On November 17, a series of changes were made to the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration streams.
The changes include updating the Skills Immigration registration scoring system to increase immigration to regions outside the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
People with experience working or studying outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District may claim additional points if they have a qualifying job offer in that region. We have also adjusted eligibility for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to include job offers from a regional employer in B.C. in any skilled occupation.
In addition, eligibility for the International Post Graduate stream has been expanded to any field of study for doctoral level programs. Professors and post-doctoral fellows on limited term employment contracts at B.C. universities are now eligible for the Skilled Worker stream. Both of these criteria changes are intended to retain more innovators and experts that can bring their deep expertise to the province.
The BCPNP Online system is now open to new registrations and has been updated to use the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
For full details about these and other changes, including updates, please refer to updated documents and guides.
This is very good news, and a result of our engagement, research, advocacy and relationship building with the Ministry and PNP team.