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BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Work Permits


For Employers willing to assist the prospective employee with obtaining permanent resident status, the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) provides a way to obtain both a work permit and permanent resident status.  This program can be used for a prospective employee (living outside of Canada) or a current employee who is already in Canada working under a valid work permit.

Applies to:

  • Accountants (NOC 1111)
  • Counsellors – Family/Youth (NOC 1111)
  • Counsellors – Career (NOC 4213)
  • Early Childhood Educators (NOC 4214)
  • Occupational Therapists (NOC 3143)
  • Physiotherapists (NOC 3142)
  • Psychologists (NOC 4151)
  • Purchasers (NOC 6233)
  • Special Education Assistants (NOC 6472)
  • Special Education Teachers (NOC 4215)
  • Speech Language Pathologists (NOC 3141)
  • Superintendents (NOC 0313)
  • Managers (NOC 0721)
  • Skilled Trades (NOC 7251 NOC 7294, NOC 7313, NOC 7241, NOC 7271)

The BC PNP process involves both the provincial government and the federal government’s immigration departments and includes:

  1. A BC PNP Application package to the BC PNP office
    • The application package includes BC PNP specific forms and documents and copies of the Federal permanent resident application forms.
  2. A work permit application to Immigration
    • Once approved as a BC Provincial Nominee, the employee may apply for the work permit at the Canadian Consulate or place of entry, depending on their citizenship and situation.
  3. A permanent resident application to Immigration
    • Originals of the Federal permanent resident application forms and supporting documents, along with the BC PNP approval are submitted to the appropriate Canadian Consulate.
    • Police checks and medical exams will follow as part of this process

Prospective employees assist with the process by:

  • completing the BC PNP forms relating to the nominee
  • completing the Federal immigration forms, also listed in the above link
  • providing supporting documents, such as:
    • Resume
    • Copies of relevant degrees/diplomas
    • Copy of passport
    • Copy of birth certificate
  • Submitting the work permit application at the Canadian Consulate or place of entry, depending on applicant’s citizenship and situation
  • Undergoing police checks and medical exams

Processing time

  • The BC PNP application will take 1-2 months to process.
  • Work permit applications will vary depending on where the application is made.
  • Citizens of visa-required countries must apply at a Canadian Consulate outside Canada.
    • Each Consulate has its own process and may take anywhere from 7 to 60 days.
    • Citizens of visa-exempt countries have a choice of where to apply.
    • He/she may apply upon entry to Canada and receive the work permit on the same day.
    • These citizens may also apply at the closest Canadian Consulate.
  • Permanent residence application processing will vary and may take anywhere from 9-18 months.