Provincial Nominations Program
To come to Canada under the Provincial Nominations Program (PNP) you must apply to the province where you wish to settle. Every province has developed its own provincial immigration program. The PNP is strictly on provincial level and there is no need to be assessed on the six selection factors like the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
After you have been nominated by a province, you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. Every province has a specific critical skill shortage list. To qualify under PNP the employee must meet the terms of particular pilot project designed to meet this shortage. The usual application process is completed within about 9 to 12 months comparing to the 2-4 years federal immigration process. It is not usual for somebody to apply for Provincial Nomination Immigration, but as the name suggest a small number of regular applicants will be nominated for the program.
One of the main prerequisites of anybody looking to immigrate to Canada is that they’ll bring something positive to the country, whether it is a needed skill or trade, or something that will have a positive effect on the economy. Anyone that is considered a drain on the countries resources and that might end up needing government aid help because they are unemployed etc, will be rejected. Every year the numbers of immigrants to be granted permanent residence under a PNP is increasing.