Before the introduction of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), the Atlantic provinces allowed immigration through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Under these programs, the provinces allowed thousands of skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs to work and help the economy. With the Provincial Nominee Program, more than 200 thousand candidates are expected to get Canadian permanent residence between 2018 and 2021, that is why it plays a crucial role in Canada’s immigration. Firstly, the provinces and territories in Canada nominate eligible candidates and families to get permanent residence. The nomination may be due to several factors like a province has a lack of nurses, truck drivers, civil engineers, etc. With the help of PNP, the provinces prioritize the process of employing nurses in Canada. All final immigration decisions are done at the federal level but not at the provincial level. That’s why they are called Provincial Nominations because the province nominates, and only then the individual can apply to the federal government for your permanent residence. There are two types of Provincial Nominee Programs:
In this program, individuals require to have an active express entry in Canada’s Express Entry Pool. If the eligible candidate gets the nomination, 600 points will be added directly to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which will increase the chances of receiving the invitation to apply.
In this program, individuals don’t require to have an Express Entry profile. So, they are the best option for people who don’t qualify for Express Entry.
Here are the steps involved in applying for the Provincial Nominee Program: