British Columbia PNP

British Columbia is one of the most economically and socially diverse provinces. The city of Vancouver is 3rd largest city in Canada. Its economy is mainly based on natural resources, forestry and mining. 

British Columbia Immigration Categories

Skills Immigration Stream

The Skills Immigration Stream is for skilled workers, healthcare professionals, international graduates and post-graduates as well as entry-level and semi-skilled workers. The candidate needs a job offer to qualify under this category, except for the international post-graduates. 

It is divided into 5 subcategories:

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Healthcare Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Postgraduate Category
  • Entry Level & Semiskilled Worker Category

 

Fee: CAD $1,150 processing fee

Processing Time: 2 – 3 months

Requirements:

  • Must have accepted a full-time job offer (except for the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • Must have a wage offer in line with the provincial wage rates (except for the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • Must show you can support yourself and your family (except for the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • Must meet minimum language requirements (for NOC skill level B, or for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category);
  • Must meet any additional requirements specific to your category;
  • The employer must also be meet eligibility criteria (except for the International Post-Graduate Category).

 

Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC aligns with the federal government’s Express Entry Immigration selection system, allowing eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their BC PNP application and if nominated, their permanent residence application.

The following categories can be processed under Express Entry BC :

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

 

Fee: CAD $1150

Processing Time: 2 – 3 Months

Requirements:

  • Must have a valid profile with the federal Express Entry system;
  • Must have a Job Seeker Validation Code from the Express Entry system;
  • Must have accepted a full-time job offer (except for the International Post-Graduate Category)
  • Must have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates (except for the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • Must be able to support yourself and your family (except for the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • Must meet minimum language requirements (except for the International Post-Graduate Category);
  • Must meet additional requirements specific to your category;
  • The employer must also be eligible (except for the International Post-Graduate Category).

 

Entrepreneur Immigration Category

This category has 3 sub-options:
 
Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category: This category is for senior managers or business owners who intend to invest funds into a proposed business in British Columbia.NOTE: New registrations under the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category have been temporarily suspended. The province is expected to announce a reopening date for this stream in early 2022.
 
Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot: This new pilot is for international entrepreneurs looking to establish a new business in a small community in British Columbia.
 
Strategic Projects Category: Through this category, foreign-controlled companies can set up an operation in British Columbia. Up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical staff members can be nominated for permanent residence in the province.
 

Entrepreneur Immigration Fees:

  • Registration Fee: CAD $300
  • Application Fee: CAD $3,500
  • Request for Review: CAD $500

 

Strategic Projects Fees:

  • Registration Fee: CAD $300
  • Application Fee: CAD $3,500
  • Key Staff Fee: CAD $1,000 (for each key staff proposed)

 

Processing times:

  • Registration score notification: 6 weeks (from date of registration submission)
  • Application decision notification: 4 months (from date of application submission)

 

Entrepreneur Immigration Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a personal net worth of at least CAD $600,000
  • Must demonstrate business or management experience
  • Must meet language requirements in English or French (CLB level 4 or higher).
  • Must establish a new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  • Must make a personal investment of at least CAD $200,000 in the business;
  • Must create at least one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

 

Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a personal net worth of at least CAD $300,000
  • Must have three years of experience as an active business owner-manager, or four years of experience as a senior manager, or a combination of one year of experience as an owner-manager and two years of experience as a senior manager.
  • Must meet education requirements
  • Must meet language requirements in English or French (CLB level 4 or higher).
  • Business must meet additional requirements

 

Strategic Projects Category Minimum Requirements:

  • The company must be well established and in good financial standing;
  • Must demonstrate investment capacity to expand into B.C. 
  • Must provide significant economic benefit to the province.

 

BC PNP Tech Pilot Program

British Columbia frequently holds Tech draws, where they invite eligible skilled workers to apply for a provincial nomination.

The initiative started as a pilot program in 2017 to address the province’s labour shortage in the tech sector. In June 2021, the province made it a permanent program.

This program is for skilled workers who have a job offer in B.C. in one of 29 eligible occupations. The job offer also has to be at least one year in duration, and have 120 calendar days remaining at the time of applying.