Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)


Canada is a country dealing with a shortage of highly skilled workforce. To tackle the problem, It attracts lots of immigrants every year. They fo it through different policies and programs. One of these programs is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP allows Canadian provinces to get the skilled workers they need.

In this blog, we will explain who is eligible for Canada Provincial Nominee Program, requirements, application process, FAQs, and more.


What is the Provincial Nominee Program?

Provincial Nominee Program is a subcategory of the Canada Express Entry Program. It allows territories and provinces to deal with their workforce shortage. Each province might need different skilled workers. They find the appropriate applicant, and the government approves them.


Who is Eligible for Provincial Nominee Program?

Each Canadian territory and province has its own needs for the workforce. Provincial Nominee Program allows them to choose the potential candidates. While Manitoba province might need ten math teachers, Alberta could need a few production workers fluent.

To be eligible for a Provincial Nominee Program, applicants have to:

  • Apply for a permanent residence visa for Canada.
  • Live and work in a particular province that needs them.
  • Hold the required:

The authorities evaluate candidates’ resumes and status. They consider their needs and candidates. After that,  they nominate the most suitable applicants.


What Canadian Provinces Provide Provincial Nominee Program?

The Canadian provinces that provide Provide Provincial Nominee Program are as follows:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

When you want to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program, you must visit each province’s website. You have to read the instructions set by the authorities and contact them. If you meet the requirements, they will contact you.

Please note that Quebec province has its law for immigration. It gets called Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers Program. In case you are interested to live in Quebec, you have to apply through QSWP.


What is Canada Express Entry Program (CEE)?

Express Entry Program is an immigration policy in Canada. It allows the government to bring skilled workers from all around the world. In the CEE program, people submit their resume/CV to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website. The authorities rate applicants and choose people with the highest score.

There are different programs available in Canada Express Entry as follows:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)


What are the Requirements for the Provincial Nominee Program?

To apply for the Provincial Nominee Program, you must gather a few requirements. They are as follows:

  • Passport
  • Photo. The photo you provide must be according to the photo requirements set by Canadian authorities.
  • Formal nomination certificate from a Canadian province.
  • Proof to be fluent in English/French
  • Birth certificates.
  • Marriage or divorce certificate (if applicable)
  • Death certificate for former spouse/ partner (if applicable).
  • If you have children you should provide:
    • birth certificate
    • adoption papers
    • proof of custody.
  • Clean record from Police. You should provide it from every country you have lived for more than six months.
  • In case you have a common-law partner, you must provide:
    • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union
    • evidence that you have lived together for at least one year. You could provide shared;
      • apartment lease
      • bills
      • address on documents


Provincial Nominee Program Application Process

The application process for the Provincial Nominee Program has two steps. The first step is to get acceptance from a Canadian province. If one of the provinces nominate you, you have to apply for a permanent residence to the federal government.

There are two ways you can apply for a PNP:

A. You can contact directly to the provinces to see whether they nominate you or not. When they nominate you, you put the information in the IRCC profile.

B. You announce you are interested in moving to a few provinces. When one of the selected provinces nominated you, you contact them directly. Now you have to apply through Express Entry.

You can go through the following steps to apply for a PNP:

1. Figure out you are eligible or not

You should visit the Canadian province website to check eligibility and requirements. You can find the list in the above part. Please note the requirements and eligibility standards are different for each province.

2. Application

If you are eligible, you should submit the application to the authorities. You must create a profile in the IRCC website.

3. Receiving nomination

When the authorities approve you, they will send you a formal nomination certificate. It lets you begin the next steps.

4. Applying for permanent residence

At this stage, you must apply for permanent residence to the Canadian federal government. You must do it through the IRCC website online. If your nomination was through Express Entry, you should apply through Express Entry.

5. Processing

When you complete everything, you have to wait. Wait until officials process your application. When everything gets approved, the authorities inform you of the following procedures.


Processing Time for Provincial Nominee Program

The processing time for a PNP has two phases. The first is to get a nomination letter from a Canadian province. The second is to the application process for permanent residence from the Federal government.

Please note that the processing time through Express entry is faster, about six months. However, applying directly through a Canadian province could take one to two years.

You could also use the IRCC processing Time Tool to check how long is needed for processing.


Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Fees

Applicants have to pay a total amount of  C$1,040 for PNP. It includes:

  • C$550 for visa processing
  • C$490 for permanent residence fee.


Let’s sum up…

In this blog, we explained all you need to know about Canada Provincial Nominee Program.

We have covered who is eligible for PNP, requirements, application process, the Canadian provinces provide PNP, FAQs, and more.

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