Each Canadian territory and province has its own respective PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) for nominating foreigners for Canada permanent residence. Hence, every Canadian province has its criteria and application system for choosing applicants. PNPs target international students, business persons, and skilled and/or semi-skilled foreign workers.
PNPs are meant to fulfil the requisite and dynamic demands of different Canadian provinces and territories for picking up nominees. Selection is based on economic contribution to the territory/province in which they are nominated.
Eligibility conditions to apply for Canada PNPs are having required education, work experience, and skill-sets needed by Canadian provincial economies or territories. Last but not least is the intention of foreigners to stay in Canada.
There are two options to apply for PNPs. You can either apply through Express Entry stream process or through non-Express Entry immigration streams (which is paper-based application process).
Paper-based application process, i.e. Non-Express Entry—
- You have to get nominated under one of the non-Express Entry streams of Canada province or territory;
- And for this, you have to meet eligibility conditions for the respective territory/province of Canada.
Making application through Express Entry Canada
- You have to meet required conditions of Canada territory or province under Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program stream; and
- You must get nomination under the specified stream;
- You must create an Express Entry profile and also provide a proof that you are meeting the required conditions of eligibility for Canada Express Entry.
Any applicant who gets nomination under a PNP aligned with Canada Express Entry is allowed to claim an additional 600 CRS points (comprehensive ranking system). On the other hand, an applicant getting nominated through a PNP not aligned with Canada Express Entry shall have to make a paper-based Canada permanent residence application as a provincial nominee.
Meanwhile, a point to be worth remembering is that electronic Express Entry applications for Canada permanent residence are certainly must faster as compared to their paper-based counterparts.
Can anyone get qualified for any PNP even if he/she is not qualified for Canada Express Entry?—
See, you need to know that certain PNPs want applicants to have an active Express Entry profile. On the other hand, a few PNPs of selected Canada provinces nominate applicants not eligible for Express Entry. One thing for sure is that every Canadian province has its own set of rules and eligibility conditions.
Make sure to submit a paper-based application for Canada permanent residence in case the PNP has not been aligned with Canada Express Entry. Coming to the average processing time for Canada permanent residence application forwarded through Express Entry, you need to know that it takes anything around six months. Processing time for any paper-based application is said to be about 18 months.
As an Immigration Consultant Canada, Straight Visas is there to guide you in preparing and filing your application for a Provincial Nominee Program and Canada permanent residence.
Please contact Straight Visas for any guidance and additional details about provincial nomination!