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Posted on February 11 2020

PNP can get you to Canada even with CRS as low as 300

By  Editor
Updated January 10 2024

With a streamlined immigration policy and a welcoming stance towards all immigrants, Canada is the ideal place for any overseas-born person to migrate to in 2020.

In 2019, Canada surpassed its own immigration target. While the immigration target set initially for 2019 was 330,800, Canada invited 341,000 immigrants in 2019.


Interestingly, 25% of the total immigrants to Canada in 2019 came from India.

Of the 341,000 newcomers to Canada:

58% came under the economic class

27% arrived through family sponsorship

15% were welcomed under the refugee class

If you are looking to migrate to Canada with family in 2020, it will indeed be worthwhile to consider the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

The PNP is the perfect pathway for you, if you:

Possess the education, work experience, as well as skills to make a contribution to the economy of a particular territory or province in Canada;

Intend to live in that province in which you can make a contribution to; and

Wish to take up Canadian permanent residence.

A common misconception is that the PNP is not for everyone.

Each of the provinces and territories participating in the PNP has their own immigration programs with specific requirements. Commonly referred to as ‘streams’, these immigration programs are specifically designed to target a certain group of the migrants. PNP streams can target any of the migrant's groups, such as – skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, business people, or students.

Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories.

Of these, those participating in the Provincial Nominee Program include:

Provinces taking part in PNP


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island



Territories taking part in PNP
Northwest Territories

Note: - While Nunavut is not a part of the PNP and does not have any specific services for immigrants, Quebec has its own system for the induction of immigrants and is not a part of the PNP.

Now, let us see how you can immigrate to Canada in 2020 as a provincial nominee through the Express Entry system.

Launched on January 1, 2015, Express Entry [EE] is an online system that manages the applications submitted by overseas-born skilled workers that are seeking permanent residence in Canada.

There are 2 ways to get a provincial nomination through EE:

Before you make your EE profile

After you make your EE profile

  • Contact the province/territory and apply for nomination under their EE stream
  • If the province/territory agrees to nominate you, create an EE profile and state that you have a nomination.
  • Receive the nomination, and accept electronically.
  • On your EE profile, mark the provinces/territories that you are interested in.
  • If you get a “Notification of Interest’ or “Invitation to Apply” from the province/territory, you will have to contact them directly.
  • Apply to the EE stream of the province/territory.
  • If you are nominated, the same will be offered to your through the account created by you. You will have to accept it electronically.

Note: - As you will require an EE profile anyway, either at the very beginning or somewhere down the line, it is advisable to create your EE profile right at the beginning of the process.

Basic step-by-step guide for applying for the PNP through Express Entry

Follow these steps to apply for the PNP through Express Entry:

STEP 1: Submission of Express Entry Profile

STEP 2: Getting an Express Entry stream nomination / Having nomination confirmed

STEP 3: Getting an “Invitation to Apply” for Canada PR

STEP 4: Filling out the application

STEP 5: If the province/territory withdraws the nomination

STEP 1: Submission of Express Entry Profile:

Begin with creating an IRCC secure account online. IRCC stands for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Now, submit an Express Entry profile through the form available online.

Express Entry handles the programs of:

Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP]

Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP]

Canadian Experience Class [CEC]

Here, let us compare the main differences between the 3 programs:


Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP]

Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP]

Canadian Experience Class [CEC]


Secondary education needed.

Note. Post-secondary education will get you more points in eligibility calculation.

Not required

Not required

Job offer

Not required

Note. A valid job offer will get you more points in eligibility calculation.


  • Valid job offer, full-time, for at least 1 year
  • Certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority [provincial/territorial/federal]

Not required

Work experience

1 year continuous in the last 10 years in your primary occupation.

Work experience can be a combination of full-time, part-time, or even more than 1 job.

2 years with the previous 5 years.

Work experience can be a combination of full-time or part-time.

1 year in Canada in the previous 3 years [either combination of full-time/part-time]

Type/Level of work experience:

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification. Each occupation has a unique NOC Code.

Skill Type 0 (zero): Management

Skill Level A: Professional

Skill Level B: Technical

Skill Level C: Intermediate

Skill Level D: Labour

Foreign or Canadian experience in any 1:

  • NOC 0
  • NOC A
  • NOC B

Foreign or Canadian experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC B

Canadian experience in any 1:

  • NOC 0
  • NOC A
  • NOC B

Language Skills

CLB stands for Canadian Language Benchmarks [CLB] used by Canada to assess the language proficiency of adult migrants.

English/French skills:


English/French skills:

  • For speaking & listening: CLB 5
  • For reading & writing: CLB 4

English/French skills:

  • For NOC 0: CLB 7
  • For NOC A: CLB 7
  • NOC B: CLB 5

If you meet the requirements of any 1 of the 3 federal immigration programs above-mentioned, your profile will be placed into the Express Entry pool of candidates.

In a situation wherein a province/territory has already agreed to nominate you, it must be shown in your Express Entry profile.

For this, you will have to mark ‘yes’ to “Nomination and Selection” that is given in the section on Application Details. Also, remember to choose the province/territory from the drop-down list.

STEP 2: Getting an Express Entry stream nomination / Having nomination confirmed:

If you already have a nomination:

  • It must be confirmed electronically by the province/territory.
  • After submission of EE profile, contact the province/territory and give them your Express Entry profile number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Message sent to your account to accept/reject the nomination.
  • If you accept, a letter is sent to your account as confirmation of the nomination. Profile placed in EE pool. Additional 600 points added to CRS score.
  • If you click “do not accept” or ignore, you are not eligible for PNP, unless another province/territory nominates you.

If you don’t have an Express Entry stream nomination as yet:

[I] Apply to the province/territory directly

  • Visit the official website of the province/territory to see criteria.
  • If interested and meet requirements, submit the application to any 1 of the Express Entry streams of the province/territory.

[II] A province/territory finds your profile and contacts you directly

Provinces and territories can also search the pool of Express Entry profiles looking for candidates that can be nominated by them.

For a province/territory to find you for this kind of a nomination, you must have:

  • Expressed interest in that particular province/territory when completing your profile, or
  • Marked interest in “all province and territories” on your profile.

STEP 3: Getting an “Invitation to Apply” for Canada PR:

Do keep in mind that to be able to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry, you must first receive an invitation to apply.

A message will be sent to your account.

From the time that the invitation is sent, you will have 60 days for submitting your online application.

STEP 4: Filling out the application:

When you receive an invitation to apply, a letter will be sent to your account that specifies the program that you may apply under. Along with stating the total points that you were given, the deadline for the submission of your application will also be clearly mentioned. The letter will also inform you of the next steps to be taken by you.

It is at this stage that you will be required to upload the supporting documents and pay the application fees.

Do keep in mind that applications under the Express Entry system have to be submitted electronically.

STEP 5: If the province/territory withdraws the nomination:

A situation might arise wherein the province/territory withdraws the nomination.

The course of action to be taken in such cases will depend on whether the withdrawal was made before or after the invitation to apply.

If the nomination is withdrawn before you are sent an invitation to apply for permanent residence

Withdraw profile from the EE pool and submit a new profile.

If the province/territory withdraws nomination after your being invited to apply for permanent residence [but before you submit your application]

  • Decline the invitation,
  • Withdraw your current profile and submit a new one.


  • If the nomination is withdrawn after you are invited but before the submission of application, and yet you decide to apply for Canada PR anyway, your application will be refused and the application fee will not be refunded.
  • If directions are not followed properly, you can be found to be inadmissible. Being regarded inadmissible implies your being banned from applying to come to Canada for any reason whatsoever for 5 years.

The Provincial Nominee Program is a pathway that can get you to Canada even with a low CRS [Comprehensive Ranking System] score. Recently, Alberta has invited migrants with a CRS as low as 300.

Canada’s PNP target is stated to be raised to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.

As per the official data from the government of Canada, the processing time for PNP applications is from 15 to 19 months.


  • Depending on the stream applied to, you might have to either apply online or through a paper-based process.
  • Medical exam and Police clearance certificate compulsory.
  • Biometrics are needed for EE after you apply.
  • No fees to submit an EOI [Expression of Interest].
  • When you get a nomination from a province/territory through an Express Entry stream, the fact will be mentioned on your nomination certificate.
  • Under CRS points calculation, 600 is the maximum additional points that are awarded. Even if you have points for study in Canada, for instance, only the 600 for nomination will be added to your overall CRS score.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate Overseas, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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