The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a Canadian immigration scheme that is based on contracts between most provinces and the federal government of Canada. According to section 95 of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1867 provinces are permitted to take care of their immigration matters assuming their laws are not repugnant to the federal immigration laws and regulations. Consequently most Canadian provinces and territories have signed agreements with the federal government in order to attract immigrants to their own provinces. In general the province attracts, finds, and nominates immigrants. Then they refer approved candidates to federal immigration authorities in order to issue permanent resident visas.

Every year, many skilled worker, graduates and entrepreneurs come to call Canada home when a province nominates them because of the skills and/or capital they can bring to this country.

The Program mostly looks for skilled workers from all different backgrounds that have experience as well as education at a college or university. The Provincial Nominee Program also targets investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons, who can bring fresh eyes and new innovations to Canada. This helps create a more powerful and strong economy, benefiting other Canadians. Many provinces run programs that help families reunite in their provinces.

As a general rule of thumb this program could help you immigrate to Canada faster than a federal immigration program. When you are a skilled worker or an entrepreneur who has the experience and education, and the province approves you, it is very likely that you would receive the final approval from the federal immigration authorities. However, read the rest of this article before you take action.

First and foremost, research all the provinces and territories that are in the program (which is every province and territory, except for Quebec and Nunavut). Quebec runs its own immigration program which is more geared toward French speaking immigrants. All provinces need different types of workers so researching all of the provinces is important. If you find a program that suits your qualifications and/or needs then you may apply.

After Being Accepted by the Province
After you have been accepted into a provincial nominee program, applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the purpose of becoming a Permanent Resident is normally easy. However, CIC my refuse issuing visas because of inadmissibility and or misrepresentation.

In order to avoid such problems and/or knowing your options it would be wise if you discuss your options with a regulated immigration consultant. Contact us today for more information!


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