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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program BCPNP

British Columbia, renowned for its ethnic and cultural diversity. It’s located in the westernmost region of Canada. And houses the third largest city of Canada. The magnificent Vancouver.

This province can be truly called ‘the most distinct of all’ and is recorded for its huge economic growth. The economy is majorly based upon the sector of natural resources with a prominence kept on forestry and mining. The habitat consists of flourishing forests and astounding coastal views not only makes British Columbia one of the most attractive province in Canada but also in the entire world.

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The Immigration program offered by British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program for skilled aspirants is British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program or BCPNP. Under this provincial program, applicants with required qualifications and experience can achieve British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate. Upon getting this certification, one can easily apply for Canadian Permanent Residency status.

The benefit for applying for Canadian PR visa through BCPNP is the visa processing time, which is short as compared to other Canadian immigration programs.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has two main immigration categories:

1. Skills Immigration (Which includes Express Entry British Columbia)

This category is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers in the high demand occupations. It evaluates the applicants on a point based invitation system. The process required the applicant to register and apply online for the BCPNP and a paper application process for PR with exceptions to the requirement of pervious work experience and any recent international graduates from a Canadian University may not need any work experience depending on the job that they have been offered.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Skills Immigration program is further divided into the following:

  • Skilled Worker — it is designed for applicants having an appropriate employment offer within a skilled occupation. In this case, applicants must hold prior experience in the skilled occupation they are applying for.


  • Health Care Professional — it is designed for applicants having experience and appropriate employment offer in the occupation of physician, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals. One must hold a suitable job offer in one of the occupation mentioned under this category.


  • International Graduate — it is designed for applicants having graduation degree from an authorized Canadian university or college within the period of last two years. Addition to that, one must also have an employment offer from an authorized employer of British Columbia.


  • International Post-Graduate — it is designed for applicants having Post graduation or Doctoral degree from an authorized academic institution of British Columbia in the listed streams of natural, applied, or health sciences. There is no need of any employment offer if you are applying under this section.


  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker — it is designed for applicants in entry-level or belongs to the semi-skilled class in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking. Also, individuals in entry-level or semi-skilled class residing and having work experience in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia can apply under this section.

Get more information on British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Skills Immigration program, click here.

2. Entrepreneur Immigration

People who are eligible to apply under the Entrepreneur Immigration program should have a high net worth and are able to invest in and actively manage any valid business in British Columbia. Since this is also a point based system, applicants need to score the required points to be eligible to apply under this program.

Also, this program is open for companies who are looking to expand their business in British Columbia and who require permanent residency for their key employees.

This program is divided further into following categories:

  • Entrepreneur — it is designed for applicants who are in the position of senior manager or business owners and wishes to invest a particular amount into a business venture of British Columbia.


  • Strategic Projects — it is designed for internationally managed companies who wishes to set up their firm in British Columbia. For this the company can nominate around five International level managers, professionals or technical staff for permanent residence in British Columbia.

Get more information on BC PNP Entrepreneur Category, click here.

Get more information on BC PNP Strategic Projects Category, click here.

Express Entry British Columbia Program

Using the Express Entry British Columbia Program, category of the Skills Immigration, the province nominates skilled workers for Canada Permanent Residency visa. This section is linked with the federal government’s immigration program, Express Entry. Under the Express Entry British Columbia program, the selected candidates will receive a faster visa processing in their BCPNP application, which eventually leads to Canada permanent residency, if one gets nominated by British Columbia.

The Skills Immigration categories which can be processed through Express Entry British Columbia are:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Health Care Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post-Graduate

Get more information on Express Entry British Columbia Program, click here.

Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)


British Columbia government introduced a Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). It is a points-based system which provides applicants a registration score. With the help of that score one can judge the probability of getting an invitation to apply. This score will be depending on various factors — like education level, amount of direct work experience and a job offer from British Columbia. These factors should define the capability of an applicant to succeed in the labour market and be able to contribute in the economic growth.

Get more information on SIRS, click here.

To learn more about other provincial nominee programs under Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), click here

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