Provincial (Immigration) Nominee Programs (“PNPs”) that allow expedited immigration processing that meets provincial needs have been set up in most provinces in Canada. There are basically two types of PNP programs. The first type is skilled worker PNP. This program will allow expedited processing for skilled workers that have a job offer from a local provincial business in an occupation or business sector that meets local provincial needs. The second type of program is a business immigration program. Most business immigration PNPs allow expedited immigration processing if the applicant does some variation of one of the following in the province: establishes a new business; invests money; or joint ventures with a local business.
The provinces that have a skilled worker PNP are: British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Quebec has a special separate immigration program.
The provinces that have a business PNP are: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Prince Edward Island and the Yukon. Quebec has a special separate immigration program.
Please see the All PNPs article that provides an overview of all the PNPs in Canada.
For an overview of the way PNP helps to expedite obtaining a work visa under PNPs in Canada please see the Work Visa & PNP article.
For a summary of the latest new program initiatives in PNPs please see the What’s New in PNP article.
In PNP applications, the first step is for the application to be approved by the province. In most cases this first step is completed quickly. The provincial processing time can range from two weeks to nine months depending on the province. PNP approval is commonly called being “nominated” by the PNP. After the PNP approval, federal approval consisting basically of police, medical and security checks are still required. This generally takes 6-8 months depending on the CIC post. After PNP nomination has occurred a PNP can assist the nominee to obtain a work visa on an expedited basis.
Brian Edward Tadayoshi Tsuji
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
2800 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2Z7
Tel:(604) 643-6496 Fax:(604) 605-3596