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How to Immigrate to Vancouver, British Columbia

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"Vancouver is among the top choices for foreign nationals wishing to immigrate to Canada. It is a wonderful place to live in with a population of 603,502 according to the Canada 2011 Census. It is the 8th largest metropolitan municipality in Canada. Vancouver is a seaport city, nestled between the Pacific Coast and the North Shore Mountains. The city experiences warm summers and mild winters and boasts amazing natural beauty waiting to be explored."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 21, 2021
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Vancouver is among the top choices for foreign nationals wishing to immigrate to Canada. It is a wonderful place to live in with a population of 603,502 according to the Canada 2011 Census. It is the 8th largest metropolitan municipality in Canada. 

Vancouver is a seaport city, nestled between the Pacific Coast and the North Shore Mountains. The city experiences warm summers and mild winters and boasts amazing natural beauty waiting to be explored.

With an aging population, Vancouver has a rising need for skilled workers to settle permanently in the city. British Columbia is aggressively accepting immigrants who can enter the labor market and establish themselves as skilled workers in Canada.

How Can You Immigrate to Vancouver, British Columbia?

Federal Express Entry System: 

Express Entry is the most popular and easiest way to immigrate to Canada. If you are eligible, then your application for permanent residence will be processed in 6 months or less. 

Permanent residence grants you the right to live and work anywhere in Canada. Skilled foreign workers can apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) through the Express Entry system. 

You must create an active Express Entry profile to qualify. Your profile will be assessed based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS will rank your profile based on your age, education level, language proficiency and work experience. 

If you are among the highest-scoring candidates, then you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Study in British Columbia: 

Studying in Vancouver is a great way to transition to permanent residence in Vancouver. You can apply for a post-secondary study program in a designated learning institution in British Columbia. 

Completing a study program in the province opens up a lot of immigration pathways under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). 

Vancouver hosts some of the best universities in Canada including the University of British Columbia and the Simon Fraser University. 

International students can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to gain Canadian work experience. This makes them eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and several other provincial immigration streams. 

Take a look at our regularly updated Latest Express Entry Draw Updates and our Canada PNP Draw Updates.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP): 

The BC PNP offers a collection of immigration streams aimed at skilled foreign workers and international graduates with skills and experience to fill the local labor market shortages. The BC PNP broadly has 3 different immigration streams:

BC PNP Skills Immigration: 

The BC PNP Skills Immigration program is designed for applicants who will contribute to BC's labor market with their valuable experience. This immigration program has 5 streams:

BC PNP Tech Pilot: 

The BC PNP Tech Pilot was designed for Information Technology (IT) workers because this occupation is in-demand and they want to expedite immigrating to BC.

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration: 

The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration is for international business owners, investors and institutions who have experience in owning and operating a business. This immigration program has 3 streams.

Express Entry Linked with Enhanced PNP Streams:

The BC PNP also offers the BC PNP and Express Entry. It has a 2 step process for immigration. The BC PNP has to nominate you. 

If nominated, then you can apply to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada), a government body for your permanent residency.

This program has 4 streams:

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