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Why British Columbia PNP?
 

  • 1+ million job openings in the next 10 years
  • High demand for Tech and Healthcare professionals
  • Minimum CRS score required to get the ITA is 85
  • Invited 100,000+ immigrants in 2022
  • Holds 4 targeted draws every month


About British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost of the 10 Canadian provinces. The province is also one of the last regions in North America to be explored and settled subsequently. While Yukon and the Northwest Territories lie to the north of the province, the US states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana lie towards the south. Alberta makes another neighbor on the east side. Most of the western side of British Columbia is taken up by the Pacific Ocean. 

British Columbia is known for its diversity of climate and scenery that is unparalleled anywhere throughout Canada. While the British Columbian society is one of the more British of the Canadian provinces, British Columbia is also one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in Canada.

BC is among the most urbanized Canadian provinces. Around 80% of its residents live in urban areas, with a majority living within the Vancouver metropolitan area itself. As the population is concentrated within a comparatively small area, British Columbia is of the least densely populated provinces in Canada.

“Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia.”

The prominent cities in British Columbia include:

  • Vancouver
  • Delta
  • Surrey
  • Burnaby
  • Kelowna
  • Langley District Municipality
  • Coquitlam
  • Richmond
  • Abbotsford

British Columbia is a part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The British Columbia PNP program – the BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] – offers a pathway for high-demand foreign workers, international graduates as well as experienced entrepreneurs for acquiring permanent residency in BC.


British Columbia PNP Streams 

There are three main streams that an individual can apply under British Columbia PNP. Each of the streams is again divided into categories.

  • Skills Immigration Stream
  • Express Entry British Columbia Stream
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

Important Notice

BC PNP announces 3 new streams for foreign graduates

BC PNP will update 3 new immigration streams for international graduates. The changes are introduced to increase applicants' awareness regarding language skills and education levels.

Three new streams are:

  • The Bachelor’s stream
  • The Master’s stream
  • The Doctorate stream


Skills Immigration Stream

This is specifically designed for skilled workers, healthcare professionals, international graduates & post-graduates and Entry-level and Semi-skilled workers. The Skills Immigration Stream is divided into 5 categories:

Category Job offer required? Currently, accepting applications?  Requirements
Skilled Worker Yes (NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3) Yes 2 years of work experience as a skilled professional
Healthcare Professional Yes Yes 2 years of work experience as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals.
International Graduate Yes Yes Should be graduated from an eligible university or college in the last three years.
International Post-Graduate Not required Yes Should have a Master’s or PhD from a B.C. university in the natural, applied or health sciences programs of study.
Entry-level and Semi-skilled worker Yes Yes Should have work experience in tourism, food processing, or long-haul trucking or must be living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia


Express Entry British Columbia
 

To apply for the Express Entry BC stream, candidates need to check the following requirements as per the categories:

Category Job offer required? Currently, accepting applications?  Requirements
Skilled Worker Yes Yes 2 years of work experience in TEER 0, 1, 2, 3
Healthcare Professional Yes Yes 2 years of work experience as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals, or a midwife with a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in B.C.
International Graduate Yes Yes Should be graduated from an eligible university or college in the last three years.
International Post-Graduate No Yes Should have a Master’s or PhD from a B.C. university in the natural, applied or health sciences programs of study.


Entrepreneur Immigration
 

This stream has three different categories, which include:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
  • Strategic Projects Category


Eligibility criteria
 

Eligibility criteria factors Max points
Economic Factors – 110 Points
Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer 50
Wage of the B.C. Job Offer 50
Regional District of Employment 10
Human Capital Factors – 80 Points
Directly Related Work Experience 25
Highest Level of Education 25
Language 30
Grand total 190


*Out of 190 minimum number of points required is 85.

 

Steps to apply
 

Step 1: Check your eligibility through Y-Axis Canada Immigration Points Calculator.

Step 2: Select the BC PNP stream

Step 3: Arrange the checklist of requirements

Step 4: Apply for BC PNP

Step 5: Migrate to British Columbia, Canada


BC PNP Processing time
 

BC PNP stream Processing time
Skills Immigration Stream 2 – 3 Months
Express Entry BC 2 – 3 Months
Entrepreneur Immigration Stream 4 Months


British Columbia PNP draws in 2024
 

Provinces

Month

No. of draws

Total no. of Invitations

British Columbia June 2 134
British Columbia May 4 308
British Columbia April 4 350
British Columbia March 3 523
British Columbia February  3 631

British Columbia

January

4

994

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration [SI] pathway?
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Do I need a valid job offer to register for the SI of the BC PNP?
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What is the SIRS?
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Why does the BC PNP use the SIRS?
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How do I register with the BC PNP for Skills Immigration?
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Is SIRS mandatory for all categories under BC PNP’s skills Immigration?
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What is assessed by the BC PNP for SIRS score?
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Am I automatically entitled to work in BC if the BC PNP nominates me for Canada PR?
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What is Express Entry BC?
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How many can be invited annually by the BC PNP?
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What is an ECA?
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Will an ECA help my SIRS score?
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