Big Changes to the BC Provincial Nominee Program

2011-10-26

As you may know, an alternative to immigrating to Canada through the Federal programs (such as the Skilled Worker Program, the Investor Program, the Entrepreneur Program, and so forth) is to “fast-track” through a provincial nominee program.  In essence, a provincial nominee program allows provinces to select certain individuals who contribute to the economy and “nominate” those individuals to the federal government for immigration.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has announced some pretty big and exciting changes.

Starting in November, British Columbia will launch an online investment matching service that will link potential business immigrants to business opportunities in various regions around BC.  This will be a fantastic service to those foreign applicants looking to invest in BC and fast-track their permanent residence.

The British Columbia PNP will make the entry level and semi-skilled pilot category a permanent program.  This program is invaluable to immigrants without advanced training and specialized skills who would not normally qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Other changes include:

– Allowing BC PNP immigrants in regional communities to maintain status by maintaining existing jobs (rather than creating additional jobs)

– Reducing the minimum size for eligible employers outside of the Vancouver area from five employees to three.

If you are interested in the BC PNP, click here for their website and more information.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

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