Immigrate to Canada without a job offer: British Columbia’s Provincial Nomination Program

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You can gain Canadian permanent residence without a job offer if you have a graduate degree in science from an authorised British Columbia university. Science graduates may be eligible for the Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate category of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) grants precedence to immigration candidates who have earned a master’s or doctorate (PhD) in one of the natural, applied, or health sciences disciplines listed below:


  • agriculture
  • biological and biomedical sciences
  • computer and information sciences and support services
  • engineering
  • engineering technology
  • health professions and related clinical sciences
  • mathematics and statistics
  • natural resources conservation and research
  • physical sciences


To be considered for this category, your application must be submitted to BC PNP within three years of the date on your official transcript. To be eligible for this stream, you must also be able to show that you intend to live and work in British Columbia. This can be done by giving proof of your prior or current residence in the province, for example. You can also give B.C. documentation of your employment, studies, or family ties. Another option is to include a description of any actions you’ve done to permanently settle, such as finding a job or a place to reside, or getting involved in the community. To be eligible for this stream, candidates must not have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.


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