The Skills Immigration Program is composed of a number categories, each with their own unique eligibility requirements.

The Skilled Worker, Health Care Professional, International Graduate, and International Post-Graduate categories may also be processed through an application to the Express Entry British Columbia stream, which is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

 

General Requirements

In addition to meeting the specific requirements for the category under which they are applying, applicants must also meet the general requirements for the BC Skills Immigration Program. Unless otherwise noted, applicants in the Skills Immigration stream are required to: 

  • Applicants with a job offer in an NOC level 0 or A occupation are not required to submit valid language test results; however, the BC PNP may ask for results at its discretion to ensure an applicant has the language proficiency required in order to perform the duties of the position; 
  • Earn a wage competitive with BC rates for the occupation;
  • Have accepted a job offer for permanent full-time employment in an eligible occupation (exception: the International Graduate category);
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate English or French language ability at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4, for all occupations classified under NOC level B, C, or D;
  • Meet minimum income requirements (see below);
  • Not have an ownership or equity stake of more than 10 percent in the B.C. company that has made the job offer; and,
  • Benefit B.C. economically through their employment. For example, the applicant's employment may:
    • Transfer knowledge and skills to Canadians;
    • Build the workforce for a major project;
    • Create or maintain jobs for Canadians; and/or,
    • Support the development of proprietary new products;
  • Submit a complete application, along with the $550 application fee, if invited to apply.In addition, the employment of an applicant under the BC Skills Immigration Program must not adversely affect the settlement of a labour dispute, or the employment of anyone involved in a labour dispute. Neither can a job offered to an applicant under the BC Skills Immigration Program prevent the training or employment of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

 

Skilled Worker Category 

This category is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Skilled Worker Category, in addition to meeting the general requirements, applicants must:

  • Have at least two years of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation offered to them, and the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer;
  • Be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B;
    • For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary - the BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
    • Annual wage in the province;
    • Location of residence in the province;
    • Number of dependents.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

Additionally, the employer offering the job must meet the following requirements:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia, and have been operating for at least one year;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
    • If the business is located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least five permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
    • If the business is located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least three permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must offer the candidate a wage that meets industry standards;
  • The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
  • The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met; 
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
  • The employer may not make deductions from pay for recruitment, immigration fees, etc.
  • The wage offered must be at market rate and comparable to the average salary for that occupation in British Columbia.
  • Individuals originally hired on a Labour Market Opinion must receive an equal or greater wage than that stated on the Labour Market Opinion.

 

Health Care Professional Category

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

To be eligible under the Health Care Professional Category, in addition to meeting the general requirements, applicants must:

  • Be a professional in one of the following fields:
    • Physician;
    • Specialist;
    • Registered nurse;
    • Registered psychiatric nurse;
    • Nurse practitioner;
    • Midwife; or
    • Allied health professional such as a:
      • Diagnostic medical sonographer;
      • Clinical pharmacist;
      • Medical laboratory technologist;
      • Medical radiation technologist;
      • Occupational therapist; or
      • Physiotherapist.
  • Have at least two years full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation offered to them, and the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B;
    • For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary - the BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion.
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. public health authority;
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
    • Annual wage in the province;
    • Location of residence in the province;
    • Number of dependents.
  • Midwives must:
    • Have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in the province confirming acceptance into the group for at least six months, written on official group letterhead and signed by the head of the practice group and the applicant; and
    • Be registered, or eligible to be registered, with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

The employer offering the job must meet the following requirements:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia, and have been operating for at least one year;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
    • If the business is located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least five permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
    • If the business is located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least three permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must offer the candidate a wage that meets industry standards;
  • The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
  • The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met; 
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
  • The employer may not make deductions from pay for recruitment, immigration fees, etc.
  • The wage offered must be at market rate and comparable to the average salary for that occupation in British Columbia.
  • Individuals originally hired on a Labour Market Opinion must receive an equal or greater wage than that stated on the Labour Market Opinion.

International Graduates – Canadian Universities or Colleges

This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within three years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants do not necessarily need prior work experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a B.C. employer.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

Applicants who meet the following requirements may be eligible under the International Graduate Category:

  • Applicants must have obtained one of the following:
    • An undergraduate or graduate degree from an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution; or
    • A diploma from an eligible public post-secondary institution in Canada. Diplomas from private institutions are not eligible for this program.
    • A diploma program must be minimum eight months (two semesters) full-time study.
    • The diploma program is not eligible if more than one-quarter is co-op work or an internship.
  • The application must be submitted within three years of the date of completion shown on the official transcript;
  • Applicants must have the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they can support themselves and their dependents in Canada, including the following:
    • Income and employment prospects;
    • Location of intended residence in British Columbia; and
    • Information on number of dependents.
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment that typically requires a post-secondary education from an eligible B.C. employer;
    • The offer may be for an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B; or
    • The offer may be for an occupation that is NOC level C or D, where the employer can sufficiently demonstrate a structured plan of career progression with that employer to an NOC 0, A, or B level occupation.
  • For for NOC level B, C, or D occupations, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • No language test results are required for NOC level 0 and A occupations - the BC PNP, however, may request valid language test results at its discretion

Minimum Requirements for Employers

In addition, the employer making the offer of employment must meet the following criteria:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia, and have been operating for at least one year;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
    • If the business is located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least five permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
    • If the business is located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least three permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must offer the candidate a wage that meets industry standards;
  • The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
  • The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met; 
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
  • The employer may not make deductions from pay for recruitment, immigration fees, etc.
  • The wage offered must be at market rate and comparable to the average salary for that occupation in British Columbia.
  • Individuals originally hired on a Labour Market Opinion must receive an equal or greater wage than that stated on the Labour Market Opinion.

 

International Post-Graduates - B.C. Universities or Colleges

This category is for individuals who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a British Columbia institution. No job offer is needed to apply to this program.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under this category, applicants must:

  • Have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible British Columbia institution within the three years preceding the application to the BC PNP in one of the following fields:
    • 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; or
    • Physical sciences.
  • Provide evidence that they intend to reside permanently in B.C., such as:
    • The length of current or previous periods of residence in B.C.;
    • The applicant’s connections to B.C. through work, study, or family; or
    • A description of any settlement activities that the applicant has undertaken.

 

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category

This category is for individuals currently living and working in B.C. in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries, or in a NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category, applicants must:

  • Have been employed in a full-time position in an eligible occupation in B.C., having been in that position for at least nine consecutive months immediately before applying. Work conducted during a program of study or with an Off-Campus Work Permit does not qualify. Eligible occupations are divided into three categories:
    • Tourism/Hospitality;
    • Long-haul Trucking (individuals employed in this industry must have had at least two years of experience as a long-haul truck driver in the last three years, in Canada or abroad, before registering with the BC PNP); and,
    • Food processing.
    • Individuals currently working in the Northeast Development Region of B.C. in any C or D level occupation (excluding live-in caregivers) may be eligible for this category. Eligibility in this region is not restricted to occupations in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, of food processing industries;
  • Maintain full-time employment throughout the application process. Work conducted during a program of study or with an Off-Campus Work Permit does not qualify;
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer, in an eligible occupation (see below);
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
    • Annual wage in the province;
    • Location of residence in the province;
    • Number of dependents;
    • Entry level and semi-skilled applicants must show a history of meeting this requirement for the previous nine months in the position;
  • Have completed secondary education;
  • Have any licensing or certification required for the job; and,
  • Submit language proficiency test results showing a proficiency in English of at least CLB 4 in all components (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

If the applicant is no longer eligible to work for the supporting employer when he or she receives an Invitation to Apply for the BC PNP, but still has status in Canada (for example, as a visitor) or has left Canada, he or she may submit an application as long as: 

  • He or she met the conditions at the time of registration for the BC PNP; and,
  • the job offer remains valid throughout the application process.

In this case, the employer must demonstrate recruitment efforts for the vacant position during the period when the candidate is not authorized to work.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

In addition to the above, the employer must also fulfill certain criteria, as follows:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia, and have been operating for at least two years;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees.
    • If the business is located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least five permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
    • If the business is located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the business must have at least three permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) in B.C.;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must offer the candidate a wage that meets industry standards;
  • The employer must also meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements.
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
  • The employer may not make deductions from pay for recruitment, immigration fees, etc.
  • The wage offered must be at market rate and comparable to average salary for the occupation in British Columbia.
  • Individuals originally hired on a Labour Market Opinion must receive an equal or greater wage than that stated on the Labour Market Opinion.

 

Occupations in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry
NOC Occupation
6525 Hotel Front Desk Clerks
6531 Tour and Travel Guides
6532 Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
6533 Casino Occupations
6511 Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses
6512 Bartenders
6513 Food and Beverage Servers
6711 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
6731 Light Duty Cleaners
6732 Specialized Cleaners
6733 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
6721 Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services
6741 Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations
6742 Other Service Support Occupations

 

Occupations in the Food Processing Industry
NOC Occupation
9461 Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
9462 Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
9463 Fish and Seafood Plant Workers
9465 Testers and Graders, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
9617 Labourers in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
9618 Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing

 

Occupations in the Trucking Industry
NOC Occupation
 7511 Long-Haul Truck Driver

 

Minimum Income Requirements

The following are the minimum income thresholds depending on family size. Applicants must show that their - and their spouse's, if applicable - annual wage in B.C. meets the income threshold. Bonuses, commissions, tips, living allowances, or overtime in the calculation of the annual wage.

 

Family Income Threshold by Area of Residence
Size of Family Greater Vancouver Regional District Rest of B.C.
1 $22,140 $18,452
2 $27,562 $22,970
3 $33,885 $28,239
4 $41,140 $34,287
5 $46,661 $38,887
6 $52,625 $43,859
7 or more $58,591 $48,830

 

When Not to Apply

Candidates should not apply if they:

  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • Have not been lawfully admitted into their country of current residence;
  • Are currently in Canada and are out of status;
  • Are currently working in Canada without authorization;
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada; or
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada.

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