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STAYING IN CANADA ON THE PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

One option for those who wish to obtain permanent residency in Canada is the Provincial Nominee Program.  Due to an agreement with the Government of Canada, most provinces and territories in Canada can nominate skilled workers who wish to settle there.

Requirements

It is compulsory to take a language test in order to be eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program, if you are applying:

  • For a semi- or low skilled job
  • Under Express Entry for a:
    • Managerial Job
    • Professional Job
    • Technical Job and Skilled Trade

It is important to reach the minimum required standard of English or French. Language test results are generally valid for two years from the day you take the test. It’s also important that you plan to live and work in the province you are applying to.

How to Apply

Firstly, you must apply to the province or territory you wish to move to, and they will review your application and assess their skill shortages, immigration needs etc. If your application is successful and you have been nominated, you must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence.

For more information on the Provincial Nominee Program, see our section on ‘What is the PNP?’ and the CIC website.  For a list of provincial governments, go to our ‘Immigration Advice’ section.