Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)


This program is for workers who:

  • have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
  • want to live in that province, and
  • want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:

  • students
  • business people
  • skilled workers
  • semi-skilled workers

Understand the application options

How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program stream you’re applying to. You might need to apply using the paper-based process, or by the online process through Express Entry.

As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

Paper-based process

In the paper-based process:

  • You apply to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream.
  • You need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province that nominates you.
  • Once you have been nominated, you submit a paper application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • You have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where you plan to live in Canada.
  • Application processing times are longer than through Express Entry.

Express Entry process

In the online Express Entry process, there are 2 ways to apply:

  • You contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream.
  • If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, you create an Express Entry profile (or update your profile if you already have one) and show you have been nominated.OR
  • You create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in.
  • If a province or territory sends you a “notification of interest” to your account, you contact them directly.
  • You apply to their Express Entry stream:
    • If you’re nominated, the province will offer it to you through your account, and you accept it electronically.

In both cases:

  • You must meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory. And,
  • You must submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including being eligible for one of the immigration programs it covers.
  • If you are invited to apply, you submit an electronic application to IRCC.


PNP programs(Provincial Nomination Programs) (PNPs) or Express Entry ?!


It is true that Express Entry is the federal program and most of the skilled people prefer this stream to immigrate to Canada. However,it has now become really tough to migrate with low CRS scores. The federal draws in 2019 have an average CRS score of 450. It implies just those applicants who luckily scored at least 450 in Express section pool, were qualified for Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent residency through these federal draws.

On the other hand, the average scores that a candidate with decently good credentials scores in the express entry pool is around 400-450. This means that with Express Entry, your chances of immigration are not so great.

That is why we suggest our client to go for PNP programs instead of express entry. Through PNPs, you hold 80% chances of success of migration whereas in Express Entry which is ‘high in point-requirement’, your chances are mere 20%. In 2020, therefore, PNP is better pathway to immigrate to Canada rather than the federal program.

In the Express entry pool, the profiles are assessed and positioned on various factors for example, your age, work skills, educational qualification and language proficiency in English or French. These factors are considered for PNP too but at a moderate level. This means that if Express Entry requires you to get at least CLB 9 in IELTS exam for proving your language skills, then in case of PNP, you can easily get an invite at a low as CLB 6 (Saskatchewan PNP).

source : oneclickvisas.