British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

The first colony of the British in Canada, this beautiful province, is laden with deep, mountainous forests and houses over 6,000 islands. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia is located in the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. One of the important cities of British Columbia, Vancouver is the financial capital of Canada.

The Provincial Nomination Program for British Columbia also known as BC PNP was rolled out in the year 2018 to help recruit the right kind of economic contributors to British Columbia. BC PNP nominates professionals or entrepreneurs looking to migrate to BC for Permanent Residency. Nominees must have skills and abilities to fill job shortages in BC, and provide for their families. The program is run by both the British Columbia government and the federal government.

The pathways by which one can qualify under this program-

Bc Provincial Nominee Program

Skills Pathway

  • This pathway is for skilled professionals or traders for high-demand occupations currently open in British Columbia. It follows the same rules as the point-based invitation system.
  • You need to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) application online and once you get nominated, your application is forwarded for Permanent Residency Visa Process with the nomination increasing your score by 600 points.
  • It is mandatory to have offer letter from a company based in British Columbia to apply under this pathway.

Express Entry BC

  • Under this pathway, your application is submitted in the Express Entry Portal and a profile created showing interest in moving to British Columbia.
  • If the BC Province finds your profile suitable for its current job vacancies, they nominate you, choosing your profile from the EE pool. Followed by which, your score raises by 600 points and thus your chances of invitation will raise.
  • After this, you get an ITA –Invitation to Apply for PR.
  • If you don’t have a job offer from an organization in BC, you will not be nominated.

Most job categories doesn't need prior work experience. However, it would be preferable for the skilled professionals to have prior work experience. Applicants who are applying through the Entry Level scheme and Semi-skilled categories, will have to show their work experience in British Columbia. This again is not a mandatory requirement for international student graduates from Canadian universities. It may not be required to show any experience proof.

British Columbia PNP Eligibility, Fees, Other Requirements and Process

As mentioned above, the BC PNP is meant to attract skilled workers, entrepreneurs, educationally qualified individuals, and other uniquely-abled candidates. The British Columbia PNP eligibility depends on the stream or category under which the applicant applies.

    The streams under which a candidate can qualify are:
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

For the Skilled Immigration stream, applicants typically need a job offer from an eligible employer based in British Columbia, and entrepreneurs may need to demonstrate business management experience and investment funds.

Express Entry Stream offers eligible applicants with skills and experience targeted by British Columbia may receive a provincial nomination, boosting their chances of obtaining permanent residency. This stream aligns with the federal Express Entry System, allowing British Columbia to choose candidates who meet the market needs.

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who wish to operate and establish a business in British Columbia. Candidates who are highly experienced in business management and have sufficient investment funds can apply for the Provincial Nominee Program. Successful applicants receive support and guidance from British Columbia to establish and manage their business ventures, contributing to the province's economic growth and creating job opportunities for residents.

The BC PNP requires certain fees for processing and further legalities. The fees include:

    Skills Immigration Fees
  • No registration fee
  • Application fee- $1,475
  • Request for Review- $500
    Entrepreneur Immigration Fees
  • Registration fees- $300
  • Application- $3,500
  • Request for Review- $500
    Strategic Projects Fees
  • Registration- $300
  • Application- $3,500
  • Key Staff- $1,000
  • Request for Review- $500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) fees

IRCC may ask for a separate fee when you submit your permanent residence application and during your work permit application.

    The British Columbia PNP follows the process below:
  • Choosing the stream that works best for you.
  • Registration through BC PNP Online.
  • You would need to wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA), which you would need for most Skilled Immigration programs.
  • If your application goes through, you will receive a nomination package with documents that will help you apply for permanent residence.
  • Once approved, you will be a permanent resident.

This is the general process of the BC PNP.

Connect with BC PNP Immigration Consultant

Bc Provincial Nominee Program

XIPHIAS Immigration helps you and guide you in every way to fulfill your dreams to settle in Canada. We have all the expertise to prepare your application and advice you before and after you come to Canada on how to accomplish the conditions put forth by the Canadian Authorities. Now is the time to take advantage of great life style in Canada. The opportunities are unlimited.

Our British Columbia Immigration Coordinators will reply your inquiry within 48 hours and provide you with FREE phone Consultation Service.

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Phone: +971-521 021 001