PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAMS (PNPs)
Provincial Nominee Programs allow applicants expedited immigration processing of their application for permanent residency and have been set up across Canada.
Candidates nominated by a province must still meet the criminal and medical admissibility requirements as determined by the Federal government of Canada.
PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAMS – PNPs
Basically, every province can set individual nomination criteria. However, there are certain limits set by federal law. For example, the mere provision of capital is normally not an acceptable basis for the issuance of a provincial nomination certificate. However, certain exceptions apply, depending on the willingness/ability to manage a business etc. These are all elements that visa officers will examine when processing the permanent residency application of a candidate nominated by a province. As for Québec immigration, the final decision on the permanent residency application remains with the federal government. Some PNPs are aligned with the federal Express Entry system, allowing eligible applicants to receive accelerated processing of their PNP application, and if nominated, Permanent Residency application.
DIFFERENT TARGET GROUPS/SEMI-SKILLED JOBS NOT EXCLUDED
Each province sets their own nomination criteria, but the common target groups are skilled workers NOC 0, A and B, business applicants/entrepreneurs, recent graduates and farmers.
British Colombia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island , Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Yukon also target candidates working in NOC C and D occupations.
Workers working in NOC C occupations do normally require some kind of post-secondary education and specific training, such as food and beverage servers and truck drivers. NOC D occupations can normally be learned on the job and do not require a high school degree, for example fruit pickers, cashiers and cleaning staff.
WORK BEFORE BEING A PERMANENT RESIDENT
Work permits can be issued for prospective or actual nominees (and accompanying spouses) before Permanent Residency is granted.
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