2018-2019 British Columbia's Provincial Nominee Program

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. Job opportunities in British Columbia are an attractive option for many foreign workers seeking stable, long term employment.British Columbia boasts ample natural resources and opportunities in resource centric careers. The BC PNP program allows applicants to immigrate directly to British Columbia.

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.

Three  British Columbia PNP Streams for Fast Track Canada Immigration

  1. BC PNP Skills Immigration

  2. BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration
  3. BC PNP Tech Pilot

1) BC PNP Skills Immigration

Requirements for the 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.The exception being applicants applying under the International Postgraduate group.

  • Fluency in English or French

  • Meet the BC minimum income requirement

There are 4 categories within in the Skills Immigration Category that an Applicant will file under. You will need to have an Express Entry profile.

A Skilled Worker

  • Must have job offer in skill type 0, A, and B of NOC;

A Healthcare Professional

  • Physicians, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and midwives

A International Graduate

  • This is for students that have graduated from a Canadian school and wish to apply to the BC PNP program.

International Post-Graduate

  • This is for students that have earned either a Master’s degree or a Doctoral Degree from an institution located within British Columbia.

A Semi-Skilled Worker in select tourism/hospitality occupations, and food processing occupations.

  • International Post-Graduates Pilot Project (ending on May 28, 2013)

  • International students who have obtained masters or doctorate degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from eligible, recognized BC institutions within the last two years may apply even if they have not obtained a job offer from a BC employer.

2) BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration

Requirements for the BC PNP Business Entrepreneur Immigration

  • 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 must have:

  • Net worth of at least CDN $600,000;

  • Investment of at least CDN $200,000 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 1 new job 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

2) BC PNP Tech Pilot

BC’s tech industry is growing exponentially. Therefore, British Columbia is invested in recruiting talented tech workers to fill the demand. As a result, the BC PNP Tech Pilot was introduced. It will be in effect until June 2019. Through this process the applications of tech applicants are prioritized and weekly invitations are extended to qualified applicants. Learn more about the BC PNP Tech Pilot and which jobs qualify under this pilot program.

Why Hire Us to Help with Your British Columbia PNP Application?

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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