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Express Entry

Express entry is not an immigration program, it is an online system created to manage canada's Immigration application intake. Applicants who meet eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of 3 federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, to the Express Entry Pool.

This stream falls into 3 categories:

  • federal skilled worker
  • federal skill trade
  • Canadian experience class

Once an ITA has been issued , the candidate must complete a full application to the relevant program

The Federal Skilled worker program

The Federal Skilled worker program uses its own points system according to various factors. it is designed to show if the applicant and the dependants will successfully establish in canada. Ideal applicants will possess skills and experience compatible with in-demand occupations. The selection rules fabor applicants with government-approved job offers.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

The program is quota based and limited to 3000 applications per year with sub quotas in many of the 43 targeted occupations

  • Have offers of employment from one or two Canadian employers for a duration of atleast one year in an eligible skilled trade (NOC Skill level B), or hold certificat of qualification for that trade from a canadian provincial or territorial regulatory body
  • Provide evidence of sufficient language proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages.
  • Have 24 months of work experience in the last five years in the skilled trade, after trade qualification, where applicable.
  • Be qualified to meet the requirements of the job offer(s) or trade in Canada, as defined by the NOC.

Canadian experience Class

CEC program is for temporary workers in Canada who have gained at least one year of Canadian work experience and wish to settle here permanently. to be eligible for this category candidates must:

  • Have at least 12 months of full-time
  • Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)
  • Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)
  • meet the minimum language requirements needed: CLB 5 for NOC B and CLB 7 for NOC 0 and A
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec.
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Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed to enable provinces and territories to support the immigration of people who

  • have expressed an interest in settling in their province or territory.
  • the province or territory believes will be able to contribute to the economic development and prosperity of that province or territory and Canada
  • Canada Experience Class requirements.

This program is for workers who:

  • have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
  • want to live in that province, and
  • want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory have its own “streams” (Immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:

  • students
  • business-people
  • skilled workers
  • semi-skilled workers

To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

1. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is designed for individuals who possess the skills and abilities to fill labor shortages in Alberta.The AINP accepts skilled worker applications under the Alberta Opportunity Stream and under the Express Entry system. It also operates three business programs, the Self-Employed Farmer Stream, the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, and the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream.The program is operated by the Alberta government in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process:

  1. Apply for a nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated
  2. Apply for permanent residence to the federal government. IRCC allocates to AINP a limited number of nominations each year
AINP Streams

The AINP currently accepts applications under five streams: Alberta Opportunity Stream, Express Entry, the Self-Employed Farmer Stream, the International Graduate Entrepreneur

2. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) aims to acceleratethe process for those wishing to obtain Canadian permanent resident status and who intend to settle permanently in British Columbia.

BCPNP Streams

The BCPNP accepts applications under three major categories: Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC, Entrepreneur Immigration. each withtheir own streams

Processing time

The BC PNP estimates a processing time of 2-3 months for nomination applications under Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC.

For applications under Entrepreneur Immigration, the BC PNP estimates a6-week processing time from the date of registration, for the Registration Score Notification stage. Another 4-week processing time must be calculatedfrom the date of submission of supplication until the decision notification (at work permit stage).

At the, IRCC currently processes provincial non-Express Entry nominee applications within 15-19 months. For the Express Entry streams, the generalaverage of 6 months applies.

3. Manitoba Immigration

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) selects candidates for Manitoba immigration based on the province’s specific economic needs

Those streams are

  • International Education Stream

The program’s aim is to be flexible to Manitoba’s labor market and broader economic priorities. Those priorities are communicated to candidates via a regularly updated list of In-Demand Occupations.

Manitoba also welcomes exploratory visits from francophone skilled worker immigration candidates, aimed at helping them integrate quickly when they arrive permanently

4. New Brunswik Immigration

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program targets qualified candidates who meet specific economic and labor market needs in the province,

Under the NBPNP, candidates can qualify through one offive categories

  • New Brunswick Express Entry Stream
  • New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream
  • New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream for Truck Drivers
  • New Brunswick Enterpreneurial Stream
  • New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream.

Candidates can also qualify for New Brunswick immigration via theAtlantic Immigration Pilot

5. Newfoundland Immigration

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) nominates individuals to the federal government wishing to obtain Canadian permanent residence.


  1. Express Entry Skilled Worker Category.
  2. Skilled Worker Category.
  3. International Graduate Category.
  4. Priority Skills NL
  5. International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.
  6. International Entrepreneur Category
  7. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Foreign nationals wishing to relocate to Northwest Territories may apply under the Northwest Territories Program for provincial nomination.

An application may be submitted under one of the following four categories:

  1. Skilled Worker
  2. Express Entry Skilled Worker
  3. Critical Impact Worker
  4. Business Stream

6. Nova Scotia Immigration

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) targets prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience to boost the province’s economy and tackle demographic challenges

Candidates who meet the criteria of one of nine different streams can be nominated for Nova Scotia immigration, with a target processing time of three months.

The nine streams are

  1. Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  2. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry
  3. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry
  4. Skilled Worker
  5. Physician
  6. Occupations In Demand
  7. International Graduates in Demand
  8. Entrepreneur
  9. International Graduate Entrepreneur

Nova Scotia also operates ‘Study and Stay’, a program specifically aimed at helping international students from China, India and the Philippines stay and build careers in the region after they graduate.

7. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) supports employers by facilitating the immigration of managerial, professional, and skilled foreign workers and international students required to meet their human resources needs.

OINP Streams

The OINP manages three immigration categories:

  • Human Capital
  • Employer Job Offe
  • Business Immigration

Processing Time:

Ontario currently estimates their processing times between 60-90 days for most streams

8. Prince Edward Island


The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program expedites immigrationto Canada for individuals and their families who meet provincial criteria insupport of four initiatives: increased business and economic development,increased supply of skilled workers, increased population and achievementof provincial demographic, social and cultural objectives

  1. Prince Edward Island Express Entry Stream
    • Federal skilled workers
    • Federal skilled trade
    • Canadian experience class
  2. Prince Edward Island Labour Impact Category
    • PEI Skilled Worker Stream
    • PEI Critical Worker Stream;
  3. Prince Edward Island Business Impact Category
    • Work permit stream

9. Saskatchewan Immigration

Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s prairie provinces, with a vibrant culture and welcoming people.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate candidates to the federal government for permanent residence under three main categories

  1. International Skilled Worker
  2. Saskatchewan Experience
  3. Business Immigration

These categories are each divided into several sub-categories for different types of immigration candidates

10. Yukon Immigration

Candidates wishing to settle in Yukon and become Canadian permanent residents can apply through four categories

  1. Yukon Express Entry
  2. Yukon Skilled Worker
  3. Yukon Critical Impact Worker
  4. Yukon Business Nominee Program

These categories are each divided into several sub-categories for different types of immigration candidates

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Atlantic Canada comprises of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a piece of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, an activity to switch the present demography inclines and develop the economy of this district considerably.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employee-driven program. Atlantic employers, (for example, organizations, not-for-benefits, and governments) may apply to turn into an assigned manager and extend employment opportunities to talented foreign workers or recent international graduates.

For each employment offer, businesses must show they haven't had the option to fill that activity with a local worker. However, they needn't bother with a LMIA. The employment proposition must be embraced by the provincial government. After the support, the up-and-comer can apply for permanent residency. After endorsement, the applicant can live and work in Canada

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is accessible in three modalities

List Of Programs:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Every methodology has its own instructive and work experience necessities. The occupations should principally be in the administration, expert, or specialized/skilled territories. The base span of the employment proposition additionally fluctuates per classification.

Candidates may likewise be eligible to apply for a brief work permit before applying for permanent residency. This permit lets the applicant start work while their permanent residency application is being prepared. The applicant must apply for their permanent residency inside 90 days of sending the temporary work permit application.

To learn if you are eligible to apply to this program, please CONTACT US and one of our licensed Canadian immigration consultants will schedule a call to answer all your question about immigrate to CANADA.

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program of the is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience.

Candidates must have a job offer that is:

  • From a designated employer in an Atlantic province.
  • Full time (at least 30 hours per week) and non-seasonal.
  • Be skill type/level 0, A, or B.
  • Last at least one year.
  • Made using the correct federal government form

Work Experience

You must have worked for at least one year. It can be full-time, non-continuous, or part-time, the work must be:

  • In one occupation (but can be with different employers).
  • At skill type/level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • The experience can be gained inside or outside of Canada.


Candidates must have:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree,
  • A foreign degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship education credential. Candidates need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to make sure it is valid and equal to a Canadian credential.

Proof of Funds

Candidates need to show they have enough money to support themselves and their families after immigration.
Proof is not required if a candidate is already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit.

Number of Family Members
(including those you support that are not immigrating with you)
Funds Required
1 $3,167
2 $3,943
3 $4,847
4 $5,885
5 $6,675
6 $7,528
7 or More $8,381

Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other requirements. The job offer must be permanent.

Atlantic International Graduate Program

The Atlantic International Graduate Program is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma, or other credential from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job offer must last for at least one year.

Optional Temporary Work Permit

Certain candidates can apply for a temporary work permit before sending their permanent resident application. This allows them to start work while their application for permanent residence is processed.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The five-year federal immigration pilot is designed to help smaller communities with aging populations and labor shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.

It is a community-driven program that aims to spread out the benefit of immigration.

Steps to Permanent Residence

  • Candidates must check they meet both the federal government eligibility requirements and community-specific requirements
  • Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities.
  • Candidates with a job offer can apply for recommendation to the community.

Federal Government Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates must have qualifying work experience or have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community.

1. Work Experience

Candidates must have one year of continuous full or part-time work experience (1,560 hours) in the last three years. The work experience must be in one occupation and must include most of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

2. International Students

The Candidate, who is international students, are exempt from needing work experience provided they meet the following requirements:

  • They graduated with a credential from a minimum two-year-long post-secondary program in the recommending community.
  • They were studying as a full-time student for the full duration of two or more years.
  • They received the credential no more than 18 months before the date of application for permanent residence.
  • They were in the community for at least 16 of the last 24 months spent studying to get the credential.
  • They graduate with a master’s degree or higher
  • They studied as a full-time student for the duration of the degree in the recommending community.
  • They received the degree no more than 18 months before the date of application for permanent residence.
  • They were in the community for the length of their studies.

3. Educational Requirements

Candidates must have a Canadian high school diploma or an equivalent foreign credential with an accredited educational credential assessment (ECA) report.:

Funds To be Shown

Candidates already working legally in Canada are exempt from settlement fund requirements.

Number of Family Members Funds Required( In Canadian Dollars )
1 $8,722
2 $10,858
3 $13,348
4 $16,206
5 $18,380
6 $20,731
7 or More $23,080


Once fully operational, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) will allow employers in 11 participating communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia to recruit eligible foreign workers.

The pilot came online November 15 in the following communities:

  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba

Sault Ste. Marie and Altona/Rhineland are now accepting applications from candidates with a genuine offer of full-time, permanent employment from a local employer.

Permanent Card Renewal

You should only apply PR Card if:

  • Your card has expired or will expire in less than 9 months
  • You didn't receive your card within 108 days of immigrating to canada.
  • Your card is stolen , lost or destroyed.
  • You need to update your card to :
    Legally change your name , citizenship , gender destination , correct your date of birth

To be eligible for a PR Card, you need to :

Be a permanent resident and submit your application in Canada

Application Process:

  • Get your application package.
  • Pay your application fee.
  • Submit your application fee

Processing Time

It will take about 90 days for the processing to take place. New PR cards maybe issued within 45 days. The IRCC website will provide accurate processing times on their website. It may take up to 6 months depending upon the number of applications IRCC is working on and complex cases may take up to a year to process

To learn more , please CONTACT US and one of our licensed Canadian immigration consultants will schedule a call to answer all your questions about PR Card Renewal .