British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers a pathway to permanent residence for in-demand workers and entrepreneurs who have considerable experience in starting, managing and operating successful businesses.
BC PNP uses a points based system under which the potential nominee applicants are required to create a profile using BC PNP’s online system. All profiles in the pool are ranked and given a score based on a number of factors. A few BC PNP program streams are exempt from points system.
BC PNP Streams:
There are three different streams under which potential nominee applicants may apply for nomination to the Province of British Columbia. Each stream of BC PNP has sub-categories which define what the program requirements are. These streams are defined below:
BC PNP’s Skills Immigration stream is tailored for skilled and semi-skilled workers who have work experience in high-demand occupations identified in the Province of British Columbia. Potential nominee applicants must register their profile using BC PNP’s online registration system. Most categories under this stream falls under the BC PNP’s points based system and; if successful, BC PNP will issue a nomination certificate & in some cases a work permit support letter. The applicants who are nominated under this stream must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) though paper based application process.
Express Entry BC:
Express Entry BC is a faster process for eligible skilled workers to apply for and become a permanent resident who have an intention to live permanently in BC. Those who qualify under one of the programs managed under Express Entry, namely Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class and already have a profile in the Federal Express Entry pool may create their profile under Express Entry BC category using BC PNP’s online system. The nomination program requirements are almost similar to those listed under Skills Immigration stream with a few exceptions. Those nominated by BC PNP under Express Entry BC stream must apply to IRCC for permanent residence using the Express Entry online system.
Entrepreneur Immigration Stream:
This stream provides a pathway to successful and experienced high net worth people who have significant experience in managing and operating successful businesses. Potential applicants who intend to apply and permanently reside and manage a business in B.C. can apply under this stream. The entrepreneur stream is also points based and the potential applicants must meet BC PNP’s criteria in order to be eligible to create a profile and make an application for nomination.
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker Category:
In order to qualify under Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker Category, potential applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have a minimum of two years of work experience which is directly related to the job which they have been offered. That work experience gained must be full-time (or equivalent in part-time). They must also have the required qualification and/or education credentials which are required as per the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code description.
- The position offered to the potential applicant must fall under the NOC skill type 0 or skill level A or B.
- The work experience an applicant have must be directly related to the job they have been offered in Canada or in which they are employed (if authorized to work in Canada) and should be for work for which they were remunerated or paid salary, commission etc.
- If an applicant has experience in a job position which may be identified in an equivalent or higher NOC may be accepted by BC PNP, only if the applicant can successfully demonstrate how their work experience is directly related to the job offered to them
- For positions which require certification, licensing or registration, the applicant must provide proof along with their BC PNP application either showing that they already meet those requirements, or may show how they will be able to meet those requirements in a short period of time
- Paid & full-time work experience in co-op positions may be accepted by BC PNP only if the applicant was employed minimum 30 hours in a week and the work experience was in a NOC 0, A or B occupation which is either equal to or in a higher NOC code and is directly related to their job offer
Note: Work experience gained in a lower NOC level in the past is not considered as directly related by BC PNP. Co-op work terms which were for a volunteer or unpaid positions are accepted by BC PNP under eligible work experience. Work experiences gained both Canada and abroad may be accepted.
Job Offer Requirements:
Potential nominee applicants must have a full-time and indeterminate offer of employment from an eligible BC employer. The wage for that job offer must meet the industry standards.
BC Income Requirements:
Potential nominee applicants must provide proof and show that they meet or exceed the minimum income requirements set by BC PNP. Accordingly, the applicants must demonstrate that they meet income requirements as per:
- Annual wage requirement as established by BC PNP
- As per the location of residence in BC
- As per the number of dependents
Official Language Proficiency Requirement:
Potential applicants who have a job offer and/or are working in a NOC level B occupation must provide a valid language test results and demonstrate that they have secured a score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level four in all four language skill areas i.e. listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Language test results which are less than two years old are considered valid by BC PNP.
If a potential applicant has been offered a position and/or is working in an occupation which falls under NOC 0 or A, they are not required to provide proof of valid test results at the time of registration if they are not claiming any points for language skills. But the nominee applicants must provide proof of language test results if they are claiming points for it or, BC PNP may ask the nominee applicant to provide those at its discretion.
Skills Immigration – Healthcare Professional:
Health care professionals who are physician, nurse, psychiatric nurse, or allied health professional who have a job offer from a public health authority in BC for a full-time and indeterminate employment, or applicants who are midwife may be eligible to apply under this category.