Posted on April 8, 2022
All thirteen Canadian provinces and territories have their immigration programs, known as Canada PNP (Provincial Nominee Programs). Since each province has a different economy, their immigration needs are also unique, and the programs are accordingly designed to fit provincial economic and demographic requirements.
A PNP is for workers who have the right skills, education and work experience to significantly contribute to a provincial economy. Each Canadian province, except Quebec, have different PNP streams that are designed to meet the immigration goals of particular province. Each PNP stream has unique requirements that target a specific group of students, business people, skilled workers and semi-skilled workers. Thus, PNPs are a popular option as they provide a fast and easy pathway to Canada’s permanent residence.
The final decision regarding PR approval is taken at the national level by the federal government of Canada, so any province is not entitled to approve PR status on their behalf. For this reason, a provincial program is considered a “nominee” program.
The province nominates any successful immigration candidate under a PNP to submit a final application for Canadian permanent residence to the IRCC under the federal government. This demonstrates that obtaining a provincial nomination always take you a step ahead.
As a PR applicant who is approved and nominated by a province, you may apply to the federal level with brighter chances of PR approval.
The process of applying for nomination majorly depends on which PNP stream you are applying to. You may need to apply through a paper-based process, or follow an online process via Express Entry.
However, no matter which process you choose, you must pass a medical examination and submit a police clearance certificate as a mandatory requirement of the process.
About Paper-based process
In order to apply for a provincial nomination through a paper based process, you must:
Please note that the overall application processing time is longer than Express Entry and would take approximately 12-18 months.
About Express Entry process
To apply online via the Express Entry process, you get two options to apply:
Please note, under both the options, you must submit an Express Entry profile, meet the eligibility criteria of both Express Entry and province or territory and submit an electronic PR application to IRCC upon getting an invitation to apply (ITA).
Before applying a suitable PNP, find out the current active PNPs using an online PNP tracker. To discover your Canadian immigration options, talk to our team of advisors on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777.