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General Eligibility Criteria for Provincial Nominee

A foreign national can immigrate to Canada under the federal or provincial programs. Canadian provinces/territories can nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Candidates must want to live in the specific Canadian province and have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province/territory.

Each territory and province has its own streams and special criteria for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Bear in mind that these can change without notice.

Eligibility criteria

There are different eligibility criteria for the PNP based on whether you apply through the Express Entry (Express Entry streams) or paper-based (non-Express Entry streams) process.

If you choose to apply through Express Entry:

  • You must meet the Express Entry PNP stream minimum requirements of a territory or province.
  • You must get the stream’s nomination.
  • You must show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry (including the immigration programs requirements) and make an Express Entry profile.

If you choose to apply through the paper-based process:

  • You must meet the minimum criteria of one of the territory or province’s non-Express Entry streams.
  • You must be nominated under

Consider the territory or province

To receive the nomination of a territory or province, you need to know their special criteria:

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

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