Most provinces and territories have an agreement with the government of Canada so they can nominate a number of foreign nationals either directly or through the Express Entry system. Selection is based on the individual needs of each province or territory for skills, education and work experience, and a genuine intention on the part of an applicant to settle in that province. If you get nominated by a province or territory, you can get additional points to be selected from the Express Entry pool.
The provinces and territories have their own immigration programs known as "streams" aimed at recruiting certain groups of people with skills that the province or territory needs. Therefore, each stream has its own criteria for selection. Some streams may be focused on getting Canada international students, others will want business people, skilled and semi-skilled workers. Some streams may even have sub-categories.
The exception is Quebec as the province currently does not have a Provincial Nominee Program in place.
In general though, there are two types of provincial nomination:
Eligibility criteria differs also depending on whether you will be applying to a non-Express Entry or Express Entry stream process. Regardless of the process, you must meet the minimum requirements of the stream you are interested in applying for and be nominated under that stream.
Nomination under a non-Express Entry stream means that you will:
In contrast, nomination under an Express Entry stream of a province, you must:
Check back with us regularly since each province and territory’s streams, eligibility requirements and nomination guidelines for their provincial nominee programs can change without notice. CONTACT us as needed.
The following provinces currently have open Provincial Nominee Programs. Click on the individual links to READ more about the individual provincial nominee streams. Some of the PNP articles may not have been updated yet so please check back regularly or
> British Columbia
There are of course other migration programmes if you'd like to become a permanent resident in Canada. Just follow the links below for a general overview:
Some of the provincial nominee programs have a sub-category for international student graduates. For an overview of the Canada Student Visa Program, click on the following link: