British Columbia Provincial Skills

The province of British Columbia has an area of ​​944,735 square kilometers with more than 5,200,000 inhabitants (updated in 2022). In Vancouver, sunny days usually fall in July-August with temperatures around 20-25°C. December is the coldest with an average temperature of 6°C. A natural environment with vast forests and a unique coastal climate, British Columbia is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

Program overview

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Skills Immigration opens opportunities for international workers and international students to permanently settle in British Columbia under the following streams:
Skilled WorkerHave work experience in/out of CanadaHaveHaveHave
International GraduateGraduated Bachelor/College in CanadaHaveHaveHave
International Post-GraduateGraduated with a Master’s/PhD in Canada in the fields of science/engineeringAre notAre notHave
Health AuthorityExperience working in the medical fieldHaveAre notHave
Entry Level and Semi-SkilledHave low- or intermediate-level professional skillsHaveHaveAre not
(*) Based on the SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System) system, the provincial government will rank and select applications based on scores of factors including:

  • Degree
  • English/foreign language proficiency
  • Job
  • Work experience
  • Salary of the job in BC
  • Intent to live, work and settle in a specific area in BC
  • Another priority factor to address specific labor market needs in BC
(**) When receiving a provincial nomination, candidates will be added 600 points to the Express Entry scoring system – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and shorten the time to process Permanent Residence (PR).

BC PNP Tech Program

BC PNP Tech is an application form under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams. The goal of the program is to help provincial businesses attract talent in the Technology field to fill the workforce gap, enabling these candidates to become permanent residents quickly.

List of occupations prioritized for selection (updated):

10030Telecommunication carriers managers
20012Computer and information systems managers
21100Physicists and astronomers
21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211Data scientists
21220Cybersecurity specialists
21221Business systems specialists
21222Information systems specialists
21223Database analysts and data administrators
21230Computer systems developers and programmers
21231Software engineers and designers
21232Software developers and programmers
21233Web designers
21234Web developers and programmers
21300Civil engineers
21301Mechanical engineers
21310Electrical and electronics engineers
21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21320Chemical engineers
21399Other professional engineers
22110Biological technologists and technicians
22220Computer network and web technicians
22221User support technicians
22222Information systems testing technicians
22310Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
50011Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
22312Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
51111Authors and writers (except technical)
51112Technical writers
51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52119Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52112Broadcast technicians
52113Audio and video recording technicians
52120Graphic designers and illustrators
53111Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
30010Managers in health care
31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31121Dietitians and nutritionists
31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31203Occupational therapists
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
32123Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32101Licensed practical nurses
32102Paramedical occupations
41300Social workers
42201Social and community service workers
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31302Nurse practitioners
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32129Other medical technologists and technicians
32112Dental technologists and technicians
32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
33100Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
42202Early childhood educators and assistants
32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
41200University professors and lecturers

Processing Time

At the provincial level, BC PNP applications are typically processed in about 3-4 months. At the federal level, applications for permanent residence (PR) will be processed in about 15-19 months under the regular stream or shortened to 6 months for applications linked to the Express Entry system.

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