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Provincial Nomination

Provincial nomination is a fast-track option for Canadian permanent residence.

Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are ideal for four types of candidates:

First, individuals who have recently, or currently, working in Canada on a valid work permit. Secondly, candidates who have an expression of interest application submitted to the Express Entry pool and meet the eligibility criteria for an existing Provincial Nominee Program. These specific types of PNP programs select applicants from the federal Express Entry pool based on their qualifications or if they have in-demand work experience. Next, applicants that have some connection to the province they are applying to. This connection could be studies in that province or the candidate has a formal job offer from a Canadian employer. Lastly, in some cases, a family member can assist your sponsorship under a PNP program but you need to meet other requirements. Simply having a family member is not sufficient to make you eligible. This stream allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.

Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and two territories have their own unique way of applying Provincial Nominee Programs. Participating provinces and territories sign agreements with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allow them to select immigrants who meet the requirements that they have set forth.

Canada had been using these programs to more effectively and efficiently welcome newcomers to their region. Each PNP is customized to the province’s/territory’s specific needs to select nominees who will be able to settle into life and work in the region and to effectively contribute to the community.