Canada wants you! The Skilled Worker Category under the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program is a popular option for workers who want to live and work in Canada. The Provincial Nominee Program authorizes provinces and territories in Canada to nominate individuals for permanent residence that meet specific regional labor market needs. Each Canadian province and one territory have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs (except for Québec which uses a different selection system). If you receive a job offer from an employer in a Canadian province or territory you may qualify for Provincial Nomination and be “fast-tracked” for permanent residency in Canada!
To apply under the Provincial Nominee Program, you must:
- Be nominated by a specific Canadian province or territory, and
- Apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to become a permanent resident of Canada.
If qualified in one of the following areas you should be able to receive permanent residence in Canada within 16 months:
- Skilled worker
- Semi-skilled worker
- International student graduate
- You have family/community connections
The following provinces participate in the Provincial Nomination Programs with a Skilled Worker Category:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
You must also demonstrate an ability to provide for yourself financially in the nominating province of Canada where you want to live and work, and meet extensive health and security checks. Each program is tailored to the province’s/territory’s specific needs so they can select nominees who will be able to live and work in the region and contribute to the community. So start looking for a job in Canada today, and you could be a Canadian citizen tomorrow!