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The BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an economic immigration program designed to help B.C. meet its evolving labour market needs. The program helps employers attract and retain qualified foreign workers who have the skills and experience to contribute to B.C.’s economy. It also selects entrepreneurs ready to invest in our economy and create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

 

Skills Streams

To be eligible for the program, you will need to satisfy the criteria in one of the following categories:

  • - Skilled workers (managers, professionals and skilled trades people),

  • - Health care professionals (physicians, registered nurses and other health care workers),

  • - International graduates:

    •      With a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university, or

    •      With a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a B.C. university (for this category only, you do not need to have a job offer),

  • - Entry-level or semi-skilled workers in tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking, and

  • - Entry-level or semi-skilled workers who are living in the northeast region of the province.


Business Streams

You can apply to the PNP as a business immigrant in one of three categories as described below. Each category has specific requirements.

The Entrepreneur category is the best choice if:

  • - You would like to start or purchase and expand a business anywhere in B.C.

  • - You have a personal net worth of at least $800,000.

  • - You intend to invest at least $400,000 in (and acquire at least one-third equity ownership of) the business.

  • - You can commit to creating at least three new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

  • - You would like to propose one key staff member on your application.

The Regional Entrepreneur category is the best choice if:

  • - You would like to start or purchase and expand a business outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan areas.

  • - You have a personal net worth of at least $400,000.

  • - You intend to invest at least $200,000 in (and acquire at least one-third equity ownership of) the business.

  • - You can commit to creating at least one new job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The Strategic Projects category is the best choice if:

  • - Your company is interested in setting up a B.C.-based operation (such as a branch office or subsidiary) anywhere in the province.

  • - Your company intends to make an equity investment of at least $500,000 in the business.

  • - You would like to propose up to five key staff members on the application and you can commit to create at least three new jobs for each key staff member.

The Regional Business Succession Option is a good choice if you intend to purchase and manage an existing B.C. business. This option applies to all business immigration categories where the business is located outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan areas. This category offers priority processing and includes reduced job creation requirements.

 

 
 
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