The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an immigration program that allows provinces and territories in Canada to nominate foreign nationals with the skills and experience required by their local labor market to become permanent residents of Canada.
Each province and territory in Canada has its own PNP, and each program has its own eligibility criteria and selection process. Generally, to be eligible for a PNP, you must meet the following requirements:
- Skilled work experience: You must have at least one year of skilled work experience in a skilled occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
- Education: You must have completed at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential, and you may need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to show that your education is equivalent to Canadian standards.
- Language proficiency: You must meet the minimum language proficiency requirements for English or French. This can be demonstrated by taking an approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
- Other factors: You may earn additional points for factors such as language proficiency, Canadian education or work experience, a valid job offer, and ties to the province or territory.
To apply for a PNP, you will need to follow the specific application process for the province or territory in which you are interested. Generally, the process involves submitting an expression of interest or application to the provincial government, meeting the eligibility criteria, and receiving a nomination from the province or territory. Once you have received a nomination, you can apply for permanent residency through the Express Entry system or through a separate application process.
The number of provincial nominations in Canada can vary from year to year and across different provinces and territories. Provincial nomination programs (PNPs) are designed to allow provinces and territories to nominate foreign nationals who have the skills and experience required to fill specific labour market needs in their region.
As of 2023, there are over 80 different provincial nomination streams across Canada. Some of the most popular PNPs include:
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- Quebec Immigration Programs
Canadian PNPs for international students
Canada views international students are the ideal immigrant. To retain international graduates, there are several Provincial Nominee Programs offered to international graduates across Canada. Examples of programs for international graduates include:
- Manitoba International Education Stream
- British Columbia International Graduate
- British Columbia International Post-Graduate
- Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur
- Ontario International Students with a Job Offer
- Ontario Masters Graduate
- Ontario Ph.D. Graduate
- Saskatchewan Students
- PEI International Graduate
- Alberta Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
- Alberta Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Each provincial nomination program has its own eligibility criteria, application process, and intake schedule. If you are interested in applying for a provincial nomination, it’s recommended that you research the different programs and determine which one best fits your qualifications and goals.