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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Canada has 10 provinces, and 3 territories, and each individual province has its own financial and geographical needs. Apart from Quebec and Nunavut, most regions in Canada have several PNP streams.

Anyone who wants to become a permanent resident of Canada can apply to different provincial programs as per their individual requirements. These programs are a popular option because they can be the most accessible pathway for people to get Canadian permanent residence.

All decisions regarding permanent residence in Canada must be approved by the federal government, so Canada’s provinces cannot approve any permanent resident status on their own and that is why these programs are considered “nominee” programs.

The province will nominate a successful provincial program applicant to apply to the federal government for permanent residency. The provinces across Canada select immigrants depending on their skills, education, and work experience appropriate for their economy and labor market needs.

Permanent residency to Canada through PNP is always step one in a two-part process i.e. first, an interested applicant is approved at the provincial level and then must apply to the federal level.


Every province or territory has its own streams or immigration requirements, for example:

  • Students
  • Business people
  • Skilled workers
  • Semi-skilled workers

Application Options

The application process depends on which PNP stream you’re applying to. You might need to apply using either of the two processes. 

  • Express Entry
  • Non-Express Entry

In both processes, you will have to clear a medical exam and get a police check certification. Everyone must adhere to these rules, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

Non-Express Entry

On a PNP Non-Express Entry application, if you meet the eligibility requirements of the province of your choice, you will apply to the province for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream. Once you have been nominated, you will be required to submit a paper application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Non-express entry application processing times are usually longer than online applications.

Express Entry 

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the province or territory that you have chosen, you must submit your express entry profile and follow the instructions to apply for the PNP. 

There are two ways to apply for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) through the online Express Entry process.

1. Contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream. If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, create an Express Entry profile and further show that you have been nominated.

2. Create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in. If any province or territory sends a “notification of interest” to your account, you can contact them directly. Later, you apply to their Express Entry stream. If you are nominated, they will send you a nomination certificate and you can accept it online.

After you accept the nomination electronically or online, you will be selected on the next Express Entry draw so that you can send your online application to IRCC. PNP comes as a blessing for new immigrants who are willing to get permanent residence in Canada. 

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