BC Provincial Nominee Program: Skills Immigration

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.

Express Entry British Columbia:

Express Entry is an online application management system introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in January 2015. Express Entry is transforming Canada’s immigration system into one that is faster and more responsive to economic and labour market needs and is enabling employers to have a direct role in selecting economic immigrants.

British Columbia introduced Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) in January 2015 to allow the BC PNP to use CIC's Express Entry system to meet B.C.'s specific labour market needs.

 Benefit for Employers:

The EEBC stream of the BC PNP will help B.C. meet the need for skilled workers. Eligible applicants to the EEBC categories receive priority processing of BC PNP applications.

Benefit for Individuals:

The EEBC stream will result in faster and more efficient processing for eligible skilled workers and significantly reduce application processing times. Individuals who meet all of the requirements receive priority processing of their BC PNP application and, if nominated, permanent residence application.

 For complete program requirements and information on how to apply, please contact us.

 If you currently have an application with the BC PNP under the Skilled Worker (including Health Care Professional), International Graduate or International Post Graduate categories under the Skills Immigration stream, you may be eligible for the EEBC stream if you meet all of the requirements. 



I want to work in B.C. :

The BC Provincial Nominee Program's (BC PNP) Skills Immigration stream is intended for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers. This stream is designed for individuals who would like to live and work in B.C. and become permanent residents of Canada.

To be eligible for the program, you will need to satisfy the criteria in one of the following categories:

  • Health care professionals (physicians, registered nurses and other health care workers)
  • Northeast Pilot Project: Entry level or semi-skilled workers who are living in the northeast region of the province

 How does the program work:

 1. You accept an offer of indeterminate full-time employment from a B.C. employer who is willing to support your application for permanent residence through the BC PNP. If you are currently working in B.C. on a temporary work permit, your employer will need to offer you an indeterminate position. Indeterminate means your employment offer must not have an end date.

 2. If you and your current or prospective employer meet the program criteria, you will submit a joint application to the BC PNP.

 3. We assess your application against program criteria, and if we approve your application, we will nominate you for permanent residence. If applicable, we will provide you with a work permit support letter so you can apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to obtain or renew a work permit to start or continue working in B.C. for your employer.

4. After the BC PNP nominates you for permanent residence, you (and your spouse and dependent children if applicable) will submit a separate application for a permanent resident visa to CIC in the Provincial Nominee Class. You will have six months from the date of your nomination to apply to CIC.

5. If CIC approves your application, you will be issued a permanent resident visa to live in Canada. You are responsible for demonstrating that you meet the program criteria. If the BC PNP is not satisfied that your application meets the program criteria, we will not approve your application.