Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed to encourage immigration to various provinces and territories. These programs are established through agreements with the federal government, with a primary focus on Economic Immigration (excluding Quebec). A typical PNP immigration process consists of two key phases:
In this stage, applicants are nominated by the specific province or territory they wish to settle in.
Following provincial nomination, the federal government evaluates the application for immigration.
For some PNP-Entrepreneur programs, such as the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs (OINP-ES), there is an initial step involving a work permit application.
This article primarily delves into Phase Two of PNP immigration, specifically focusing on the interactions with the federal government. For Phase One, applicants should consult the respective provincial websites based on their chosen immigration stream.
In some cases, individuals in the Express Entry pool may be nominated by a province, resulting in significant advantages. This provincial nomination provides a potential increase of up to 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, which greatly enhances the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Nevertheless, the settlement funds requirements for PNP-EE are aligned with the Express Entry criteria and are not covered in this article.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) document checklist for PNP does not explicitly include proof of settlement funds. While this might lead some to assume that proof of settlement funds is unnecessary, a closer look at PNP guidelines reveals the following paragraph:
“The applicant has financial resources or support of a spouse/common-law partner to meet the LICO plus 30% threshold for a family of his or her size.”
While the wording can be somewhat ambiguous, referring to the Express Entry guidelines can provide some clarity. To err on the side of caution, it is advisable to demonstrate an equivalent of at least six months of the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) or more. The most reliable way to confirm your unencumbered funds is through a letter from your bank or financial institution.
Warning: It is essential to emphasize that falsifying documents is strictly discouraged. Such actions can lead to inadmissibility due to misrepresentation and potentially criminal inadmissibility.
Apart from demonstrating your financial capability, other documents can support your settlement abilities. These include:
For a more comprehensive understanding of your specific PNP application and requirements, consider booking a consultation session with an immigration expert or filling out an assessment form. This is especially useful for those facing immigration or visa complications.
Let us help! If you are applying under the PNP, you may schedule a consultation session with our immigration experts for official advice. Alternatively, you can fill out our assessment form. For individuals encountering immigration or visa-related challenges, we strongly recommend a consultation session or completing the provided form.