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If you are interested in living and working in British Columbia, the British Columbia PNP Program may be for you. British Columbia is one of Canada’s fastest growing provinces with cities such Vancouver and Victoria growing at a fast pace. Job opportunities in British Columbia are an attractive option for many foreign workers seeking stable, long term employment.
Successful applicants will receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process. Under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you may qualify under one of two streams.
If you are interested in settling in British Columbia AND you meet the criteria of one of the TWO streams below you may be able to enter Canada in less time.
BC PNP Strategic Occupations Stream
Must have a job offer from an employer in British Columbia that cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be either:
A Skilled Worker
Must have job offer in skill type 0, A, and B of NOC;
A Health Care Professional
Physicians, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and midwives
A International Graduate of a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
A Semi-Skilled Worker in select tourism/hospitality occupations, and food processing occupations.
International Post-Graduates Pilot Project (ending on May 28, 2013)
Applicants must intend to establish or purchase and expand a business in BC and meet the requirements of one of the three following categories:
Applicants in the Business Skills Category must have:
Net worth of at least CDN $800,000;
Investment of at least CDN $400,000 to establish the eligible business;
Ownership of at least 1/3 of the equity of the business; and
A business plan to create a minimum of 3 new jobs for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents
Applicants in the Strategic Project Category must:
Make a minimum investment of CDN $500,000;
Create a minimum of 3 new jobs for Canadian citizens or PR;
Demonstrate that the nominee applicants are essential to the proposed business; and
Demonstrate that they have a record of good business practices.
Applicants in the Regional Business Category must have:
A business project located outside the Vancouver and the Abbotsford Metropolitan Areas;
A minimum net worth of CDN $400,000;
A minimum investment of CDN $200,000;
A minimum ownership of 1/3; and
A business plan to create a minimum of 1 new job for a Canadian citizen or PR.
The business must provide economic benefit to BC by contributing to:
Increasing the exports of goods/services;
Increasing value-added manufacturing, processing, or primary resource activity;
Increasing BC tourism;
Increasing research and development and technology commercialization;
Creating innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
Servicing an unserved regional market; or
Transferring skills, technology, and know-how to BC
While the procedures for applying for an British Columbia PNP may seem uncomplicated, some applicants apply without seeking any help from an immigration lawyer, thinking that they can “do it themselves”.
For British Columbia PNPs, there is a higher risk of refusal in cases where the application is not properly prepared. The standards are very high.
The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a PNP are complex and usually require legal expertise.
We have helped hundreds of individuals and their families successfully immigrate to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Our experienced immigration lawyers will be able to assess your case and recommend a course of action to best serve your needs.
The first step towards your British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program application is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.
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