Understanding the PNP
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada is your path to becoming a permanent resident. Let’s explore PNP through Express Entry, unveiling two key routes to achieving permanent residency in 2023.
What is the PNP?
PNP consists of mini-immigration programs run by provincial governments in Canada. These programs enable provinces to nominate immigrants who meet specific needs for Canadian permanent residency. While provinces nominate candidates, final immigration decisions are made at the federal level.
The PNP Process Involves
1. Express Entry Pool
Candidates interested in Canadian immigration apply to the Express Entry pool, receiving a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. A minimum CRS score is usually required for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
2. Provincial Nomination
Candidates with CRS scores below the minimum can apply for PNP through provinces or territories. Meeting a province’s eligibility criteria earns them a nomination, adding 600 CRS points and boosting their ITA chances.
Participation by Provinces and Territories
Of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories, nine provinces participate in the PNP, excluding Quebec, which has its own immigration program. Nunavut is the only non-participating territory.
Two Ways to Apply for PNP through Express Entry
1. Express Entry Stream
- Qualify for federal immigration programs (e.g., Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class).
- Possess work experience classified under skill levels Tier 1, 2, or 3.
Step-by-Step Guide for Express Entry Stream:
a) Create Your Express Entry Profile
c) Submit Your Profile
d) Receive Notification of Interest (NOI)
e) Apply for PNP
g) Accept Nomination
2. Direct Application to Provinces or Territories
If you don’t receive nominations through Express Entry, apply directly:
a) Eligibility Check
b) Application Submission
c) Update Your Express Entry Profile
d) Confirmation of Nomination
e) Accept Nomination