British Columbia

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British Columbia's economic growth, like many other provinces, is only possible by having enough skilled and qualified people to meet its labour market needs. In order to grow their economy, the Government of BC created different pathways to give immigrants an opportunity to get their Permanent Residency. Please find below the different programs BC has to offer. 

Learn More About the Programs of BC PNP

The BC PNP is entirely managed online. Eligible applicants must create a profile on the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program website. Once the profile is created and submitted, it uses a points-based invitation system. The Government of BC will pick the best candidate/s in their pool to apply for a nomination. 

You have two main pathways under the BC PNP which are the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC. There are two main differences between both pathways: 1) through the skills immigration pathway, it will take longer to get permanent residency, and 2) to be eligible under Express Entry BC, you first need to qualify for a Federal Economic Program. Please see the Federal economic programs here: 

Programs under the Skills Immigration pathway

Skilled Worker Program

Note: To qualify, you must first accept a valid job offer from a B.C. employer. You also need relevant training and experience. This program is eligible under Express Entry BC.

Program requirements:

  • "have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skilled occupation (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B)

  • be qualified to perform the duties of the job

  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements

  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from the BC PNP website.

Healthcare Professional Program

Note: this program is eligible under Express Entry BC.

Program requirements:

  • "have the support of, or a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a public health authority as a: physician, specialist, registered Nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, nurse practitioner, allied health professional such as: diagnostic medical sonographer, clinical pharmacist, medical laboratory technologist, medical radiation technologist, occupational therapist or physiotherapist, if you are a midwife, have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in B.C.

  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C

  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements

  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from the BC PNP website.

International Graduates Program

Note: this program is eligible under Express Entry BC.

Program requirements:

  • "have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification skilled occupation  (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B). 

  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C.

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years

  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements

  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from the BC PNP website.

International Post-Graduates Program

Program requirements:

Note: You don’t need a job offer to apply. This program is eligible under Express Entry BC. 

Step 1: Graduate from an eligible program: 

"You must have graduated in the last three years with a master's or doctorate (PhD) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences:

  • 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" from the BC PNP website.

Step 2: Determine your Eligibility:

  • "have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • have completed a valid graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary institution in B.C. in the last three years.

  • show your intent and ability to live in B.C." from the BC PNP website.

Entry-level and Semi-Skilled Program

Note: Note: To qualify, you must first accept a valid job offer from a B.C. employer.                   

This program is not eligible under Express Entry BC.

Program requirements:

  • "have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer in a specific occupation in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or the food processing industry. For the Northeast Development Region of B.C., you may apply in any National Occupational Classification occupation (skill level C or D).

  • have been working full-time for your employer for a minimum of nine consecutive months before applying

  • meet minimum language and education requirements

  • qualify to do the job offered to you

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have legal immigration status in Canada

  • be earning a wage in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from the BC PNP website.

What the next step after being nominated under this pathway?

Once you receive a nomination from the Province of British Columbia under the Skills Immigration pathway, you will be able to apply for Permanent Residency under the Federal Provincial Nominee program. 

Note: If your temporary status is about to expire after you submitted your application to the Federal Government, you are eligible to apply for an Open-Work Permit while waiting for a decision to be made on your application. 

If you want to learn more about how to apply for any of these programs under the BC skills immigration pathway or how to apply under the Federal Provincial Nominee Program, please feel free to email us or book your consultation. 

Programs under the Express Entry BC pathway

In order to be eligible under the Expres Entry BC, you first need to qualify for a federal economic program. 

EEBC - Skilled Worker

Note: Note: To qualify, you must first accept a valid job offer from a B.C. employer.                   

Program requirements:

  • "have received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC Express Entry system. This shows you meet the minimum criteria for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class

  • have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification skilled occupation  (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B).

  • qualify to work in your  job in B.C.

  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • meet minimum language requirements

  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from BC PNP website.

EEBC - Healthcare Professional

Note: To qualify, you must first accept a valid job offer from a B.C. employer.                   

Program requirements:

  • "have received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC Express Entry system. This shows you meet the minimum criteria for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class

  • have the support of, or a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a public health authority as a: physician, Specialist, registered Nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, nurse practitioner, allied health professional such as: diagnostic medical sonographer, clinical pharmacist, medical laboratory technologist, medical radiation technologist, occupational therapist or physiotherapist, if you are a midwife, have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in B.C.

  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C

  • have at least two (2) years of directly related work experience

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • for NOC skill level B occupations, meet minimum language requirements

  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from BC PNP website.

EEBC - International Graduates

Note: To qualify, you must first accept a valid job offer from a B.C. employer.                   

Program requirements:

  • "have received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC Express Entry system. This shows you meet the minimum criteria for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class

  • have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification skilled occupation  (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B)

  • qualify to work in your occupation in B.C.

  • show you can support yourself and your dependents

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years

  • meet minimum language requirements

  • have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation" from BC PNP website.

EEBC - International Post-Graduates

Note: To qualify, you do not need to have a valid job offer from a B.C. employer.                   

Program requirements:

Step 1: Graduate from an eligible program: 

"You must have graduated in the last three years with a master's or doctorate (PhD) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences:

  • 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" from BC PNP website.

Step 2: Determine your Eligibility:

  • "have received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC Express Entry system. This shows you meet the minimum criteria for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class

  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

  • have completed a valid graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary institution in B.C. in the last three years.

  • show your intent and ability to live in B.C." from BC PNP website.

What the next step after being nominated under this pathway?

Once you receive a nomination from the Province of British Columbia under the Express Entry BC pathway, you will receive an additional 600 points on your Federal Express Entry profile which will guarantee you to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. 

Note: If your temporary status is about to expire after you submitted your application to the Federal Government, you are eligible to apply for an Open-Work Permit while waiting for a decision to be made on your application. 

If you want to learn more about how to apply for any of these programs under the Express Entry BC pathway or how to apply under the Federal Express Entry, please feel free to email us or book your consultation.