News

Check back often for the latest news about the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), including numbers of invitations issued, program changes, and more.

March 20, 2019

Service Outage Notice – March 21, 2019 

The BCPNP Online application system will not be available on Thursday, March 21st from 9:30am (PT) to 10:30am (PT) due to server maintenance. Service will be restored by 10:30am (PT) on March 21st. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

March 19, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

March 14, 2019

BC PNP launches the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

The Province has launched the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot. The pilot is focused on attracting entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in regional communities. This will help meet the communities’ economic development needs and encourage investments outside urban areas.

“Due to an aging workforce and a preference for city living, some smaller towns can face challenges growing their local economies,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “This pilot will attract new businesses that create jobs and spread investment around the province so more British Columbians can benefit from shared prosperity.”

Over 30 communities have joined the pilot. To be eligible to participate, the community must have settlement and business supports in place to help newcomers successfully integrate.
The new pilot complements the existing BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category that is currently in place, but has different applicant criteria to reflect the lower cost of starting a business in a smaller centre.

The pilot will be delivered for an initial two-year period. 

Read the news release here: Immigration pilot program helps drive economic growth

For more information:
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

March 12, 2019

Service Outage Notice – March 13, 2019

The BCPNP Online application system will not be available on Wednesday, March 13th from 7:30am (PT) to 10:30am (PT) due to server maintenance. Service will be restored by 10:00am (PT) on March 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

March 12, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

March 5, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

February 27, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Invitations Issued

On February 26, 2019, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. On February 27, 2019, the BC PNP issued invitations to entrepreneur immigration registrants. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide or the Entrepreneur Immigration Program Guide. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

February 19, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

February 12, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

February 6, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

On February 5, 2019, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 30, 2019

The Immigration Programs Branch will be hosting an information session via webinar for foreign entrepreneurs, third-party representatives and other interested parties who would like to learn more about the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Program including the new EI Regional Pilot.

This webinar will provide general information about the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) category and the EI Regional Pilot.  A particular focus will be on the applicant criteria and process, highlighting the differences of each between the two categories.

Date:   Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time:   10:30am – 12:00noon (PT)
To register:      EI Regional Pilot: Information Session for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Who should attend this session? 
Foreign entrepreneurs, third party representatives and other interested parties will benefit from attending this information session.

Attendees will:
  • Understand the applicant criteria and process for the EI category and the EI Regional Pilot
  • Learn more about the objectives of the pilot
  • Understand the differences between the two BC PNP categories for entrepreneurs
  • Know where to start if interested in applying for the pilot
General information is available on the EI Regional Pilot page.  A Regional Pilot Program Guide will be available in late February 2019. Please note that the elements of the Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot are subject to change, and any updates to the pilot will be posted on our website.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 30, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, and to Entrepreneur Immigration registrants. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide or the Entrepreneur Immigration Program Guide. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 29, 2019

Post-Nomination Support now Available Through BCPNP Online

Nominees who require post-nomination support from the BC PNP can now make requests directly in BCPNP Online by accessing post-nomination support under their dashboard.
 
For full information, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Post-Nomination Guide. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 28, 2019

Service Outage Notice – Tuesday, January 29th:

The BCPNP Online application system will not be available on Tuesday, January 29th from 6:00am (PT) to 10:00am (PT) due to server maintenance.  Service will be restored by 10:00am (PT) on January 29th. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          

January 23, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 16, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 9, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

January 2, 2019

Skills Immigration &  Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Archived BC PNP news items from 2015 to 2016 are available in this document.

Archived BC PNP news items from 2010 to 2014 are available in this document.