Canada Provincial Nominee Programs which is also known as PNP for short offers immigrants a pathway to a permanent residence in any specific territory or province of their desire in Canada.
Every territory and province in Canada solely operates its own PNP which they design to meet a specific demographic and economic need.
Keep reading to unveil how to immigrate to Canada using the Provincial Nominee Programs. You also get all the PNP updates in Canada.
How Does the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) work?
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is specifically for workers who:
- have either education, skills, or work experience that can contribute to the economic growth of a particular territory or province in Canada.
- wants to reside in that particular territory or province, and also
- wants to become a permanent resident in Canada.
Each territory and province in Canada have their own immigration program that is targeted at a particular group and requirements. For instance, a particular province may come up with a PNP program that targets:
- Skilled workers, or
- Semi-skilled workers, or
- Business-oriented individuals.
Getting Acquainted with the Application Options
First of all, the way you apply for a Provincial Nominee Program depends on which of the province or territory stream you are applying for. You may be required to apply using the online process (referred to as the Express Entry) or you may be required to use the paper-based process to apply.
Whichever process you finally end up using, you will need to still pass a medical exam as well as get a police check report. Everyone will definitely come across these checks, notwithstanding which province or territory they intend to live in Canada.
The Paper-Based Process
While using the paper-based process you must:
- Apply to the territory or province for nomination through the non-Express Entry stream.
- You will also meet the province or territory eligibility requirements that nominate you.
- As soon as you are nominated, you’ll submit a paper application for a Canadian permanent residence to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).
- You’ve got to pass the medical examination and also get a police statement (police certificate). Everybody must go through these checks no matter where they intend to reside in Canada.
- The paper-based application process time is longer than the Express Entry.
Learn How to Apply Through the Paper-Based Process.
The Online Express Entry Process
There are two (2) ways to apply via the Express Entry:
- You contact the territory or province and apply for a nomination under the Express Entry stream.
- If the territory or province accepts to nominate you, then you create an Express Entry profile (If you already have one, you’ll need to update it) and prove that you’ve been nominated.
- You create an Express Entry profile as well as show the territory or province that you’re interested in.
- If a territory or province sends you a “notification of interest” to your account, then you can directly contact them.
- Then apply to their Express Entry stream:
- If you are nominated, the territory or province will offer it to you via your account, and then, you’ll accept it electronically.
In the Two Cases:
- You will have to meet the eligibility requirements of the territory or province. Also,
- You must submit your Express Entry profile and also show that you were able to meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry that includes being eligible for at least one of the immigration programs that it covers.
- If you happen to be invited to apply, submit an electronic application to IRCC.
Selecting A Territory or Province
In order to be nominated by a territory or province, you must ensure that you follow the instructions on their website as well as contact them directly. Below are the links to their official website:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Each province and territory have their own unique criteria which can change even without notice.
How To Know If I’m Eligible
In order to apply for a provincial nominee program, you must:
- Meet the necessary requirements of any of the territory’s or provinces non-Express Entry streams
- Also, be nominated under that particular stream.
NOTE: Don’t forget to check the requirements for each province through their official websites listed above.
How Do I Apply to Immigrate to Canada Using the Provincial Nominee Program?
To immigrate to Canada using the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program), you will need a Canadian territory or province to nominate you.
First of all, you’ll have to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program in the territory or province you desire to settle. To be eligible for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program nomination, you either have to possess skills, work experience, or education which you’ll need to reside in Canada as well as support yourself and your family; if any.
You will be assessed by the territory or province to see if you meet their labor market or economic needs. They will inform you how long your application process will take.
After the territory or province approves your application, the next step is to go ahead and apply for a permanent residence which must happen within the same period they set out.
The territory or province will let you know if you are going to apply via Express Entry or the regular application process:
- Nomination Under a Non-Express Entry PNP Stream: Immigrants who are nominated under the non-Express Entry PNP stream are going to apply for a permanent residence through the regular application process.
- Nomination Under an Express Entry PNP Stream: Should in case you are not already in the Canada Express Entry pool, then you’ll need to complete an Express Entry profile and then be accepted into the pool.
The condition and selection process to obtain a Provincial Nominee Certificate differs from one province to the other. Check the list of provinces and their official websites we listed above to see their various requirements and process.
Note: Like we mentioned before, Quebec decides its own immigrants. If you desire to reside there, then you’ll have to contact the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec.