Provincial Nominee Programs
Most Canadian provinces signed agreements with the federal government giving them powers in selecting immigrants to their territory. The majority of the PNP programs are employer driven which mean a job offer and/or completed period of employment in Canada are prerequisites for qualification.
Generally, the provinces attempt to attract skilled workers and professionals who may not qualify for immigration under the federal program. The recent changes to the federal skilled worker program may eliminate the competitive edge the PNPs traditionally held in terms of priority processing. However, the same changes considerably reduced the number of qualified overseas applicants in the FSW category which is likely to increase interest in provincial nomination.
Here is a list of the provinces and one territory currently participating in this program. Since the criteria vary among the provinces, you should visit their websites for more information.
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. A CIC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration regulations.