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This page was last updated on August 11, 2022.

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


August 11, 2022

Skills Immigration Immigration invitations issued

On August 10, 2022, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


August 3, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


August 2, 2022

BC PNP Statistical Report 2021 released

The BC PNP has released the statistical report for the year 2021. The report provides a range of statistical results about the program, including nominations, occupations, salaries, countries of origin, and regional distribution of nominees in the province. This year’s report also contains a new section outlining the program’s strategic priorities and performance measures for the program.
 
The 2021 statistical report can be viewed on the Documents page. The reports from 2016 to 2020 are on the Archived Documents page.


July 26, 2022

Skills Immigration Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


July 19, 2022

Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, and childcare in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, and to qualified Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot registrants.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Program Guides.


July 14, 2022

Service Outage Notice – Wednesday July 20, 2022
 

The BCPNP Online application system will not be available on July 20, 2022, from 11:00am (PT) to 4:00pm (PT) due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


July 13, 2022

British Columbia reopens BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Base category

B.C. has ended the temporary pause to the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base category and is now open to new registrations from experienced entrepreneurs.

The EI Base category was temporarily paused on July 19, 2021, to ensure it was aligned with government’s priorities and positioned to support economic recovery. As a result of an internal review, some changes have been implemented, effective immediately.

To support government strategic priorities, targeted invitations to apply may now be issued that are based on one or more factors, such as:

  • the business sector
  • proposed business location
  • community population
  • whether the business is a start-up or purchase of an existing business

B.C. continues to prioritize applications under the EI Regional Pilot to attract international entrepreneurs and businesses that support the unique needs of participating communities. 

We will continue to periodically conduct draws for high scoring entrepreneurs who have qualified for the registration pool. More information is available on the Invitations to Apply page. Priority business sectors will be posted on the Strategic Priorities & Initiatives section.

B.C. has also made minor adjustments to the EI registration scoring system to re-balance points between human capital, or the skillset of an individual, and economic factors. This change ensures that selected entrepreneurs have a strong foundation for success. Points have also been redistributed to increase the weighting for factors – such as the exploratory visit – that indicate an entrepreneur’s genuine intent and readiness to establish a business in the province.

Other changes aim to clarify program criteria and processes. As part of the province’s commitment under the Canada-B.C. Immigration Agreement, an independent evaluation of the program will be conducted in the coming months and may inform further changes. Any future updates will be posted on this page.  

For full details about these changes, a new version of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Program Guide is now available.


July 12, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


July 5, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


June 29, 2022

New communities added to EI Regional Pilot

The following communities are now participating in the EI Regional Pilot: Lillooet, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (Areas B, C, E), and Tumbler Ridge.

The community profiles have been added for each of these communities. For more information on the EI Regional Pilot, please visit the Entrepreneur Immigration page.


June 28, 2022

Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration invitations issued
The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare and childcare occupations, and to qualified Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot registrants.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Program Guides.


June 23, 2022

B.C. Newcomers’ Guide 2021 edition – print version
 
The 2021 British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services is now available in thirteen languages, including Ukrainian, Russian, and Dari. You can download a PDF copy, or order a print version if you are in B.C.
 
The B.C. Newcomers’ Guide has information to help you in your first few months living here. It will help you settle into B.C. quickly and easily.  


June 21, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, and childcare occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


June 14, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


June 8, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

On June 7, 2022, the BC PNP issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, and childcare occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


May 31, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


May 24, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, and childcare occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


May 18, 2022

Service Outage Notice – Wednesday May 25, 2022
The BCPNP Online application system will not be available on May 25, 2022, from 11:00am (PT) to 3:00pm (PT) due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


May 18, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

On May 17, 2022, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare and childcare occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


May 10, 2022

Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration invitations issued
The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, and childcare in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, and to qualified Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot registrants. 

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


May 4, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

On May 3, 2022, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


May 2, 2022

Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category to reopen in July 2022

The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base category will be re-opened to new intake in July 2022 with modifications. An updated EI Base Program Guide will be posted at the same time.

New intake under EI Base category has been temporarily paused since July 2021. During this time, all existing applications have continued to be processed.

The Regional Pilot and the Strategic Projects categories remain open to accept applications from those interested in investing and establishing a business in B.C.

For more information, contact us at En.Imm@gov.bc.ca.


April 26, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


April 19, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


April 14, 2022

Welcoming Ukraine

With thousands of displaced Ukrainians expected to relocate to British Columbia over the coming months, the Province is expanding services and supports to connect individuals and families to the help they need.

A new, dedicated Welcoming Ukraine portal is operational. Ukrainians moving to the province can connect to free services to find housing, sign up for health-care coverage, look for a job, sign children up for school, and learn about other community services and supports.

In addition to supporting displaced Ukrainians, the information can be used by British Columbians who want to offer support to Ukrainians such as housing, employment opportunities or donations.

As the situation in Ukraine evolves, so will B.C.’s response.

B.C. Gov News Release


April 12, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


April 5, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


April 4, 2022

Service outage notice: April 5, 2022

The WelcomeBC website will not be available on Tuesday, April 5 from 10:00am (PT) to 10:30am (PT) due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

This website service outage will not affect BCPNP Online. To access BCPNP Online during the outage, please use this direct link: http://www.pnpapplication.gov.bc.ca/ 


March 29, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


March 24, 2022

B.C. Newcomers’ Guide 2021 edition – print version
 
The 2021 British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services is now available in ten languages, including Farsi and Spanish. You can download a PDF copy, or order a print version if you are in B.C.
 
The B.C. Newcomers’ Guide has information to help you in your first few months living here. It will help you settle into B.C. quickly and easily.  


March 23, 2022

Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category: temporary pause continues 

The temporary pause on the intake of new registrations to the Entrepreneur Immigration - Base category remains in place as we continue to review the category to ensure it supports government priorities, aligns with the StrongerBC Economic Plan, and prepares prospective applicants for the greatest chance of success. A further update will be posted by May 1, 2022. 

The temporary pause does not affect individuals who have been invited to apply or have already submitted an application. They will remain active in the system and will continue to be processed through to final decisions. For registrations that expired without receiving an invitation to apply, a new registration cannot be submitted during this pause. 

The registration pause does not apply to the following: 

  • The Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot category, which continues to accept new registrations
  • The Strategic Projects category, which supports international companies to set up a presence in B.C. and support senior staff for permanent residence
  • All Skills Immigration categories, which remain open 

Contact us at En.Imm@gov.bc.ca


March 22, 2022

Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot and Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted invitations to apply have also been issued to qualified registrants in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations.

NOC 3114 Veterinarians and NOC 3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians have been added to the list of other priority occupations.

Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. More information on the invitation and application process can be found in the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


March 22, 2022

Service Outage Notice – March 24, 2022

The BCPNP Online application system will not be available on Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 9:00am (PT) to 10:30am (PT) due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


March 14, 2022

Skills Immigration invitations issued

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified tech, healthcare, and childcare registrants. Full details of minimum scores and total invitations issued are on the Invitations to Apply page. For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration Program Guide.


March 10, 2022

Healthcare workers, ECEs the focus of changes to BC PNP

On March 10, 2022, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced that B.C. is responding to the crucial need for more healthcare workers and early childhood educators (ECEs) by implementing changes to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Skills Immigration stream to prioritize these occupations and increase support for the care economy. 

Key changes, effective March 10, 2022, include:

  • Targeted invitations to apply will give priority access to select occupations in the care economy, specifically registrants whose occupation is on a pre-determined list of in-demand health occupations as well as early childhood educators.  
  • Healthcare assistants and dental assistants have been added to the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category as eligible occupations.
  • Targeted invitations to apply (priority access) replaces the registration points awarded for high demand occupations in the Labour Market Outlook.
  • Periodic general draws will be conducted for other skilled and semi-skilled workers who meet program criteria.
  • Invitations to apply can be based on various factors that support B.C. government priorities.
  • The Health Care Professional category has been replaced with the Health Authority category and is open to all occupations employed by a health authority.
  • An overview of Strategic Priorities & Initiatives has been added to the website. There are no changes to BC PNP Tech.
  • Workers in management occupations (grouped under Skill Type 0 in the NOC) may only register/apply under Skilled Worker categories; management occupations are not eligible under the International Graduates categories.
  • The requirement of two years directly related experience under the Skilled Worker category is replaced with two years of skilled experience.
  • Employer requirements are updated with new or clarified conditions.
  • Other changes to the Skills Immigration categories include clarifying or adjusting criteria, and updating definitions.

For full details about these and other changes, a new version of the BC PNP Skills Immigration Program Guide is now available.


March 8, 2022

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.


March 2, 2022

Service Outage Notice: March 9-10, 2022

The BCPNP Online application system will not be available from Wednesday March 9, 1:00pm (PT) to Thursday March 10, 10:00am (PT) due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


March 1, 2022

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 BC PNP Tech occupations. 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 22, 2022

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 15, 2022

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 BC PNP Tech occupations. 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 8, 2022

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 1, 2022

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 BC PNP Tech occupations. 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 25, 2022

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 18, 2022

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 BC PNP Tech occupations. 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 11, 2022

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 5, 2022

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

On January 4, 2022, BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 BC PNP Tech occupations. 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.