British Columbia (BC) PNP

British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BCPNP) for Skills Immigration and Express Entry.

British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BCPNP) is a program that attracts qualified and skilled labor who wants to settle-down in British Columbia. The applicant who got selected gets a nomination from British Columbia which enables the applicant to apply for a permanent residency in British Columbia, Canada.

Primarily there are two streams under BCPNP for skilled workers

• Skills Immigration (SI)

• Express Entry BC

 

Skilled Immigration

BC PNP Skilled Immigration is for inviting people with education, skills, experience needed by the employers for British Columbia. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must need to satisfy any of the criteria.

• Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker – managers, professionals, and skilled tradespeople

• Skills Immigration – Healthcare Professional – physicians, registered nurses, and other allied health care workers employed with provincial health authorities

• Skills Immigration – International Graduate – with a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university

• Skills Immigration – 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

• Skills Immigration – 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

Meeting the eligibility does not guarantee an invitation to apply or a nomination from B.C.

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

A skilled worker (applicant) must have at least two years of full-time work experience in the relevant job offered to the applicant. The job offered must be classified as Skill Type O, A, B in the National Occupation Classification (NOC). An employer must offer a job in writing on the company letterhead. An applicant must also demonstrate that he/she meets the minimum income requirements. The applicant also needs to demonstrate language proficiency. For example, if an applicant is working in a Skill Level B occupation, then the applicant secure equal to or greater than a benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Bench Mark (CLB).

Skills Immigration – Healthcare Professional

Healthcare professionals are always in high demand. This stream will help the qualified healthcare professional to get a nomination from the BC. Healthcare professional includes, physician, specialist physician, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, nurse practitioner, diagnostic medical sonographer, clinical pharmacist, medical laboratory technologist, etc.

Similar to Skilled Worker, a Healthcare Professional (applicant) must have at least two years of full-time work experience in the relevant job offered to the applicant. The job offered must be classified as Skill Type O, A, B in the National Occupation Classification (NOC). An employer must offer a job in writing on the company letterhead. An applicant must also demonstrate that he/she meets the minimum income requirements. The applicant also needs to demonstrate language proficiency depending on the NOC classification of the occupation.

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

This stream is very popular among foreign students who have completed their graduation from a Canadian institute. A foreign student who has graduated in the past three years may be eligible for the BCPNP. An applicant must submit the registration to the BCPNP within three years of completing their education. Distance Education will not be eligible under this stream. Undergraduate or graduate degree must be from a Canadian Post-Secondary institution authorized to grant a degree. Diplomas and Certificates from a public Post-Secondary institution are also eligible.

A graduate (applicant) must have a full-time job offer. The employer needs to demonstrate that the job offer is bona fide. The job offered must be classified as Skill Type O, A, B in the National Occupation Classification (NOC). An employer must offer a job in writing on the company letterhead. An applicant must also demonstrate that he/she meets the minimum income requirements. The applicant also needs to demonstrate language proficiency depending on the NOC classification of the occupation.

Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate

An applicant must have received a master’s or doctoral degree within the last three years from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C.

An applicant’s degree must be obtained in natural, applied, or health sciences, which includes agriculture, engineering, mathematics, natural resources conservation, physical science, etc. Applicant must demonstrate the ability and intent to live and work in B.C.

Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) – including employment in Northeast Development Region

An applicant may be eligible if he/she presently works in the B.C. in an eligible occupation in the tourism/hospitality/, long-haul trucking or food processing or an applicant may be eligible under this category if he/she currently works in the Northeast Development Region of the province in any entry-level or semi-skilled occupation, other than live-in caregivers, listed as Skill Level C or D in the National Occupational Classification.

An applicant must have accepted a full-time job from a B.C employer in the specific occupation and must have been working full-time for a period of at least nine months consecutively before applying. Applicant must have legal immigration status in Canada.

Note – This category is not eligible under the Express Entry stream.

Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC)

Express Entry is an online platform started by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Subsequently, B.C. introduced Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) which allows BC PNP to use IRCC Express Entry System.

Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) process the below categories

• Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

• Express Entry BC – Healthcare Professional

• Express Entry BC – International Graduate

• Express Entry BC – International Post Graduate

Note – Only EEBC – International Post Graduate does not require a full-time job offer.

Process

1. Registration – An applicant must register at Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). An applicant needs to provide details like job, B.C. location, education, language ability, etc. B.C will assess the profile considering the labor needs of the B.C. Only EEBC-Skilled Worker and EEBC-International Graduate need to register with SIRS. EEBC-Healthcare Professional and EEBC-International Post Graduate applicants can apply directly to BCPNP.

2. Invitation – Applicants are given a score based on their profile and ranked accordingly. A draw is conducted regularly and applicants with the highest scores are invited. Invitations are issued based on BCPNP annual nomination and processing capacity.

3. Application – After receiving an invitation EEBC-Skilled Worker and EEBC-International Graduate can apply through BCPNP Online. EEBC-Healthcare Professional and EEBC-International Post Graduate applicants don’t need an invitation. They can apply directly to BCPNP online. An applicant has 30 days to apply and needs to pay a processing fee of $1150. The profile of the applicant will be assessed according to the Provincial Immigration Programs Act, Provincial Immigration Programs Regulation, and the criteria specific to the applicant’s Express Entry BC category.

4. Nomination – If an application is approved, an applicant will get a nomination from B.C and subsequently, an applicant can apply for a Permanent Residence (PR) at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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