Deciphering Canada PNP
Every year, 100s of 1000s people wish to immigrate to the ‘Land of Opportunities’, Canada. However, only a limited number of people get an opportunity to do so. Many of those who are eager to start afresh in the country often looks for an alternate pathway, and it’s the Provincial Nominee Programmes (PNP).Canada PNP bring new hope into the life of the prospective immigrants. Under the PNP, several Canadian provinces/territories nominate the applicants who intend to live and work in their specific province/territory.
Each province and two territories have their own specific PNPs. They have a mutual agreement with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to select the immigrants as per their economic needs.
Provinces/territories have been using the PNPs to welcome new migrants. Each PNP is designed considering their specific requirements. From 2015, almost all provinces/territories, except Quebec, have aligned their PNP program with the Express Entry.
Quebec is the only province which holds the right to select immigrants on its own. Others have the right to nominate. As per the reports, in 2015 close to 120,000 economic immigrants were selected/nominated under the PNPs, and out of the total number Quebec welcomed approximately 40,000 new immigrants.
Canada PNP—Key Benefits
Provinces and territories often choose applicants on the basis of their education, skills, experience and age in accordance with the demand of the labor market, and also on the basis of the applicants’ willingness to settle in the province/territory.
Now the benefits!
- Provinces/territories often provide relaxation when it comes to eligibility criteria, such as language proficiency.
- Liberty of choosing a territory/province to settle.
- Some of the provincial nominee programs nominate aspirants without an arranged job.
- They are quick to respond and generally fast process the application.
- With provincial nomination, under the Express Entry, applicants get extra points, i.e., 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which ensures them an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
PNP: How to Apply?
There are two major ways:
Number 1–apply to the chosen province/territory directly, your visa application will be reviewed as per the province/territory selection criteria. If you are selected, you will be issued a letter of nomination from that specific province/territory. With a letter you may approach the IRCC for Permanent Residency (PR).
Number 2–apply using the Express Entry, if you successfully enter the ‘Express Entry Pool’, your profile will be viewed by different provinces/territories. If any of the province/territory picks up your profile, you will be invited to apply for the Canada PNP. In such cases, you automatically become eligible for Invitation to apply (ITA).
Provincial Nominee Programs
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Nova Scotia PNP
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)