British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Individuals looking to live and work in British Columbia can apply for entering and settling permanently in the province through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. There are many stable and long-term job opportunities awaiting foreign applicants in British Columbia.

As one of the country’s fastest-growing provinces, British Columbia is a popular destination and includes leading cities such as Victoria and Vancouver. The province also has ample natural resources leading to the creation of resource-centric careers. By using the BC PNP program, applicants can immigrate to British Columbia directly.

Those whose applications are approved will receive a certificate for BC Provincial Nomination. The document can help accelerate the immigration process. If you are an applicant under the BC PNP Program, you can qualify through one of these BC Immigration streams.

Skills Immigration

Categories and Eligibility

Skilled Worker Category
For individuals with an qualified employment offer in a skilled profession and with many years of experience in that specific occupation.

Healthcare Professional Category
For individuals with experience and eligible job offers, as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals. The job offer must be from one of 11 qualifying health occupations.

International Graduate Category
For graduates from an eligible Canadian university or college passed within the past three years. They must have a job offer from a BC employer.

International Post-Graduate Category
For candidates with Masters or Doctors degrees from an suitable academic in British Columbia in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study. No job offer is required.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category
Workers in semi-skilled or entry positions in the field of hospitality, tourism, long distance trucking, or food processing industry, living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia, can apply through this program for immigration.

Application Fee: The processing fee is CAD 1,150. An additional CAD 500 for review request

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a job offer for a full-time position
  • Must have a wage offer commensurate with provincial wage rates
  • Must demonstrate financial stability to support self and family (The above three conditions do not apply to the International PG category)
  • Must meet minimum language requirements
  • Must meet any additional requirements specific to the category
  • The employer must also comply with the various criteria for eligibility

How It Works:

Applicants must register with the SIRS or the Skills Immigration Registration System. The BC will review your application on all vital parameters. The registration can be completed online. International Post-Graduate category applicants can apply directly through BCPNP Online.

The BC will consider various factors to allot a registration score in the section pool for specific categories. Those with scores above the mentioned threshold can apply through the provincial draw for a nomination. They are given 30 days to apply through BCPNP Online. Those who receive a provincial nomination can apply to the Canadian government for permanent residence.

Express Entry British Columbia

Express Entry BC offers priority processing of BC PNP applications of eligible applicants. It also processes the permanent residence application of nominated applicants.

The Express Entry BC processes applications of the following skills immigration categories

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Health Care Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category

Application Fee: CAD 1,150

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a valid profile and a job seeker validation code with the Federal Express Entry system
  • Must have accepted a full-time job offer (except for the International Post-Graduate Category)
  • Must have a wage offer commensurate with BC wage rates
  • Must display the financial resources to support self and family
  • Must meet minimum language requirements
  • Must meet category-specific additional requirements
  • Employers must also be eligible

How It Works:

You must have a valid Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The next step is to register with the SIRS so that the BC can review your application on various parameters. Candidates for the International Post-Graduate Category and the Healthcare Professional Category can apply directly through BCPNP Online.

Based on your registration score, you are placed in a section pool for your specific category.

If your score is above a specific limit, you can apply for a provincial nomination in the draw. You must apply within 30 days through the BCPNP.

You will receive a provincial nomination through the Express Entry system if you are selected. You are required to accept the nomination through the Express Entry system.

You must have a job offer from a BC employer, be fluent in English or French, and meet the minimum BC income requirement. An applicant can file under four categories in the Skills Immigration category. You must have an Express Entry profile. The categories are:

  • Skilled workers with at least two years of work experience
  • Healthcare professionals such as physicians, midwives, nurses, and psychiatric nurses
  • International graduates having completed their academics within the last three years from a Canadian college or university
  • International post-graduates with a Masters or Doctoral degree from any institute based in British Columbia.

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream allows experienced entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada and settle in British Columbia. They can support the province’s economic development with their innovative entrepreneurial efforts.


  • Applicants must have a net worth of $600, 000
  • They must have proven experience in business management
  • They must pass other eligibility factors to immigrate to Canada legally
  • Must have a basic proficiency in English or French that’s equivalent to CLB Level 4 or higher

To qualify for BC PNP Entrepreneur Regional Pilot, the applicant must

  • Have a minimum personal net worth of at least $300,000
  • Have three years plus experience as business owner-manager/ four years of experience as a senior manager/combined experience of at least one year as an active business owner-manager and two years of experience as a senior manager.
  • Have experience own business experience for at least three of the past five years.
  • Display English or French language proficiency equivalent to CLB Level 4 or higher

To qualify in the Strategic Projects Category the company must

  • Be well-established with stable finances
  • Have the capability to invest
  • Be capable of bringing in good economic benefits to BC

BC PNP Tech Pilot

The technology industry is growing at a fast pace in BC. This has resulted in a growing demand for skilled tech workers as vacancies increase. The BC PNP Tech Pilot was launched to meet this need. Weekly invitations are sent to qualified applicants under this pilot.

The procedure for applying for permanent residence under the BC PNP program may seem simple and straightforward. However, some areas of the process entail guidance from an expert. Not following the steps detailed in the process accurately may result in the rejection of the application.

We have helped hundreds of applicants succeed in their efforts to qualify as Canadian immigrants through the BC PNP program. Our immigration professionals have many years of experience in this domain and can help you at every stage of the application procedure. Call Dev Immigration Services Inc. now for a consultation session now.


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