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British Columbia PNP

British Columbia is the west most province of Canada. Its population is roughly around 5 million people, making it Canada’s third most populous province. Its capital is Victoria, and the largest city is Vancouver. Moreover, amongst an array of languages spoken in the province, Punjabi ranks 2nd only after English! That tells you a lot about the dynamics of the diaspora thriving there. 

There are three pathways that you can take to secure a provincial nomination from British Columbia. These are Skilled Immigration; Express Entry British Columbia; and Entrepreneur Immigration. And then there are sub-streams in each category, these include Skilled Worker, HealthCare Professional, International Graduate, International Post Graduate, and entry level or semi-skilled workers.

The salient characteristics of the main pathways are listed below.

Skilled Immigration:

  • For skilled and semi-skilled workers in high demand occupations in BC. 
  • It uses a point-based invitation system. 
  • The Process involves registering and applying online for the British Columbia PNP and a paper application process for permanent residency in the province. 

Express Entry British Columbia:

  • This is the fastest way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to British Columbia.
  • You must also qualify for the Federal Express Entry program.
  • The entire process is completed online for both the British Columbia PNP and permanent residency process.

Entrepreneur Immigration:

  • For high net worth business people who can invest in and actively manage a business in British Columbia.
  • It is a points-based invitation system.
  • Applicants must be able to show proof of adequate investment funds. 

The Sub-streams eligibility criteria is described below.

Skilled-Worker stream:

Must have accepted a full time, indefinite job offer from a recognized British Columbia employer. The job must be in NOC skill type 0, A or B. You must qualify to work in your designated job in British Columbia. You must have at least 2 years of directly related work experience. You must be able to show you can support yourself and your dependents. And you must have, or be eligible for legal immigration in Canada. You must also have a wage offer in line with British Columbia wage rates for respective occupations. 

For Express Entry British Columbia, in addition to the above, you must also have an express entry profile, a number and a job seeker validation code from the IRCC Express Entry System. 

Health Care Professionals stream:

You must have a full time, indefinite job offer from a public health authority as a physician, specialist, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, nurse practitioner, or allied health professional such as a diagnostic medical monographer, clinical pharmacist, medical laboratory technologist, medical radiation technologist, occupational therapist, or a physiotherapist. If you’re a midwife, you must have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in the British Columbia. 

You must qualify to work in your occupation in the British Columbia, have at least two years of directly related work experience, and show that you can support yourself and your dependents. You must be eligible for legal immigration in Canada, and have a wage offer in life with British Columbia wage rates for respective occupations. 

For Express Entry British Columbia, in addition to the above, you must also have an express entry profile, a number and a job seeker validation code from the IRCC Express Entry System.

International Graduate stream:

You must have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years. The rest of the eligibility criteria for an international graduate is just like the skilled-worker eligibility criteria, you must have a full time, indefinite job offer from a recognized British Columbia employer. The job must be in NOC skill type 0, A or B. You must qualify to work in your designated job in British Columbia. You must have at least 2 years of directly related work experience. You must be able to show you can support yourself and your dependents. And you must have, or be eligible for legal immigration in Canada. You must also have a wage offer in line with British Columbia wage rates for respective occupations. 

For Express Entry British Columbia, in addition to the above, you must also have an express entry profile, a number and a job seeker validation code from the IRCC Express Entry System.

International Post-Graduate Stream:

This is the only sub-stream for which you don’t need a job offer. You must have graduated from an eligible post-secondary institution in British Columbia in the last 3 years with a Master’s or a doctorate (PHD) degree in natural, applied or health sciences, agriculture, computer and information sciences and support services, physical sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, or natural resources conservation & research. 

You must be eligible for legal immigration status in Canada. And you must your show intent and ability to live in British Columbia. 

For Express Entry British Columbia, in addition to the above, you must also have an express entry profile, a number and a job seeker validation code from the IRCC Express Entry System.

Entry-level & Semi-skilled stream:

You must have accepted a full time, indefinite job offer from a British Columbia employer in a specific occupation in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or the food processing industry. 

For the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia, you may apply in National Occupation Classification skill level C or D. You must have been working full-time for your employer for a minimum of nine consecutive months before applying. You must meet minimum language and education requirements. You must qualify to do the job that is offered to you. You must show that you can support yourself and your dependents. You must have legal immigration status in Canada, and you must be earning a wage in line with British Columbia wage rates for the occupation. 

Please note that this sub stream is not available in the Express Entry for British Columbia pathway. 

Book your consultation with us today to find out which pathway and relevant sub-stream is perfect for your application to the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program.