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Canada Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Is Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) a good option for immigration to Canada?

With the prolific number of immigration to Canada, there is no denying the fact that Express Entry Program of migration to Canada witnesses a large number of applications being submitted every year. Which leads to excessive competition in the pathway thus leaving some aspirants disheartened on not being able to make the cut for migration to Canada through the Canada Express Entry Program. For this purpose, only the Government of Canada has made things simpler and quicker for the aspiring candidates by allowing them the option of applying directly or through the express entry to the province of their choice and the right to the province to select and shortlist their preferred candidates. This pathway of the nomination of the candidates by the province is called the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) of Canada.

In this pathway, the candidates who are interested in settling in a particular province can speed fast their immigration to that region by meeting the eligibility requirements for that Province. The eligibility requirement for every province will depend on the program through which the candidate is migrating and also the labor market and employment opportunities in that region. Those candidates who meet these required guidelines of the particular stream of that province are selected. This way the province can attract precise skilled workers and help its economy.

Canada Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Those candidates who are shortlisted in the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) are eligible for the 600 extra points in the Canada Express Entry model which increases their chances of migration through the Express Entry. There are also other befits of beings selected in the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) like faster immigration under some provinces etc.

Now, let us look in detail on how the Provincial Nomination program works for Immigration to Canada –

There are two ways of the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) –

  • Express Entry linked Stream
  • Province from the Canada Provincial Nomination List
Express Entry linked Stream

The candidates who apply for the Canada Express Entry Program, they can apply for the PR status of Canada through Provincial Nomination while creation of the Express Entry profile. As they can select the preferred province in the profile as per their choice and this way the province will be notified of your intention of migrating to their region. Thus, when you meet their occupation list or other requirements they can send you a Notification of Interest (NOI) and help you apply directly for nomination in a stream. For being selected by a province for Canada PNP candidate should meet the eligibility requirements of the province. These are based on age, Language, education work experience, etc. but the requirements for each province are different.

Province from the Canada Provincial Nomination List

Another pathway to apply for Canada PNP is by directly applying to a province for the PNP list. The provincial Nomination for Canada Immigration is-

  • British Columbia Nomination Program (BC PNP)
  • Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)
  • Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Manitoba Immigration Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)
  • New Brunswick Immigration Nominee Program (NB PNP)
  • Nova Scotia Immigration Nominee Program (NSPNP)
  • Prince Edwards Island Immigration Nominee Program (PE PNP)
  • Newfoundland Immigration Nominee Program (NF PNP)

The processing time of the applications in the Canada PNP pathway is significantly faster under certain streams. Those applications which are submitted to through the express Entry linked stream of PNP their processing is very fast and these are processed in six months as well.

What is the process to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Although the Process to apply for the Canada PNP is very simple and easy, it is always nice to undertake the process with the help of a top immigration consultancy service only. There are two basic pathways through which an applicant can apply for Canada PNP – Directly through PNP or through Express Entry. In both cases, the procedure is almost the same where you have selected a preferred province first.

The steps to apply for the Canada PNP are –

  • Step 1 – Choose a province
  • Step2 – Select the model of applying – express Entry link stream or Canada PNP
  • Step 3 – The application is assessed as per the province from the express Entry pool or in Expression of Interest (EOI) system of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • Step4 – If you meet the eligibility requirements then you achieve a nomination.
  • Step 5 – Apply for the Canada PR visa
  • Step 6 – Documentation
  • Step 7 - Get Canada PR visa
What is the lowest IELTS requirement for PNP?

The lowest IELTS score depends on the program through which the candidate has applied for the PNP and also the credentials of the candidate to a large extent. There are certain provinces however which ask for a very low IELTS score for immigration to Canada, such as, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. But, it is always better to have a high score in case the candidate wishes to be selected for the Canada PNP.

Canada PNP 2019 without a job offer

Getting a Canada PR visa through PNP is possible even if the candidate doesn’t have a Job offer from a Canadian employer. Some of the provinces that do not require a job letter for immigration include-

  • Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
  • Quebec Skilled Workers Program
  • Ontario – In the Human Capital Priorities Stream

To help you in such a case a good immigration consultant is highly pertinent who is aware of all the necessary changes and details related to the Canada immigration. Hence, it is very important that the applicant chooses the immigration consultancy wisely after careful scrutiny. This small well thought of decision can change the course of life tremendously.

Key Global Immigration is a very popular name in the Immigration industry with years of experience and successful cases in the past. We are known for helping skilled workers move to a new location and start their life afresh.


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