BC PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) in a Nutshell
(note: this article is for reference purposes only; not to be used as an application guide)
To see the updates on the process of my application, see My PR PNP Application timeline.
Each province has its own program to nominate people who qualify for Permanent Residency. In comparison to the regular PR applications, the expected processing time is shorter. Despite the overall decline in the applications approved and closure of some immigration programs, the government pilots new and improved ways to land in Canada.
What is BC PNP?
There are two main categories of PNP: Business and Strategic. Business is pretty self-explanatory, and Strategic splits further on in:
–Skilled Workers (those who have professional experience in their field and employment offers in Canada)
–International Graduates (recent graduates from participating Canadian schools with employments prospects)
–International Post-Graduates (with Master or Doctor Degrees, no offer of employment necessary – pilot project)
–Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled (select occupations in tourism/hospitality, food processing, and long-haul truck driving; some positions for North-East development project – for those who want to work in North-East region of BC)
I applied through International Graduates class. In order to qualify you may not be in Canada illegally or have a unresolved refugee claim; need to have graduated from a participating university in BC not more than 2 years ago on the date you apply, be employed full-time in your field in the level 0, A or B Classification Matrix (link below) and the rate of pay should be no less than the industry standard (fair pay).
The documents required are few immigration forms, your history of travel, offer of employment and proof that your company needs you, university transcript to make sure you have successfully graduated, work and study permits and the scan of passport.
The fee is $550, which is charged when you apply and is non-refundable irregardless of the outcome. After I submitted all my documents (which can be done via mail or in-person; the office is conveniently located in Downtown in the Vancouver Public Library adjacent building). The lady at the front desk was very helpful and suggested to go over the documents while I was there to make sure everything is in order. Few days after I realized some of my documents were not filed out correctly, and I had to fax the revised versions later on. The application was submitted on November 15th, 2012 and I received the Letter of Approval via post on January 14th, 2013. Once you are approved, you have 6 months to submit your documents to Nova Scotia Immigration office (mostly, family, travel and employment info for a background check); processing time for PR status is 10-18 weeks.
NOTE: BC PNP approval package does not guarantee you will become a Permanent Resident. The final decision depends on the result of you medical and background check, and whether you maintain your current status.
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http://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate/About-the-BC-PNP.aspx PNP Website and application package
BC Provincial Nominee Program Office
800 – 360 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B2