Skills Immigration

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is for skilled and semi-skilled workers, it uses a points-based invitation system. 

Skilled Worker

To qualify for this category, you must:

  • have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skilled occupation (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B).
  • be qualified to perform the duties of the job
  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience
  • show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements
  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

Healthcare Professional

To qualify for this category, you must:

  • have the support of, or a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a public health authority as a:
  • physician
  • specialist
  • registered nurse
  • registered psychiatric nurse
  • nurse practitioner   
  • allied health professional such as a:
    • diagnostic medical sonographer
    • clinical pharmacist
    • medical laboratory technologist
    • medical radiation technologist
    • occupational therapist
    • physiotherapist
  • if you are a midwife, have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in B.C.
  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C.
  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience
  • show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements
  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

International Graduate

To qualify for this category, you must:

  • have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification skilled occupation  (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B). 
  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C.
  • show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years
  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements
  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

International Post-Graduate

You must have graduated in the last three years with a master’s or doctorate (PhD) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences:

  • agriculture
  • biological and biomedical sciences
  • computer and information sciences and support services
  • engineering
  • engineering technology
  • health professions and related clinical sciences
  • mathematics and statistics
  • natural resources conservation and research
  • physical sciences

To qualify for this category, you must:

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • have completed a valid graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary institution in B.C. in the last three years.
  • show your intent and ability to live in B.C.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

To qualify for this category, you must:

  • have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer in a specific occupation in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or the food processing industry. For the Northeast Development Region of B.C., you may apply in any National Occupational Classification occupation (skill level C or D).
  • have been working full-time for your employer for a minimum of nine consecutive months before applying
  • meet minimum language and education requirements
  • qualify to do the job offered to you
  • show you can support yourself and your dependents
  • have legal immigration status in Canada
  • be earning a wage in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

Express Entry

Express Entry BC is a much faster way for eligible workers to immigrate to the province. In inclusion, you must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. You do not require a British Columbia work experience; however, you should have relevant work experience and meet other requirements such as education and language.

EEBC- Skilled worker

To qualify, you must have:

  • Received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from IRCC
  • Accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or with no set date) from a B.C. employer. 
  • Qualified to work in your job in B.C.
  • At least 2 years of directly related work experience
  • Shown you can support yourself and your dependents
  • Met the minimum language requirements
  • A wage offers in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

EEBC – Healthcare Professional

The province needs more healthcare professionals, this program is a professional category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program that helps physicians, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals to put their valuable skills to work and get Permanent Residence.

To qualify, you must have:

  • Received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from IRCC
  • The support of, or a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or with no end date) from a public health authority as a:
    • Physician
    • Specialist
    • Registered nurse
    • Registered psychiatric nurse
    • Nurse practitioner
    • An allied health professional such as:
      • Diagnostic medical sonographer
      • Clinical pharmacist
      • Medical laboratory technologist
      • Medical radiation technologist
      • Occupational therapist
      • Physiotherapist
    • If you are a midwife, a letter of confirmation from established practice group in B.C.
    • Qualified to work in your occupation in B.C.
    • At least 2 years of directly related work experience
    • Shown you can support yourself and your dependents
    • Met the minimum language requirements
    • A wage offers in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

EEBC – International Graduate

If you have graduated with a valid qualification from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last three years, this program can help you gain Permanent Residency.

To qualify, you must have:

  • Received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from IRCC
  • Accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or with no set date) from a B.C. employer. 
  • Qualified to work in your occupation in B.C.
  • Or be eligible for legal immigration status in Canada
  • Shown you can support yourself and your dependents
  • Met the minimum language requirements
  • A wage offers in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation

EEBC- International Post-Graduate

If you have a degree in the sciences from an eligible B.C. institution and considering advancing your career in the province’s growing technology, health care, and applied science sectors. This program can help you gain Permanent Residence in B.C. and you don’t need a job offer. 

You must have graduated in the last three years with a master’s or doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Natural resources conservation and research
  • Physical sciences

Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to actively manage a business in B.C. It is a points-based invitation system. Applicants must have the required personal and investment funds.

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs who want to start a new business in participating regional communities across B.C.

We also have an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees.

Personal Requirements

To qualify, you must:

  • have a personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000
  • demonstrate business and/or management experience
  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

You must also have been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently reside.

Please review our Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category Program Guide to see the complete personal requirements.

Business, job and investment requirements

To qualify you must:

  • establish an eligible new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  • make an eligible personal investment of at least CAD$200,000 in the business
  • create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the business

Please review our Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category Program Guide to see the complete business and investment requirements, including business eligibility and job requirements.

Registration and application fees

All applicants must pay the following fees:

  • $300 registration fee
  • $3,500 application fee
  • $1,000 for each key staff application  

The first step is to research B.C.’s economy and regions to find a business opportunity. The WorkBC website provides comprehensive information and data about B.C.’s labor market and industries. When you have a business idea, please create a profile and a registration with our online application and registration system, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Online. Please include a business concept.

If you are eligible, you will receive a score based on your registration information. We will also put you into a qualified pool. Periodically, we invite people with the highest scores to apply through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Online.

See how to register and apply. Registration requires a non-refundable $300 fee.

Regional Pilot

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot (EI – Regional Pilot) is focused on attracting entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in regional communities. This will help meet the communities’ economic development needs and encourage investments outside urban areas. 

Before considering the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot, you should familiarize yourself with the program criteria and check your eligibility. Please refer to the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Program Guide for more information, including details on ineligible businesses.

Key features of the EI Regional Pilot:

  • Active community role – participating communities have a key role in the pilot. They are actively involved in attracting foreign entrepreneurs to their community and working with local partners and existing networks to provide support for entrepreneurs settling into their communities.
  • Referral from the community – participating communities may refer foreign entrepreneurs to the BC PNP whose business concept aligns with the community’s economic priorities. The foreign entrepreneur must be invited by the community to conduct an exploratory visit and present their concept to the community’s designated contact person prior to receiving a referral.
  • Community concierge – a dedicated British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) concierge service supports communities with immigration program information.
  • Invitations & prioritization – foreign entrepreneurs who are referred by a participating community are placed in a separate registration pool dedicated to the pilot when they register. Regional pilot registrations and applications are prioritized.

Applicant Criteria

To reflect the lower costs of starting a business and settling in regional communities with smaller populations, the personal net worth and investment criteria is lower than the existing Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category (EI – Base Category). There is also a language proficiency requirement where the foreign entrepreneur must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 equivalent.
 
Before considering the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot, you should familiarize yourself with the program criteria and check your eligibility. For more information, including details on ineligible businesses, please refer to the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Program Guide.
 
The EI – Regional Pilot is for foreign entrepreneurs who are planning to start a new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to purchase an existing business can register and apply under the
EI – Base Category of the BC PNP.

Pilot timeline

The pilot will be delivered for a two-year period and will be evaluated to ensure that the community and entrepreneur are benefitting the program and to ensure continued program integrity for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

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