PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

A province situated on Canada’s western coast, British Columbia is amongst the top destinations for Canadian immigration due to its economic growth and labor market demands. 

BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is a pathway for in-demand overseas immigrants and skilled Entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada and obtain Permanent Residency in the province. The program aims to accelerate the process for interested immigrants with the intention to settle permanently in the province to obtain the Canada PR status.  

The Government of British Columbia manages the program in collaboration with IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the federal Immigration Department. Candidates who are interested in the BC PNP are required to follow a process involving two stages. First, they are required to submit an application for Nomination with the Provincial Government. Secondly, they must apply for Permanent Resident status with the Federal Government if they are successful in obtaining the nomination from the province.  

One among the most diverse of all the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada, BC PNP has three major immigration pathways for immigrants. Two of them are broadly for Graduates and Workers – Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC. The third stream is for Entrepreneurs. These immigration streams are further classified into various sub-categories. 

A few of the BC PNP immigration streams are aligned with the federal immigration selection system, the Canada Express Entry. Applicants who are successful through these pathways get 600 extra CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System points and an ITA – Invitation to Apply for PR Visa in the successive draw in the pool. 

Moreover, some of the BC PNP streams are managed through a unique system well known as the SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System. Under this SIRS system, potential candidates are first required to create a SIRS profile. They are also required to offer certain individual information about their level of education, language ability, work experience, and a job offer in BC. 

The SIRS functions based on an EOI – Expression of Interest and ITA – Invitation to Apply in which the registered candidates are offered a score out of 200. The Government of British Columbia then conducts draws periodically and the candidates who fulfill the cut-off threshold for their stream in that draw are offered an ITA for a Nomination from the province. 

While some BC PNP streams mandate candidates to possess a job offer from an employer in the province, specific streams managed externally of the SIRS do not have any such requirement. 

In 2017, BC PNP also launched the Tech Pilot Program through which IT and Tech workers can migrate to BC and get the Canada PR status. 

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