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British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 4.8 million as of 2017, it is Canada's third-most populous province. People from around the world move to British Columbia to pursue new lives in this welcoming and beautiful province. Its diverse, strong and growing economy is creating many opportunities for individuals and businesses. British Columbia’s economic growth depends on having enough skilled and qualified people to meet labor market needs.
The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in B.C. Below are the various Streams of the BC PNP:

  • The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream
  • The Skills Immigration (SI) stream
  • The Entrepreneur Immigration stream

1.The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) connects to the federal Express Entry system. It’s a faster way for eligible skilled workers to gain permanent residence in B.C. The Express  Entry  BC  (EEBC) streams  are  intended  for  workers  or international  graduates  with  the  skills,  education  and/or  experience  required  for high-demand occupations in B.C.

2.The Skills Immigration (SI) stream

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers. Skilled Worker category, you must have the following:
  • Minimum   two   years   of directly related full -time   (or   full -time   equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation.
  • An offer of indeterminate, full - time employment from an eligible B.C.  Employer at a wage that meets industry standards.
  • Evidence that minimum income requirements are met.
  • language proficiency – (minimum  score  equal  to  or  greater  than  a  benchmark  4 CLB)

3. The Entrepreneur Immigration stream

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a path to immigrate to Canada and settle in B.C. for experienced entrepreneurs who can support innovation and economic growth in the province.
  • In  order  to  be  eligible  under  the  Entrepreneur Immigration  stream, the applicant  must  have  been  lawfully admitted in the country where he/ she currently reside. Applications  will  not  be  approved  if  the applicant is  in  Canada  and  do  not  have  valid immigration status, or working without authorization.
  • In order  to  register,  the applicant must have   at  least  a  minimum  of  $600,000  in  personal  net  worth which should be  legally obtained and verifiable. All the personal net worth, including all assets and those of your spouse or common-law partner, less any liabilities including mortgages.

Applicant  must have a minimum of:

  • More than three years of experience as an active business owner-manager
  • More than four years of experience as a senior manager
  • A combination of at least one year of experience as an active business owner - manager and at least two years of experience as a senior manager.

Applicant  must  have one of the following:

  • A post-secondary credential
  • Experience as an active business owner - manager with 100 per cent ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years.
  • Business plan must demonstrate:
  • The proposed business is consistent with the registration business concept.
  • Potential for commercial viability under your ownership, including a market entry strategy to show how your proposed business will be successful in British Columbia.
  • The minimum eligible personal investment of $200,000 must be derived from personal net worth.


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