BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver, British Columbia, is home to Canada’s third-largest municipality. This province is also one of  the most diverse in Canada. British Columbia’s economy relies heavily on the natural resources sector, emphasising mining and forested areas. Its unique natural environment with expansive forests, exceptional climate, and beautiful coastline are some of Canada’s most beautiful.

  • The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (British Columbia PNP, or BC PNP) provides a fast-track service for permanent resident applications for experienced and skilled workers. It is also available to eligible families of business people who wish to settle in BC permanently.
  • The British Columbia PNP was also created to attract foreign nationals who have the skills and experience required by the province. These foreign nationals include entrepreneurs and high-impact workers suitable for BC’s labour market and economic development goals.
  • The BC PNP offers faster processing times than other Canadian immigration programs for foreign nationals who apply through it. This is one of the many benefits of using permanent residence through the BC PNP.

What Is the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)?

Your choice of which pathway you apply for will determine the immigration process and your registration with the BC PNP

  • National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Working Experience
  • Skill Level or
  • International Student Status

4 ways to immigrate to Canada under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program:

  1. Skills Immigration Stream;
  2. Express Entry British Columbia Stream;
  3. Entrepreneur Immigration.
  4. BC Tech Pilot

The following categories are part of the BC PNP Skills Immigration:

  • Skilled Worker;
  • Healthcare Professional;
  • International Post Graduate;
  • International Graduate; or
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Category

Is a job required?

Are its applications?

Additional Requirements

Skilled Worker Yes (Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B) Yes Must have at least two years of work experience in skilled work.
Healthcare Professional Yes Yes Must have at least two years of experience as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals.
International Graduate Yes Yes Must have graduated from an eligible university or college in the last three years.
International Post-Graduate No Yes Must have graduated with a Master’s or Ph.D. from a B.C. university in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study.
Entry-level and Semi-skilled worker Yes, candidates must be currently working. Yes

Must work in certain positions in tourism, food processing, or long-haul trucking,

OR

Must be living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia

Application Fee Processing fee of CAD $1150 Additional CAD 500 would be required to submit a request for review.

Processing time: 2-3 Months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have accepted a full-time position (except in the International Post-Graduate category);
  • You must have a wage offer that is in line with provincial wages rates (except the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • You must show that you are able to support yourself and your family (except in the International Post-Graduate category).
  • You must meet the minimum language requirements for NOC skill level B or Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Workers Category.
  • You must meet all additional requirements for your particular category.
  • Employers must also meet the eligibility criteria, except for International Post-Graduate Categories.

BC Express Entry Stream

This stream allows British Columbia to nominate a specific number of candidates through the Express Entry system. It is one of the fastest routes to permanent residence in the province. This stream can be broken down into the following categories:

Express Entry British Columbia may process the following Skills Immigration categories:

  • Skilled Worker category
  • Category for Health Care Professionals
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category

Application Fee: CAD 1150

Processing Time: 2-3 Months

Minimum Requirements:

  • It would be best if you had a good profile in the federal Express Entry system.
  • You must have an Express Entry Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • You must have accepted a full-time position (except in the International Post-Graduate category)
  • You must have a wage offer that is in line with B.C. Wage rates (except International Post-Graduate Category);
  • You must be able and willing to support your family (except in the International Post-Graduate category);
  • You must meet the minimum language requirements, except for International Post-Graduate Category.
  • You must meet any additional requirements that are specific to your particular type.
  • Except for the International Post-Graduate category, the employer must also be eligible.

Category

Is a job required?

Is it currently receiving applications?

Additional Requirements

Skilled Worker Yes Yes Must have at least two years of work experience in skilled work.
Healthcare Professional Yes Yes Must have at least two years of experience as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals, or a midwife with a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in B.C.
International Graduate Yes Yes Must have graduated from an eligible university or college in the last three years.
International Post-Graduate No Yes Must have graduated with a Master’s or Ph.D. from a B.C. university in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study.

Process

  • You must have a valid Express Entry profile from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before you can start.
  • The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which allows B.C. to review your job, education, location in B.C. You can then review your work, education, the locality in B.C., and language abilities. Wage against provincial labor market requirements. Register by filling out all sections of the BCPNP Online registration. Notification: International Post-Graduate Category candidates and Healthcare Professional Category candidates do not need to register at the SIRS. They can apply online through BCPNP Online.
  • The registration score is based on several factors. You then enter a pool to select the category you want. Candidates who meet the criteria and have scores above a threshold can apply for a provincial nomination.
  • Candidates will then have 30 days to submit their applications through BCPNP Online.
  • You will be nominated by the Express Entry system for a provincial nomination if you are chosen. Acceptance of the Express Entry nomination is required.

 BC Entrepreneur Immigration

If you want to immigrate to British Columbia as an entrepreneur, you have three options to choose from

  1. Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category
  2. Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot
  3. Strategic Projects Category

Entrepreneur Immigration Fees:

  • Registration Fee: CAD $300
  • Application Fee: CAD $3,500
  • Request for Review: CAD $500

Strategic Projects Fees:

  • Registration Fee: CAD $300
  • Application Fee: CAD $3,500
  • Key Staff Fee: CAD $1,000 (for each key staff proposed)

Processing time:

  • Registration score notification: 6 weeks (from date of registration submission)
  • Application decision notification: 4 months (from date of application submission)

Category

Additional Requirements

Entrepreneur Immigration
  • Must have a personal net worth of at least CAD $600,000
  • Must demonstrate business or management experience
  • Must meet language requirements in English or French (CLB level 4 or higher).
  • Must establish a new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  • Must make a personal investment of at least CAD $200,000 in the business;
  • Must create at least one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
  • Must have a personal net worth of at least CAD $300,000
  • Must have three years of experience as an active business owner-manager, or four years of experience as a senior manager, or a combination of one year of experience as an owner-manager and two years of experience as a senior manager.
  • Must meet education requirements
  • Must meet language requirements in English or French (CLB level 4 or higher).
  • Business must meet additional requirements
Strategic Projects Category
  • Company must be well established and in good financial standing;
  • Must demonstrate investment capacity to expand into B.C.;
  • Must provide significant economic benefit to the province.

B.C. PNP Tech

Tech draws held in British Columbia often. They invite qualified workers to apply for a nomination in their province.
In 2017, the initiative was launched as a pilot program to address the local tech sector’s labour shortage. The province made the program permanent in June 2021.
This program is open to skilled workers with a job in B.C. One of the 29 eligible occupations. You must also have at least one year of experience and 120 days left to apply for the job.