Canada Provincial Nomination Program

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Canada Provincial nomination program offers a helpful path to Canadian permanent residence. The Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) permits Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who desire to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.

PNP Canada programs allow Canadian provinces to nominate individuals for immigration to their province based on criteria set by the provincial government. Successful applicants obtain a provincial nomination, which may then be used to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence through Express Entry.

The PNP is a permanent immigration program initiated by various provinces and territories in Canada that allows nominated immigrants to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory.


Canada Provincial nomination program

How the Canada Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) Works

  • The first step is to apply to the province or territory where you want to live and be nominated. Note that you must have a profile in the express entry pool prior to your provincial application, and.
  • After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you must apply to IRCC for permanent residence. An IRCC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration rules before you are issued a Canadian Permanent Resident status which will enable you to live in Canada permanently.

There are two major steps to obtain Canada provincial nomination and they are to wit:

  • Decide where you want to live in Canada and apply to that province or territory for a nomination.
  • Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence after you have been nominated by a province.

Canada Provincial nomination program

List of Provinces to obtain Canada Provincial Nomination Program

Canada has ten provinces which are as follows: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island. There are also three territories which make up the northern half or so of Canada, they are to wit: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavu.


Eligibility to Obtain Canada Provincial Nomination

To be eligible and apply as a provincial nominee, you must:

  • meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams
  • be nominated under that stream

Note that the province of Quebec does not have provincial nomination program

How to Apply for Canada Provincial Nomination Program

·         Fill your online application through the official website of the province or territory.

After you have been nominated by a province, it gives you automatic additional 600 points that will enhance your chances of success at the express entry pool. Once you have been nominated by a province or territory, you can submit an application for permanent residence.

·         Pay your application fees

Most provinces require you to pay a token as processing fee which is different from the official fees payable for express entry application. Some other provinces do not charge any fees. The fees payable may differ.

·         Biometrics fee

Your biometrics will captured when you submit your application and handling fee is usually paid during the process. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

You must give your biometrics in person. Ensure to book an appointment if this service is offered. Find a collection point in your home country.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for such as:

Submit your application

Before you send us your application online, you must ensure that you:

  • answer all questions correctly
  • sign your application and all necessary forms
  • include evidence of payment of your processing fee
  • include all the supporting documents (you must include a copy of the certificate of nomination from the province or territory)

Note: incomplete applications are returned or rejected; we will be required to fix the errors and re-submit.

Contact us: for a complete guide on the application process. You may also contact a Canadian immigration lawyer for more guidiance.


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