The Provincial Nominee program is one of the many immigration programs made available for permanent residency in Canada.
This immigration program allows the individual provinces to select people to immigrate. If a province or territory recognizes it lacks one type of worker then it can help those workers immigrate to Canada.
A person applies for the program by applying directly to the immigration program run by the province or territory in which the applicant wants to live and work.
After the provincial government has approved an application for nomination, the immigrant proceeds in applying for an immigration visa through the CIC.
Below are some commonly asked questions by people looking to immigrate to Canada.
What Is the CIC?
The CIC is Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which is the government organization responsible for the issuance of Permanent Resident Cards and Citizenship certificates.
The CIC operates multiple offices throughout Canada and even works with Services Canada to provide assistance to immigrants.
Immigrants applying for the Provincial Nominee program will only start to interact with CIC after they have received a nomination from one of the provinces in writing.
What is Permanent Residency?
Permanent Residency is an immigration status in Canada which states that an immigrant has the right to live and work in the country for as long as they so choose.
This is only limited by a residency requirement (a person has to live in Canada for a certain amount of time in order to keep their status) and a requirement of lawfulness. As long as the immigrant does not commit any crimes they will be allowed to keep their status.
What is a Work Permit?
A work permit allows an immigrant the right to work at a specific job in Canada temporarily. Permanent Residents do not need to obtain work permits because their status implies the right to work.