The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an immigration program created by the Canadian government to allow skilled foreign workers to immigrate to Canada while meeting the unique needs of each of the participating provinces and territories.
Its goal is to utilize the skills of those who want to become a Canadian Permanent Resident to further develop the community in which they will be living in Canada.
Because the needs of each Canadian province and territory is different, the application procedure may vary from province to province as well.
Nonetheless, a foreign worker will generally apply to a PNP and if he or she receives a provincial nomination, the next major step will be to apply for Permanent Residency with the national Canadian immigration agency.
In terms of its immigration policies, Canada has one of the more progressive policies in the world, with the government seeking to admit hundreds of thousands of immigrants per year. Moreover, Canada has been named as one of the best countries to live in by the United Nations and several large surveys of expat workers from around the globe.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is just one of the more positive immigration programs that Canada has in place that makes the process easier and more efficient for both the Canadian immigration agency and the foreign skilled workers it wants to attract.
Some of the other benefits of immigrating to Canada are:
Anyone who meets the minimum requirements of the province or territory they are applying to can apply to be nominated to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
However, as each province and territory has different requirements, an applicant must first check out what they are to ensure that they qualify. Also, take note that Quebec is excluded from the provinces and territories that participate in the PNP as they have their own immigration program, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
Although the requirements for each territory or province may vary, there are some common qualifications that an applicant must possess to become eligible for nomination. They are as follows:
There are two application processes for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – the traditional paper-based or non-Express Entry system and the online Express Entry process.
Although they both fall under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), they possess differences such as the length of processing time, the requirements needed, among others.
When applying through the traditional non-Express Entry system, the applicant must undergo the following steps:
Applicants must fill out the form correctly and honestly, because any dishonesty found in their application will be grounds for refusal, dismissal, and being banned from applying again up to five years.
It should be noted that this traditional PNP application method has a longer processing time than the online Express Entry system.
If an applicant wants a speedier process, then they may apply via the Express Entry system, which has two PNP options to choose from:
Whichever process they undergo, the foreign worker must still meet the qualifications required by their chosen province or territory AND submit an Express Entry online profile that showcases their eligibility. Should the applicant receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the federal Canadian immigration agency, they will have 60 days to submit an electronic application to become a Permanent Resident of Canada, including all the of the supporting documents, and pay the governmental fees. A visa decision is normally made in six months or less when the application is made through the Express Entry system. If approved for Express Entry, the applicant and his or her family will immigrate to Canada and settle in the province or territory that sponsored them to start their new lives as Canadian Permanent Residents!
DISCLAIMER: This information is not and should not be considered as expert or professional advice.