British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC-PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC-PNP) is an immigration program through which one can settle in the British Columbia permanently. This Western province provide plethora of options for international workers , students and entrepreneurs who cannot get direct ITA for express entry due to low CRS score.

There are three main stream under BC-PNP.

1.Express Entry BC
2.Skills Immigration
3.Entrepreneurs Immigration.

These streams are further divided into various categories. Some BC-PNP categories are aligned with Canada’s federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Successful applicants under one of these categories obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Furthermore, BC-PNP has their own ranking system known as Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Under the SIRS, potential applicants are first required to register a profile and provide some personal information relating to their job offer in BC, work experience, language ability, and level of education. The SIRS works on an Expression of Interest / Invitation to Apply basis, whereby registered candidates are assigned a score (out of 200), and the BCPNP officials conducts regular draws in which candidates who meet the cut-off threshold for their category in that draw are invited to apply for a provincial nomination.However, not all categories work under this system.

Though some BC-PNP categories require applicants to have a job offer from a BC employer, certain categories managed outside the SIRS do not require applicants to have a job offer.

Here is the close overview of all BC-PNP Streams.

Express Entry BC

StreamJob offer requiredAligned with EERequirementFees
Skilled workerYesYesFull-time, indeterminate job offer from a BC employer, in an NOC Skill Type/Level 0, A or B, and is in line with B.C. wage rates $700
International Graduate YesYesJob requirement above and graduation from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years$700
International Post graduateNoYesGraduation from a BC Master’s/Ph.D. in the health, applied, or natural science disciplines$700
Health Care ProfessionalYesYesEmployment offer in a related healthcare occupation: physician, specialist, registered nurse, etc.$700

Skills Immigration

StreamJob offer requiredAligned with EECurrent StatusFees
Skilled workerYesNoJob offer in a skilled position $700
International GraduateYesNoJob offer in a skilled position; studied at post-secondary level in Canada$700
International Post GraduateNoNoGraduated Master’s/PhD program in BC in natural, applied or health sciences$700
Health Care ProfessionalYesNoJob offer in a listed health occupation$700
Entry level and Semi-skilledYesNoJob offer in tourism/hospitality, trucking, or food processing industry$700

Entrepreneur Immigration

StreamJob offer requiredAligned with EECurrent Status Latest update
Entrepreneur Immigration NoNoBusiness or management experience
Min net worth of $600,000 and min investment of $200,000
Own min 33,3% of business and creation of min 1 new job.
$300 Registration
+$3,500 Processing
+$1,000 per key staff
Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot NoNoBusiness or management experience, and min NCLC4 in English or French
Min net worth of $300,000 and min investment of $100,000
Own min 51% of business, in an area with population of 75,000 or less
Creation of min 1 new job.
$300 Registration
+$3,500 Processing

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