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Making a Provincial Nominee Program Application

Published: Apr 12, 2018

Making a Provincial Nominee Program Application


Quebec has a unique Immigration system. The other Canadian provinces and territories are each given each year several hundred or several thousand spots by the Federal Government to fill as the provinces and territories choose. The provinces and territories are allowed to "nominate" people to the Federal Immigration system as suitable applicants for permanent residence and often too, work permits.


Each province and territory's programs, though, can be very small, granting only a few applications, complex, often changing, and non-transparent. The Province of Ontario, as an example, in 2018 was granted 6,600 spots to fill, not a large number given Ontario's population. Ontario will use up roughly half of the 6,600 spots by selecting from already registered Express Entry Profiles applicants who the Province thinks meets the Province's needs. The individual applicant does nothing to be chosen. Instead, the Province will "cherry pick" from among all Profiles entered in the Express Entry system those people it thinks meet the requirements of the following three programs:


  1. Human Capital Priorities stream;


  2. French Speaking Skilled Workers stream, or;


  3. Skilled Trades stream.


    Applicants may also apply directly to the Province of Ontario under several other programs (when/if they are open) for the remaining spots. These programs are:


  4. Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream;


  5. Employer Job Offer: International Student stream;


  6. Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skill stream;


  7. Corporate stream;


  8. Entrepreneur stream;


  9. Masters Graduate stream, or;


  10. PhD Graduate stream.


It is very hard to access some of these programs. Ontario opened its Masters Graduate stream to applicants on January 29, 2018. Applications are made electronically. The program filled up and was closed the same day. Since August 29, 2016 only 75 applications have been accepted under the "Entrepreneur stream".


Tens of thousands of people each year Canada-wide, are granted permanent residence under the various Provincial Nominee Programs. Many apply, but not all are accepted. It is hard to predict from the viewpoint of an individual applicant whether their application will be one of those accepted. It is a good idea to apply for permanent residence under one of the Provincial Nominee Programs, if you qualify, when it is open. It is a good idea too to have a back-up plan in place.


We believe at Eisenberg & Young LLP that it is still possible to successfully apply for citizenship, temporary worker and permanent resident status in Canada despite these changes. We strongly recommend, given the complexity of the present and ever-changing immigration system, that you do not apply without first obtaining professional help with the application.


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