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Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a way for people to become permanent residents in a Canadian province or territory. Each province or territory in Canada has its own PNP to help with local job needs.

How to apply for the Pnp in Canada?

Here are the simple steps:

  • Check if you qualify - Look at the list of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to see which one you can apply for.
  • Fill out your application - Once you've chosen a PNP, send in your application to be considered for provincial nomination.
  • Wait for approval - If the province accepts your application, they'll give you a certificate to show you've been nominated for permanent residency.
  • Apply for your PR Visa - With your nomination, you can apply for your Permanent Residency (PR) Visa through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You might be able to apply online if your PNP is part of the Express Entry program, otherwise, you'll need to apply by mail.

Applying for Canada's PNP Methods

If you're applying for Canada's Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and it's not online with Express Entry, you'll need to apply using paper forms.

After you receive a provincial nomination, you can send your paper application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC along with a police clearance certificate and a medical exam report.

Paper applications usually take longer than online ones through Express Entry. On average, it takes 18 months to process a paper application, while online ones take about 6 months.

How many PNPs are there in Canada?

Every province or territory in Canada has its own PNP with different ways for immigrants to apply.

Here are the main ones:

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):

This program in Alberta offers nominations to foreign applicants in three different streams:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Applicants must meet the requirements of the program and show they plan to live in Alberta.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP):

In British Columbia PNP, people can apply for approval under different categories:

  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry BC
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

These categories are for skilled workers, international students who finished their studies, and professionals who have the needed qualifications and experience for BC PNP.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):

MPNP welcomes recent graduates, skilled workers, and business owners, along with their families, to live in Canada permanently. They must plan to settle and build their lives in Manitoba, contributing to its economy.

The PNP has different groups:

  • People with skills in Manitoba
  • Skilled workers from other countries
  • Students from around the world
  • Investors in businesses

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP):

The Ontario PNP picks people from other countries who have the right education, skills, and experience, and want to live in Ontario forever. They choose them for permanent residency.

Ontario's economic immigration program is open for these streams:

  • Getting a job offer from an employer with in-demand skills.
  • Graduating with a Ph.D.
  • Speaking French well and having skilled work.
  • Having good human qualities that Ontario needs.
  • Having skills in trades that are in demand.
  • Being an entrepreneur.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):

SINP lets people from other countries move to Canada and live there forever with a PR visa.

There are three categories they can apply for:

  • People with skills from other countries
  • People who have lived in Saskatchewan
  • Entrepreneurs and farmers

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP):

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) aims to attract skilled and experienced individuals. If chosen, the provincial government gives them a certificate. With this certificate, they can apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Federal Government.

The PEI PNP offers nominations in three categories:

  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Labour Impact Category
  • Business Impact Category

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP):

New Brunswick is a special place in Canada because people here speak two languages. About 30 percent of the population speak French as their first language. There are several cities in New Brunswick, like Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John. NBPNP is a program in the province that helps people who want to move here. If you have the right skills and experience, you can apply for nomination through this program.

There are Multiple methods you can apply:

  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Entrepreneurial Stream

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP):

The Provincial Nominee Program in Nova Scotia extends nominations to qualified skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs, and professionals seeking permanent residency in the province.

NSNP receives applications for various immigration streams, including:

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  • Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
  • Physician Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Occupations in Demand Stream
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream
  • Canadian PR through the Express Entry system

Make an account online and fill out an Express Entry form. On the form, say you got nominated by a province or territory in Canada. When they confirm your nomination, you'll join the Express Entry group and get 600 more points for your score. These points make it very likely you'll get invited for a Canada PR Visa.

Express Entry PNP:

Many provinces have a special way for skilled immigrants to come in called an "enhanced" immigration stream. This helps provinces find people with skills needed for jobs. These immigrants can then apply for a provincial nomination through the Express Entry program run by the federal government. If they get nominated by a province, they get 600 points added to their profile. This almost guarantees them an invitation to apply for permanent residency in the next rounds of invitations.

How Long does it Takes to Get a PNP in Canada

Getting a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada can take different amounts of time depending on how you applied.

When you apply for a PNP through Express Entry linked streams, it usually takes about 6 to 8 months. But if you apply through non-Express Entry linked streams (using paper forms), it could take around 1 to 2 years.

This total processing time includes applying to the province and then applying for Permanent Resident (PR) Visa through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Many provinces have made their processing times shorter, sometimes just a few months or even weeks.


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