The BC Provincial Nominee Program or BC PNP for short, is a program designed to bring skilled workers into the province of British Columbia.
This covers a wide verity of possible applicants, including but not limited to,
- international post graduates
- international graduates
- healthcare professionals
Not only is this program designed to bring in workers essential to the local economy, but also to help those workers settle in BC. Through this program you can also get on track to becoming a permanent resident.
The BC PNP Entrepreneurship Base Category process involves ten main steps before you can apply for permanent residence:
- Online registration in British Columbia as an immigrant entrepreneur (A non-refundable registration fee of $300 will be charged at the time of registration submission). As it is a points-based system, you will receive a score based on the information you provide. If you meet the minimum points requirement for each of the sections, you will be entered into a qualified pool. The BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants to apply. It takes about 1-1.5 months to receive the invitation letter.
- After being selected, you have 120 days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application to BCPNP (all supporting documents and business plan) – $3,500 non-refundable processing fee will be paid at this step.
- Application assessment by BC PNP which will take up to 4 months.
- After your file is reviewed, the BC PNP may either offer you an opportunity to respond to any concerns regarding your application; or to attend an in-person interview at their office in Vancouver.
- Interview: In the interview, you will be expected to describe your business/work experience and demonstrate a thorough understanding of your business plan. This interview is an opportunity for you to describe your background and experience along with your business plan. In addition, the interview will be your opportunity to address any concerns that are raised. A decision on your application will be based on the information you provide up to and during your interview. Any additional or new information after your interview may not be considered, unless requested by the BC PNP.
Interviews will be conducted in English. If you are unable to communicate in English, you must obtain the services of a certified court interpreter. This is to ensure you will be able to clearly communicate to BC PNP program staff.
- If your application is approved, you will be required to sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia. This document outlines the performance expectations you must meet for nomination. Performance Agreements are unique to each applicant (and key staff, if applicable) and are based on the information provided in the application, business plan, and during the interview.
- Work Permit: If your application is approved, the BC PNP will issue you a letter of confirmation (also known as a work permit support letter) so you can apply to IRCC for a two-year work permit. This will enable you and your dependents to move to B.C. so you can start implementing your business plan.
- After receiving your work permit: Once you arrive in B.C. with your valid work permit, you will have up to 610 days (approximately 20 months) to implement your business plan, actively manage your business, and satisfy the performance expectations of your signed Performance Agreement.
- Final report: you must submit a final report to the BC PNP between 550 to 610 days (approximately 18 to 20 months) after you arrive in B.C. with your valid work permit. The final report is the form and supporting documents that you must submit in order to be considered for nomination. The BC PNP will review and evaluate your final report, and may at its discretion, request additional information and/or conduct a site visit at your B.C. business in order to assess eligibility for nomination (It takes up to 4 months).
- Nomination: If you are nominated, the BC PNP will issue you a confirmation of nomination as a provincial nominee. The nomination will allow you and your eligible dependent family members to apply for permanent residence to IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Class.
- Permanent Residency: After you have been approved as a provincial nominee, you may then apply for permanent residence to IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Class. The confirmation of nomination is valid for 180 days (approximately six months). You must apply for permanent residence prior to the expiry date on your confirmation of nomination. IRCC will assess that you meet the security and admissibility requirements to be issued permanent residence to Canada, including medical and security checks. (It will take up to 18 months).
No matter what stage of PNP process you are, contact us if you need assistance.