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British Columbia Skills Immigration – Health Authority Stream (BCHA)

British Columbia Skills Immigration - Health Authority Stream

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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The BC’s Health Authority Stream (formerly Healthcare Professional Stream) gives physicians, specialist physicians, nurses and health professionals with support or job offer from a BC public health authority the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in British Columbia.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the British Columbia Authority Stream:

1- Support / Job Offer from a BC Public Health Authority

At the time of your application and at the time the BCPNP assesses your application for nomination, you must be offered indeterminate, full-time employment with a B.C. public health authority.

If you are a physician, nurse practitioner or midwife who is, or will soon be, working in B.C. with the support of a B.C. public health authority or midwife practice group, you may be eligible for this stream. Your application must include a recommendation letter and supporting documentation from the health authority or midwife practice group.

The following is the list of BC’s public health authorities:

  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • Fraser Health
  • Interior Health
  • Island Health
  • Northern Health
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Providence Health Care
In the past five (5) years and throughout the BCPNP application process, you and your spouse must not have ownership of more than %10 in the BC Company that has offered you the job.

2- Work Experience

You must have at least two (2) years of directly related full-time (or full-time equivalent) paid work experience in the occupation that has been offered to you, and, if applicable, the credentials and qualification requirements of the position.

3- Language Ability

If you are an applicant in a TEER 2 or 3 occupation, you must have an approved test results taken within the past two (2) years and meet the minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5):
If the occupation offered to you is classified under TEER 0 or 1, you are not required to submit valid language test results at the time of registration (EOI) unless you are claiming points for language. However, the BCPNP may require valid language test results during application assessment to determine whether you have the language proficiency to perform the duties of the position.

4- Income Requirement

You must meet minimum income requirements according to your annual wage in BC (including your spouse’s wage if applicable), location of residence in BC and number of dependants.
Size of Family Unit Minimum Income for Greater Vancouver Minimum Income for Rest of BC
1 person $26,620 $22,186
2 persons $33,141 $27,619
3 persons $40,743 $33,954
4 persons $49,467 $41,226
5 persons $56,105 $46,757
6 persons $63,276 $52,735
7 persons or more $70,449 $58,713

The income thresholds in this table represent 100% of an amount calculated from the appropriate 2020 Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨ Appendix 2) figures set by Statistics Canada.

5- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the British Columbia Express Entry Health Authority Stream if:
  • You had a previous approval cancelled by the BCPNP
  • You have, in the two (2) years immediately before the date of the application, been found by the BCPNP to have made a misrepresentation in a previous application
  • You have another active application and/or registration with BCPNP
  • You are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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Step 1: Get a Job Offer in British Columbia

In order to be qualified under the British Columbia Express Entry Health Authority Stream and submit your application, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer in an eligible occupation from a BC public health authority that is willing to support you through the BCPNP process.

As a foreign worker in Canada, you first need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself. The criteria for your job in BC are explained in “Minimum Requirements”.

If you are looking for opportunities to work as a health care professional in BC, you may contact Health Match BC (➨ This free provincial service recruits health care professionals on behalf of BC’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 application.

If you are currently in Canada, you must have legal status to work and must have a valid work permit for the duration of the application process.

Step 2: Submit Application to BCPNP

Under this stream, you do not need to register or submit and Expression of Interest (EOI) and may proceed directly to the application via BCPNP Online. You may submit your application by providing the Application Forms and all supporting documentation and paying the application by credit card in the BCPNP Online Portal (➨ 

All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded in your online application and you need to submit a complete application online.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This will include your BCPNP file number.
BCPNP Application
Submit online application:

Official Program Guide:
BCPNP Application Fee:
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

(page 60)

[email protected]
You can check the status of your application through your account in the BCPNP Online system. If your application is successful, you will receive a Nomination Approval Letter and a BCPNP Certificate of Nomination.

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the Province of British Columbia, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.
Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

If you don’t have a work permit or if your work permit is expiring within six (6) months, when you receive a nomination by BCPNP, you may request a work permit support letter so you can apply for work permit (➨Page) while your application for permanent residence is in process.

To obtain a work permit support letter, please submit your request to [email protected] with the subject line: Work Permit Support Letter Request.

If you are in Canada on a work permit and your PR application is not finalized, you may also be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨Page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 4: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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