An Insight to Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program or PNP intends for Permanent Residency in Canada. The programs are under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, which is formerly the CIC). The Provincial Nominee program develops the economy of the Provinces which nominates applicants who are ready to settle there for positively contributing to the economy.
Under this category, the different Canadian provinces and territories selects the applicants who “Express an Interest” in relocating and settling in a particular Canadian province or territory.
Only few provinces participate in the programs. The provinces which currently offer Provincial Nominations are as below:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Advantage of Provincial Nomination:
Provincial Nomination reduces the application processing time for a “Canadian Immigration Visa”, apart from the Federal Skilled Worker Category of application. The qualifying process of Permanent Residency is through natural selection from a pool of applicants with the highest scores. The scoring factors include education canadian experience etc.
Criteria of an Application:
The criteria for the selection process are:
- Employment offer in the province
- International or Canadian education
- International or Canadian Work experience in critical industries
- English and/or French language skills
- Siblings (Close blood relations) in that province and
- Adaptability to the Province.
***Provinces and territories may add any additional criteria for their own immigration streams at any point of time.
How it works
The Provincial Nominations primarily submitted to the appropriate provincial government office, before applying for a Canada Immigration Visa.
The nomination by the Province/Territory gives no guarantee on the approval of Canadian Immigration Visa. The approval of “Canada Immigration Visa” depends on the decision of IRCC on satisfying it with regard to the Provincial Applicant’s health, genuinity of documents etc.