Immigration to Canada

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Under PNPs, Canadian provinces and territories can appoint individuals and families who wish to settle in their province or territory, based on provincial requirements. For Provincial Candidate Services, each province and territory defines its own eligibility requirements.

To become a provincial candidate, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the requirements set out. The province or territory would approve the application based on the needs of the particular jurisdiction, as well as the actual intent of the applicant to settle there.

 

How does the Provincial Candidate Program (PNP)?

This software is designed for staff who have:

  • Have the expertise, qualifications and job experience to contribute to the economy of a particular province or territory;
  • Want to live in the city, and
  • Ready to become permanent Canadian citizens

Footnote * province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration systems targeting certain groups) and needs. For example, the provinces and territories can target in a program stream:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Pupils
  • Semiprofessional jobs
  • Skilled laborers

 

How do I apply for Provincial Program Nominee?

In Canada, the federal government takes the final immigration decisions, not the provincial government. Next, you must apply for your provincial nomination with the government.

Then if the province agrees you must make a second application to the federal government for your permanent resident status in Canada.

To apply for your PNP of choice, follow these step-by-step instructions:

Use the PNP Live Tracker to track eligible PNPs and assess your eligibility for the many choices available.

 

Receive your Provincial Appointment Certificate: If your application is complete and you are eligible, you will receive an official Provincial Appointment Certificate which will allow you to go on to the next level. If you’ve been elected using an Express Entry-aligned PNP, you can apply via Express Entry.

Some streams of the Provincial Nominee Program operate on a first-come, first-served basis, while other streams of the Provincial Nominee Program require prospective candidates to register an EOI first.

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