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www.pnp.gov.bc.ca. The BC Provincial Nominee Program. Prepared for the BC Biotech Industry Roundtable June 1, 2006. Economic Immigration Programs Ministry of Economic Development . What is the BC PNP?. www.pnp.gov.bc.ca.

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the bc provincial nominee program

www.pnp.gov.bc.ca

The BC Provincial Nominee Program

Prepared for the BC Biotech Industry Roundtable

June 1, 2006

Economic Immigration Programs

Ministry of Economic Development

what is the bc pnp
What is the BC PNP?

www.pnp.gov.bc.ca

  • Special program under BC – Canada immigration agreement to expedite entry of economic immigrants for permanent residence
  • Allows BC to choose immigrants to meet its economic & labour market needs
  • Administered by Ministry of Economic Development in partnership with Citizenship & Immigration Canada
program components
Program Components

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  • Business
  • Attract entrepreneurs to establish businesses & invest in BC
  • Strategic Occupations
  • Help BC employers recruit & retain highly qualified foreign workers
strategic occupations categories
Strategic Occupations Categories

www.pnp.gov.bc.ca

  • Skilled Workers

Managers, professionals, technicians & trades

  • Public Sector Health Professionals

Physicians & RNs recruited by health authorities

  • International Graduates

Foreign grads with BC degrees

strategic occupations criteria
Strategic Occupations Criteria

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  • Recruitment of foreign worker a) meets key skill needs & b) has economic benefits to BC
  • Job offered is permanent, full-time
  • Pay & benefits meet industry norms
  • Candidate meets employment requirements
  • Candidate is likely to settle successfully in BC
  • Employer’s track record/prospects positive
international graduates
International Graduates

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  • Must have completed undergrad/grad degree conferred by a recognized BC institution
  • Priority fields: Health Sciences, Natural & Applied Sciences, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Digital Media, & Business
  • Application must be submitted within 1 year of completion of studies
  • Must have an offer of permanent, full-time employment in a skilled occupation
what s the process
What’s the Process?

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  • Employer recruits foreign worker
  • Employer & candidate submit application jointly to BC PNP
  • BC PNP reviews application (4 – 6 weeks)
  • Nominee applies to CIC for permanent resident visa (work permit can be issued for temporary employment/entry)
  • CIC conducts medical, security & criminal background checks/ issues visa (8 – 10 months)
where to get more info
Where to Get More Info

www.pnp.gov.bc.ca

Phone 604.775.2215

Fax 604.660-4092

Email PNPInfo@gov.bc.ca

Web www.pnp.gov.bc.ca

Email:michael.chew@gov.bc.ca