How To Immigrate To Canada Using Provincial Nomination Program

To offer more and better immigration opportunities, Canadian provinces have signed up an agreement with the Canadian government under the Using Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). This program gives right to each of the provinces to nominate immigrants based on the unique set skills requires of the province.

Eligible immigrants must possess the skills, education as well as work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory, and must be be interested in living there. However, if there is a specific province that is experiencing a shortage of skilled teachers, that province will set the preference for the applicants who fulfil the criteria of a professional teacher. The steps listed below will guide you on how to immigrate to Canada using PNP.

Determine Your Eligibility:

The eligibility requirement for this program can change without prior notice. Thus, if you are nominated under the non-Express Entry Stream, you must meet the following:

  • you need to apply through the paper-based process, and
  • if your eligibility is confirmed and you are nominated by the province or territory, you will send an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

If you are nominated under a province or territory’s Express Entry stream:

  • You must meet their eligibility requirements
  • You must meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry. This also includes the requirements of at least one of the immigration programs it covers.

You are allowed to use the “Come to Canada” online tool to ascertain your eligibility. If you’ve been sent an invitation to apply for a permanent residence, you will need to submit an online application to IRCC.

Apply For The Provincial Nomination Program:

To apply for the Provincial Nomination Program, applicant must first:

  • Apply to a province or territory for a nomination,
  • Be nominated by that province or territory, then
  • Apply to IRCC to become a permanent resident.

Applicant will be required to complete an Express Entry profile under a PNP Express Entry Stream and show that he/she meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry.

Check Processing Times:

You should find out how long it will take IRCC to process your application under the paper-based process (non-Express Entry streams). If you are applying through Express Entry streams, most complete applications for permanent residence will be processed in six months or less. Since Express Entry is a new system, average processing times are not yet available.

After You Apply: Get Next Steps:

Get more information on what happens after you apply to come to Canada as a provincial nominee.

 Prepare For Arrival:

Do a research to find out more on what to expect when you come to Canada. You can see the requirements for the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program if you wish to apply to this province.