British Columbia is recognized for the inimitable natural beauty of its coastlines and mountains, which contribute significantly to their top ranking as one of Canada’s most desirable destinations. The province also benefits from a thriving economy with growing labour needs that make it an attractive location among immigrants looking to be part of this economic success story.
The two categories of PNP immigration program include:
1. BC Skills Immigration
The British Columbia Skills Immigration program is designed to provide an immigration avenue for foreign nationals interested in becoming meaningful workforce members. Candidates are prioritized based on their employment prospects and demonstrated experience, submitting them through pathways that emphasize workers who can secure or maintain job retention.
Immigration Ranking System
|Economic Factors (120)||Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer||60|
|Wage of the B.C. Job Offer||50|
|Regional District of Employment||10|
|Human Capital Factors (80)||Directly Related Work Experience||25|
|Highest Level of Education||25|
|Total Available Points||200|
A. BC Skilled Worker
The stream is designed to target immigrants who have an offer of employment from a BC employer for a skilled occupation. Eligible candidates are assigned points based, and only individuals with the most competitive ranking are invited to apply to the PNP.
B. BC Healthcare Professional
The stream is designed to target immigrants who have an offer of employment from a BC health authority for an eligible occupation in healthcare. If a foreign national meets the requirements for the program, they can apply at any time.
C. BC International Graduate
The stream is designed for recent graduates from Canadian post-secondary educational institutions who have an employment offer from a BC employer. Eligible candidates are assigned points, and only individuals with the most competitive ranking are invited to apply to the PNP.
D. BC International Post-Graduate
The stream is designed for recent graduates who have received a Master’s or Doctoral degree in British Columbia. Only certain schools and programs are eligible for this pathway. If you meet the requirements for the program, you can apply at any time.
Apply to the BC Streams With Express Entry
If you are an eligible candidate and have a valid profile in Express Entry, then take advantage of our accelerated pathways. Most streams within Skills immigration provide access to these expedited processes so that qualified candidates can apply quickly on their schedule!
2. BC Entrepreneur Immigration
British Columbia is an excellent place for entrepreneurs who have been successful in their own country and want to start something new. The government has different programs that target foreign nationals or companies with high annual revenues, so it’s worth checking out.
|Total Personal Investment||20|
|Self-declared SUBTOTAL score||120|
|Transferability of Skills||20|
|Business concept SUBTOTAL score||80|
|Maximum Score Available||200|
The stream targets experienced business owners and managers who wish to live in British Columbia permanently. Applicants must demonstrate management experience and personal net worth. Successful applicants can invest in purchasing and managing a new or existing BC business. Then, the applicant becomes eligible for Canadian permanent residence.
BC Entrepreneur Regional Pilot
The Stream of the BC PNP is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to invest in and manage a business in British Columbia. Applicants must be referred by one of the program’s participating communities in BC.
BC Strategic Projects
It targets successful foreign-owned companies who wish to establish a new branch or operation in BC. Successful companies will be required to transfer key staff to BC to manage their new proposed process. Also, they must prove their ability to generate significant annual revenue. After meeting the requirements, some staff members become eligible for permanent residence.
3. BC PNP Tech
BC PNP Tech is designed for skilled foreign nationals working in one of BC’s fast-paced tech occupations. The Tech program aligns with Skills Immigration, so interested applicants should review the various streams within this category to find their best fit and qualified immigration option.
BC PNP Eligible Occupations
|NOC Code||Job Title|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
Job Offer Requirements
The program has unique job offer requirements. Your job offer must be for any in-demand occupations to qualify for the program. If the applicant already works for the employer, they must have at least 120 days remaining in that position time of application submission.
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