Every single province and territory out of the thirteen in Canada has its own immigration program. Each immigration program is operated individually by its respective province and territory. As the provinces are known for their uniqueness in economies and different population, so are the immigration programs designed to suit their demographic and economic needs. These programs are Provincial Nominee Programs or PNP.
What is a Provincial Nominee Program – PNP?
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are immigration programs operated by each province in Canada. Each province designs its own immigration programs to meet its unique goal. Therefore the eligibility criteria and application procedures for each program differ based on the province to which they belong. The Quebec province does not have a Provincial Nominee Program. The popularity of the PNP is on the rise as they are considered to be one of the fastest means of achieving Permanent Residence in Canada.
At the National level, it is the Federal Government that approves the decisions pertaining to the Permanent Residence. The Provinces in Canada do not have the authority to decide on approving Permanent Residence status on their own. This is the main reason for referring to the Provincial programs as “nominee” programs.
Who Can Apply?
These PNP are designed for the workers who can fulfill the following conditions.
- A worker who can contribute to the economy of a specific province as he/she possesses the skill, education and the experience needed to do so.
- A worker who wishes to live in the province and
- A worker who wants to be the permanent resident of Canada.
It is interesting to note that each province and territory has its own programs to target certain groups called “streams”. For instance: provinces and territories may target the stream of:
- Skilled workers
- Business people
- Semi-skilled workers
There are two ways in which you can apply for permanent residence. The mode of application depends on the province that you wish to apply to. There is a paper based process and an online process through the Express Entry. Passing a medical exam and police verification certificate is crucial to this process.
The paper based process consists of procedures where:
- You apply to the province or territory under the non- Express Entry stream for nomination
- You meet the requirements of the nominating province/li>
- Once nominated, you submit a paper application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
- It is mandatory to pass the medical exam and get a police verification certificate
- The application processing time is longer in comparison to Express Entry
There are 2 ways to apply for Express Entry process:
- You contact the province or territory and apply for nomination under the Express Entry stream
- If you receive a nomination then create an Express Entry profile to show your nomination
- Create an Express Entry profile and show that you are interested in the province or territory
- If you receive a “notification of interest” to your account from the province or territory, you need to directly contact them
- You apply to their Express Entry stream:
- If nominated, the offer will be made by province on your online account and you can render your acceptance electronically
- In both cases, you are required to comply with the following:
- Meet the eligibility requirements of the province/territory
- Submit Express Entry profile showing that you meet the minimum criteria
- If you receive an Invitation to Apply, submit an electronic application to IRCC
Choosing a Province or Territory:
It is crucial to contact the province by following the instructions on their website to receive a nomination from a province or a territory. The following are the names of the various Provincial Nominee Programs.
- Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
- Nunavut: It is the newest territory in Canada and does not have a Nunavut Nominee Program yet
- Quebec province does not have a Provincial Nominee Program
Provincial Nominee Programs may seem extremely difficult at first glance. But in reality, PNPs provide you with multiple options to choose from for permanent residence in Canada. At CanOz Visa’s, we have assisted many of our clients with Provincial Nominee Program Applications, please review our testimonials to see what our clients say about us. Need more information or assistance with applying, You can consult us today! Contact our Immigration Consultant in Brampton today at +1 289 298 1000 or Book Free Consultation Now on our website canozvisas.com
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