CANADA ELEVEN PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES OFFERING PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM WITH PATHWAY TO RESIDENCY BUT THERE ARE NEARLY 60 IMMIGRATION PROGRAM IN ALL CATEGORIES
Canadian Provinces and Territories that offer Provincial Nominee Program
What is Provincial Nominee Program?
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an immigration program that allows individual provinces within Canada to nominate applicants based on their own requirements. Most provinces and territories in Canada can nominate immigrants through PNP. Individuals nominated are eligible to have their immigration application fast-tracked. Those who intend on residing in a specific province will want to consider this program.
Here are the 11 Canadian provinces that offer Provincial Nominee Program:
Yukon Provincial Nominee Program (YNP)
The province of Yukon has established the Yukon Provincial Nominee Program for entrepreneurs and skilled workers wishing to immigrate to the province. Entrepreneurs who wish to open or invest in a business in Yukon may qualify for the Business Program Category. The Skilled Workers Category is for individuals who have a full-time job offer from a Yukon employer in a skilled occupation.
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI NP)
The Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) welcomes newcomers wishing to embrace the opportunities presented by living in Canada’s smallest province. As the birthplace of Canada, PEI has a long and proud history of welcoming newcomers who have gone on to become some of our greatest leaders, entrepreneurs, trades people and artisans.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an immigration program through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. The Government of Ontario established Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to help employers succeed in the global competition for talent. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015; this includes nominations for both the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and Ontario Express Entry.
Program Updates: November 16, 2015: OINP has exhausted its base stream allocation for 2015, and the program is unable to issue further nominations under its base streams until January 1, 2016.
Northwest Territories Provincial Nominee Program (NWT Nominee Program)
The NWT Nominee Program helps strengthen the Northwest Territories economy by attracting qualified individuals to fill critical labour shortages and promote business development. The NWT Nominee Program can assist employers in recruiting and retaining foreign workers and can help foreign workers and their families make the NWT their permanent home.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
Once you are ready to move to beautiful Nova Scotia you will want to apply to a Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream.
Through the NSNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate. When an individual receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate, it speeds up the overall immigration process.
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) can provide an alternate and quicker entry into Canada. It allows Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate applicants who qualify under provincially established criteria for Permanent Resident Status.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is a provincial immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Government of Canada. As an economic program, the NBPNP selects, and nominates, qualified business people and skilled workers from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and contribute to the local economy.
The Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream is new to the NBPNP. Potential applicants are asked to complete an expression of interest and submit it to the NBPNP. After receiving provincial nominations, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will then invite top ranking candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) seeks skilled workers, businesspeople and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. It is a selection of internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.
The MPNP for Business allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program designed to help British Columbia (B.C.) meet its dynamic labour market and economic development priorities. The program allows B.C. to select foreign workers and international graduates who have the skills and experience to contribute to its economy. The BC PNP also selects entrepreneurs who are ready to invest in economy and create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Effective November 10th, 2015, the Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is accepting a limited number of applications for in-demand jobs under the Skills Immigration stream.
Effective September 1st, 2015, new applications will no longer be accepted for the majority of BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
The AINP is operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.
Program updates. Effective August 27, 2015, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not be accepting new applications under any AINP Streams or Categories until January 27, 2016. This temporary pause will help the AINP assess existing applications in the queue and prevent the queue from growing further.
Though each province has its own criteria, the general process is the same.
First, you must apply for and obtain a Provincial Nomination Certificate from the province in which you intend to reside. Once you receive a Nomination Certificate from the province, you will then be required to submit an application for permanent residency to federal immigration authorities.
Here are the common steps:
Take an assessment to the Province or Territory you intend to apply if you are qualified under their Provincial Nominee Program. In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview. If an interview is not required and you have met all the requirements for the program, a Provincial Nomination Certificate will be sent to you.
If an interview is required, you will be informed and will have to meet with provincial authorities in order to satisfy any additional requirements of the program.
Upon receipt of your Provincial Nomination Certificate, you must apply to the Federal Government before the expiration date specified on your certificate. You must include all requested documents in your application in order to be considered for Permanent Residency.
Your completed application will be transferred to the Canadian Immigration Visa Office that is responsible for processing immigration applications in your country. You will then be instructed to complete medical examination and send in any additional documentation required and will need to pay the fees for obtaining your Permanent Residency.
Once you have received the Visa, you will have a specified period of time in which you and your family must enter Canada before it expires.
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