Frequently asked questions about the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a process that allows British Columbia to nominate immigrants to fill the economic and labour market needs of the province.
The BC PNP system accepts applicants under two main immigration categories:

  • Skills Immigration; and
  • Entrepreneur Immigration.
This stream is for foreign workers and international graduates in occupations of varying skill levels according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC). It is further broken down into five categories:

To be considered a health care professional under the BC PNP, an individual must be a:

  • Physician;
  • Specialist;
  • Registered nurse;
  • Registered psychiatric nurse;
  • Nurse practitioner;
  • Midwife; or
  • Allied health professional such as a:
    • Diagnostic medical sonographer;
    • Clinical pharmacist;
    • Medical laboratory technologist;
    • Medical radiation technologist;
    • Occupational therapist; or
    • Physiotherapist.
This stream is for individuals who intend to settle and invest in British Columbia. The stream is further broken down into two categories:

As part of any PNP application, applicants are required to submit a Settlement Plan indicating why they wish to live in the province and how they intend to settle. Applicants are also required to sign an ‘intention to reside’ document with their application. That being said, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work and reside in any location across Canada. Once an individual obtains Canadian permanent residence, he or she has the right to work and reside in any Canadian province or territory.


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