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The BC Provincial Nominee Program

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program designed to help B.C. meet its dynamic labour market and economic development priorities. The program allows B.C. to select foreign workers and international graduates who have the skills and experience to contribute to B.C.’s economy. The BC PNP also selects entrepreneurs who are ready to invest in our economy and create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The BC PNP is operated by the Province of B.C. in partnership with the federal government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The BC PNP assesses applications and nominates candidates for permanent residence. CIC makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants (provincial nominees).

*NEW* Program Changes Effective July 2, 2015

  • BC PNP has introduced an online application process and electronic payment system. All new Skills Immigration applications and Entrepreneur Immigration registrations must be submitted via BC PNP Online.


  • Health Care Professionals and Northeast Pilot Project applications may now be submitted through BC PNP Online.
  • The BC PNP has reached the limit of 200 new Skills Immigration applications for 2015 and is not currently accepting applications in any other Skills Immigration categories. 
  • The BC PNP continues to focus on processing applications from the inventory. Processing times for new applications will be based on operational capacity.
  • All applications submitted on or before March 31, 2015 will be assessed according the program criteria in place at the time of submission – BC PNP will not retroactively apply new criteria.
  • For more information on changes to program requirements or applications to the Skills Immigration stream, see our Program Requirements page.


  • BC PNP has streamlined two categories - Business Skills and Regional Business - into one Entrepreneur Immigration stream to improve efficiency and outcomes.
  • A mandatory online Entrepreneur Registration system is now available to simplify the intake process and ensure timely processing for high-impact applications.
  • For more information on changes to program requirements, the new online registration process, or applications to the Entrepreneur Immigration stream, see our Program Requirements page.

I want to work in B.C.

If you are a skilled worker, a recent international graduate from a Canadian college or university, or an entry level or semi-skilled worker, you may be eligible to apply to the Express Entry British Columbia and Skills Immigration streams.

I want to invest in and manage a business in B.C.

If you are an entrepreneur interested in moving to B.C. to invest in and actively manage a business, you may be eligible to immigrate through the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

I am an employer

If you are a B.C. employer, the Express Entry British Columbia and Skills Immigration streams are pathways to citizenship that allow you to attract and retain skilled and qualified foreign workers to help meet your critical employment needs.

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This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.