Program Requirements BC PNP

General Requirements for an applicant

The BC PNP Skills Immigration (SI) is an economic immigration option intended for people with the skills, experience, and qualifications needed by B.C. employers. This stream is designed for individuals who are committed to live and work in B.C. and become permanent residents of Canada.

  • Your B.C. employer has offered, and you have accepted, indeterminate*, full-time employment in an eligible occupation located in BC.

 Exception: Skills Immigration – International PostGraduate and EEBC – International Post-Graduate, no job offer is required. Jobs offers in tech positions (BC PNP tech draw) don’t need to be indeterminate.

  • You must be qualified for the offered position.
  • The wage you have been offered must be competitive with B.C. wage rates for the occupation.
  • You must demonstrate that you meet minimum income requirements. For Greater Vancouver Region, income requirements are higher than
  • In the five years preceding your application, and throughout the BC PNP application process, you and your spouse or common-law partner must not have held a combined ownership/equity stake of more than 10% in the B.C. company that has offered you employment.
  • An individual can only have one active BC PNP registration and/or application at a time.

For Express Entry BC PNP (EEBC), you must have a valid IRCC Express Entry profile along with other requirements same as Skills Immigration i.e you must be eligible under either FSW, CEC, or FST, and created the express entry profile in the IRCC system.

Employer Requirements : BC PNP

The Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia streams of the BC PNP are largely employer-driven and are designed to help B.C. businesses attract and retain international workers and students to meet B.C.’s labour market needs.

If you have the support of your current or prospective BC employer and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can submit a registration online to the BC PNP.

General Employer Requirements

Your employer must meet specific requirements in order to support your BC PNP application. The onus is on your employer to demonstrate that these requirements are met. Your employer may be required to provide financial statements or other documents as supporting evidence.

1) be established as an employer in good standing in B.C i.e incorporated or extra-provincially registered, OR registered as a limited liability partnership in B.C.

Your employer must have operated in B.C. for at least one year (two years if you are registering under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category).

2) have indeterminate, full-time employees

  • If your employer is located within the Greater Vancouver Regional District, your employer must have at least five indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) in B.C.
  • If your employer is located outside of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, your employer must have at least three indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) in B.C.

Only individuals who are on the company’s payroll will be considered employees of the company. Your employer may be asked to submit a T4 Summary.

3.) have a history of good workplace and business practices

4.) sign an employer declaration

The employer contact who signs the job offer form must be an employee or owner of the company, and have the authority and consent of the company to support the BC PNP application, including any and all requirements of hiring a foreign worker.

5.) meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements

Ineligible Employers

The BC PNP will not approve applications from:

  • employers involved in producing, distributing or selling pornographic or sexually explicit products, or providing sexually oriented entertainment or services
  • employment agencies and similar placement firms unless they are establishing an employer/employee relationship with the registrant and/or applicant
  • any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the BC PNP or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute

The BC PNP will not nominate someone who:

  • is prohibited from entering Canada
  • is in Canada and is out of status
  • is working in Canada without authorization
  • has an unresolved refugee claim in Canada
  • is under a removal order in or outside of Canada

Once you accept an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from a BC employer who is willing to support you through the BC PNP process, and you and your employer meet the requirements, you can submit a registration to the BC PNP.

Contact Us our office if you need any assistance in preparing your application.