BCPNP (Live in British Columbia)




The BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an immigrant program designed to help BC meets its growing labour market. Through this program employers can retain qualified foreign workers who hold skill and experience. This program is specially designed for the people who want to live and work in BC and become permanent residents of Canada.

The PNP is operated by the Province of B.C. in partnership with the federal government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The initial process begins at the provincial level where the PNP assesses applications and nominate candidates for permanent residence, followed by CIC which makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants.

Categories eligible for the program are:

  • Skilled workers(managers, professionals and skilled trades people).

  • Health care professionals (physicians, registered nurses and other health care workers).

  • International graduates.

  • With a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university, or

  • With a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a B.C. university (for this category only, you do not need to have a job offer).

  • Entry-level or semi-skilled workers in tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking.

  • Entry-level or semi-skilled workers who are living in the northeast region of the province.

How does the program work?

  1. Firstly, an employer though PNP offers an indeterminate full-time employment to the qualifying candidate and candidate accepts that offer. If the prospective candidate is already in Canada working on temporary work permit and then employer has to offer an indeterminate position without an end date.

  2. Secondly, if the employer and the prospective candidate meet the program requirements, then a joint application is submitted to the PNP office.

  3. PNP access the application again the program criteria and if the application is approved, then the PNP nominates the candidate for the permanent residence. Work permit support letters are sometimes released by PNP, to obtain or renew a work permit to start or continuing working in BC. Work permit is obtained by applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

  4. After the nomination is received from PNP, a separate application is submitted for the PR visa to CIC in Provincial Nominee Class. Candidate will have six months from the date of your nomination to apply to CIC.

  5. If CIC approves your application, a permanent resident visa is issued to the principle applicant and the dependents to live in Canada.

Note :From 1st April 2015 B.C government has paused this program for 90 days and this program and this program will be started from July 2015 with few modifications.

BCPNP -EXPRESS ENTRY(Active program during 90 days pause)

British Columbia has added a new stream to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) called Express Entry British Columbia. This new stream allows PNP to use CIC’s Express Entry system to meet B.C.’s specific labour market needs. This process will result in more faster processing of the eligible skilled worker applications and reduce the processing times. Also the eligible candidates will receive the priority processing of PNP applications, and if nominated, also for their permanent residence applications to CIC . 

Following are the categories under the Express Entry British Columbia stream:

  • Express Entry British Columbia - Skilled Worker

  • Express Entry British Columbia - Health Care Professional

  • Express Entry British Columbia - International Graduate

  • Express Entry British Columbia - International Post Graduate