Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Provincial Nomination Programs, as the name suggests, are immigration programs by the provinces of Canada. Except for Nunavut and Quebec, each province targets qualified candidates to fulfill the immigration quotas governed by the respective labor market needs. With over 80 immigration streams, the Provincial Nomination Programs is one of the most preferred immigration pathways.
Each province has its eligibility criteria, and some also require a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. However, it is essential to note that these programs keep modifying criteria as per their needs and any changes in immigration laws and policies.

Provincial Nominee Program through Express Entry

The Express Entry system, while setting up your profile, allows you to choose one, multiple, or all provinces of your interest to reside. Provinces can view only the candidates who indicate interest in the respective jurisdiction. Based on education, experience, language levels, and other relevant factors, the provinces then use the portal to select eligible candidates and invite them to apply for Provincial Nomination. The shortlisted candidates receive a message of Notification of Interest in their online account.

If interested in continuing with the application, the candidates have to apply directly with the provincial government through a separate portal.
Certain provinces, however, also require candidates that satisfy the prerequisites to apply with the province for a nomination. Once the province has agreed to grant the nomination, the candidate can create a new or update an existing Express Entry profile to indicate the nomination received.

Benefits of Provincial Nominee Program through Express Entry

A successful provincial nomination grants an additional 600 points in the CRS to a candidate in his Express Entry profile, almost assuring an Invitation to Apply in the next round of invitations.