British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP, PNP BC)

British Columbia (BC), is on the western side of Canada. The economy of British Columbia is constantly growing and requires skilled workers in high demand occupations.

The British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program is called in short as BC PNP.In this category to be able to qualify, a valid job offer from an employer in the province must be previously accepted, and, in addition, training and relevant experience in the field of work are needed. It should be noted that the employer must be willing to support the application for permanent residence. Likewise, the contracting party must meet the eligibility criteria and comply with certain responsibilities during the application process.

In bc nominee program the provincial government target skilled workers with experience to migrate them in the province.

The applicant can apply in BC PNP under two main streams for immigration. Which are as follow?

  • Skills Immigration in BC PNP (Express Entry British Columbia)
  • Entrepreneur Immigration in BC PNP, Business Immigrants

            These main two streams are divided into other categories below. Read below each category for further information to see BC PNP is right for you are not.

 Skills Immigration in BC PNP (Express Entry British Columbia)

PNP BC Skills Immigration (Express Entry British Columbia) is divided into the following categories of immigration:

 Skilled Worker Category

  • The candidate must  be received a job offer from an employer in BC in the skilled trades (skill level “0”, “A” or “B” in the National Occupational Classification (NOC));
  • PCPCB must determine  a positive demand  for the particular occupation in which you apply;
  • The proposed salary must be very comparable to what is generally available in BC British Columbia for the  particular occupation;
  • The employer of bc must meet certain criteria, he has a place for business in the province of BC;
  • The applicant for bc immigration must be considered to have the capacity to become economically established in British Columbia BC.
  • The candidate must have the necessary training, education, and experience to perform the proposed work;

 International Graduate Category

This category is for foreign nationals who have graduated from Canadian post-secondary institutions. The main requirements for candidates are:

  • To have obtained an eligible diploma from a Canadian post-secondary institution following a program of at least 12 months of full-time studies in the two years preceding the application;
  • Applicant has to accept an offer of part-time, full-time employment from a BC employer for a NOC 0, A or B occupation. Other positions may be considered under certain circumstances;
  • The salaries offered are equivalent to the salaries in effect for the position in BC;
  • The candidate must have the required qualifications to perform the proposed work, but no prior experience is required;
  • The employer must meet certain criteria as having a place of business in the province;
  • The applicant must be considered to have the capacity to become economically established in British Columbia.

International Post-Graduate Category

This program allows some graduates of post-secondary institutions in British Columbia to settle in the province. No job offers are required to apply in this category. Successful applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed a Master’s or Ph.D. degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in British Columbia in a designated field of study within two years of the application;
  • Demonstrate their intention to settle in British Columbia;
  • Have the ability to become economically established in British Columbia

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category

This category for immigration is for temporary foreign workers already in British Columbia and working in the following occupations: truck, hospitality/tourism, and food processing. The two-year Pilot Nord-Ouest project allows applications from a wide range of semi-skilled trades, based on the location of employment. The conditions are as follows:

  • Job offer in a qualified occupation in the tourism/hospitality, long-distance trucking or food processing industries. (Other occupations in NOC skill levels C and D may be eligible if employment is in the development of the Northeast region)
  • The candidate completed 12 years of schooling;
  • The applicant is deemed to have the capacity to become economically established in British Columbia;

Northeast Pilot Project PCPCB –  Currently Open

This category targets foreigners who are currently working in the development of the northeast region in any profession listed as a semi-skilled occupation. The main qualifications for candidates are:

  • Have worked nine months’ full time with the employer immediately prior to the date of application;
  • Have completed high school;
  • Basic knowledge of English;
  • A family income that meets or exceeds the BCPCP income threshold.

 Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)

In 2016 British Columbia government announced a new system for immigration which is called Immigration Registration System (SIRS). This system is based upon point system for different factors.

 Entrepreneur Immigration in BC PNP, Business Immigrants

 This category for immigration is planned to accelerate the immigration process for qualified entrepreneurs who wish to settle in British Columbia and become permanent residents of Canada. They must establish a business that will have significant economic benefits for the province. The BC PNP applications from fixed objectives for the program and, as such, priority is given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest potential to create a successful business and contribute to the provincial economy. Currently, successful applicants will be required to sign a performance agreement with the province. They are invited to BC British Columbia on a work permit to do their business and they will be designated for permanent residence only once the terms of the agreement have been met.


 following minimum criteria:

  •   wealth worth of at least $ 800,000;
  • Applicant personal have to investment of at least $ 500,000 CAD to establish an eligible business in British Columbia;
  • Applicants have to create at least four jobs for Canadian citizens;
  • Participate in the day-to-day  management of the business;

Regional Contractors

 following minimum criteria

  • the wealth of at least $ 600,000.
  • Participate in day-to-day management or direction or business.

Strategic Projects

$ 700,000 CAD is required for investing in the business in BC.

The last draw of BC PNP has been so far the largest of 2017

August 11, 2017 – The last draw of the BC Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP Draw) has been the highest in 2017 so far with the lowest required scores compared to recent invitations rounds. The draw issued on August 9, 2017, saw 464 candidates invited to apply for immigration from British Columbia through the provincial and Quick Entry Canada programs. The minimum score for skilled workers was 77, with 75 points for international graduates and 45 for beginner and semi-skilled workers.

Program for Sweepstakes:

The last draw of BC PNP saw 357 candidates invited to apply through the numerous currents of the province. The draw was dated July 19, 2017, but also included a draw only for the technology sector dated July 26, 2017, according to the British Columbia Immigration website. Both categories of skilled workers in the province had a score of 85 in the last draw, while international graduates required a minimum of 80 points.

The British Columbia Immigration Bureau recently revealed that it has been conducting specific sweepstakes from the Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP) since May 2017 aimed at workers in the technology sector.

These changes demonstrate how the province is taking steps to benefit technology workers seeking alternatives to the United States under the presidency of Donald Trump.

British Columbia Sweepstakes for Entrepreneur

On the other hand, the immigration office of British Columbia also made a draw for the business category on August 2, 2017.

The draw witnessed 13 candidates invited to apply under the current Immigration of Entrepreneur of the province.

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