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.
The following describes the Provincial Nominee Program linked to Express Entry.
You still need to fall under one of the categories of:
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:
But you must also meet:
For the Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) you need to meet the requirements:
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:
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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