British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
British Columbia is one of the biggest provinces in Canada. Located in the western most part of Canada,
it is also home for the most populous cities in Canada – Vancouver. The province is known for its
national parks, natural lakes and recreation areas. Around two-thirds of the province’s land is forest
area. British Columbia produces the largest amount of Cranberries and Blueberries in the world. British
Columbia back bone for economy has always been forest resources, mining, farming and natural gas. In
the recent past, the province has set up industries and has welcomed Information technology. To get
the right resources they participated in the Provincial Nominee Program. They have been part of this
program since its inception in the mid-90s.
BCPNP was defined to help the local immigration authorities recruit the right personnel into the
province based on the current job requirements in the province. British Columbia Provincial Nominee
Program reduces the process time to help aspirants looking to relocate to British Columbia. The program
works in tandem with Federal Government immigration department. BCPNP has 2 separate categories
to invite qualified aspirants to move to BC
The BCPNP Streams
1. Skills Immigration Stream:
This stream is for all those skilled and semi-skilled professionals. BCPNP invites qualified
professionals into British Columbia through this stream and through Express Entry BC Stream. This is
dedicated for attracting professionals for high demand occupations in BC. Anybody who is an IT
professional or a health care provider & practitioner, who is experienced or is a entry level
professional or a new graduate can apply under this stream.
The province issues periodic ITA (invitation to apply) to qualified professionals. Applicants must
- Have a job offer from one of the employer based in British Columbia.
- Be able to prove his or her experience in the domain
- Provide proof of language proficiency
- Have a minimum of 2 years of full time work experience in the domain
There is a Skills Immigration Registration System or SIRS which is directly managed by
BCPNP. Interested aspirants will be registering into the system. This is not mandatory for
Healthcare professionals and International post graduates.
Once the profile is in the system, it will be evaluated according to the factors and will be
ranked as required. The highest ranked profiles will receive an Invitation to Apply for
nomination from the province.
After having received an ITA, the aspirant will be submitting a completed application form
with required documents within 30 days of receiving the same.
The candidates who achieved the nomination can then proceed to apply for Canada
Permanent residency with the IRCC. The IRCC will conduct a background check of the
candidate before proceeding to the next steps in the process.
The applicant will be submitting his or her application in full with all supporting documents as would
be required for the processing.
2. Express Entry BC Stream
The BCPNP’s Express Entry stream works in tandem with the Federal Express Entry system. This
program does not require the aspirant to hold a job offer from an employer in British Columbia, but
should have a sponsoring employer to support.
Profile should be part of the Express Entry Pool and should have received a profile
number and Job seeker validation code. Aspirants intending to relocate to BC should
submit an Expression of Interest accordingly.
Qualified aspirants with highest rankings will receive an ITA following which they will
have to submit their application for nomination within 30 days
After having obtained a nomination, the aspirant will be submitting their application for
Canada PR with the IRCC.
3. Entrepreneur Immigration stream
For more information about this stream, please visit our BCPNP-Business Investment Stream
BCPNP Tech Pilot
This program was started in the year 2017 to help British Columbia recruit qualified IT professionals
into the province to help the local employer expedite fill in the job vacancies in the province.
The BCPNP has shortlisted 29 jobs under Technology sector. There will be weekly draws and
invitations are issued to qualified professionals. Selected candidates must fulfill the other factors as
determined by BCPNP to be eligible for this program. However, this stream does not require the
employer to provide a job offer for indefinite period. The job offer can be for a minimum of one
year. This is one of the shortest modes of relocation for IT professionals into Canada.
The applications under this program are processed on priority basis. Usually BCPNP takes 2 to 3
months to provide nomination. However, this program takes much lesser time.
Aspirants, who have applied under this program, do not require LMIA - Labour Market Impact
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What XIPHIAS can do for you
- Evaluate your profile to help you make your decision
- Help you with your profile creation and submission of your Expression of Interest
- Prepare required documents
Follow-up about your application and update you accordingly
Take up your case with the IRCC as would be required
Identify the next steps
- Help you with relocation to British Columbia.