Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

What is PNP and what you should know if you’re planning for PR in Canada?

Being launched in 1998, PNP stands for Provincial Nominee Program, which is the second leading way to immigrate to Canada after Express Entry for skilled workers. Canada, which is one of the best countries to live in according to many global surveys, is also one of the top global economies. Overall economic growth can happen when you have processes, people and vision aligned in the same direction. While processes and vision ain’t a big challenge for Canada; however, inviting the right kind of skilled personnel, as immigrants, is a challenge. 
The process of immigrating to Canada is handled by the federal government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). To settle in Canada permanently, one needs to apply through the IRCC—in many cases, online through the Express Entry system.

What is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

In order to invite the skilled workers who’re very much an integral part of the growth planning for developing the province as well as the country; with the help of PNP, the province can nominate certain skilled workers to stay, live and help in developing the territory. Each province and territory have their own requirements and means to nominate skilled workers. The only exceptions are the Northern Canada territory of Nunavut and Quebec. 
Each PNP has at least one immigration stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Provincial nominations issued under these Express Entry-aligned streams are known as ‘enhanced nominations’. The benefits of enhanced PNP streams are that they award Express Entry candidates an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, which essentially guarantees they will receive a permanent residence invitation under Express Entry.
Note that every province or territory has its own streams or immigration programs and requirements which works independent of Express Entry, for example:

  • Students (mostly for students who have studied in that province)
  • Business people (who are ready to invest and do business)
  • Skilled workers (inside and outside Canada applicants with relevant experience and / or a job offer from a business based in that province)

Provincial governments can also nominate people who have received a job offer from a business based in that province or to someone who have studied and/or worked in their province, making it much faster and easier for them to qualify for PR directly with support of nomination received from the province. To qualify for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you must have:

  • Skills, education, and experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory.
  • Plan to live in that province.
  • Want to become a permanent resident of Canada.

After being nominated, you should submit PR application for a Permanent Residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Key benefits of the PNP for Canadian Immigration: 

  • The first advantage of the Provincial Nominee program is that it is one of the easiest processes to immigrate to Canada as you don’t need high CRS Scores.  Even if you have a CRS score around 400 and you are meeting all the eligibility criteria for the PNP of a particular Canadian province, your profile could be selected. Thus, it is easier to obtain permanent residency through PNP because as soon as you get the nomination from a province, you get 600 CRS points, which ultimately increases your overall CRS score. This is one of the biggest benefits of the nominee programs.
  • If you are moving to a bigger city like Toronto, or Vancouver there’ll be a lot of competition for jobs, but when you are moving to a smaller city outside of Greater Metropolitan city areas, there will be less job competition and higher chances of finding local business that could give you job offer and support PNP application. Therefore, the chances are that you will get a job quickly compared to cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
  • The cost of living would usually be lower, the money you will be spending on grain, groceries, and transportation will be less as compared to metropolitan cities.
  • Get a job offer from the employer based in smaller cities of Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland or any other province, have it processed through provincial government, acquire your nomination and apply for PR directly. You can skip the huge competition in Express Entry.
So, PNP surely can be an option to explore and look upon apart from Express Entry for settling down in Canada.

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