Canada PNP nomination for the Permanent Residency Process
All thirteen Canadian provinces and territories have their immigration programs, known as Canada PNP (Provincial Nominee Programs). Since each province has a different economy, their immigration needs are also unique, and the programs are accordingly designed to fit provincial economic and demographic requirements. A PNP is for workers who have the right skills, education and work experience to significantly contribute to a provincial economy. Each Canadian province, except Quebec, have different PNP streams that are designed to meet the immigration goals of particular province. Each PNP stream has unique requirements that target a specific group of students, business people, skilled workers and semi-skilled workers. Thus, PNPs are a popular option as they provide a fast and easy pathway to Canada's permanent residence. The final decision regarding PR approval is taken at the national level by the federal government of Canada, so any province is not entitled to approve PR status on their behalf. For this reason, a provincial program is considered a "nominee" program. The province nominates any successful immigration candidate under a PNP to submit a final application for Canadian permanent residence to the IRCC under the federal government. This demonstrates that obtaining a provincial nomination always take you a step ahead. As a PR applicant who is approved and nominated by a province, you may apply to the federal level with brighter chances of PR approval. Application options The process of applying for nomination majorly depends on which PNP stream you are applying to. You may need to apply through a paper-based process, or follow an online process via Express Entry. However, no matter which process you choose, you must pass a medical examination and submit a police clearance certificate as a mandatory requirement of the process. About Paper-based processIn order to apply for a provincial nomination through a paper based process, you must:
- Apply under a non-Express Entry aligned stream
- Meet the selection criteria and other key requirements of the province that is nominating you
- Submit a paper application upon being nominated for permanent residence to the IRCC along with required documents and fee
- Pass a medical examination and get a police clearance certificate
Please notethat the overall application processing time is longer than Express Entry and would take approximately 12-18 months. About Express Entry process To apply online via the Express Entry process, you get two options to apply: First option:
- You can directly contact the province and apply for a nomination under its Express Entry aligned stream.
- If the province nominates you, you can create your Express Entry profile or update the profile if you have one and show that you have a nomination.
- You have to create your Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you're interested in.
- If a province or territory finds you eligible, you will get a "notification of interest" in your account so that you can directly contact them.
- Upon obtaining NOI, you can apply to their Express Entry aligned PNP stream.
- If you're nominated, you will get it in your account and accept it electronically.
- Upon acceptance, you'll get 600 additional points added to your overall CRS scores.
Please note,under both the options, you must submit an Express Entry profile, meet the eligibility criteria of both Express Entry and province or territory and submit an electronic PR application to IRCC upon getting an invitation to apply (ITA). Before applying a suitable PNP, find out the current active PNPs using anonline PNP tracker. To discover your Canadian immigration options, talk to our team of advisors on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777.