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Residency Pathways for Skilled Workers in British Columbia

Learn the different categories and the requirements that apply to all categories as well as the minimum income requirements based on family composition - and more.

Crispin Aranda

Residency Pathways for Skilled Workers in British Columbia

Immigration, residency pathways for skilled workers in BC

The BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams are intended for workers or international graduates with the skills, education and/or experience required for high-demand occupations in B.C.

Upon approval as a provincial nominee, the applicant  dependent family members can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to become a permanent resident of Canada in the Provincial Nominee Class.

Skills Immigration categories:

  1. Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  2. Skills Immigration – Healthcare Professional
  3. Skills Immigration – International Graduate
  4. Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate
  5. Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (Including employment in the Northea

General Requirements

The BC PNP Skills Immigration stream is an economic immigration option intended for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers.

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to live and work in B.C. and become permanent residents of Canada.

To be eligible for the program, an applicant needs to satisfy the criteria in one of the following categories:

  • Skilled Worker - managers, professionals and skilled tradespeople
  • Healthcare Professional - physicians, registered nurses and other allied health care workers employed with provincial health authorities
  • International Graduate - with a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university
  • International Post-Graduate - with a master’s or doctorate degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a B.C. university. Note that for this category only, a job offer is not required
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled - (including employment in the Northeast Development Region of B.C.) - workers in tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking, OR entry level and semi-skilled workers who are residing in the Northeast Development Region of the province

Requirements for all categories above as well as the Express Entry BC

The B.C. employer must have offered, and applicant has accepted, indeterminate*, full-time employment in an eligible occupation located in B.C. (Exception: Skills Immigration - International Post-Graduate and EEBC - International Post-Graduate). Positions that require the employee to spend the majority of time outside of B.C. do not qualify.

The Applicant must

  1. Be qualified for the offered position. The BC PNP may refer to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), WorkBC or industry standards to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation.
  2.  Be offered wage that is competitive with B.C. wage rates for the occupation.
  3. Demonstrate English or language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 in each of the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading and writing if applying or registering and/or applying with a job offer for an occupation classified under NOC Skill Levels B, C, or D.‚Äč
  4. Provide a copy of the language test results at the time of application, regardless of the NOC skill level of the B.C. job offer.
  5. Demonstrate that he/she meets minimum income requirements.
  6. Not have held a combined ownership/eahuity stake or more than 10 percent in the B.C. Company that has offered the employment within the five years preceding  application, and throughout the BC PNP application process.

The employment must

  1. Provide economic benefit to B.C such as contribution to: maintaining or creating jobs for Canadians transferring knowledge and skills to Canadians supporting the development of proprietary new products; building the workforce for a major project
  2. Not adversely affect the settlement of a labour dispute, or the employment of anyone involved in any such dispute, or adversely impact training or employment opportunities for British Columbians.

If invited to apply, applicant must submit the $700 application fee with the online application before the application will be processed. Incomplete applications will not be approved, and application fees will only be refunded if applicant withdraws before the BC PNP begins to assess the application.

Applicant may contact the BC PNP in writing by sending an email to PNPinfo@gov.bc.ca to withdraw the application and find out if he or she is eligible for a refund. Withdrawal and refund request letters must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, and BC PNP application file numberl. Withdrawal requests submitted in-person or through voicemail will not be accepted.

For the purposes of assessing work experience in Canada, the BC PNP will only consider work experience that was obtained while you were legally authorized to work. You must also meet other category-specific work experience requirements.

The BC PNP will not nominate if applicant is:

  1. Prohibited from entering Canada
  2. In Canada but out of status. If applicant’s status has expired, and request to restore status within the 90-day eligibility period cannot be demonstrated applicant will be considered out of status
  3. Working in Canada without authorization
  4. An unresolved refugee claim in Canada
  5. Under a removal order in or outside of Canada

Applicant must inform the BC PNP if there is a change in his or her circumstances. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. change of employer
  2. change of job title and duties
  3. decrease in salary
  4. change in number of dependants
  5. change in immigration status

An individual can only have one active BC PNP registration and/or application at a time.


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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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