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Should I think about the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

A lot of people might have heard about the federal Express Entry (EE) way of immigration before knowing the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and some of you might have questions about which one you should go to or thinking which one is better for you. Today we will talk about what and how PNP works so you can know better.

EE and PNP are often being confused because both program are aiming to bring skilled worker and to meet the labour shortage to Canada, however, PNP is run by individual provinces in Canada which each province could have a different thresholds and benchmarks when setting up their own stream of nominee program based on the province’s economic and labour needs. While EE is fully run by the Canadian government so it is about the federal government decision instead of a provincial one.

PNP does not have any specific requirements to meet before applying such as language or academic requirements. This is because each province is aiming to reduce their pressure on its economic shortage so they are just accepting applicants based on the letter of job offer, and the labour shortage that province is facing.

Unlike EE, PNP also has some cons that applicants need to know before applying. First, is the freedom in working and living in a particular province of Canada. Since PNP is a stream which only targets the province individual's need and preference, once an applicant has been accepted from a certain province they are required to live and work in the same province for at least 2 years or more according to the province policy. Also, as PNP is a immigration stream that only flavours on its province’s economic situation, process time might take longer than EE as it depends on the program the application is submitted through.

PNP is now one of the leaders of immigration program in 2023 overtaking the federal Express Entry system for economic class candidates to gain their Canadian permanent residence. As PNP continuously expands, the government of Canada and IRCC are expecting to welcome 117,500 permanent residents through the PNP in 2025.

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Fingerprint based criminal record check is one of the most important parts of applying for immigration. It can not only prove your own non-criminal record from the past, but also let the Canadian government and IRCC to feel that you want to immigrate and live in this new country.

Fingerprinting Security Canada Inc. is here to provide digital fingerprinting services that can help you with applying for criminal record check (CRC) for PNP stream related purposes.

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