BC Provincial Nominee Program - Skills

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Skills Category

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C.

Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered.

BC Tech Pilot

  • BC PNP Tech Pilot extended to June 2021.
  • The BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot offers an expedited immigration pathway for people with tech skills applying to be permanent Canadian residents who will contribute to B.C.’s shared prosperity.
  • The complete list of the 29 in-demand tech occupations:

BC PNP Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is a way for workers in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation to gain permanent residence in B.C.


In order to apply, you must have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a B.C. employer. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skilled occupation (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B).

International Graduate

  • You graduate with a valid qualification from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last 3 years.

International Post-Graduate

  • You must have graduated in the last three years with a master's or doctorate (PhD) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

  • The Skills Immigration (SI) – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for workers in a valid tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing occupation to gain permanent residence in B.C.
  • This category is not eligible under the Express Entry BC stream.

Health care Professional

  • The Healthcare Professional category helps physicians, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals work in B.C. and gain permanent residence.


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