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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Overview

  • The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) aims to accelerate the process for those wishing to obtain Canadian permanent resident status and who intend to settle permanently in British Columbia. 
  • The program is operated by the British Columbia government in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.
  • IRCC allocates to BC PNP a limited number of nominations each year. 

Requirements

  • Investment of a minimum of $200,000 in the new or existing business.
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Net worth of minimum of CAD600,000.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 In English or French in each of the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading and writing, by the time of nomination.
  • Business management experience.
  • Have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada.

Processing

  • Stage I - Registration: Submit Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • Stage II - Get the requirement for Invitation To Apply (ITA) submission.
  • Stage III - Application for Work Permit to establish a new business in BC.
  • Stage IV - Submit application to British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, sign a performance agreement (PA) with B.C.
  • Stage V - Nomination for Permanent Residence.
  • Stage VI - Received Permanent Residence.

British Columbia Overview

  • British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province, defined by the Pacific coastline and mountain ranges, and home of Canada’s third largest city, Vancouver. The province’s economy is diverse and relies on a strong natural resources sector, with a focus on forestry and mining.
  • British Columbia’s culture combines a unique mix of European, Asian, and First Nations influences, and its eight regions each provide dynamic and diverse features.