Q1. What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, PNP allows Canada’s provinces and territories to select individuals who show an interest in settling in a particular province or territory and who will be able to contribute to the economic development of that province or territory. Most, not all, territories and provinces participate in PNP.

Q2. Is Quebec a part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

No, The province of Quebec has a separate agreement with the Canadian Government that allows the province to select individuals who show a desire to live in Quebec. The Quebec Government is the only one with the authority to determine the selection of individuals outside of the Provincial Nomination Program.

Q3. Do I need a Provincial Nomination for Canada Immigration?

No. You can gain a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa without provincial nomination.

Q4. What is the advantage of a Provincial Nomination?

A Provincial Nomination means that your application for Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa will be processed quickly and offers another way to be eligible for a Canada Immigration Visa apart from one offered under the Federal Worker category.

Q5. Where and when does an application under PNP get submitted?Is it done before submission for immigration visa?

An application under PNP is submitted to the participating provincial government office before it is submitted for a Canada Immigration Visa.

Q6. Does receiving a Provincial Nomination under Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) guarantee a Canada Immigration Visa?

No. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) must be satisfied that a Provincial Nominee meets all the statutory requirements – health, security and authenticity of documents – before it issues a Canada Immigration Visa.

Q7. What is the basic eligibility criteria defined by most provinces for Provincial Nominee Program?

Most provinces look for individuals who would contribute to the province’s economic growth, and are willing to settle down in that particular province. Basic criteria that most provinces take into account include the following:

    • Job offer in the province
    • Education
    • Work experience in critical industries
    • English and/or French Language skills
    • Close relations in that province
    • Ability to adapt to life in that province

Q8. My employer is currently operating business outside Canada. Do I still qualify for the PNP?

In a situation where your potential Canadian employer is not currently operating a business in any one of the above listed provinces of Canada, you shall stand eligible to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program. However, you can consider alternative options for Canadian immigration which may be available for you.

Q9. What is a Canada Skilled Worker Visa?

A Canada Skilled Worker Visa enables you to gain Permanent Resident status, where in you are allowed to live and work in the country without an employment offer for your Canadian Visa

Q10. Which provinces offer Skilled Worker Program under Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

The provinces that offer skilled worker Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. The province of Quebec has a special separate immigration program.

Q11. What is the main focus of the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program?

The main focus is to attract young skilled workers to work in Canada who are expected to live and work for a long period and contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy.

Q12. What is the criteria for a Federal Skilled Worker Program application to be considered for further processing?

For your application to be eligible for further processing, you must:-

  • attach the result of your official language proficiency test
  • have a valid offer of arranged employment (job offered by an employer of Canada)
  • have a minimum of one year of continuous work experience in last ten years
  • be an international student enrolled in a PhD course in Canada or have completed two years of study towards PhD from a Canadian university/institution.
  • Attach the Education Credential Assessment (ECA) result

Q13. What is the processing time of a Federal Skilled Worker application?program?

Once a candidate has filled the complete application form and duly submitted, the application is sent to CIC for review. CIC further reviews the application thoroughly and aims to complete the process within six months of the applicant having submitted his or her application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Q14. Is improving profile and ranking under Comprehensive Ranking System of any advantage to the applicants?

Candidates eligible under the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program, are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System, in the Express Entry pool which ranks them for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry under the following components:-

  • accompanying to spouse or common-law partner factors
  • core human capital factors
  • skill transferability factors
  • factors relating to a provincial nomination or qualifying offer of an arranged employment
  • The higher ranking a candidate has, the higher changes he/she has of getting the Invitation to Apply soon

Q15. How can employers access the Express Entry pool candidates??

As an employer, you can hire a skilled worker to meet the work requirements in case you are unable to find a suitable Canadian or permanent resident to fill in the vacancy. You have the flexibility and choice to use present recruiting and hiring practices. You are also given access to candidates through Canada’s Job Bank, private sector job boards and Provincial Nominee Programs where applicable.  

Q16. What is an Invitation to Apply?

Candidate who have filed for Canada Immigration Visa through the Federal Skilled Worker Program are assessed against others in the pool and are ranked on the criteria that are known to contribute to a newcomer’s economic success once in Canada. Only the candidates with the highest ranking are invited to apply for permanent residence. Candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. CIC processes the majority of complete permanent residence applications received in a period of six months or less.

Q17. What is a Comprehensive Ranking System?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. The CRS assesses information of the candidates on the basis of:

  • skills
  • work experience
  • language ability
  • education qualification and other factors
  • These factors play an important role in determining the economic success of the candidates once in Canada. Additional points are granted to those with a job offer or a nomination by a Canadian employer or Canada’s provinces under the Provincial Nominee Programs, respectively.

Q18. What is the formula behind the Comprehensive Ranking System?

All Express Entry candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program are given a score out of 1200 points, based on the four parts of the CRS formula.

  • Skills and experience factors (which are considered as key factors to the economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors such as their language skills and education qualification. These are known to result in better economic success for both the candidate and the spouse or common-law partner
  • Skills transferability which includes education and work experience. These factors when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earning opportunities
  • Additional points are given to those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer.

Q9. What all is permissible after Visa approval?

Once you receive a Visa approval, you:-

  • can live and work in Canada permanently
  • can sponsor a family member to become permanent resident
  • can apply for citizenship after spending a period of three years on the Canadian land

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