PNP – Provincial Nominee Program, is one of the most popular migration programs, for those who wanted to immigrate to Canada. Canada PNP runs through a collaboration between the provincial-territorial [PT] governments and the federal government of Canada. There are 10 Province & 3 Territory, that together makeup 9 [with the exception of Quebec] and 2 [with exception of Nunavut] are a part of the PNP of Canada. Every year, the Canadian federal government increases the number of invitations for PNP candidates. These programs are the fastest-growing route to economic immigration in Canada.
Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, concluded on February 20, 1978, “Québec has the rights and responsibilities set out in this Accord with respect to the number of immigrants destined to Québec and the selection, reception and integration of those immigrants.”Source Hindustan Times – Click Here
How Canada Provincial Nominee Program works
This program is for workers who:
- Have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
- Want to live in that province, and
- Want to become permanent residents of Canada
Each Province and Territory has its own streams and requirements. In certain programs Stream, Provinces or Territory may target
- Business Owners
- Skilled Workers
- Semi-skilled Workers.
Choose a province or territory
To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice.
There is a 2-step process for Securing Canada PR through the PNP route. Firstly, a PNP Nomination needs to be secure through any of the provinces and territories that are a part of the PNP.
Following a PNP nomination, that Nomination Certificate is to be used for applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for Canadian permanent residence.
The final decision as to who is to be granted permanent residence lies at the sole prerogative of the federal government. There are nearly 80 different immigration pathways or ‘streams’ available under the PNP, each targeting a specific class of immigrants.
If an applicant is nominated through a PNP which is aligned with Express Entry, the applicant can then claim 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, virtually guaranteeing they’re going to receive a call for participation to use (ITA) for permanent residence within the next Express Entry draw. Alternately, if an applicant receives a nomination through a PNP which isn’t aligned with Express Entry, then they need to submit a paper-based federal application for permanent residence as a provincial nominee. Paper-based federal applications for permanent residence can take significantly longer to process than electronic Express Entry applications.