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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

British Columbia is home to the country’s third-largest city, Vancouver, British Columbia is also one of the most diverse provinces in all of Canada. It is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.016 million as of 2018 British Columbia’s economy focuses on a strong natural resources sector, with an emphasis on forestry and mining. Its natural environment, vast green forests, snowcapped mountains, and rugged ocean coasts, and a unique coastal climate, is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Canada, and indeed the world.

The BC PNP is British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Provincial Nominee Program British Columbia

The British Columbia Nominee Program is one of the fastest and most effective ways for a potential immigrant interested in living in BC to receive Canadian permanent residence. Applicants who wish to apply for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program must fall into one of the two categories allowed in the program.

British Colombia Provincial Nominee Program

There are three categories that those interested in the British Columbia PNP can apply under.

  • British Columbia Skilled Immigration Streams

The Skilled Immigration section of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program 2018 is made up of five different sub-categories and each has its own rules and eligibility requirements.

Categories are:-

  • PNP BC Skilled Workers:- This is available for individuals that have a university degree or any post-secondary education/training, and a number of years of work experience in a skilled employment field.


  • Applicants must have employment in a skilled occupation that falls under NOC level 0, A or B.
  • If applicants are gaining employment in an occupation that needs training or certification, then they must prove that they have reached this level of certification.
  • When applying in this BCPNP sub-category, the ability to prove that the individual can pay for living expenses and housing in British Columbia is a necessity. This can be done by providing an income slip or confirmation, residential address, a list of any dependents and proof of a legitimate job offer in BC.
  • Healthcare Professionals:- This British Columbia Nominee Program sub-category is open to individuals who work in any of the following positions in the medical field:

Eligible occupation:-

  • Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Specialist
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical Radiation Technologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist

International Graduates – Canadian Universities:- It is open to international students that have graduated from a post-secondary educational facility in Canada in the last two years prior to applying for the BC PNP. Work experience is not an absolute necessity, but proof of a job offer from a British Columbian based employer is a requirement.


  • Applicants must have obtained either a post-graduate or graduate degree from a university or college in Canada. Full-time 1-year diplomas will also be considered if they were gained at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • A diploma won’t be counted if more than a quarter is done as an internship
  • Application for Provincial Nominee Program BC must be within two years of finishing this education
  • Individuals must show proof that they can support themselves and any dependents by providing income/employment expectations, area of residence and information of dependents

International Post-Graduates:- It is an option for individuals who have studied at a British Columbia institution and graduated with a masters or doctorate in applied, health or natural sciences. A job offers if not a necessity for this program.


Applicant must have graduated from a certified British Columbia educational institute in one these study fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services
  • Engineering and Engineering technology
  • Health Professionals and other applied health sciences
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Resources
  • Physical Sciences

Applicant must supply proof that they wish to permanently settle in British Columbia by providing:

  • The length of all current or previous residence
  • Connections to BC through family, study, and work
  • Any housing plans that have been made
  • Entry-Level or Semi-Skilled Worker Category:- Immigration to British Columbia is possible through this BCPNP stream provided the following requirements are satisfied.


  • Living in British Columbia
  • Working in a particular niche job within the tourism/hospitality industry, long-haul trucking or food processing industry
  • Working in a NOC C or D level in the Northeastern Development Region of BC
  • Currently employed in a permanent role, and must have been so for at least nine months prior to the PNP application
  • Full-time work must be sustained during the application process
  • A letter of employment should be provided that has been signed by both the employer and the applicant and should detail the working hours, salary, additional benefits, any relevant collective bargaining agreements and the duties of the job
  • Employer cannot take off any wages for recruitment or immigration
  • Salary must be market-based and competitive
  • If originally hired through the Labor Market Opinion, the applicant should receive equal or more than the LMO standard
  • Applicant must show proof that they can support themselves or any dependents by providing income expectations, living arrangements, and details of any dependents
  • Proof of at least 12 years of schooling and the relevant certification must be provided
  • Proficiency in the English language must be shown to at least “Benchmark 4

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration:-

Categories Are:-

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a path to immigrate to Canada and settle in B.C. for experienced entrepreneurs who can support innovation and economic growth in the province.

  • REGIONAL PILOT:-  It supports regional communities to attract entrepreneurs with a desire to start businesses, create jobs and settle in regional centers, and contribute to their local economy.
  • Applicants that live or plan on living in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia could apply under this section if the had semi-skilled and unskilled professions. There was no need for a job offer. Now, applicants who are working in the Northeast Development Region of BC in a C or D NOC level occupation may apply for a BC PNP without a job offer via the BCPNP semi-skilled or entry-level categories.
      • Communities must have a population of fewer than 75,000, be located beyond 30 km of a municipality of more than 75,000, and demonstrate their capacity to support foreign entrepreneurs through an established network of settlement and business support agencies.
      • This initiative is intended to maximize the economic benefits of immigration to B.C. to support shared prosperity across the province.
      • Immigration and pilot-specific training will be offered to community representatives and must be completed before confirming the enrollment. Communities will then be in a position to host exploratory visits and issue referrals for potential applicants

British Columbia Immigration Processing Times

British Columbia immigration processing times for people participating in the BCPNP can vary. According to the official immigration British Columbia website, the current processing time for recent Skilled Immigration applications is 2-3 months, and for recent Entrepreneur Immigration applications is 3-4 months.

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