British Columbia Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category

hospitalityForeign workers in industries such as tourism, hospitality, long-haul trucking, and food processing can immigrate to Canada through the British Columbia program for low- and semi-skilled workers.

Workers without higher education and high qualification may immigrate to Canada under the Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category of the British Columbia Immigrant Nominee Program (BCINP).


To be able to apply under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category, the applicant should meet the following requirements:

  • Receive a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an employer in British Columbia. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) occupation levels C or D
  • Have been offered a wage no lower than wage rates for similar occupations in British Columbia
  • Have worked full-time for 9 months in the same occupation
  • Have a high school education
  • Qualify to work in the occupation in British Columbia
  • Show the ability to support oneself and dependent family members
  • Demonstrate English or French language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 in each of the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing

Long-haul truck drivers must also provide:

  • A valid Class 1 driver’s license issued in British Columbia
  • Air brake endorsement
  • Other certifications if required (for instance, a certification for transporting dangerous goods)

Categories and Occupations of Applicants

The Northeast Development Region of British Columbia accepts workers in any industry in occupation levels C or D (excluding live-in caregivers).

In other parts of British Columbia, eligible applicants should be occupied in the following three categories:

  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Food processing
  • Long-haul trucking

The eligible occupations include (NOC codes are in the brackets):

  • Hotel front desk clerks (6525)
  • Tour and travel guides (6531)
  • Outdoor sport and recreational guides (6532)
  • Casino occupations (6533)
  • Maîtres d’hotel and hosts/hostesses (6511)
  • Bartenders (6512)
  • Food and beverage servers (6513)
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations (6711)
  • Light duty cleaners (6731)
  • Specialized cleaners (6732)
  • Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (6733)
  • Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services (6721)
  • Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations (6741)
  • Other service support occupations (6742)
  • Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing (9461)
  • Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers (9462)
  • Fish and seafood plant workers (9463)
  • Testers and graders, food, beverage, and associated products processing (9465)
  • Labourers in food, beverage, and associated products processing (9617)
  • Labourers in fish and seafood processing (9618)
  • Long-haul truck drivers (7511)

Find out about other BCINP streams in the article “Immigration to British Columbia”.