British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, is a hub of cultural diversity and economic growth. Home to the country’s third largest city, Vancouver, British Columbia is also the most diverse province in all of Canada. British Columbia’s economy centers on its strong natural resources sector, with an emphasis on forestry and mining. Its natural environment, with expansive forests and a unique coastal climate, is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Canada.
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 with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
The BC PNP accepts applications under two main immigration categories:
- Skills Immigration; and
- Business Immigration.
Each these categories may have one or more sub-categories. Below we provide you with additional information about each of these categories to help you determine if the BC PNP is right for you.
This category is for workers who have received an offer of full-time employment from an employer in British Columbia. It is further broken down into five sub-categories:
Skilled Worker Category – This sub-category is for individuals who have received an eligible job offer in a skilled occupation. Workers are expected to have several years of experience in their skilled occupation.
Health Care Professional Category – Under this sub-category individuals with experience and eligible job offers, as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals may apply. An eligible job offer must be acquired for one of 11 qualifying health occupations.
International Graduates, B.C Degree Category – This sub-category is for graduates with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia. No job offer is required to apply under this sub-category.
International Graduates, Canadian Degree Category– This sub-category is for individuals who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college outside of British Columbia in the last two years. A job offer must be obtained to be eligible under this sub-category.
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category – Workers in certain entry-level or semi-skilled positions in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking may be eligible for immigration through this program.
Northeast Pilot Project Category – Individuals living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia, including in occupations considered semi- and unskilled, may be eligible for this program without the need for a job offer.
Individuals who intend to settle and invest in British Columbia may be eligible for Canadian Permanent Residency under this immigration program. This program is broken down into three sub-categories:
Entrepreneur Category – This sub-category is for senior managers or business owners who intend to invest funds into a proposed business in British Columbia.
Regional Entrepreneur Category - Senior managers or business owners who intend to invest funds into a proposed business in British Columbia, anywhere outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan areas, may apply under this sub-category.
Strategic Projects Category – Through this category, foreign-controlled companies can set up an operation in British Columbia. Up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical staff members can be nominated for permanent residency in the province.
Regional Business Succession Option – For individuals who intend to purchase and manage an existing British Columbia business. This option can be applied to any of the three categories above where the business is located outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan areas. If successful, applicants will receive priority processing.