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Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Program

This is another in-demand skilled worker program in which the provinces target candidates that can contribute economically to the growth of the province and has the intent to live in such a province. It should be noted that provinces have absolute control in selecting skilled workers they believe meet their needs and program requirements. Applicant must meet the educational requirements of any of the provincial nominee programs which could be Canadian education or foreign education assessed through Canadian authorized educational assessment bodies like WES, ICES, ICAS, CES, IQAS, MCC, PEBC. Evidence of proof of funds is part of the requirements under this program. Many of these province nominee programs have cost to apply apart from the federally cost to be incurred.

Provinces and territories may target:

  • Students

  • Business People

  • Skilled workers

  • Semi-Skilled workers

The selection for PNP falls into two categories which could be paper-based or through express entry. This means applicants can either submit a paper-based non-express entry stream after being nominated subject to the province application method or via express entry process if the province agrees to nominate to Canada.

Note: All the programs undertaken by the provinces are NOCs dependent.

Here is the list of the participating provinces along with their programs:

  • Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)
    This is one of the popular immigration programs to Canada admitted through the express entry system. Every year this category has the highest allotted numbers among eighty plus immigration programs administered in Canada. Candidates are assessed on six major factors.These factors are age, education, work experience, language, arranged employment and adaptability. In order to qualify under this program, candidate must score 67 points out of 100. For the language, you need minimum of CLB 7 in all modules.The acceptable language is IELTS General Training or CELPIP for English Language and TEF or TCF for French. For work experience, the applications being considered are NOC 0-Managerial Occupations, NOC A-Professional Occupations and NOC B-Skilled Technical Occupations which must be 1-year continuous Full-time position or Part time (15hrs/Week) of 2 continuous years in the last 10 years. Score is awarded under the age factor with 18-35 years earning 12 points, 36 years earn 11 points with decreasing order in points as the applicant gets older. Proof of funds for the principle applicant and accompanying or non accompanying family member is required. Additional points can be earned for spouse or partner’s language level or study or work in Canada. Point is earned if the applicant or spouse has relatives (parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew) in Canada. Arranged employment gives additional point if applicant works in Canada under temporary work permit or currently work in Canada under LMIA exempt or have a job offer from Canadian employer. Candidates are advised to act quickly as number of intakes under this program is controlled by instructions of our immigration minister and changes frequently occur without notice.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
    This is managed under the express entry. These are for candidates that have worked in Canada with a minimum of 1-year work experience in 3 years before applying. This work experience must have been authorized and doesn’t need to be continuous. Work experience must be NOC 0/A/B. Language test is mandatory which could be at CLB 7 for NOC 0/A and CLB 5 for NOC B. Work Experience:Quebec work experience counts.Work experience gained during full time student (such as co-op work term) doesn’t count.Self-Employed doesn’t count.Work undertaken while awaiting refugee decision doesn’t count. Proof of funds is not required. No educational requirement for CEC. Candidates are advised to act quickly as number of intakes under this program is controlled by instructions of our immigration minister and changes frequently occur without notice.
  • Federal Skill Trades Class (FSTC)
    This is another program managed via the express entry for those that qualified in the skill trade after January 1, 2015. To qualify for this class, you must have a full-time job offer which is LMIA based from a Canadian employer or have certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial body. Work experience doesn’t need to be continuous but must be minimum of 2 years full time in the last 5 years acquired after qualifying to practice such trade skills. The language requirement is CLB 5 in Speaking and listening, CLB 4 in writing and reading either in English or French. The qualifying trade groups: Major Group 72: industrial, electrical and construction trades. Major Group 73: maintenance and equipment operation trades. Major Group 82: supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production. Major Group 92: processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators. Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks. Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers. Note: Intent is critical here as you cannot reside in Quebec. Candidates are advised to act quickly as number of intakes under this program is controlled by instructions of our immigration minister and changes frequently occur without notice.
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