Provincial Nominee Programs

The PNP allows provinces and territories to nominate eligible individuals and families
who wish to live and work in their province or territory for residency.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program allows provinces and territories to nominate individuals and families who wish to reside in their province or territory and who can meet the criteria set by the specific province or territory. This can be different to the requirements to apply via the Express Entry system and each province or territory has different requirements.

The province or territory will also gauge your genuine intention to settle in its area.  In other words, Canada does not want immigrants coming into the country via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and to a specific province or territory only to move on and to have used this program to obtain their permanent residency visa. Canada specifically chose skills that are in shortage across these provinces or territories.

The application process is accessed via the Express Entry system and allows a permanent residency visa once the selection process is complete. Not all are accessed via Express Entry. Each Provincial Nominee Program has as least one immigration stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry Immigration selection system.

More than 200,000 people are expected to gain their permanent residency visas via this scheme between 2019 and 2021. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the fastest growing economic Canadian immigration process.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

The following describes the Provincial Nominee Program linked to Express Entry.

You still need to fall under one of the categories of:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
  • Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Therefore, you need to meet the following criteria to access the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via the Express Entry system .

For Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) you need to meet the requirements:

  • At manager level.
  • Be in a professional occupation such as finance or HR.
  • Be in a technical occupation such as a technologist or technical with production and performing arts.

But you must also meet:

  • Have worked for at least one year in the chosen professions, or five year if part time work.
  • Age is a factor. The younger you are the more points you will gain but don’t be put off if you don’t gain the maximum in age there are other ways to pick up points.
  • Language – a proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and/or French is a must. A language test needs to be taken at an approved centre. You can earn a maximum of 24 points for proficiency in your first language and a further 4 points should you meet the required level in your second language. Remember though, your first and second language has to be English and French.
  • If you have any family residing in Canada either as a Canadian citizen or as a permanent resident you can gain further points for this. The family members can be parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses including common law, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.
  • Previous experience of living in Canada either working or studying will also award you further points. The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) want to see that you can adapt to living in Canada hence awarding additional points.
  • An offer of employment will also gain additional points.
  • The higher level you have reached in education will also help.

For the Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) you need to meet the requirements:

  • Have worked for at least two years in the your trade.
  • Age is a factor. The younger you are the more points you will gain but don’t be put off if you don’t gain the maximum in age there are other ways to pick up points.
  • Language – a proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and/or French is a must. A language test needs to be taken at an approved centre. You can earn a maximum of 24 points for proficiency in your first language and a further 4 points should you meet the required level in your second language. Remember though, your first and second language has to be English and French.
  • If you have any family residing in Canada either as a Canadian citizen or as a permanent resident you can gain further points for this. The family members can be parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses including common law, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.
  • Previous experience of living in Canada either working or studying will also award you further points. The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) want to see that you can adapt to living in Canada hence awarding additional points.
  • An offer of employment will also gain additional points.
  • The higher level you have reached in education will also help although this is not mandatory for a Federal Skilled Tradesperson but more points can be gained if you have completed a level of education.

Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) and Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) must fall under a ‘wanted’ profession or trade, we can advise on what these are.

For the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) you need to meet the requirements:

  • Must have worked in Canada for a minimum of twelve months within the last 36 months.
  • Language – a proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and/or French is a must. A language test needs to be taken at an approved centre. You can earn points for proficiency in your first language and a further points should you meet the required level in your second language. Remember though, your first and second language has to be English and French.
  • The higher level you have reached in education will also help although this is not mandatory for a Federal Skilled Tradesperson but more points can be gained if you have completed a level of education.
  • The more work experience you have can help obtain more points.

Canada basically wants foreigners to immigrate to Canada if they can assist in growing the economy of the country.

Once we have established which category you fall under we then need to look at provinces or territories. All provinces and territories have different requirements, some may only consider you if you have a job offer or an offer to study, some may only consider you if you have current or recent Canadian residence and not every stream allows access via the Express Entry system. Some provinces or territories may allow you to apply directly without first being invited to apply (ITA) whereas others will stipulate that the individuals need to be invited first.

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