British Columbia Nominee Program

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program provides the pathway to this province of Canada to get skilled and qualified workers from all over the globe, according to economic demand of the province which is most economically developed among Canadian States. The BCPNP allows skilled workers and entrepreneurs to get permanent residency through different streams and the selected candidate by these PNP streams can apply for the permanent residency in Canada through IRCC Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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By the start of this year the new registration system launched by BCPNP named as Skilled Immigration Registration System (SIRS) which deals with the applications of interested candidates for BCPNP. It is the Expression of Interest base system like Express Entry which describes points to the applicants and selects the applicants with the best score.

For occupations

For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must have sufficient language proficiency in English or French by showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in all competencies and for occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary but if the applicant is claiming points for language. The BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results to determine proficiency in English. Candidate must have to demonstrate minimum income requirements and employer offering job must meet the requirements for employers in BC.

Express Entry stream

First we will mention here the Express Entry stream which deals with the BCPNP to select candidates for British Columbia like here is British Columbia PNP Skills Immigration stream which deals with  SKILLED WORKER CATEGORY which is for the candidates who have eligible Canadian job offer in a skilled occupation with many years of experience or training under skilled occupation. The job offer must be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B.


HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY in which candidate must have a job offer from eligible BC Public Health Authority in health care like Physician, Psychiatric nurse, helping health professionals among the 11 qualifying occupations in BC and must have two years experience in offered skilled occupation. As a midwife, an applicant must be registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia and have a letter of confirmation from an established practise group in British Columbia confirming their acceptance into the group as an affiliated midwife for a period of at least six months and signed by the head of the practice group.


Then INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CATEGORY which is for the candidates who have done their graduation in recent past two years from any eligible institute in Canada. Along with this, a job offer is needed which should be full-time employment for an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B from an eligible B.C. employer.


Along with this INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE CATEGORY which is designed for the students having masters or doctor degrees in fields like Agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences, Biological and biomedical sciences, Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering, Engineering technology and engineering-related fields, Health professions and related programs, Mathematics and statistics, Natural resources conservation and Physical sciences from any eligible institute from BC and candidates have to provide evidence that they intend to live in British Columbia permanently.


And finally the ENTRY LEVEL AND SEMI SKILLED WORKER CATEGORY, including employment in the Northeast Development Region of BC, which is for the workers who are currently living and working in semi-skilled positions in industries like food processing, hospitality or long haul trucking or employed in the North East Development Region of British Columbia. To be an eligible candidate must have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer, in an eligible occupation, have been employed full-time in an ELSS eligible occupation for at least nine consecutive months immediately before applying with the same B.C. employer supporting the application. Maintain full-time employment throughout the application process and job offer too should remain valid throughout the process. Submit language proficiency test CLB 4 in all components.

EXPRESS ENTRY BRITISH COLUMBIA is aligned with the Federal Express Entry immigration selection system which significantly reduces processing time as Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC almost took 2-3 months. Potential Express Entry candidates are required to meet minimum provincial eligibility criteria for one of these categories under the BC PNP Skilled Workers (including Health Care Professionals category), International Post Graduates which could be applied without a job letter, International Graduates, International Post Graduates category, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category.

BC ENTREPRENEUR IMMIGRATION has a unique registration system, known as the Entrepreneur Immigration Registration and the candidates who have registered must be invited to apply before they can submit an application to the program.

Successful candidates will obtain a work permit and, if the candidate in British Columbia fulfils the requirements of the stream on an ongoing basis, they will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced business people who can establish themselves in B.C. and invest in and give benefits to the provincial economy. Minimum requirements include Personal net worth of at least $600,000, eligible experience as an active business owner with 100 per cent ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years or Post-secondary credential. Submit a business concept that demonstrates an active management role in the day-to-day operations of the proposed business and the creation of at least one new job in the proposed B.C. business with Personal investment of CAD $200,000 is eligible expenses. If proposing a key staff member, the investment requirement increases to $400,000 and the job creation to three.


BC PNP ENTREPRENEUR IMMIGRATION-REGIONAL PILOT is a new immigration pathway for foreign nationals want to start and run a new business in smaller communities across British Columbia which have fewer than 75,000 people. Two years pilot intended to help distribute economic benefits.


Skilled immigration registration system SIRS online point-based immigration in which 120 points are dedicated to economic factors and 80 for the core human capital factors as divide out of total 200 points. SIRS also award bonus points for job offer, early work experience and education history.

To achieve Invitation to Apply 105 minimum are required for EE-BC Skilled Worker, 135 for EE-BC International Graduate, 135 Skills Immigration-Skilled worker, 105 for Skills Immigration-International Graduate, 95 points for Skills Immigration-Northern Pilot Project and 95 for Skills Immigration Entry-level and Semi-skilled. These points guarantee ITA but sometimes according to situation candidates with lower points can achieve ITA aswell.

British Columbia PNP SIRS Points calculator 2019 is here mentioned below:

Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer Points
NOC Skill Level A (including Skill Type 0) 25
NOC Skill Level B 10
NOC Skill Level C 5
NOC Skill Level D 5

Bonus points:

Occupation is a “00” NOC 15
Occupation identified in the Top 100 occupations in the BC Labour Market Outlook 2014-2024 10
Currently working in B.C. for the employer in occupation identified in the BC PNP registration 10
Maximum Score Available 60
Annual Wage of the B.C. Job Offer Points
$100,000 and above 50
$97,500 to $99,999 38
$95,000 to $97,499 37
Maximum Score Available 50

Annual wage decrease gradually and so the points decrease simultaneously but the maximum scores are 50 as mentioned above.

Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job Offer Points
5+ years 15
4 to 5 years 12
3 to 4 years 9
2 to 3 years 6
1 to 2 years 3
Less than 1 year 1

Bonus points:

At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada 10
Maximum Score Available 25


Doctoral or Master’s degree 17
Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma 11
Bachelor’s degree 11
Trades certification 11
Associate Degree 4
Non-trades certification or Diploma 2
High School 0

Bonus points:

Post-secondary education completed in B.C 8
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.) 6
Education Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier 4
Trades certification assessment from the Industry Training Authority 4
Maximum Score Available 25

Canadian Language Benchmark Level Points

Canadian Language Benchmark Level Points
10+ 30
9 26
8 22
7 18
6 14
5 10
4 6
Below 4 0
Maximum Score Available 30

Regional District of Employment Points

Regional District of Employment Points
Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary, Alberni-Clayoquot 10
Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shushwap, East Kootenay 8
Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay 6
Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George 4
Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan 2
Capital, Fraser Valley 2
Greater Vancouver 0
Maximum Score Available 10

Canada’s Express Entry program and British Columbia’s Skilled Immigration
Here is the list of the things needed to apply for BCPNP sub categories:

  • ECA Educational Credential Assessment from any assessing authority
  • IELTS test with CLB 4 in all components to prove English language proficiency
  • Valid passport and travelling documents
  • Work Related Reference Letters
  • Employers need to substantiate the immigration application of their employees with a written offer of employment on the official company letterhead.
  • Proof of having sufficient funds required to support themselves and family member
    and other basic required documents.
British Columbia Occupation List
Occupation NOC Code
Retailer and Wholesale Trade Manager NOC 0621
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers NOC 0121
Restaurant and Food Service Managers NOC 0631
Construction Managers NOC 0711
Corporate Sales Manager NOC 0601
Banking, Credit and Other Investment Managers NOC 0122
Financial Managers NOC 0111
Senior Managers- Financial, Communications & Other Business Services NOC 0013
Computer & Information Manages NOC 0213
Facility Operation & Maintenance Managers NOC 0714
Senior Managers- Trade, Broadcasting & Other NOC 0015
Human Resources Manager NOC 0112
Accommodation Service Manager NOC 0632
Managers in Social, Community & Correctional Services NOC 0423
Managers in Transportation NOC 0731
Engineering Managers NOC 0211
Administrator-post-secondary & vocational training NOC 0421
Financial Auditors & Accountants NOC 1111
Information Systems Analysts & Consultants NOC 2171
Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers NOC 2174
College & Other Vocational Instructors NOC 4021
University Professors & Lecturers NOC 4011
Other Financial Officers NOC 1114
Software Engineers & Designers NOC 2173
Civil Engineers NOC 2131
Mechanical Engineers NOC 2132
Authors & Writers NOC 5121
Social Workers NOC 4152
Architects NOC 2151
Psychologists NOC 4151