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    What is PNP?

    Provincial Nomination Program is a Canada immigration stream that’s being run by the provincial governments and the central government of Canada. It was introduced in the year 1998 and this program completely focuses on meeting the labor shortage needs and population deficit in any particular province and aims at bringing in the right candidates to fit in the open positions. In the provincial nomination, the candidate when found to be eligible will be nominated by the province to apply for Canada Permanent residency. Upon being nominated, the candidate will be offered 600 supplemental points that will be added to the CRS score.

    This stream is an alternative for express entry direct draw. If you are not able to meet the CRS cut-off of the express entry draw, you can apply for Canada PR through PNP. The process of PNP is similar to that of express entry but is limited to the provincial level.

    How to Apply for PNP?

    Let’s break this down. Applying for Provincial Nominee Program is quite easy but not known so. To apply for a Provincial Nomination, you need to create a profile in the Canadian Express Entry portal. Thereby, you can show interest in provincial nomination for the selective provinces of your choice (or all). As you know there are 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada, and you may be nominated by any of the provinces (and territories too!).

    This expression of interest for provincial nomination through express entry is not applicable for 3 provinces: 1. Saskatchewan 2. Manitoba and 3. Quebec. A dedicated profile can be created for Saskatchewan and Manitoba PNPs through their respective portals. And, given that, creating PNP profiles in the portals of these 3 provinces doesn’t necessarily need an Express Entry profile, while it is a necessity for the rest.

    With your CRS evaluated, you can complete your express entry profile (and PNP profile) and upon profile creation, you will officially be in the candidate pool of all the provinces that you selected. That is all with the application.

    Eligibility for Canada PNP

    To be eligible for Canada PNP, one should have created an Express Entry Profile (except for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec). The following are the attributes that are considered for CRS calculation,

    • Academic Qualification
    • Work Experience
    • Age
    • Language Proficiency

    Note: All the Canada provinces will have their own requirements which have to be met in order to be nominated.

    What happens after showing interest in the provincial nomination?

    Once after Expressing Interest in provincial nomination, your profile will be evaluated. You will receive a notification from a particular province (or provinces) if you are shortlisted. Following its acceptance, you will have a checklist of documents to be submitted including the IELTS scorecard which will help you get a nomination.
    Upon selection, you will be receiving ITA (Invitation to Apply) from the province to which you have applied and adding to your excitement, you will be offered 600 additional CRS points to your profile as a reward for your nomination. This will increase your Canada PR eligibility. After this, you can go for PR visa filing within 60 days and the rest, you know! That’s all. Wait for your visa stamping and pack your bags!!

    How many PNPs are there to migrate to Canada?
    As we know, Canada is a country that encapsulates 10 provinces and 3 union territories. Each province has a PNP Program for immigration. And each province will have its criteria that are set up and the applicants are obliged to meet those. The Provincial Nomination Programs include,

    • Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (OINP)
    • Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)
    • British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP)
    • Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (MPNP)
    • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
    • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program (PEI PNP)
    • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
    • New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program (NB PNP)
    • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
    • Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration
    • Territorial Immigration Nominee Program – Yukon

    Discussing in detail…

    1.Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

    This economic immigration program of Alberta enables people to apply for Canada PR and migrate to Alberta. IRCC manages the selection process while Alberta’s provincial government drives the program. There are separate programs for Skilled Workers and Entrepreneurs who’d like to migrate to Alberta.
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    2.British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP)

    The government of British Columbia’s immigration department governs the BC PNP. This program helps the province to cherry pick the candidates who will contribute to the economy of the province. Now, BC accepts applications in 3 categories.
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    3.Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (MPNP)

    The MPNP program of Manitoba is administered by the government of Manitoba and the federal government of Canada. This program aims at brining in the right candidates to the province to fix the labour shortage and balance population deficit. Through MPNP, you can apply for 3 streams to get Canada PR.
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    4.New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP)

    New Brunswick PNP is working under the integration of provincial government and Canadian federal government to attract the candidates who meet economic and labour market needs in NB. There are 5 streams in which candidates can apply for Canada PR through NB PNP.
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    5.Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)

    NL PNP targets skilled workers who are looking for Canada immigration and willing to settle in Newfoundland and Labrador and contribute to the economic development of the province. There are 7 streams in which Newfoundland and Labrador accepts applications for provincial nomination.
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    6.Northwest Territories and Nunavut Immigration

    This program is for territorial immigration. People who are willing to relocate to the territories of Canada can apply for nomination through the immigration programs of Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This program is run by the territorial government in association with the federal government of Canada. The categories include…
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    7.Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

    There are 9 streams in which Nova Scotia accepts applications for provincial nomination. The Nova Scotia PNP, again, is a program that is collectively run by the provincial government and the federal government. Are you planning to migrate to Nova Scotia?
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    8.Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

    The OINP program is specifically for skilled immigrants who are willing to migrate to Ontario. Through this program, one can become a Canadian permanent resident and get into Ontario. This program is governed by Ontario government in association with the federal government of Canada. Migrate to Canada through OINP.
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    9.Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program (PEI PNP)

    The Provincial Nomination Program of Prince Edward Island focuses on meeting the objectives of the province which includes business and economic development, hitting the population target, manpower supply for demanded professions, etc… You can apply to Canada Immigration through PEI PNP under 3 streams.
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    10.Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)

    Saskatchewan doesn’t necessarily need an express entry profile of the candidates to receive applications. This is again a provincial immigration program run by the government of Saskatchewan and Canadian federal government to select candidates. Would you like to migrate to Canada?
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    11.Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

    Yukon PNP enables Yukon employees to hire skilled foreign workers and business professionals through the nomination program. In this program, there are 4 streams through which a candidate can apply for PR.
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