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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – Canada PNP Program decoded!

When you plan to move to your dream country, Canada, and your CRS score is way below the cut off threshold then immigrating under the Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the next best option for you. Knowing about how to qualify under the PNP nomination program and the paperwork included can take you one step closer to your dream. 

What is Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and How it works?
 

 

What does Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) mean?

 

Canada operates in a two-tiered immigration system i.e. Federal and Provincial levels under a shared jurisdiction between various provinces. Almost all ten Canadian provinces and three territories follow this protocol.

A Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) means provinces get to nominate an individual or a skilled worker candidate to come to their province with the specific skills set as required by their local economies (businesses). 

What is Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
What is Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Successful candidates who receive a PNP or territorial nomination can then apply for Canadian permanent residence (PR) through federal immigration authorities. This is one of the important component of all provincial programs. If selected by a province under the PNP program an individual automatically receives additional points to travel to Canada. 

 

For example, if a person has a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 400, then after receiving a provincial nomination (PNP) from Alberta, he will receive an additional 600 points making his CRS a total of 400 + 600 = 10,000 points. This boost in the total CRS score will make sure that the person will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in the next draw.

 

 

Who is eligible for the Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

 

The Canada PNP Program is designed for individuals who:

  • Have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
  • Want to live in that province, and
  • Want to become Permanent Residents of Canada
Canada PNP Eligibility Criteria - Canada and Me
Canada PNP Eligibility Criteria – Canada and Me

Each territory and province will have their own set of requirements which they will target for PNP nomination, for example, some provinces will target the following categories based on their requirement:

 
  • Business People
  • Skilled Workers
  • Semi-skilled workers
  • Students

How do you apply for a Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via the Express Entry process?

 

You can apply for Canada PNP in the online Express Entry process in two ways:

Contacting Province Directly

 

Accepting Notification of Interest (NOI)

Two ways of Immigration - Canada and Me
Two ways of Immigration – Canada and Me

Contacting Province Directly

 

You can contact the province directly and apply for a PNP nomination under the Express Entry stream. Based on their PNP requirements, the province agrees to nominate you and updates your Express Entry profile to show that you have been nominated.

For more information on this topic visit and select the province you wish to move: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/provincial-nominees/works.html

So, the above Contacting Province Directly process will look like:

 

Visiting the above link -> Selecting the Province you are interested in -> Wait for them to respond

 

Accepting Notification of Interest (NOI) from the Province

A province sends you a “Notification of Interest (NOI) to your account if your profile fits their PNP requirements. It is up to you if you wish to accept the NOI sent by the province for their Canada PNP program.

Notification of Interest (NOI) from a province gets sent to your Express Entry profile stating that the province is interested in considering you for nomination under their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Once you receive an NOI, you have to contact the province directly within two weeks via email stating that you wish to proceed with the Canada PNP process. You must provide your Express Entry profile number and a screenshot of the NOI received from the province in your email.

The province explicitly informs you that this is just a letter of interest and that it is not a guarantee that you will be nominated by them. Canada PNP nomination happens only after you qualify all the requirements of the province. The province will confirm your information and will send you an email requesting you to submit an application, which includes a form to fill out and a document checklist listing all the required documents. Some provinces charge a fee for applying while others let you apply for free. There is usually a deadline for applying so make sure that you start working on it right away.

 

So, the above Acceptance of Notification of Interest process will look like:

You Receive NOI -> Express your Interest via e-mail -> Wait for them to respond

What documents are required for submitting your Canada PNP Application?

 

You should take some time and read the email sent by the province carefully. Start filling out the multiple application forms that are sent to you. Please make sure that you have the latest version of adobe reader or else there are times when the application forms might not open (I faced this issue as I was using an older version of Adobe and had to upgrade it to access the forms). Once you fill the forms, you will have to take a printout of the same. 

Canada PNP Nomination Document Checklist - Canada and Me
Canada PNP Nomination Document Checklist – Canada and Me

The additional checklist might ask you to list documents such as your passport copy, copy of approved language tests such as IELTS, and your Education Credential Assessment (ECA) original or copy. They will also need copies of your degrees, reference letters from your employers stating specific details as mentioned in the checklist. 

 

Mail your application and supporting documents in the order listed in the document checklist to the address as mentioned by the province via an international courier service (I used FedEx courier service and my documents were delivered within 2 days). The province will send an acknowledgment receipt email to you once they receive your documents which will state your file number for tracking purposes.

What to do after receiving Canada PNP nomination?

 

You will receive a response from the province once they have made a decision based on the documents provided by you. The Canada PNP decision letter will be sent via email as well as it appears in your Express Entry profile. Once the province wishes to nominate you for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), they will notify you and then you have 30 calendar days from the date of their correspondence to accept the PNP nomination. 

What to do after receiving Canada PNP Nomination - Canada and Me
What to do after receiving Canada PNP Nomination – Canada and Me

If you accept their PNP nomination, you will receive an additional 600 points in your CRS score. This means that you will surely receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency under the Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Accepting the Canada PNP nomination also means that you are indicating to the IRCC that you intend to reside in the province for a minimum of 2 years. Once you accept the PNP nomination, your Express Entry profile will no longer be visible to other provinces or territories. You will also not be considered for the Federal Economic programs in Express Entry.

 

If you decline the Canada PNP nomination, you will NOT receive the 600 points for the nomination and you will not receive an invitation to apply under the PNP stream. Declining the Canada PNP nomination would mean that you will continue to stay in the Express Entry pool of candidates. You will still be eligible to receive invitations under Federal Economic Programs as well as other provinces will be able to view your profile for further consideration

Things to note

Things to Note - Canada and Me
Things to Note – Canada and Me
 
  • You may receive Canada PNP nominations from multiple provinces and territories; however, you may accept only one PNP nomination. Your profile will remain in the Express Entry pool until you accept the PNP nomination.
  • You are under no obligation to accept a Canada PNP nomination and may decline it if you don’t intend to stay in a particular province that has nominated you.
  • A PNP nomination by a province does not guarantee that you will be eligible for permanent residency. The final decision to issue a visa rests with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Please ensure that the information provided by you in your Express Entry profile remains truthful and accurate at all times. Any change in your circumstances must be updated in your profile.

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  • You may receive Canada PNP nominations from multiple provinces and territories; however, you may accept only one PNP nomination. Your profile will remain in the Express Entry pool until you accept the PNP nomination.
  • You are under no obligation to accept a Canada PNP nomination and may decline it if you don’t intend to stay in a particular province that has nominated you.
  • A PNP nomination by a province does not guarantee that you will be eligible for permanent residency. The final decision to issue a visa rests with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Please ensure that the information provided by you in your Express Entry profile remains truthful and accurate at all times. Any change in your circumstances must be updated in your profile

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You will receive a response from the province once they have made a decision based on the documents provided by you. The Canada PNP decision letter will be sent via email as well as it appears in your Express Entry profile. Once the province wishes to nominate you for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), they will notify you and then you have 30 calendar days from the date of their correspondence to accept the PNP nomination.

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passport copy, copy of approved language tests such as IELTS, and your Education Credential Assessment (ECA) original or copy. They will also need copies of your degrees, reference letters from your employers stating specific details as mentioned in the checklist.

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You can apply for Canada PNP in the online Express Entry process in two ways: Contacting Province Directly Accepting Notification of Interest (NOI) Contacting Province Directly You can contact the province directly and apply for a PNP nomination under the Express Entry stream. Based on their PNP requirements, the province agrees to nominate you and updates your Express Entry profile to show that you have been nominated. For more information on this topic visit and select the province you wish to move: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/provincial-nominees/works.html So, the above Contacting Province Directly process will look like: Visiting the above link -> Selecting the Province you are interested in -> Wait for them to respond Accepting Notification of Interest (NOI) from the Province A province sends you a “Notification of Interest (NOI) to your account if your profile fits their PNP requirements. It is up to you if you wish to accept the NOI sent by the province for their Canada PNP program. Notification of Interest (NOI) from a province gets sent to your Express Entry profile stating that the province is interested in considering you for nomination under their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Once you receive an NOI, you have to contact the province directly within two weeks via email stating that you wish to proceed with the Canada PNP process. You must provide your Express Entry profile number and a screenshot of the NOI received from the province in your email. The province explicitly informs you that this is just a letter of interest and that it is not a guarantee that you will be nominated by them. Canada PNP nomination happens only after you qualify all the requirements of the province. The province will confirm your information and will send you an email requesting you to submit an application, which includes a form to fill out and a document checklist listing all the required documents. Some provinces charge a fee for applying while others let you apply for free. There is usually a deadline for applying so make sure that you start working on it right away. So, the above Acceptance of Notification of Interest process will look like: You Receive NOI -> Express your Interest via e-mail -> Wait for them to respond

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Canada operates in a two-tiered immigration system i.e. Federal and Provincial levels under a shared jurisdiction between various provinces. Almost all ten Canadian provinces and three territories follow this protocol. A Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) means provinces get to nominate an individual or a skilled worker candidate to come to their province with the specific skills set as required by their local economies (businesses).

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The Canada PNP Program is designed for individuals who: Have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory Want to live in that province, and Want to become Permanent Residents of Canada

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