Immigrating to Canada through a Provincial Nominee Program
There are eleven provinces and territories across Canada that participate in Provincial Nominee Programs. These programs are an ideal way for many people to immigrate to Canada and obtain permanent residency in their province or territory of choice.
While the Provincial Nominee Programs can be similar from province to province, they are not identical. They all have different categories and requirements. While the requirements differ, most of the time you will require some kind of tie to the province, a certain amount or type of work experience and a certain amount of education.
Types of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Streams
As mentioned above, all of the Provincial Nominee Programs have different streams, or categories. For example, the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program has the highest number of categories, which include Skilled Workers, Long Haul Truck Drivers, Health Professionals, Students (with a category for Master’s and PhD Graduates as well as Post-Graduation Work Permits), Farmers, Entrepreneurs, Science and Technology, Large Scale Investors, Hospitality Sector Project and Family Members.
Conversely, the Yukon Provincial Nominee Program consists of only two streams: the Business program, with entrepreneur and professional self-employed categories, as well as a Skilled Worker program, with skilled worker and critical impact worker categories.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program, for example, has six categories that are similar to those offered in many other Provincial Nominee Programs, including Skilled Worker, Family Business Worker, Community-Identified, International Graduate, Non-dependent Children of Nominees and the Agri-food Sector Stream.
If you want to become a permanent resident of Canada, there may be a Provincial Nominee Program stream or category in a Canadian province or territory that is just perfect for you. Let us help you find it! Give us a call at the number above, or e-mail us using the contact form on the right.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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