BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
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    British Columbia PNP- A Guide!

    Through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC-PNP), a variety of employees, graduates, and businesspeople can establish themselves permanently in British Columbia.

    One of Canada’s famous Provincial Nominee Programs is the BC-PNP (PNPs). The Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration broad categories for professionals and grads, along with a separate stream for business people, make it one of the PNPs with the greatest variety.

    These channels are then broken down into other groups. The federal Express Entry immigration selection process for Canada is compatible with some subcategories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

    At a later draw from the pools, qualified candidates in one of the following subcategories are given the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency and 600 extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) marks.

    Additionally, Skills Immigration Registration Technology, a unique system, is used to manage several British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program categories (SIRS). Under the SIRS, prospective applicants must first create an account and submit certain personal data including their job opportunity in BC, employment history, language proficiency, and educational background. The BC government maintains quarterly lotteries for applicants who satisfy the cut-off criterion for their categories. The SIRS operates on an expression of interest/invitation to register basis, where enrolled applicants are given a score (out of 200). They get the provincial nominations upon meeting the cut-off of the category. 

    Some BC-PNP categories, however, do not need candidates to have an offer of employment from a BC employer. These categories are maintained outside the SIRS.

    In addition, the BC-PNP provides the BC PNP Tech program, which was launched in 2017 and allows tech and IT workers to relocate to BC and receive permanent residency in Canada.

    Various Subcategories of BC PNP

    Express Entry BC

    Category

    Job offer required?

    Aligned with SIRS?

    Basic criteria

    Skilled worker

    Yes

    Yes

    The candidate must possess a job offer in a skilled profession

    International Graduate

    Yes

    Yes

    Offer of a job in a skilled profession; post-secondary education in Canada

    International Post-Graduate

    No

    No

    Finished a Master’s or Ph.D. program in  natural, applied, or health sciences in British Columbia

    Health Authority

    Yes

    No

    either an offer of employment from a BC health board or a position in a high-demand healthcare field

    Skills Immigration

    Category

    Job offer required?

    Aligned with SIRS?

    Basic criteria

    Skilled worker

    Yes

    Yes

    Offer of employment in a skilled field

    International Graduate

    Yes

    Yes

    Offer of employment in a skilled position; post-secondary education in Canada

    International Post-Graduate

    No

    No

    Finished a Master’s or Ph.D. program in applied, natural, or health sciences in British Columbia

    Health Authority

    Yes

    No

    either an offer of employment from a BC health authority or a position in a high-demand healthcare field

    Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

    Yes

    Yes

    Job offer in the transportation, hospitality, or food processing industries

    Entrepreneur Immigration

    Category

    Job offer required?

    Aligned with SIRS?

    Basic criteria

    Entrepreneur Immigration

    No, but must create at least one job

    No

    High net worth; business proposal

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      Recent BC PNP Statistics:

      Total BC PNP Nominations

      Stream

      2020

      2019

      2018

      Skills Immigration (SI)

      6,251 

      6,503

      6,439

      Entrepreneur Immigration (EI)

      17

      48

      61

      Total 

      6,268

      6,551

      6,500

      Total Skills Immigration Nominations by Category

      Total Skills Immigration Nominations by Category

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      Top 5 Countries for SI Stream

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