What is the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)?

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Most Canadian provinces and territories are able to nominate a certain number of candidates through the Express Entry system to meet local and provincial labour market needs. These portions of the PNPs are known as ‘enhanced’ nominations. Please view

Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain a nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the CRS system, out of a possible total of 1,200. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transfer-ability points, it will result in an Invitation to apply for permanent residence being issued to the candidate at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Provinces and territories are also able to make nominations under their regular, or ‘base’, PNP streams outside the Express Entry system. Provincial and territorial nominations made outside the Express Entry system are subject to particular PNP streams and processing standards.The route from a successful base nomination to permanent residence is a two-step process. Candidates must first satisfy the criteria for a PNP stream, apply, and receive a nomination certificate. With this certificate in hand, candidates may apply to the federal government, which will oversee the necessary medical and security background checks before granting permanent resident status.

There are over 60 different Provincial Nomination Programs through which eligible candidates can immigrate to Canada. The most popular of these is the Ontario program due to its eligibility criteria not requiring the immigrant to have a valid job offer. The minimum CRS score required to be eligible for the Ontario PNP is 400.

To know more about PNP programs for Immigrating to Canada please visit http://www.dreamvisas.com/canada

Manoj Palwe is a member of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC ID : R422575).


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