The Provincial Nominee Program

This program is for the foreign nationals who want to reside in specific province of Canada as permanent residents. Most provinces and territories in Canada can nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These immigrants must have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory and must want to live there.

Each province and territory have its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and criteria for their PNP. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target students, business people, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers.

Since January 1, 2015, many provinces and territories have launched new Express Entry streams. Check their websites to learn more about which streams they offer.

This program is designed in such a way that any one who meet the requirements, from outside or inside Canada can become a Permanent Resident. Eligibility criteria of majority of programs is point basis. At SJSICC, we keep a close eye on any update and changes to any stream in any PNP. Due to which, we can ensure our clients that they would be directed to the best PNP stream which matches their profile, eventually increasing their chances to be nominated.

To apply under this program the applicant should have:

  • 1) Skill to contribute to the economy of a specific Province or territory
  • 2) Education
  • 3) Working experience
  • 4) Want to live in that province, and
  • 5) Want to become a Permanent resident of Canada

Each Province and territory has its own Stream and different requirements. The only things which are common and mandatory in all the PNPs are Medical exam and Police check. Everyone must have these checks, no matter where you plan to live in Canada.

Note: The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice.

Ways to apply:

  • 1) Through Paper based:- Apply directly to the province for nomination under non-express entry stream, where applicant must meet the requirement of the province that nominates. Once you get nominated, apply for permanent residency to the IRCC through a paper application.
  • 2) Through Express entry :- Applicant can first contact province or territory and the apply for the nomination under Express entry Stream, once get nominated. Applicant can create or update the express entry profile by add the nomination Whereas, the applicant may also first create an Express entry profile and declare a province or territory applicant is interested in. Now the province would contact the applicant directly by sending a “ notification of interest “. Then you apply to that province or territory’s Express entry stream.
To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:

If you wish to immigrate to Canada through any of the Provincial nominee programs or if you have encountered any issues with the immigration department, you should fill out our free assessment form or book a consultation session to assess your potential opportunities and advise you the best immigration pathway for you.

There might be an initial consultation fee applicable. Being a certified Immigration Consultants in Canada, I can help chose a PNP program to come to Canada. You may come to Canada permanently only by meeting minimum criteria for these program. I will complete your entire application package for you, handle all correspondence with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and keep you informed throughout the entire process.

Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is only as of a general ground. It could be no longer valid. It does not give legal advice, nor should you rely on it as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, you should consult a Regulated Canadian immigration consultant or lawyer. If you are looking for immigration advice, You should book an appointment at your earliest convenience.