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