BC Provincial Nominee Program (British Columbia PNP)

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

British Columbia is home to Vancouver, the third largest city of Canada. It is the westernmost province which is renowned for its cultural and economic diversity. It has a strong emphasis on natural resources sectors, mainly forestry and mining to grow the economy of the province. With unique coastal climate and expansive forests, British Columbia is considered as a fantastic place to live, study or work in. Its strong and ever-growing economy attracts many individuals and businesses to apply for Canadian permanent residence through BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

BC PNP is one of the most diverse Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Canada. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is an immigration program that nominates a broad range of workers, graduates and entrepreneurs/ businessmen to settle in the province permanently. The program offers nomination certificate to the foreign nationals to apply for Canadian permanent residence. They need to be skilled and experienced in order to submit the applications under different streams of the BC PNP.

Major Immigration Categories for BC PNP

The immigration streams under BC PNP are:

  • Skills immigration (including Express Entry System)
  • Entrepreneur immigration

These streams are further divided into different sub-categories to make the immigration process more specific.

Skills Immigration

This stream is composed of a number of categories to allow skilled and experienced professionals from different sectors to apply for BC PNP. Each category has its own eligibility criteria and specifications.

  • Skilled Worker Category: Workers with post-secondary education and experience in a skilled occupation are eligible to apply under this sub- category. They need to have a full-time employment or job offer from a recognised BC employer.
  • Healthcare Professional Category: Individuals working as a physician, specialist, nurse or allied health professional can apply under this sub-category. They must have an eligible job offer for at least one health occupations from a recognised employer in British Columbia.
  • International Graduate Category:Individuals graduated from a recognised Canadian University or institution in the last three years are eligible to apply for BC PNP. They need to have an official job offer from an eligible employer in British Columbia.
  • International Post- Graduate Category:Students holding Masters or Doctoral Degrees from a recognised Canadian University or college are eligible to apply under this sub- category. The qualification can be in natural, applied or health sciences programs under which no official job offer is mandatory.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category:Entry level or semi-skilled workers in tourism, hospitality, food processing or trucking sector are eligible to apply for the program. They can also be living or working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia.

Express Entry British Columbia

Express Entry System works with the Federal Government which significantly reduces the processing time of the applications. It fastens the application process of BC PNP and permanent residence through online immigration selection system. The candidates need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria including language proficiency and demonstrating finances to settle in the country.

The candidates under the following categories are considered eligible to apply for Express Entry pool:

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Health Care Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category
Requirements for EEBC — Skilled Worker Category (including Health Care Professionals Category)
Category Employment Occupation Experience Education Other requirements
EEBC —Skilled Worker Full-time indeterminate job offer* from an eligible B.C. employer Occupation Skill Level 0, A or B Minimum two years of directly-related (or full-time equivalent) work experience Applicable credentials or qualifications

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

EEBC —Health Care Professionals Full-time job offer from a Public Health Authority in B.C. Physicians, specialist physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and allied health professionals Minimum two years of directly-related full-time work experience Applicable licensing or registration

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

Candidate must meet all the requirements of the BC PNP Skills Immigration - Health Care Professional Category.

Requirements to apply without a job offer to the EEBC — International Post-Graduate Category
Category Employment Education Other requirements
EEBC — International Post Graduate Job offer not required Master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible B.C. institution. Only open to natural, applied or health sciences graduates. Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)
Requirements for EEBC — International Graduates Category
Category Employment Occupation Experience Education Other requirements
International Graduate Full-time indeterminate job offer* from an eligible B.C. employer Occupation Skill Level 0, A or B Not required Eligible degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

Minimum Income Requirements
Family Income Threshold by Area of Residence
Size of Family Greater Vancouver Regional District Rest of B.C.
1 $22,804 $19,006
2 $28,390 $23,659
3 $34,902 $29,087
4 $42,376 $35,316
5 $48,062 $40,054
6 $54,205 $45,175
7 or more $60,350 $50,296

Entrepreneur Immigration

Individuals who have an impactful business idea to implement or is willing to purchase an already established business in British Columbia are eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence through BC PNP. Under this stream, there are three major categories:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration Category: This category possesses a unique registration system. It is targeted to senior managers and business owners, planning to invest funds in a business operating in British Columbia.
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot: Foreign nationals who are planning to establish a unique business in British Columbia are eligible to apply for BC PNP under this category.
  • Strategic Projects category:This category is specifically meant for international companies (operating outside of Canada) and planning to set up an operation in British Columbia. For permanent residence in the province, up to five key team members can be nominated through BC PNP.
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