BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has announced that they will have an updated scoring system for their Skills Immigration Stream when it reopens in November. BC PNP shut down on October 12 and will reopen on November 16, as they are implementing Canada’s new National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
They have removed all applications left in BC PNP’s candidates’ pool as of October 12. Now those candidates who expect to receive an invitation from the Canadian Government PNP will submit their application again. From November 16 onwards, British Columbia PNP will have a new scoring system, informed the province. Further details on the new BC PNP Skills Immigration Program are awaited.
The British Columbia PNP in BC`s Provincial Nominee Program. BC PNP gives Provincial and Territorial governments in Canada the ability to invite immigrants to their region.
If you choose to move to Canada as a PNP, you have to:
- Apply and complete the process of the Province or Territory you would like to settle in.
- There is an immigration program with the varying requirement in each province and territory, except for Quebec. There is a different system from Canada.
- Show the skillset to contribute to the economy of the province you wish to settle in.
- Obtain a PN Certificate from the province/territory you wish to settle in.
Once you obtain the Provincial Nomination Certificate, you have to:
- Provide an application to CIC to become a Permanent Resident.
- A CIC officer will assess your application based on Canadian Immigration requirements. These applications will not be evaluated based on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
All applicants have to:
- Complete and pass a medical examination.
- Have security clearance.
- Demonstrate sufficient funds to support themselves dependents after arriving in Canada.
BC PNP has four immigration streams: Skilled Immigration
The skilled immigration stream has five categories:
The Skilled Workers are individuals who:
- Have received a job offer in a professional occupation.
- Have several years of experience in their professional occupation.
The Health Care Professional Group is for individuals who:
- Have experience as a physician, nurses, psychiatric nurse or allied health professionals.
- Have an eligible job offer for a physician, nurse, psychiatric nurse, allied health professional, or one of 11 qualifying health occupations.
The International Graduate Group is for individuals who:
- In the last three years, you have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college.
- Receive a job offer from an employer in British Columbia.
The International Post-GraduateGroup is for graduates who:
- Obtain a Master’s or Doctorate degree from an eligible educational university in BC in the natural, applied, or health sciences majors.
- Job offer is not needed to apply under this group.
The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled WorkerGroup is for employees who:
- Are working in certain entry-level or semi-skilled positions in
- Tourism/hospitality field
- Food field
- Long-haul trucking field
- Are living and having entry-level or semi-skilled position in the Northeast Development Region of BC.
Express Entry System
- The applicant has to be eligible to get into the Federal Express Entry pool in order to apply for the Express Entry stream.
- The applicant has to comply with the requirements of one of these programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class in order to enter the Express Entry pool.
The applicant has to be in one of the following categories to be eligible in order to apply for the Express Entry Stream through the BC PNP.
- Skilled Worker Category
- Health Care Professional Category
- International Graduate Category
- International Post-Graduate Category
The Entrepreneur Immigration program is for individuals who are planning to move and invest in British Columbia. This program has two categories:
The Entrepreneur Category which is applied to senior managers or CEOs who:
- Plan to invest funds into a proposed business in BC province.
The Strategic Projects Category is for foreign-controlled companies that want to operate in British Columbia. This category allows these companies to nominate 5 managerial, professional or technical staff members.
Because of the high demand for talent in the technology segment, BC launched the Immigration Tech Pilot as part of the British Columbia PNP, intending to attract more workers and graduates to the province. Applicants require a full-time, intermediate job offer from an eligible employer in BC.
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For more information on BC PNP, contact our team of qualified immigration consultants and skilled advisors.
National Occupational Classification Changes
In accordance with the changes which will come into force in November, the NOC will switch from a four-digit number for the classification of each position to a five-digit code.
As part of the new five-digit code, the Canadian government is breaking down the skill level of each profession, through mid-November, which is still called the Skill Levels, into six segments from the current four to better show or prove the level of training, education, experience and responsibilities, hench TEER, of each job.
These new segments in the re-jigged National Occupational Classification will replace the current Skill Levels.
IRCC overhauls the NOC Every 10 Years
A nationally recognized and standardized system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to evaluate the work experience of immigration applicants, choosing the correct NOC code which is the most important parts of an immigration process.
After the NOC overhaul, all applications submitted after the new system takes effect will require the applicant to enter the correct – and new – five-digit NOC code.
“Every decade, the National Occupational Classification undergoes a major structural revision whereby the existing occupational groups are reviewed alongside input collected from many relevant stakeholders through a consultation process,” stated Statistics Canada on its website.
“The release of the National Occupational Classification 2021 will be the product of this Decade cycle and reflect changes in the economy and the nature of work. Input from the public, especially stakeholders, has been a main key part of the revision process.”
Each province and territory in Canada uses the NOC to determine vacancies to be filled by immigration programs.
Existing Requirements For BC Skills Immigration Stream
- A prospective candidate accepts an indefinite full-time job offer from a BC employer in a skilled profession (NOC skill type 0 and skill level A or B).
- The candidate must have the qualifications and experience required to perform the job.
- Only legally acquired work experience is taken into account.
- The salary offered must be comparable to that is being paid in BC for this position.
- If the job offer is at skill level B, C, or D, the applicant must demonstrate proficiency in English and French in all four languages at CLB/NCLC level 4.
- If the job being offered is Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A, valid test scores are not required at the time of registration, unless credits are required for the language.
- Meet the minimum income requirements based on residence in British Columbia and the number of dependents.
- Not hold more than 10% of the shares of the British Columbia company offering the job during the five years preceding and during the entire application process.
- BCPNP must determine if there is a positive job demand and/or prospects for a particular profession.
- Demonstrate the ability and intention to settle in British Columbia
- Submit a complete application and pay the $1,150 application fee.
Skilled Worker Immigration Application Process: Step By Step
Step 1. Registration The BC Provincial Nominee Program uses a Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for their immigration program. This is an intake management system that allows BC to prioritize high-impact candidates. Interested candidates must register a free expression of interest through the British Columbia PNP Online system.
Step 2. Invitation to apply
The score is based on several factors, such as education level, years of work experience, and a job offer in British Columbia, which reflect an individual’s ability to succeed in the labor market and contribute to the province’s economy.
Profiles with the highest scores receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination.
Step 3. Application
Upon receipt of the ITA, the applicant must submit a full application through BCPNP Online during 30 days and pay the $700 application fee.
Step 4. Nomination
Approved applicants receive a Certificate of Appointment allowing them to apply for permanent residency with the federal government. In order to work in British Columbia at the time of the PR application, an interested candidate may request a letter of support from the BC PNP.
Step 5. IRCC application
After a health, crime and safety check, approved candidates receive a Permanent Resident Visa.
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