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Provincial Nominee Program – FAQs

What are Provincial Nominee Programs?

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are the separate immigration programs of various provinces and territories in Canada. The PNPs operate in coordination with the federal government in Canada. The IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) allows these provinces and territories to select the immigrants seeking PR (Permanent Residency) under various categories.The immigrants being selected through PNP of any province must be willing to settle in that particular province and he should also be capable of contributing in the economy and development of the province.

Which are the key Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada?

The key Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada are as follows:

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program- Alberta
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program- British Columbia
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program- Manitoba
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program- New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program- Newfound Land
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program- Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program- Nova Scotia
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program- Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program- Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program- Saskatchewan
  • Yukon Nominee Program- Yukon

How Can I get a PR Visa by applying in a PNP program?

First of all, as an aspirant, you must be ready to get a permanent residency in a particular province of Canada. You need to obtain a nomination from the province you want to apply. Now, apply online or offline for the nomination through the PNP program of the province you want to settle. Get selected for the nomination from the province. Once, you have received the nomination certificate from the province; apply for the PR visa to IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada).

What are the benefits of applying in Provincial Nominee Programs?

The Provincial Nominee Programs are one of the best ways of getting PR Visa in Canada. Your application in PNP gets processed faster than many other Canadian immigration programs.Moreover, several Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) provide a few relaxations to the applicants in terms of key eligibility requirements, i.e. no Canadian job offer required to apply, points considered for area of training, etc.

What is Express Entry Stream of a Provincial Nominee Program?

The IRCC allows the provinces and territories of Canada to select the candidates from the pool of Express Entry System as their additional or ‘enhanced nominations’ in order to meet the labour market needs in the province.The express entry applicants in the pool, who get such nominations from a particular province, obtain 600 additional CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points in the EE system. These additional CRS points drastically increase their total score and as result, they become eligible to get the PR invitation from IRCC in the subsequent draw of Express Entry. However, the candidate needs to meet the criteria of any of the below three streams of express entry.

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

As per the PNP, candidate may apply in PNP first and register on Express entry after getting the provincial nomination or can register on express entry first and can apply for nomination later after getting selected in EE pool.

What are the parameters PNPs look for selecting a candidate for Nomination?

The Provinces usually look for the highly skilled and experienced candidates, who are capable of contributing to their economy and growth. The key things provinces look in an applicant are:

  • Qualification
  • Language Proficiency
  • Work Experience,
  • Applicant’s relation to the province, i.e. through family members, etc.
  • Willingness to settle in the province
  • Adaptability factor
  • Job offer from the province (Not compulsory in few PNPs)

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