Most of the provinces of Canada hold immigration programs to fulfil local skill shortage by nominating candidates and increasing their chances for Canada PR visa.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a pathway to Canadian permanent residence. Canadian PNP program is a way through which the provinces of Canada (except Quebec) can select candidates who are interested in migrating to Canada in that particular province. Quebec has its own selection system for immigrants. The program through which the Quebec nominates immigrants is Quebec skilled worker program (QSWP). Thus, the provinces of Canada other than Quebec are allowed to nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These immigrants must be skilled educated and must have a work experience that can contribute to the economy of that province or territory, and must want to live there. Each province and territory of Canada except Quebec has its immigration programs to nominate certain groups and criteria for their own PNP. These immigration programs can target students, business people, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers for their PNP. In other words it can be said that the PNP allows each province and territory to attract new immigrants that have the precise skills, work experience, and knowledge required to meet the local labor market needs of their distinct economy.
Each PNP has at least one immigration stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Through these streams, the candidates who are selected in Express Entry are awarded an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
Following are the provinces that have their own PNP:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Know about: Nova Scotia PNP
There are two ways through which you can apply for PNP and the eligibility criteria are different for both the ways. Those two ways are mentioned below:
Both ways are different in every aspect from each other and your eligibility criteria for PNP depends on the way through which you are applying for.
The paper-based (non-Express Entry streams)
Express Entry (Express Entry streams) process
If you are applying through the paper-based (non-Express Entry streams), then you must meet the following requirements:
- You must meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams.
- You must be nominated under that stream.
If you are applying through the Express Entry (Express Entry streams) process, then you must meet the following requirements:
- You must meet the minimum requirements of a province or territory’s Express Entry PNP stream.
- You must be nominated under that stream.
- You must create an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including the requirements of one of the immigration programs it covers.
How to apply for PNP?
The PNP program is a way through which an applicant can migrate to the province in which the applicant is interested in migrating to. This program is an opportunity for an applicant to choose the province while immigrating to Canada and based on their skills, education and work experience, the provinces will nominate applicants to apply for PNP for that particular province.
If you are eligible skilled, educated and experienced applicant, then you can apply for Canada immigration through PNP. You can select the province in which you are interested in migrating to. So kindly consult the best immigration consultant for your immigration process.
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