BC PNP Pathways

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) offers three different ways to become a permanent resident in B.C. Each pathway contains different categories depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, education, and/or being your international student status.

Skills Immigration

Express Entry BC

Entrepreneur Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C and works on the basis of a points-based invitation system.

Points are calculated based on your skill level, experience, language ability and other employment conditions. You may not need prior work experience for all categories.

Program requirements vary for each category of skills immigration.

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You
must have an Express Entry profile before you apply for the PNP program. Semi-skilled
and low skilled applicants cannot use this category.

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to
actively manage a business in B.C. It is a points-based invitation system. Applicants
must have the required personal and investment funds.

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs who want to start a
new business in participating regional communities across B.C.

We also have an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get
permanent residency for key employees.

BC Tech Pilot Program

The BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot targets the highly skilled workers in the tech industry. Applicants must have an active job offer in one of the twenty-nine eligible tech occupations. The complete list of the 29 in-demand tech occupations is listed below.

This job offer must be for at least one year and there must be at least 120 calendar days remaining on the job offer at the time of application.

List of 29 Eligible Occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot

NOC Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade

List of Entry Level and Semi Skilled -Eligible Occupations

NOC Occupation list by industry
Occupations in Travel and Accommodation
6525 Hotel Front Desk Clerks
Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations
6531 Tour and Travel Guides
6532 Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
6533 Casino Occupations
Occupations in Food and Beverage Service
6511 Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses
6512 Bartenders
6513 Food and Beverage Servers
6711 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
Cleaners (Employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts)
6731 Light Duty Cleaners
6732 Specialized Cleaners
6733 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
6721 Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services
Other Service Occupations (Employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts)
6741 Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations
6742 Other Service Support Occupations
Food Processing
9461 Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
9462 Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
9463 Fish and Seafood Plant Workers
9465 Testers and Graders, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
2282 User support technicians
9617 Labourers in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
9618 Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing
Long-Haul Truck Drivers
7511 Long-Haul Truck Driver


NOC Occupation Name
High Demand Occupations in Management Usually Requiring a Combination of Education and Work Experience (33 Occupations)
0621Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 Restaurant and food service managers
0013 Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services
0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0111 Financial managers
0601 Corporate sales managers
0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers
0016 Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0015 Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services
0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0821 Managers in agriculture
0731 Managers in transportation
0712 Home building and renovation managers
0632 Accommodation service managers
0114 Other administrative services managers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
0112 Human resources managers
0014 Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0125Other business services managers
0651Managers in customer and personal services
0422School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
0113Purchasing managers
0421Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training
0211Engineering managers
0012Senior government managers and officials
0513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
0512Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0912Utilities managers
0212Architecture and science managers
0412Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration
0414Other managers in public administration
High Demand Occupations Usually Requiring Bachelor’s, Graduate or First Professional Degree (26 Occupations)
1111Financial auditors and accountants
4032Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
1114Other financial officers
1122Professional occupations in business management consulting
2173Software engineers and designers
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
4021College and other vocational instructors
2131Civil engineers
4011University professors and lecturers
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
1121Human resources professionals
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
4152Social workers
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellors
2175Web designers and developers
5121Authors and writers
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1112Financial and investment analysts
4161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1113Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
High Demand Occupations Usually Requiring Diploma, Certificate or Apprenticeship Training (33 Occupations)
1221Administrative officers
4212Social and community service workers
1311Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1241Administrative assistants
4214Early childhood educators and assistants
6232Real estate agents and salespersons*
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6341Hairstylists and barbers
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
6221Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade
1224Property administrators
4311Police officers (except commissioned)
6231Insurance agents and brokers
6235Financial sales representatives
2281Computer network technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
6211Retail sales supervisors
1215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1242Legal administrative assistants
1222Executive assistants
2282User support technicians
1243Medical administrative assistants
2271Airline pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
4211Paralegal and related occupations
1312Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
7315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
1223Human resources and recruitment officers
1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
4313Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces
1315Customs, ship and other brokers
High Demand Occupations Usually Requiring High School and/or Occupation Specific Training (8 Occupations)
6513Food and beverage servers
4412Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4411Home childcare providers
7513Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
1513Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors
1512Letter carriers
1511Mail, postal and related workers
High Demand Health Occupations (Priority Health Occupations identified by the B.C. Ministry of Health) (13 Occupations)
3112Family physicians*
3124Nurse Practitioners
3413Health care assistants
3143Occupational therapists
3233Licensed practical nurses
3012Specialty registered nurses


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