What is Provincial Nominee Class (PNC): How long does it take to get PR after provincial nomination?

Provincial Nominee Class (PNC)

After Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Class (PNC) is another preferable program throughout which foreign skilled workers can immigrate to Canada and secure permanent residence. This program also encourages applicants with sound work experience, education and abilities. Canada invites those applications in believing that they will contribute to the economy of Canada. Under this program, different provinces choose the immigrants from the pool of applicants based on their needs and requirements.

Each province or territory set its own process and standards for choosing the nominees. Similarly, the selection process are designed so as to make sure the candidates meet the social and economic requirement of the region. Apply for PNC also helps for Express Entry as this helps in increasing the CRS score. The application process is simple. The applicants can choose the province where they want to live and get the nomination from. Upon receiving the nomination, the applicants can proceed with the process of application with IRCC. The IRCC will assess the application as per the immigration rules of Canada.

The PNC program applies for the following territory or provinces:

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Manitoba
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Newfoundland and Labrador
  6. Northwest Territories
  7. Nova Scotia
  8. Ontario
  9. Prince Edward Island
  10. Saskatchewan
  11. Yukon Territory

Unlike the above listed provinces, Quebec has a different program and they have their own selection process distinct from all these provinces and the PNC. Though you can apply for the immigration as a provincial nominee upon receiving the nomination, IRCC always holds the authority for making final decision.

It is up to the decision or preference of the application which scheme he/she wants to apply through. You can also see which program suits you best based on the credentials and experiences you have. For all schemes and programs, the candidate is responsible for managing the fund. The Canadian government doesn’t have any provisions for financial support to the new immigrants. Therefore, showing the evidence of enough funds to survive in Canada for a while upon arrival in Canada is must for every applicant.

Application process for PNC immigration

The application process for Provincial Nominee Class immigration is similar to that of Express Entry Program, however, it has minimal eligibility requirement in terms of skill level. The need of each province differs and they set their own entry requirements.

Step 1: Gathering documents

The foremost step for Canada Permanent Resident application is to gather all important documents from the checklist. It is important to make sure, you haven’t missed any document or the IRCC will return your application.

For any documents those are not in English or French language, you will have to get it translated to English or French. You will also need an affidavit from the translator. This is not required if the translator is certified. Similarly, you will need to have certified copy of the original document as well. You should never opt for translation on own. For the certification of the copy of the original document, the authorized person prints the statement of certification which suggests the information being true in the original documents. The information to certify are original document’s name, certification date, authorized person’s name, their title or position and the signature.

You will also need to provide with a police certificate if you are older than 18 years of age and belong to any country other than Canada.

Step 2: Completing the application

There are various forms that needs to be filled duly and submitted. They include:

  1. Generic Application Form for Canada
  2. Additional Dependents, if applicable
  3. Background / declaration
  4. Economic Classes – Provincial Nominee
  5. Economic Classes – Provincial Nominee – Business Nominees, if applicable
  6. Additional Family Information
  7. Supplementary Information – Your travels
  8. Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada, if applicable
  9. Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union, if applicable
  10. Document checklist
  11. Use of a Representative, if applicable

Make sure you do not fill any false or misleading information. The authority may always verify the document if they suspect over anything. You will need to complete all the sections and write “NA” or “not applicable” if the section doesn’t apply. The authority will return your application if they find any section incomplete. This results in the delay of the application process.

Step 3: Pay the fees

Upon completing all the necessary forms, you will need to make the payment for processing. The processing fee is $825 CAD. You may pay the right of permanent residence fee upfront to avoid any kid of delay or you also have the option to pay it later. But make sure to pay before becoming a permanent resident. The fee for right of permanent residence is $500 CAD. The fees for your spouse or any other adult family member is same which is $1325 CAD (with right of permanent residence fee). For dependent child, the fee is $225 CAD. For biometrics, you will need to pay $85 CAD per person. If you are applying in family, the maximum fee for the family of 2 or more is $170 CAD.

If the payment is insufficient or the application has no fee included, the immigration authority will return your application. You will also need to remember to make the full payment. However, in terms of over payment, the authority will refund you back with the excess amount as soon as possible and immediately start the verification process. The immigration accepts only payment only via bank transfer. This is same for all types of application. Further, enclosing all documents, and receipt of payments, you can mail the application via courier or regular mail.

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