The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a popular Canadian immigration program that allows skilled and qualified workers to immigrate to British Columbia.
The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Base category is accepting new applicants. If you are an experienced entrepreneur with a business idea that would contribute to the province's economy, you may be eligible to apply.
On July 13, 2022, the government of British Columbia announced that the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) has reopened the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base category. An updated EI Base Program Guide is also ready for those who want full details about the changes.
New intake under the BCPNP EI Base category has temporarily been stopped since July 2021. During this period, all submitted applications have been processed. However, the province has left the Regional Pilot and the Strategic Projects categories open to accept applications from candidates interested in investing and opening a business in British Columbia.
How the program works
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residence in B.C. The program is designed to attract foreign workers who have the skills and qualifications needed to fill labour shortages in the province. It is also designed for experienced entrepreneurs who want to start a business in BC.
Benefits of Applying
There are many benefits to applying for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, including:
A faster path to permanent residence in Canada
The ability to live and work in any part of British Columbia
An enhanced quality of life
To be eligible, you must:
have a business idea that would contribute to the province's economy
have at least $600,000 in personal net worth
be able to invest at least $200,000 in the business
have at least three years of entrepreneurial or senior management experience
have a minimum of CLB 4 equivalent in English or French
obtained a post-secondary credential or experience as an active business owner-manager for at least 36 of the last 60 months with 100% ownership in the business
need to create at least three full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in your business
intend to live and work in British Columbia
Register with the Skills Immigration Registration System
Receive a registration score and rank
Be invited to apply
Submit an application
Receive a nomination
Apply for permanent residence
If you are invited to apply, you will be asked to submit a complete application, including all supporting documentation. Once your application is received, it will be assessed against the criteria for the particular immigration category you are applying under. If your application is approved, you will be nominated by the province of British Columbia and can then apply for permanent residence.
Applications received in previous years will be assessed against the corresponding criteria in effect at the time of application
The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Base category is now accepting new applicants. If you are interested in immigrating to British Columbia as an entrepreneur, this is a great opportunity to do so. The base category allows entrepreneurs to immigrate to BC and start or buy a business. This is a great option for those who want to live and work in BC, and who have the skills and experience to be successful in business.
Contact us at Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services to learn more and see if you qualify! Our experienced team can help you navigate the application process and increase your chances of success. Don’t miss this opportunity to move to beautiful British Columbia!