“I always tried to be a good Canadian citizen and have remained faithful to the country whose hospitality I have always appreciated and valued.”
– Late Giuseppe Leone and M. Concetta Rossi
PNP stands for Provincial Nominee Programs which is an integral and important component of the country’s open immigration policy. Nearly 2 lakh individuals from around the world are going to be allowed into the country between 2020 and 2022. The importance of this program can be gauged from the fact that the Central government has increased the yearly allocations to the provinces for their particular PNPs. It is being hailed as the fastest-growing economic roadmap for Canadian immigration. The ten provinces of this large country are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
Each province has its own specific PNP so criteria and everything vary from province to province. The needs and requirements of the concerned province are reflected in the eligibility criterion listed by each province. For example, Quebec which is a French-speaking province may ask for proficiency in that language to be eligible under the PNP. Another province may prize immigrants with specific skill sets or backgrounds. Therefore, the policy of an applicant has to be flexible with province to province. What is applicable for province A may not suit province B. so be flexible and look at yourself and how you can fit into the PNPs on offer.
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Within each PNP, there are subprograms and categories which you can scan on a regular basis to see which are open as the year progresses.
How to apply for a PNP offer:
1. Use the PNP tracker to see live offers and determine your eligibility for the various options.
2. The next step is to complete the Provincial Nominee Program application of the concerned province and submit it. Please fill it properly with no errors. Proofs read all such applications or get someone to whet them for you to avoid any errors which will prove costly. Be honest in your applications.
3. After submission of your application and if you qualify to be eligible, you will get an official Provincial Nomination certificate, which marks the progression of your application.
4. The last step is to the Canadian central government for a “permanent resident’ status. If you went through the Express Entry-aligned PNP route, you can apply through the Express Entry process. If not then you have to use the paper method route.
Some PNPs streams on a “first cum first serve basis”, while in others they need the potential applicants to first register an Expression of Interest. Do note some PNP streams do not function within the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Most provinces and territories have streams that are linked to the federal Express Entry selection system, under which “enhanced” nominations are available that award nominees 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. A provincial nomination is the most important criterion in the CRS, guaranteeing that the candidate receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the pool.
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