British Columbia - Provincial Nomination

Program

In Canada, all the counties have launched different programs to attract skilled immigrants. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program was introduced in summer of 2001 with the aim of drawing migrants to the province. In 2002, the program was expanded further to enable business immigrants looking to invest and commence businesses in British Columbia to apply to the PNP.

This program allows province of B.C. to nominate immigrants from different countries and background to fulfil needs of the labour market, especially in the financial, manufacturing and economic sector. Under the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program, there are two separate streams - strategic occupation and business immigration

Under the PNP, applicant along with spouse, dependent children or parents can request for fast processing of their permanent residency application. The province has a target to process 15,000 applications to grant the status of permanent resident till 2012. Out of this total almost 9,000 people, that includes both skilled and business immigrants have already been granted permission to shift to the province on permanent basis.

General Requirements

The applicants are required to submit a copy of their work permit along with the application at the time of applying. Students can give study permit as the proofs in order to enable authorities verify the immigration information.

Other requirements include various copies of permits for spouse, dependent parents or children living in Canada, if applicable.

For faster processing

The province of B.C. gives an option of fast processing of applications to skilled and regional business applicants by posting $125,000 Canadian Dollars performance deposit. They are also required to sign a Deposit Agreement with the Province along with the deposit.

Requirements of the Regional Business Skills Category

To apply under this category, the applicant must have the proof of a business project that can be located outside Vancouver and the Abbotsford Metropolitan Areas. Along with that he or she must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 Canadian Dollars.

The province also demands a minimum investment of $200,000 Canadian Dollars to establish the eligible business in Canada with a minimum ownership of one third of the equity of the business. Since the aim of the program is to boost economic growth of the province, the applicant is also required to submit a business plan showing at least 1 new job for a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.

For any individual shifting his or her base to another country, the next major worry is to sponsor the immediate family.

Canada Immigration

Like many other countries, Canada also follows certain guidelines for family sponsorships. Under this program, close relatives and immediate family of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can migrate if they comply to few conditions.

Membership / Association

CSIC - Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants

Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants