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    What is the Canadian PNP program?

    Canada PNP program is a great alternative to a Canadian Federal skilled worker visa (PR). The provincial nominee programs are helpful to:

    1) Candidates who cannot meet the minimum criteria to qualify for the PR visa of Canada.

    2) Applicants who cannot score enough (CRS) to receive an invitation to apply in the Express Entry Pool to proceed for the final stage.

    The Canadian PNP program allows the provincial government to select the immigrants they need for the province or territory. It also offers applicants the opportunity to become permanent residents.

    With a suitable Provincial nomination, you have more chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA). When you receive the ITA, you can apply for a Permanent Residency visa.

    Top 4 Canada PNPs

    PNP programs are an initiative by the provincial governments to select qualified individuals to contribute to specific provinces and offers them the opportunity to become permanent residents of Canada.

    Alberta View
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    Alberta

    The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) has streams and pathways through which the applicants can quickly relocate to the provine...

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    British Columbia View
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    British Columbia

    British Columbia PNP program selects applicants as per the provincial requirements of British Columbia. The candidate is chosen as per t...

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    Manitoba View
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    Manitoba

    Manitoba PNP program allows skilled foreign workers to immigrate to Manitoba province to meet the high in-demand occupation's labor mark...

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    Nova Scotia View
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    Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia PNP Program Is One Of The Most Popular Programs Of Immigration. There Are Different Selection Streams For The Program. An Ap...

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    Ontario View
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    Ontario PNP Criteria Require Meeting The Point Score, ‘Determined By The Director’. The Applicant Can Migrate Through Different Streams ...

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    Quebec View
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    For Quebec Immigration Under The Quebec Skilled Worker Program, There Is No Valid Job Offer Required From A Quebec Employer. The Applica...

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    Saskatchewan

    The Saskatchewan Immigration Nomination Program is designed to help the Saskatchewan province meet the labor market as per 8th high dema...

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    Which provinces are part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

    The provinces that are part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are:

    The different immigration programs under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program are:

    Skilled Immigration

    • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category
    • International Graduate, Canadian Degree Category
    • The health Care Professional Category
    • The Skilled Worker Category
    • International Post-Graduate, BC Degree Category

    Business Immigration

    • Regional Entrepreneur Category
    • Entrepreneur Category
    • Regional Business Succession Option
    • Strategic Projects Category
    • International Post-Graduate, BC Degree Category

    Express Entry British Columbia

    The major immigration streams under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program are:

    • Express Entry stream
    • The self-employed farmer stream
    • The employer-driven stream
    • The strategic recruitment stream

    The various streams under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program are:

    • Manitoba Invitation
    • Manitoba Business Investor
    • Manitoba Express Entry
    • Manitoba Connection
    • Manitoba Support Stream
    • Manitoba Employment Stream
    • Manitoba Experience Stream

    Additionally, The Young Farmer Nominee Program is an immigration stream under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. It is for applicants who want to live in Manitoba and develop a farm.

    The different immigration streams under the Newfoundland and Labrador Nominee Program are:

    • Immigrant Entrepreneur Stream
    • Skilled Worker Stream
    • International Graduate Stream

    The different categories under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) are:

    • Skilled Workers with Family Support
    • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
    • Business Applicants
    • Express Entry Labour Market Stream

    The different immigration programs under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) are:

    The Saskatchewan Experience Category

    • Long Haul Truck Driver Project Stream
    • Health Profession Stream
    • Student Stream
    • Existing Work Permit Stream
    • Hospitality Sector Project Stream

    The International Skilled Worker Category

    • Saskatchewan Express Entry Stream
    • Occupations in Demand Stream
    • Employment Offer Stream

    The Entrepreneur and Farm Category

    • Farm Owners and Operators Stream
    • Entrepreneurs Stream

    The several Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) streams are:

    • Family Business
    • Worker stream
    • International Graduate Stream
    • Community Identified Stream
    • Entrepreneur Stream
    • Skilled Worker Stream
      1. ) Low-Skilled Workers
      2. ) Semi-Skilled Workers
    • Skilled Workers
      1. ) Nova Scotia Express Entry Experience stream
      2. ) Nova Scotia Immigration Express Entry Demand stream

    The immigration programs within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) are:

    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
    • Corporate Stream
    • Human Capital Priorities Stream
    • International Students Category
    • International Student with a Job Offer Stream
    • International PhD Students Stream
    • International Masters Graduate Stream (Pilot program)
    • General Category

    The major categories of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) are:

    • Express Entry
    • Business Impact
    • Labour Impact

    There are two streams:

    Northwest Territories Employer Driven Stream

    • The sub-categories for the Northwest Territories Employer Driven Stream are
      • Critical Impact Worker stream: It hires immigrants in the unskilled and semi-skilled occupations.
      • Skilled Worker stream: It hires immigrants in the NOC codes 0, , A or B.

    Business Driven Stream (NTNP)

    • The Business Driven Stream Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) is for entrepreneurs who want to buy, settle, invest, or establish a business in the Northwest Territories.

    The different immigration streams within the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) are:

    • Business Nominee Program
    • Critical Impact Worker Program
    • Skilled Worker Program
    • Express Entry
    • Yukon Community Pilot

    The Yukon Community Pilot (YCP):

    • Was launched in January of 2020.
    • Will run till the June of 2023.
    • Gives a special work permit.
    • The work permit is limited to a particular community.
    • The work permit allows the provincial nominees to work for multiple employers.

    The communities participating in the Yukon Community Pilot (YCP) are:

    • Watson Lake
    • Dawson City
    • Carcross
    • Whitehorse
    • Haines Junction
    • Carmacks

    Eligibility for Canada PNP

    The people eligible for PNP Canada are those who can meet the eligibility criteria of a specific province or territory. The eligibility criteria depend on the labour market and the economical condition. The provinces and their respective eligibility criteria are listed below.

    The basic requirements of the British Columbia Skilled Immigration streams are:

    A valid full-time job offer (exception - International Post-Graduate, BC Degree Category). The validity of the employer is determined by the following factors:

    • The business must be in British Columbia
    • The signing of an employer declaration
    • Having a good reputation as an employer in British Columbia
    • Offering an indeterminate, full-time job offer
    • Having a good workplace history
    • Meeting the requirements of the domestic labour market (if needed)
    • The candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements of the specific stream
    • The wage offered must be competitive in the BC province
    • Candidates must submit the necessary language test results. It depends on the occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification B, D, or C
    • The job must uplift the economy of British Columbia
    • The employment must not have a negative effect on the training or employment of permanent residents or Canadian citizens

    The different sub-streams of the immigration programs under AINP and their eligibility criteria are given in the tables below:

    Major immigration program Sub-streams of the immigration program Who can apply? Eligibility criteria
    The self-employed farmer stream Who can display the interest to buy land and develop it into farming land
    • Proof of funds (in Canadian dollars)
    • Investment fund - $ 500,000
    • Net worth - $ 500,000
    • Proof of education, work experience, and training in farming
    • Viable business and investment plan
    • Proof of Canadian financial organization backing the proposed farming plan.
    Major immigration program Sub-streams of the immigration program Who can apply? Eligibility criteria
    The employer-driven stream Semi-Skilled Worker Category Who has a permanent full-time job offer
    • Particular requirements of the applied industry
    • Valid work permit
    • Language skill results
    • Degree equivalent to high school
    Skilled Worker Category Who has a permanent full-time job offer
    • Proof of education, work experience, training, and certification
    • Valid work permit
    • Intent to live and work in Alberta permanently
    International Graduate Category
    • Graduates who have a got a degree from a post-secondary institution or university in Canada
    • Who has a permanent full-time job offer
    • Intent to live and work in Alberta permanently
    • Valid postgraduate work permit
    • Must work for the same employer who nominates for the AINP
    • Minimum time of course – 1 year
    • If the occupation is NOC C, language skill results are needed

    The MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) Ranking Points Grid is eligible for

    1. International Education Streams
    2. Skilled Worker Overseas
    3. Skilled Worker in Manitoba

    Factors affecting MPNP Expression of Interest

    The selection factors for the MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) Ranking Points Grid are given in the table below

    Factors Maximum points
    Language proficiency 125
    Work experience 175
    Age 75
    Adaptability 500
    Education 500
    Risk assessment -200

    NBPNP top priority applicant

    The applicants who qualify as the NBPNP top priority applicants are those who:

    • Are currently working in New Brunswick.
    • Have French as their first official language.
    • Have worked in the New Brunswick for at least 12 months within the last five years.
    • Have a valid, permanent, full-time job offer from an employer from New Brunswick.
    • Have studied from a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick.
    • Have family as permanent residents or citizens for more than a year.

    NBPNP second priority applicants

    The applicants who qualify as the NBPNP second priority applicants are those who:

    • Have attended a recruitment event or NBPNP information session in the last two years.
    • Official registration for the event as proof of attendance.

    NBPNP third priority applicant

    The applicants who qualify as the NBPNP second priority applicants are those who:

    • Have the interest to settle in New Brunswick.
    • Display the qualifications to be financially established.

    The qualifying factors for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) point assessment grid are given below:

    Factors Maximum points
    Language skill 20
    Work experience 25
    Training and education 23
    Connection and adaptability 30
    Age 12

    The eligibility requirements of the NSNP Skilled Worker Stream are:

    • Intent to live in Nova Scotia
    • Proof of legal status (if the applicant lives in Canada)
    • Language skill (French or English)
    • Minimum of a high school degree or equivalent
    • In the age range of 21 to 55
    • Work experience of at least a year
    • Permanent, full-time employment offer from an employer in Nova Scotia

    The eligible occupations under the Nova Scotia Immigration Express Entry Demand stream are

    • Financial and investment analysts
    • Purchasing agents and officers
    • Civil engineers
    • Electrical and electronic engineers
    • Computer engineers
    • Database analysts and data administrators
    • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
    • Civil engineering technologists and technicians
    • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
    • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
    • Registered nurses
    • Occupational therapists
    • Licensed practical nurses
    • Family, marriage, and other related counselors
    • Financial auditors and accountants
    • Human resources professionals
    • Geoscientists and oceanographers
    • Mechanical engineers
    • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
    • Information systems analysts and consultants
    • Software engineers
    • Web designers and developers
    • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
    • Drafting technologists and technicians
    • User support technicians
    • Physiotherapists
    • Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants
    • Financial sales representatives
    • Psychologists

    The following criteria must be fulfilled:

    • The applicant must have a full-time job in skilled occupation ( NOC 0, A or B) for an employee based in Ontario.
    • The applicant must have a qualification/diploma which makes him/her eligible for the job in question.
    • The applicant must have relevant professional experience.
    • The applicant must have a CRS score of 400 points or higher.
    • The applicant must intend to work and stay in Ontario.

    Applicants may apply to PEI PNP through two streams:

    1. Business Impact Category
    2. Labour Impact Category

    Business Impact category of PEI PNP

    The sub-categories under the Business Impact category of PEI PNP are given in the table below:

    Sub-categories Who can apply?
    Work Permit Stream Foreign workers who can settle in PEI and work in the business they want to invest in.
    Partial Ownership Stream Immigrants who can buy a part of a local business.
    100% Ownership Stream Foreign nationals who can purchase 100% ownership of a local business.

    Labour Impact category of PEI PNP

    The sub-categories under the Labour Impact category of PEI PNP are given below:

    Sub-categories Who can apply?
    Critical Worker Stream Applicants who have experience and knowledge in an unskilled or semi-skilled occupation.
    Skilled Worker Stream Applicants who have experience and knowledge in a skilled occupation.

    You can migrate to the Northwest Territories of Canada by applying for:

    1. Express Entry Stream
    2. Business Driven Stream
    3. Employer Driven Stream

    Business Driven Stream

    • Viable business plan
    • Minimum language proficiency – CLB 4
    • Work experience – Minimum level needed to carry out the business plan
    • Education - Minimum level needed to carry out the business plan
    • Investment of $ 150,000 (in Canadian Dollars)
    • Net worth of $ 250,000 (in Canadian Dollars)

    Employer Driven Stream

    • Applicant must have received a job offer in semi-skilled or unskilled position
    • Applicant must have already worked in this position for a minimum of 6 months

    The qualifying criteria for the various immigration programs under NLPNP are:

    Immigrant Entrepreneur Stream

    It is for immigrants who purchase or develop a business as listed in the Strategic Sector list

    • Net worth of $ 450,000
    • An exploratory visit to show the business plan
    • Investment of $ 200,000 along with a Performance Agreement
    • Deposit of $ 100,000 (returnable once the conditions in the Performance Agreement are fulfilled)
    • Five years of senior management or related experience

    Skilled Worker Stream

    It is for foreign nationals who have a valid job offer from an employer in NL province

    • Valid work permit
    • Language skills proficiency (French or English)
    • Educational qualification, relevant skills, and experience for the job
    • Sufficient funds to live in NL
    • Intent to live in NL permanently

    International Graduate Stream

    It is for graduates who have passed from a post-secondary institution in Canada after:

    • Completion of a two-year degree or diploma course

    OR

    • Completion of one-year post-graduate course
    • Display the intent to live and work in NL
    • Sufficient funds to live in NL
    • Valid post-graduate work permit
    • Language skills proficiency (French or English)

    Documentation for the Provincial Nominee Programs

    The documents required for the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) depend on the specific qualifying criteria.

    Some basic documents required are:

    1. General application form of the primary applicant.
    2. Form attested by the spouse and other dependents.
    3. Recent color photographs
    4. Valid passport
    5. Identity proof
    6. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
    7. Language skills results
    8. Proof of fund
    9. Medical certificate
    10. Police clearance certificate
    11. Documents that support the spouse and other dependents.

    Application Process for Canada PNP

    You can apply for the Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in two ways. The ways are:

    1. Express Entry system
    2. Non- Express Entry system (paper-based application)

    The Express Entry system can be classified in two ways:

    • The candidates make an Express Entry profile.
    • After the submission of necessary documents, they reach the Express Entry pool.
    • Thereafter, the different territories and provinces look for suitable applicants.
    • The applicants picked by the different PNPs get the NOI (Notification of Interest).
    • Now, the candidates can submit the EOI (Expression of Interest) to the Express Entry stream.

    OR

    • The candidate checks for a suitable PNP and applies for the nomination.
    • If the territory or province agrees for the nomination, the applicants can create the Express Entry profile.
    • There, they can show that they have the provincial nomination.
    • Non- Express Entry system (paper-based application).
    • Select an appropriate province based on the eligibility criteria.
    • Submit the EOI (Expression of Interest) under the non-Express Entry stream.
    • The application will be evaluated based on the points system of the specific province or territory.
    • Upon selection, the applicants receive a nomination letter.
    • After this, the candidates must submit a paper application for a Permanent Residency visa to the IRCC.

    Overall Cost

    The PNP costs depend on the respective program. The provincial application fee structure is given in the table below

    Name of Province Fees Charged Extra
    Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) CAD 1500
    Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) CAD 350
    Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) CAD 500
    British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) CAD 1150
    Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)
    (Only for Province of Quebec)
    Primary applicant: CAD 785
    Spouse or Partner: CAD 168
    Dependent Child: CAD 168

    The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) costs $ 812. The following is the cost breakdown:

    • Primary applicant: CAD 785.
    • Spouse or Partner: CAD 168.
    • Dependent Child: CAD 168.

    Processing Time

    The time taken to process the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) depends on the application process.

    If you have applied under the Non- Express Entry system, then it will take 1-2 years. But if you have applied under the Express Entry system, then the time taken is around six months.

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