Provincial Nominee Programs have been designed to further expedite the immigration process to Canada. They offer specialized immigration to particular provinces of Canada and are customized to suit the economic and social requirements of each province. The following are the most unique features of the Provincial Nominee Programs which distinguish them from the Express Entry program:
As any immigration consultant worth his salt will tell you, PNPs offer customized immigration options to Express Entry applicants. This means that you can directly apply for the province you want to settle in and if selected have the opportunity to move to the province of Canada and begin your life there.
The PNPs calculate the viability of an immigration candidate on the bases of several factors. They use a downward scaling system wherein points are allotted according to the desirability of a candidate’s attributes. While this point-based system is similar to that of the Express Entry program, they differ from it in sense that their assessments are either out of 100 or 1200 points.
Also, some provinces provide extra points for choice of region of settlement. So, if you want to settle in a high-point area, you will be getting more points than if you were to settle in a low-point area. On the other hand, some provinces like Manitoba (check?) deduct points for applicant studying in or having work experience in other provinces.
This is perhaps the most unique and lucrative feature of Canada immigration through PNPs. Each PNP makes the final decision to invite a candidate to move to Canada on the basis of their viability in the provincial economy. For this, the provinces make use of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) index where the job vacancies are listed category-wise and this is helpful in determining the local viability of each client. The most interesting aspect of PNPs based immigrations is that you don’t actually need an active job offer to immigrate to a particular province. As long as there is a job vacancy in the province for which you qualify, you can migrate there without needing a valid job offer.