How to apply to Canada PNP Program?

Provincial Nomination is an important fast-track alternative for Canadian Permanent Residency. Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in the respective province

The significant benefit of being nominated under a PNP is that,it is immaterial if you do not have experience in an occupation listed on the Priority Occupation List under Federal Skilled Worker Class or if you have not scored minimum 67 points to qualify for Federal Skilled Category. All Canadian provinces and territories offer unrivalled Provincial Nomination Programs.

PNP program can be applied in two ways as following:

Apply to a PNP of a Province directly: You have chosen a province in Canada to settle, you can directly apply in its Provincial Nominee Program. Here are the steps you need to follow in direct PNP application:

  • Choose a province and apply in its PNP program.
  • Your Applications will be reviewed based on the selection criteria/point system of that particular province.
  • If you are selected you will get a nomination lettter from the province.
  • Based on the nomination, you can apply for permanent residency in Canada to IRCC (Immigration, Refugee Citizenship Canada).

On receipt of the application, IRCC usually does the formalities, i.e. verification of the medical and character certifications of a candidate, etc. And second

Apply via Express Entry System: If you register on Express entry and make it to the Express entry pool,your profile can be viewed and selected by the different provinces or territories of Canada. If your profile is picked by any of the province, you will get invitation to get in touch with the province to be considered for their program. If you are invited in such a way by a province, you become eligible to get an online ITA for Permanent residency visa, based on the nomination/invitation from the province.

What are the key benefits of PNP program canada immigration?

  • Liberty to choose a province to settle
  • No job offer requirement,
  • Points allocated for area of training,
  • No hassles of pool selections, etc.

Which is better Express Entry or PNP program?

Canada immigration and PR applicants asks this question more than often, Express entry system is very popular immigration system among Canada pr applicants. It assess your profile based on total points scored based on age, work experience, education, language skills, etc. criteria. If point scored by you is high enough (442 CRS points as per latest EE draw) you will get invitation to apply Canada PR from IRCC. However, if your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) is low, you can plan to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Many PNPs accept the applicant even with low CRS score. For instance, Ontario accepts the applicant with CRS score 400 points or above. Canadian Provinces also invite the applicants from express entry pool, under Express Entry Stream of their PNP, based on CRS score and eligibility.


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