Saturday, November 24, 2007

Canadian Provincial Nominee Program

In recent years the Canadian Government has entered into bilateral agreements with eight provinces and one territory allowing these governments to nominate a pre-determined number of persons annually to become permanent residents of Canada whose job skills can be matched with the skilled worker shortages in that province. The province of Ontario will be included in the program sometime in 2007. Quebec selects applicants using its own program and selection criteria. Each of these provinces has different selection criteria, passmarks and procedures. This year approximately 10,000 persons are expected to arrive in Canada through this route and a greater number is expected next year.

The major advantage of being nominated under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is that a Canadian Embassy will give an applicant priority processing of his/her application for permanent residence to Canada once it has received a Provincial Nomination. An applicant who is nominated by a province will receive his/her visa much much quicker than those persons applying in the Skilled Worker Category under the normal federal selection system. Usually such applications will be processed and visas issued within 6 to 9 months by a Canadian Embassy instead of several years.

If you wish to immigrate to one of Canada’s provinces as a provincial nominee, you must apply to that province for nomination. Provincial nominees are not assessed on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Worker Program. When a province has made a selection decision, the application for permanent residence is processed by a Canadian Embassy on that basis. The Embassy will only concern itself with post-selection matters such as medical examinations and security checks.

Skilled Workers
The following is a list of basic requirements to receive a Provincial Nomination (PNP) in the Skilled Worker category in each of the 8 participating provinces and one territory.

1. Yukon
  • Submit application to one of the businesses listed beside the occupation or trade on the Occupational Shortage Table.
  • Certification or accreditation for the specific trade or occupation.

2. British Columbia
  • Job offer from a BC employer.
  • The strategic occupations component of the BC PNP requires that the employer and prospective employee submit a joint application.

3. Alberta
  • Employer nominates a candidate who has the relevant education, training and experience
  • Occupation must be in levels O, A or B of the NOC.
4. Saskatchewan
  • An offer of permanent, full time employment in Saskatchewan in NOC levels A, B or O or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan (existing work permit sub-category).
5. Manitoba
  • Employers who apply for pre-approval of job offers demonstrating they have made a genuine effort to recruit in Canada for the position and are offering a suitable wage package.
  • Applicants who have a pre-approved job offer as well as the training, work experience, licensing or accreditation and language ability required.
  • Job must be on Occupational Requirement List.
  • Score 55 points or more on the Manitoba Selection Grid (General Stream).

6. New Brunswick
  • Score at least 50 points on New Brunswick Selection Grid.
  • Skill Shortage/High Demand Occupation List.
  • Find a permanent, fulltime job offer from an established New Brunswick company. In most cases, the skills offered by the prospective immigrant must not be readily available in the province of New Brunswick and employers must prove that they are having difficulty finding these skills in the local job market.
7. Nova Scotia
  • A permanent, full time job from a Nova Scotia employer. The employer must prove a shortage in the province of relevant workers.
  • Meet the minimum criteria on the Nova Scotia Selection Grid.
8. Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • A minimum score of 50 on the PEI Selection Grid.
  • Education and training consistent with the position offered – having your credentials assessed to Canadian standards for regulated occupations is strongly recommended.
  • A good faith offer of employment from a local employer at prevailing market rates.
9. Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Obtain at least 50 points on the Newfoundland Selection Grid.
  • A job offer where the occupation falls within the Strategic Sector List.
10. Ontario
  • In the first year the Pilot PNP will nominate 500 individuals. The Pilot PNP is employer-driven. This means that as a prospective nominee, you can only apply if your employer is pre-screened, the position is approved, and your employer provides you with a nominee application package from the Pilot PNP.
  • To be considered, positions must be in eligible occupations in the Pilot PNP list.
  • During the first year of the Pilot PNP, jobs in 20 specific occupations are eligible for consideration in the following four sectors:
    • Health
    • Education
    • Manufacturing
    • Construction
  • Employers are only eligible to apply for positions in the 20 occupations listed. Prospective nominees are only eligible to apply if they have a bona fide job offer and are qualified in one of the 20 listed occupations.

For further details on how this Program can work for you, refer to my home page and click on the link “Skilled Workers”. I have described in detail how the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is included in the process of applying for a permanent residence visa to Canada for you, your spouse and dependent children.

If you are nominated by a Province, you will be able to obtain a visa for permanent residence to Canada for you and your family in as little as six (6) to nine (9) months instead of several years which is the present average processing time at most Canadian Embassies under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Fast track a permanent residence application now!

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