BC Provincial Nominee Program

More immigrants coming to British Columbia through the BC PNP

BC Nominee Immigration

What’s the BC PNP

On April 19, 1998, the government of Canada and British Columbia signed an immigration agreement that included provisions to establish a PNP which became operational in 2001.

The BC PNP is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in B.C.

Current BC PNP Streams

Skills Immigration

This stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered.

Occupations List

Skilled Worker: Professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupations.

Entry Level and Semi-skilled: Occupations in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing.

Health Care Professionals: Doctors, nurses, etc.

International Graduate: Job offer in a skilled occupation (skill level 0, A or B). A semi-skilled occupation, must have a career plan toward a skilled occupation, supported by the employer.

International Post-graduate: Occupations in technology, health care, and applied sciences sectors.

Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system (work experience, education, language).

Occupation/job must be in a National Occupational Classification skilled occupation (skill level 0, A or B)

Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for high net worth business people who can invest in and actively manage a valid business in B.C. It is a points-based system. Applicants must also have the required personal and investment funds (a personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000).

Nomination certificate quota for 2017

The BC PNP is authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue a maximum of 6,000 nomination certificates for the 2017 calendar year.


Government of British Columbia

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


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