Province Nomination Program BCPNP

Introduction of British Columbia

British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province, defined by the Pacific coastline and mountain ranges, it is Canada's third-most populated province and home of Canada’s third largest city Vancouver. Nature areas like Glacier National Park offer hiking and biking trails, as well as campgrounds, Its natural environment, with expansive forests and a unique coastal climate, is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Canada, and indeed the worldBritish Columbia's culture combines a unique mix of European, Asian, and First Nations influences, and its eight regions each provide dynamic and diverse features. The province’s economy focuses on a strong natural resources sector, with an emphasis on forestry and mining.

Geographic details of British Columbia

Capital                

Victoria

Largest City

Vancouver

Total Area

364,764 sq. mi

Area rank

5th in Canada

Population

50.7 lakhs (2019)

Population Rank

3rd in Canada

Per Capita

CA$53,267


Weather Condition of British Columbia

British Columbia’s climate is influenced by the Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges. Areas along the south coast have a mild climate year-round. Summers on the coast are warm. B.C.’s coastal regions have the mildest winters in all of Canada, and temperatures rarely drop below freezing. The interior and central regions of the province have hotter summers. Winters are colder and snowier than in coastal regions. In the north, winters are long and cold with lots of snow, and summers are short. Along the north coast, there is a lot of rain in the spring, summer and fall, and the winters are cold.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) is an immigration program through which a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs can settle in British Columbia permanently.

The B.C. PNP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). It is one of the most varied of all the PNPs, with three broad streams for workers and graduates — Express Entry, Skills Immigration and Tech Pilot — plus an additional stream for entrepreneurs.

These streams are further divided into various categories. Some BCPNP categories are aligned with Canada’s federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

Furthermore, some BCPNP categories are managed under a unique system, known as the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Under the SIRS, potential applicants are first required to register a profile and provide some personal information relating to their job offer in BC, work experience, language ability, and level of education. The BC government conducts periodic draws in which candidates who meet the cut-off threshold for their category in that draw are invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Though some BC-PNP categories require applicants to have a job offer from a BC employer, certain categories managed outside the SIRS do not require applicants to have a job offer.

The BC PNP issues periodic Invitations to Apply to candidates for nomination under one of BC PNP's eligible streams:

  • Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker, International Graduate
  • Entrepreneur Immigration
                               

Skills Immigration

BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into the following categories:

  • Skilled Worker Category - This 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.
  • Healthcare Professional Category - Under this 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 Graduate Category - This category is for individuals who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college in the last three years. A job offer must be obtained from a BC employer to be eligible under this sub-category.
  • International Post-Graduate Category - This category is for graduates with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study. No job offer is required to apply 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, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled positions living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia, may be eligible for immigration through this program.


British Columbia Immigration Express Entry Stream

Express Entry BC aligns with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system, allowing eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their BC PNP application and if nominated, their permanent residence application.

The following Skills Immigration categories may be processed through Express Entry British Columbia:

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


Tech Pilot British Columbia

The BC-PNP also offers a Tech Pilot program, introduced in 2017, whereby tech and IT workers may immigrate to BC and obtain Canadian permanent residence.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot allows British Columbia immigration officials to expedite the processing of immigration candidates in key in-demand technology occupations.

Technology employers get access to a concierge service that includes a guaranteed next business day assignment of applications in one of the outlined occupations.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot priorities technology sector applications for existing B.C. categories. This means candidates still need to meet the basic requirements of each British Columbia immigration category, including a minimum one-year job offer from a B.C. employer.

Categories include Skilled Workers, Health Care Professionals, International Graduates, International Post-Graduates and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Workers.

Weekly invitations are issued to candidates in one of 29 identified occupations in the B.C. technology sector.



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