The Provincial Nominee Program allows certain individuals to immigrate to Canada with the support of a specific province. The purpose of the program is to identify individuals who are currently in a position to fill the employment needs of a specific area. Qualified individuals can usually acquire citizenship slightly faster than those who are going through the normal Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) process. The program also has a more relaxed qualification system after certain criteria are met. Applicants who are interested in the program should understand the different stages that are necessary to attain permanent resident status.
Assessment Of Skills
The primary purpose of the Provincial Nominee Program is to make it easier for individuals who can make immediate economic contributions within the province to start working. This means that nominees will need to have some skills that are in demand. Each province maintains a separate list of the types of workers that are needed. Some provinces require large numbers of low-skilled labor for work on farms or in other areas. Other provinces only need highly skilled labor such as engineers. Nominees will need to check these changing lists before applying.
All applicants must provide information about criminal history and medical history. The criminal history requires that applicants receive a letter from the police or other authorities in every country where residence was held previously. This includes any country where the applicant lived even if citizenship was not acquired. Immigration officials in Canada might reject an application if an individual has committed a certain type of criminal offense. A full medical examination is also necessary. This exam must be completed within one year of filing the formal application. Applicants can encounter problems if the examination shows a communicable disease or a chronic illness that will require expensive treatments.
Application For Citizenship
Potential residents will need to gather a large amount of paperwork in order to submit formal applications. Applicants must file directly with the province where he or she would like to live and work. Another application must be filed with CIC in order to start the process towards permanent residency. The paperwork is sometimes difficult to collect. Some applicants use special immigration lawyers or consultants in order to help make the process less stressful. Some provinces might also want paperwork from a potential employer within the province. Application processing times can vary from a few months to over a year.
All applicants who pass the background checks and who have the skills necessary to work in the province will undergo testing. The most important test deals with language. All applicants must be able to read, write, speak and understand English or French. Applicants must also pass a basic history and civics test. This test ensures that all permanent residents have an understanding and appreciation of Canadian history and government.
Approval Or Appeals
Applicants to the Provincial Nominee Program will receive a notification stating the results of the process. Approval means that the applicant has become a permanent resident and will receive cards and documents as proof. A person could also be denied citizenship for a number of reasons including improper documentation. A denial needs to be appealed within a certain amount of time after receipt of the letter. The appeals process is complex and does not always result in an approval. Skilled immigration lawyers can help greatly with an appeal.