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Understanding the Provincial Nominee Program

Understanding the Provincial Nominee Program

What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Provinces and territories in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, can chose to nominate individuals and persons with certain skills and certain qualities to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). This allows provincial governments to have better control of the services and employment sectors in their region, and ensure the employment market remains driven and competitive. The idea is the individuals who are being nominated into these programs, have skills or qualities which will be valuable to the Canadian labor market, and the economy.

How Do the Provincial Nominee Programs Work

Each province and territory has a special “stream” under which they nominate foreign nationals to immigrate to their province. A “stream” is a program that targets certain groups depending on the qualifications and skills the individual has, which are necessary for a certain occupation. For example, a program in any given province or territory may target students of certain education, business people specialized in certain sectors, skilled workers or semi-skilled works.

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FAQs for the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

FAQs for the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

FAQ – Provincial Nomination Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Provincial Nomination Program in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Provincial Nomination Program is an economic immigration program that assists provinces to meet their labour market needs. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Move to Canada with Provincial Nominee Program” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Provincial Nomination Program in Canada.

Q: What is the Provincial Nominee Program?

A: Created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Provincial Nominee Programs were intended to allow Canada’s different provinces and territories with the opportunity to hand-pick individuals who show an interest in settling in that particular province or territory. Essentially, these foreign individuals will also have the chance to contribute to that province to territory’s economic development and labour market needs.

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Do Entrepreneurs Need a Work Permit in Canada

Do Entrepreneurs Need a Work Permit in Canada

Which Entrepreneurs Need a Work Permit to Work in Canada

For many self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs, they believe Canada is a country of prosperity and opportunity with regards to creating profit and capital for their businesses. Consequently, many self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs alike come to Canada for these opportunities. However, it is important to note that these individuals need proper authorization from the Canadian government in order to pursue their business endeavors. Therefore, in this article, I will address which entrepreneurs and self-employed persons need to obtain a work permit to work in Canada and what options are available to these individuals.

Which Entrepreneurs & Self-Employed Persons Need to Obtain a Work Permit

The government of Canada has recently stated that there are specific categories of self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs that may be able to obtain a work permit prior to becoming a permanent resident of Canada. This is an important update as these individuals often have to wait until their permanent residency is approved in order to work. If the individual has not received permanent residency in Canada yet; however, they have received a nomination under a self-employed or a business category, then a C11 work permit may be issued. A C11 work permit intended for individuals who have a permanent residency application that is being processed. Similarly, it is also intended for individuals with dual intent; dual intent means that they would like to seek status as a worker in Canada and then proceed to gain permanent residency in Canada as well. This is extremely beneficial for the self-employed individual or entrepreneur as it can help them gain early entry into Canada as well as early entry into the Canadian labour market.

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