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 Worker Have work experience in/out of Canada Have Have Have
International Graduate Graduated Bachelor/College in Canada Have Have Have
International Post-Graduate Graduated with a Master’s/PhD in Canada in the fields of science/engineering Are not Are not Have
Health Authority Experience working in the medical field Have Are not Have
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Have low- or intermediate-level professional skills Have Have Are 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):

10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
20012 Computer and information systems managers
21100 Physicists and astronomers
21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211 Data scientists
21220 Cybersecurity specialists
21221 Business systems specialists
21222 Information systems specialists
21223 Database analysts and data administrators
21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
21231 Software engineers and designers
21232 Software developers and programmers
21233 Web designers
21234 Web developers and programmers
21300 Civil engineers
21301 Mechanical engineers
21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21320 Chemical engineers
21399 Other professional engineers
22110 Biological technologists and technicians
22220 Computer network and web technicians
22221 User support technicians
22222 Information systems testing technicians
22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
51112 Technical writers
51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52112 Broadcast technicians
52113 Audio and video recording technicians
52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
30010 Managers in health care
31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31102 General practitioners and family physicians
31110 Dentists
31201 Chiropractors
31120 Pharmacists
31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31203 Occupational therapists
32120 Medical laboratory technologists
32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32121 Medical radiation technologists
32122 Medical sonographers
32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
32110 Denturists
32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32101 Licensed practical nurses
32102 Paramedical occupations
41300 Social workers
42201 Social and community service workers
31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101 Specialists in surgery
31302 Nurse practitioners
31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31202 Physiotherapists
31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
32120 Medical laboratory technologists
32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
32112 Dental technologists and technicians
32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
31200 Psychologists
41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
42202 Early childhood educators and assistants
31103 Veterinarians
32104 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
41200 University 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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