Express Entry or PNP: Which is Better to Get PR in Canada?


Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Mar 13, 2023 12:02 PM IST

The numerous job opportunities in Canada make it one of the best places to immigrate. The two ways to get permanent residency are through Express Entry or PNP.

Express Entry or PNP: Which is Better to Get PR in Canada?

The job openings in Canada for immigrants are massive and in the next few years, the chances of them increasing are high. The Canadian immigration system uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that assigns points to candidates on the basis of education, age, language proficiency, work experience and other factors regarding their ability to contribute to the Canadian economy. 

After every fortnight, IRCC holds Express Entry draws inviting the candidates with the highest ranks to apply for permanent residency. Through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Canadian provinces and territories nominate skilled workers to contribute to the local economy. 

If the province nominates one, the likelihood of getting a permanent residency increases and becomes among the options for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.

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Skilled workers willing to immigrate to Canada can simultaneously apply for the Express Entry program and a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream. This approach is beneficial as it increases the chances of being invited for permanent residency application. 

Express Entry is a point-based immigration system to assess candidates depending on various factors. The candidates who rank high receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

In such situations, the candidates who have a low ranking score in the Express Entry pool, enhance their score by applying to a PNP stream. They can get additional 600 points in the CRS if nominated by a province or territory. This increases their chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Applying to Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program is a strategic move. It enables skilled workers to increase their chances and the ability to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.

Under both programs, candidates can settle anywhere in the country. Canadian citizens and permanent residents have constitutional rights to move freely within the country and establish residence or work in any province. However, obtaining permanent residence through a provincial nomination program does not legally mandate anyone to remain in that province and honesty about one’s intentions is encouraged.

Also Read: More International Students are Transitioning to Canadian Permanent Residency through PGWP

Through the federal Express Entry program, greater flexibility is provided in choosing a province of residence except for Quebec which has an immigration system of its own. One is still recommended to try to settle and contribute to the province which has nominated the candidate. 

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