Provinces in Canada participate in Canadian immigration program by selecting suitable candidates that have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory and want to live in that province, and want to become permanent residents of Canada. Canada aims to welcome over 80,000 immigrants per year under the Provincial Nominee Programs.


Although the federal government is in charge of Immigration for Canada (with certain exceptions in relation to Quebec), the government allows the provinces the ability to “nominate” people they wish to come to settle in their province. These programs are called PNP or “Provincial Nominee Programs”. 

Program Process

Applicants can apply under the Express Entry system and indicate the provinces and territories they are interested in. If a province or territory sends them a “notification of interest” to their Express Entry account (for example Alberta and Ontario), they can then be contacted directly by the province. 


Applicants can also apply to a province’s Express Entry stream (for example Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island). In that case, if nominated, the province will offer the nomination to the applicant and the applicant can accept it electronically.


As a result of provincial nomination, the candidate will get 600 additional CRS points. In both the above-noted situations, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory AND meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including being eligible for one of the immigration programs it covers, i.e., Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Trade Class and Canada Experience Class.

Program Requirements

These programs are constantly changing and are different for each province. As such, we have chosen not to list the requirements here as they are very specific and the information is quite dynamic, in that it changes regularly. You can Contact Us to get detailed information about the PNP Program.

Other Requirements

The individual and all his sponsored family members must be able to pass all applicable medical and security checks to be eligible for the program. They should be admissible to come to Canada. They may be denied entry into Canada if:

  • They are a security risk;
  • They have committed a violation of human or international rights;
  • They have been convicted of a crime;
  • They are tied to organized crime;
  • They have a serious medical problem;
  • They are in serious financial debt;
  • They lied in your application and interview;
  • One of their family members is not allowed into Canada.

Program Benefits

  • PNP allows for people who would in some circumstances not qualify for Permanent Residency to apply and be successful with their application. 


  • After becoming a permanent resident you can enjoy all rights and benefits  that a Canadian citizen has except vote or join the military. 


  • Additionally, after you satisfy the residency requirements as a PR (stay in Canada for 3 out of 4 years) you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • 1. Can I qualify for a PNP if I don’t qualify for Express Entry?

    Many PNPs require that applicants have an active profile in the Express Entry pool. However, there are exceptions to this where some provinces issue nominations to applicants who do not have Express Entry eligibility. These programs vary in their eligibility requirements, so it is best to consult with us to discuss your eligibility. All PNPs resulting in a nomination require that the applicant then submit a permanent resident application to the federal government. If the PNP is not aligned with Express Entry, the federal permanent residency application must be submitted in the paper-based format, rather than electronically.

  • 2. What is the processing time for a PNP application?

    Applying for Canadian permanent residence through a PNP program is a two-step process. First, you must apply to the province. Once that has been approved, you must then submit your application to the federal government. Only the federal government can grant you Canadian PR. Processing times vary from one province to the next, but it typically takes a few months for your application to be processed.

  • 3. Do I need a job offer or do I need to study in Canada to obtain a provincial nomination?

    No. Various PNP streams do not require a job offer or Canadian work or study experience in order for candidates to be eligible to successfully receive a nomination.Call us today to learn more about these streams.

  • 4. Can I apply for Express Entry and a PNP at the same time?

    Yes. One of the benefits of entering the Express Entry pool is you make yourself visible to provinces and territories who can review your profile and decide to provide you with an invitation to apply to their PNP. If you accept their invitation, you would submit a completed PNP application to the province or territory. Once your application is approved, you will receive a nomination certificate which will provide you with an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points under Express Entry, and virtually guarantee you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence under Express Entry.

  • 5. Which PNP stream is the easiest?

    Each candidate's circumstances are different. You must Contact Us to know which PNP stream suits your profile.

  • 6. Can my family come to Canada with me if I obtain a provincial nomination?

    Yes, close family members can move to Canada with you and also obtain permanent residence. Close family members include:

    • your spouse or common-law partner
    • dependent children
    • dependent children of your spouse or common-law partner
    • dependent children of dependent children
    Dependent children are:
    • under 22 years old and not a spouse or common law partner
    • 22 years of age or older, depended significantly on financial support from their parents before the age of 22 and can not support themselves financially due to a physical or mental condition

  • 7. Can I move to another province after immigrating to Canada through the PNP?

    Canada's Constitution allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to move freely within the country. You are allowed to move to another province if you obtained permanent residence through the PNP, however you are strongly encouraged to be honest about your residency intentions when submitting your PNP application. Misrepresenting your intentions is a serious offense and can lead to consequences for you. It is best to pursue a PNP stream in a province or territory that you believe meets your professional and personal needs. Some PNP streams will provide a candidate with a work permit. Once the candidate has met certain criteria, the province or territory may issue a nomination certificate to the candidate so they can apply for permanent residence. In such cases, you need to reside in that province or territory while you hold a work permit in order to meet the conditions to get a provincial nomination.