British Columbia (BC), the westernmost province in Canada, is a centre of cultural diversity and economic growth. BC is home to Canada’s third largest city, Vancouver, and is one of the most developed provinces in Canada. BC’s economy is focused on rich natural resources, with an emphasis on forestry, mining, agriculture, tourism, medicine, and technology sector. BC, with its nature, magnificent forests, and unique coastal climate – makes it one of the most beautiful places to live in Canada.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is designed for candidates with specific skills and experience, who are looking to settle in the province. The application for a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate helps candidates receive permanent residency in Canada. The processing time for the application takes less time than other immigration programs.
These programs are divided into different streams. Below we will provide you with additional information about each of them to help you determine if the BC PNP is right for you.
This stream of the BC PNP is intended for potential immigrants who have the appropriate skills and experience for their profession.
Express Entry British Columbia is consistent with the Federal Express Entry selection system. This system allows suitable applicants to receive a nomination from the province of their choice (through the BC PNP application) and allows them to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The following categories are accepted by the Express Entry program in British Columbia:
On January 27, 2016, the British Columbia government announced the new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for the BC PNP. This is a points-based system, which determines whether candidates can be invited to apply. The assessment is based on a number of factors, such as one’s level of education, work experience, job offer, and ability to do well in BC’s labour market.
Candidates who intend to live in British Columbia and invest in its economy can apply for permanent residence in Canada using the Entrepreneur Immigration program. This program is divided into two categories:
In August of 2017, British Columbia successfully launched the Tech Pilot Under the BC PNP. In this stream, the government issues weekly invitations to qualified registrants with valid job offers in key technology professions. The BC PNP Tech Pilot is designed for specialists from a list of 32 eligible occupations important for British Columbia’s technology sector, which is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in BC’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply. The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended till June 2019.