PNP programs are another option to immigrate to Canada if you do not have enough points to be selected under Express Entry or not eligible for any other immigration category
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.
Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and two territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs. Participating provinces and territories sign agreements with IRCC that allow them to select immigrants who meet the requirements that they have set forth.
Provinces with PNP programs each have their own selection criteria to find immigrants with skills that the province needs which they cannot hire locally. The selection criteria and occupations vary across provinces from information technology, medical, agriculture, trades, business, investors, and people who have ties to Canada.
How does the program work?
Candidates must first be entered into the Express Entry System with their CRS score, then apply to a PNP program (which is a separate application). You will remain in the Express Entry pool for a year, or until you are selected to apply for Permanent Residence.
After the province processes your PNP application (typically 3-4 months), you will be granted 600 points to add to your Express Entry score. With these additional 600 points, you will be selected and invited to apply for PR at the very next draw, which occurs every 2 weeks.
Benefits of applying under PNP program
Once a Provincial Nominee Certificate is granted, you receive 600 point that goes towards your Express Entry score. On average, individuals without a PNP certificate will score between 300 and 500. The most recent cutoff scores to be selected for Express Entry have been in the 400 – 500 range. Individuals with a PNP Certificate automatically are granted 600 points to add to their Express Entry core of 300-500 points. The PNP certificate would give a final Express Entry score above 900 which is significantly higher than the current cutoff selection score of around 400-500 points.
Available PNP Programs
Saskatchewan Express Entry targets skilled workers who have recent work experience in a high-skilled occupations that is not on the SINP Excluded Occupations List. A job offer is not required. Successful applicants to this sub-category receive 600 points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This effectively guarantees an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent resident status in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
In late 2019, Saskatchewan changed the eligibility requirements for the Express Entry sub-category. Previously, candidates had to have work experience in an occupation listed on Saskatchewan’s in-demand list. Now, candidates must have work experience in a high-skilled occupation that is not listed on Saskatchewan’s Excluded Occupations List.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
The OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:
- Human Capital Category
- Employer Job Offer Category
- Business Category
Human capital category
The human capital category has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.
These streams operate under an expression of interest system. To qualify under the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams, you must create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal then register an expression of interest for your graduate stream, have received an invitation to apply and apply within two years of getting your graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university.
- Masters Graduate stream
- PhD Graduate stream
These streams operate through the federal government’s Express Entry System. To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have received a notification of interest from Ontario and have an up-to-date profile with your most current work experience, language tests and education in the federal government’s Express Entry system.
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream: for French-Speaking skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in French and English
- Human Capital Priorities stream: for skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in French or English
- Skilled Trades stream: for workers with work experience in Ontario in an eligible trade occupation
Employer job offer category
The employer job offer category has three streams which operate under an expression of interest system. To qualify under the employer job offer streams you must create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal then register an expression of interest for your employer job offer category, have received an invitation to apply and have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer.
- Foreign Worker stream: for workers in skilled positions
- International Student stream: for recent graduates in Ontario
- In-Demand Skills stream: for intermediate skilled workers in specific sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers
The business category has one stream. You must be an entrepreneur from outside of Canada who is looking to implement a new business idea or buy and grow an existing business in Ontario
Nova Scotia PNP
Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for nomination online on by mail to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.
The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream is currently open and has been so for a long time. Indications are that Nova Scotia immigration authorities want to allow eligible candidates to apply whenever they are able to. However, Nova Scotia has stated that this is a pilot project and is liable to change, so it is important to stay up to date with the latest news.
Potential candidates must have at least 12 months of work experience in a skilled occupation (a job at level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification, or NOC) in Nova Scotia in the three years preceding the application
British Columbia PNP
- have accepted a full-time, permanent job offer in a skilled position (National Occupational Classification 0, A or B) from an employer in BC;
- qualify to work in the job offered;
- have a wage offer in line with BC wage rates for the occupation;
- have at least two years of directly-related work experience;
- show they can support themselves and their dependents;
- have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada; and
- meet minimum language requirements according to the federal immigration program requirements.
Alberta has given 191 invitations issued to Express Entry candidates with scores of as low as 300 points or higher on June 5 2021. Since Alberta Province, selection of profile depends on provincial requirements, if they are interested in the client’s profile, they will receive the automatic notification from them.
New Brunswick PNP
If you have a close relative living in New Brunswick province, you may be eligible to apply for this PNP.
If you have a; brother or sister, aunt or uncle, nephew or niece, first cousin, mother or father, grandmother or grandfather living in one of these provinces, you may be eligible to apply for a PNP.
Occupation based PNP
Each province in Canada is looking for candidates with skilled job experience to fill labour shortages in their province. The list of occupations vary from province to province, depending on their needs. If you are granted a PNP nomination, you most likely will be able to find a job since you are granted a PNP for a job category where their is a shortage of your skill set.
If you have job experience in one of the categories below and you are interested in applying for Permanent Residence in Canada, please contact us for assistance. It is not a straightforward process and we can help you get PR under these PNP programs.
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