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BC PNP has increased the fees for "Skills Immigration" (SI) applications

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Effective August 6, 2020, BC raised the price for provincial nominations under the Skills Immigration (SI) stream from $700 to $1,150. See the BC PNP fees page for more details.

April 6, 2020—British Columbia

"The BC PNP operates on a cost-recovery model, which means that the program's operations are paid for by the users of the program rather than by taxpayers. The fee increases will allow the BC PNP to continue to efficiently serve applicants and provide assistance until they receive their permanent residence."

Keep in mind, the BC PNP processing fees are in addition to the federal government application fees which are required after provincial nomination.

Candidates who don't have enough points for Express Entry may be eligible under PNP streams if they possess skills that the region or province needs. Applicants who receive a Provincial Nomination acquire an additional 600 points towards their CRS scores for Express Entry which essentially guarantees that they receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Quotes These fees also assist nominees with immigration and employment-related requests while they await permanent residency. This can include issuing you a BC PNP work permit support letter to apply for a new work permit or extend a new work permit, so your employer does not have to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)."

Quick facts

  • The BC PNP fees are comparable to immigration programs in other provinces. For example, Ontario charges an application fee of $2,000 in the Greater Toronto Area and $1,500 in the rest of the province.

  • The program has experienced significant growth over the last decade. Since 2009, B.C.'s annual PNP allocation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has more than doubled from 3,000 nominations to 6,750 in 2019.

  • The program also assists nominees with immigration and employment-related requests while they await permanent residence, and these requests have increased by 50% in recent years. There are currently more than 9,500 nominees in B.C. waiting to become permanent residents.

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