Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Canadian governments made an agreement with local provinces in which they can nominate immigrants who wish to live, settle, and work in that particular province or essentially, immigrate to Canada. In order to receive a visa through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), the candidate is required to choose a province they wish to live in and subsequently apply for a nomination.
The province will then consider the application based on its immigration and labor needs, while also assessing your genuine intention to settle in the province.
Types of Provincial Nominee Program
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that allow accelerated immigration processing according to provincial needs have been set up in most provinces in Canada. There are basically two types of PNP programs.
Skilled Worker PNP
This program will allow expedited processing for skilled workers that have a job offer from a local provincial business in an occupation or business sector that meets local provincial needs. The following may also be requirements for some PNP streams:
- job offer from a local employer
- work experience in the province/territory; and
- Adaptability and familial ties to someone living in the province.
Business Immigration Program
Most business immigration PNPs allow expedited immigration processing if the applicant does some variation of one of the following in the province:
- establishes a new business;
- invests money, or
- enters a joint venture with a local business
11 Provincial Nominee Program in Canada
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
- Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
- Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
*Quebec has its own unique immigration selection system and a point system that is also different from other provinces.
Eligibility for PNP
- The applicant must pass a medical exam and get a police check.
- The applicant must have the potential to contribute to the province’s economy.
- The applicant must have good educational and professional credentials
- The applicant must have current passport and has to showcase the travel history
- Need to submit supportive documents