Determining your eligibility

Every province and territory has its own streams and criteria for their Provincial Nominee Program. These can change without notification, so keep up to date with the latest information by visiting the official website of the area or territory that interests you. The eligibility criteria for the PNP is diverse based on whether you apply through the paper-based (non-Express Entry streams) or Express Entry process. If you’re applying through the paper-based process, you have to meet the minimum requirements of the provinces or territory’s non-Express Entry streams. You would also have to be nominated under that stream. If you are applying under Express Entry, you too need to meet the minimum requirements of a province’s Express Entry PNP stream as well as be nominated under that stream. Currently, there are Provincial Nominee Programs in the following provinces and territories:

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario

Canada is a standout amongst the most famous immigration destinations on the planet and has one of the biggest foreign-born populations of OECD countries. Most Canadian immigrants go to the country as skilled workers either as temporary foreign workers, permanent residents under its point-based skilled immigration scheme or as provincial and territorial candidates. The Provincial Nominee program permits provinces and territories to nominate business outsiders who will live and work in Canada and get Canadian PR (Permanent Resident) cards. Provincial Nominee applications are given preference over other skilled visa candidates by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). In Ontario’s case, there is the Employer classification for employers who wish to hire foreign skilled workers and the Multinational Investor Category, which is intended to help organizations wanting to make major investments in Ontario by optimizing work permits and permanent residency cards for key staff. Numerous provinces also have special categories for understudies wishing to increase permanent residence and work after their studies. You might also have the capacity to meet all requirements for this immigration program if you have family living in Canada. Much of the time, an employer wishing to contract you under the provincial nominee program can state their case for employing foreign talent to the provincial government. Once affirmed, they can then have you apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program. Canadian Immigration and Citizenship then settle on a definite conclusion on your application.