PROVINCIAL IMMIGRATION NOMINEE PROGRAM (PNP)
Skilled Worker PNP
If you wish to immigrate to Canada as a Skilled Worker there are two options. There is the Federal Skilled Worker program and the Provincial (Immigration) Nominee Program (PNP). Most provinces including British Columbia have a PNP for skilled workers. The following provinces have a PNP Skilled Worker program: British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Prince Edward Island; and Yukon. Quebec has a special provincial selection process.
Under the British Columbia PNP and other PNP programs there is a program available for skilled workers. The BC PNP Strategic Occupations covers skilled workers. The key requirement is you must first have a job offer from a BC employer. There is no specific job list. The province has a set of areas of job priorities it requires to be filled. Currently the areas are: high tech; bio-tech; aerospace; health services including nurses; university and college professors; and skilled trades. In additional there is more flexibility if the employer is located outside of Vancouver or Victoria or there is an international trade aspect.
The big advantage of BC PNP is twofold: skilled workers can pass under BC PNP who would not pass under the Federal program; and BC PNP has much faster processing time of 6 and 1/2 months to 8 months compared to the Federal program 22 to 36 months.
BC PNP has been very successful with 80% more skilled worker applications than last year. The BC Government wishes to emphasize BC PNP and increase the number of applicants processed. Now is a good time to submit a BC PNP application.
International Student PNP
BC PNP has a special program for international British Columbia university students who have graduated from a British Columbia university in sciences, applied sciences or business. If they receive a job offer from a British Columbia employer related to their field of study they can get Canadian Landed Immigrant status under BC PNP.
There are a number of British Columbia provincial and Canadian Federal immigration options for businessmen. There is a provincial immigration program called the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (“BC PNP”). The following provinces have a PNP Business program: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Prince Edward Island; and Yukon. Quebec has a special provincial selection process.
The main benefit of applying under the BC PNP Business Program is it is much faster in getting the businessman to Canada where he can begin work on his new business. The chances of success are also much higher under the BC PNP. The BC Provincial Government is putting an emphasis on the BC PNP Business Program. It has been successful in obtaining approximately 60 million dollars in investment and creating approximately 200 new jobs. The BC Provincial government wishes to increase the number of cases being processed and hire more staff to make this possible.
The three options under the BC PNP Business Program are: 1. BC Business Skills Regional Program; 2. BC Business Skills Regular Program; and 3. BC Business Projects.
The qualifying criteria of the BC Business Skills Regional Program is that you can invest anywhere in BC outside of Greater Vancouver. An investment can be in creating a new business or expanding an existing business. Some close areas outside of Vancouver that are eligible are Squamish, Whistler and Mission. The businessman must have successful business experience. He must have a minimum net worth of C$600,000. The minimum amount he must invest is C$300,000. He must obtain a minimum of one-half equity in the business. He must create a comprehensive business plan. He must create a minimum of 2 new jobs. He must have an active management role.
A brief overview of the procedure is it will take approximately 3-4 months to get a work visa for the businessman. After the applicant arrives in Canada he gets a 2 year work visa. He has two years to do what he promises the BC government he will do. If he fails to meet his promise he will have to leave Canada. After he completes the BC part he must complete the Federal part. The Federal part is mostly medical and police checks. The Federal part usually takes 6-8 months.
The qualifying criteria of the BC Business Skills Regular Program is similar to BC Business Skills Regional Program. There are differences. The first is you can invest anywhere in BC including inside of Greater Vancouver. The second is he must have a minimum net worth of C$2,000,000. The third is the minimum amount he must invest is C$800,000. The fourth is there must be a minimum equity of one-third. Finally the minimum number of jobs that must be created is five new jobs. procedure is also similar.
The BC Business Projects category is designed to assist companies to bring in quickly key staff. If the minimum investment by the employer is C$800,000 in addition to the applicant being eligible for a work permit and later immigration, key staff such as a technology manager, sales manager, and administrative manager also will be eligible to obtain work permits. These key staff would also later be eligible for immigration. The procedure is also similar.
All family members under BC PNP Business Programs are admitted on the same conditions as the applicant.
Brian Edward Tadayoshi Tsuji
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
2800 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2Z7
Tel:(604) 643-6496 Fax:(604) 605-3596