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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program – BC PNP

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada and is the hub of cultural diversity and economic growth. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is the immigration pathway for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in the province. It is one of Canada’s PNP programs with two broad streams for workers and graduates – Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration, plus an additional stream for entrepreneurs.

In this article we will be discussing the basic details of the BC PNP through the following topics:

  • What are the different immigration streams under BC PNP?
  • Basics of BC PNP Tech Pilot
  • What are the documents required for BC PNP in 2021?
  • Why Choose Skyscapeinternational Visas – The Best Immigration Consultant?

What are the different Immigration Streams Under BC PNP?

BC PNP has two major immigration streams-

  1. Skills Immigration (Also include Express Entry BC)
  2. Entrepreneur Immigration
  3. These streams are divided into different categories-

  1. Skilled Worker Category
  2. Healthcare Professional Category
  3. International Graduate Category
  4. International Post-Graduate Category
  5. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled worker Category

Now we explain these categories briefly.

  • Skilled Worker Category: The skilled workers who have already job offers in their hand may apply through this stream. It is mandatory to have work experience for this stream.
  • Healthcare Professional Category: This stream is the pathway for the healthcare workers like physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals. The candidates must have a job offer and work experience to apply for provincial nomination.
  • International Graduate Category: This category helps the eligible master's or doctor's who have passed from an eligible educational institution to apply for provincial nomination.
  • International Post-Graduate Category: This stream invites international students who have completed their graduation from an eligible Canadian college or University in the last three years. The candidates must have a job offer from an eligible employer of the specific province to apply for a PR Visa.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category: This stream help those workers who are in certain entry-level or semi-skilled positions in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long haul trucking, or entry level or semi skilled positions living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia.

Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC)

BC PNP invites those candidates who have applied for Canada PR Visa through the Express Entry Program. This stream is known as Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC).

EEBC has some categories- these are discussed below.

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Health Care Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category

If the candidate gets a provincial nomination certificate, he or she will be awarded 600 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points. The 600 point is the guarantee to the candidate to get an ITA (Invitation to Apply). It is the pathway to apply for Canada PR Visa to IRCC-Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada.

What is BC PNP’s SIRS System?

Skills Immigration Registration system is British Columbia's new point-based immigration system. It is launched in January 2016. Through this system, the applicants get a scope to score registration which decides he or they will be invited to apply or not. The candidate can score based on education level, work experience, and B.C employment offer.

You can calculate your BC PNP points with the help of our latest BC PNP points calculator.

Entrepreneur Immigration

Through this program, experienced international businessmen may apply for PR Visa. This program helps them to run a new business or buy an existing business in the province of British Columbia. This program has two categories-

  1. Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category
  2. Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
  • Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category:This stream invites only senior managers or business owners who want to invest funds into a proposed business in the British Columbia Province.
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot: This program is mainly for those international entrepreneurs who want to set up a new business in a smaller community in British Columbia province.

Basics of BC PNP Tech Pilot

This program is the pathway for experienced technological candidates such as Web engineers and designers, telecommunications career managers, database analysts, etc to apply for PR Visa in British Columbia Province. It was launched in 2017, mainly to assist the employers of the province to search their needs for experienced and qualified candidates. To apply through this program it is mandatory to have a full-time job offer from an eligible employer of the province. British Columbia province is popular for its technology sector. So, the demand for talented workers is higher than the supply of workers. To meet the requirement, BC PNP invites technology-based talents around the World.

Features of BC PNP Tech Pilot

This popular program has some key features such as service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement to meet the needs of the industry.

  • Service:Personalized information and assistance are provided to tech employers using BC PNP concierge.
  • Timeliness: BC PNP issues weekly invitations for the application process. So the qualified skilled tech workers may not wait for a long time for their prosperous work environment, and also employers will find their employees as soon as possible.
  • Prioritization: Qualified and experienced tech applicants meet with their employers quickly because their application process completes hurriedly.
  • Engagement: BC PNP provides a continuous and proactive engagement service to Tech employers.

Note: BC PNP Tech pilot is not a discrete category under BC PNP. Here we provide a list of 29 eligible technology occupations.

Following is the list of 29 key eligible technology occupations:

NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists, and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

What are the documents required for BC PNP in 2021?

Now we clear about the documents which are needed for official processing to assess an immigration application for provincial nomination under the Skills Immigration Category:

  • The candidate must have the job offer letter in the written format on the official company letterhead.
  • The candidate must have evidence that supports him or herself.
  • You must have a well-grounded passport and travel documents.
  • You must have a police certificate and clearance.
  • Civil identity proofs such as age, name, and birth certificate are mandatory for submission.
  • You must go through the IELTS i.e. language proficiency test.
  • You have to show your work-related reference letter.
  • You have to show your proof of legal immigration status in Canada.
  • You must have your all educational certificates.

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