COVID-19 won’t cost you a PNP nomination, new rule in Canada

COVID-19 won’t cost you a PNP nomination, new rule in Canada

Are you a PNP applicant who lost your job offer due to COVID-19? If yes, now you don’t have to worry about losing a chance to work in Canada. As per the new decision made by Canada, you will have the chance to retain your nomination and get a new job.

In the period from September 17 to November 17, 2020, territorial and provincial jurisdictions can request for paper-based PNP applications to be placed on hold for candidates like you. Eligible applications like yours must have been received prior to March 18, 2020.

Canada will keep applications like yours on hold until March 17, 2021, or until you get a new job offer along with a confirmation from the territory or province stating that it still supports the nomination extended to you. Whichever of these two comes first will be applied.

Applicants like you must be advised by the territories or provinces about IRCC putting their applications on hold. IRCC will send instructions to applicants on submitting additional documentation after the territory or province has sent in the request to it. Applicants should request that their applications be put on hold via the province that supports their nomination.

If you try to make a direct request to IRCC, such a request will be redirected to the nominating territory or province.

PNP is a pathway offered by Canadian provinces to immigrants for getting PR. Such offer for PR is made available from Canadian provinces to those who:

  • Possess the education, skills, and work experience that will enable them to contribute to the economy of the particular province or territory
  • Are willing to live and work in the province
  • Are willing to become a Canadian PR

Each territory and province have its own PNP streams that target:

  • Skilled workers in specific occupations
  • Semi-skilled workers
  • New graduates
  • Business people

Individual PNP draws are conducted to meet the specific requirements of the province it is held in.

Candidates can apply for PR via PNP in these 2 ways:

  • Through the Express Entry system, by applying online
  • Using the paper-based process involving submission via physical application along with supporting documentation

The new rule is one of IRCC’s temporary measures to revert the effects of COVID-19 on Canada immigration.

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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

PR – Permanent Residence / Permanent Resident

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