British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has garnered the reputation of the most culturally diverse provinces of Canada and rightly so. It is a hub of economic growth and people belonging to various cultures coming together for boosting the economy.
The BC PNP stands for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Via this immigration program, prospective immigrants who possess the right work experience and skills, required by the province might become eligible for British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate that would permit them to apply for permanent Canadian residence. This way, an extensive range of entrepreneurs, graduates, and workers can settle permanently in British Columbia.

Applications are accepted based on two broad streams:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration
  • Skills immigration (which includes the Express Entry British Columbia)

Skills Immigration – BC PNP

The Immigration program is divided into the following categories:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Health Care Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post- Graduate
  • Entry-level and semi-skilled worker

Requirements for BC PNP

Some of the categories under BC-PNP are managed under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). According to this unique system, potential applicants first register a profile while giving some personal information regarding the job offer they got in BC along with their level of education, work experience, and language ability. Some BC-PNP categories need the applicants to have a job offer from an employer from BC, a specific number of categories are managed outsider the SIRS and do not require the applicants to have a job offer.

The SIRS operates on Invitation to Apply basis/ Expression of Interest. The registered candidates get a score out of 200. The registration score is based on a variety of factors. You could get into a selection pool as well for your chosen category. You can stay in the selection pool for up to 12 months or until you get an invitation to apply. The government of British Columbia carries out periodic draws in which the candidates who successfully mess the threshold for their category in that particular draw are invited to apply for provincial nomination.

Invitation Process

Eligible applicants under the EEBC, Skilled Worker and EEBC along with International Graduate categories would receive an invitation so that they can apply on the basis of Express Entry BC stream. The issued invitations are based on the BC PNP’s allocation for annual nomination and processing capacity. If you get the invitation to apply, you have 30 days from the date of receiving the invitation to submit a complete application through BCPNP online via TIC. Only the highest-scoring registrants get the invitation for the selection pool. If you did not receive one, you need to improve your score.


If your application gets approved, you will get the nomination to apply for permanent residence via the IRCC Express system. You have to receive it via the IRCC Express system portal so that you can receive a federal invitation to apply for permanent residence as IRCC’s provincial nominee.

A BC PNP nomination does not authorize you to work while your application is getting processed by IRCC. If you want to work in British Columbia in that period, you need to have the authorization to work while you are in Canada.