Effective September 1st, 2015, new applications will no longer be accepted for the majority of BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.

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, and;
  • As this is a joint application submitted with your employer, your employer must also meet eligibility criteria.

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 a:
    • 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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