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Provincial Nominee Program - Butkowsky Immigration Law

For those seeking to obtain permanent resident status in Canada, the Provincial Nominee Program may be an avenue worth exploring. Certain Canadian provinces and territories may have their own specific immigration programs that allow certain skilled workers or investors who wish to settle in that province or territory to become permanent residents of Canada. The federal government of Canada has negotiated these provincial and territorial immigration agreements so that provinces and territories can assist immigrants who meet the specific requirements and needs of each specific geographic area. As a result, many Canadian provinces maintain their own immigration programs that are uniquely designed to encourage workers with skills in specific areas to settle in those provinces and provide solutions for business and industrial needs of those economies.

Provincial Nominee Programs currently exist in the following territories and provinces:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Under these programs, skilled workers can immigrate to Canada and obtain permanent residence cards, and many may eventually be eligible to obtain Canadian citizenship. Provincial Nominee Program applications may even receive preference over other skilled visa applicants when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) evaluates their applications. Several provinces also have special categories for students who wish to gain permanent residence and employment in the province after they obtain their degrees.

Those wishing to be considered for Provincial Nominee Program immigration must first apply to the province or territory where they wish to settle. Requirements and processes vary from province to province, but in many cases, an applicant may need to have a job offer from a potential employer who can help make the case to the provincial government for hiring these foreign talents. After an applicant has been successfully nominated by a province or territory, he or she must make a separate application to CIC to apply for permanent residence. At that phase, the person must still satisfy all of the requirements for permanent residence, including a medical examination.

An experienced immigration lawyer can be of invaluable assistance in navigating the Provincial Nominee Program process. Butkowsky Immigration Law is committed to providing sound advice and excellent client service in the field of immigration law. The firm enjoys a strong reputation in the Toronto legal community, and is committed to obtaining the best possible results in every case. After more than 20 years in practice, Larry Butkowsky remains passionate about helping his clients and will work tirelessly to protect their rights and ensure that the immigration process to Canada is a smooth and efficient one.  His firm is located at 41 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, or he may be reached by calling (647) 694-0539.