British Columbia

British Columbia

British Columbia is located on the West Coast of Canada. The province is known for its stunning natural beauty accentuated by the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. British Columbia is one of the leading immigration destinations in Canada because of its rapid and consistent economic growth and increasing need for a quality labor force.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers a set of immigration pathways designed to help foreign nationals become permanent residents in British Columbia. The PNP is strategically designed to pull in immigrants to work in those areas that will benefit the province. These include skilled workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. It also includes workers in sectors with a shortage of local labor. British Columbia operates many immigration streams that have been divided into two categories. They are

  • British Columbia Skills Immigration
  • British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration

British Columbia Skills Immigration

British Columbia Skills Immigration is aimed at foreign nationals with the skills to become relevant elements of the British Columbia workforce. The pathways within BC Skills Immigration focus on immigrants with the best employment prospects in BC. They must also prove that they have the experience needed to secure and maintain employment as residents of the province. The pathways are:

  • British Columbia Skilled Worker
  • British Columbia Healthcare Professional
  • British Columbia International Graduate
  • British Columbia International Post-Graduate
  • British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker (ELSS)

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration is aimed at foreign nationals and organizations with a proven track record of success in business ownership, investment, and management. Individual entrepreneurs with noteworthy personal net worth and international corporations with high yearly revenues can immigrate to BC by starting new businesses in the British Columbia province. The pathways are:

  • British Columbia Entrepreneur
  • British Columbia Entrepreneur Regional Pilot
  • British Columbia Strategic Projects

British Columbia Express Entry

To apply for any British Columbia Immigration Streams, you need not be eligible for Express Entry. Most of the BC Skills Immigration programs include a smooth and accelerated pathway to permanent residence for eligible candidates with an active Express Entry profile.

British Columbia PNP Tech

This pathway is aimed at foreign workers skilled in any of the in-demand tech openings in the province. The BC PNP Tech program is in sync with the BC Skills Immigration. If you are interested in applying for Canadian permanent residency through this program, you must first review the various streams available within the Skills Immigration category. BC PNP Tech ensures that skilled and eligible foreign workers receive faster processing and support through additional resources. At present, there are 29 jobs for which foreign workers with the requisite skills can apply under the BC PNP Tech Pilot program. The BC PNP Tech program is a huge success and has been helping companies in the province achieve their future hiring requirements.

Some of the key benefits of the program are:

  • To qualify or apply, you don’t have to submit a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • You are allowed to receive a work permit support letter for renewing your permit or for applying for a new one

How To Improve Chances of Permanent Residency in British Columbia

First, identify the immigration stream and category you are eligible for and register with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The British Columbia authorities will review your job, qualification, current location in BC, language skills, and wage and match these with the needs of the provincial labor market. You must complete all the sections to register successfully with the BC PNP online.

You need not register with the SIRS if you apply for the International Post-Graduate Category and the Healthcare Professional Category. Simply apply directly through BC PNP online to receive a registration score. This is calculated by considering multiple factors and entering into a specific selection pool for the chosen category. If your score is above a certain threshold, you will receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination in a provincial draw. You will then have 30 days to apply through BC PNP online. You will receive a provincial nomination through the Express Entry system if your application is approved.

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