British Columbia PNP Requirements and Process
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program or BCPNP as it is called is the province’s foremost immigration program launched alongside the national Express Entry program to facilitate smooth entry of immigrants into the country. As with the provincial nominee programs of other Canadian provinces, the BCPNP focuses on skill acquisition through immigration to fill up the skill gaps in the provincial economy. What this means is that applicants whose skills are in demand are more likely to receive an invitation to apply for immigration to Canada on a Permanent Resident visa. The following is a list of categories under which BCPNP operates its immigration program:
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- Skilled Worker Category
- Health Care Professional Category
- International Graduate Category
- International Post Graduate Category
- Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category
- Entrepreneur Immigration
- Entrepreneur Category
- Strategic Projects Category
British Columbia – Skilled Worker Category
Among the abovementioned categories, the skilled worker category is by far the most popular and attracts the largest number of applications. However, the BCPNP follows strict screening criteria to select only the most skilled candidates for immigration to British Columbia. The first thing needed for this is to qualify for the BCPNP. The following is a list of criteria required to be met by immigration aspirants. Please note here that different categories have different requirements and that merely qualifying for a category does not mean you will get selected.
The criteria for the Skilled Worker category are:
- A candidate must have an offer letter from the BC employer.
- A candidate must have experience of two years in the job occupation.
- Satisfy the employer to perform all the duties given to him/her.
- Be eligible to immigrate to BC legally
- For NOC B occupations, candidate should meet with the minimum language requirement.
Documentation Required by BCPNP for Skilled Workers
The following is a list of documents officially required by the BCPNP authorities in order to process and properly assess an immigration application. Please note that this is the crux of the immigration application process and any lack in this regard will lead to a disqualification of the entire application. Therefore, it is wise to take professional help when submitting official documentation for full compliance. The documents required by BCPNP for the skilled worker category are:
- Employers need to substantiate the immigration application of their employees with a written offer of employment on the official company letterhead.
- Proof of having sufficient funds required to support themselves and family members
- Valid passport and travelling documents
- Documents supporting legal immigration status in Canada
- Educational certificates (degree, diploma, and certificates)
- Work Related Reference Letters
- Language proficiency (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL etc.)
- Police certificate and clearance
- Civil identity proof (age, name, date of birth must be mentioned)
Healthcare Professional Category
- British Columbia is a well-known immigration destination for healthcare professionals such as nurses, psychiatric nurses and physician. The high rate of demand ensures that applicants from this category are given special attention and quickly assessed for the possibility of immigration. However, as with other categories a certain criteria needs to be met in order to be eligible. These are:
A candidate should have a job offer letter from a public health authority like:
- Registered Nurse
- Registered Psychiatric Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner
- An Allied Health Professional
- Able to show he/she can support oneself.
- They should be able to fulfil the minimum language requirement where necessary.
- The offered remuneration must meet with the standard wages rate card of BC
- They must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in the offered job.
Another popular immigration category is the international graduate, meant for fresh graduates with degrees from any recognized Canadian educational institution or an equivalent of the same and who are looking to settle in Canada with a PR status or visa. An important aspect of this immigration stream is that only persons who have graduated in the past 3 years from a recognized Canadian educational institution or any equivalent are eligible to apply through this category.
International Post-Graduate Category
- Have accepted full-time job offer from the BC employer.
- The desired job title must be in NOC matrix.
- Qualify for the job requirements required by the employer.
- Must score minimum in the language proficiency test.
- Have, or be eligible to move in BC with legal status.
The minimum eligibility criteria for the International graduate category are:
The international post-graduate category is meant for individuals with a master’s or a doctorate degree in a required job field as decided by the National Occupations Classification (NOC). The most important point here is that if your study qualification falls within the list of occupations listed as in-demand, then you don’t need to have a direct offer letter from a registered British Columbia.
The minimum eligibility requirements to qualify for the International post-graduate category are:
- Candidate must fulfil the minimum qualification of their respective occupations
- They should be able to show evidence of having minimum funds to settle in British Columbia.
- They should have attained the basic score in language proficiency i.e. 4.5 in IELTS or CLB-4.
- They have to exhibit their intention to live and contribute to BC’s economy
- For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary
- Applications for immigrants from the following occupations are accepted:
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
- Engineering Technology
- Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Natural Resources Conservation and Research
- Physical Sciences
Semi-Skilled and Entry Level Categories
This category is meant for individuals who are either just starting their professional careers or have a semi-skilled qualification in a given occupation category. Note here that only those categories which are mentioned below are eligible for application through this category.. The following are the eligibility requirements for entry through this category:
- Candidates must have a minimum of 9 months of continued work experience in one of the following industries: tourism and hospitality, long-haul trucking, food processing.
- Candidates must retain their job with their original British Columbia employer during the entire procedure of the PNP as well as the PR process.
- Long-haul trucker drivers need a minimum of two years of employment experience as a long-haul truck driver in the past three years.
- All applicants must at minimum have qualified high school.
British Columbia Express Entry Program
The BCPNP is aligned with the national Express Entry program and rates applications on the basis of several criteria whereby the final selections are made and the invitations to apply (ITA) are sent out. Only applications made under the abovementioned categories are considered for applications through the Express Entry stream as well. The streams/categories are:
Skilled Worker Category
- Health Care Professional Category
- International Graduate Category
- International Post-Graduate Category
Please note here that application through the BCPNP, while being aligned with the federal Express Entry program, is nevertheless an independent program with a distinct set of requirement criteria. In order to successfully qualify for immigration to British Columbia you need to qualify both through the BCPNP as well as the national Express Entry program.
Having the provincial nomination from British Columbia authorities will boost your PR visa immigration application and grant you additional points whereby your chance of successful application is immensely increased.
The BCPNP Skills Immigration Registration System
Like the national immigration system, BCPNP requires applicants to make a profile which is measured against other immigration profiles on the basis of several criteria such as age, education, language ability, work experience and adaptability. The highest rated profiles are invited to apply for PR status. The average time for assessment is 4-6 months though this may vary with each case.