Provincial Nominee Program Myths and Misinformation

The Provincial Nominee Program  (PNP) is a program created by the Canadian government that allows people who are ready to be permanent residents in Canada (through skills, education and work experience) to apply, but they must be nominated by a Canadian province or territory that is part of the PNP. Workers need to have a job waiting for them with at least two years of work experience within that occupation.

Popular Provincial Nominee Program Myths

A news agency reported this past weekend that a senior official with Citizenship and Immigration Canada wrote in an e-mail that illegal work could be counted towards an application for the Provincial Nominee Program as long as there was confirmation, saying: “We can count illegal work for PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) but at the same time we need to have a confirmation of the illegal work.”

The Truth

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney’s office immediately responded saying, “We were outraged to hear that illegal work experience could count in favour of an applicant for permanent residency.” His office also stated that, “any individual who has worked in Canada illegally would be considered inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.”

To clarify: Minister Kenney’s office overruled the incorrect statement that illegal work could count towards the Provincial Nominee Program.

Are Interested in the Provincial Nominee Program?

The Provincial Nominee Program can result in quicker approval for permanent residence in Ontario or other provinces such as BC, Alberta or Manitoba but as mentioned above, there is a lot of misinformation out there that can get people in a lot of legal trouble. Get advice that’s for real before making an application.

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