Immigrating to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program

Who is Eligible under the Provincial Nominee Program

Individuals eligible to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program will be nominated by a specific province that participates in agreement with the Government of Canada to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province.

If individuals choose to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Class, they will need to select which province they will apply to and complete their provincial nomination process.

The province then reviews their application based on its immigration needs and the applicant's true intention to reside there.

Below is a list of the provinces and territories currently participating in the Provincial Nominee Program. The criteria varies among the provinces; individuals should visit the IRCC (formerly known as CIC) site at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/provincial/apply-who.asp for more information by province.

  • Alberta.
  • Manitoba.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Ontario.
  • Saskatchewan.
  • British Columbia.
  • New Brunswick.
  • Nova Scotia.
  • Prince Edward Island.
  • Yukon.
  • Northwest Territories.

After individuals have been nominated by a province or territory, it is required that they make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. Based on the Canadian Immigration regulations a IRCC (formerly known as CIC) officer will review their application.

It will be required for all applicants to pass a medical examination, security and criminal checks.

How to Apply under the Provincial Nominee Program

The application process for a Provincial Nominee to immigrate to Canada is an eight step process:

  1. Obtain a certificate of provincial nomination.
  2. Obtain and print the Citizenship and Immigration Canada application package.
  3. Complete your application.
  4. Determine where you must submit your application.
  5. Obtain the instructions for the visa office where you will submit your application.
  6. Calculate your fees.
  7. Check your application.
  8. Submit your application.

For more information on the application process, visit IRCC (formerly known as CIC) site at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/provincial/apply-how.asp

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