British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

A Comprehensive Guide On British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Canada offers plenty of opportunities and close to 80+ routes to help foreign nationals migrate to Canada and build a life. In the recent years, Canada has become one of the most sought-after countries to study, work, and raise a family all thanks to its immigrant-friendly policies.

One of the most popular immigration programs after Express Entry is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Each province and territory in Canada has its unique Provincial Nominee Program. Each PNP program has its own eligibility criteria and application process.

In this blog, we will cover everything there is to know about the British Columbia (BC) PNP program.

Known for its relaxed west coast lifestyle, and breathtaking scenery, British Columbia (BC) is a popular choice for immigrants looking to settle in Canada as Permanent Residents. Vancouver is the biggest city in British Columbia. It is the economic centre of construction, digital entertainment, technology, and the green economy.

Did you know, immigrants make up 28% of British Columbia’s total population?

Foreign nationals can apply through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Here is a comprehensive guide on British Columbia PNP.

In this article, we will cover:

  1. Overview of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
  2. How to qualify for a British Columbia PR nomination
  3. Step-by-step application process for BC PNP
  4. What next after BC PNP approval?
  5. Does BC PNP require a job offer?
  6. Who can help me file an application for British Columbia PNP?




Overview of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Foreign skilled workers are in high-demand to boost British Columbia’s growing economy. Skilled workers possessing relevant education and work experience or experienced entrepreneurs looking to establish or buy a business in British Columbia can apply to become a British Columbia Provincial Nominee under BC PNP.

There are three main immigration streams under British Columbia PNP:

  1. Skills Immigration (SI): This category is for foreign skilled and semi-skilled workers possessing work experience in the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.
  2. Express Entry (EEBC): This category is a quicker route of immigration for eligible skilled workers. This stream uses the CRS score and connects to the federal Express Entry system.
  3. Entrepreneur Immigration (EI): This category is for experienced entrepreneurs looking to establish a new business or buy an existing business in British Columbia. This is also a point-based invitation system.

Please Note: If you are from the technology industry, you can check if your British Columbia employer is registered for the BC PNP Tech program before applying for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC streams. BC PNP Tech program offers immigrants a prioritized path to permanent residency in Canada. There are 29 tech jobs that are covered under this immigration program. Applicants applying under this must have a job offer for a minimum one year.




How to qualify for a British Columbia PR nomination

Depending on your qualifications, education, and work experience, there are multiple streams under BC PNP that individuals can apply for. 

MandatoryRequirements for categories under the Skills Immigration (SI) stream

Skilled Worker

This stream is for a skilled worker to gain permanent residence in B.C. To qualify, you must: 

  • Have a full-time, valid job offer in NOC Type O or Skill level A or B from a B.C. employer.
  • Have qualifications to perform the job.
  • Have a minimum two years of relevant work experience.
  • Meet minimum language requirements.
  • Show proof of funds.
  • Be offered a salary in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation.
  • Have a supported application.
  • Be eligible or have legal immigration status in Canada.

Healthcare Professional

This stream is to support and encourage health professionals such as physicians, nurses, and specialists gain permanent residence in B.C. To qualify, you must:

  • Have a full-time, valid job offer or support from a public health authority.
  • Have confirmation from an established practice group if you are a midwife.
  • Be qualified to work in your occupation. 
  • Have at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Meet the minimum language requirements.
  • Show proof of funds. 
  • Be offered in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation.
  • Have your application supported by your employer.
  • Be eligible or have a legal immigration status in Canada.

Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled

This stream is for Canada PR aspirants working in a valid tourism or hospitality industry such as long-haul trucking, or food processing occupation.

  • Have a full-time, valid job offer from a B.C. employer.  
  • Have applied in NOC level C or D occupation for Northeast Development Region of B.C.
  • Have been working full-time for nine consecutive months. 
  • Meet minimum language and education requirements.
  • Possess the qualification to do the job.
  • Show proof of funds. 
  • Earning salary in line with B.C. minimum wage rates for that occupation.
  • Have legal immigration status in Canada. 
  • Employer must be willing to support your application.

International Graduate

This stream is for international graduates who have gained a degree from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last three years and they are willing to gain permanent residence in B.C.

  • Have a full-time, valid job offer from a B.C. employer in NOC Type O or Skill Level A or B.
  • Possess all the necessary qualifications.  
  • Meet the language requirements.
  • Show proof of funds. 
  • Earning or being offered a salary in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation.
  • Employer must support your application.
  • Be eligible or have legal immigration status in Canada.

International Post-Graduate

This stream is for immigrants with a graduate degree in the field of health care, technology, and applied sciences. Applicants don’t need a valid job offer to apply for permanent residence under this stream.

  • Have received a valid masters or doctorate degree at an eligible post-secondary institution in B.C. in the last three years. 
  • Be eligible for or have legal immigration status in Canada.
  • Demonstrate intent and ability to permanently live and work in B.C.


Requirements for categories under Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream

EEBC Skilled Worker

This fast track category provides permanent residence to those with a job offer in a high-demand occupation. 

  • Must have valid Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code.
  • Have a full-time, valid job offer from a B.C. employer in NOC Type O or Skill Level A or B.
  • Minimum two years relevant work experience.
  • Meet the minimum language requirements.
  • Show proof of funds. 
  • Offered salary in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation.
  • Employer must support your application.
  • Be eligible for or have legal immigration status.

EEBC Healthcare Professional

This fast track category provides permanent residence to physicians, nurses, health professionals and specialists with a valid job offer.

  • Must have valid Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code.
  • Have a full-time, valid job or support from a public health authority.
  • Confirmation from an established practice group if you are a midwife.
  • Be qualified to work in your occupation in B.C. 
  • Minimum two years relevant work experience.
  • Meet the minimum language requirements.
  • Show proof of funds. 
  • Offered salary in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation.
  • Employer must support your application.
  • Be eligible for or have legal immigration status.

EEBC International Graduate

This fast-track category provides PR status to graduates from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last three years and who have a job offer.

  • Must have valid Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code.
  • Have a full-time, permanent job offer from a B.C. employer in a NOC Type O or Skill Level A or B.
  • Qualified to work in your occupation in B.C. 
  • Meet the minimum language requirements.
  • Show proof of funds. 
  • Offered salary in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation.
  • Employer must support your application.
  • Be eligible for or have legal immigration status.

EEBC International Post-Graduate

This category provides permanent residence to graduate degree holders in the field of science from an eligible B.C. institution. Applicants don’t need a job offer to apply. 

  • Must have valid Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code.
  • Have completed a valid masters or doctorate degree from an eligible post-secondary institution in B.C. in the last three years. 
  • Be eligible for or have legal immigration status.
  • Demonstrate intent and ability to permanently live in B.C.




Step-by-step application process for BC PNP

1. Confirm you qualify

Once you have identified the relevant stream under which your chance of getting Canada PR is maximum, make sure you meet all the mandatory requirements before you kick start the application process. 

Please Note: For Express Entry streams, applicants must have an online Express Entry profile through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and meet the requirements for one of the following federal programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

2. Register with the BC PNP

Register with BC PNP regardless of the category you are applying for. Follow the steps below:

  1. Create a profile with BCPNP online
  2. Complete all sections of the registration
  3. Submit your registration online

You will then receive a registration score which will be calculated keeping certain factors such as work experience, education, and language into mind and enter the pool for up to 12 months.

3. Invitation to apply 

If your application is selected, you will get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) under the Skills Immigration stream.

After receiving an ITA, applicants will have up to 30 calendar days to submit their complete application. You will also have to pay a processing fee of $1,150 CAD.

Please Note: For Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot scheme, eligible individuals need to provide:

  • Net worth verification report
  • Comprehensive business plan
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $3,500 CAD.

4. Apply for permanent residence

If your application is successful, the final step is to apply for permanent residence through IRCC. Please note, giving Canada PR is the sole discretion of the Government of Canada.




What next after BC PNP approval?

Once your BC PNP application is approved, you will get a nomination to apply for permanent residence. You have six months to apply for the same.

While you wait for approval on your permanent resident application, you need to maintain the conditions of your nomination, such as a valid job offer, etc. In case, there is any change, please inform the BC PNP. In the time being, you can check if you can get a work permit to start or continue working in B.C.

If you’ve applied under the Express Entry BC stream, a BC PNP approval will add 600 CRS points to your IRCC application guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next IRCC Express Entry draw.




Does BC PNP require a job offer?

Except for the Entrepreneurship, the International Post-Graduate and Express Entry BC streams, all other BC PNP streams require a valid job offer or an existing job in B.C.




Who can help me file an application for British Columbia PNP?

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