The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers 2 different sets of immigration categories: the Express Entry aligned streams under the BC PNP - Express Entry (EEBC) and the BC PNP Skills Immigration.
The BC PNP Skills Immigration has 5 different immigration streams for foreign workers in various skill levels, international graduates and postgraduates who want to live, work and obtain permanent residency in British Columbia.
What are the Different Immigration Streams Offered Under the BC PNP Skills Immigration?
You can qualify for the provincial nomination through 1 of the 5 immigration streams offered under this category:
Skilled Workers: The Skilled Worker (BC PNP) stream is for highly skilled foreign workers in occupations classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 0 (management jobs), A (professionals) or B (technical jobs or tradespeople).
The applicants must have a valid job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
The applicants must demonstrate language proficiency with a level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English or French and at least 2 years of skilled experience in the related occupation.
They must also have sufficient financial resources to meet the settlement funds requirement.
International Graduate: The International Graduate (BC PNP) stream is for international graduate students from designated learning institutions and a valid job offer from a designated employer in British Columbia.
Your degree must be completed in the last 3 years before applying. The job offer must be for a skilled position.
You will also be required to meet the minimum language proficiency requirements to qualify for provincial nomination.
You must also demonstrate that you meet the minimum income level requirements.
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (BC PNP) stream is for semi-skilled workers in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing occupations with a valid job offer and relevant work experience.
For the Northeast Development Region of the province, your occupation need not be in the listed list. You can qualify with any occupation classified as NOC code C (intermediate jobs) or D (labor jobs). You must also meet the additional language proficiency and settlement fund requirements.
Healthcare Professional: The Healthcare Professional (BC PNP) stream is for foreign workers in healthcare professions and a valid job offer from a designated employer in British Columbia.
Applicants must have a valid job offer from a public health authority in the province and the appropriate license and registration to perform their occupation.
Applicants must also have at least 2 years of work experience in an occupation related to their job offer.
International Post-Graduate: The International Post-Graduate (BC PNP) stream is for international students with a Master’s or PhD degree completed from an approved institution in British Columbia.
Applicants must have completed their degree in the last 3 years before applying.
Applicants will also be required to demonstrate their ability and intention to live and work in the province.
Applicants must also have enough financial resources to meet the settlement fund requirements.