Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) provide a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for people who wish to immigrate to a specific Canadian province or territory. Every province in Canada and territory (except Quebec) has its own designed PNP that helps them to meet their specific demographic and economic needs.
Each year, the Canadian federal government increases the number of invitations for PNP applicants. These programs are the fastest route to economic immigration to Canada.
Each province, except Quebec, operates several PNP components. Each PNP has different immigration streams customized by the provinces to help meet their unique immigration goals, so eligibility criteria and application procedures vary. However, PNPs are a popular option because they may be the fastest route to permanent residence in Canada.
The federal government makes all decisions regarding permanent residence in Canada, so Canadian provinces cannot approve permanent resident status themselves. Therefore, provincial programs are considered “designated” programs.
A successful PNP candidate will be nominated by the province to apply for permanent residence to the federal government. This means that obtaining a provincial appointment is always the first step in a two-step process. First, an interested immigrant is approved at the provincial level, and then they must apply at the federal level.
Express Entry linked with PNP
If an applicant is nominated through an Express Entry aligned PNP, then they can claim an additional 600 points from the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), virtually guaranteeing that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in the next express entry. draw. In case a skilled immigrant gets a provincial nomination through PNP that is not aligned with Express Entry, then they must submit a paper federal application for permanent residence as a provincial nominee. The processing of paper-based federal permanent residence applications can take significantly longer than electronic Express Entry applications.
How to apply for Canada PNP through the Express Entry program?
First, you create an online account and submit an Express Entry profile. In your Express entry profile, you have to select the province for which you are applying to live in as a permanent residence through PNP.
Once your nomination is electronically confirmed, you will be placed in the Express Entry pool and you will receive an additional 600 points for your CRS score. With these extra points, you are almost guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada!
As all PNPs are different, the application process varies depending on the program in question.
Some PNPs accept applications from qualified applicants at any time, so if you are qualified for the PNP, you can submit whenever you are ready. Some of the provincial nomination programs use a first-come, first-served system, in which they keep the program closed for most of the year, only opening for a few hours at a time when they accept several hundred requests. Some foreign nationals are invited by PNPs to submit applications, either by selecting applicants directly from the Express Entry pool or by asking interested persons to submit a formal expression of interest.
The PNP application process can be confusing and applications may be refused if they are submitted incorrectly or if they are incomplete. Applicants should ensure that applications are correctly completed and submitted through the correct channel.
Canada PNP 2020 Live Update for November
November 24: British Columbia invited 360 applicants to apply to BC PNP in the Express Entry and Skills Immigration categories.
November 19: Prince Edward Island announces that Prince Edward Island PNP has invited 254 applicants in their Labor Impact and Entrepreneur categories.
November 19: Manitoba PNP invited a total of 196 immigrants, through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education streams.
November 19: Saskatchewan invited 551 applicants to apply to SINP, under the International Express Entry and Skilled Worker In-Demand streams.
November 17: British Columbia invited 76 Tech Pilot candidates to apply to the BC PNP, in the Express Entry and Skills Immigration categories.
November 12: Ontario issued 443 Notices of Interest (NOI) to Express Entry applicants under the Human Capital Priorities (HSC) stream.
November 10: British Columbia invited 358 applicants to apply to BC PNP in the Express Entry and Skills Immigration categories.
November 5: Manitoba invited 205 applicants (including 7 Express Entry) to apply to the MPNP, under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education streams.
November 4: Ontario issued 726 Notices of Interest (NOI) to Express Entry candidates under the Francophone Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.
November 3: Saskatchewan invited 534 applicants to apply to SINP, under the International Express Entry and Skilled Worker In-Demand streams.
November 3: British Columbia invited 76 Tech Pilot candidates to apply to BC PNP, in the Express Entry and Skills Immigration categories.