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Provincial Nominee Programs

Q. What is a PNP and how do I qualify? Submitted by Nathan D.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canadian most provinces and territories to put forth nominations for applicants hoping to immigrate to Canada in their specific region.

This program allows for more widespread distribution of immigrants across the country rather than in one or two areas. Canada is a big country and each province and territory has unique attributes to offer apart from the rest.

Each of the Provincial Nominee Programs has at least one enhanced nomination that is aligned with the Federal Express Entry pathway. These pathways significantly add to an applicant's CRS points and help with the Permanent Residency process.

(For more on CRS points, see #AskAnnieBlog here)

Who is the PNP for?

This program is for workers who

  • Have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target students, business people, or skilled and semi-skilled workers.

  • They want to live in that province.

  • They have goals to become permanent residents of Canada.

Application Options

How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program stream you’re applying to. You might need to apply using the paper-based process or by the online process through Express Entry.

In the paper-based process:

  • Apply to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream.

  • You need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province that nominates you.

  • Once you have been nominated, you submit a paper application for permanent residence to IRCC.

  • You have to pass a medical exam and get a police check. Everyone must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

In the online Express Entry process, there are 2 ways to apply:

  • Contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream.

  • If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, you create an Express Entry profile (or update your profile if you already have one) and show you have been nominated. OR

  • You create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in.

If you’re nominated, the province or territory will send a nomination certificate to your account, and you accept it electronically.

In both cases, you must meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory and

submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including being eligible for one of the immigration programs it covers. If you are invited to apply, you submit an electronic application to IRCC.

Below are the Canadian provinces and territories and the links to their immigration website for you to look over. It is important to do your research to decide which province and stream works best for you and can garner you the best possible results.

Immigration Station Canada will work with you and guide you through the best process to achieve your goals, wherever they lead!


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