One of the ways for talented workers to move to Canada and get permanent residence status is through the Provincial Nominee Program, the PNP.
The program’s objective is to increase the number of skilled workers brought into Canada to improve the economies of the different provinces and territories and to distribute the advantages of immigration across the country more evenly.
It has been a successful method of bringing talented employees to areas that have historically had tiny immigration demographics, such as the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces.
PNP enables the provinces and territories of Canada to nominate people who wish to come to Canada and are interested in settling in a particular province.
Over 80 provincial immigration streams are aimed at luring workers, graduates, and businesspeople. Each program was developed in response to the demands placed on the province’s labor force.
The only exceptions to this rule are the territories of Nunavut and Quebec, which are included in the program. The provinces decide the requirements for economic immigration to Quebec independently of any other jurisdiction.
The “basic” and “enhanced” programs are the primary routes to obtaining permanent resident status via the PNP. Both of these programs are described as “base” programs.
The “base” programs
The applicant submits their application to a PNP stream without intervening steps. The province will then check to ensure the application satisfies all prerequisites for participation in that route.
If all of the requirements are satisfied, the province will then give a letter of nomination to the applicant, who will then be able to submit their application for permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
The “enhanced” programs
The second alternative is “enhanced” programs, which are in line with the application management system used by the federal government for Express Entry.
If an applicant is eligible for an Express Entry-managed program like the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), then obtaining a provincial nomination can increase their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). These programs are both managed by the federal government.
Candidates can indicate in their online Express Entry profile whether or not there is a particular province in which they would like to settle down.
The provincial government can then decide whether or not a candidate will be a better match for the province based on the information provided in the candidate’s profile.
If this occurs, the province will send the applicant a notification of interest, which means that the applicant is extended an invitation to apply for provincial nomination.
The applicant may then apply to the province after accepting the nomination if they choose to do so.
They are awarded a nomination letter if they successfully meet the program requirements. They will immediately be awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which significantly enhances the likelihood of being granted permanent residency.
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