The second edition of Canada Immigration FAQs will cover broadly on Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). 

1.What are Provincial Nominee Programs & how are they different from federal Express Entry?

Provincial Nominee Programs are a unique arrangement between the Canadian federal government & provincial government to autonomously allow immigration to skilled workers in the province within the broader framework of the federal government. 

It is different from Federal Express Entry system from the fact that immigration streams are unique to each province in terms of eligibility requirements. 


2.Which are the participating provinces?

Provinces like Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland And Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan & Yukon invites aspiring skilled foreign workers to Canada under their own immigration programs. 

Click here to read more on the Canada PNPs that were active in the month of October


3.What are the advantages of obtaining provincial nomination?

Receiving a Provincial Nomination is beneficial as your application for a Canada Immigration Visa is processed quickly. If a particular stream under PNP is linked with the Express Entry, then you may get an additional 600 points towards the Comprehensive Ranking System score. 

In total, it is the best alternative for getting a permanent residence in Canada apart from the Federal Skilled Worker category. 


4.What do most provinces look for a successful nomination?

Most Canadian provinces judge a candidates’ profile based on their ability to contribute positively to their economy & willingness to settle in the province. Other important criteria for getting a provincial nomination may include:

  • Job offer in the province
  • Educational qualification
  • Work experience in critical industries
  • Language proficiency in English and/or French 
  • Close relations in that province
  • Ability to adapt to life in that province


5.What is “base” Provincial Nomination?

A “base” provincial nomination provides an opportunity to those candidates who are not eligible for Express Entry.  To get a successful base nomination for permanent residence in Canada, candidates must first satisfy the criteria for a PNP stream, apply, and receive a nomination certificate. Later, candidates may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

If you want to know your best options to immigrate to Canada, contact your Canada Immigration Consultant today!

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