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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

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Introduction

If you are thinking about immigration to British Columbia, you should consider the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The BC PNP speeds up the immigration process for your permanent resident card. It allows British Columbia to nominate applicants who qualify under provincially established criteria for Permanent Resident Status.

Successful applicants will receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration Permanent Resident card application process.

Individuals nominated by the Government of British Columbia, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for a permanent resident visa through CIC as a Provincial Nominee.

Under the BC PNP, there are two categories you can apply under:

  1. Strategic Occupations
  2. Business Immigrants

Strategic Occupations

Skilled Workers

Skilled worker applicants must:

  • have a job offer in a position that requires skill Levels O, A and B of the National Occupational Classification Matrix. These positions normally require formal post-secondary qualifications and several years of directly related work experience.

International Graduates

Graduate applicants must:

  • have satisfied the requirements for an eligible degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada within the last two year.
  • submit their application within two years of the date shown on the final official transcript which indicates that all requirements have been met.
  • have accepted an indeterminate, full time job offer from a BC employer.

International Post-Graduates Pilot Project

Post-Graduate applicants must:

  • have satisfied the requirements for an eligible masters or doctorate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in BC within the last two years.
  • submit their application within two years of the date shown on the final official transcript which indicates that all requirements have been met. If more than six months have passed since the completion of studies, it is expected that the Nominee Applicant will have obtained a temporary work permit valid for work in BC.

Designated Health Professionals

Applicants must be:

  • registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and physicians recruited by provincial and regional health authorities administered through Health Match BC, and who meet the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)’s requirements.
  • midwives who meet the Provincial Nominee Program’s requirements.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Applicants must:

  • have worked for their employer in BC full-time in an eligible occupation for a period of at least nine consecutive months immediately prior to the date their BC PNP application was submitted. Eligible occupations include select Tourism/Hospitality occupations, Long-Haul Trucking occupations, and Food Processing occupations.
  • maintain continuous full-time employment with the BC employer throughout the application process.

Business Immigrants

The business immigration category of the BC PNP offers accelerated immigration for investment-ready and qualified entrepreneurs ready to invest and settle in BC, and become permanent residents of Canada.

A Fast Track option is also available for two of these streams and offers immediate nomination for permanent residence, in return for which you will make a conditionally refundable $125,000 CAD deposit with the Province of British Columbia. The deposit will be refunded (without interest) when you have met the terms of conditions of your Performance Agreement and Deposit Agreement.

Business Skills

Business applicants will be required to:

  • make a personal investment of at least $400,000 CAD to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC.
  • create at least three new jobs in the business for Canadians or permanent residents.
  • own at least 33 1/3% of the equity of the business.
  • provide active and on-going participation in the day to day management and direction of the business.
  • have a personal net worth of at least $800,000 CAD obtained from legal sources.
  • have sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment.
  • have a viable business proposal.
  • sign a performance agreement with the Province of British Columbia.
  • sign a deposit agreement with the Province of British Columbia, if they are seeking a fast track nomination.

Regional Business

Business applicants will be required to:

  • make a personal investment of at least $200,000 CAD to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC outside of the Vancouver metropolitan area.
  • create at least one new job in the business for a Canadian or permanent resident.
  • own at least 33 1/3% of the equity of the business.
  • provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business.
  • have a personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD obtained from legal sources
  • have sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment a viable business proposal.
  • sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.
  • sign a Deposit Agreement with the Province of British Columbia if they are seeking a Fast Track nomination.

Strategic Projects

This stream assists foreign-controlled companies in establishing an eligible business in BC with the timely entry of foreign key managerial, professional or technical staff, up to a maximum of 5 per company, who intend to become permanent residents of Canada and settle in BC. The fast track option is not available to business immigrants in the Strategic Projects category.

Applicants are required to:

  • make a minimum equity investment of $500,000.
  • create at least three jobs for Canadians or permanent residents in BC for each nominee applicant put forward by the company.
  • demonstrate a record of good business practices and successful business operations outside of Canada that are relevant to the proposed business.
  • establish or purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC.
  • incorporate a Canadian subsidiary or register an extra-provincial company in BC to operate the proposed business.
  • demonstrate that the nominee applicants are qualified senior personnel who are essential to establishing or expanding and operating the proposed business in BC.
  • sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.

If you are an employer, business owner, investor, skilled worker, or a student looking for more information about British Columbia immigration under British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee program, please fill out an enquiry form or contact us directly!

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