Category Archives: BC PNP

BC PNP: Business Immigration: strategic projects

The Strategic Projects category assists foreign-controlled companies establishing an eligible business in BC with the timely entry of foreign key managerial, professional or technical staff, up to a maximum of 5 per company, who intend to become permanent residents of Canada and settle in BC

Companies applying in this category will be required to:

Make a minimum equity investment of $500,000.
Create at least three jobs for Canadians or permanent residents in BC for each nominee applicant put forward by the company.
Demonstrate a record of good business practices and successful business operations outside of Canada that are relevant to the proposed business.
Establish or purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC
Incorporate a Canadian subsidiary or register an extra-provincial company in BC to operate the proposed business.
Demonstrate that the nominee applicants are qualified senior personnel who are essential to establishing or expanding and operating the proposed business in BC
Sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.

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BC PNP: Business Immigration: regional business

Applicants for nomination in the Regional Business category will be required to:

Make a personal investment of at least $200,000 CAD to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC outside of the Vancouver metropolitan area (PDF – 2.34MB) or the Abbotsford metropolitan area (PDF – 775KB).
Create at least one new job in the business for a Canadian or permanent resident.
Own at least one third (33 1/3%) of the equity of the business.
Provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business.
Demonstrate that they have:
the skills and experience necessary to establish and operate a commercially viable business in BC
a personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD obtained from legal sources
sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment a viable business proposal.
Sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.
Sign a Deposit Agreement with the Province of British Columbia if they are seeking a Fast Track nomination.

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BC PNP: Business Immigration: Business SKILLS

Requirements

Applicants for nomination in the Business Skills category will be required to:

Make a personal investment of at least $400,000 CAD to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC
Create at least three new jobs in the business for Canadians or permanent residents.
Own at least one third (33 1/3%) of the equity of the business.
Provide active and on-going participation in the day to day management and direction of the business.
Demonstrate that they have:
the skills and experience necessary to establish and operate a commercially viable business in BC
a personal net worth of at least $800,000 CAD obtained from legal sources
sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment
a viable business proposal
Sign a performance agreement with the Province of British Columbia.
Sign a deposit agreement with the Province of British Columbia, if they are seeking a fast track nomination.

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BC PNP: Business Immigration

The business component of the BC PNP offers accelerated immigration for investment-ready and qualified entrepreneurs ready to invest and settle in BC, and become permanent residents of Canada. The objectives of the BC PNP Business Immigration categories are to encourage economic development, promote job creation and maintain existing jobs in BC.

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BC PNP: STRATEGIC OCCUPATIONS: Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled

The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applies to qualifying foreign workers in select occupations and eligible employers in the tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking industries. In order to apply under this category nominee applicants must have worked for their employer in BC full-time in an eligible occupation for a period of at least nine consecutive months immediately prior to the date their BC PNP application was submitted. Nominee applicants must also maintain continuous full-time employment with the BC employer throughout the application process. Work experience that forms an integral part of a program of study (co-op) or is obtained using an Off-Campus Work Permit does not qualify toward this nine month work experience requirement.

The tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking industries were selected for this category as they play a key role in BC’s export-oriented economy, and are experiencing acute and persistent labour shortages. Through their respective provincial industry organizations, these industries have implemented human resource development strategies to hire, train and retain domestic workers, and have demonstrated that they will be unable to fully meet their on-going workforce requirements without the opportunity to retain foreign workers through permanent immigration.

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BC PNP: STRATEGIC OCCUPATIONS: Designated Health Professionals

Applications in this category are limited to:

Registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and physicians recruited by provincial and regional health authorities administered through Health Match BC, and who meet the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)’s requirements
Midwives who meet the Provincial Nominee Program’s requirements
All other applications to hire health professionals and other skilled health workers are considered in the skilled worker category.

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BC PNP: STRATEGIC OCCUPATIONS: International Post-Graduates Pilot Project

NOTE: The BC PNP’s International Post-Graduate Pilot Project is a three year pilot ending on May 28, 2013. Applications under this pilot project may be submitted until that date.

This pilot project aims to support BC’s universities in attracting top students from around the globe and to help retain these highly qualified workers in the provincial workforce to facilitate innovation and economic development. International graduates from programs in the natural, applied and health sciences have strong success finding employment following their studies, make a substantial contribution to key sectors such as technology and health services and help address critical skills shortages in BC.

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BC PNP: STRATEGIC OCCUPATIONS: International Graduates

An International Graduate has satisfied the requirements for an eligible degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada within the last two years. Specifically, an application must be received by the BC PNP within two years of the date shown on the final official transcript which indicates that all requirements have been met.

An International Graduate must have accepted an indeterminate, full time job offer from a BC employer. The PNP program does not require that International Graduates have previous work experience.

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