The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) – a provincial initiative that meticulously selects economic immigrants based on B.C.’s pressing economic needs and priorities, and recommends them for permanent resident status – has recently undergone a transformation to improve access for applicants.
These changes, which particularly benefit those in high demand areas like healthcare and childcare occupations, are designed to shed light on B.C.’s labour market requirements and generate amplified interest from international candidates.
As per recent announcements, the number of BC PNP nominations is projected to escalate by 1,000 annually, peaking at 10,000 nominations by 2025. In light of this increment, certain modifications in the program’s financing have been initiated.
Starting from August 1, 2023, the fee for Skills Immigration applications will see an increase of $325, bringing the new BC PNP Skills Immigration application fee to a total of $1,475. The enhancements facilitated by this fee alteration aim to maintain service standards, services, and supports while ensuring a high level of customer service as the program continues to expand.
The program has considerably augmented its services and supports to allure and retain skilled workers. The enhancement includes increased assistance for employers and clients to navigate through provincial and federal immigration processes. It also includes expanded support for nominees to secure or extend work permits until they have obtained permanent residence.
Moreover, there is increased collaboration with community partners, focusing on attracting and retaining workers in regional areas of the province. The program is also ramping up efforts to engage in international recruitment of skilled workers in areas of labour shortage.
In addition, the BC PNP is taking stringent steps to bolster the program’s integrity through enhanced fraud risk management and robust anti-fraud investigations.
For more detailed information regarding the fee increase and other services offered by BC PNP, interested parties are encouraged to visit their official website: BC PNP Official Website
With these enhancements and dedicated services, the BC PNP program continues to strive to be an accessible and appealing option for those looking to make British Columbia their new home.