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What are the Steps for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

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The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is one of the major pathways for Canada immigration. Provincial Nominee Program results from an agreement between the federal government of Canada and respective provincial governments. Since each province and territory understand their labour needs better than anybody else, the federal government allows them to select and nominate candidates as per their requirements. It is important to note here that provinces can only nominate candidates; only Canada’s federal government can grant permanent residency. Depending on each province’s size and industry requirements, provinces are allocated an annual quota for nomination and accordingly, provincial governments create and manage their respective provincial nominee programs.


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The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) points out those skilled workers, independently employed individuals and business owners who can help develop that province’s job market. In Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), each region helps Canada to grow the economy, which profits the Canadians and, in return, offers social security benefits to the immigrants.

The main interest of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is to invite the skilled workforce having required credentials such as education, age, work experience, and language proficiency in at least one of the official languages, i.e. English or French. If one satisfies the program’s eligibility criteria, you may receive the nomination from the respective Canadian province, except Quebec.

What after being invited by the Canadian province?

You earn extra 600 points once you are acknowledged by the PNP or issued the nomination certificate. Now, your CRS score will be among the highest in the pool of candidates waiting for the invite from IRCC. Consequently, in the next draw of Express Entry, you’ll be invited to apply for a Canada PR visa. Once you successfully receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you have 90 days to submit your documents and other requirements such as proof of fund, medical certificate, etc. You must finish the document verification and submission in 90 days. In case a delay is caused, you might lose the opportunity of applying for your Canada PR.

Step by step guide to apply for PNP

STEP 1: Knowing your Eligibility

Before applying for PNP, it is pertinent to understand if you are qualified for the same. Suppose you plan to apply for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) or PNP of any other province or territory. In that case, you must check the eligibility criteria for each and determine which one applies to you. Also, remember that Quebec has its policies and eligibility criteria. Once you have selected the most appropriate PNP program for yourself, start collecting all the documents required for the application process. Do keep yourself updated on any changes as the prerequisites change without prior notice, and hence it’s essential to maintain a continuous check while applying.

STEP 2: Starting your Application Process

There are two kinds of provincial nominee programs, i.e., those linked to the Express Entry system and others those are stand-alone provincial programs. The ones related to the Express Entry system primarily target experienced skilled workers who are eligible for any federal immigration programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class. The other provincial nominee programs are targeted towards applicants required by the provinces such as business owners, semi-skilled and unskilled workers, etc.

The provinces invite the applicants through the Express Entry stream as well as non-Express Entry streams. Depending on your unique situation, your profile might be picked up from the Express Entry pool. You may get an invitation to apply by a particular province such as Ontario or Alberta. In such a case, you first have to apply for the respective PNP, followed by a PR application to the federal government through the Express Entry system. There might be another scenario wherein you are already in the Express Entry pool, and you apply at the PNP portal of provinces such as Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. In the third scenario, you already work in a particular province or territory, and you can apply to the relevant provincial program in that province only. This program might be linked to the Express Entry system or a stand-alone provincial program. Once a province nominates you in all the above cases, you need to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a Canada PR visa. It is mandatory to submit your medical reports to prove that you are fit and healthy during the application process.

STEP 3: Knowing the Application Processing Time for Different Provinces

The IRCC sets different processing times for various Canada immigration programs. Hence, it is valid to know how much time your application will require to process. Before 2015, the processing times were not exact, as there was no online system.  But now, you’ll get to check the processing time of your application on the online platform.

The application processing time is less for Express Entry linked PNP as compared to the non-Express Entry PNP. The application processing time is different for each province. One can check the application start time, closing time, and processing time on the province’s official site.

STEP 4: After Presenting your Application

Once you submit your Provincial Nominee Program application, you have to follow specific guidelines. Firstly, you’ll receive an acknowledgment of your application. You will also receive a letter saying, “the administration is evaluating your application.” If you submit your application, which lacks a few qualification criteria, your application will not pass.

If you have applied through a regulated Canada immigration consultant, such as Elaar Immigration, your profile will be up to the mark. If you qualify for the PNP, you will receive an invite from the respective province. Once you receive the approval, you need to apply with IRCC for your Canada PR application.

The Canada immigration authority might request you to submit further documents required to issue you an invite. Make sure you submit the documents before the end date. Once you get the province’s nomination, you’ll score extra 600 points if you have applied via the Express Entry linked stream.

STEP 5: Arranging your Travel to Canada

If you apply for your PR application from outside of Canada, now is the time to live your desired life in Canada. Before travelling to Canada, you might contact a few companies/non-profit organizations that help new immigrants settle in Canada. These organizations help you after landing in Canada. For the same, you can contact Elaar Immigration to know more about post landing services in Canada.

Once you land in Canada, your Canada PR card would be mailed to your home address in a couple of months. The Canada PR card will be your entity in the country and hence keep it safe and close to you.

A keynote here is that you must land and settle in the province which nominated you. Although the Canadian Charter of Rights provides the Right to Mobility to every individual, it is your moral duty to reside in the province that nominated you unless there is a compelling reason to move to another part of Canada.

The provinces that participate in PNP are Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,  New Brunswick, Manitoba,  Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories and Yukon. Each of these provinces has its PNP criteria, and hence it is recommended that before applying to any province, visit the province’s official website.

Getting in touch with Elaar Immigration

To apply for Canada immigration via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), get in touch with our licensed Canada immigration consultants at Elaar Immigration. They will assess your profile and recommend the best-suited PNP program out of more than 60 different programs and help you throughout the application process. Book your slot today with Elaar immigration to know more about Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and other Canada immigration programs.

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What Are Myths And Misconceptions Of Express Entry?

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The Express Entry Canada immigration program is one of the best ways to get Canada PR. Even though people claim that they are all aware of the Express Entry program, most people do not fully understand it. There are few misconceptions about the Express Entry program, which we at Elaar Immigration will clear out in this quick read.

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#1. Myth: It is mandatory to have a job offer to be eligible for Express Entry.

Fact: It is not necessary to have a job offer. Having one will help improve your score and chances.

The facts confirm that Canadian companies will be permitted to have a more direct effect through Express Entry. Yet, you won’t need an employment offer to move to Canada under the system.
Each candidate receives specific points in the Express Entry pool and is ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Under this system, you could get up to 1,200 points. Out of 1200 points, one could get 50 or 200 points depending on the NOC code of the qualifying job offer or 600 points for a provincial nomination certificate.

#2. Myth: No language test is required to enter the pool of Express Entry.

Fact: All the applicants should pass the language proficiency test, which is recognized by the Government of Canada, before entering the Express Entry pool.
All the applicants have to submit proof of language test results, which is confirmed by CIC. An applicant should either have English or French proficiency test results to enter the pool of Express Entry.

The language proficiency test score should meet the eligibility criteria, as mentioned by IRCC, for your selected federal economic immigration program. Hence, it is mandatory to take a language test if you are willing to enter the Express Entry pool.

English IELTS (Accepted: IELTS General training and not accepted: IELTS Academic for Express Entry)
CELPIP (Accepted CELPIP General test and not accepted CELPIP General-LS test for Express Entry)
French TEF Canada: Test d’evaluation de francais
TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du francais

#3. Myth: The eligible occupation list under the Federal Skilled Worker Program despite everything still applies.

Fact: There is a lot of confusion from potential applicants around the subject of the older eligible occupation list for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and whether it stays in place or will be updated. There is currently no eligible occupation list at all.

Instead, applicants should prove they’ve had a year’s job experience in a skilled occupation at some point in 10 years. This is mostly uplifting news for potential applicants who were not included in the past eligible occupations list regarding eligibility.

Canadian jobs fall under National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, which are separated by expertise type and level, so you will have the option to check whether your occupation is named skilled.

Remember that the ineligible occupation list for Canadian Experience Class will also not apply to Express Entry.

#4. Myth: For being a Canadian economic immigrant, the only way is by applying under the Express Entry Canada immigration program

Fact: Most of the federal economic immigration programs come under Express Entry. However, the Canadian provinces can select the candidates from outside of the Express Entry System in a particular allocation.

Every province in Canada can select candidates based on the labour market requirement. The provinces can choose the number of immigrants under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Under PNP, the provinces select the candidates who need not qualify the Express Entry eligibility criteria. It means that even though most economic immigrants will have to apply under the Express Entry system, including a few particular allocations, each territory and province will still have a base PNP.

For instance, Quebec is not a part of the federal Express Entry System. The immigrants have the option to apply under the Skilled Worker channel and a Quebec Experience program.

#5. Myth: One can enter false information while applying under the Express Entry system.

Fact: If you enter false information about yourself and get caught, you will be penalized. Do not lie in your application.

While applying for Canada immigration, no matter how many documents you need to submit, you cannot take the risk by lying on your immigration application. May it be you require time to collect all your records or attain few extra credentials before getting the ITA. Maybe you are just hoping you might not get caught, and then indeed, your future is at risk as you might get debarred forever from applying for Canada immigration.

The Government of Canada is stringent while checking and processing the immigration applications and the officials are vigilant to detect false information. The penalty for giving incorrect information and misrepresentation has increased from two years to five years of inadmissibility and a 5-year ban for applying for Canada PR.

#6. Myth: Once you get the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada PR under the Express Entry system, to gather the documents, you’ll have lots of time.

Fact: It will be a hassle in collecting your required documents if you wait for your ITA, which you need to submit within the 60 days.

It takes time to gather all the required documents for your Canada immigration under Express Entry. You have to be ready with your documents, educational certificates, qualification credentials, employment reference letter, and other necessary documents to support your application.

#7. Myth: Whoever wants can enter the Express Entry pool.

Fact: If you are eligible for Canada immigration through the federal economic immigration program, you can enter the Express Entry pool.

It is the biggest misconception. People often think that anyone can immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry Canada immigration program. However, this is so not true! For immigrating to Canada under Express Entry, the candidate has to be eligible for one of the existing federal economic immigration programs, which are the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

#8. Myth: Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the applicants can get to know their scores and rankings and the number of points they require for an invitation to apply (ITA).

Fact: The applicants can get to know their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) total points, but they’ll not get their specific ranking. The applicants will get to see the recent draw’s threshold points, but they will not know the total points required for the next Express Entry pool draw.

The CRS is for CIC’s benefit, an accurate technique to calculate the eligible applicants’ rank. CIC does not specify the upcoming draw score, but the qualified applicants can check the previous scores. Using this information, an applicant would know how many points he/she should aim. Although there is no guarantee of the points for the draw you are seeking, which will help you obtain your ITA for Canada PR under the Express Entry Canada immigration program.

#9. Myth: Express Entry is the most comfortable option for immigrating to Canada.

Fact: The Government of Canada is stringent while checking and processing the immigration applications, and one must submit all the supporting documents to meet the eligibility criteria as per the CIC’s standards.

The Government of Canada is striving hard to improve its immigration system, which will overcome Canada’s labour market shortage and increase the economy. For this, the processing time of the immigration application has shortened, but that does not mean your application won’t get checked. Your application will be reviewed meticulously. Hence, all the documents submitted should be valid, and the information presented should be accurate.

Once your Express Entry Canada PR gets approved, you have to move to Canada within the stipulated timeline given by IRCC. If you wait for a longer duration, your acceptance letter will be at risk.

Do you want to apply for Canada PR via the Express Entry Canada immigration system? If yes, then to receive an ITA for Canada PR, you should get selected from the Express Entry pool of highly skilled candidates. At Elaar immigration, we help you stand out by highlighting your best factors, and we make sure the Canadian Government notices your application. To know more and to increase the chances of receiving ITA, call our experts at Elaar immigration.

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