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Getting Started with Canada Provincial Nominee Programs – Information on Requirements and Process

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The Immigration Council of Canada (IC) has created this resource to assist Canadian employers in understanding how to participate in Canada’s provincial nominee program (PNP). Canada’s PNPs provide a fast and flexible alternative to the employment-based immigration system for highly skilled workers who want to come to Canada to work. The IC has conducted research on how to most effectively support employers seeking to participate in PNPs. We hope this resource will help employers navigate the often challenging and ambiguous world of PNP participation.

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The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides the basic rules governing how Canada selects immigrants and refugees. Under this act, a number of programs have been created to streamline the selection process and make it easier for professionals to immigrate to Canada. One of these programs is the provincial nominee program (PNP). Canada’s PNPs provide a fast and flexible alternative to the employment-based immigration system for highly skilled workers who want to come to Canada to work. The Programs make it possible for foreign workers to receive permanent residence without going through the time-consuming process of sponsoring their own application for permanent residence. The IC has conducted research on how to most effectively support employers seeking to participate in PNPs. We hope this resource will help employers navigate the often challenging and ambiguous world of PNP participation.

What is a Provincial Nominee Program?

A provincial nominee program is a type of immigration program that allows skilled workers to immigrate to Canada through their home province or territory without being physically present in Canada. To be eligible for a PNP, you must be a member of the occupations listed in the PNP in question. You will usually be required to work in the nominated occupation in a designated location in the home province or territory. There are currently 10 PNPs across Canada: -Alberta – Alberta PNP -British Columbia – British Columbia Professional Category -Manitoba – Manitoba PNP -New Brunswick – New Brunswick -Newfoundland and Labrador – Newfoundland and Labrador -Northwest Territories – Northwest Territories -Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia -Nunavut – Nunavut -Ontario – Ontario

Who Can Apply for a Provincial Nominee Program?

To be eligible for a PNP, the job you are applying for must fall under the federal or provincial jurisdiction of the province in which the program exists. In other words, you can apply for a PNP in your home province or territory, but not someone else’s home province or territory. To be eligible for a PNP, you must be a member of the occupations listed in the PNP in question. You will usually be required to work in the nominated occupation in a designated location in the home province or territory. You can apply for a PNP in one of two ways: -Companies, organizations, and institutions can apply to nominate foreign workers. -Individuals can nominate themselves, but they are not permitted to be sponsored by a company or organization.

General Requirements for Participating in a PNP

There are no age or minimum educational requirements for a PNP. However, provincial legislation may impose additional requirements on individuals who are selected for a PNP. To be eligible for a PNP, you must be able to demonstrate sufficient skills in the nominated occupation. Each province and territory has its own specific requirements, but in general, you must meet all three of the following criteria to be eligible for a nomination: -You must be able to demonstrate sufficient skills in the nominated occupation. -You must be able to demonstrate sufficient assets and be financially responsible. -You must be able to demonstrate sufficient health and criminality requirements to be eligible to remain in Canada and be granted permanent residence.

Steps to Apply for a PNP

The federal government sets the general application requirements for PNPs. Each province and territory has the right to set its own application requirements. There are no set rules for which province or territory you should apply to first, and there is no advantage to applying to multiple provinces or territories at once. -The federal application requirements are that you must have a job offer from a Canadian company or organization. -The federal application requirements are that you must be able to demonstrate sufficient skills in the nominated occupation. -The federal application requirements are that you must be able to demonstrate sufficient assets and be financially responsible. However, not all provinces and territories follow these requirements. In general, the application requirements for a PNP will depend on the province or territory you are applying to.

Understanding the Process and Steps to Apply

When you are ready to apply to a provincial nominee program, start by contacting the provincial nominee programs office of the province or territory in which you would like to apply. They will be able to provide you with information about the application process in that province. Once you have completed your federal application and any provincial or territorial application requirements, you should submit your applications to the Federal Nominee Program (FNP) office. The federal FNP office will then forward your applications to the province or territory in which you would like to be nominated. When you submit your application, you must always include: -A completed federal application form, including your federal application fee. -Any federal or provincial or territorial application requirements you have not met. -Any support documentation you might need.

What skills are needed in a province’s PNP?

The general requirements for skill requirements in a province’s PNP are the same for all provinces. They must demonstrate sufficient skills in the nominated occupation.

How does an employer apply for a position in a PNP?

The employer who is seeking to nominate a foreign worker through a PNP must submit an application to the federal government’s FNP office. The application must include: -A job offer from a Canadian company or organization. -A copy of the contract of employment between the employer and the foreign worker. -A copy of the work permit or study permit of the foreign worker. -A copy of the foreign worker’s passport or travel document. -A copy of the foreign worker’s current passport-style photograph.

Different types of permanent residence for an immigrant in Canada

-Employer-sponsored – The foreign worker submits an application to become a permanent resident. The employer must pay the application fee and cover any costs associated with processing the application. -Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)- The employer must pay the application fee and cover any costs associated with processing the application. -Other – The foreign worker does not apply for permanent residence. The employer applies for a permanent resident card.

The Process of Nomination

Once the application is submitted to the federal government’s FNP office, the application is passed to a province or territory’s nominee office. The nominee office contacts the foreign worker and asks them to submit an application for permanent residence. The application must be submitted to the provincial or territorial nominee office within 12 months of the date on the work permit or study permit. The application must include: -A completed federal application form, including your federal application fee. -Any federal or provincial or territorial application requirements you have not met. -Any support documentation you might need. -The foreign worker’s permanent resident card number or passport number. -The foreign worker’s fingerprints. -Two pieces of ID showing your current address and photograph, such as a lease or utility bill. -Your social insurance number.

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