What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and how does it work?
The Provinces of Canada have some authority on immigration matters, in conjunction with the Federal Government. Provincial Nominee Programs are developed to match skilled immigrants with provinces where their profession is most needed. This ensures that immigrants can easily find a job and employers can easily find employees. Provincial nominees are processed as a priority by the Federal government. Every Province offers a different set of nominee programs with a variety of requirements. As Provincial Nominee program requirements often change, please contact us if you want more information about whether you qualify for a specific Province to nominate you. In general, Provincial programs may enable individuals in specific categories to be nominated: Students, Skilled Worker and Semi-Skilled Workers with job offers, International Students who have graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or PhD from a Canadian University, Health Care Professionals, and Entrepreneurs. A few Provinces may also provide a Nomination Certificate based in part on Family or Community support. Each category has its own rules, and we are happy to advise you on specific programs.
The following Provinces and Territories of Canada have Provincial Nominee programs (the Province of Quebec has its own immigration system):
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Prince Edward Island
- The Northwest Territories