British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program


British Columbia Provincial Nominee program

British Columbia is a province located in western Canada, one of six provinces, which became part of Confederation. Motto: "Splendor without a sunset." The capital of British Columbia - City of Victoria, the fifteenth largest municipal district in Canada.

Economic growth in B.C. depends on having enough qualified workers and entrepreneurs to meet labour marker demands.

The BCPNP is British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.

The BCPNP accepts applications under two main immigration streams:

  • Skills Immigration (including Express Entry British Columbia)
  • Entrepreneurs Immigration

Every stream is divided into the following categories:

Skilled-Worker category - this category if for a skilled worker with post-secondary education/training and a minimum of two years of directly related employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade, or other skilled occupation.


  • have a full -time indeterminate  job offer  from a B.C. employer under NOC 0, A, B
  • have a related work experience (min 2 years)
  • demonstrate that you are able to support yourself (dependants)
  • have been offered a wage that is competitive with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

This application is submitted with your B.C. employer and an employer must also meet eligibility criteria

Semi -Skilled Worker category -this category is not eligible under Express Entry stream.


  • Job offer NOC C,D in: tourism/hospitality, food processing, long-haul trucking
  • Have worked full-time in BC or NE region with valid Work Permit for at least 9 months before application
  • 12 years of formal education at least

This application is submitted with your B.C. employer and an employer must also meet eligibility criteria

International Graduate category - this category is for graduates from an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution, with an eligible degree, diploma or certificate within past two years.


  • Job offer NOC 0, A,B; or NOC C,D if there is a progression to NOC 0, A,B
  • Graduated from an 8 month-long full-time eligible Canadian post-secondary degree/diploma
  • Must apply within 2 years after degree/diploma was granted
  • No previous work experience required but must be qualified

This application is submitted with your B.C. employer and an employer must also meet eligibility criteria

International Post-Graduate category -this category is for individuals with graduate degrees in the sciences, technology, health care and other sections.


  • Job offer and experience not required
  • Graduate from an eligible masters or doctorate degree in BC within the last 2 years before application
  • Natural, applied and health sciences programs
  • Work Permit may be issued while processing permanent residence

Health Professional category - this category is for health care professionals which are in demand across British Columbia:

  • Nurses, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, midwives and allied health professionals
  • Registered, or eligible for, and recruited by provincial health authorities
  • Physicians have practiced in BC on valid Work permit for at least 9 months
  •  Midwives must be affiliated into an established practice group in BC for at least 6 months

Note: On January 27, 2016, the government of British Columbia introduced a new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for the BC PNP. According to this SIRS candidates get a registration that determines whether they are invited to apply. The following factors are counted: education, years of direct work experience and a B.C. employment offer.

The following Skills Immigration categories may be processed through Express Entry British Columbia:

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

Entrepreneurs Immigration

Entrepreneur category includes business, investment, job and general nomination requirements.


  •  Personal Net worth $600,000
  •  Investment $200,000
  • Ownership 33.33%
  • Create 3 new jobs
  •  May have 1 co-applicant

Be actively involved in daily management and direction of the proposed business.

Your contact information

Your personal profile

Civil husband / wife: the person with whom you live together for at least 12 months

Marital Status

What is your Country of Residence
What is your preferred destination in Canada?
Do you have any Dependent Children?

Dependent Children includes all unmarried children that are financially dependent on you, who are less than 19 years old. How many dependent children do you have, according to the following age groups:

12 years and younger
13 to 18 years
19 years and older

Pre-existing Express Entry profile

Have you previously submitted an Express Entry profile to Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Your Personal Net Worth

Your Personal Net Worth is the current value of all the assets (e.g. properties, investments, stocks, bonds, bank accounts) that you (and your spouse/common-law partner, if applicable) personally own, MINUS the current value of all your combined personal liabilities (e.g. mortgages, loans, credit card balances).

Choose Currency
Net Worth

Your Language Skills

  • ADVANCED: (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 9).
  • HIGH INTERMEDIATE: (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 8).
  • INTERMEDIATE: (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7).
  • LOW INTERMEDIATE: (at least Canadian Language Benchmark 5).
  • BASIC: (at least Canadian Language Benchmark 3).





Your Education and Training

Have you completed high school (secondary school)?
Have you received any education or training other than high school (secondary school)?
Type of program
Duration of the program
What study?
Country of study
Have you completed the program?

Your Work History

Have you ever worked in Canada in a skilled occupation for at least one year?
Have you done any paid work any where in the world during the last 10 years?
How long have you been working in this specialty?
Occupation / Position
Place of work

Canadian Job Offer

Do you have a written job offer from a Canadian employer?
Is this job offer related to your most recent field of study?

Family and Friends in Canada

Do you have any family members, relatives, or close friends living in Canada?

Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's Information


Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's English Language Skills


Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's French Language Skills


Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's Occupation

Please provide information about your Spouse or Common-Law Partner's work experience

Has your Spouse or Common-Law Partner ever worked in Canada in a skilled occupation for at least one year?

Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's Education

Has your Spouse/Common-Law Partner completed high school (secondary school)?
Has your Spouse/Common-Law Partner received any education or training other than high school (secondary school)?

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