Effective immediately, the B.C. government is implementing a 90-day pause on new applications to most categories of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The BC PNP will begin accepting new applications in July 2015 with an improved application process and updated program criteria.

Those who applied to the BC PNP on or before March 31, 2015 will not be impacted. Program staff will continue to process BC PNP applications already in the system and bring on additional staff to improve processing times. Please be advised that processing does not guarantee approval.

During this administrative pause, BC PNP will continue to accept applications under the Express Entry British Columbia stream and the Northeast Pilot Project, as well as those submitted by Health Match BC and public health authorities. Applications will not be accepted under the Business Immigration stream at this time.


In order to focus on processing the existing inventory of BC PNP applications, we will not be responding to inquiries about application status. We ask clients to refer to the PNP website for program updates: www.welcomebc.ca/pnp

The program will re-open in July 2015 with operational improvements to increase efficiency, maintain strong outcomes and position the program for future growth. Program categories will be aligned with B.C.’s labour market and economic development priorities to ensure we continue to attract the best and brightest workers and entrepreneurs.

With the introduction of an updated BC PNP, the province will continue its commitment to build a strong workforce to meet B.C.’s economic needs.