Canada Provincial Nominee Program PNP 2020 is introduced to nominate individuals who have the desire to settle in a particular province on a permanent basis. Every Canadian state or province are entitled with its own eligibility criteria, procedure, guidelines, and have their own particular streams and candidates need to meet all the requirements in order to be eligible to apply for PNP programs.
Canada PNP permits every province and territory to invite new overseas skilled migrants to Canada that are enriched with relevant skills, work experience, and qualification in order to meet the need of labor market, as well as, to make the economy of the nation stable and enhanced. All the Canadian provinces, except Quebec, have their individual Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allowing interested individuals to settle in their nominated province for fast-tracked immigration.
Provincial Nominee Program and the mainstream Federal Immigration Programs are the two sides of a coin and have their individuality. Under PNP programs, there are some relaxations given to the applicants which are given below:
a) You get the freedom to select a province to settle.
b) There is no requirement of job offer.
c) Points are given for the area of training
Candidates, who apply in any of the PNP get selected, receive a nomination from that particular province in order to apply for a permanent residency visa in Canada.
This PNP program consists of the Skilled Immigration, Express Entry BC, and Entrepreneur Immigration streams, which are further divided into sub-categories to aim skilled workers, international graduates and other skilled professionals, who have experience and qualification as per the demand in B.C.
This PNP program consists of three streams – the Alberta Opportunity Stream, the Alberta Express Entry stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. Overseas nationals who meet eligibility criterion and exhibits a desire to live in the province gets provincial nominations from the province.
SINP is the mainstream program of Saskatchewan allows foreign nationals to come and settle in the province through the various pathways. It includes Express Entry, International Skilled Worker and Occupation in-Demand categories.
Streams under this program are designed to nominate skilled workers and their families who have the desire to reside and work in the province permanently.
With OINP, the province nominates overseas nationals, business owners, international students and skilled workers with significant skills, qualification, experience and wish to reside in the province as permanent residents.
It targets entrepreneurs, International Graduates, skilled workers with employer support and skilled workers in the Federal government Express Entry Selection system.
This program is designed to nominate skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals seeking a permanent settlement in the province. It has three economic streams connected with Express entry system of Canada.
It is a program designed to attract skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs who have the intention to reside and work in the province, and also, have the ability to be economically sound in the province.
With this program, the province accepts applications of skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs who are able to meet the selection requirements such as job offer, intention to live, etc.
Candidates can look for two pathways to apply for a PNP program in their nominated province. You can go either for Express Entry System or apply directly to a province.
Once you register yourself on Express Entry and manage to get the required score in the Express Entry pool, your profile will be viewed and might get selected in different provinces or territories. Invitation is given by the province to candidates whose profile got picked by them. If any province invites you, you get an invitation to apply (ITA) to apply for a permanent residency visa depending on the nomination or invitation given by the province.
If you have decided to settle in any of the provinces, you can easily apply in that province. Go through the steps in order to apply for PNP application:
o Select the province and apply for its PNP program. Once you submit your application, it will be examined by the province government on their selection criteria/points system of that province.
o Candidates who get selected receive a nomination letter from the province.
o On the basis of nomination, you can apply for Canada permanent residency to IRCC (Immigration, Refugee Citizenship Canada).
Canada has numerous Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to invite applicants who are interested to immigrate and as a result, nominates candidates to apply for Canada permanent residency. Here are a few programs you can think of applying to get Canada PR:
a) Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
b) Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
c) Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
d) British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
e) Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
This program allows individuals, who have relevant skills, work experience, and education as per the requirement of the province or territory. You should be interested in living in the province and have the desire to live permanently as a permanent resident.
Either through the paper-based process or the online process of Express Entry, you can apply for the Provincial Nominee Program. Candidates have to go through the medical check and police clearance, which is a part of the process of Canada Immigration.
Under this process, the processing time of applications is longer than the applications that are applied through Express Entry. In this paper-based process:
a) You have to apply to the province/territory for nomination through a non-Express Entry stream.
b) Candidates should be able to meet the eligibility criteria of the province that nominates you.
c) You have to submit a paper application for Canada PR to IRCC, provided you have been nominated.
There are two ways to apply in the online Express Entry process:
In both the streams, you have to meet the selection criteria of the province or territory. You need to lodge an Express Entry profile and proof that you meet the required criteria, including showing eligibility to one of the immigration programs it offers. If you get an invitation to apply (ITA), you have to submit an electronic application to IRCC.
Express Entry and PNP are the two pathways to get Canada permanent residency. With Express Entry, you can settle in any place in Canada whereas, in PNP, you have to live for the first two years in your nominated province in your complete visa duration. Express entry is the most popular and fastest pathway for Canada Immigration. In this, a profile is being assessed on the points which are given on factors such as- age, education, work experience, language skills, etc. Candidates with high score get an invitation to apply (ITA) to apply Canada PR.
You can look for the PNP option if your CRS score is not high enough and doesn’t match with the requirements. Every province has its own selection criteria and grounds. Also, depending on CRS score and eligibility, Canada province invites applicants from Express entry pool, Express entry of PNP. For example, Saskatchewan province invites candidates with low IELTS score.
While creating a new Canada Express Entry profile, you can mention about the provinces where you are interested in migrating to. Applying PNP through Express Entry as a result escalates the chance of being selected to apply for Canada permanent residency. Provincial nomination certificate not only provides enough points in your overall CRS score but also increase your chances to receive an Invitation to apply (ITA) in the next draw.
As we know that the Provincial Nominee Program is prepared to fulfill labour market needs of a particular province. The selection criteria and system of each province are different from the other one. But, there is something common, and that is all provinces have to strictly follow the recommendations of the National Occupations Classification (NOC). The candidate’s profession needs to be under the highly skilled occupations as shown by the NOC. At the same time, there should be high demand for the prospective immigrant’s profession in the province they have chosen. One must remember that it doesn’t guarantee selection but gives the applicant an advantage for Canada immigration.
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