In May 2022, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs together issued more than 1,400 invitations to apply for provincial nomination. Read on to understand what this means and if applying for provincial nomination could be for you.
The Provincial Nominee Program is an option for workers who have the skills and experience to contribute to a specific province or territory’s economy. Provinces and territories target different groups, so each one has its own unique requirements. For example, provinces and territories could target various groups ranging from students and businesspeople to skilled and semi-skilled workers. This is one avenue through which foreign nationals can become permanent residents in Canada.
Both the federal and provincial governments share responsibility for immigration in Canada under the Canadian Constitution. Before Provincial Nominee Programs existed, the majority of Canada’s immigrants were settling in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Provincial Nominee Programs were launched in 1998 to not only “spread the wealth” of newcomers to this country but also to help ensure that the provinces have more control over who they wish to have settled in their province.
Each Provincial Nominee Program has at least one stream that aligns with the federal government’s Express Entry selection system. If an Express Entry applicant is also nominated by a province, it gives them additional points on their application. These additional points more or less guarantee an invitation for permanent residence under the Express Entry program.
The way to apply is dependent on which program you are applying to. There are two processes: paper-based and online (referred to as Express Entry). Regardless of which way you choose to apply, you will be required to pass a medical exam and get a police check.
For the paper-based process, interested foreign nationals must apply through one of the province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the province may nominate you. Once nominated, you can apply for permanent residence through a paper application. This method takes longer than Express Entry.
If you opt to apply through Express Entry, you have two options. First, you can apply under the province or territory’s Express Entry stream. If you are nominated, you create an Express Entry profile and show that you have been nominated. The second option is to create an Express Entry profile in advance and select your provinces and territories of interest. Then, the provinces or territories you’ve selected may send you a “notification of interest.” You will contact them directly and then apply to their Express Entry stream.
Each province and territory have their own program to attract skilled workers to their unique economic needs and opportunities. Remember that each program has its own streams – so although the programs available are limited by the number of provinces and territories in this country, there are more than 80 provincial immigration streams overall.
Here is a brief overview of some of the programs that are offered:
The immigration lawyers at Garson Immigration Law understand that obtaining permanent residence is a goal for many foreign nationals in Canada. As a firm exclusively dedicated to the practice of immigration law, we know the ins and outs of Canada’s immigration system. We successfully guide our clients through immigration processes, from temporary residence to citizenship. We will work to find an effective solution for your individual immigration needs and ensure you are positioned for success with respect to your application. If you have any questions about an immigration application during these uncertain times, do not hesitate to reach out to us online or by calling us at 416-321-2860.
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