Healthcare Professional

This is one of the streams in BC PNP and is operated by the province of British Columbia. It prioritizes the nomination of immigrants with an offer of employment from a public health authority in British Columbia and who will be able to contribute to the healthcare labour sector of the province.

Candidates successfully nominated through this stream are invited to submit an official application for Canadian PR. The candidates need not have an Express Entry profile to apply for this stream; however, the eligible candidates with an active Express Entry profile may apply through Express Entry for quicker processing.

Program Requirements  
Express Entry Profile Not Required
Connection to Province No
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency No Minimum
Work Experience Same Experience as the Job Offer 2 Years
Investment Required None

Express Entry Requirement

To be eligible for this stream, candidates do not necessarily need to have an Express Entry profile; however, the eligible candidates with active Express Entry profiles may apply through Express Entry for quicker processing.

Job Offer

Candidates should have a valid job offer for full-time, indeterminate employment from a BC public health authority as a healthcare professional.

It should be noted that only the following occupations qualify under this stream:

Job Title  
Physician/Specialist Physician  
Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse  
Nurse Practitioner  
Allied health professionals: diagnostic medical sonographer, clinical pharmacist, medical lab technologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, etc.  

It should be noted that the BC PNP job offer need not be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Language Proficiency

Candidates with Skill Level B must provide language test results with language proficiency being CLB 4 or higher. Candidates with Skill Level 0 or A are exempted from this, which means they need not provide any test result or prove their language proficiency.

Work Experience

Candidates must have work experience of at least two (2) years in the same occupation as the BC job offer. They must also have valid qualifications for the job.

Settlement Funds

The candidates for this stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by IRCC, which may be demonstrated through their own finances or through maintaining a valid job offer.

Employer Requirements

For the applicants to apply to most of the BC Skills Immigration programs, they must have a valid job offer from a British Columbia employer. Also, under the BC Skills Immigration programs, the employers must meet the certain requirement for their job offers to be considered valid.

Job Offer Requirements

The job offered by the employer must be full-time, of indeterminate position with must have a wage meeting industry standards. Also, the position must meet British Columbia’s minimum wage requirements per the applicant’s annual wage, location of residence in British Columbia, and the number of dependent family members.

Business Requirements

The business must be in good standing in BC and should have a history of good workplace and business practices. It must also meet minimum employee requirements:

Inside Vancouver: Must have at least 5 full-time employees.
Outside Vancouver: Must have at least 3 full-time employees.

Recruitment Requirements

In addition to the above, the employer should be able to demonstrate that reasonable efforts were made to recruit a Canadian before offering the position to a foreign national. In this stream, the employers do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Application Procedure

This stream is open to new applications at any time. The interested (and eligible) candidates can apply through British Columbia’s online immigration portal. Candidates must mention on their application whether they are applying through the accelerated Express Entry system or the regular Skills Immigration system. The application charges are $700 CAD per applicant.

If the application gets approved, the candidate is issued a provincial nomination for permanent residence from British Columbia. Meanwhile, candidates may even begin working in Canada by requesting a temporary work permit.

If the applicant applied to this stream of Express Entry, they will receive a notification of nomination on their IRCC online account. Once accepted, the applicant’s CRS score will be increased by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application within the designated timeframe. Such applications generally get processed within six months.

If the applicant applied through the regular Skills Immigration system, they will have six months to submit an official application for PR. They must then prepare a paper-based application and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Such applications generally get processed within 18 months.