As noted above, Canada’s Provinces and Territories adhere to their own selection process to obtain a Provincial Nomination Certificate. The PNP assesses your skills, education and work experience based on their economic and labor needs and approves each provincial nomination certificate accordingly.
Each PNP has different pathways under which foreign nationals can apply. There are PNP’s based on Express Entry and others are non-Express Entry, assessed through the regular application process. The Enhanced PNP is aligned with the Express Entry program. With a Provincial Nomination Certificate, a candidate earns an additional 600 points that can be added to their points in the CRS. Once a Provincial Nomination Certificate is approved, the candidate can then apply for permanent residency through the IRCC. Only the Canadian government Federal Government can approve an application for permanent residence.
Each Province and Territory has its own PNP, with varying pathways; however, many seek to attract candidates with a connection to the Province or Territory and those who seek to work in one of the Province’s in-demand occupation. Selection is largely based on meeting the minimum requirements. Below is a list of all Provinces and Territories with a PNP that you may choose, based on your individual qualifications and desire to settle:
- ***Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
***The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a permanent residence program based on a partnership between the Government of Canada and the 4 Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).
As each Province and Territory has its own application process and application timing window. The rules for each PNP are complex and time consuming. To avoid delays and refusals, it is important to seek proper legal advice.
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