Each province and territory in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, has their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which nominates individuals interested in settling in that particular province for fast-tracked immigration. Each Canadian Provincial Nominee Program has its own criteria, guidelines, as well as province specific “streams” which are individual immigration programs targeting precise demographics of skilled workers, students, and business professionals. This allows each province and territory to attract new immigrants that have the precise skills, work experience, and knowledge required to meet the local labor market needs of their distinct economy.
Provincial Nominee Program or Canada PNP exists because Canadian provinces have their own nominee programs that are designed to encourage skilled migrants to settle in those provinces. These programs are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and to encourage investment for that specific geographical area.
To apply under the PNP, applicants must be nominated by a Canadian province or territory. Under this program, applicants must have the necessary skills, education & work experience to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. People who are coming through this program are provided permanent residency and an opportunity to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Express Entry PNP
When you create a new Canada Express Entry profile, you can indicate which provinces or territories you are interested in immigrating to. Rather than passively waiting for one of these provinces to send you a “notification of interest”, it is possible to directly apply for a nomination under a specific stream. Targeting the optimal PNP stream(s) through Express Entry can significantly increase your chances of being accepted to apply for Canada permanent residency. Receiving an enhanced nomination certificate from a Canada PNP will give you enough points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System that you will very likely receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during the next draw
All the Canadian Provinces do not provide Provincial Nomination Schemes. However, most provinces have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province.
To be eligible to apply for the Provincial Nomination Scheme, the applicants have to pass three stages:
1. Job Offer: Applicants must have a valid job offer from a Canadian company based in the province to which the candidates intend to migrate. Alternatively, candidates can obtain a nomination certificate if they have a close relative living in that province.
2. Provincial Government Approval: The job offer should be approved by the relevant provincial government. The applicants are assessed against the migration requirement of the particular province. Candidates must be able to prove that they have a genuine interest to reside and work in the province.
3. Application for Permanent Residency: Once the applicant receives a nomination from the particular province; they should submit their application for permanent residency with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Applicants need to prove that they have enough money to support themselves and their dependents after they arrive in Canada.
How to Get an Express Entry Canada Provincial Nominee Program Nomination
There are two effective methods of applying for a Canada Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program nomination. The first method is for a prospective immigrant to contact a Canada Nominee Program directly and apply for a nomination under the province’s Express Entry stream. If he or she is successfully nominated by the Canada PNP, they can then create an Express Entry profile and accept the nomination electronically through their My CIC account. The second method is to begin by creating an Express Entry profile that shows which provinces and territories the potential immigrant would like to work and live in. If you receive a notification of interest from one of these provinces, you can then apply under their Express Entry stream, and if successful you can then accept the nomination through you is my CIC account.