Explore Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs
The government of Canada made an agreement with the provincial government, under which local provinces can nominate prospective immigrants who are willing to settle permanently in any particular province or territory of Canada. To apply for Canadian permanent residency through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), candidates must choose a province they wish to live and work.
Different provinces nominate applicants considering the labour market needs and assessing the candidate’s intention to move in the province.
Moreover, Canadian immigration plays an essential role for many provinces to boost economies, emphasize on the growth of key industries in the region, and back the ageing population.
Below are the provinces and territories that invite applications through PNP:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
Note: The province of Quebec has its separate immigration selection system and a points-based system distinct from other provinces in the country.
What is a Provincial Nominee Program?
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) help boosts the economic growth of the provinces by speeding up the immigration process depending upon the requirements set by different provinces. There are two types of PNPs:
Skilled Worker PNP:
This program enables skilled workers to immigrate to Canada quickly if they have an employment offer from a local business in an in-demand occupation or business sector of the province,
Business Immigration Program:
Many business immigration PNPs offers a fast-track pathway to the applicants who do one or a combination of the below:
- Makes an investment
- Sets up a new business
- Undertake a joint venture with an existing business in the province
For applications under PNP, the process starts with the approval of the application by the province, and generally, this step is completed quickly. The processing time taken by the province can range between two weeks to nine months. Usually, the PNP approval is referred to as receiving a Provincial Nomination.
After receiving a provincial nomination, the next step is taking federal approval, which includes medical, police, and security checks. Generally, federal approval ranges between six to eight months, varying for different immigration cases. However, after receiving a provincial nomination, the candidate can obtain a work visa on a priority basis through PNP, before immigrating to Canada.