What is PNP ?


Canada is looking for talents like yours. If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you must be nominated by a province or a territory. To qualify for this, you must have the required skills, education and work experience you will need to live and work in Canada, and support yourself and your family.

The territory or the province will assess if you meet their economic and labour market needs, and those of Canada. They will inform you how long it will take to process your application.

Once the province or territory successfully approves your application, the next stage will be to apply for permanent residence. The province or territory will let you know whether you must apply through the regular application process or the Express Entry System.

Under Canada’s Constitution, the Federal Government allows Provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a province of their choice.

Prior to the launch of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 1998, most immigrants to Canada settled in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.

Since 1998 till date, Canada’s immigrants have enjoyed a wider distribution of PNP across Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta), and Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador and Prince Edward Island).

What Is PNP Canada And How Does It Work?

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream is a substantive part of Canada’s Immigration matters. Between 2021 and 2023, about 250,000 individuals are expected to obtain permanent residence in Canada through PNP.

PNP is the fastest-growing and most recommended economic Canadian Immigration pathway. In recent years, the federal government having recognized the importance of this program has increased each provinces’ annual allocations for their PNP, a welcome development to Canadian Immigration landscape.

How do I Apply For PNP?

In Canada, the federal government, not provincial governments are responsible for making all immigration decisions. For this reason, Provincial Nominee Programs are a two-way process. First, you must apply and obtain a provincial nomination from your preferred province. Then, if it is approved, you will advance to the second stage of submitting an application to the federal government to obtain your Canadian Permanent resident status.

Regardless of the province you are applying, follow these step-by-step guides to apply for your PNP:

  1. Determine Your Eligibility Criteria

Tudor House Immigration Services will help you to track available PNPs as well as determine your eligibility.

  1. Start the Application Process

Once you have ascertained your eligibility status, you can start your application process by submitting your application to the territory or province.

  1. Obtain Your Provincial Nomination Certificate

If you have completed your application process, and are eligible. You will obtain a provincial nomination certificate; this will allow you to advance to the next stage of the application process.

  1. Submit Your Permanent Residence Application

To obtain your Canadian Permanent resident status, you must apply to the federal government. You are required to apply through Express Entry, if you are nominated through Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee Program. Otherwise, you will be required to submit a paper-based application.

  1. Check the Processing Time

Processing time varies from one province to another, but usually it takes a few months. Also, the processing time largely depends on whether you submitted an ‘enhanced’ or ‘base’ PNP application.

Foreign nationals are required to expect a waiting period for the initial application to the province, plus additional processing time for the final application for permanent residence. It is the Federal Government that approves the final application.

The processing time for most federal application is usually six months, except paper-based applications or non-Express Entry linked applications, which takes a minimum of 1-2 years processing time. The processing time for most provincial application is few weeks or months.

  1. Provide The Required Documents

You must have a valid travel document, like a passport. You must be in good health. You must have no immigration-related or criminal records.

Others include Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), proof of funds, language test score results, letter of engagement from a Canadian employer, territorial certificate of nomination or Provincial Nomination Certificate, Marriage or divorce certificate (if applicable).

How Long Is Provincial Nominee Program Valid?

Your registration is valid for 12 months, from the date of application. The date will be in the confirmation email you will receive after your successful registration.

What Is The Average Cost To Immigrate Through A PNP?

The cost of immigrating through a PNP is between $2,300 – $4,000 CAD, depending on the program you are immigrating. Some provinces or territories do not charge applicants processing fees, while other Provinces or territories like Ontario charge up to $1,500 CAD.

The average cost of other fees includes:

  1. Language tests: $300
  2. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) ( if required): $200
  3. Biometrics: $85 per person.
  4. Government fees: $1,325 (per adult), and $225 (child).
  5. Medical Examination fees: $450 (adult), and $250 (child)
  6. Police Clearance Certificates: $100 (country), and
  7. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) processing fees: about $1,500 CAD

What to Expect When Immigrating Through PNP

Once you are nominated by a province or territory, the next step would be to file for a Permanent Residence (PR) to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Based on the Canadian Immigration rules, the CIC will evaluate your application and supporting documents and update you accordingly.

Which Province Is The Best For Provincial Nominee Program?

Every Province or territory is unique, but Ontario is the most popular destination for individuals immigrating to Canada through PNP followed closed by British Columbia which favors tech workers and entrepreneurs. Many immigrants are drawn to the hustling and bustling city of Toronto and her massively growing tech-jobs sector. Thus, Ontario Province has larger quota for people immigrating to Canada through PNP streams.

Is PNP A Good Option?

PNP is the best option for individuals that want to live and work in Canada, but do not qualify for the Express Entry.

PNP offers you the opportunity of applying via Express Entry linked streams, especially if you have a low Comprehensive ranking system (CRS) score.

Although, when compared to the Express Entry Program, PNP has a longer processing time, as well as higher charges, but it remains the best bet for candidates that have low CRS score with job offer in Canada.

As a foreigner, PNP is a great opportunity to obtain Permanent residence in Canada. However, since the criteria for Provincial Nominee Program is quite competitive, and differ from one province or territory to another, an applicant cannot make a single error.

Thus, hiring a Canadian immigration consultant will help you to understand what province or territory might be the best option for you and the specific requirements needed.

Why Hire Tudor House Immigration Service?

The procedures for applying for PNP is quite complex, and sadly some applicants apply without seeking help from a professional immigration consultant, thinking that they can ‘handle it themselves’.

For PNPs, if the applications are not well prepared, your application will be declined. The standards are quite high, the documentations and processes involved in obtaining a Provincial Nominee Program are quite extensively complex and require an expert advice.

Thus, Tudor House Immigration Service will guide you throughout the process. Over the years, we have successfully helped thousands of individuals and families immigrate to Canada through the PNP

Our seasoned immigration consultants will assess your case and recommend a course of action that will perfectly serve your needs, whether you are applying for Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia or any province or territory.

Tudor House Immigration Service is a good standing with College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC). We offer excellent, trustworthy, expert and reliable immigration services for individuals who desire to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Our guiding principles remain excellent delivery, uncompromising integrity, and fairness. We take pride in protecting the interests of our clients who wish to immigrate to Canada. Our model of consultation service offers timely, efficient, ease of use, clarity, consistent communication, in-person and virtual meetings.

We are ready to help you build a future in Canada. We look forward to helping you discover the right Canadian Province that is best suited for you and your family. We will handle your case with a professional finesse.

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