According to the Canadian Constitution, the administration of the nation’s immigration policy is divided between the federal government and each province and territory.
Due to this, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) enables Canadian provinces and territories to nominate people who want to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in relocating to a certain province. Quebec and the region of Nunavut in Northern Canada are the sole exceptions. Instead, Quebec has the power to create its own standards for deciding who can immigrate for economic reasons.
The PNP’s primary goal is to disperse the advantages of immigration across Canada. The federal Express Entry immigration selection system is compatible with at least one immigration stream in each PNP. “Enhanced nominations” are provincial nominations issued through these Express Entry-aligned streams. The advantages of enhanced PNP streams are that they give Express Entry applicants an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, effectively ensuring that they will get an invitation to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry. Another significant advantage is that the federal government will complete their application for permanent residence more quickly—generally within six months. A “base” stream is the alternative method of obtaining permanent residency through the PNP.
This program is for workers who
- have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
- want to live in that province and
- want to become permanent residents of Canada
all provinces and territories has its own “streams” (immigration policies that focus on particular demographics) and specifications. As an illustration, provinces and territories may focus on
persons in business
Depending on whatever stream of the Provincial Nominee Program you are applying to, how you will apply will vary. Either the non-Express Entry process or Express Entry may be required for your application.
You will be required to acquire a police check and pass a medical examination as part of the procedure (certificate). No matter where they intend to live in Canada, everyone is required to get these checks.
Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs
In order to coordinate applications for permanent residence made under the same important economic immigration programmes, Canada developed Express Entry in 2015. Since that time, a large number of Canadian provinces and territory have created “improved” PNP streams that work with Express Entry. This indicates that in order to be eligible for various PNPs, a candidate must have an Express Entry profile.
An applicant can gain 600 more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points after receiving a nomination from a PNP that supports Express Entry, all but ensuring that they will be offered an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the upcoming Express Entry draw. A non-Express Entry federal application for permanent residence as a provincial nominee must be submitted instead if an applicant receives a nomination through a PNP that is not in line with Express Entry.
How much does it cost to immigrate through a PNP?
Depending on the scheme you choose, the cost of immigration through a Provincial Nominee Program ranges from $2,300 to $3,800 CAD. Processing costs for applicants can cost up to $1,500 CAD in some provinces, such as Ontario, but not in others.
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