Provincial nominee program allows provinces and territories in Canada to nominate immigrants and apply to become permanent resident(s) . However, these selected immigrants must have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory, and must want to live there.
While each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) , the criteria vary a bit base on the need of the province or territory. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target students, entrepreneur investors, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers.
Since January 1, 2015, many provinces and territories have launched PNP + Express Entry streams.
To be selected or nominated by a province or territory, you may check the following websites for details:
PEQ – Quebec experience
PEQ or Quebec experience is very PNP like program – the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program). It is an accelerated program for selecting skilled immigrants, which allows skilled worker or international student to obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate) with a view to gaining permanent residence. This program is intended for Québec graduates or future graduates and temporary foreign workers who are employed and who meet certain conditions, including demonstrating advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French.
Maintain status in Canada
It is crucial to maintain a legal status while you are in Canada and applying to become a permanent resident. Your immigration status as student, worker, visitor or others is exchangeable, depends on the circumstances and your purpose. A prudent immigration consultant should give you advice on how to protect your best interests.