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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

PNP Canada programs allow Canadian provinces to nominate people for immigration to their province based on criteria established by the province. Successful candidates receive a provincial nomination, which can subsequently be used to apply for permanent residency with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Applicants for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) work visas in Canada benefit from a quick visa application process. In order to be eligible for the PNP, applicants must have the appropriate skills, education, job experience, and a passing language exam result for semi-skilled or low-skilled crafts or professions.

A Canadian province or territory must propose an applicant to be eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program. Many Canadian provinces have made an agreement with the federal government to carry out their prerogative of selecting immigrant workers who wish to settle in their province.

Provinces and Territories (Click on the names for details)

Each province and territory in Canada has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that is tailored to their economic and demographic needs. Because program requirements and application procedures differ widely between provinces, interested applicants should check with each one to see if they are eligible

Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada implemented Express Entry in 2015 as a system for managing permanent residence applications through the same major economic immigration programs. Since then, numerous provinces and territories in Canada have created ‘enhanced’ PNP streams that are compatible with Express Entry. This means that in order to achieve the PNP eligibility standards, some PNPs require an applicant to have an Express Entry profile.

If an application is nominated through a PNP that is Express Entry-aligned, the applicant can earn 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, virtually ensuring that they will obtain an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. Alternatively, if an applicant receives a nomination through a PNP that is not associated with Express Entry, they must apply for permanent residence as a provincial nominee using a paper-based federal application. Paper-based permanent residence applications can take much longer to process than computerized Express Entry applications.


PNP qualifying criteria differ from province to province. Because PNPs are part of an economic immigration policy, they are usually designed to attract people who can quickly contribute to the economy and are likely to stay in the province. As a result, several PNPs give preference to immigrants with experience in in-demand occupations in their province. Other PNPs prefer immigrants who have a personal link to the province, such as a relative, because they are more likely to stay.

Young applicants with great language skills, high levels of education, and skilled work experience, as with most economic immigration programs, are more likely to succeed.

Otherwise, the above-mentioned list of PNPs must be consulted to determine the qualifying criteria for each program individually.

Requirements For PNP Visa 

Each PNP in Canada has its own set of requirements. Applicants with job experience that fulfills the criteria of their specific labor market are frequently sought by provinces and territories.

They also take linguistic ability, education, and skill set into account. To be eligible, you must show that you will be able to contribute to the local economy and that you are serious about settling in that province or territory.

How To Apply 

The following is a step-by-step approach to applying for a Canadian PNP:

Choose the PNP that’s best for you: To identify where you want to immigrate, look at the list of provinces and territories at the top of this page. Check the qualifying conditions for each PNP to see whether you qualify.

Apply to the PNP of your choice: Directly apply to the province or territory of your choice. Obtain a Certificate of Provincial Nomination: If your application is approved, the province or territory will propose you for permanent residence in Canada.

Obtain a Certificate of Provincial Nomination: If your application is approved, the province or territory will propose you for permanent residence in Canada.

Submit your permanent residency application: Make an application for permanent residence with the Canadian federal government. You can do this online if your preferred PNP is compatible with Express Entry. If you don’t have a computer, you’ll need to fill out a paper application.

Applying through the paper-based process

If you are applying to a PNP that is not aligned with Express Entry, you must use the paper-based application process.

You can submit your paper application for Canadian permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada after being nominated by a Canadian province or territory.

You must also pass a background check and a medical checkup. Paper-based applications take substantially longer to process than Express Entry-submitted electronic applications. A permanent residence application submitted through Express Entry takes an average of 6 months to process, while a paper-based application takes an average of 18 months to process.

Applying through the Express Entry Process

Create an account and fill up a profile for Express Entry. You must state in your profile that you were nominated by a Canadian province or territory.

You will be placed in the Express Entry pool and given an additional 600 points towards your CRS score after your nomination has been confirmed electronically. With these extra points, you’re almost certain to get an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada!

Because each PNP is unique, the application process differs based on the program. Some PNPs accept applications at any time from qualified applicants, so if you’re eligible, you can apply whenever you’re ready. Other PNPs operate on a first-come, first-served basis, with the program remaining closed for the most of the year and only opening for a few hours at a time to take hundreds of applications. Finally, some PNPs welcome foreign nationals to apply, either by selecting candidates directly from the Express Entry pool or by requiring applicants to file a formal Expression of Interest.

The PNP application procedure can be complicated, and applications that are filed erroneously or incompletely may be rejected. Applicants should be careful to complete their applications correctly and submit them via the proper channels.

We are able to find the most appropriate immigration program for each particular case, guiding each candidate through the entire process and ensuring that all documentation is in order to give Canada immigration applicants the best chance of success.

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