Canada is the second-largest country in the world (Russia is the largest) by the total area. It is made up of 10 provinces and three territories. Each province and territory has it’s own needs when it comes to immigration. This is because each region has different industries and organizations specific to resources, climate, people, location and other factors.
Since there are more than 50 PNP programs to choose from, it is very important that an individual should start working with an immigration consultant as soon as they begin considering immigrating to Canada. This would help them understand all of the immigration programs and how they work. The PNP programs are quite detailed, and because the best immigration consultants have the experience in navigating them, they are an essential ally for those wanting to come to Canada. Your consultant might help you craft a plan of approach that includes seeking out a full-time job offeror submitting an expression of interest to a province or territory.
The specific provincial and territorial immigration needs present additional options to those looking to immigrate to Canada. Potential immigrants able to secure a full-time job offer from a company operating in a Canadian province or territory and those with specific proven professional skills will have a strong chance to be selected for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It is beneficial because some individuals won’t qualify for immigration through federal programs because their score (Comprehensive Ranking Score or CRS) is too low.
Generally, however, the point scores required by a PNP are lower than the federal scores because of a significant need for certain types of employees within a region to support its economic growth. This makes applying to a PNP an attractive option for those wishing to come to Canada who lack the required CRS score.
The vast majority of applicants who immigrate through one of the PNPs do so with a full-time job offer already in place. These jobs usually align with the in-demand occupations the province or territory hopes to fill to benefit the region as a whole. Employers need to prove that an immigrant worker is the best option for the employees they need before making an offer. Employers do this by applying to their region’s PNP for permission to hire a foreign national or temporary resident in Canada. Once approved, they can make a job offer.
Also, in some cases, where a potential immigrant’s skills align with in-demand occupations of a province or territory, that individual can submit an “expression of interest” to the respective province, and they may be offered an invitation to apply for immigration.
Consider a possible case where an individual wants to settle in BC and has experience as a skilled trades worker in another country. An immigration consultant can assist with identifying the ways to have job skills assessed and credentials established to work in Canada. They may also be able to point out the best pathway or program and suggest the provinces and territories that have their occupation on their list of in-demand occupations.
Once an individual has a full-time offer of employment from a recognized employer, the province is likely to provide that person with a nomination for permanent residence in Canada. Once nominated by a Provincial Nominee Program, the individual will need to apply for permanent residence with IRCC.
The immigration process through PNP programs may not be as quick because it involves more steps at the provincial level, but it certainly provides an opportunity to potential immigrants if they don’t qualify directly for the federal programs. Although applying through a PNP, the federal government has the final say on whether an immigrant may become a permanent resident or not.
PNP Programs give prospective immigrants more opportunities to come to Canada because of the job-specific criteria and lower range of immigration scores. For those who are a match for a particular province or territory’s needs, this can be the ideal way to immigrate to Canada.