The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a Canadian program by the provincial areas of Canada. In Canada, the requirement of skilled workers is separately dealt at federal and provincial levels and hence the provinces are allowed to deal with their own migration matters. The provincial programs invite skilled people to work for the development of a particular province only.
PNP is as equally popular and acceptable form of immigration program as the federal express entry. The Provincial Nominee Program targets those specialists, business people and independently employed people, who can carry development of the job market in Canada. This is to makea dominant and solid economy, profiting different Canadians. In exchange, the immigrants get many social security benefits from the provinces!
PNP is particularly interested in inviting those skilled individuals who are having the right set of credentials such as age, education from in or outside the province, work experience in or outside the province, language proficiency in local language of the province (English/French).
If you hold the above-mentioned credentials, then you may get a nomination from any province except the province of Quebec. Quebec runs its very own program for calling skilled individuals, which is mainly intended for French speaking settlers. This is because Quebec is the French province of Canada and has its own administrative set up. If you are qualified under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program with French speaking skills, then you may separately apply for this province as well.
After you have been acknowledged for PNP or have been issued a certificate of nomination, you will earn extra 600 CRS. Now your CRS total will be highest in the pool of applicants waiting for the invite from CIC. Consequently, in the next CIC draw, you will be invited to apply for the Permanent Resident Visa.
After successfully getting an ITA (Invitation To Apply), CIC will allot you 90 days of time to do away with all the documentation and other requirements such as medicals, proof of fund, etc. 90 days is the maximum time and within this time period you must complete your documentation verification and submission. Any delay beyond 90 days will take away your chance of immigrating to Canada.
Any skilled person with appropriate age, educational qualification, skills and language proficiency can consider coming to Canada through the Provincial Nominee program (PNP). It is truly said that a nomination certificate from a province is the window to your entry in Canada! Therefore, you must know how to start your immigration process through PNP.
The following mentioned are the 5 steps that will guide on how to successfully apply for a PNP nomination:
Stage 1: Know Your Initial Eligibility
The initial step in applying for a nomination from a province is to know if you’re qualified. Remember that Quebec has its own guidelines for inviting people, and therefore you must separately check its eligibility criteria. For example, for most of the PNPs, CLB 7 in IELTS English test is needed. In case of Quebec on the other hand, you need not appear for IELTS but a French test is required.
To start with your eligibility test, keep in mind that every province has its own qualification necessities. You first need to select the province you are interested in and then you’ll need to visit the site of every province to decide if you’re qualified for that particular PNP. Remember that these prerequisites can change without prior notice, so continue checking during your application procedure.
Stage 2: Start your Application Process
The application process for PNP has two phases. The first one is the direct application to the PNP portal and the second one is the Express Entry linked stream. Broadly you can say that provinces allot invites via both its Express Entry and non-Express Entry streams.
Express Entry, as the name infers, calls those workers to immigrate to Canada who are having an express entry profile active in the pool. The non-Express Entry stream is for those who are not there in the pool but possess the credentials demanded by the provinces. Both of the streams will allot you a nomination and in each case a further invite from CIC is required.
In short, after being acknowledged by a PNP or after a province nominates you, you’ll have to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for PR visa. In the stage of the application procedure, you’ll also need a medical test to prove that you are a healthy individual.
Stage 3: Know the Processing Times of different provinces
Checking upon processing time is valid of you are applying directly to the province. Canadian government has different processing times for different immigration programs. Therefore, it is important to know how much times will your application consume.Earlier, the processing times were not exact as the system was not online (before 2015).But now, the processing times showed online will be exact.
In general, the processing time for express entry linked PNP is less as compared to the non-express entry PNP. The exact processing time for each province is different and you must visit their websites to know the application begin time, closing time, processing time, etc.
Stage 4: Post Application
After you present your application, there are a couple of things that follows.
In the first place, you will get an acknowledgement of your application. You’ll get a letter saying the administration is evaluating your application. This is your waiting time. If the application submitted by you is lacking the required qualifications,the province will dismiss it.
On the other hand, if you have applied through a professional consultancy like oneclick visas and they rightly prepare your profile, you will get your invite within 5-8 months. After getting the approval, apply with CIC for further approval.
The Canadian immigration authorities may request you to submit further documentation or data, and they may need before issuing you an invite. Make sure to submit these within the deadline provided for.
After successfully getting a nomination from a province, you will get extra 600 points if you have applied through a express entry linked stream. In case of non-express entry stream, you can straightaway contact the federal authorities to issue you invite for a PR visa.
Stage 5: Arranging for Your Arrival in Canada
Your next task is to get ready for your new life in Canada. Before you land in Canada, it’s a smart thought to connect with associations that assist foreigners with settling in this nation. They give free administrations about how to incorporate into Canadian culture. These associations can help you after you land in Canada, as well. You can contact oneclick visas as apart from giving immigration services, we provide post-landing services as well!
The first thing to do after you arrive in Canada is get the physical copy of your PR card. You must contact the authorities for the card. Your PR card is the entity of yours in a foreign land so keep it safe and close to you.
Another thing to note here is that you must land and settle in the province that has nominated you. This is not a legal obligation but a moral duty of yours to reside in the province for at least 2 years. After 2 years, you may move to your desired province/city.
At present, there are 10 provinces in Canada each with its very own nomination program. Each province has its own application-accepting time slot. Also, some provinces are very active in express entry linked stream such as Ontario’s Human Capital Priority Stream. While some other are considered for direct application such as SINP.
The below mentioned are the popular immigration programs that are actively inviting skilled individuals:
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ontario is one of the most popular programs for which you need to be really skilled and qualified. This is because a large number of immigrants are interested in this province and hence competition is intense. Read More
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
The province of British Columbia offers a wide scope of options to workers both through the express entry and non-express entry streams. Read More
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Alberta has been coming in demand more and more since it has left behind the province of British Columbia as Canada’s second biggest immigration destination.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
The Manitoba Nominee Program has been the popular choice among north Indians as most of the people from north India (both skilled and semi-skilled) immigrate and settle here.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
Saskatchewan lies in the Canadian Prairie area and its nomination program is popularly called the SINP. It is active both in express entry and non-express entry streams. Read More
Nova Scotia Nominee Program
Nova Scotia is turning into an unstoppably well-known destination for Indian students as the province has many good institutions. The province also has well-paying jobs for immigrants. Read More
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program, open doors for the skilled people, once or twice in a year. Therefore, you must remain ready beforehand with your application.
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) acknowledges applications for Entry Express candidates as well as directly invites skilled individuals too!
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
This is less populated area of Canada and hence is highly in demand. This is the territorial region of Canada, having capacity of sea related businesses and firms.
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) requires you have an employment offer in the area of north of the Northwest Territories as one of the eligibility criteria.
Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
The Yukon is another territorial area that calls the Entry Express applicants and as well independent applicants to come and settle in Canada.
Under the Provincial Nominee Program, the processing times depends upon the fact whether the application was submitted under a PNP stream connected to Express Entry or any of the other non-Express Entry streams i.e., directly to the province.
Also, in case of direct application, every province has its own processing times and there is no standard processing time for PNPs. Most provinces have reduced their time of processing to a couple of months or even weeks. For Express Entry applications, the time of processing of application stays 6 months. As already mentioned, applications with non-express stream, will take a longer time as compared to express entry linked streams.
If you want your application to process fast, then the right thing to do is to get in touch with Oneclick visas. Having a professional help for your visa application will not only ensure a timely processing, but also makes sure that there exist no reason for rejection of your application. Many provinces will straightaway decline your application f your documents are not complete or if your credentials are not enough. Thus, a consultant is a huge help in your immigration journey.
To start your immigration process via PNP, you must first determine your eligibility. Secondly, you must know about the province that you are immigrating to. We at Oneclick, call you to come and attend a FREE counselling session with our immigration experts to know both in regard to your eligibility as well about the province you intend to settle in.
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