Canadian immigration via Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has shown tremendous success in recent years. In fact, Canada has been focusing only on candidates with a prior provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residency since the pandemic.
PNP will become Canada’s leading economic class pathway in 2022 and 2023, accounting for over 80,000 new immigrants each year. This blog will discuss the basics of applying for Canadian immigration via Provincial Nominee Program.
Is Canadian Immigration Through Provincial Nominee Program the Right Path for You?
Canadian immigration 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.
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.
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 Canadian Permanent Residency with Provincial Nomination?
Once the candidates have received a provincial nomination, they can apply for Canadian permanent residency. For candidates with enhanced PNP, an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are added to their Express Entry profile.
These additional points may effectively guarantee an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency from IRCC. 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.
For instance, in the latest Express Entry draws on June 08, 932 candidates with provincial nominations and a CRS score of 796 got ITAs for Canada PR.
Fees for Canadian Immigration via Provincial Nominee Program
The application fees for most PNPs range from $250 to $1,500, depending on the program. However, there are four jurisdictions that do not charge fees to apply for provincial nominations: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.
While the fees for applying through Express Entry with IRCC start at $1,365 CAD. This does not include the cost of biometrics, language tests, educational credential assessments, or spousal/dependent requirements.
Separate fees are to be paid to process your PNP application and then for IRCC to process your permanent residence application.
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The situation varies for each candidate and so are the circumstances of applying for or accepting provincial nominations. 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.