How Does the Provincial Nominee Program Work in Canada?
Updated: May 18
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How does the Provincial Nominee Program work?
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed for those who wish to immigrate to a certain province or territory in Canada. Each province and territory has its own program with different requirements (e.g. the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, etc.). The PNP allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a foreign individual to settle within a particular province of Canada.
Each province and territory has at least one application stream that aligns with the Federal Express Entry system. Provincial nominations issued under Express Entry-aligned streams allow candidates to be awarded an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, thus qualifying them for Express Entry.
To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions for that province/territory’s program.
Who is the Provincial Nominee Program for?
The Provincial Nominee Program is designed 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
Provinces may target applicants with a certain education level, skill set, or work experience.
How to Apply to a Provincial Nominee Program
You can apply for a PNP through either a paper-based application or an online Express Entry application. Depending on the stream you choose to apply to, you will need to select one of these two application types.
Paper-Based Application Process
Apply to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream.
Meet the eligibility requirements of the province that nominates you.
After receiving a nomination, submit a paper application for Permanent Resident to IRCC.
Complete (and pass) a medical exam and get a police check/certificate.
Pay all government fees online (e.g. processing fees, right of permanent residence fee, biometrics fee, third party fees, etc.)
Answer questions truthfully
Sign all forms and be sure forms are not outdated
Include government feed
Include a copy fo the nomination certificate
Include supporting documentation
Mail your application to the correct address
Express-Entry Process: Two Application Methods
Contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under the Express Entry stream.
If you are nominated, create an Express Entry profile (or update your current profile) and show you have been nominated).
Create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in.
If a province or territory send you a Notification of Interest (NOI), contact them directly.
Once you’ve been nominated, you will apply to that province’s Express Entry system and accept their offer electronically.
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