Immigrate To Canada As A Provincial Nominee

The Canadian Provincial Nomination Program is a lure to attract eligible foreign nationals with the right education and skills and work experience to come live/work and contribute positively to the economic development of the province that sponsored the immigrant.

All provinces and territory in Canada offer PNP except Quebec and Nunavut with different rules for accepting nominees.

This immigration process offers eligible immigrants expedited immigration process.

To qualify for nomination by provinces in Canada, applicants must meet the prerequisite requirements, application for Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) can be done either through Express Entry Process or non-Express Entry process

Note: Keep in mind each province have different eligibility requirements, to determine your eligibility ensure you understand the provinces eligibility requirement.

Each province requirements is subject to change without prior notice, so avail yourself with relevant information.

Once you accept a province nomination, you will apply through IRCC (immigration, refugee and citizenship Canada) for permanent residency. Medical and background check is necessary to determine your admissibility and must be undertaken as part of the process.

Applying via the Express Entry Process

Express Entry, as the name implies offers expedited immigration application process for skilled workers who wish to settle in Canada.

Applying for the PNP through Express Entry is fairly competitive, applicants must create a profile in Express Entry, points are allocated to profiles based on

  • Education
  • skills
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Language proficiency

Candidates in the Express Entry who scores over 600 CRS points will receive an Invitation to apply (ITA) to apply for permanent residency.

Note: Express Entry profile has a lifespan of 12 months, candidates who have not received an ITA after 12 months are encouraged to submit a new profile.

It is advisable to acquire a new skill, or education before re-applying to boost your chances.

Entry into the Express Entry does not guarantee an ITA for permanent residency will be issued. To qualify for an ITA, candidates must satisfy all eligibility and admissibility requirements.

Applying Via Non-Express Entry

This selection stream is for unskilled workers hoping to reside in a particular province in Canada. To be considered for nomination, applicants must satisfy all requisite requirements. successful candidates will receive an ITA from a province that nominates, you will have to apply to IRCC for permanent residency.

The application under this stream takes longer processing time than Express Entry.

Processing Time

The Canadian Government has made it convenient to track your application process online regardless whether you register via Express or Non-Express stream. Processing time for visa application takes no longer than 6 months.

Should your application be incorrect, your money will be refunded and your application rejected.

When necessary, you will be requested to submit results of your medical examination and background check if you applied through the non-Express stream. Express Entry applicants must provide this information during their application.

Based on the information you provided, the province will decide whether you are eligible for an ITA, You will be invited for an interview if you are deemed fit.

Who Is Eligible For Provincial Nominee Program?

The aim of PNP is to lure immigrants who will live, work and contribute to the development of the province.

Most provinces satisfy huge labour demands by using the PNP program. Applicants with at least twelve months of full-time work experience in any of the listed occupations may apply for provincial nomination, provided they satisfy other requirements.

Provinces usually list occupations that are in demand, so it is necessary for applicants to check provinces website for relevant information.

Applicants who can prove a connection to certain provinces have a higher chance of provincial nomination. Applicants who have family members living in the province as a permanent residence or Canadian citizen, or applicants fluent in the French language, for provinces with a demand for French workers, have a better chance for success.

Note: Provincial nominee program is quite complicated. It is in your best interest to hire the service of an immigration expert/lawyer to assist you in your immigration process.

Quebec does not have a Provincial Nomination Program.

Quebec immigration process is similar to other PNPs.Quebec approval comes in the form of Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ)

Immigrants are advised to check the Quebec website to avail themselves with the latest information.

Since 1991 after an agreement was reached with the Federal Government, the Province of Quebec have control of immigrants selection into the province.

Immigrants applying for work, study permit or to sponsor family members to Quebec must first apply through the Quebec Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI). Once the application is successful, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can now admit the applicant.


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