How to Immigrate to British Columbia from UAE

There are a number of immigration programs in British Columbia (BC) that can be the key to making Canada your new home.

But first things first, you should know why you want to immigrate to BC. If you want to study, work or live permanently in the province, there are a few things you should know.

This is one of the easiest ways to help narrow down your choices as BC has over 15 programs to choose from, like the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Skilled Worker, International Post Graduate Program or even the Express Entry BC (EEBC) Healthcare Professional Program.

Here is our easy guide on how to immigrate to British Columbia from the UAE.

If you Want to Work in BC

If you plan to work in BC, you will need to get your qualifications recognized through something called the Foreign Qualification Recognition.

This lets you discover if you have experience in one of the 200 occupations that are regulated by the country. You can find out if your occupation is regulated through your NOC level (National Occupation Classification).

For example, Sarah is an Elementary teacher, her NOC code is 4032. Because she belongs to this NOC code, she must have her job verified through organizations, like the Teacher Regulation Branch of BC.

You can find out more about your unique NOC code on the BC website here


Just enter in your job title

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Click on “Becoming Qualified".

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You will be taken to whatever requirements you need to complete in order to make sure that your job meets with the BC work standards.

Steps for Assessing Your Qualifications in BC

The process for most job assessments follow these steps.

Step 1 - Contact the local regulatory body who will inform you about the qualifications you need to have for your job.

Step 2 - Complete application forms with essential documents, this could include CVs, transcripts, employment history and more. All these documents must be in English.

Step 3 - Complete your education credentials assessment, which may be reviewed by the regulatory board or organisation like the ICES (International Credential evaluation Service).

Step 4 - Complete your assessments, this may include things like interviews, tests, practical exams and more to prove your ability in your intended job

Step 5 - Be prepared to pay application fees. These regulatory boards and organizations will require that you pay an application or processing fee so please be aware.

Step 6 - Be prepared to wait, some certification can lead to lengthy waiting times of several months while others can be completed within a few weeks, for example, Skilled Immigration applications under EE can be processed in two to three months.

Just remember that any documents you hand in, must be translated into English. Please note that these documents cannot be translated by just anyone, they must be done by recognized professionals in BC.

If you hand in a translated transcript or other important documents that have not been handled by accepted translators, your application will be rejected. So do not waste your money!

For those of you who are not first language English speakers you may need to take an English exam to prove your ability. Accepted English tests are generally:

←CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) or

←IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Also, when selecting your test type, make sure you select “CELPIP General Test or IELTS General Test. These exams are used for immigration purposes.

You must only select “Academic” versions of these tests if you plan to study abroad in Canada as an international student.

CELPIP tests can be taken in Dubai at Apricot Tower Dubai Silicon Oasis. The tests cost around 991 dinars to complete, so please budget appropriately.

If you want to get in contact with them, you can email them at

If you take your IELTS under the British Council in UAE, then you can expect to pay 1,050 dinars.

Below are some address that you can take the IELTS test at.

Abu Dhabi

➛Al Ain University of Science and Technology MBZ campus
➛Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, Sultan Bin Zayed the first street, Muroor Road
➛Hilton Hotel, Corniche Road W, Al Khubeirah
➛Park Rotana, Al Salam St., Eastern Ring Road


➛Ajman Hotel Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street;
➛Ajman University (British Council IELTS Official Test Venue), Shaikh Zayed Building, University Street; or
➛Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel (British Council IELTS Official Test Venue), Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street

Al Ain

Al Ain University of Science and Technology - Al Ain campus


➛Al Falah University;
➛Dubai Knowledge Park, Block-1, Conference Centre;
➛Dubai World Trade Centre;
➛Heriot-Watt University Dubai, International Academic City;
➛Society of Engineers-Dubai;
➛The Exam Preparation and Testing House; or
➛Zayed University


Ajman University of Science and Technology, Fujairah

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University


➛American University Sharjah; or
➛Holiday International Hotel

You can contact them at 600 529 995 or email them at Telephone number if you want to know more.

If You Are a Student

You have to know how to apply as an international student. You can do this by researching the place you wish to study at.

Here is a list of some of the universities in BC you can take a look at

  • University of BC;
  • Simon Fraser University;
  • Thompson Rivers University;
  • Trinity Western University;
  • Vancouver Island University;
  • Capilano University; or
  • University of Victoria

Apply to More than One University

If you plan to apply to more than one university you must do so on the Education Planner BC Application Service.BC Education planner IMAGE

Make Sure Your Education is Recognized by BC

To apply for any university in BC, you must make sure that the schools you have attended is accepted by the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

CICIC Canada

Here you can find out how to apply for academic credentials. Once everything is in order and you have been accepted by your chosen university, you will receive an acceptance letter.

Apply for Your Study Permit

You can apply for a study permit on the IRCC website, please be aware that the application process can take several months to complete so do not leave it too late.

Make sure that you include your acceptance letter in your application. You should also include proof of funds to show that you have enough money to support yourself during your studies.

Have all the Right Documents Ready

Make sure that you have at least the following documents:

  • A valid passport;
  • A Letter of Introduction that has your permit reference number;
  • A copy of your Letter of Acceptance from an accepted Canadian university;
  • Proof of Funds; and
  • A Letter of Reference

How to Immigrate to British Columbia from the UAE

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