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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program?

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a process that allows the province of British Columbia to nominate immigrants to fill the economic and labour market needs of the province. There are two streams under the British Columbia PNP: the Strategic Occupations Stream and the Business Immigrants Stream.

Who is eligible to make application to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program?

There are two different streams under the BC PNP system, each with their own categories:

What occupations are eligible under the BC PNP Strategic Occupations Stream?

The BC PNP considers ALL skilled occupations under the National Occupational Classification codes 0, A and B, as well as select Entry Level and Semi-Skilled occupations in tourism/hospitality, food processing, and long-haul truck drivers.

Is there a fee for submitting my application to the BC PNP?

There is a $550 non-refundable processing fee for each application to the Strategic Occupations component of the BC PNP.

There is a $3,000 non-refundable processing fee for each application to the BC PNP business immigrants stream (business skills applicants proposing supporting nomination of key staff member must also pay an additional $1,000.)

I don't have a job offer from a BC employer. Am I still eligible for nomination through the BC PNP?

The Strategic Occupations component of the BC PNP is an employer-driven program, thus it is a requirement for applications to be establishing an "employer-employee" relationship. Applications will not be approved where a nominee applicant has not received a indeterminate and full-time offer of employment from a BC employer.

Only nominee applicants to the International Post-Graduates Pilot Project are eligible for nomination without a job offer.

Does a BC PNP nomination allow me to legally work in BC?

A nomination through the BC PNP does NOT provide you with the legal status to be able to work in the province. It is the responsibility of the nominee applicant to obtain and maintain legal working status. However, If you are nominated, the BC PNP will support you in obtaining or extending an existing work permit.

How can I fast-track my application under the Business Immigrants Stream?

Business Skills and Regional Business applicants can seek fast-track nomination by posting a $125,000 performance deposit and signing a Deposit Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.

What are eligible graduate degree programs under post-graduates pilot project?

A graduate degree (masters or earned doctorate) awarded for studies in the natural, applied or health sciences. This includes programs in the following fields of study:
  • Agriculture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research
  • Physical Sciences

Distance learning programs where the Nominee Applicant has not been resident in BC during the period of studies are not eligible.

What are the eligible businesses for Business Immigrants Stream?

The BC PNP will only consider applications to establish or purchase and expand a business that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The business must be operated for the primary purpose of earning profits from active income through the provision of products/services.
  • The business must have good potential for sustained commercial viability.
  • The business must have the potential to create significant economic benefits to British Columbia by contributing to one or more of the following:
    • increasing value-added manufacturing, processing or primary resource activity
    • increasing exports of goods or services
    • increasing destination tourism
    • increasing R&D/technology commercialization
    • developing innovative and creative approaches to traditional businesses
    • transferring technology, skills and specialized know-how to the province
    • servicing an underserved local or regional market

The BC PNP will give special priority to business proposals that contribute to:

  • Expanding business with the Asia Pacific region
  • Utilizing wood infected by Mountain Pine Beetle
  • Diversifying the economies of communities affected by Mountain Pine Beetle damage
  • Creating business partnerships with the province's First Nations (aboriginal people)
  • Developing the province's emerging technology industries: alternative energy, clean technologies, information technology, new media, and life sciences

What kind of businesses are not eligible for Business Immigrants Stream?

Applications will NOT be considered for the following types of businesses:

  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based businesses
  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing and cash machine businesses
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Coin operated laundries
  • Automated car wash operations
  • Sale of used goods (excluding collectibles, or where the business provides value-added services such as repairs, refurbishing, or recycling)
  • Real estate development/brokerage, insurance brokerage or business brokerage
  • Businesses involved in the production, distribution or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products or services, or in the provision of sexually oriented services
  • Any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the program or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute

In addition, applications will NOT be considered for the following types of businesses in the Vancouver metropolitan area or the Abbotsford metropolitan area:

  • Convenience stores
  • Video and DVD rental stores
  • Gasoline service stations
  • Personal dry cleaning services
  • Franchise operations, unless pre-authorized by the BC PNP