Determine your eligibility – Provincial nominees

If you apply as a provincial nominee for a semi- or low-skilled job (NOC C or D), you need to take a language test.

This test will show if your ability to listen, speak, read and write in English or French meets a minimum standard. Check the websites below to learn about the standard for your chosen province or territory. Test results are usually valid for two years from the day you take the test.

Most provinces and territories in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that lets them nominate immigrants who want to settle there.

You must apply in two stages.

  1. First, you must apply to the province or territory where you want to live. It will review your application based on two things:

    • its immigration needs and
    • if you really plan to live there.

    The criteria vary and can change without notice. You should visit one of the websites below for the most current information.

  2. After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. A CIC officer will assess your application based on Canadian rules.

    As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). All immigrants must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

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