Canadian Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs)

Canadian Provincial Nomination Programs

No doubt about it: Canada's federal government is happy to stand aside and let the various provinces make immigration decisions. And the provinces are happy to step-up and make those decisions for themselves!
 
That's why we've seen both wholesale reforms, and important tweaks to existing regulations, that all seem to favour the provincial determinations about who and how many migrants they want to welcome. 
 
Most of these programs are designed to help employers recruit foreign nationals, along with recently graduated international students, whose skills are in demand.
 
Typically, provincial employers may only hire foreign nationals for positions they certify they remain unable to fill from permanent resident or Canadian citizen applicants, but there are exceptions even to this rule.
 
To be considered for nomination under these programs, you should expect various parameters, with some variations on these themes depending on the province.
 
You should be between be 21 and 55 years old, and have:
  • At least one year of related work experience. 
  • Educational qualifications of not less than a Canadian high school diploma equivalent;
  • Appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
  • Language abilities equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5 if you are a skilled worker.
  • In many cases, a full-time job offer of employment from a provincial employer is required.
  • Prove you have sufficient financial resources to settle successfully.
 

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Canada's Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs)
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Description: Canada has begun a trend towards local control of immigration by Canadian provincial governments. This devolved control of immigration creates opportunities not to be overlooked when considering the best route to Canadian permanent residency. Programs vary significantly in their requirements, and many have components that mirror their federal equivalents.

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