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February 26, 2023

British Columbia-Provincial Nominee Program (BC-PNP)

BC-PNP or British Columbia-Provincial Nominee Program through which the BC government invites a wide range of workers, qualified individuals, and entrepreneurs to settle in BC permanentlyIt is one of the biggest Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada and its popularity has been growing for a very long tie due to the number of people settling on the Western coast of Canada. 

Many of the BC-PNP streams are linked with the Express Entry system of Canada. An acceptance in the BC-PNP will provide the Candidate with 600 points in CRS and a very high chance of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in British Columbia. The streams that are not linked with Express Entry are linked with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants must register a profile with SIRS and submit important documents including the Job offer in BC, language proficiency, work experience, etc. BC government frequently carries out draws through which the potential candidate with a score over the cut-off (out of 200) is sent an ITA. Categories under SIRS require a job offer, the rest might not need one.

It is one of the biggest Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada and its popularity has been growing for a very long tie due to the number of people settling on the Western coast of Canada

Many of the BC-PNP streams are linked with the Express Entry system of Canada. An acceptance in the BC-PNP will provide the Candidate with 600 points in CRS and a very high chance of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in British Columbia. The streams that are not linked with Express Entry are linked with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants must register a profile with SIRS and submit important documents including the Job offer in BC, language proficiency, work experience, etc. BC government frequently carries out draws through which the potential candidate with a score over the cut-off (out of 200) is sent an ITA. Categories under SIRS require a job offer, the rest might not need one.

Streams Under BC-PNP

British Columbia-Provincial Nominee Program

There are several streams and subsequent pathways in BC-PNP, let’s discuss them in brief.

1. Express Entry BC 

  1. Skilled worker: A job offer for a skilled position is required to be eligible for this pathway. It is aligned with SIRS.
  2. International Graduate: A job offer for a skilled position along with a post-secondary level education in Canada. It is aligned with SIRS.
  3. International Post-Graduate: Master’s Graduate/ Ph.D. in natural/applied/health sciences. No job offer is mandatory.
  4. Health Authority: A Job offer from a BC health authority, or in a priority healthcare occupation is required. It is not aligned with SIRS.

2. Skills Immigration 

  1. Skilled worker: A job offer in a skilled position. Is aligned with SIRS.
  2. International Graduate: A job offer for a skilled position along with a post-secondary level education in Canada. It is aligned with SIRS.
  3. International Post-Graduate: Master’s Graduate/ Ph.D. in natural/applied/health sciences. No job offer is mandatory.
  4. Health Authority: A Job offer from a BC health authority, or in a priority healthcare occupation is required. It is not aligned with SIRS.
  5. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: A job offer in the hospitality, tourism, trucking, or food-processing industry. It is aligned with SIRS. 

3. Entrepreneur Immigration

  1. Entrepreneur Immigration: A high net worth and great business proposal that creates at least 1 job in BC.

When was the last BC-PNP draw?

The last BC-PNP draw was on February 22, 2023. A grand total of 203 applicants were invited in many different pathways. 43 applicants were in technology, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

What is a GOOD score for BC-PNP?

A good score varies from stream to stream. A grand total or maximum can be 200 only. 135 can be considered a good score for the skilled worker program. 105 for international graduates.

What makes BC-PNP the best PNP of 2023?

BC is one of the fastest-growing provinces in Canada. The western provinces are already gaining a lot more popular due to more friendly immigration draws. Cities like Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford, etc. are already established as one of the best cities in the country. BC needs a skilled labor force for its further development which makes its immigration policies a lot friendlier than the others. Gaining a PR in BC is easier than that in any other province. 

If you wish to learn more about the job opportunities available, LMIA, and education in BC, Contact us at Beyond Immigration. Our expert team will guide you through all the important BC-PNPs and other PNPs as well.

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