The reason that the BC PNP has suspended receipt of business immigration applications for three months (and has scheduled recommencing on July 2, 2015) is because of the volume of applications it has received over the last three years.

Under the business stream up to 2011, the BCPNP business program was receiving between 150 and200 applications. However four major changes took place at the federal and provincial levels starting four years ago:

  • 2011 – CIC suspended the Federal Entrepreneur program
  • 2012 – CIC suspended the Federal Investor program
  • 2012 – Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick placed limits on their programs
  • 2014 – CIC terminated the Federal Entrepreneur andInvestor programs

As a result of these major events, the BC Business immigration applications sky-rocketed from a low of 152 in 2009 to1085applications in 2014. 

The BC PNP was basically inundated with applications without the resources to process the applications.

A second problem was that many applications being received were less than stellar quality.  The department began to notice that prices of the businesses being purchased were inflated, good will was  far  in excess of what gross sales would justify, business plans being submitted were  suspect, net worth claimed was dubious and lastly there was no connection between the business experience of the individual in relation to the business being  purchased.  As a result, over 50% of these applications are now being refused.

Because of these difficulties and  because of the inundation of applications, the BC PNP had no other recourse but to issue a moratorium and review the system of intake and system of approving such applications and is presently drafting regulatory procedures by which to qualify business applicants rather than relying on  policy-driven procedures.

Under the new scheme(which will be announced on July 2, 2015), you can expect:

  • Online applications to replace the paper applications
  • Prioritization based on significant economic benefit to various regions
  • Ranking of entrepreneurs by way of a comparative system based on points
  • Third-party verification of net assets by established accounting firms

An update will be provided on announced changes after July 2, 2015.

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Crease Harman LLP