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.

Skills Immigration and BC Express Entry candidates may also be eligible for immigration under the BC PNP Tech Pilot if they have an eligible job offer in one of the program's 29 occupations.

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 Stream.

Unless otherwise noted, applicants in the Skills Immigration stream must meet the following requirements: 

  • Have accepted a job offer for indeterminate, full-time employment — except candidates in the Skills Immigration: International Post-Graduate category and BC PNP Tech Pilot registrants — in an eligible occupation at a wage rate that meets industry standards and is in line with rates offered by B.C. employers for the same occupation;
  • Be qualified for the offered position. The BC PNP may refer to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), Work BC or industry standards to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation;
  • Applicants with a job offer for an occupation categorized under NOC level 0 or A 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 or if the applicant claims points for language under the registration system
  • Demonstrate English or French language ability at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4, for all occupations classified under NOC level B, C, or D;
  • Not have ownership or equity stake of more than 10 per cent in the B.C. company that has made the job offer in the five years preceding the application and throughout the entire BC PNP application process; 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;
  • Meet minimum income requirements;
  • Submit a complete application, along with the $700 application fee, if invited to apply.
  • Applicants' employment must not adversely affect the settlement of a labour dispute, or the employment of anyone involved in a labour dispute. Also, applicants' employment must not prevent the training or employment of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Candidates will not receive a nomination if they:

  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • Are currently in Canada and are out of status;
    • If an applicant's status has expired and he or she cannot demonstrate that they have applied for a restoration of status with the 90-day eligibility period, the applicant will be considered 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.

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 addition to meeting the general requirements for the BC Skills Immigration Stream, eligible applicants under the Skilled Worker Category must:

  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer (with the exception of BC PNP Tech Pilot registrants);
    • The job offer must 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 (CLB) in all competencies.
      • For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary unless the applicant is claiming points for language. The BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion to determine whether the applicant has the language proficiency to perform the duties of the position.
  • Have at least two years of directly related 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;
    • The BC PNP defines directly related work experience as paid employment that is classified under the same NOC code as the B.C. job offer accepted by the applicant. Experience in a related occupation at a NOC skill level equal to or greater than the NOC skill level of the B.C. job offer may also be considered if the applicant can sufficiently demonstrate how this work experience is directly related to the skilled occupation.
  • Meet the language requirements for their classified occupation:
    • 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 (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;
    • The number of dependents.

Additionally, the employer offering the job to the BC PNP candidate must meet the BC PNP minimum requirements for employers

Healthcare Professional Category

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In addition to meeting the general requirements for the BC Skills Immigration Stream, eligible applicants under the Health Care Professional Category must:

  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. public health authority in of the following fields:
    • Physician;
    • Specialist;
    • Registered nurse;
    • Registered psychiatric nurse;
    • Nurse practitioner; or
    • Allied health professional such as a:
      • Diagnostic medical sonographer;
      • Clinical pharmacist;
      • Medical laboratory technologist;
      • Medical radiation technologist;
      • Occupational therapist; or
      • Physiotherapist.
    • As a midwife, an applicant must be registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia. Also, the applicant must have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in British Columbia confirming their acceptance into the group as an affiliated midwife for a period of at least six months. This letter must be on the practice group's official letterhead and must be signed by the applicant and the head of the practice group.
  • Have at least two years of directly related 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;
    • The BC PNP defines directly related work experience as paid employment that is classified under the same NOC code as the B.C. job offer accepted by the applicant. Experience in a related occupation at a NOC skill level equal to or greater than the NOC skill level of the B.C. job offer may also be considered if the applicant can sufficiently demonstrate how this work experience is directly related to the skilled occupation.
  • Meet the language requirements for their classified occupation:
    • 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 (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;
    • The 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.

International Graduate Category

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

In addition to meeting the general requirements for the BC Skills Immigration Stream, eligible applicants under the International Graduate Category must:

  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment for an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B from an eligible B.C. employer (with the exception of BC PNP Tech Pilot registrants);
  • Applicants must have obtained a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada within three years of the date of completion shown on the official transcript;
    • 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 at least eight months (two semesters) of full-time equivalent coursework.
    • The diploma program is not eligible if more than one-quarter is co-op work or an internship.
  • 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 the number of dependents.
  • Meet the language requirements for their classified occupation:
    • 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 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • No language test results are required for NOC level 0 and A occupations unless the applicant is claiming points for language. The BC PNP, however, may request valid language test results at its discretion.

International Post-Graduate Category

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 addition to meeting the general requirements for the BC Skills Immigration Stream, eligible applicants under the International Post-Graduate Category 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, agriculture operations and related sciences 
    • Biological and biomedical sciences
    • Computer and information sciences and support services
    • Engineering
    • Engineering technology and engineering-related fields
    • Health professions and related programs
    • Mathematics and statistics
    • Natural resources conservation
    • 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;
    • A description of any settlement activities that the applicant has undertaken (finding a job or place to reside);
    • current employment in B.C.;
    • employment search details (prospective employers, applications, networking efforts, business development, etc.);
    • community involvement;
    • An applicant's ability to be financially self-sufficient in B.C.; or 
    • A plan to obtain or maintain legal authorization to work in B.C.

List of eligible programs of study

Private post-secondary institutions 

Institution Program name
New York Institute of Technology Master of Science in Information, Network and Computer Security
New York Institute of Technology Master of Science in Energy Management
Trinity Western University Master of Science in Nursing

Public post-secondary institutions 

Program name
Master’s Degree - Building Eng/Building Sc
Master’s Degree - Building Science
Master’s Degree - Ecological Restoration
Program name
Master’s Degree - Environmental Education And Communication – MA
Master’s Degree - Environmental Practice – MA
Master’s Degree - Environmental Practice - Msc
Master’s Degree - Environment And Management - Msc
Master’s Degree - Environment And Management – MA
Program name
Doctorate - Resource And Environmental Management PhD
Doctorate - Computing Science Dual Degree PhD
Doctorate - Computing Science PhD
Doctorate - Interactive Arts And Technology PhD
Doctorate - Engineering Science PhD
Doctorate - Mechatronic Systems Engineering PhD
Doctorate - Biological Sciences PhD
Doctorate - Molecular Biology And Biochemistry PhD
Doctorate - Mathematics PhD
Doctorate - Statistics PhD
Doctorate - Chemistry PhD
Doctorate - Earth Sciences PhD
Doctorate - Physics PhD
Doctorate - Health Sciences PhD
Master’s Degree - Pest Management MPM
Master’s Degree - Resource Management MRM
Master’s Degree - Resource Management (Planning) MRM
Master’s Degree - Big Data MSc
Master’s Degree - Computing Science Dual Degree MSc
Master’s Degree - Computing Science MSc
Master’s Degree - Computing Science Non-Thesis MSc
Master’s Degree - Interactive Arts And Technology Ma
Master’s Degree - Interactive Arts And Technology MSc
Master’s Degree - Engineering Science MASc
Master’s Degree - Engineering Science MEng
Master’s Degree - Mechatronic Systems Engineering MASc
Master’s Degree - Mechatronic Product Realization MEng
Master’s Degree - Mechatronic Systems Engineering MASc
Master’s Degree - Biological Sciences Msc
Master’s Degree - Molecular Biology And Biochemistry MSc
Master’s Degree - Environmental Toxicology MET
Master’s Degree - Ecological Restoration MSc
Master’s Degree - Mathematics MSc
Master’s Degree - Statistics MSc
Master’s Degree - Chemistry MSc
Master’s Degree - Earth Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Earth Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Earth Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Physics MSc
Master’s Degree - Health Sciences Mph
Master’s Degree - Health Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Population And Public Health MSc
Master’s Degree – Master of Digital Media
Program name
Master’s Degree - Master Of Science, Environment
Master’s Degree - Master of Nursing
Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Environmental Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Civil Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Electrical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mechanical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Interdisciplinary Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Environmental Sciences
Master Of Applied Science
Master Of Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Civil Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Civil Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Electrical Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Electrical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Mechanical Engineering
Master Of Science In Biology
Master Of Science In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Master Of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master Of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies
Master Of Science In Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Science in Computer Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master Of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies
Master Of Science In Medical Physics
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Nursing

Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Integrated Studies In Land And Food Systems
Doctor Of Philosophy In Animal Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Applied Animal Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Food Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Plant Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Soil Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources Management and Environmental Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Resource Management and Environmental Studies with Université Montpelier
Doctor of Philosophy in Resource Management and Environmental Studies with Universite de Versaille
Doctor Of Philosophy In Forestry
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry in Zoology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Computer Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biomedical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Civil Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Electrical & Computer Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical & Computer Engineering with Univ. de Valenciennes et du Haina
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical & Computer Engineering with Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Doctor Of Philosophy In Materials Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mechanical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mining Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Geological Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Botany
Doctor Of Philosophy In Cell And Developmental Biology
Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Cell Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Microbiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Microbiology And Immunology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Zoology
Doctor Of Philosophy in Genetics 
Doctor Of Philosophy In Medical Genetics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Genome Science And Technology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Reproductive And Developmental Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pathology And Laboratory Medicine
Doctor Of Philosophy In Interdisciplinary Oncology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmacology And Therapeutics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmacology And Therapeutics with University of Groningen
Doctor Of Philosophy In Bioinformatics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience In Cell And Developmental Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics with University of Melbourne
Doctor Of Philosophy In Statistics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Astronomy
Doctor Of Philosophy In Atmospheric Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry with Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry with Université Paul Sabatier
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry with University of Groningen
Doctor Of Philosophy In Geological Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Geophysics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Oceanography
Doctor Of Philosophy In Oceanography
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Audiology And Speech Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Craniofacial Science
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Endodontics
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Orthodontic
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Dip In Periodontics
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Dip In Prosthodontics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Experimental Medicine
Doctor Of Philosophy In Experimental Medicine with São Paulo State University
Doctor Of Philosophy In Experimental Medicine in Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Doctor Of Pharmacy 
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmaceutical Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmaceutical Sciences with University of Copenhagen
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In Population And Public Health
Doctor Of Philosophy In Population And Public Health with Université Paris Marie Curie
Doctor Of Philosophy In Population And Public Health with University of Birmingham
Doctor Of Philosophy In Health Care And Epidemiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Occupational And Environmental Hygiene
Doctor Of Philosophy In Measurement, Evaluation & Research Methodology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Rehabilitation Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physical Therapy
Doctor Of Philosophy In Nursing
Master Of Food And Resource Economics
Master Of Science In Applied Animal Biology
Master Of Food Science
Master Of Science In Food Science
Master Of Science In Plant Science
Master Of Science In Integrated Studies In Land And Food Systems
Master Of Science In Soil Science
Master Of Land And Water Systems
Master of Arts in Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Master of Science in Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Master of Arts in Resources Management and Environmental Studies
Master of Science in Resources Management and Environmental Studies
Master Of Forestry
Master Of Applied Science In Forestry
Master Of Science In Forestry
Master Of Sustainable Forest Management
Master Of International Forestry
Master of Data Science
Master Of Software Systems
Master Of Science In Computer Science
Master Of Science In Computer Science Sub-Specialization In Human-Computer Interaction
Master Of Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Naval Architecture And Marine Engineering
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Advanced Materials Manufacturing
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Green Bioproducts
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Integrated Water Management In Urban Systems
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Integrated Water Management
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Naval Architecture And Marine Engineering
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Urban Systems
Master Of Applied Science In Biomedical Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Biomedical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering 
Master of Engineering in Structural and Earthquake Engineering
Master Of Science In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Civil Engineering
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Dependable Software Systems
Master Of Applied Science In Electrical & Computer Engineering
Master Of Applied Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering Sub-Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction
Master of Engineering In Electrical & Computer Engineering In Mechatronics Design
Master Of Engineering In Electrical & Computer Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mechatronics Design
Master Of Applied Science In Engineering Physics
Master Of Applied Science In Materials Engineering
Master Of Science In Materials Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Biomedical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Mechanical Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mechanical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Mining Engineering
Master Of Management In Operations Research
Master Of Applied Science In Geological Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Geological Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Geological Engineering In Mining Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mining Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mechatronics Design
Master Of Engineering In Clean Energy Engineering
Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings
Master of Engineering Leadership in Resource Engineering Management
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Clean Energy Engineering
Master Of Science In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Master Of Science In Botany
Master Of Science In Cell And Developmental Biology
Master Of Science In Microbiology And Immunology
Master Of Science In Zoology
Master Of Science In Genetics
Master Of Science In Medical Genetics
Master Of Science In Genome Science And Technology
Master Of Science In Reproductive And Developmental Sciences
Master Of Science In Pathology And Laboratory Medicine
Master Of Science In Interdisciplinary Oncology
Master Of Science In Pharmacology And Therapeutics
Master Of Science In Bioinformatics
Master Of Science In Experimental Medicine
Master Of Science In Neuroscience
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Statistics
Master Of Science In Astronomy
Master Of Science In Atmospheric Science
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Geological Sciences
Master Of Applied Science In Geophysics
Master Of Science In Geophysics
Master Of Science In Oceanography
Master Of Science In Physics
Master Of Science In Physics In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Audiology And Speech Sciences
Master Of Science In Craniofacial Science
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Endodontics
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Orthodontic
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Dip. In Pediatric Dent
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Dip. In Periodontics
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Dip In Prosthodontics
Master of Science in Dental Science
Master Of Health Administration
Master Of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care
Executive Master Of Business Administration In Healthcare Management
Master Of Science In Cell And Developmental Biology
Master Of Science In Genetic Counselling
Master Of Science In Pharmaceutical Sciences
Master Of Science In Population And Public Health
Master Of Health Science
Master Of Public Health
Master Of Public Health/Dip in Dental Public Health
Master Of Public Health/Master Of Science Nursing
Master Of Science In Occupational And Environmental Hygiene
Master Of Rehabilitation Science
Master Of Occupational Therapy
Master Of Physical Therapy
Master Of Science In Rehabilitation Sciences
Master Of Nursing
Master Of Science In Nursing
Master Of Nursing Nurse Practitioner
Master of Health Leadership and Policy Health Leadership
Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Natural Res & Env Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In Health Sciences
Master Of Arts In Environmental Studies
Master Of Arts in Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism
Master Of Arts Occupational Health And Industrial Hygiene
Master Of Natural Res & Env St In Master Of Natural Resources And Environmental Studies
Master Of Science In Environmental Science
Master Of Science In Recreational Resource Management
Master Of Science In Forestry
Master Of Science In Computer Science
Master Of Engineering In Integrated Wood Design
Master Of Science In Biochemistry
Master Of Science In Biology
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Physics
Master Of Arts In Disability Management
Master Of Science In Health Sciences
Master Of Science In Nursing
Master Of Science in Community Health And Preventive Medicine
Master Of Science In Nursing In Family Nurse Practitioner
Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Environmental Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Computer Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Civil Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Computer Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Electrical Engr
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Mechanical Engr
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biochemistry
Doctor Of Philosophy In Microbiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience (Medical Science)
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience (Biology)
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Statistics: Stat
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry
Doctor Of Philosophy In Earth & Ocean Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy in Geology/Earth Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics - Concentration In Astronomy
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics - Concentration In Medical Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics - Concentration In Ocean Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Doctor Of Philosophy In Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Rn, Asn, Bsn, Bscn, Msn, MScn)
Master Of Arts In Environmental Studies
Master Of Science In Environmental Studies
Master Of Arts In En: Computer Science
Master Of Science In En: Computer Science - Concentration In Industrial Option
Master Of Applied Science In En: Civil Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In En: Computer Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In En: Electrical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In En: Electrical Engr - Concentration In En: Software Engineering
Master Of Engineering In En: Electrical Engr - Concentration In En: Software Engineering
Master of Engineering: Telecommunications and Information Security
Master Of Applied Science In En: Mechanical Engr
Master Of Engineering In En: Mechanical Engr
Master Of Science In Biology
Master Of Science In Biochemistry
Master Of Science In Microbiology
Master Of Science In Neuroscience (Medical Science)
Master Of Science In Neuroscience (Biology)
Master Of Science In Neuroscience (Psychology)
Master Of Arts In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Arts In Statistics: Stat
Master Of Science In Statistics: Stat
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Earth & Ocean Sciences
Master Of Science in Geology/Earth Science
Master Of Science in Physics
Master Of Science In Physics - Concentration In Astronomy
Master Of Science In Physics - Concentration In Ocean Physics
Master Of Science In Physics - Concentration In Medical Physics
Master Of Science In Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Master Of Public Health In Public Health (Mph, Dph)
Master Of Nursing In Nursing in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Rn, Asn, Bsn, Bscn, Msn, MScn)
Master Of Nursing In Nursing -Concentration in GS: Nurse Practitioner
Master Of Nursing In Nursing Science (Ms, MSc, PhD)

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 addition to meeting the general requirements for the BC Skills Immigration Stream, eligible applicants under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) Category must:

  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer, in an eligible occupation
  • Have been employed full-time in an ELSS eligible occupation for at least nine consecutive months immediately before applying with the same B.C. employer supporting the application;
    • 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 the Northeast Development Region of B.C. is not restricted to occupations in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries;
    • Note: Work conducted during a program of study (co-op) or while on a Study Permit or an Off-Campus Work Permit does not qualify. 
  • Maintain full-time employment throughout the application process;
    • 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.
  • 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;
    • Note: 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 and any licensing or certification required for the job; and,
  • Long-haul truck drivers must have: 
    • a valid B.C. Class 1 driver’s licence
    • air brake endorsement and
    • other certification(s) (such as certification for transporting dangerous goods). 
  • Submit language proficiency test results showing a proficiency in English of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in all components (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

ELSS Eligible Occupations

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 Requirements for Employers

The employer offering the job to a BC PNP candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia, and have been operating for at least one year (two years if the applicant is registering under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category, including employment in the Northeast Development Region of B.C.);
  • 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;
    • In this case, the employer must demonstrate recruitment efforts for the vacant position during the period when the candidate is not authorized to work.
  • 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 the position is permanent and full time (with the exception of BC PNP Tech Pilot registrants) ;
      • 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.

 

Minimum Income Requirements

The following are the minimum income thresholds depending on family size. An applicant must show that his or her annual wage in B.C. (and his or her spouse's, if applicable) 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 $22,804 $19,006
2 $28,390 $23,659
3 $34,902 $29,087
4 $42,376 $35,316
5 $48,062 $40,054
6 $54,205 $45,175
7 or more $60,350 $50,296

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