Skills Immigration Application Intake

The Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is accepting a limited number of applications for in-demand jobs under the Skills Immigration stream effective November 10, 2015.

The BC PNP was redesigned in July this year to make a targeted shift towards attracting high-impact workers and entrepreneurs that align with B.C.'s labour market and economic development priorities. This intake is focussed specifically on attracting applicants who are in high-wage occupations and meet those priorities.

Application intake will be limited to 50 applications in the Skills Immigration stream.

Applications are invited for occupations that offer wages over $100,000 a year. Examples could include senior construction, transportation, manufacturing and engineering managers, industrial and electrical engineers, as well as specialized software developers or technology professionals.

The BC PNP continues to process applications already in the inventory. The addition of 50 applications will not impact the processing times of existing applications.

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream will continue to accept registrations for prospective applicants, up to a maximum of 200 per month

As well, no changes have been made to the following categories and applications will continue to be accepted in:

If you are a health care professional with a Health Match BC supported job offer from a B.C. public health authority, you may be eligible to apply under this category if your job offer falls under one of the following occupations:

  • Physician
  • registered nurse
  • registered psychiatric nurse
  • nurse practitioner
  • An allied health professional, such as:
  • diagnostic medical sonographer
  • clinical pharmacist
  • medical laboratory technologist
  • medical radiation technologist

Requirements:

  • You must have been offered and have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer in a skilled occupation as outlined in the National Occupation Matrix.
  • You must be qualified to perform the duties of the job offered to you, including all regulatory, registration, and licensing requirements to perform the duties of the occupation in B.C.
  • You must demonstrate that you are able to support yourself (and your dependents);
  • You must have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada;
  • You may be required to meet minimum language requirements.
  • As this is a joint application submitted with your employer, your employer must also meet eligibility criteria.

For complete program requirements and information on how to apply, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia Program Guide.

Health care professionals are in demand across British Columbia. If you are a physician, nurse, psychiatric nurse or allied health professional, you may be eligible to apply under the EEBC - Health Care Professional category.

Health Match BC

If you are looking for opportunities to work as a health care professional in B.C., we encourage you to contact Health Match BC. This free provincial service recruits health professionals on behalf of B.C.'s health authorities. In addition to helping you find a job in your field, Health Match BC staff can answer your questions about the BC PNP and assist you with your BC PNP application.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply under the Express Entry BC - Health Care Professional category, you must have the following:

A CIC Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker Validation Code that indicates you meet the criteria for one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to CIC's Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

You must also have the support or have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from a public health authority as a physician, nurse, psychiatric nurse or allied health professional:

  • Physician
  • Specialist
  • Registered nurse
  • Registered psychiatric nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
  • An allied health professional, such as:
    • Diagnostic medical sonographer
    • Clinical pharmacist
    • Medical laboratory technologist

In order to be eligible for consideration under this category, in addition to meeting CIC's Express Entry requirements, you must also meet the BC PNP's Health Care Professional category requirements:

  • You must have been offered and have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer in a skilled occupation as outlined in the National Occupational Classification Matrix;
  • You must be qualified to perform the duties of the job offered to you, including all regulatory, registration, and licensing requirements to perform the duties of the occupation in B.C.;
  • You must demonstrate that you are able to support yourself (and your dependents);
  • You must have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada;
  • You may be required to meet minimum language requirements; and,
  • As this is a joint application submitted with your employer, your employer must also meet eligibility criteria.

For complete program requirements and information on how to apply, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia Program Guide.

Due to the recent rapid growth of the energy sector, the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia has a high demand for workers. In April 2012, the B.C. government launched a two-year pilot project to expand the types of workers eligible for the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in the Northeast Development Region only.

The Northeast Pilot Project has been extended to March, 31, 2016.

You may be eligible for the BC PNP if you are currently working in the Northeast Development Region in any occupation listed as Skill Level C or D in the National Occupational Classification Matrix. These occupations usually require completion of secondary school, occupation-specific training or on-the-job training. The occupations include (but are not limited to) mine service workers, heavy equipment operators, machine operators and retail sales clerks.

If you have a work permit under the federal Live-In Caregiver program, you are not eligible for the BC PNP as this federal program already provides participants with a pathway to permanent residence.

All other requirements of the entry level and semi-skilled worker category remain the same, including:

  • Nine months of full-time employment with the supporting employer immediately prior to the date of application
  • Minimum education
  • English language proficiency
  • A family income that meets or exceeds the BC PNP's income threshold
Please note that this category is not eligible under the Express Entry British Columbia stream.

You must also have the support or have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from a public health authority as a physician, nurse, psychiatric nurse or allied health professional:

  • Physician
  • Specialist
  • Registered nurse
  • Registered psychiatric nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
  • An allied health professional, such as:
    • Diagnostic medical sonographer
    • Clinical pharmacist
    • Medical laboratory technologist

In order to be eligible for consideration under this category, in addition to meeting CIC's Express Entry requirements, you must also meet the BC PNP's Health Care Professional category requirements:

  • You must have been offered and have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer in a skilled occupation as outlined in the National Occupational Classification Matrix;
  • You must be qualified to perform the duties of the job offered to you, including all regulatory, registration, and licensing requirements to perform the duties of the occupation in B.C.;
  • You must demonstrate that you are able to support yourself (and your dependents);
  • You must have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada;
  • You may be required to meet minimum language requirements; and,
  • As this is a joint application submitted with your employer, your employer must also meet eligibility criteria.

For complete program requirements and information on how to apply, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia Program Guide.

B.C. continues to work with the federal government to increase the allocation of provincial nominations for B.C. in 2016.

Economic growth in B.C. depends on people – on having the qualified workers and entrepreneurs we need to meet labour market and economic development demands and ensure the continued prosperity of our province. Immigration plays an important role in helping B.C. meet current and future labour market shortages.

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program based on provincial priorities and selection criteria. It offers accelerated immigration for high-impact foreign workers and entrepreneurs who intend to live permanently in B.C., demonstrate the ability to become economically established and contribute significantly to the provincial economy.

The BC PNP offers options for immigrating to B.C.

The Process

The BC PNP is an accelerated immigration pathway for individuals to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. The first step in the process is to register and/or apply to the BC PNP. If your application is approved by the BC PNP, you are a Provincial Nominee, and you and your dependent family members can apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent resident visas in the Provincial Nominee Class.

Express Entry British Columbia And Skills Immigration

For individuals with a job offer in a high-demand occupation (or students with a post-graduate degree from a B.C. post-secondary institution in the natural, applied or health sciences)

Applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria. With the exception of individuals applying with a post-graduate degree from a B.C. university in the natural, applied or health sciences, all applicants must have a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible B.C. employer.

Express Entry is an online application management system introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in January 2015. Express Entry is transforming Canada's immigration system into one that is faster and more responsive to economic and labour market needs and is enabling employers to have a direct role in selecting economic immigrants.

British Columbia introduced Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) in January 2015 to allow the BC PNP to use CIC's Express Entry system to meet B.C.'s specific labour market needs.

Benefit for Employers

The EEBC stream of the BC PNP will help B.C. meet the need for skilled workers. Eligible applicants to the EEBC categories receive priority processing of BC PNP applications.

Benefit for Individuals

The EEBC stream will result in faster and more efficient processing for eligible skilled workers and significantly reduce application processing times.

Individuals who meet all of the requirements receive priority processing of their BC PNP application and, if nominated, permanent residence application.

For complete program requirements and information on how to apply, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia Program Guide.

I want to work in B.C.

The BC Provincial Nominee Program's (BC PNP) Skills Immigration stream is intended for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers. This stream is designed for individuals who would like to live and work in B.C. and become permanent residents of Canada.

  • Health care professionals (physicians, registered nurses and other health care workers)
  • Northeast Pilot Project: Entry level or semi-skilled workers who are living in the northeast region of the province

How does the program work?

1. You accept an offer of indeterminate full-time employment from a B.C. employer who is willing to support your application for permanent residence through the BC PNP. If you are currently working in B.C. on a temporary work permit, your employer will need to offer you an indeterminate position. Indeterminate means your employment offer must not have an end date.

2. If you and your current or prospective employer meet the program criteria, you will submit a joint application to the BC PNP.

3. We assess your application against program criteria, and if we approve your application, we will nominate you for permanent residence. If applicable, we will provide you with a work permit support letter so you can apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to obtain or renew a work permit to start or continue working in B.C. for your employer.

4. After the BC PNP nominates you for permanent residence, you (and your spouse and dependent children if applicable) will submit a separate application for a permanent resident visa to CIC in the Provincial Nominee Class. You will have six months from the date of your nomination to apply to CIC.

5. If CIC approves your application, you will be issued a permanent resident visa to live in Canada. You are responsible for demonstrating that you meet the program criteria. If the BC PNP is not satisfied that your application meets the program criteria, we will not approve your application.

Entrepreneur Immigration

For experienced entrepreneurs who intend to invest in and actively manage an eligible business in the province.

Individuals must be investment-ready, with business ownership and/or management experience. They must demonstrate that they are able to establish themselves in B.C. and invest in a new or existing business that will employ Canadian citizens or permanent residents, providing significant economic benefits to the province.

September 1, 2015: Please note that the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is not impacted by the pause in the Skills Immigration stream. The Entrepreneur Immigration stream continues to accept registrations for prospective applicants, up to a maximum of 200 per month.

British Columbia is one of North America's most dynamic places to do business. Entrepreneurs benefit from our strategic location, low taxes, competitive operating costs and a multicultural workforce that is well-educated, highly-skilled and productive.

If you are an entrepreneur who is ready to invest in and actively manage a business in the Province, you may be eligible for the BC Provincial Nominee Program's (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration stream. This stream provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced businesspeople who can establish themselves in B.C. and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide significant economic benefits to the Province.

Your application will be assessed on a number of factors, such as:

  • your business and/or work experience
  • your personal net worth and source of funds
  • your adaptability an
  • your business proposal, which includes your proposed investment and job creation in B.C.

The BC PNP has introduced a mandatory registration system for all prospective applicants to the Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

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