Provincial Nominee Programs
Canadian provinces and territories have their own immigration programs, which often have lower requirements than the federal ones.
Each Canadian province and two territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs. These programs allow provinces and territories to invite candidates who want to immigrate to Canada and are interested in settlement in a particular region.
The following provincial immigration programs exist:
The Canadian territory of Nunavut does not have an immigration program.
The Atlantic provinces of Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) also have a common program called Atlantic Immigration Program. It has relatively low requirements and is for candidates who want to live and work in one of the Atlantic regions.
Each provincial program is tailored to the specific needs of the province/territory to invite candidates who can live and work in the region.
Provincial immigration programs are further divided into so-called streams — destinations for certain categories of immigrants. There are many such streams, so practically every candidate can find a suitable option.
Why use provincial programs to immigrate to Canada
Consider a situation where an applicant meets the requirements of one of the three federal immigration programs. It is likely that if they register for Express Entry, they will not get the required number of points to obtain a Canadian permanent residency.
But if a candidate indicates on their application that they are interested in living in a province, such as Ontario, they may receive a so-called provincial nomination which gives 600 extra points in the Express Entry system. This means there is almost a full guarantee of getting a PR.
For convenience, each provincial program contains a minimum of 1 immigration stream through Express Entry.
So, what does one have to do to get a nomination? The main criterion is to have an in-demand profession, which is needed nowadays in the province.
Simplified requirements for candidates
Usually provisional programs have additional streams, where applications are accepted not through Express Entry, but on paper or through another system. In this case, there may be fewer requirements to applicants: the required level of English is reduced, age becomes less important, you can show less money in the account, etc.
Help with choosing an immigration program and flow
Officially, there are now more than 100 immigration programs in Canada with different requirements for applicants. If you can't decide which option is right for you, a regulated immigration consultant will help you.
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