The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and settle in a specific province or territory. Each province and territory has its own PNP with unique eligibility criteria and application processes.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how the PNP works:
1. Determine Eligibility: To apply as a provincial nominee, you must meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams and be nominated under that stream.
2. Apply to the Specific Province or Territory: You must apply to the specific province or territory where you wish to settle. Each province and territory has its own set of immigration programs, and they may open at different times of the year and for different durations.
3. Receive a Nomination: If your application is successful, you will receive a nomination from the province or territory. This nomination can significantly increase your chances of obtaining permanent residence, as it awards you an additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used by Express Entry.
4. Apply for Permanent Residence: Once you’ve been nominated by a province or territory, you can apply for permanent residence through either the Express Entry system or the non-Express Entry process, depending on the specific PNP stream.
5. Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA): If you receive an ITA, you can apply for a Permanent Residency visa.
6. Complete the Application: After receiving an invitation, you get 60 days to fill out your application form in order to qualify for immigration to a particular province.
It’s important to note that many PNPs have streams aligned with the federal Express Entry system, which manages applications for permanent residence under three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
It is important to refer to the official websites of the respective provinces and territories for detailed and up-to-date information on their PNPs.