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British Columbia Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker Stream (BCSW)

British Columbia Skills Immigration - Skilled Worker Stream

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  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • E.D: Employer-driven
  • E.O.I: Expression of Interest
  • P.S: Point System
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SUMMARY

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The BC’s Skilled Worker Stream gives workers in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation with a job offer from BC employer the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in British Columbia.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

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

1- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the BCPNP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from a BC employer in an eligible occupation. Your job offer must be permanent (meaning job has no end date). Your job offer does not need to be permanent if it is in a priority technology occupation or is in NOC 41200 (university professors and lecturers). 

The position offered must be in National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 (➨Appendix 1) and you must have required qualifications to work in your job in BC.
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 skilled 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 2019 Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨ Appendix 2) figures set by Statistics Canada.

5- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the British Columbia Skilled Worker 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.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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CALCULATE YOUR SCORE

If you meet the above minimum requirement, then you must calculate your total score based on the following selection factors (➨immilib.com/BCSW-Grid). There is no minimum required score. But you will be ranked based upon your points assessment score and placed in an Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.

Candidates will be ranked against each other and only top ranked candidates will be invited to apply. A draw will occur with the top ranked candidates being selected and issued an invitation to apply.

The British Columbia Skilled Worker Stream selection factors may be summarized as follows:

Selection Factor Maximum Points
Factor 1: Directly Related Work Experience 40
Factor 2: Education 40
Factor 3: Language Ability 40
Factor 4: Hourly Wage of BC Job Offer 55
Factor 5: Location of Employment in BC 25

Factor 1: Directly Related Work Experience

You will be awarded up to 40 points based on the duration of your past work experience as it directly relates to the job you have been offered in BC (same NOC or greater related TEER). This experience may be from work performed within Canada or abroad. This directly related work experience must have been obtained within the last ten (10) years. For part-time work experience, you will be credited with 50% of the duration of your employment.

If you've been offered a job in NOC 41200 (university professors and lecturers) at a B.C. public university, your research and coursework may count as related work experience. Other unpaid work isn't worth points.

Directly Related Work Experience Points
5 or more years 20
At least 4 but less than 5 years 16
At least 3 but less than 4 years 12
At least 2 but less than 3 years 8
At least 1 but less than 2 years 4
Less than 1 year 1
None 0

You can receive additional points if you have at least one (1) year of directly related full-time work experience in Canada (or 2 years part-time):

Additional Points Points
At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada 10
Currently working full-time in B.C. for the employer in the occupation identified in the BC PNP registration 10

Factor 2: Education

Points for education will be awarded (up to 25 points) for your highest level of education. Your education is not eligible for points if it is a distance education learning program.

Level of Education Points
Doctoral Degree 27
Master’s Degree 22
Post-Graduate Certificate or Diploma 15
Bachelor’s Degree 15
Associate Degree 5
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Trades or Non-Trades) 5
Secondary School (High School) or Less 0

You will be awarded points for your Canadian educational credential or foreign credential accompanied by Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report.

 The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date BCPNP receives your application and the date you will submit your application for Expression of Interest.

You will receive additional points for any one of the following:

Additional points for education in B.C. or Canada Points
Post-secondary education completed in B.C., or 8
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of BC) 6
Additional points for professional designation in B.C. Points
Eligible professional designation in B.C. (if you have been offered a related job) 5

Factor 3: Language Ability

To be awarded point for language, you must have taken an approved test results (➨Appendix 5). Test must be taken no more than two (2) years prior to submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) and must also be valid at the time of application.

The lowest score achieved in the four (4) skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening) is your score.

First Official Language

(Lowest score in any of 4 skills)

Points
CLB 9 or more 30
CLB 8 25
CLB 7 20
CLB 6 15
CLB 5 10
CLB 4 5
CLB 4 or less 0

Additional points for professional designation in B.C.

Points
Language proficiency in both English and French (Minimum CLB 4) 10
To prove you language abilities you must take any of the following approved tests:
  • English: IELTS General or CELPIP General or PTE Core
  • French: TEF Canada or TCF Canada

To find out the equivalent CLB level for any of the above approved tests go to (➨Appendix 5).

Factor 4: Hourly Wage of BC Job Offer

You’ll get points based on the annual wage as outlined in your job offer.
A maximum of 40 hours per week (or a maximum of 60 hours per week for long-haul truck drivers) will be used for the calculation of your annual wage.
Job Offer Hourly Wage Points
$70.00 and above 55
$69.00 to $69.99 54
$68.00 to $68.99 53
$67.00 to $67.99 52
$66.00 to $66.99 51
$65.00 to $65.99 50
$64.00 to $64.99 49
$63.00 to $63.99 48
$62.00 to $62.99 47
$61.00 to $61.99 46
$60.00 to $60.99 45
$59.00 to $59.99 44
$58.00 to $58.99 43
$57.00 to $57.99 42
$56.00 to $56.99 41
$55.00 to $55.99 40
$54.00 to $54.99 39
$53.00 to $53.99 38
$52.00 to $52.99 37
$51.00 to $51.99 36
$50.00 to $50.99 35
$49.00 to $49.99 34
$48.00 to $48.99 33
$47.00 to $47.99 32
$46.00 to $46.99 31
$45.00 to $45.99 30
$44.00 to $44.99 29
$43.00 to $43.99 28
$42.00 to $42.99 27
$41.00 to $41.99 26
$40.00 to $40.99 25
$39.00 to $39.99 24
$38.00 to $38.99 23
$37.00 to $37.99 22
$36.00 to $36.99 21
$35.00 to $35.99 20
$34.00 to $34.99 19
$33.00 to $33.99 18
$32.00 to $32.99 17
$31.00 to $31.99 16
$30.00 to $30.99 15
$29.00 to $29.99 14
$28.00 to $28.99 13
$27.00 to $27.99 12
$26.00 to $26.99 11
$25.00 to $25.99 10
$24.00 to $24.99 9
$23.00 to $23.99 8
$22.00 to $22.99 7
$21.00 to $21.99 6
$20.00 to $20.99 5
$19.00 to $19.99 4
$18.00 to $18.99 3
$17.00 to $17.99 2
$16.00 to $16.99 1
Less than $16.00 0

Factor 5: Location of Employment

Based on the regional district of employment (location of your BC work location) you will be awarded points.

Area of employment within B.C. Points
Area 1: Metro Vancouver Regional District 0
Area 2: Squamish, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Mission, and Chilliwack 5
Area 3: Areas of B.C. not included in Area 1 or 2 15

Additional points are available for:

Additional Points Points
Regional Experience, or 10
Regional Alumni (education)

If you qualify for both regional experience and regional alumni points, you will only receive points for one factor (max 10 points).

Your Total Score

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BC-CYSA

WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Get a Job Offer in British Columbia

In order to be qualified under the British Columbia Skilled Worker Stream and submit your application, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer in an eligible occupation from a BC employer who 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 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 an Online BCPNP Expression of Interest (Online Registration)

Now that you meet all the requirements, you can register at BCPNP Online portal and complete Expression of Interest (EOI) (➨ immilib.com/BCSW-Apply) for yourself.

EOI is an online system where you submit information about yourself to the BCPNP.
To complete the EOI, you’ll need information from some documents including passports, language test results, etc. But you don’t need to upload any documents.
Within the BCPNP Online portal you must choose the Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker Stream and follow the instructions to submit the Expression of Interest (EOI).
After you submit the EOI, the system will calculate your score based upon the information you enter and your EOI will be placed in a pool for potential selection. The highest-scoring, qualified candidates will be invited to submit an application to the BCPNP.
Recent Draws – BCPNP Skilled Worker
Date of Draw No. of ITA * Min. Score
Apr 9, 2024 *** <46 80
Apr 9, 2024 ** 46 116
Apr 3, 2024 *** <53 90
Apr 3, 2024 30 130
Mar 26, 2024 *** <84 85
Mar 26, 2024 ** 47 114
Mar 19, 2024 *** <83 80
Mar 19, 2024 88 125
Mar 12, 2024 *** <127 75
Mar 12, 2024 ** 65 113
If you’re not invited to apply within twelve (12) months of submitting your EOI, it will automatically expire and removed from the system. You can still create a new EOI. If you are able to acquire additional points or if you want to make any changes after submitting your EOI, you will need to submit a new EOI.
BC Tech:

The BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech offers an expedited immigration pathway for people with tech skills namely applicants in the following 35 occupations:

NOC

Code

Tech Occupations

(➨immilib.com/BC-Tech)

(Job offer must be at least 1 year in duration and there must be at least 120 days remaining on the job at the time of application)

21100 Physicist and astronomers
21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211 Data scientists
21220 Cybersecurity specialists
21221 Business systems specialists
21222 Information systems specialists
21223 Database analysts and data administrators
21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
21231 Software engineers and designers
21232 Software developers and programmers
21233 Web designers
21234 Web developers and programmers
21300 Civil engineers
21301 Mechanical engineers
21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21320 Chemical engineers
21399 Other professional engineers
22110 Biological technologists and technicians
22220 Computer network and web technicians
22221 User support technicians
22222 Information systems testing technicians
22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
51112 Technical writers
51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52112 Broadcast technicians
52113 Audio and video recording technicians
52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
Weekly invitations to apply are issued to qualified skilled tech workers, minimizing the wait for employers and their prospective employees.
Tech applications are prioritized during processing to meet the sector’s fast-paced demands.

To be eligible for expedited processing and weekly invitations, if you apply with a valid job offer under one of the 35 eligible occupations, your job offer must be for at least one year (365 days), and the job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.

Other Targeted Draws:

Applicants with a job offer in one of the following occupations may benefit from targeted invitations to apply that are held regularly along with tech draws and general draws (➨immilib.com/BCIG-Draws).

NOC

Code

Childcare Occupations

42202 Early childhood educators and assistants

NOC

Code

Construction Occupations

(With a related valid trade certificate issued by, or an apprenticeship registered with SkilledTradesBC)

22114 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
72102 Sheet metal workers
72103 Boilermakers
72104 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
72105 Ironworkers
72106 Welders and related machine operators
72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201 Industrial electricians
72300 Plumbers
72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
72302 Gas fitters
72310 Carpenters
72311 Cabinetmakers
72320 Bricklayers
72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72500 Crane operators
73100 Concrete finishers
73101 Tilesetters
73102 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
73110 Roofers and shinglers
73111 Glaziers
73112 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
73113 Floor covering installers

NOC

Code

Healthcare Occupations

(Workers who are employed or supported by a health authority must use the Health Authority Stream (➨Page))

30010 Managers in health care
31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101 Specialists in surgery
31102 General practitioners and family physicians
31110 Dentists
31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31120 Pharmacists
31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
31200 Psychologists
31201 Chiropractors
31202 Physiotherapists
31203 Occupational therapists
31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31302 Nurse practitioners
31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32101 Licensed practical nurses
32102 Paramedical occupations
32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32110 Denturists
32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32120 Medical laboratory technologists
32121 Medical radiation technologists
32122 Medical sonographers
32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
32124 Pharmacy technicians
32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
41300 Social workers
41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
42201 Social and community service workers

NOC

Code

Technology Occupations

(Job offer must be at least 1 year in duration and there must be at least 120 days remaining on the job at the time of application)

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

NOC

Code

Veterinary Care Occupations

31103 Veterinarians
32104 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

Step 3: Submit Application to BCPNP

If you are invited to apply, 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 (➨ immilib.com/BCSW-Apply).

You have 30 calendar days after you receive your invitation to submit an application to the BCPNP.
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:
immilib.com/BCSW-Apply
Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/BCSW-Guide
BCPNP Application Fee:
$1475
Processing Time:
immilib.com/BC-PT
Document Checklist:

immilib.com/BCSW-Doc

(page 58)

Contact:
604-775-2227
[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 4: 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) (➨ immilib.com/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 5: 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.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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