A province situated on Canada’s western coast, British Columbia is amongst the top destinations for Canadian immigration due to its economic growth and labour market demands.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program administered by the Government of British Columbia’s Immigration Programs Branch.
The program enables the province to select and nominate foreign workers, international students and entrepreneurs to help meet B.C.’s labour market needs, support government priorities, and help grow B.C.’s economy. If you are nominated, you and your family can apply to IRCC to become a permanent resident of Canada.
British Columbia Skills Immigration is a collection of immigration streams contained within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of British Columbia. Through the BC Skills Immigration streams, workers and international graduates with the skills, education, and/or experience required to successfully contribute to the BC economy may be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.
Skilled and semi-skilled workers in highly demanded occupations in British Columbia can apply through Skills Immigration that adopts an invitation system based on points.
These streams are also further divided into different sub-categories:
British Columbia Express Entry is a swifter pathway for qualified skilled workers to migrate to the province. In this stream, British Columbia can search for skilled candidates in the express entry pool and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination. BC Express Entry has an invitation system based on points. It is a completely digital process for registration and application for both PNP BC and PR processes. This immigration stream is termed Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC).
The Express Entry BC PNP requirements that you must fulfil to qualify under this stream are:
The estimated BC PNP processing time for nomination applications under Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration is around 2 to 3 months.
For applications through Entrepreneur Immigration, the estimated processing time is 6 weeks for the stage of Registration Score Notification from the date of registration. Extra 4 weeks for processing must be included from the date of supplication submission till the notification of decision (at the stage of Work Permit).
IRCC at the federal level presently processes non-Express Entry nomination applications from the provinces within 15 to 19 months. The common average of 6 months is applicable for Express Entry streams.