A Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) now operates in each province and the Yukon Territory. The purpose of this programs is to attract and retain people, especially those most likely to generate economic activity for the province.
There are two basic types of PN programs, and most provinces have both. The first type of program attracts workers for employers, mainly in skilled occupations, but provinces also target semi-skilled and entry level positions as well, to help fill identified labour shortages. The advantage to these programs is that a worker can qualify for permanent residence without the 67 points required under the federal skilled worker program.
Most provinces, (with the notable exception of Alberta) also have a business immigration program which allows for expedited processing of applicants able and willing to invest substantial funds in an existing business or establish a new business. These programs offer flexibility, and generally are easier to qualify for then the federal business programs for those who meet eh financial and business criteria needed.
Federal approval of all PN applicants and their family members is also necessary, but the combined processing time is usually shorter than the federal economic programs. Provincial approval, known as “being nominated by the province”, can take from a few weeks to a few months. Following approval, permanent residence can be applied for.
Please contact us with your specific inquiry regarding your situation and we will advise the best course of action for you to attain residency.