Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Launched in 1998, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the second leading way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker after Express Entry. Nearly every province and territory operates the PNP to welcome skilled workers from all over the world to help strengthen their economies.
Only the federal government of Canada may issue permanent resident visas, however, provincial nominee programs authorize provinces and territories to nominate particular foreign nationals to apply for their Canadian permanent residency. Provinces and territories nominate applicants based on the labour market and economic needs of each province or territory.
Once an applicant is nominated by a province or territory, he or she will be given a nomination certificate that is to be submitted with their application to the federal government for their Canadian permanent resident visa.
Features of PNP
Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:
Each province and territory possesses its own immigration program with varying criteria, except for Quebec, which has a different system from Canada altogether.
You must demonstrate the skillset and ability to contribute to the economy of the province/territory you are applying to.
Receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate from the province/territory.
A CIC officer will evaluate your application based on the Canadian Immigration requirements.
Indicate sufficient funds to support himself/herself and his/her dependents after arriving in Canada.
Provincial Nominee Program Territories
Currently, there are eleven territories that are participating in the program. Criteria and eligibilities vary depending on the place of nomination.
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