In a concerted effort to increase the positive effect immigration can have on the economy, British Columbia also provides a Provincial Nominee Program. It’s structured specifically around benefits to the provincial economy and as such, the program tends to approve only immigration applications that would further this end.
However since 2001 when the operation began, there has been an increase in the types of categories than British Columbia considers valid for having a positive effect on the economy. These can be further categorised into two main areas: Strategic Occupations and Business Categories.
The former is comprised of International Students, Health care professionals such as Nurses, and other skilled workers. The Business Categories include regional business interests, special business projects that may require particular skills and general business skills such as management.
As a potential applicant to the British Columbia nominee program, it is best therefore that you have something to offer one of these six categories. International Students aside, who are recognised for their potential and the benefit their tuition fees will bring, skilled workers, health professionals and business managers are particularly likely to be positively considered.
As with many provincial nominee programs, British Columbia can approve your application but this will not result in automatic residency. Applicants must also apply for and successfully achieve residency via the standard Canadian Immigration regulations.