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Get Into The Canada PNP:

Canada is a favorite destination for individuals wanting to migrate to another country. The immigration friendly policies of the country and the many job opportunities here are encouraging migrants to come and settle here.

Many migrants opt for a PR visa when they wish to settle in Canada. One of the options to migrate to Canada is a Permanent Resident (PR) visa. This visa is valid for five years and can be renewed.

The PR visa offers social security, free education and health care among other benefits. Canada offers various immigration programs

through which you can apply for a PR visa. A popular option is the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program or the PNP.

Canada offers nearly 80 different PNP programs, some of the popular PNP programs include:

  1. Alberta PNP
  2. Manitoba PNP
  3. New Brunswick PNP
  4. British Columbia PNP
  5. Nova Scotia PNP
  6. Ontario PNP
  7. Saskatchewan PNP
  8. Prince Edward Island PNP

The PNP programs are designed to meet the individual immigration needs of provinces and meet the labor shortages they are facing.

With this in mind, the Canadian government has continuously increased its targets for the PNP program. It has set a target of 67,800 for 2020.

The government is expected to increase the approval of new permanent resident visas through the PNP program for 2020 and 2021.

It has set a target of PR visas of 67,800 for 2020 and 71,300 for 2021 through the PNP program.

Eligibility criteria for the PNP

Canada immigration programs including the PNP works on a points-based system. An applicant must score a minimum number of points to be able to apply for a PR visa. Here are the various criteria under which you can score points to meet the eligibility requirement:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Adaptability
  • Arranged employment

Application for a PR visa through the PNP program requires the applicants have some connection to the province. You can be either working in that province or have studied there. You can be eligible if you have a job offer from an employer in the province.

Steps to apply for Canada PNP

If you opt for the PNP to apply for your PR visa, these are the steps:

  • You must apply in the province or region where you desire to settle.
  • You could be nominated by the province to apply for a PR visa if your profile meets the eligibility criteria.
  • You can apply for your PR visa after you are nominated by a province.

The criteria for evaluating the PR application can  differ for each province.

The PNP is an option you can choose if your CRS points score is not high enough and you still get your provincial nomination. When making your PNP application you can choose a province from where it will be easy to get a nomination based on your profile.

Express Entry linked PNPS

If you are applying under such a PNP, you can add 600 CRS points to your Express Entry application. This increases your possibility of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for your PR visa in the subsequent invitation round. Those wishing to apply for such PNP programs must first create an Express Entry profile.

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FAQ
What is Canadian PNP?

The Canada Provincial Nominee Programs offer a valuable pathway to Canada PR Visa. The PNPs permit territories and provinces in Canada to nominate persons. These must be inclined to migrate to Canada and settle in a specific province.

Each territory and Province in Canada has its own exclusive PNP. The exception is Quebec and Nunavut. Each PNP has minimum one immigration stream that is linked with the federal immigration selection system of Express Entry.

Nominations from provinces offered under these streams linked with Express Entry also known as enhanced nominations. These incur extra 600 CRS/ Comprehensive Ranking System points to the Express Entry. It effectively ensures an ITA for Canada PR Visa in the subsequent Express Entry draws.

What are the eligibility requirements for the PNP program?

To apply under the PNP program you must meet the minimum requirements for the province’s non-Express Entry streams or must be nominated under that stream.

If you do not receive a nomination, then you must contact the province directly.

How can I apply for PNP in Canada?

There are two ways to apply for Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada. These are:

Express Entry

Non-Express Entry

Application through Express Entry:

Most of the streams in Provincial Nominee Programs are linked with Express Entry system. You can create a profile and if you score the minimum points you will be entered into the pool of candidates.

If any province has requirements, they can select your profile for nomination. This is subject to the suitability of your profile. You can then apply for the PR Visa after you get Invitation to Apply from any province. 

The application directly to a PNP:

If you have a specific Canadian province in your mind, you can easily apply for that province. Below are the steps to directly apply to a Provincial Nominee Program:

  • Select a PNP of a Province
  • Fulfil the requirements and submit the complete application
  • Obtain a nomination from that Province/PNP
  • Receive the Nomination certificate

•    Apply for Canada PR Visa with IRCC

Is the job offer mandatory for PNP?

The job offer is not mandatory for the below Provincial Nominee Program streams linked with Express Entry:

  • MPMP Skilled Worker of Manitoba
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream of New Brunswick
  • PNP Nova Scotia
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream of Ontario
  • Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category International Skilled Worker of Saskatchewan
How do you get a Provincial Nomination to immigrate to Canada?

Every Territory and Province in Canada has its own requirements and programs. For example, Territories and Provinces can target the following in a program stream:

  • Specific occupations 
  • Semi-skilled workers 
  • Skilled workers 
  • Business people 
  • Students
     

Candidates can file an application for Provincial Nomination either after obtaining valid job offers of through Express Entry. Some of the Provinces have their individual In-demand Occupation Lists.

An applicant will be offered an invitation to apply for Nomination by a Province if their occupation is listed in its In-demand Occupation List. They can then file a Canada PR Visa application if they receive the nomination from the Province.

I am in India, and planning to apply for a PNP PR, does the PNP PR still help me take education first in Canada and then start working?

Applicants who possess the Work Experience, Education and Skills can submit an application for the Provincial Nominee Program. Each territory and province has its own criteria for eligibility. Some PNP programs are allied with Express Entry while some are not.

A few of the PNPs are based on occupation. Investors and Students can also submit an application for PNP.

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