The Provincial Nominee Program now stands as the country’s second largest program for economic immigration.
This November, Canadian provinces continued inviting hopeful immigrants to go to the next round of the immigration process.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which began modestly in 1998 with the admission of approximately 200 people to Canada, will now see the intake of over 80,000 new permanent residents every year. At least 3,744 immigration candidates received invitations through a provincial immigration program this past month.
The PNP allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to select a set number of economic immigrants each year and nominate them for permanent residence.
There are currently more than 80 PNP streams in 11 provinces and territories, and each stream is designed to target immigrants who meet the specific labour market and economic needs of those regions.
In most participating provinces and territories, there is now at least one PNP stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s primary source of economic immigration.
Express Entry-linked PNP streams, also referred to as ‘Enhanced’ PNPs, allow a province to select Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination. These streams allow provinces to nominate candidates in the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic immigration categories—the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates who are nominated by a province or territory are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score.
PNP streams that operate outside of Express Entry referred to as ‘Base’ PNPs, can also nominate candidates, who then pursue permanent residence outside of the Express Entry system.
Here is an overview of provincial program updates and rounds of invitation from the month of November:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
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To contain the spread of COVID-19, Canada has put a variety of special immigration measures in place since March 18, 2020.
However, Canada is exempting certain individuals from the travel restrictions so they can enter the country. Among these exemptions include some Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders, work and study permit holders, and certain family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
In addition, Canada is still accepting new immigration applications and processing existing ones. Express Entry, PNP, and Quebec skilled worker draws have continued throughout the pandemic.
Many Canadian employers are actively seeking foreign skilled workers to join their workforce as quickly as possible. If you can obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer, you may also qualify for fast-track Canadian immigration application processing.
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