British Columbia’s PNP: Immigration pathways to Canada’s Pacific Coast

Canada’s gateway to the Pacific, British Columbia, is the country’s third largest province by size and population. It plays host to the vibrant city of Vancouver, as well as a lush, rugged interior dotted by charming small and medium-sized towns.

Recognizing the importance of immigration to its population growth and economic development, British Columbia has developed an extensive provincial nominee program, the BC PNP, which divides into essentially two streams: Skills Immigration/Express Entry B.C. and Entrepreneur Immigration.

The Skills Immigration Stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. and international graduates of eligible Canadian post-secondary programs and institutions.

The Skills Immigration Stream has five categories: Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate, International Post-Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker.

The first four of these categories – Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate and International Post-Graduate – are also linked to the federal Express Entry system and allow the BC PNP to nominate skilled worker candidates with an Express Entry profile.
Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which effectively assures an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.


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