Enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry via Provincial Nominee Program)
Provincial and territorial governments in Canada operate a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which can nominate applicants for permanent residence. PNPs are designed to bring skilled and educated individuals who meets the province’s or the territory’s particular economic and social needs. A province’s PNP often has multiple streams and categories, each targeting specific group of international graduates, skilled professionals, and semi-skilled labourers.
Most provinces and territories have streams or categories within their PNPs, that nominates a candidate through Express Entry system. Not all nominees of PNPs are eligible for an Express Entry application.
Nominees of Express Entry stream or category PNPs receive 600 additional CRS points in their Express Entry profiles. The additional 600 points is a decisive factor, and usually adequate for obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
To be eligible for Enhanced PNP in the Express Entry, candidate must
- Meet eligibility requirements of one the three Express Entry classes (FSWS, CEC, or FSTC)
- Have an active Express Entry Profile
- Meet eligibility requirements of an Express Entry stream/category of province’s or territory’s PNP, and
- Receive nomination from the PNP’s Express Entry stream/category of province’s or territory’s PNP