British Columbia PNP

British Columbia’s PNP program is a popular program among aspiring migrants planning to move to Canada. The provincial nominee program of British Columbia is popular because this province has a history of high economic growth and relies on economic immigration to meet labor market needs.

The British Columbia (BC) PNP is a pathway for permanent residence for highly skilled workers, in-demand workers, and entrepreneurs. This program is operated by the province’s government in collaboration with the federal immigration department and the IRCC.  The province gets a limited number of nominations each year.

The BC PNP accepts applications under three major categories:

  1. Skills Immigration
  2. Express Entry BC
  3. Entrepreneur Immigration

Each category has its individual streams.

Here are more details about each stream

  1. Skills immigration: This stream is targeted at skilled and semi-skilled workers required for high-demand occupations in the province and further divided into five categories.
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Healthcare Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Invitations under this stream are issued based on points. Some of the categories do not need prior work experience. Skilled workers require work experience while the entry level and semi-skilled category of workers need to have some work experience in the province. Recent international graduates from a Canadian university or college do not need any prior work experience.

  1. Express Entry BC: This stream provides a faster way for skilled workers to move to the province. To qualify for this stream, you must be eligible under a federal economic immigration program. Applicants must complete their Express Entry profile and meet the eligibility requirements in any one of the following immigration programs under Express Entry:
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

If applicants meet the minimum eligibility requirements under any of the above programs, they will get their Express Entry profile number. The invitations are given provided applicants qualify under a points-based system. The eligibility requirements under this stream are similar to the Express Entry stream which includes relevant work experience, language and education requirements.

3.Entrepreneur Immigration:  This program consists of three streams.

  • Entrepreneur Immigration Category
  • Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot
  • Strategic Projects Category

Entrepreneur immigration category: This stream is for entrepreneurs who wish to set up a business in the province. The invitation under this system is also points-based. The applicants must have the required funds to invest in a business. They will be eligible for PR under the entrepreneur immigration stream. Entrepreneur immigration regional pilot stream: This is for investors wishing to start a new business in the regional communities across the province. Strategic Projects Category: Under this category foreign based companies can set up their operations in the province. Five foreign professionals who can work for the business can be nominated for PR in the province under this scheme.

Total BC PNP Invitations in 2020:

Date

Invitations issued

Details

January 7, 2020

173

January 14, 2020

70

Tech Pilot draw

January 21, 2020

58

Tech Pilot draw

January 28, 2020

284

February 4, 2020

85

Tech Pilot draw

February 11, 2020

83

Tech Pilot draw

February 19, 2020

53

Tech Pilot draw

February 27, 2020

290

March 3, 2020

80

Tech Pilot draw

March 10, 2020

332

March 17, 2020

87

Tech Pilot draw

March 30, 2020

311

Certain occupations excluded.

April 7, 2020

147

Tech Pilot draw

April 16, 2020

271

Certain occupations excluded.

April 21, 2020

91

Tech Pilot draw

April 29, 2020

75

Tech Pilot draw

May 7, 2020

237

Certain occupations excluded.

May 12, 2020

92

Tech Pilot draw

May 19, 2020

170

Certain occupations excluded.

May 26, 2020

133

Tech Pilot draw

June 2, 2020

241

Certain occupations excluded.

June 9, 2020

87

Tech Pilot draw

June 16, 2020

276

Certain occupations excluded.

June 23, 2020

87

Tech Pilot draw

June 30, 2020

314

Certain occupations excluded.

July 7, 2020

57

Tech Pilot draw

July 14, 2020

320

Certain occupations excluded.

July 21, 2020

62

Tech Pilot draw

July 28, 2020

34

Tech Pilot draw

August 7, 2020

437

Certain occupations excluded.

August 11, 2020

52

Tech Pilot draw

August 18, 2020

302

Certain occupations excluded.

August 25, 2020

72

Tech Pilot draw

September 1, 2020

428

Certain occupations excluded.

September 8, 2020

67

Tech Pilot draw

September 15, 2020

407

Certain occupations excluded.

September 22, 2020

74

Tech Pilot draw

September 29, 2020

450

Certain occupations excluded.

October 6, 2020

72

Tech Pilot draw

October 13, 2020

417

Certain occupations excluded.

October 20, 2020

80

Tech Pilot draw

October 27, 2020

354

Certain occupations excluded.

November 3, 2020

76

Tech Pilot draw

November 10, 2020

358

Certain occupations excluded.

November 17, 2020

76

Tech Pilot draw

November 24, 2020

360

Certain occupations excluded.

December 1, 2020

68

Tech Pilot draw

December 8, 2020

256

Certain occupations excluded.

December 15, 2020

92

Tech Pilot draw

December 22, 2020

230

Certain occupations excluded.

December 29, 2020

58

Tech Pilot draw

TOTAL invitations in 2020 – 9,310

 

[II] Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]

Date

Category

Invitations issued

January 14, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

7

January 14, 2020

EI – Base Category

18

February 4, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

5

February 4, 2020

EI – Base Category

14

April 6, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

18

June 2, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

9

June 2, 2020

EI – Base Category

29

July 28, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

5

July 28, 2020

EI – Base Category

7

September 1, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

<5

September 1, 2020

EI – Base Category

6

October 20, 2020

EI – Base Category

15

October 20, 2020

EI – Regional Pilot

5

December 1, 2020

EI – Base Category

11

TOTAL invitations in 2020 – 154 approx.

Application Process

Applicants to the BC PNP must follow a two-stage process, they must first apply for a nomination to the provincial government and if they are nominated, they must next apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

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