By: Akshar Mistry on April 29th, 2023

British Columbia (BC) PNP allows skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, post-graduates, and several others to migrate to Canada. Here’s how you can apply.

Thinking about Working in Canada? This Canadian Province can be Your Destination. Check this Guide to Know How You can Immigrate with BC PNP.


Canada has been a hot spot for the migrating population in recent years. More than 2.2 lakh Indian students went to study in Canada. Moreover, Canada issued permanent residence (PR) for over 4.31 lakh people. If you want to be one of them, British Columbia (BC), a Canadian province, could be your path to getting a PR in Canada. 


Immigration to Canada seems unstoppable, and the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a great way to enter the nation. We will discuss express ways to get PR with BC PNP later in the blog, so stay with us. This article will help you with how much it costs to apply, what documents are required for applying and other details. First, let us tell you what BC PNP is and then continue with the detailed information.


What is BC PNP?

No matter what the goal of an individual is while migrating to other countries, money is mostly the common factor. Better finances are what make lifestyle or luxury better, and an economic immigration program like BC PNP allows individuals to migrate to the Canadian province and do the skilled work that they are good at.


BC PNP is administered by joint authorities of the Canadian and British Columbian governments. This joint authority is called Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement (CBCIA). This program helps the Canadian labor market meet its economic needs and priorities. Once nominated for BC PNP, you can apply to IRCC and migrate to the Canadian province with your family.


The question that will make you scratch your head would be, who can apply for BC PNP, correct? Again, we’ve got you covered.


Who can Apply for BC PNP?

Since the program is meant to contribute largely to the labor sector, it is quite obvious that people who want to work will be allowed to apply. But who are these people that get to apply for BC PNP? Here’s a list of eligible people to apply for BC PNP.


  • Skilled workers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Semi-skilled workers
  • International graduates
  • International Post-graduates


What are the Documents Required for BC PNP Application?

Other than your national identity, residence, and citizenship proofs, there are other documents that you will need to collect. BC PNP requires the following documents:


  • Nomination Certificate from British Columbia province
  • Valid passport from country of current residence
  • Birth certificate (if you have dependent children) 
  • Marriage certificate (if you are married)
  • Passport-size photos
  • Police certificate
  • Language test results
  • Credential evaluation report
  • Job offer from an employer in British Columbia
  • Medical examination results
  • Work reference letters from present and previous employers


Make sure you collect all the documents required since a single mistake can make you apply again. So, how do you apply for BC PNP? 


How to Apply for BC PNP?

There are two ways you can apply for BC PNP. Both these ways are different because they can be for separate individuals. 


Method 1

  • Go through the eligibility criteria to know if you are eligible
  • Find an immigration program in BC that matches your expectations
  • Send an Expression of Interest (EOI) by filling out profile details
  • British Columbia will review your profile
  • Upon selection, you will be issued a provincial nomination
  • If you’re looking for PR, you must go to Express Entry and create a profile
  • Upload necessary credentials to the Express Entry


Method 2

  • Know the status of your eligibility for Canada Express Entry
  • You will need to create an Express Entry Profile
  • Submit required documents
  • Wait till BC sends you a Nomination
  • Accept the Provincial Nomination
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • You will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  • Submit other required documents


Once you’re done with the application, you will need to wait for your application to be accepted and approved. 


How much Time does it Take to Process BC PNP?

The processing time of BC PNP is generally around four months. But there are different types of PNPs in British Columbia, and here is the processing timing of various British Columbia PNP.


Processing time of

  • Express Entry BC PNP: 2 to 3 Months
  • Skills Immigration: 4 months
  • Non-Express Entry Applications: Between 15 to 19 months


The average processing time is 6 months which is applicable to Express Entry BC. 


We hope you are now clear regarding the application and processing. Next, we will answer some of the questions that are majorly asked by the individuals attempting to apply for BC PNP.


Most Asked Questions about BC PNP

It is only natural to have doubts while thinking about or applying for BC PNP. The questions we have answered here are the most asked questions you won’t have to worry about after reading this article.


What is the cost of BC PNP?

There is no registration fee, but there are two costs you need to pay while applying for BC PNP. The total cost is given below.


Registration Fees: $0

Application Fees: $1,150

Request for Review: $500


Does BC PNP Guarantee PR?

When you get your provincial nomination, you can apply for PR with the Canadian government. Although, if you get a nomination through the Express Entry system, the extra 600 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points will proficiently guarantee your permanent residence (PR) application.


What is BC PNP Tech?

BC PNP Tech was launched in 2017 and has helped over 6,000 tech workers. BC PNP Tech can be a great option if you are an engineer or have any other technological background. Thus, it is basically a BC PNP for people with technological skills and power.


These are the most asked questions we have answered for you, and we hope you understand most things about BC PNP now. 


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