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Provincial Nomination Program: About Process + Eligibility

Provincial Nominee

About the process

This is the paper-based application process for the Provincial Nominee Program.
You must apply in stages:
  1. First, you must decide where you want to live in Canada and apply to that province or territory for a nomination. They will review your application based on:
  • their immigration needs and
  • if you really plan to live there
  1. After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to us (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for permanent residence. We’ll assess your application based on Canadian immigration law.
These instructions are for stage 2 of the application process.


To apply as a provincial nominee, you must:
  • meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams
  • be nominated under that stream

If you don’t have a nomination

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

How to apply

Fill out your application

Once you’ve been nominated by a province or territory, you can submit an application for permanent residence.
The application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out after a province or territory has nominated you. The guide will help you fill out the forms properly.
If you aren’t truthful in your application for permanent residence we may:
  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for up to 5 years from applying for permanent resident status