British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, is a hub of cultural diversity and economic growth.
British Columbia is the westernmost province in Canada. Originally politically constituted as a pair of British colonies, British Columbia joined Canadian Confederation on July 20, 1871.Home to the country’s third-largest city, Vancouver, British Columbia is also one of the most diverse provinces in all of Canada. British Columbia’s economy focuses on a strong natural resources sector, with an emphasis on forestry and mining.
The BC PNP accepts applications under two main immigration streams:
- Skills Immigration (including Express Entry British Columbia)
- Entrepreneur Immigration
These streams are further divided into following categories.
Express Entry British Columbia
Under the Skills Immigration section British Columbia will nominate up to 1,350 skilled applicants for Canadian permanent residence in 2015 under through its Express Entry British Columbia stream, which aligns with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system. The British Columbia Express Entry stream allows eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their BC PNP application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application.
The following Skills Immigration categories may be processed through Express Entry British Columbia:
- Skilled Worker Category
- Health Care Professional Category
- International Graduate Category
- International Post-Graduate Category
Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)
NOTE: In January 2016, the government of British Columbia announced a new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for the BC PNP. This points-based system gives candidates a score that determines whether they may be invited to apply. The score is based on a number of factors — such as level of education, years of direct work experience and a B.C. employment offer — that reflect an individual’s ability to succeed in the labour market and contribute to the provincial economy.
Individuals who intend to settle and invest in British Columbia may be eligible for Canadian permanent residence under this immigration stream.