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How the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Works

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) program is run by the Canadian federal immigration authority to invite professionals from all over the world who are qualified, have relevant skills and work experience to work and settle in Canada as permanent residents. The program aims to invite skilled workers who can contribute to strengthen the economy of a specific province/territory.

Each province of Canada has its immigration programs to invite required skilled workers, professionals or other groups of immigrants such as entrepreneurs, students, and semi-skilled workers.

To apply for permanent residency in a specific province of Canada, a candidate is required to first determine which immigration program is suitable for them and then follow a paper-based or an online process through Express Entry. To avoid possible mistakes during the application process, you must take step forward as per the direction of our experienced Immigration Consultants.

These processes include passing a medical exam to deem fit for the country and getting a police verification certificate from the local police station. 

Paper-Based Process:

For the paper-based process; under a non-Express Entry stream, a candidate has to apply to a province for nomination. Additionally, a candidate is required to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the province that nominates them.

After the candidate has been nominated by the province, the next step is to submit a paper application for permanent residence to the federal immigration authority of Canada, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

This application process takes more time compared to Express Entry.

Express Entry Online Process:

There are two ways to apply through the online Express Entry process.

  1. A candidate can connect with the province and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream. Further, when the Canadian province nominates the applicant, they create an Express Entry profile (or update the profile if already have one) to inform the authority of the nomination.
  2. Or A candidate can simply create an Express Entry profile and display interest in immigrating to the preferred province.

Furthermore, a candidate can contact the province directly in case the province or territory sends a “notification of interest” to their account.

When applied through the Express Entry stream, the province may offer the nomination, through the account.