Canada is known as one of the most welcoming countries in the world, attracting qualified immigrants from all over the globe. One of the main ways for persons to apply for Canadian permanent residence is through the Express Entry program.
There are other less known pathways that are available to foreign nationals who wish to make the move to Canada. One such pathway is via the Provincial Nominee Program. While the federal government has the responsibility and purview of immigration, people and property are regulated at the provincial level. As such, the provinces are in the best position to advise on what work opportunities exist in their respective jurisdictions, and this is one of the key deciding factors behind who will receive a nomination from a province.
The minute you decide to apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Express Entry program, we recommend you consider exploring a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) as well. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Additional points: Many PNPs offer additional points that can boost your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which is used to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool. This can increase your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
2. Lower CRS score requirements: Some PNPs have lower CRS score requirements compared to the federal Express Entry draw. This means that you may be eligible for nomination even if your CRS score is lower than the cutoff for federal draws.
3. Job offers: Some PNPs require a valid job offer from an employer in the province, which can give you an advantage in the selection process. Having a job offer can also increase your chances of settling in the province and finding long-term employment.
4. Specific eligibility criteria: PNPs often have specific eligibility criteria based on factors such as education, work experience, language ability, and age. If you meet the criteria for a PNP, you may have a better chance of being selected for permanent residency in Canada.
Overall, exploring a PNP with your Express Entry application can provide you with additional opportunities to increase your chances of being selected for permanent residency in Canada.
Do you think you qualify for Canadian permanent residence? Contact Yanique Russell Law and we will assess your chances of receiving a nomination from a province.