Role of Provisional Nominee Programs (PNP)

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Role of PNP’s

  • Provinces: have the authority and responsibility of establishing their own criteria for nomination.
  • Federal: maintain its responsibility for applying statutory admissibility criteria and exercising ultimate selection authority as described in the Regulations and as further defined in OP7B Provincial Nominees.

Role of Provincial Governments:

  • Create selection criteria; and
  • Nominate candidates.

Role of Federal Governments:

  • Final screening of nominated candidates;
  • Reviews inadmissibility; and
  • Issues visas.

BC Skills Immigration

  • Skilled Workers;
  • Health Care Professional;
  • International Graduates; and
  • Entry Level & Semi-Skilled Workers.

Exempt Streams:

Note that the following BC nominee streams are exempt from having to “Register” and may proceed directly with an application to BC PNP Online:

  • Skills Immigration – Health Care Professionals;
  • Skills Immigration – International Postgraduate;
  • Express Entry BC – Health Care Professional; and
  • Express Entry BC – International Postgraduate.

Registration Ranking:


  • Skill Level
  • Wage
  • Regional District

Human Capital:

  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Language

If the Province determines that the application is complete and meets all of the selection criteria for the specific program, it issues a nomination letter or certificate. The responsibility then shifts to the Federal authorities.

There are three grounds where a provincial nominee who meets all statutory admissibility requirements can be refused a visa. The visa officer may refuse the application if there is reason to believe that the applicant:

  • Does not intend to live in the province that has nominated him/her;
  • Is unlikely to be able to successfully establish themselves economically in Canada; and
  • Is participation in, or intends to participate in, an immigration-linked passive investment scheme, as defined in Regulation R 87 (5) (9).

Occupational Demand:

When assessing a case, it is also a good idea to research the occupational demand, this is especially important when the applicant is not in Canada on a valid work permit and the employer must undergo recruitment efforts.

Knowing what the occupational demand is before recruitment starts mat assist in knowing if recruitment efforts may result in there being qualified applicants in Canada for the position.

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