All of the provinces have their own provincial immigration programs, known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), in order to promote immigration policies suited to a province’s particular needs.
The provinces are playing an increased role in the selection of economic immigrants intending to settle in a particular province. All provinces, other than Quebec, have the right to nominate immigrants. From 2015 and onwards, the numbers of immigrants to be granted permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program are expected to increase.
In some instances, candidates who are otherwise not qualified for admission under one of the Federal programs, may qualify for admission to Canada under a PNP. Some programs even qualify for a temporary work permit in the interim, allowing for early entry to Canada for the candidates and their family.
Provincial Nominee Programs by Province/Territory
In order to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you must apply in TWO stages:
1. Apply to the province or territory where you want to live. The province will review your application based on the two primary criteria:
- Provincial immigration needs.
- Intent to live and settle in the province permanently.
Upon successfully completing the first stage, you will received a Provincial Nominee Certificate, which enables you to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
2. Apply for immigration to CIC under the PNP program. At this stage, a CIC officer assesses your application for your admissibility into Canada. As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police clearance.
Proof of funds (Settlement funds)
You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada. You must be able to use this money to pay the costs of living for your family (even if they are not coming with you). You will need to show proof to the Canadian visa office in your home country that you have enough money when you apply to immigrate. The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family.
You do not have to show that you have these funds if:
- You have a valid offer of arranged employment in Canada AND
- You are currently working or authorized to work in Canada.
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