If you want to move to Canada, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) may be a good option. This program is designed to help immigrants move to the province of British Columbia.

To be eligible for the BC PNP, you must meet certain requirements. In this post, we will discuss these requirements and how to apply for the BC PNP.

Introduction

British Columbia is a unique and beautiful province located on the west coast of Canada. It is known for its natural beauty, mild climate and diverse population. The province has a strong economy and is home to many different industries, including forestry, mining, fishing, agriculture, tourism, and more. It also offers a high standard of living and a variety of amenities, making it an attractive destination for immigrants.

It is also a great place to live if you want adventure. The province has many different hiking and camping opportunities, as well as a variety of other outdoor activities. There are also many various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. British Columbia is truly a unique and welcoming place to call home.

It has several programs designed to help immigrants move to the province. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is one such program. This program is designed to help immigrants who meet certain requirements immigrate to BC.

What is British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)?

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a program designed to help immigrants move to the province of British Columbia. The program allows the province to nominate individuals interested in moving to British Columbia and meeting certain requirements.

The program is designed to help British Columbia attract and retain skilled workers. It is also intended to help fill labour shortages in the province.

Benefits of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

There are many benefits to applying for the BC PNP. These benefits include:

  • The program allows you to live and work in British Columbia.
  • The program gives you the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
  • The program allows you to bring your family with you to British Columbia.
  • The program supports you and your family as you transition to life in British Columbia.
  • The program gives you the opportunity to become a British Columbia provincial nominee.

Streams under BC PNP

There are several different streams under the BC PNP. These streams are designed to help immigrants with different skills and backgrounds immigrate to the province.

The following is a list of the different streams under the BC PNP:

  • British Columbia Skills Immigration
  • British Columbia Express Entry
  • BC Entrepreneur Immigration
  • BC PNP tech pilot
Various streams under BC PNP infographic
Streams of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

British Columbia Skills Immigration

The British Columbia Skills Immigration stream is designed for skilled workers who are interested in moving to British Columbia. In order to be eligible for this stream, you must have a job offer from a British Columbia employer. You must also have the skills and experience required for the position.

BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into the following categories:

British Columbia Skills Immigration
Skills Immigration's Categories For Whom Application Fees Processing Time
  • Skilled Worker
  • Healthcare Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post-Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
Immigrants that have the qualifications, skills, and work experience in demand with the employers in the province. CAD $1,150 2-3 Months

Skilled Worker Category

Individuals in this category have been given an eligible job offer in a skilled profession. Workers must have considerable expertise in their skilled field.

Healthcare Professional Category

Individuals with prior work experience in one of 11 qualifying health care professions, such as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals, may apply. For at least one of these jobs, you must have an acceptable job offer.

International Graduate Category

Individuals who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college in the last three years are eligible for this category. To be considered under this sub-category, a job offer must come from a BC employer.

International Post-Graduate Category

This category is for people who have received a Masters or Doctoral degree from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia in natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study and are seeking employment. To apply under this sub-category, you must not have a job offer.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Workers in certain tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking jobs, as well as entry-level or semi-skilled workers living and working in British Columbia's Northeast Development Region, may be eligible for immigration under this initiative.

Application and Processing time

The application fee is $1,150 CAD

The estimated processing time for the application is 3 months

Minimum Requirements

  • You must have accepted a full-time employment offer (except for the International Post-Graduate Class Category)
  • Must have a salary offer that is in line with the province's minimum wage rates (except for the International Post-Graduate Category)
  • Please indicate you can support yourself and your family (except for the International Post-Graduate Category)
  • Must meet language requirements (for NOC skill level B, or the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category)
  • Must satisfy all other criteria applicable to your industry.
  • The employer must also fulfil the following requirements -
    • Be established in B.C.
    • Meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements
    • Offer full-time, indeterminate (permanent or with no set end date) employment
      • BC PNP Tech applicants in eligible tech occupations may have a one-year, full-time job offer
    • Offer a wage in line with industry standards
    • Provide a signed job offer
    • Complete and sign the Employer Declaration Form
    • Submit supporting documents about their business
    • Follow local laws and regulations

Process

  • First register for the BCPNP Online by filling out all of the fields on the website (except for Health Authority or International Post-Graduate categories, as you can apply directly for these categories).
  • You will receive a registration score based on a number of criteria and be placed in a selection pool for the chosen category if you meet them.
  • Those who fulfil certain conditions with a score above a specific threshold are invited to apply for a provincial nomination in a province's draw.
  • Who receives invite and wish to become a BCPNP should apply through the BCPNP Online portal within 30 days.
  • B.C. will examine your job, education, location in B.C., language proficiency, and wages against provincial labour market demands after you submit the application in the system using BCPNP Online.
  • If you obtain a provincial nomination, you may apply for permanent residence with the Canadian federal government.

British Columbia Express Entry

The British Columbia Express Entry stream is designed for immigrants who are already in the Express Entry pool. Express Entry is a system created by the federal government to manage applications for permanent residence. The Express Entry system is not an immigration program itself, but rather a way of managing applications for Canada's main economic immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

To be eligible for the British Columbia Express Entry stream, you must:

  • Have been invited by B.C. to apply
  • Be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs managed by Express Entry
  • Score a minimum of 67 points on the British Columbia Immigration Selection Grid (BCSIG)
  • Meet all other program requirements

If you are invited to apply, you will have 30 days to submit your application.

If you meet the requirements of the British Columbia Express Entry stream and are nominated by B.C., you will receive 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which will guarantee that you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

In order to be eligible for this stream, you must meet the criteria for one of the federal economic immigration programs. You must also have a job offer from a British Columbia employer.

British Columbia Skills Immigration
Skills Immigration's Categories For Whom Application Fees Processing Time
  • Skilled Worker
  • Healthcare Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post-Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
Immigrants who are already in the Express Entry pool. CAD $1,150 2-3 Months

Express Entry British Columbia allows you to apply for the following types of occupations:

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Health Care Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category

Application and Processing time

The application fee is $1,150

The estimated processing time for the application is 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • A valid profile in the federal Express Entry system is required.
  • You must have a Job Seeker Validation Code from the Express Entry system to apply.

Following requirements are applicable for Skilled Worker Category, Health Care Professional Category and International Graduate Category and not for International Post-Graduate Category

  • You must have accepted a full-time employment offer
  • Must have a wage offer in line with B.C.'s prevailing wage rates
  • Must be able to support yourself and your family
  • Meet the minimum language requirements
  • Employer must also be eligible

Process

  • You must have an active Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before you begin.
  • You can register for the BCPNP Online by filling out all of the fields on the website (except for Health Authority or International Post-Graduate categories, as you can apply directly for these categories).
  • If you submit the form correctly, you will be provided with a registration score based on a number of criteria, and you will be chosen for the category.
  • Those who fulfil specific requirements and attain a certain score are eligible to participate in a province-wide lottery to obtain a nomination.
  • After that, they must submit an application through BCPNP Online within 30 days.
  • B.C. will examine your job, education, location in B.C., language proficiency, and wages against provincial labour market demands after you submit the application in the system using BCPNP Online.
  • If you are selected, the Express Entry system will provide you with a provincial nomination. You must respond to the invitation through the Express Entry system.

BC Entrepreneur Immigration

The BC Entrepreneur Immigration stream is designed for entrepreneurs who are interested in starting or owning a business in British Columbia. In order to be eligible for this stream, you must meet the investment requirements and create at least one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

British Columbia Skills Immigration
Categories For Whom Application Fees Processing Time
  • Base Category
  • Regional Pilot
  • Strategic Projects [for corporations]
Entrepreneurs who are interested in starting or owning a business in British Columbia CAD $3,500 4 Months

Entrepreneur Immigration - Base Category

This category is for senior management or company owners who want to put money into a new business in British Columbia.

Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot

This is a new immigration pilot program targeted at foreign entrepreneurs interested in starting a company in British Columbia's small towns.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) describes the pilot as a means of more equally distributing the economic benefits of immigration throughout the province of B.C.

A potential entrepreneur applicant must meet the following requirements in order to be considered eligible for the BC PNP EI Regional pilot:

  • Establish an eligible new business aligned with the priorities of the referring community.
  • The minimum personal net worth requirement is $300,000.
  • The applicant should have 3+ years of active business ownership or/and senior management experience within the last 5 years.
  • Demonstrate a minimum language proficiency equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4.
  • Submit a business plan to be eligible for enrolling with a B.C. community.
  • Demonstrate that he or she will own at least 51 percent of the planned firm.

Entrepreneur Immigration Fees:

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

Strategic Projects Category

Through this category, foreign-controlled companies can set up an operation in British Columbia. Up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical staff members can be nominated for permanent residence in the province.

Strategic Projects Fees:

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

Processing times:

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

Registration Process

If you'd like to learn more about the Entrepreneur Immigration Categories, you must first complete your registration and submit a short business plan through BCPNP Online.

After considering the information supplied, you will receive a score. Candidates who are qualified are placed in the pool. The top scoring individuals are invited to apply on a regular basis.

If you're invited to apply for a BC PNP, you'll have up to four months to complete your application using BCPNP Online. At the time of submission, you will require to submit verification report of your net worth from an authorized accounting firm.

If you succeed, you will be given a two-year work permit and allowed to start your business in B.C. You will have up to 20 months to put your business plan into action. You'll then be able to apply for permanent residence if you get approved by the province.

BC PNP Tech Pilot

The BC PNP tech pilot is a program designed to help British Columbia attract and retain skilled workers in the technology sector. In order to be eligible for this program, you must have a job offer from a British Columbia employer in the technology sector. You must also have the skills and experience required for the position.

The BC PNP Tech is only available to individuals who are already eligible for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program's Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC streams.

On a weekly basis, the BC PNP invites qualified registrants with a valid job offer in one of the 29 eligible professions to apply for accreditation.

  • The minimum duration of the BC PNP Tech job offer is 365 days, as opposed to the other BC PNP streams, which demand a job offer for an undefined period of time.
  • A job offer that is more than a year in length will continue to be eligible for the Tech.
  • From an eligible employer in the province, and for a full-time position, the offer must also be genuine.

Under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP Tech), you may apply for one of the 29 eligible jobs:

Occupation NOC
Computer and IT managers 0213
Managers 0512
Mechanical engineers 2132
Mechanical engineers 0131
Telecommunication managers 2134
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers 2147
Civil engineers 2131
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Electrical and electronics technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians 2242
Industrial technicians 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Technical sales specialists 6221
User support technicians 2282
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Other technical occupations in Performing Arts 5226
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Support occupations in performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241

How To Apply Under the BC Nomination Program?

Process of BC Nomination Program infographic
Steps to Immigrate to British Columbia under BC Nomination Program
  • After making a decision on their category, applicants can register online and receive a registration score. Registration is completely free.
  • The BC PNP will conduct a tech draw every week (subject to processing capacity), inviting the top-scoring technology sector registrants to apply for inclusion.
  • Invited candidates have 30 days from the date of invitation to submit a completed online application. There is a $1150 government fees.
  • The BC PNP will handle the application in a timely manner.
  • If the application is accepted, the applicant receives a nomination that he or she can utilize to apply for permanent residency.

BC PNP Latest Draw

The British Columbia PNP conducts regular draws in order to invite candidates under various immigration categories to apply for a provincial nomination.

British Columbia Skills Immigration
Date Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score
5th July 2022 100 Skilled Worker (International Graduate) 85
5th July 2022 21 Skilled Worker [International Graduate (includes EEBC option)] 60

Source: Latest Draw | Government of British Columbia

How Can ISA Global Help You Get into British Columbia PNP

ISA Global can help you get into British Columbia PNP infographic
ISA Global can assist with entering the British Columbia PNP
  • At ISA Global, we understand the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) and can help you with every step of the application process.
  • We have a team of experienced immigration consultants who will assess your eligibility, help you gather the required documentation, and submit a complete and accurate application on your behalf.
  • We will also provide you with guidance and support throughout the entire process, until you receive your provincial nomination.
  • Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you immigrate to British Columbia through the BC PNP program.

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FAQs

What is the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)?

The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is an online point-based system used by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) to score and rank registrants who wish to immigrate to British Columbia under the following immigration categories:-Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker.

What is the minimum CRS score for British Columbia PNP?

The minimum CRS score required for British Columbia PNP is 85 points.

How to calculate BC PNP points?

You can calculate your BC PNP points using the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) skills immigration registration system (SIRS) point calculator.

How to check BC PNP application status?

You can check the status of your British Columbia PNP application by logging into your account on the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) online portal.

How do I get a British Columbia permanent residency?

You can apply for British Columbia permanent residency by submitting an online application through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) website.

Can I move to British Columbia without a job offer?

No, you cannot move to BC without a job offer through BC PNP.

 

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