Everything You Need to Know About Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Everything You Need To Know About Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

By: Emily Wilson

This programme is designed for employees or Canada PNP without job offer who:
  • Having the talents, education, and job experience to contribute to a province or territory's economy
  • Want to reside in that province
  • Wish to become Canadian permanent residents

How do I Apply to Immigrate to Canada as a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Each province and territory have its own standards and "streams" (immigration schemes that target certain demographics). Provinces and territories may, for example, target the following in Canada PNP program requirements:
  • Students
  • Businessmen and women
  • Highly qualified personnel
  • Employees who are semi-skilled

Understand the Various Application Choices

Which Provincial Nominee Program stream you apply to will determine how you apply. You may be required to sign up either on paper or online using Express Entry.
You'll need to pass a medical test and a police check as part of the application procedure (certificate). These checks are required for everyone, regardless of where they want to live in Canada.
Provincial Nominee Program

Paper-Based Process

The following steps are used in the paper-based process:
  • You apply for nomination through a non-Express Entry route to the province or territory.
  • You must fulfil the province's qualifying standards before being nominated.
  • After being nominated, you must file a written application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency.
  • You must pass a medical checkup and a background check (certificate). No matter where you want to live in Canada, you must have these checks.
  • The time it takes to complete an application is longer than it is with Express Entry.

 Express Entry Process

There are two ways to apply for the online Express Entry process:
  • You apply for a nomination under the Express Entry stream by contacting the province or territory.
  • If a province or territory agrees to nominate you, you must build an Express Entry profile (or amend an existing profile) and indicate that you have been nominated.
  • You may establish an Express Entry profile and list the provinces and territories you want to visit.
  • You should contact a province or territory directly if they send you a "notice of interest" to your account.
  • You submit an application for their Express Entry programme:
If you're nominated, the province will make an electronic offer to you through your account, which you must accept.
In both instances:
  • You must fulfil the provincial or territory's qualifying standards. And,
  • You must complete an Express Entry profile and demonstrate that you fulfil the Express Entry basic requirements, which include being qualified for one of the immigration programmes covered by the programme.
  • You submit an online application to IRCC if you are asked to apply.

Select a Province or Territory

You must follow the requirements on their website and contact them directly to be nominated by a province or territory:
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
The requirements differ by province and territory, and they can alter at any time.