How does the Provincial Nomination Process Work?

Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your application based on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.

If you are a Professional or skilled worker interested in working in one of the Canadian Provinces- there are three steps in the immigration process that you have pass:

Step 1

First you must find an employer and get a job offer . Once you have found a job in a business or company; you begin the process of acquiring a work permit.

Step 2

  • The PNP immigration branch reviews your application.
  • If approved, the PNP immigration branch will:
  • Send a nomination certificate to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC); and
  • Send a nomination letter to you explaining how to forward your application to the appropriate CIC visa office.
  • If your application was not approved and you would like a second review:
  • Send a signed letter to the PNP office within 45 days of the date on the refusal letter you received saying that your application was not approved
  • In your letter, you must clearly state what you feel the error is.  You will not be able to add new documents or information to support your application at this stage.
  • The second review is based on the information contained in your completed application.  If you have new documents or information, you will have to submit a new application to the PNP office.
  • If the PNP office receives your letter within the 45 day period and the letter contains the required information, then your application will be reviewed by a different Manager and you will be notified of the final decision.

Step 3

Apply to CIC with your nomination certificate.

  • CIC considers your application after they receive the nomination certificate from the PNP office.
  • CIC does health, security and criminal reviews, and then issues visas to you and your family members.

In addition to Health, Criminality and Security checks, CIC may request any additional information that it deems appropriate at any time during the application process. This may include asking Immigrant Nominee Program nominees to submit International English Language Testing System test results.

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