Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) present a unique avenue for immigration to Canada, offering expedited pathways for eligible candidates.

PNPs are designed to meet the specific immigration needs of each participating province or territory. With the exception of Quebec, which operates its own immigration programs, all provinces and territories (excluding Nunavut) have their own Provincial or Territorial Nominee Programs. These entities enter agreements with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that empower them to select candidates from the Express Entry pool who meet their criteria. Once a candidate obtains a “Provincial Nomination Certificate,” they must submit a separate application to IRCC.

PNPs can be categorized into two main types:

1. Regular Nominations: These are provincial nominee programs that are not aligned with Express Entry. Candidate selection and subsequent application processing occur at the provincial level, based on the program’s criteria and timelines defined by the provincial government alone. They are also referred to as “base nominations.”

2. Enhanced Nominations: Each participating province or territory offers at least one immigration program or stream that aligns with Express Entry. Enhanced Nominee Programs are PNPs that are synchronized with Express Entry. Provincial and territorial governments gain access to the Express Entry pool through these programs. When a province or territory nominates an individual based on their credentials, circumstances, or interests, the nominee receives a provincial or territorial nomination certificate. With this certificate, the candidate can apply for Canadian permanent residence. Successful applicants receive 600 points toward their Express Entry profile, which triggers an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

For those considering a holiday or vacation in Canada, the country boasts a wealth of attractions and experiences. Familiarizing yourself with the different Canadian provinces and territories can aid in crafting a well-planned tour itinerary. Additionally, conducting research to discover upcoming events or attractions during your visit is crucial. To explore more about the diverse Canadian provinces and territories, visit our Explore Canada page.

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