Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) provide a unique pathway to immigrate to Canada. PNPs are fast-track Canadian immigration programs.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are established to suffice the immigration requirements of the participating province or territory. All provinces of Canada (except Quebec, which has its own immigration programs) as well as territories (except Nunavut) has their own Provincial or Territorial Nominee Programs. The participating provinces and territories sign agreements with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) enabling them to select candidates from the Express Entry pool that meets their requirements. Once a candidate receives the “Provincial Nomination Certificate”, he or she is required to make a separate application to IRCC. Provincial Nominee Programs can be classified into 2:
Regular Nominations: These are provincial nominee programs that are not Express Entry aligned. That is, the candidate selection and subsequent application processing happens at provincial levels, depending on the program’s timelines and criteria defined by the provincial government alone. They are also known as “base nominations”. To know more about the correlation between Express Entry and Provincial Nominations, click here.
Enhanced Nominations: Every participating province or territory has at least one immigration program/stream that is Express Entry aligned. Enhanced Nominee Programs are provincial nominee programs that are Express Entry aligned. The provincial and territorial governments have visibility into the Express Entry pool through these programs. When a province or territory nominates an individual (based on his or her credentials and/or circumstances and/or interests), he or she receives the provincial or territorial nomination certificate. Once the candidate has a provincial or territorial nomination certificate, he or she can apply for Canadian permanent residence based on the nomination. Successful applicants will receive 600 points to their Express Entry profile, triggering an Invitation to Apply (ITA). To learn more about the correlation between PNPs and Express Entry, click here.
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Available Provincial/Territorial Nominee Programs (PNPs)