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Immigrate to Canada as a Provincial Nominee

Who are provincial nominees and how are they nominated?

There are ten provinces and three territories in Canada. Each province has authority over its own immigration programs and policies. The provinces generally require that the applicant resides in the respective province after arriving in Canada.

Am I eligible to apply under any of these Provincial Nominee Programs?

It is not easy to define under which program you or your spouse will qualify under.

However, from our experience, PNP’s quite often prefer the candidates with the following credentials:

·         Have recently worked in Canada, or are currently working on a valid work permit;

·         Is currently in the Express Entry pool and meet the eligibility criteria for one of the Provincial Nominee Programs aligned with Express Entry;

·         Have a connection to the province, in the form of studies, prior work experience, or a formal job offer

·         Have a family member living in the province in question (applicable for some of PNP’s).

Provincial Nominee Program immigrants must have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of that Province or Territory, and want to live there.

Each province and territory has its own immigration programs that target certain groups and criteria for their PNP. 


Since January 1, 2015, many provinces and territories have launched new Express Entry streams. The province of Quebec does not have a PNP. 

To apply for the PNP you must:

  • apply to a province or territory for a nomination,

  • be nominated by that province or territory, then

  • apply to IRCC to become a permanent resident.

Under a PNP Express Entry stream, you will need to complete an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry.

Can the provincial nominee leave province?

Provincial authorities are starting to go after nominees who leave their province right after their nomination because of the misrepresentation. When one applies to get nominated, she/he expresses the intention to live in the province which will be nominating you.

What is the provincial nomination certificate?

The province or territory will review your application. If you meet their criteria, they will issue you a nomination certificate. You must submit a copy of the nomination certificate when you apply for permanent residence.


Provincial Nominee Program processing times vary from one Canadian immigration visa office to another.

Please note that Quebec does not participate in the Provincial Nominee Program, but here are all the Quebec Programs as well:

  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW)

  • Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)

  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

  • Quebec Investor Program

  • Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program


Which Canadian Province Are You Considering Moving To?

1. Email us ( Your  CV/Resume, 4-5 sentences about Yourself/Family Situation, If you or your spouse took IELTS – Test results, family in Canada (if any), desired province.

* If Business Immigration / Employee Relocation / Investments - Short description of the issue


2. We review your documents and appoint a consultant/lawyer to contact you with the brief assessment


3. You decide whether to proceed.


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