The BC PNP is British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
BC PNP accepts applications under two main immigration streams:
• Skills Immigration
• Entrepreneur Immigration
• Skilled Worker – This is only for those who have a job offer individually and also had several years of experience in the same stream/occupation.
• Health Care Professional – This is also for individuals with experience and eligible job offers, under which health care professionals may apply. An individual must be acquired for one of 11 qualifying health occupations.
• International Graduate – This category is for individuals who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college in the last three years. A job offer must be obtained from a BC employer to be eligible under this sub-category.
• International Post-Graduate – This is for graduates with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study. No job offer is required to apply under this sub-category.
• Entry Level & Semi-Skilled Worker – Workers in certain entry-level or semi-skilled positions in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled positions living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia, may be eligible for immigration through this program.
• Entrepreneur – This is for business owners or senior managers who intend to invest money into a proposed business in British Columbia.
• Strategic Projects – Through this program, foreign-controlled companies can set up an operation in British Columbia. Limited to five key foreign managerial, professional, or technical staff members can be nominated for permanent residence in the province.