How to Immigrate to British Columbia

Candidates looking to start a new life in Canada should consider making plans to immigrate to British Columbia, one of Canada’s most populous and vibrant centres. Canada has unveiled plans to introduce more than a million immigrants into its workforce within the next three years. The local workforce has around 38, 830 jobs available currently and they are waiting for immigrants to meet labour market shortages through one of many immigration programs including the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and the Express Entry System.

Nestled between the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Ocean, this province gives residents the best possible quality of life in terms of Canada’s natural wonders. There are several national parks to be found including Glacier National Park where you’ll find different species of bears. Victoria is the province’s capital city and its most populous city is Vancouver which provides all the entertainment and business opportunities that you’ll need to start over in Canada. Journey to Britsh Columbia where your skills are needed and where your family can live the best possible life.

Provincial Nominee Program

Immigrate to British Columbia where you could be living on the coast in Vancouver.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams are some of the easiest ways to immigrate to British Columbia because they allow candidates who are eligible for these streams to settle in the province directly in the field of their choice. British Columbia has its own list of occupations that are in-demand and meet their specific labour market shortages. BC also has its own Express Entry linked pathways that work in conjunction with the federal programs. Below is a list of the streams on offer through BC’s PNP. If you are successful in achieving a Provincial Nomination, you will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Skilled Worker Program

Skilled Immigration
Skilled Worker CategoryFor candidates who have a job offer and several years of experience in their skilled occupation.
Healthcare Professional CategoryFor candidates who have a job offer as a physician, nurse or other health profession that is one of the 11 stipulated*.
International Graduate CategoryFor candidates who have graduated from a recognized Canadian university/college in the last three years. A job offer from a local employer is also necessary.
International Post-graduate CategoryFor candidates who have their Master’s or Doctorate degrees from recognized universities in BC. There is no job offer required.
Entry-level and Semi-skilled Worker CategoryFor candidates who have skills or can do entry-level work in the tourism/hospitality, food processing or long-haul truck driving sectors.

*These occupations are as follows:

  • Specialist
  • Registered nurse
  • Registered psychiatric nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Medical laboratory technologist
  • Medical radiation technologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Midwife

Minimum Requirements

Basic Criteria Skilled Worker Category:

  • Offer of employment as a healthcare professional.
  • Two years of directly related work experience.
  • Language proficiency (depending on your profession).
  • Sufficient funds to settle in BC.

Basic Criteria Healthcare Professional Category:

  • Offer of employment.
  • Two years of directly related work experience.
  • Language proficiency (depending on your profession).
  • Sufficient funds to settle in BC.
  • Midwives must have a letter of confirmation from an established practice and be registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

Basic Criteria International Graduate Category:

  • Offer of employment.
  • Must have obtained a degree/diploma/certificate from a recognized institution in Canada (not more than three years prior to applying).
  • Must have credentials/qualifications for the position they are applying for.
  • Sufficient funds to settle in BC.
  • Meet the language requirements for their profession.

Basic Criteria International Post-graduate Category:

  • Must have obtained a master’s or doctorate from a recognized institution in British Columbia (not more than three years prior to applying).
  • Sufficient funds to settle in BC.
  • Provide other evidence of their intention to settle in BC such as community involvement or family connections.

Basic Criteria Entry Level and Semi-skilled Category:

  • Offer of employment.
  • Have been employed in an eligible occupation for at least nine months prior to applying.
  • Maintain full-time employment during processing.
  • Sufficient funds to settle in BC.
  • Have completed the necessary education/training for the position.
  • Achieve a level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for listening, speaking, writing and reading in English.

Express Entry BC Program

The following programs overlap with those listed above in the Skilled Worker Program but they are linked to the Express Entry system which is a fast-track way of immigration that is processed in as little as six months. You would still apply for these pathways through the province as well as create an online profile through Express Entry before being entered into the Express Entry pool with other candidates.

Express Entry British Columbia
Skilled Worker CategoryFor candidates who have a job offer and several years of experience in their skilled occupation.
Healthcare Professional CategoryFor candidates who have a job offer as a physician, nurse or other health profession that is one of the 11 stipulated.
International Graduate CategoryFor candidates who have graduated from a recognized Canadian university/college in the last three years. A job offer from a local employer is also necessary.
International Post-graduate CategoryFor candidates who have their Master’s or Doctorate degrees from recognized universities in BC. There is no job offer required.

Minimum Requirements

You must first meet the criteria for your desired pathway and then depending on how you score on their Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), you will be invited to apply for it. This scoring system is specific to the province and measures criteria such as language proficiency, level of education and work experience in your field. The Express Entry system scores your profile according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is detailed below.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

  • Age
  • CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
  • Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
  • Arranged employment
  • Sibling in Canada
  • Your spouse’s profile (if married)

Entrepreneur Program

Even if you are not skilled in a certain profession, you can still achieve permanent residence through starting or own a business in British Columbia.

Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Immigration CategoryFor candidates who are senior managers or business owners who want to own shares in or buy a business in BC.
Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot CategoryFor candidates who are interested in establishing a new business in a small community of BC.
Strategic Projects CategoryFor candidates who want to set up an international business in BC. As many as five key staff members can be nominated for permanent residence in order to secure the business.

Minimum Requirements

Basic Criteria Entrepreneur Category:

  • Business/work experience of more than three years as a manager/more than four years as a senior manager or combination.
  • A minimum of two years post-secondary education or experience as an active business owner for at least three years.
  • Personal net worth/funds of at least $600, 000 (including all assets and investments).
  • Adaptability in BC
  • A business proposal which speaks to investment and job creation.
  • Candidate needs to be involved in running the business day-to-day.
  • Need a residence close to the business.
  • Admissibility in Canada.

Basic Criteria Strategic Projects Category:

  • Excellent financial records
  • Have identified investment opportunities in BC
  • Demonstrate that key employees are capable, senior staff
  • Make a minimum equity investment of $500, 000
  • Create at least three jobs in BC for each foreign employee brought over.

Express Entry System

A person creates an Express Entry profile to immigrate to British Columbia.

The Express Entry system which was introduced in 2015 to fast-track the federal government’s skilled worker programs. These programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class which help to address growing concerns in certain sectors of the economy in in-demand skilled occupations.

The Process

  1. Create an online profile through Express Entry stating the program you want to apply through
  2. Submit the necessary documents, meeting the criteria of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
  3. Your score is measured in the Express Entry pool against other applicants
  4. If successful, you are issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence

These three programs provide a point-of-entry for candidates wanting to immigrate to Canada in a general but nothing stops candidates from choosing to settle in British Columbia, assuming that they can secure a job offer from a Canadian employer in the province.

Other Ways of Immigrating

Another way to immigrate to Canada and settle in the province of British Columbia is to get sponsored by a family member under the Family Sponsorship Class. You can also get started on your immigration journey and stand a better chance of being successful in the streams above by studying in Canada or working on a temporary work visa somewhere in the country for a Canadian employer. Community involvement is also highly important if you are already living in British Columbia on a temporary basis to prove your adaptability factor.

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