Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
PNP allows provinces and territories to nominate applicants to apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada to fill their regional labour shortages. The PNP can generally provide quicker entry into Canada for qualified workers and experienced business professionals who wish to settle as permanent residents in a particular province. The criteria for nomination vary from province to province. Each province has its own categories or streams of occupations with the corresponding application package. The province nominates the applicant together with any spouse and dependent children for PR on the basis of that applicant’s ability to become economically established in the province. The application process is two-fold: a) an application to the province for nomination; and b) an application to a federal visa officer for permanent residence.