British Columbia PNP invites around 275 applicants on 24th January

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) held both a general draw including tech occupations and a targeted draw on 24th January 2023.

The province issued around 275 invitations to apply (ITAs) for general candidates, and at least 54 ITAs to targeted professions.

All provinces (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) have their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), which are a means for provincial governments to nominate foreign nationals with specialized skills to immigrate to their province and fill labor shortages.

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By 2024, the Express Entry managed programs are predicted to be replaced by the PNP, which has significantly augmented Canada's immigration programs as the primary economic immigration route for foreign workers.

The BCPNP drew participants from all of its streams, which include the:

  1. Skilled Worker;
  2. Skilled Worker-EEBC Option;
  3. International Graduate;
  4. International Graduate-EEBC option; and
  5. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker streams.
  6. For particular occupations that the province is hoping to fill, British Columbia also held a targeted draw under these streams. As follows:
  7. Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202);
  8. Healthcare workers;
  9. Healthcare assistants (NOC 33102); and
  10. Other priority occupations, specifically Veterinarians (NOC 31103) and Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (NOC 32104).
Date Number of Invites Stream Minimum Score Description

January 24, 2023


Skilled Worker


General Draw with tech occupations included

Skilled Worker – EEBC


International Graduates


International Graduated EEBC


Entry Level and Semi-Skilled


January 24, 2023


Skilled Workers, International Graduates (including EEBC option)


Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202)

Skilled Workers, International Graduates (including EEBC option)


Targeted draw: Healthcare

Skilled Workers, International Graduates (including EEBC option)


Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 31103, 32104)

Requirements for Skilled Workers in the BC PNP

  1. Accepted a full-time, long-term job offer from a British Columbian employer in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, or 3 (formerly Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B) occupation.
  2. Have the necessary skills for the job.

For NOC TEER 2 or 3 (formerly skill level B), complete the minimum language requirements.

  1. At least two years of relevant job experience.
  2. Documentation demonstrating you have the financial resources to sustain yourself and any dependents.
  3. Pay must be consistent with occupation-specific wage rates in British Columbia.
  4. Your application requires employer sponsorship.
  5. Possess a valid immigration status in Canada or be eligible to do so.

Application procedure for BC PNP in steps

The steps required to apply for BC PNP are as follows:

1. Verify your eligibility

Before submitting your application, it's critical to confirm that you have satisfied all of the stream's requirements once you've decided which one you want to apply under.

2. Register online with BCPNP.

  1. Finish all registration sections.
  2. Submit an online registration.

After receiving a registration score based on different criteria (such as work experience, education, and language proficiency), you will enter a selection pool for your chosen category for up to 12 months, or until you receive an invitation to apply.

3. Invitation to apply

Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, or International Graduate categories: Eligible applicants will get an invitation to apply under the Skills Immigration stream.

EEBC categories for skilled workers and graduates from abroad:

A request to apply under the Express Entry BC stream will be sent to eligible people.

After receiving an invitation, all applicants will have up to 30 days to submit their whole applications online via BCPNP Online. An additional $1,150 CAD processing fee will be charged to applicants.

4. Submit all your documents

Submit all your documents to the BC PNP under the allotted time period and make sure the submitted documents are correct and accurate.

5. Fill out the Permanent Residence application

Applying for permanent residency through IRCC is the final step if your application is accepted. The final call on your right to permanent residency will be left to the Government of Canada.


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