Resources for potential immigrants

Last reviewed: March 11, 2024

People from around the world make British Columbia their home. Find out about programs to help you and your family come to B.C., and how to become a permanent resident.

Immigration pathways

BC Provincial Nominee Program

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) allows skilled and experienced workers, international students, experienced business persons and their family members to become permanent residents of Canada more quickly.

Other ways to immigrate to British Columbia

Learn about other ways to live and work in B.C. permanently.

Support for permanent residents

There are services available in B.C., including settlement services and the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program. The Government of Canada offers pre-arrival services for those who have had their permanent residence application approved but who are not yet in Canada.

Discover employment and language programs, including:  If you arrived in Canada as a permanent resident, you can access free settlement and language services through a settlement agency. Find a settlement service agency near you.

Support for temporary residents

Once you are in B.C., find services and supports that help temporary workers, international post-secondary students, refugees, and naturalized citizens.