The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Canada operates to welcome economic immigrants to Canada.
The PNP is the major economic-class immigration programme for this year and future, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024. Previously, Express Entry was the primary immigration path.
Except for Nunavut and Quebec, almost other provinces and territories have their own PNPs. Each has at least one immigration path that is compatible with the Express Entry system.
How do improved PNPs work?
When a PNP is integrated with Express Entry, it is referred to as an upgraded PNP.
Candidates must first be eligible for one of the Express Entry-managed programmes, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Program, in order to get an enhanced PNP (FSTP).
If an Express Entry applicant qualifies the PNP’s eligibility requirements, the province may ask them to seek for a provincial nomination. The nomination differs from the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Candidates reply to the invitation by submitting a nomination application to the province.
Express Entry applicants who successfully get a nomination from an improved PNP earn 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points added to their base score, thereby guaranteeing them an ITA in the next Express Entry round of invites.
In general, PNP qualifying criteria include job experience, education, and language proficiency. There are frequently prerequisites for enough settlement finances and a desire to relocate to the nominated province. Here is a list of Canada’s enhanced PNPs, as well as explanations of some of the characteristics that may qualify you for each.
Human Capital Priorities
Candidates who are eligible for either the FSWP or the CEC through Express Entry may be invited under Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will organise invitation rounds in order to invite possibly qualified Express Entry candidates to file for a nomination. Candidates with work experience in particular in-demand occupations may be targeted in these draws. Ontario launched Tech Draws in 2019, in which the province invites people with job experience in six in-demand tech vocations on a regular basis.
Stream of Skilled Trades
The Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream in Ontario is a route for skilled trades individuals who have work experience in a qualifying trade. Candidates must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in an occupation included in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system’s Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82.
Eligible candidates must also be residents of Ontario with a valid work permit. Candidates must have a licence or certification from the Ontario College of Trades in addition to other eligibility requirements.
French-Speaking Skilled Worker
Candidates for the FSWP and CEC who are fluent in both French and English may be eligible for a nomination through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Candidates must also have a bachelor’s degree earned in Canada or overseas. It is not required to be in Ontario while applying for this stream, but you must show that you intend to live in the province.
For Express Entry applicants, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program provides immigration paths.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
The Alberta Express Entry Stream is for Express Entry candidates who have a CRS score of at least 300 and are currently employed in an approved occupation.
The Alberta Accelerated Technology Pathway
The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway is offered to Express Entry candidates who are presently employed in Alberta’s technology business or who have received a job offer in one of 38 approved tech vocations.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program immigration sub-categories listed below are part of the province’s Express Entry stream.
People in the Skilled Worker category have obtained an eligible employment offer in a skilled occupation and have several years of experience in their skilled occupation.
Professional in Healthcare
Express Entry individuals may apply under this category if they have experience and qualified work offers as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals.
International University Graduate
This category is for overseas students who have just graduated from an eligible Canadian university or institution. Express Entry applicants must have a job offer from a BC company to be eligible for this sub-category.
This category is for graduates with Masters or Doctoral degrees in natural, applied, or health sciences from an accredited educational institution in British Columbia. This sub-category does not require a job offer.
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Candidates who match the qualifying criteria and have expertise in a Manitoba In-Demand Occupation and are qualified under another Manitoba immigration stream are eligible for the Manitoba Express Entry pathway.
Express Entry in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Express Entry programme is designed for Express Entry candidates who have worked in a high-demand occupation in Saskatchewan.
Pathway for Tech Talent in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway is designed for Express Entry applicants who have employment offers in an approved technology occupation in the province. Eligible candidates must have at least one year of qualifying work experience in the last five years, or six months if they are already employed in Saskatchewan by the firm that is giving them a position.
Experience in Nova Scotia: Express Entry
Candidates for the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry track may be qualified if they have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in the province within the past three years. Candidates must have a high school diploma or better and be between the ages of 21 and 55, among other requirements.
International Graduates Are in High Demand
The Nova Scotia International Graduates in Demand stream is for Express Entry applicants with employment offers as nursing aides, orderlies, patient service associates (NOC 3413), or early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214). Candidates must have completed a 30-week course of study within the past three years to be eligible. The programme must have been completed in Nova Scotia for at least half of the time.
Priorities in the Labor Market
You must fulfil the precise eligibility conditions in a Nova Scotia Nominee Program draw to be eligible for the Labour Market Priorities Stream. You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia in addition to satisfying the work experience criteria for the Express Entry-managed programme for which you are eligible.
Physicians’ Job Market Priorities
Candidates for Express Entry who want to immigrate under the Labour Market Priorities for Physicians must have a work offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre as a general practitioner, family physician, or specialised physician (NOC 3111 or NOC 3112). Candidates must also commit to staying in the province for two years by submitting a signed Return for Service Agreement to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
Yukon Express Admission
Candidates for Yukon Express Entry can be nominated if they have a full-time work offer in the territory. They must also establish that they have sufficient settlement monies to maintain themselves and their families.
Enhanced PNPs allow Express Entry candidates to jump to the front of the line for an ITA while also supporting provincial demographic and economic growth plans. A provincial nomination can make all the difference for some.