With everything from stunning coastlines to majestic mountains, British Columbia is internationally known for its scenic beauty. It has a strong economy that centres around forestry, mining and tourism, and a coastal climate that, for the most part, enables its residents to avoid some of the harsher weather extremes found elsewhere in Canada. Whether you prefer a quiet, out-of-the-way home surrounded by nature, or the vibe of a bigger city, you are sure to find a home you love in Canada’s westernmost province.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, or BC PNP, provides a fast-track path to immigration for individuals who have skills and experience that can benefit the province. The two main programs under BC PNP are Skills Immigration, which includes Express Entry British Columbia, and Entrepreneur Immigration.
The skills immigration program targets potential immigrants whose scores on the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) indicate that they have a strong likelihood of succeeding in the British Columbia labour market and contributing to the economy. Points are awarded based on factors that include education, work experience and the presence of a job offer from a British Columbia employer.
You can apply for immigration under BC PNP if you fall into one of the following categories:
Applications in the skilled worker, health care professional, international graduate or international post-graduate categories can, in some cases, be processed through the Express Entry British Columbia system, which allows priority processing of the application.
Individuals who can demonstrate their intention and ability to settle and invest in British Columbia can apply for permanent residence. The two categories of Entrepreneur Immigration are as follows: