BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

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BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a system for high-demand foreign workers, qualified entrepreneurs and international graduates to get permanent residency. The Canadian Provincial Nominee Program aims at fulfilling the shortages of skilled labour in the BC workforce.

If British Columbia PNP approves you as a provincial nominee, you and your dependents are nominated by the province to become Canada’s permanent residents.

A few advantages of this program are given below:

  • Provides you with the provision for an LMIA Exempt Work PermitUnlike other immigration programs that require an LMIA, the British Columbia PNP program allows you to obtain a work permit. At the same time, your permanent residency application is being processed. This will enable you to legally work and reside in Canada throughout the application process, providing stability and opportunities to you and your family.
  • Helps applicants who don’t qualify for Federal Programs to achieve Permanent Residency through an expedited pathway – Meeting the strict requirements of federal programs is often stringent, but BC PNP acts as an alternative route that provides relief to many hopeful immigrants. It is based on provincial needs and criteria, which helps you quickly achieve permanent residency in Canada.
  • Facilitates stay in Canada through a work permit – The best part about the British Columbia PNP program is that it allows you to stay in Canada by getting a work permit until you receive your Permanent Residency.

BC PNP works on a point-based system that determines their chances to be invited by the province to apply.

The score is constructed on several elements:

  • Employment Offer
  • Years’ of directly related work experience
  • Salary
  • Highest level of education
  • Language Proficiency and
  • Region of Employment

If your constructed score matches/surpasses the draw, you will receive an invitation to apply from BC PNP. Use our BC PNP Calculator to know your score – BC PNP Calculator.

The British Columbia PNP is broadly divided into two categories:

  1. BC PNP Skills Immigration and;
  2. BC PNP Business Immigration


BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into several subcategories:

International Post Graduate

This category is aimed at Master and Doctoral graduates from eligible institutions in British Columbia. A job offer is not needed in this program, but you must graduate in one of the following education fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Natural resources conservation and research
  • Physical sciences

Skilled Worker Category

This category is intended for foreign workers with an eligible job offer in a skilled occupation, in which they have two years of work experience.

Health Care Professional Category

This category is intended for foreign workers with an eligible job offer and work experience in the health care industry. The health occupations which qualify for this program are given below:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • An allied health professional such as a:
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Medical laboratory technologist
  • Physician
  • Specialist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse

International Graduate

This subcategory is intended for graduates from eligible institutions within Canada. To qualify under this category, you must’ve completed your education within the past three years and have a valid job offer.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

This subcategory is intended for workers in long-haul trucking, food processing and valid hospitality/tourism based occupations. A permanent job offer is a must to qualify under this category with minimum nine months of consecutive work experience with the same employer.

Express Entry British Columbia

The Skilled Worker and International Graduate Category can be applied under express entry provincial nomination. EEBC connects to the Federal Express Entry System in order to process the applications at a faster pace. Eligibility under EEBC requires you to be eligible for one of the federal immigration programs:

Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Federal Skilled Worker

The point-based system and diverse subcategories of the British Columbia PNP program provide opportunities to individuals from multiple categories to contribute to the growth and development of British Columbia’s economy. With its LMIA Exempt Work Permit provision, the BC PNP is a valuable and accessible option for those seeking a better future in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is the BC PNP valid?
After being approved as a provincial nominee, you may apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Class. The nomination confirmation is valid for 180 days (about six months).
Q: Does BC PNP require IELTS? What types of languages does it accept?
The BC PNP accepts the below-mentioned language proficiency tests:
IELTS – International English Language Testing System
CELPIP-General – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
Q: How many bands are mandatory for British Columbia PNP?
Both Express Entry and PNP typically require a Canadian Language Benchmark or CLB 7, which is equal to 6 bands in IELTS in all four language abilities, i.e., IELTS speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Q: Can I apply to the BC PNP if I don't have a job offer in British Columbia?
For most categories under the BC PNP, having a valid job offer from a BC employer is a critical requirement. However, there are some categories, such as the Express Entry BC, where applicants in the federal Express Entry pool may be invited to apply for provincial nomination without a job offer.
Q: Can I apply for the BC PNP if I am already living in another province in Canada?
Yes, you can apply for the BC PNP even if you are currently living in another province in Canada. However, you must have a genuine intention to live and work in British Columbia if nominated.

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