Immigrate as a provincial nominee through Express Entry

by Nationwide Visas Canada Immigration Services

Provincial Nominee Programs and Express Entry

The majority of provinces and territories have selection systems that are integrated with the federal Express Entry system, making it possible to submit "enhanced" nominations that grant candidates 600 more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The single most important component in the CRS is a provincial nomination, which essentially ensures that the candidate will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent draw from the pool.

Express Entry candidates are given a CRS, which is a score out of 1,200 that determines who will receive an ITA for permanent residency. These 600 additional points would almost always ensure that the applicant would get an ITA in the Express Entry draw rounds. Individuals must first build an Express Entry profile and enter the pool if they want to apply for a provincial nomination through an enhanced PNP stream.

You can select a particular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that is exclusive to that province or territory if you desire to immigrate to a certain city or area in Canada. In order to promote the immigration of talented foreign workers through one of the three federal economic immigration categories, the federal Express Entry system was launched in 2015. To propose qualified applicants from the Express Entry pool, various provinces and territories in Canada have started a number of PNP streams that are aligned with Express Entry (also known as Express Entry-linked PNP streams).

These "Enhanced" PNP streams and nominations submitted through Express Entry see quicker application processing times. Candidates need to be eligible for one of the three economic immigration programmes

·         Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

·         Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

·         Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

You will gain an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points if your application for a provincial nomination is accepted in an Express Entry aligned stream. This practically ensures that you will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Canadian PNPs aligned with Express Entry

·         British Columbia’s PNP and Express Entry -

- BC PNP & Express Entry (EEBC)

·         Ontario: OINP and Express Entry -

- Human Capital Category  

·         Alberta: AINP and Express Entry

- Alberta Express Entry Stream  

·         Saskatchewan: SINP and Express Entry

- International Skilled Worker - Saskatchewan Express Entry 

·         New Brunswick: MBNP and Express Entry

- Express Entry Labour Market Stream

·         Nova Scotia: NSNP and Express Entry

- Nova Scotia’s Demand and Experience: Express Entry 

·         Newfoundland and Labrador: NLPNP and Express Entry

- Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker 

·         Prince Edward Island: PEI PNP and Express Entry

- PEI PNP Express Entry

·         Yukon Territory: YNP and Express Entry

- Yukon Express Entry (YEE)

·         Northwest Territories: NTNP and Express Entry

- NWT Express Entry: Skilled Worker

How to apply for apply for a Provincial Nominee Program?

In Canada, immigration-related decisions are ultimately made by the federal government, not the provincial government. As a result, PNPs are a two-step process. For provincial nomination, you must first submit an application to the province. You must then submit a new application to the federal government for permanent residence status in Canada if the province provides its permission.

1.      Find out if you qualify: To track available PNPs and establish your eligibility for the many alternatives available, use the PNP Live Tracker.

2.      Fill out an application for the Provincial Nominee Program: Fill out the province or territory's application.

3.      Obtain your official Provincial Nomination certificate: If your application is complete and you are qualified, you will be provided with this document, which will allow you to move on to the next phase.

4.      Submit your application for permanent residence: Submit an application for Canadian permanent residency to the federal government. You may apply through Express Entry if your nomination came from a PNP that is linked with Express Entry. Otherwise, a paper-based application must be submitted.


While certain PNP streams accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis, others require that applicants first submit an Expression of Interest. Additionally, some PNP streams—known as "base" streams operate independently of the federal Express Entry immigration system, and other PNP streams are coordinated with Express Entry.

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