry system.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Through the OINP, Ontario nominates foreign workers, international students, business owners or entrepreneurs who have the skills, experience, education and intent to settle in the province as permanent residents.
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
The PEI PNP is the island province's economic immigration program for skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs who demonstrate the intention to live and work in PEI, and show the ability to become economically established in the province.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
The SINP is Saskatchewan's dedicated immigration program for the selection and nomination of eligible foreign nationals through various pathways, including its leading International Skilled Worker: Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories.
No matter which province you intend to live in Canada, as a part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) process, your application will have at least two stages: the application process at the provincial level and, upon nomination, the submission at the Federal level. No matter what province you choose to apply for, you will need to go through a medical exam and get a police clearance (certificate) before your permanent residence application can be completed.
Each Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) determines the streams and application process that you will follow in order to receive a nomination as well as how to proceed right after the provincial nomination is issued. There are two types of application to consider: paper-based applications and online applications (through Express Entry).
On a PNP paper-based application, if you meet the eligibility requirements of the province of your choice, you will apply to the province for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream. Once you have been nominated, you will be required to submit a paper application for permanent residence to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). Paper based applications processing times are usually longer than online applications.
Online applications through Express Entry
If you meet the eligibility criteria for the province or territory of your choice, you must submit your express entry profile and follow the instructions to apply for the provincial nominee program of choice.
To apply for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) through the online Express Entry process, you either:
● Contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream
● Create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in, then, if a province or territory sends you a “notification of interest” to your account, you can contact them directly and apply for their program, following their specific guidelines.
In both cases, if you’re nominated, the province will assign 600 points to you through your account, and you can accept it electronically. After you accept the points assigned for your nomination, you will have enough points to be selected on the next Express Entry draw so that you can send your online application to IRCC.
Remember: A Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant can assess your profile and see which Canadian immigration program is the right fit for you. At e-Visa, our team is prepared to guide you through the entire process, whatever your goal is!
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