What do you mean by PNP:

Provincial Nominee Programs are the fastest-growing economic Canadian immigration pathway.

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) offer a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who are interested in immigrating to a specific Canadian province or territory. Each Canadian province and territory operates its own PNP designed to meet its specific economic and demographic needs. 

Canada can nominate individuals and families who wish to settle in their province or territory based on criteria set by the province. In order to become a provincial nominee, applicants must show that they meet the set criteria. The applicant must have the skills, education, and work experience to be able to make a positive contribution to the local economy and society. The province or territory will consider the application based on the needs of the specific province, as well as the applicant’s genuine intention to settle there.


What Provincial Nominee Programs are available in Canada?
Every one of Canada’s areas and regions works on its own interesting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) intended to meet its monetary and segment needs. Program necessities and application systems shift significantly between territories, so intrigued candidates ought to counsel every one of the areas to decide their qualifications. The following are the provinces which have their own PNP

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Ontario
  • Quebec


In this blog we will talk about the British
Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP):

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a collection of 3 immigration pathways (Skilled Immigration, Express Entry, Entrepreneur Immigration) enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian permanent residents in BC. Each pathway contains different sub-streams a candidate can apply under, depending on the candidate’s National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status. The BC PNP draw offering Invitations to Apply to candidates for nomination through one of the eligible streams under BC PNP is held periodically. 

Here are the 3 streams and a few basic differences between them

1)  Skilled Immigration-

  • For skilled and semiskilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C
  • It uses a points-based invitation system.
  • The process involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP & a paper application process for permanent residency.

 

2) Express Entry BC

  • A faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C
  • Must also qualify for an EE program.
  • Entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BC PNP and permanent residency process

 

3) Entrepreneur Immigration 

  • For high net worth business people who can invest in & actively manage a business in BC
  • Points-based system.
  • Applicants must also have the required personal & investment funds.

Below is an overview of all the three major streams and their respective substreams that the BC Provincial Nominee Program offers to become a permanent resident in BC.

    Skilled Immigration        Express Entry Entrepreneur Immigration
Skilled worker Skilled Worker No substreams
International Graduate International Graduate
International Postgraduate Healthcare Professional
Healthcare Professionals International Postgraduate
Entry Level & Semi-skilled Tech Pilot

 

Common criteria of the substreams for Skilled Immigration and Express Entry:-

1) SKILLED WORKERS:

  • Must have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C employer. The job must be in a NOC Skill Type O, A, or B.
  • Must qualify to work in your job in B.C.
  • Must have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience
  • Must show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • Must have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • Must have a wage offer in line with BC. wage rates for the occupation

 

2) HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS:

  • Must have the support of, or a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) 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 sonographer, clinical pharmacist, medical laboratory technologist, medical radiation technologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist
  • If you are a midwife, have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in B.C. 
  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C.
  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience
  • show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • have or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • have a wage offer in line with BC wage rates for the occupation.

 

3) INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE:

  • Must have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer.
  • The job must be in a NOC Skill Type O, A, or B.
  • Must qualify to work in your occupation in B.C.
  • Must show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • Must have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • Must have completed a degree, diploma, or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years
  • Must have a wage offer in line with BC. wage rates for the occupation

 

4) INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE:

  • You don’t need a job offer.
  • You must have graduated from an eligible post-secondary institution in BC. in the last 3 years with a master’s or doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences: agriculture, computer, and information sciences and support services, physical sciences, biological & biomedical sciences, engineering technology, mathematics & statistics, engineering, health professions & related clinical sciences, natural resources conservation & research.
  • Must have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • Must show your intent and ability to live in B.C.

 

5) ENTRY-LEVEL & SEMI-SKILLED (Skilled Immigration only):

  • Must have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a BC. the employer in a specific occupation in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industry.
  • For the Northeast Development Region of B.C, you may apply in NOC ski level C or D.
  • Must have been working full-time for your employer for a minimum of nine consecutive months before applying
  • Must meet minimum language and education requirements
  • Must qualify to do the job offered to you.
  • Must show you can support yourself and your dependents.
  • Must have legal immigration status in Canada
  • Must be earning a wage in line with BC wage rates for the occupation.

6) Tech Pilot (Express Entry Only)

BC PNP Tech offers people in 29 tech occupations a prioritized pathway to permanent residency, and an opportunity to contribute to the Province’s shared prosperity and build a great life here in B.C. The complete list of the 29 in-demand tech occupations can be found here. 

Weekly invitations are issued to qualified registrants who have valid job offers in the 29 key technology occupations.
In order to be issued an invitation to apply, both you and your employee must meet all program requirements at the time of registration. Meeting program requirements does not guarantee that your employee will be invited to apply.

There are a few basic differences in some of the categories-

Category Skills Immigration Express Entry BC
Skilled workers For NOC skill level B occupations,

meet minimum language requirements.

Must have received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRC Express Entry system.

This shows you meet the minimum criteria for one of the 3 IRCC’s Express Entry program

Healthcare professionals For NOC skilled level B occupations,

meet minimum language requirements

Must have received an EE Profile Number & a Job Seeker Validation Code from the EE system.

You meet the minimum criteria for one of the EE programs

International Graduate For NOC skill level B occupations,

meet minimum language requirements

Must have received an EE Profile Number & a Job Seeker Validation Code from the E system.

You meet the minimum criteria for one of the EE programs

International post-graduate Must have received an EE Profile Number & a Job Seeker Validation Code from the EE system.

You meet the minimum criteria for one of the EE programs

 

Entrepreneur Immigration:

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration category is for experienced Entrepreneurs who intend to actively manage a business in the province. It has an invitation system based on points and the applicants must possess the required investment and personal funds. 

The Regional Pilot Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for entrepreneurs who intend to commence a fresh business in participating regional communities across the province. 

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream of BC is aimed at overseas nationals and firms with a proven track record of being successful in business investment, management, and ownership. Entrepreneurs with noteworthy personal net worth and overseas firms with high yearly revenue can migrate to the province by establishing fresh enterprises in British Columbia.

Minimum Personal Requirements

  • Active and ongoing management of the day-to-day business operations in BC
  • Demonstrated residence in BC within 100 kilometers of the business. The applicant must demonstrate BC residence for at least 75 percent of the time while on a work permit.
  • Admissibility to Canada. The applicant must not be prohibited from entering Canada; have been in Canada illegally; have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada or under a removal order in Canada
  • The personal net worth of at least $600,000 CAD (including cash, assets in bank accounts, fixed deposits, real properties, investments, etc.) under the candidate’s name and/or candidate’s spouse’s name. The net worth must be legally obtained and verifiable.
  • A minimum of 2 years of post-secondary education or experience as an active business owner-manager with 100 percent ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years. The 100 percent ownership may be shared between the applicant, the applicant’s spouse, and any dependent children. 

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