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Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a great pathway designed for individuals who aspire to bag the permanent residency by showing ties to a particular Canadian province. Under this program, the provinces and territories are authorized to nominate and support the applicants who fit in predetermined criteria and have expressed an interest in settling in a specific province or territory. The foremost step in this program is to apply for PNP.

Eligibility criteria

Each of the thirteen provinces of Canada has its distinct eligibility criteria. However, there are 80 PNP streams out which you have to identify the one that fits best to you. Under this program, an intense evaluation of your education, skills, and work experience is performed. Applications that adhere to the criteria and incorporate a skill set that is highly beneficial for the province’s economy, are nominated. Once the province and territory authorities approve your PNP application, your next step is to apply for permanent residence in the allotted time window.

Step by step guide for PNP application

Pick the right PNP for you. Check the list of all provinces and territories to determine where you would choose to immigrate. Make sure to be thorough with all the requirements of each PNP and thereafter, assess your eligibility.
Apply to the chosen province directly. Once the application gets approved, you will get the Provincial Nomination Certification.
All the PNP nominated candidates must apply for permanent residency application to Canadian Federal Government. Here the federal government will perform your background check and then grant you Canadian PR. All the chosen PNP applicants aligned with Express Entry can perform the entire procedure online; else, you must submit a paper-based application.

The processing times may vary from province to province, but make a note that it will take a few months for your application to be processed in every province. Since every province has its distinct program, they keep on changing constantly. Therefore, keeping a regular check on PNPs, about their opening dates, durations, eligibility criteria, and other procedural intakes, is highly imperative.

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