Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The workers who can take part in this program include:
• Workers who want to live in that province.
• Workers who wish to obtain Canadian permanent residency.
• Workers who can contribute to the economy of a specific territory or province with their education, skills, and work experience.
Each province and territory has its own immigration programs and requirements targeted at specific groups. For example, the program pool of a province or territory may be targeted towards:
• Semi-skilled workers
• People who plan to do business
• Skilled workers
Understanding the options for applying for PNP
The method of application depends upon the Provincial Nominee Program pool you are sending your application to. There is an option for the online process, and it’s through the Express Entry. On the other hand, you can choose to select the paper-based process if it is more suitable.
A medical exam and a police check (certificate) is also a requirement, and no matter where you plan to reside in Canada, you must pass these checks.
Express Entry Process
As stated previously, this is the online Express Entry Process, and there are two methods of applying:
• If the province or territory nominates you, you create an Express Entry profile. Or, if you already have an existing Express Entry profile, you can simply update it, and show that a province or territory has nominated you.
• You can apply for a nomination under an Express Entry pool by contacting the province or territory.
• You can contact the province or territories directly if they send you a “notification of interest” to your account.
• You can show the provinces and territories you are interested in, by creating an Express Entry profile.
• You can apply to their Express Entry pool: The province will offer you an
Express Entry electronically through your account if you are nominated.
In both scenarios:
• You must submit an electronic application to IRCC if you are invited to apply.
• You must meet the province or territories eligibility requirements.
• You must be eligible for one of the immigration programs covered by the Express Entry, and you must submit an Express Entry profile, including meeting the minimum criteria for Express Entry.
In this process:
• A medical exam and a police check (certificate) is a requirement, and no matter where you plan to reside in Canada, you must pass these checks.
• The time of processing the paper-based is longer when compared to the Express Entry process.
• The application process to a province or territory is under a non-Express Entry pool.
• Upon nomination, you are required to submit a paper application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence (PR).
Select a province or territory
As part of the Canada Express Entry Eligibility Requirements, to be nominated by a territory or province, you must contact them directly and follow the instructions on their website.
It’s important to understand that the criteria by province and territory can vary and change without prior notice.
Alberta – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)
is run by both the Alberta government and the federal government. This program allows nominated persons to apply for Canadian permanent residency together with their spouse or partner by common-law and dependent children. To ensure eligibility for a Canadian permanent residency, the program nominees must meet the following federal checks.
• Security checks
• Medical checks
• Criminal checks
• British Columbia (BC)
British Columbia’s Nominee Program offers three ways that you can become a permanent resident in B.C. Application to these three depends on your international student status, National Occupational Classification skill level, or job level. The three pathways to becoming a B.C permanent resident are:
Entrepreneur Immigration: This category is for experienced entrepreneurs who intend to manage a business in B.C actively. The invitation system is based on points, and applicants must ensure they have the personal funds and investments required.
Express Entry BC: For this category, you do not require B.C work experience. However, you must possess relevant work experience and meet other education and language requirements.
Skills Immigration: International students or potential residents who are skilled or semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in British Columbia are eligible for this pathway. Just like the entrepreneur immigration, this category uses a points-based invitation system. If you intend to obtain permanent residency, then you need to register and apply online for the BC PNP and follow the paper application process.
If you plan to study in this province, then there are a few processes for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). You would be required to go through the following procedure:
• Permanent Resident application
• Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) issuance
• Expression of Interest (EOI) submission
• Procedural fairness
• Nomination and withdrawal of nomination
• MPNP application submission.
There are several policies and terms that are required:
• Settlement funds and LICO
• Eligible dependents
• Language proficiency
• Immigration representatives
• Commitment to settle in Manitoba
• Manitoba Capital Region
• Truthful and correct information
• Information change requests and information accuracy
• Change in your contact information
• Document translation
• Important Program Terms
• New Brunswick
This stream is concerned about Foreign Nationals who embody the education, work experience, and skills that can contribute to the New Brunswick’s economy. To gain entree into this Express Entry method, you will need to have a full intent to live and work permanently in the province. You will also be required to meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the program and have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick’s Employer.
• Newfoundland and Labrador
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that’s designed to assist immigrants with skills and their families, to come work and reside in Newfoundland and Labrador. To gain entree into Newfoundland and Labrador, you will need to have a full intent to live and work permanently in the province. You will also be required to meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the program and have a genuine job offer in order to be nominated. This program is more explanatory as it provides the applicants with an immigration officer that is dedicated to this purpose and who will remain available for further program explanations and processes until you receive their status of permanent residency.
• Northwest Territories
• Nova Scotia
To move to the beautiful Nova Scotia, you would be required to apply to a Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream. The NSNP ensures that immigrants with the necessary skills and experience are nominated by Nova Scotia to immigrate.
• The different NSNP streams to review that determine your qualification include:
• Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
• Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
• International Graduate Entrepreneur
• Skilled Worker
• Occupations in Demand
• Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
• Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
To move to Ontario, you would be required to apply to an Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Applications can be accepted under the following streams:
• Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
• Ph.D. Graduate Stream
• French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
• Human Capital Priorities Stream
• Skilled Trades Stream
• Entrepreneur Stream
• Prince Edward Island (PEI)
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is responsible for nominating individuals to the federal government who wish to apply for permanent residence. Individuals are chosen based on their ability to add economic value and their intention to live and work in PEI. Essential needs that are being met by the PEI PNP are filling the loopholes in their labour market and doing their best to attract entrepreneurs.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers you a way to immigrate or move to Canada. Through the SINP, Saskatchewan:
1. Nominates successful applicants to the federal government for them to gain a Canadian permanent residence.
2. Sends an invitation to non-Canadians who intend to make Saskatchewan their home.
For you to be eligible to apply to the Yukon Nominee Program, you will need to be a business owner, and your application is meant to hire foreign workers to fill a permanent or full-time job with a permanent resident. The Government of Yukon does not recruit workers. As a foreign worker, you can bring a spouse or common-law partner and dependent children under the age of 18 to Yukon, if approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).