British Columbia’s BC PNP Skills Immigration is a collection of 5 programs that offer the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category in order to attract semi-skilled and low-skilled foreign workers in specific occupations that are in-demand in the province’s labor market.
The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category offer immigration for workers in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing occupations who wish to live, work and obtain permanent residency in BC.
If you are not eligible to apply for the Express Entry aligned streams offered by the BC PNP, then you can apply through this category.
If you are applying for the Northeast Development Region of the province, then you don’t need to be part of the listed occupations. Any occupations classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) code Skill Level C (intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training) or Skill Level D (labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training) are eligible for the region.
What is the Eligibility Criteria for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (BC PNP)?
You must meet the following criteria to qualify for this category:
Job Offer: You must have a valid job offer for a full-time permanent position from a designated employer based in the province for an occupation in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or the food processing industry. For the Northeast Development Region, any occupation classified as NOC code Skill Level C or D will be eligible. The wages offered must be relevant to the current wage level in the province.
Work Experience: You must have at least 9 months of continuous full-time work experience with the employer who provides the job offer. As a long-haul truck driver, you will require at least 2 years of experience in the last 3 years before applying. Experience gained abroad is also valid. You must also have the required license and job training to perform your job.
Language Proficiency: You must demonstrate language proficiency with at least a level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English or French.
Education Level: You must have at least a Canadian high school diploma or a foreign equivalent.
Settlement Funds: You must demonstrate enough financial resources to meet the settlement fund requirements as determined by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
You must also have valid temporary residence status at the time of application.
What is the Process to Apply for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (BC PNP)?
The applications for this category are managed by the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) which ranks the applicants and helps the province nominate eligible candidates for permanent residence.
You must register with the SIRS. Your profile will be assessed based on economic and human capital factors.
The economic factors include the skill level of the occupation, the validity of the job offer, and the wages offered. The human capital factors include your work experience, language proficiency, and education level.
If you score among the highest, you will be invited to apply for this category. If your application for provincial nomination is approved, you can then apply for permanent residency to the IRCC within 6 months.