Three new Express Entry-linked PNP streams were created in 2018 and others were improved

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program continued to convict itself as the emerging star of Canada’s economic immigration programs in 2018. And in the coming months, it is expected to play an even more prominent role.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) permits the participation of Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigrants for permanent residence each year.

It allows a province or territory to nominate candidates in the federal Express Entry system and a portion of these nominations are considered as ‘enhanced’ nominations.  It manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs.

An additional 600 points will be given to an Express Entry candidate nominated by a Canadian province or territory in favor of their ranking score. It will effectively guarantee an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

In the base, nominations process the provincial nominations are also issued outside the Express Entry system through numerous PNP streams across Canada.

In the year 2018, there were nine Canadian provinces and two territories that take part in the PNP. It was a combined allocation of 34,700 nominations, which was an increase of 1,300 over 2017.

This allocation through the PNP are expected to rise again this year, but exact numbers have not been known yet.

There will be a rise in a number of admissions through the PNP due to the growth in Canada’s PNP.  Admissions will include nominated principal applicants and their family members who land in Canada as permanent residents.

Since the creation Canada’s Parliament, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 1996, the PNP has grown “exponentially” as reported in the year 2018. In beginning, only 233 people were admitted through the program.

IRCC had a targeted admission of new permanent residents for 2018, to be about 55,000 through the PNP under its multi-year immigration levels plan. This was an increase of 4,000 over 2017.

Admissions through the PNP are expected to rise again this year, to 61,000 new permanent residents, and reach 71,300 in 2021.

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