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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

Located on the western cost, British Columbia is a one of the key provinces of Canada. It is a vibrant province and a key contributor in the Canadian GDP and economy. It is known for its cultural diversity and tremendous infrastructure. The Victoria is the capital of British Columbia with Vancouver as the largest city of the province and one of the best in the world.

The BCPNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program) is the PNP of the province of British Columbia. Through BCPNP, the province selects the appropriate candidates, which suites its labour market and economy the best. The selected candidates under BCPNP become eligible to receive nomination certificate, which further enable them for permanent residency in British Columbia, Canada. The BCPNP is known for faster processing time.

What are the key categories of BCPNP?

There are two basic streams of BCPNP:

Skills Immigration

The Skills Immigration of BCPNP can be segregated in two the below categories:

  • Skilled Worker Category: This particular category has been designed for the people who have got an eligible Canadian job offer in a skilled occupation. The overseas workers under this category are likely to have many years of experience in their respective skilled occupations.
  • Health Care Professional Category: You can apply under this category provided you have experience and eligible job offers in health care, i.e. as physician, psychiatric nurse, nurse, or allied health professionals, etc. The valid job offer needs to be obtained for one among the 11 qualifying health occupations in BC.
  • International Graduate Category: This is for the people who have done graduation from an eligible Canadian college or university in the past 2 years. A job offer needs to be acquired from an employer in BC to be eligible under this sub-category.
  • International Post-Graduate Category:This particular category has been designed for the graduates with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible institution in BC in the natural, applied, or health sciences programs of study. The key advantage of this program is that No job offer is required to apply under this sub-category.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category: This category is for the workers, who are in certain entry-level or semi-skilled positions in the industries or occupations, such as, food processing, tourism/hospitality, or long-haul trucking, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled positions employed in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia.

SIRS Launched by BCPNP in January 2016

The SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System) is the new registration system launched by BCPNP, in the month of January this year. It is intended to process the nomination applications received from the BCPNP candidates. It is the EOI based system like Express Entry, which provides points to the applicants and subsequently launches intervallic draws to select the applicants with best score.

The key categories of SIRS system are as follows:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate
  • Express Entry B.C. – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry B.C. – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration – Northeast Pilot Project
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Express Entry British Columbia

The Express Entry stream of BC permits the eligible candidates to get priority processing of both their BC PNP application and permanent residence application upon selection in the BCPNP. The express entry has this special stream of BCPNP to select candidates for BC.

Below categories can be processed via Express Entry British Columbia:

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

Entrepreneur Immigration

This particular stream has been designed for the people who want to invest and settle in British Columbia, Canada. The candidates selected under this stream become eligible for Canadian permanent residency. This stream can be divided into the two main categories:

  • Entrepreneur Category: This particular category is designed for business owners or the senior managers, who wish to invest in a planned business in the province of British Columbia.
  • Strategic Projects Category: This particular category is designed for the overseas controlled organizations, to allow them establish an operation in the province of British Columbia. Up to five key people can be nominated for permanent residence in the province, which are of overseas managerial rank, professionals, or technical staff members.

Read : What is the Express Entry  Program?

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