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BC PNP - How to immigrate to British Columbia as a Skilled Worker

BC PNP - How to immigrate to British Columbia as a Skilled Worker

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) run by the province of British Columbia, contains a number of immigration programs, including the British Columbia Skilled Worker program. Immigration nominees who have a job offer and a strong chance of integrating into the BC labor force are given priority by BC Skilled Worker. Those applicants who are chosen for the BC Skilled Worker program will be requested to make an official application for Canadian permanent residency. Candidates can apply for this stream without having an Express Entry profile. However, applicants who are eligible and have an active Express Entry profile might be able to use Express Entry to apply to the stream for quicker processing.

Through the BC Tech Pilot, candidates with experience in specific tech occupations may qualify for faster processing and other incentives. Candidates do not need to have an Express Entry profile to be eligible for the BC Skilled Worker stream. However, applicants who are qualified for this stream and have an active Express Entry profile might be eligible to submit an application for accelerated processing through Express Entry.

Job Offer

Candidates must possess a legitimate full-time, indefinite job offer from a BC business. When compared to the typical provincial salaries for the occupation, the pay for the post must be competitive. Work at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Levels 0, A, or B must be the subject of the employment offer.

Linguistic Ability

Candidates with a job offer at NOC Skill Level B are required to provide language test results demonstrating their competence in either English or French at CLB 4 or above. Candidates are excluded from the language competence requirement if they have job offers at NOC Skill Level 0 or A.

Experience at Work

Candidates need to have at least two (2) years of experience working in the same field as the position being offered by BC. Additionally, the applicant must have any credentials necessary for the position in BC.

Compensation Funds

All applicants for this stream must fulfill the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) settlement funds criterion. This can be shown by looking at their own finances or by keeping a job offer that is still in effect.

Employer Prerequisites

Most BC Skills Immigration programs require applicants to have a legitimate employment offer from a BC company who qualifies before they can submit an application. Employers participating in these programs are required to fulfill a number of prerequisites in order for their employment offers to be accepted.

Norms for Job Offers

The company is required to provide a full-time, indefinite position with a competitive salary. The job must also pay at least the minimum wage for British Columbia, taking into account the applicant's yearly income, place of residency in the province, and the number of dependent family members.

Prequisites for business

The company must be well-established, in good standing, and have a track record of ethical workplace and business practices in British Columbia. The company must also adhere to minimal staffing standards:

Before providing the position to a foreign national, the employer must show that reasonable attempts were taken to find a Canadian to fill it. Notably, in order for their employment to be legitimate under the BC PNP, businesses are not needed to acquire a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Application Method

There is an Expression of Interest (EOI) system in place for the British Columbia Skilled Worker stream. Candidates can create a profile utilizing the BC's online immigration portal if they match the basic stream requirements. Candidates must specify on this BC profile whether they are using the standard Skills Immigration method or the expedited Express Entry option. Candidates will be given a score after submitting their profiles, and they will be compared against one another utilizing BC Skills Immigration Ranking System. 

When the stream has one of its recurring intakes, the top candidates will be encouraged to apply. Within 30 days of receiving the invitation to apply, candidates must submit a comprehensive application to the stream. Each applicant must pay a $1150 CAD application fee for the BC Skilled Worker stream. The individual will get a provincial nomination for permanent residency from BC if the application is accepted. In order to start working in Canada while their application for permanent residency is being processed, candidates can also ask to get a letter of support for a temporary work permit. A province's letter of support for a work visa application is a distinct application to the IRCC.

The candidate will receive a notification of nomination on their IRCC online account if they stated on their BC profile that they were applying to the BC Skilled Worker stream through Express Entry. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the candidate will rise by 600 points after accepting the provincial nomination, all but ensuring they would be offered an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the upcoming Express Entry draw. The applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residency within the time frame specified after receiving an ITA. Express Entry-submitted requests for permanent residency are typically processed within six months.

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