Skills Immigration BC PNP – (All Streams) Easy and Simple Guide

Skills Immigration BC PNP – (All Streams) Easy and Simple Guide

BC PNP Skills Immigration offers a pathway for skilled workers and recent graduates to permanently settle in British Columbia, catering to the needs of local employers.

The program has 5 stream categoreis, each tailored to individuals with specific skills, experience, and education. Additionally, 4 of these streams also offer an Express Entry BC option for a more streamlined application process.

Skills Immigration Stream Categories

Skill immigration stream has 5 categories to choose from:

StreamWho is it for?Eligible NOC TEERsEEBC?Registration
Skilled WorkerExperienced managers, professionals, and skilled tradespeopleNOC TEER 0, 1, 2 and
Health AuthorityWorkers employed by B.C. provincial health authoritiesAny NOC TEER
International GraduateRecent graduates with a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or universityNOC TEER 1, 2 and 3.YesYes
International Post-GraduateRecent graduates with an eligible master’s or doctoral degree from a B.C. university. PhD candidates in B.C. may also be eligibleN/AYesNo
Entry Level and Semi SkilledWorkers in tourism, hospitality, and food processing NOC TEER 4 and 5YesYes

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1. Skilled Worker Category

The Skilled Worker stream is designed for proficient individuals with experience in professional, management, technical, trade, or other occupations, providing a pathway to achieve permanent residence in British Columbia.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a full-time job offer from a B.C. employer classified as NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  • Qualifications to perform job duties.
  • A minimum of two years’ full-time work experience at NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  • Having language requirements.
  • Must have a wage offer aligned with B.C. minimum wage.
  • Able to show the ability to support oneself and dependents is required.

2. Health Authority Category

The Health Authority stream provides a route to permanent residence for individuals employed by a health authority in British Columbia.

Physicians, midwives, and nurse practitioners may also qualify under this stream. Registration is not required; eligible individuals can submit an application directly to the BC PNP if they meet the requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Candidate should have one of the following:

  • An indefinite, full-time job offer from a B.C. public health authority.
  • A letter from a health authority or midwife practice group confirming your role as a physician, nurse practitioner, or midwife in British Columbia.

2. Meet the education, training, experience, and qualification criteria established by the public health authority, with their agreement to support your application.

3. International Graduate

The International Graduate stream offers a pathway for recent graduates holding a degree or diploma from an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution to obtain permanent residence and remain in British Columbia.

Eligibility Requirments

  • Completed a degree, diploma, or certificate from an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution within the last three years.
  • Have a full-time job offer from a B.C. employer classified as NOC TEER category 1, 2, or 3 (management occupations not eligible).
  • Allowed to work in the B.C. occupation.
  • Must meet minimum language requirements.
  • Receive a wage offer aligned with B.C. rates.
  • Demonstrating self and dependant support is essential.

4. International Post-Graduate

The International Post-Graduate stream is for recent graduates from a qualified B.C. post-secondary institution holding an eligible master’s or doctoral degree.

Additionally, eligible PhD candidates at a public B.C. post-secondary institution may apply. Notably, no job offer from an employer is required for this stream application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To qualify for this stream, you must have completed eligible graduate-level education from an applicable program at a B.C. post-secondary institution within the last three years.
  • Eligible education encompasses master’s degrees in natural, applied, or health sciences from a B.C. institution,
  • doctoral degrees from any field at a public B.C. institution
  • PhD students admitted to candidacy at a public B.C. post-secondary institution.

5. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream of BC PNP targets workers in tourism/hospitality or food processing sectors with indeterminate, full-time job offers.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time job offer from a B.C. employer in an eligible occupation classified as NOC TEER 4 or 5.
  • For the Northeast Development Region, eligibility includes NOC TEER category 4 or 5 occupations (excluding live-in caregivers).
  • Require a minimum of 9 consecutive months of full-time employment before registering.
  • Qualifications for the job, meeting B.C. certification or registration requirements.
  • Must meed minimum language and education criteria
  • Must have minimum a wage offer aligned with B.C. rates.
  • Must be able to show self and dependent support.

Eligible Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) occupations

Occupations in Travel and Accommodation
64314Hotel front desk clerks
64320Tour and travel guides
64321Casino workers
64322Outdoor sport and recreational guides
64300Maîtres d’hotel and hosts/hostesses
65200Food and beverage servers
65201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
65210Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services
65310Light duty cleaners
65311Specialized cleaners
65312Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
65320Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
65329Other service support occupations
Food Processing
94140Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
94141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94142Fish and seafood plant workers
94143Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
95106Labourers in food and beverage processing

 Application Process (Including Express Entry BC (EEBC))

1. Choose Your Stream and Decide on EEBC Option

  • Before starting, thoroughly review the Skills Immigration streams to identify the best stream for your application.
  • Some streams offer an Express Entry BC (EEBC) option, providing additional points and faster processing for candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

2. Register

  • Inform the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) of your intent by submitting a free registration through BCPNP Online.
  • Create a profile, choose your stream, and ensure you meet program criteria throughout the process.
  • If opting for EEBC, select the stream starting with Express Entry BC for seamless integration with your IRCC profile.

3. Wait for Invitation

  • Invitations are essential for most Skills Immigration streams. If invited, submit a complete application via BCPNP Online within 30 calendar days.
  • If you no longer meet the criteria or wish to apply, refrain from submitting, and your application may be refused or removed. Stay in the pool by submitting a new registration.

4. Apply

  • Your application showcases how you meet stream criteria. Log into BCPNP Online, complete all sections, pay the application fee, and include necessary documents.
  • Some streams like Health Authority or International Post-Graduate allow direct application without registration.

5. BC PNP Nomination

  • If approved, receive a nomination package for applying for permanent residence. Apply to IRCC before your Confirmation of Nomination document expires.
  • Comply with nomination conditions while awaiting a permanent residence decision.
  • Nominees access post-nomination support, such as a work permit support letter.

6. Permanent Residence

  • Upon IRCC approval, attain permanent resident status in Canada! For detailed post-nomination guidance, explore the Nominees page and Post-Nomination Guide.
  • In case of refusal, explore review options or consider alternative immigration pathways.

Priority Programs

Below are the priority occupations, applicants with these occupations can benefit from targeted draws:

Construction occupations

22114Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
72102Sheet metal workers
72104Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
72106Welders and related machine operators
72200Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201Industrial electricians
72301Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
72302Gas fitters
72400Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72401Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72500Crane operators
73100Concrete finishers
73102Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
73110Roofers and shinglers
73112Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
73113Floor covering installers

Healthcare Occupations

30010Managers in health care
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31121Dietitians and nutritionists
31203Occupational therapists
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31302Nurse practitioners
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32101Licensed practical nurses
32102Paramedical occupations
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32112Dental technologists and technicians
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
32123Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
32124Pharmacy technicians
32129Other medical technologists and technicians
32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
33100Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
41300Social workers
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
42201Social and community service workers

Technology Occupations 

10030Telecommunication carriers managers
20012Computer and information systems managers
21100Physicists and astronomers
21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211Data scientists
21220Cybersecurity specialists
21221Business systems specialists
21222Information systems specialists
21223Database analysts and data administrators
21230Computer systems developers and programmers
21231Software engineers and designers
21232Software developers and programmers
21233Web designers
21234Web developers and programmers
21300Civil engineers
21301Mechanical engineers
21310Electrical and electronics engineers
21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21320Chemical engineers
21399Other professional engineers
22110Biological technologists and technicians
22220Computer network and web technicians
22221User support technicians
22222Information systems testing technicians
22310Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
22312Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
50011Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
51111Authors and writers (except technical)
51112Technical writers
51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52119Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52112Broadcast technicians
52113Audio and video recording technicians
52120Graphic designers and illustrators
53111Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

Veterinary care Occupations

32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians


What is the minimum score for Skills Immigration PNP?

The score required to qualify for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) varies by immigration stream and is based on factors like education, work experience, and language proficiency. Here’s average score from draws.

  • Skilled Worker – 113
  • Skilled Worker – EEBC option – 113
  • International Graduate – 115
  • International Graduate – EEBC option – 115
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled – 94

What is the skills immigration BC PNP requirement?

The Skills Immigration stream of the BC PNP requires applicants to have a valid job offer from a BC employer, meet occupation-specific criteria, demonstrate language proficiency, and fulfill other program-specific requirements.

What is the processing time for skills immigration BC PNP?

The average processing time for Skills Immigration BC PNP is 4 weeks to 3 months and some categories could take up to 6 months.


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