British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada and is the hub of cultural diversity and economic growth. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is the immigration pathway for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in the province. It is one of Canada’s PNP programs with two broad streams for workers and graduates – Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration, plus an additional stream for entrepreneurs.
In this article we will be discussing the basic details of the BC PNP through the following topics:
BC PNP accepts application for provincial nomination under two major immigration streams:
These streams are also further divided into different categories:
BC PNP’s Skills Immigration is further divided into the following categories:
Like other PNP programs, BC PNP also has an “enhanced” stream that allows the candidates who have applied for Canada PR Visa through the Express Entry program to be selected for provincial nomination. This stream is known as Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC).
Following is the immigration categories that can be processed through EEBC:
For an Express entry candidate to get a provincial nomination certificate, they are awarded 600 CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System points. These many points effectively guarantee the candidate to get an ITA – Invitation to Apply to submit their application for Canada PR Visa to the IRCC – Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada.
In January 2016, the provincial government of British Columbia announced a new points-based immigration system SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System. In this system, applicants are given a registration score that decides whether the applicant will be invited to apply or not. These points are awarded based on various factors such as level of education, Work experience, and B.C employment offer.
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This immigration pathway is for experienced international businessmen who want to run a new business or buy an existing business in the province of British Columbia. This program is divided into two categories:
BC PNP Tech pilot is for the candidates who have work experience in technological occupations such as Web engineers and designers, Telecommunications carrier managers, Database analyst, etc. To be eligible for this Tech Pilot, an applicant is required to have a full-time job offer from an eligible employer of the province.
The B.C. The technology sector is one of the main engines of economic growth in the province, with employment in technology reaching its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in British Columbia’s technology sector is growing faster than the supply.
In order to support these requirements, a pilot program under BC PNP ensures the technology sector to attract and retain talents around the world that it needs to sustain and for the growth in the sector. BC PNP Tech Pilot (Introduced in 2017) assists the employers of the province to address their needs for qualified candidates by providing them a fast-tracked immigration pathway for in-demand skilled workers and international graduates.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot key features are based on service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement in response to the needs of the industry:
Note: BC PNP Tech Pilot is not a separate immigration category under BC PNP. Applicants just have to apply under any existing immigration streams and ensure they meet the minimum requirements of the stream.
Following is the list of 29 key eligible technology occupations:
|NOC Code||Job Title|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists, and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5226||Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade|
The following is a list of documents officially by the BCPNP authorities in order to process and properly assess an immigration application for provincial nomination under its Skills Immigration category:
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