Provincial Nominee Program
Besides the federal immigration programs, each of Canadian provinces and territories has its own immigration programs, streams and requirements. Under the federal government’s quotas, the provinces and territories select their own immigration candidates to fit their economic needs. Applicants can apply to these “Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams”. After applicants have been nominated by the province or territory, they can then apply for permanent residency with the federal government.
There are over 50 PNP streams. In general, they are divided into the following categories:
Students: For recent international graduates from Canadian institutions to apply for permanent residence. Most student streams require a job offer from a Canadian employer.
Business People: For entrepreneurs or investors who wish to create or purchase a business in the province.
Skilled Workers: For skilled workers to apply for permanent residence to live in the province. Certain PNP streams are linked to the federal Express Entry system where skilled candidates who has an Express Entry Profile can be invited by the province to apply through one of their PNP streams. If nominated by the province, the candidate will be able to gain additional points under the Express Entry system, thus increasing the likelihood of receiving an invitation to apply to be a permanent residence.
Semi-skilled Workers: For semi- and low-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as certain clerical and assistant categories to apply for permanent residence to live in the province.