Immigration from one country into another can be a difficult process. Applicants must provide detailed documentation about themselves and their families, prove that they have the skills needed to live in their new country, and also convince immigration officials that their presence will benefit both the local community as well as the applicant’s home community. This can leave potential immigrants feeling overwhelmed if not downright discouraged.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was created to help people who want to live and work in Canada navigate this sometimes complicated immigration process.
This program asks the provinces and territories of Canada to nominate candidates they believe can contribute positively to their respective communities while also proving that they have already established strong roots in their home communities. Take an in-depth look into what the PNP is to see if it can be helpful to you in this article.
What Is The Provincial Nominee Program?
The Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP as it is more commonly known, is a program that allows provinces and territories in Canada to nominate individuals who they believe will be a good fit for their province/territory. The best part about the PNP is that this process has been streamlined so anyone can apply through various applications.
Some of these include Express Entry, which is a system designed by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage economic immigration into Canada. It also includes individual invitations from provinces or territories.
The benefits of being nominated under the PNP are many-fold:
- You have the opportunity to live in your desired area;
- Get access to settlement services before arriving in your new home;
- You’ll also be given a temporary work permit to live and work in the country while you wait for your permanent residency status, and last, but not least,
- Will bypass the first stage of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) application process.
What requirements must applicants meet?
First, applicants must prove they have the skills needed to live and work in their desired location. To do this they’ll need to be able to provide documentation that proves their education or employment history (or both), as well as any professional accreditations that apply.
You can learn more here about the requirement from the CanadianVisa’s website. These documents can include copies of diplomas, degrees, or certificates; proof of employment such as pay stubs, letters from employers, or resumes; and any relevant accreditation that is necessary for the job they are applying to.
Secondly, applicants must provide strong evidence that they have already established themselves within their home communities. This may include documentation in the form of references from family members, friends in the community, or previous employers.
Applicants may also require letters of invitation from the communities they are hoping to move into, which will show that the new location is prepared to receive them.
The last requirement of the PNP is that applicants must be able to prove they have enough money saved up to take care of themselves for a period between six to eight months, as well as pay for any fees that may be associated with the process.
Who Can’t Apply?
Applicants who have been convicted of a crime or those currently facing criminal charges cannot apply under the PNP. In addition, anyone who has previously applied under the PNP has overstayed in Canada on a permit, is facing work permit issues, or is deemed inadmissible to Canada cannot apply either.
What Are The Benefits?
As mentioned above, one of the most immediate benefits of being nominated under the PNP is that you have the opportunity to live in your desired area.
Additionally, the PNP is the first step into Canada’s Express Entry program (which allows individuals to earn their permanent residency while staying in their current jobs). Once accepted under the PNP, individuals can begin building their profiles and preparing themselves to be considered for Express Entry.
Once in Canada as a permanent resident, applicants will enjoy many opportunities such as access to various settlement services that support economic and social integration. This includes language training, job search tools, guides on how to set up businesses within Canada,
and even information on where to find schools for their children. An invitation to apply under the PNP means you will also get access to settlement services before arriving in your new home.
If you’re looking for a way to immigrate to Canada, the Provincial Nominee Program may be just what you’re looking for. That’s because it allows applicants to earn their permanent residency while they continue working and building ties in the communities they live in.