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Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Programs exist in the majority of Canadian provinces. Their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) expedites the process for professional and/or accomplished workers, experienced businesspeople, and their families who want to live permanently in that province of Canada. If you want to immigrate to Canada as a provincial candidate, you must first apply to and complete the provincial nomination process in the province where you want to live.


Nominees will then apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Permanent Resident status. Each province chooses applicants based on their qualifications and job experience, as well as the province’s ability needs and criteria. Work or research experience in that province will also improve an applicant’s qualifications.


Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) offer Canadian provinces and territories the ability to appoint people who want to immigrate to Canada and want to live in a specific province. The first step is to submit an application to the PNP in the province or territory where you want to live. You must have the qualifications, schooling, and job experience necessary to settle in Canada and support yourself and your family in order to apply.


When deciding to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program, we urge prospective immigrants to study and consider the provincial nominee requirements, job opportunities, and socioeconomic conditions of each province.  Canadian province and territory has its own Provincial Nominee Program (with the exception of Nunavut and Quebec, which have a different selection system). PNP nominations may be made through express entry or non-express entry pnp streams, depending on qualification criteria. Following the approval of your application by the province or territory, you must apply for permanent residency within the timeframe.