Canada released its new Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-25 and we are excited to see a significant rise in the target intake of economic immigrants through provincial nominee programs.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expected to target over 100,000 annual intakes through Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) alone. The PNP targets for 2023-2025 are as follows:
- 105,500 in 2023
- 110,000 in 2024
- 117,500 in 2025
Economic immigrants in Canada are classified as those immigrants who are invited to work or study in Canada based on their skill levels including work experience and academic records, age, and proficiency in English or French.
While some skilled immigrants may qualify for Canadian permanent residency (PR) directly through Express Entry, others get temporary residency and may qualify for PR after attaining at least one year of full-time work experience in Canada.
Post-pandemic, Canadian immigration has heavily relied on Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to sustain the immigration intake levels. In fact, Canada Express Entry draws invited only candidates with prior provincial nominations to apply for Canadian permanent residency since the pandemic.
Canada PNP in 2023 is set to become the leading economic class pathway for PR, accounting for over 100,000 new immigrants annually. This blog will discuss the basics of qualifying for Canadian PR via the Provincial Nominee Program.
What is Canada PNP?
Canadian immigration literally means applying for permanent residency. Canadian provinces and territories are allowed to nominate applicants based on their local economic demands and the individual’s skills in establishing themselves within the province.
Interested candidates can qualify for consideration through two streams:
- they can apply directly to a province through a base stream or
- get an enhanced nomination through the federal Express Entry system.
- Candidates can apply directly to a province for consideration.
- There are over 80 PNP streams throughout Canada and it is up to the candidate to self-evaluate which program is the best fit.
- Alternatively, you can contact our expert consultants to help you suggest suitable streams based on your work and academic profile.
Once a province receives the application, it will review it to decide whether to grant a candidate a provincial nomination. The current average processing time for base PNP streams of 27 months.
- Enhanced nominations are the most preferred option to apply for Canadian immigration via the provincial nominee program.
- It requires interested candidates to create an Express Entry profile on the federal government’s website.
- Dedicated provincial streams under PNPs have direct access to the federal pool to review and nominate desirable candidates.
If a candidate is eligible for at least one of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the provincial governments will send them a notification of interest inviting the candidate to apply for provincial nomination.
How to qualify for Canada PR via Provincial Nomination?
Receiving a provincial nomination acts as an eligibility certificate for temporary residence status in a particular province. Further, the doors to qualify for Canadian permanent residency open along with it.
A successful provincial nomination ensures 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, making Canada PR via provincial nomination extremely attractive.
Once an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency is received, the next step is to pass a medical exam and get a police check. Once the candidate is approved by IRCC, they can complete their permanent residence landing in Canada.
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The application fees for most PNPs range from $250 to $1,500, while the Express Entry application starts at $1,365 CAD. However, PNPs from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon do not charge application fees.
Separate fees are to be paid to process your PNP application and then for IRCC to process your permanent residence application. This will not include the cost of biometrics, language tests, educational credential assessments, or spousal/dependent requirements.
Circumstances for applying for or accepting provincial nominations vary for each candidate. The best recommendation is to research thoroughly and then visit a certified Canadian immigration consultant. It will help make an informed choice on what works best for your situation, budget, and timeframe.
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