Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial Nominee Programs

Most provinces and territories have agreements in place with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate and select immigrants based on their own criteria. Each province and territory have their own selection criteria and programs. There are two types of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applications: Express Entry and Regular Program.

To apply under the Regular PNP, a foreign national must:

  •   First apply to one of the provinces or territories programs for a Nomination Certificate.
  •   Once nominated by a province or territory, apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (Immigration Canada) to become a permanent resident.

Nomination Certificates

Once the Nomination Certificate is issued by the province or territory, only then a foreign national can submit their application for permanent residence with IRCC. A provincial nomination can add 600 points to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The foreign national will need to submit the required forms and supporting documentation to IRCC, along with the Nomination Certificate. IRCC will assess the foreign national against their own criteria, as well as completing the required medical and criminal inadmissibility assessments. If the application for permanent residence is successful, Immigration Canada will issue a document called a Confirmation of Permanent Residence. With this document, the foreign national may then complete the landing process to obtain permanent resident status.

A Nomination Certificate is not a status document. If a foreign national is living and working in Canada, during the processing of their permanent residence application, he or she must continue to maintain valid status in Canada

The province of Quebec does not have a provincial nominee program.

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