A scheme for Canadian citizens seeking permanent residency in a province or territory is known as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The provincial nominee program differs in each province or territory in Canada and is created to satisfy the requirements of the regional labor market.

The number of immigrants accepted for permanent residence via PNPs has grown as a result of increases in federal government appropriations throughout time. Between 2020 and 2022, Canada hopes to accept nearly 200,000 immigrants through PNP.

How many PNPs are there in Canada?

Below are major PNPs of Canada. Every Province and Major territory of Canada has their PNP with a different major stream:

1.Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Foreign Applicants have three different streams under Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program which are:

  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Applicants are required to meet the eligibility of the program and show the intention to live and settled in the province.

2.British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Under the following streams, applicants can seek their nominations.

  • Skills Immigration
  • BC Express Entry
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

These streams are for International Graduates, Target Skilled workers, and Professionals who have qualifications, experience, and skills needed for the PNP.

3.Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

The MPNP invites mostly skilled workers, graduates, and business people along with their families to settle in Canada as Permanent Residents. They have to show the intention and ability to settle and establish themselves economically in Manitoba. Following are the streams

  • Skilled workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled workers Overseas
  • International Education
  • Business Investor
4.Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario PNP nominates foreign employees, foreign students, and entrepreneurs who have the necessary training, expertise, and desire to live permanently in the province. The following streams are accepting nominations under the economic immigration program of the province of Ontario:

  • Employer Job Offer in any in-Demand Skill Stream
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream
  • French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Skilled Trade Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream
5.Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

SINP enables non-Canadians to get a PR visa, come to Canada, and establish themselves permanently in the province. The following categories are available to immigration applicants under the PNP:

  • International Skilled Worker
  • Entrepreneur and Farm
  • Saskatchewan Experience
6.Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

The Prince Edward Island provincial government specifically targets candidates with the required qualifications. The qualifying applicants get a provincial nomination certificate, which they may use to apply to the federal government of Canada for a PR visa.

The following immigration categories are open to nominations under the PEI PNP:

  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Business Impact Category
  • Labor Impact Category
7.New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP)

The people of New Brunswick are unusual in Canada in that they speak two languages. Approximately 30% of persons are native French speakers. Several cities may be found in New Brunswick, such as Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John. NBPNP is the province's Provincial Nominee Program, which offers nominations to immigration candidates who meet the necessary qualifications in terms of education and work experience. The following streams are eligible for nomination by the province:

  • Skilled worker with employer support
  • Express Entry Labor market stream
  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Post Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
8.Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)

The province is made up of the island of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is linked to the mainland. With the assistance of its natural resources and energy, the province has recently seen significant economic growth. Foreign nationals looking to immigrate may use the PNP to request a nomination from the provincial government.

The following immigration categories are eligible for NLPNP nominations:

  • Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • Skilled Worker
9.Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program in Nova Scotia nominates qualified professionals, entrepreneurs, foreign graduates, and skilled workers for permanent residency in the province. The following immigration streams are open to applicants via NSNP:

  • Occupations in Demand
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Physician
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Nova Scotia Labor market priorities
  • Labor market priorities as physicians
10.Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

The Yukon Provincial Nomination Program enables qualifying companies in the territory to recommend foreign employees and entrepreneurs with international business training for permanent residency in the Canadian territory. YNP has the following streams:

  • Yukon Express Entry
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Skilled Worker
  • Business Nominee

Canada PNP Eligibility

Eligibility requirements for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) differ from province to province.

PNPs are often designed to draw people who can readily contribute to the economy and have a high likelihood of staying in that province since they are a component of an economic immigration plan. As a consequence, several PNPs give priority to immigrants with a work history in fields where there is a need in the province. Other PNPs favor foreigners who have ties to the province, like as a family, since this enhances the likelihood that they will stay.

Young candidates who have great language abilities, a high level of education, and competent job experience are more likely to succeed, as is the case with most economic immigration schemes.

Each PNP has distinct "immigration" streams that are each created to target immigrants with certain skill sets.

How to apply for Provisional Nominee Program?

The basic ways to get Canada's provincial nomination program are as follows:

  • Step 1: Verify your PNP eligibility Look through the list of PNPs stated above to see which PNPs you qualify for.
  • Step 2: Submit your application - Following your choice of the PNP, you must submit your request for a nomination by your province.
  • Step 3: Obtain your provincial nomination certificate. If the provincial authority finds that your application qualifies for permanent residence, the province will nominate you.
  • Step 4: Submit your PR Visa Application You must submit your Canada PR Visa application to IRCC together with your province nomination. You may apply online if your PNP is compatible with the expedited entry program; otherwise, you must submit a paper application.

Making a Canada PNP application via the Express Entry system

Create a profile on the Express Entry website and submit it. You must state in your profile that a Canadian province or territory nominated you.

You will be added to the Express Entry pool after your provincial nomination is approved, and your CRS score will increase by 600 points. You are essentially certain of getting an ITA for a Canada PR visa with thus many additional points.

Paper-based application for the Canada PNP

With the expedited entry program, you must apply with a paper-based approach if your PNP is not online.

You may submit your application form for Canadian permanent residency to IRCC along with a PCC and a medical assessment certificate after you have received a provincial nomination.

When using express input systems, paper-based procedures take a lot longer than online procedures. While a permanent residence application filed via Express Entry typically takes 6 months to complete, a paper application typically takes 18 months.

Provincial Nominee Express Entry Program

The majority of PNPs have an "enhanced" immigration stream that enables the provinces to explore the Express Entry pool of the federal government for qualified immigrants who can fill the demands of the labor market. Candidates for the Express entrance program may then apply for a provincial nomination in this manner.

Express entrance applicants get 600 CRS points to their profile after receiving a provincial nomination certificate, guaranteeing them an ITA in the subsequent rounds of invitation.

Processing time for PNP

Whether you applied via non-express entry linked streams or express entry linked streams will affect how quickly your PNP application is processed.

The initial application to the province and extra processing time for the IRCC's PR Visa application make up the total processing time for the Canada PNP.

The majority of provinces now process documents in a few months or even weeks. The processing period for streams connected to Express Entry ranges from 6 to 8 months. The processing time for non-Express Entry applications (paper-based) at the federal level normally ranges from one to two years.

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