Province of British Columbia Program

Immigration Program: The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The province of British Columbia has a fairly low unemployment rate (7 percent), but by 2020 it will face a significant shortage of labor. Thousands of businesses in the tourism, information technology, film, aerospace and hospitality industries will need new workers. The federal government of Canada has concluded an agreement on immigration with the provincial government of British Columbia – The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Under this agreement, the process of applying for Permanent Resident (PNP) qualified professional workers and experienced businessmen who intend to live and work in the Province of BC has been accelerated.


British Columbia Province Immigration Program

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers immigration for highly desirable foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs who can contribute to the economic development of the province.

BC PNP accepts applications in three main immigration areas, which are divided into categories:

Skills Immigration destination

  • Skilled Worker – managers, experts and qualified specialists;
  • Healthcare Professional – Doctors, Registered Nurses, and other allied health professionals working for provincial health authorities.
  • International Graduate – Graduates from Canadian colleges or universities.
  • International Post-Graduate – Graduates from the Universities of British Columbia with a master’s or doctoral degree in science, applied science or medicine.¬†Exclusively for this category, no job offer is required.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Express Entry BC (EEBC)

  • Skilled worker
  • Healthcare Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post-Graduate

General requirements for Express Entry and Skills Immigration

Unless otherwise stated, the following requirements are general requirements for all Express Entry and Skills Immigration destination categories:

  • You must have a full-time job offer for an indefinite period and in a profession according to the program criteria.¬†(Exception: Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate and EEBC – International Post-Graduate).
  • You must meet the requirements of the proposed position.
  • The salary offered to you must be competitive for the profession by provincial standards.
  • You must prove a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 of English or French for NOC B, C, and D occupations. A language test for NOC 0 and A occupations may be required at the discretion of the Provincial Immigration Program Commission …
  • You must confirm that you have the minimum income required by the program.
  • You must not own / or have more than 10% of the shares in the company that offered you the job.
  • Your job must be of economic benefit to British Columbia.
  • Your work must not adversely affect the settlement of a labor dispute or the work of any person involved in any such dispute, or adversely affect the training or employment opportunities of British Columbians.
  • In the case of an invitation to submit documents, you must pay a $ 700 fee.
  • To assess your work experience in Canada, the immigration officer will only take into account the work experience gained during the period of legal work permit.
  • You must meet other requirements that relate to the work experience of the category you need.

General requirements of Entrepreneur Immigration direction

This area is designed for experienced entrepreneurs who are willing to invest and actively run their business in the province of British Columbia.

Below are the mandatory requirements of Entrepreneur Immigration:

  • Personal requirements
    • personal funds in the amount of at least $ 600,000;
    • proof of experience in business and / or management.
  • You cannot be nominated if:
    • You are not allowed to enter Canada;
    • You are admitted to the country of your current residence on an illegal basis;
    • You are in Canada, but do not have documents to permit stay in the country;
    • You work in Canada without proper authorization;
    • You have an unconfirmed refugee claim in Canada;
    • There is a court order for your removal from Canada.
  • Business requirements
    • start a new business or acquire and improve an existing one.
  • Investment requirements
    • make a personal investment in the business in the amount of at least $ 200,000, according to the criteria of the program.
  • Job requirements
    • create at least one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the business.
  • General requirements for receiving a nomination
    • active and ongoing management of day-to-day business operations;
    • demonstrate that you live in British Columbia.
  • Commission fees
    • Registration – $ 300;
    • Application consideration fee – $ 3,500;
    • Application fee for each leading specialist is $ 1,000.

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