Professionals who have a job offer authorizing them to work in British Columbia may immigrate to Canada through a provincial program for skilled workers.
The growing economy of British Columbia requires more and more skilled professionals in in-demand occupations. The Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker category of the British Columbia Immigrant Nominee Program (BCINP) helps managers, tech professionals, labour workers, and other specialists get permanent residency in the province.
To be able to apply for nomination under the Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker category, the applicant has to meet the following criteria:
- Have a profession and related education
- Receive a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an employer in British Columbia. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skilled occupation (levels 0, A or B)
- Be qualified to perform the duties of the job
- Have at least 2 years of directly related work experience for a full-time job (or an equivalent time for a part-time job)
- Have been offered a wage no lower than wage rates for similar occupations in British Columbia
- Show the ability to support oneself and dependent family members
- For those working in an occupation classified under NOC Skill Levels B, C or D: demonstrate English or French language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 in each of the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Find out about other BCINP streams in the article “Immigration to British Columbia”.