BC PNP Tech Pilot

October 29, 2019

About the Pilot

The priorities for the Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology include establishing B.C. as a preferred location for new and emerging technologies, increasing the growth of domestic B.C. tech companies, and removing barriers to attracting skilled workers. In support of these priorities, a pilot under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) which is Tech Pilot works to ensure the technology sector can attract and retain the talent it needs to be sustained and to grow the sector further.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot application time has been extended to June 2020 to provide B.C. tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot key features are based on service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement in response to the needs of the industry:

  • Service: A dedicated BC PNP concierge for tech employers provides tailored information and navigation assistance of immigration programs and processes.
  • Timeliness: Weekly invitations to apply are issued to qualified skilled tech workers, minimizing the wait for employers and their prospective employees.
  • Prioritization: Dedicated BC PNP Tech Team and next business day assignment of tech applications in the 29 occupations. The BC PNP says most applications are processed within two to three months.
  • Engagement: Continuous support to tech sector employers through proactive engagement activities and participation in key industry events.

Eligibility

The pilot is a fast-tracked pathway from the BC PNP program for talents in technology. However, the applicant would still need to meet some requirements in align with the category they have chosen. The Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories of the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C are the most suitable categories for candidates who wish to apply for the Tech Pilot. Here is a list of fundamental criteria:

    1. Received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC Express Entry system (For categories in EEBC)
    2. Be economically independent to support yourself and your dependents
    3. Meet the minimum language requirement
    4. Have a valid job offer with an occupation in the eligible list
    5. Have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past 3 years (For International Graduate category)
    6. Have at least 2 years of work experience (For Skilled Worker category)
    7. Qualify to do your job
    8. Be eligible to immigrate to Canada

 

1. Received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code

This requirement only applies to applicants in the EEBC – Skilled Worker and EEBC – International Graduate categories. You must pass one in three federal economic immigration programs through Express Entry System. These programs are listed below with highlights so you can make a comparison. You can click on the link to check its criteria in details: 

Level of work experience: NOC skilled type 0, A or B.

Amount of work experience: 1 year continuous within the last 10 years.

Job offer: Not required but will add in more points if you have.

Language skill: English or Frech at least CLB 7

Level of work experience: skilled trade under key groups of NOC B

Amount of work experience: 2 years continuous within the last 5 years.

Job offer: A valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or

a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.

Language skill: English or Frech at least CLB 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing

Level of work experience: NOC skilled type 0, A or B.

Amount of work experience: 1 year working in Canada within the last 3 years.

Job offer: Not required

Language skill: English or Frech at least CLB 7 if your occupation in the NOC skilled type 0 or A, CLB 5 if your occupations in the NOC skilled type B

After the self-assessment in accordance with these program requirements, if you are eligible then create a profile and indicate that you are interested in settling in B.C.

2. Be economically independent to support yourself and your dependents

The following are the family income threshold, the Greater Vancouver and the rest of B.C will be different minimum income thresholds.

Greater Vancouver Regional District

1 person: $22,804 CAD

2 persons: $28,390 CAD

3 persons: $34,902 CAD

4 persons: $42,376 CAD

5 persons: $48,062 CAD

6 persons: $54,205 CAD

7 persons or more: $60,350 CAD

Rest of B.C

1 person: $19,006 CAD

2 persons: $23,659 CAD

3 persons: $29,087 CAD

4 persons: $35,316  CAD

5 persons: $40,054 CAD

6 persons: $45,175 CAD

7 persons or more: $50,296 CAD

The BC PNP will count regular gross annual wages. Incomes from other non-regular sources, for example, bonuses, commissions, tips, overtime wages, profit-sharing distribution will not be considered. The wage must also from the B.C employer who supports your BC PNP application. Your spouse or partner’s salary can be combined in but they must have a valid work permit or valid employment authorization.

If you apply through categories in EEBC streams, besides the requirement of the BC PNP program, you must also check the IRCC because settlement funds differ across the federal economic immigration programs. 

3. Meet the minimum language requirements:

Whether you don’t need to prove your language ability in some circumstances, a high score in a certified language test can help improve your registration score in the Selection pool.

Your test result must from a designated agency by the IRCC and be valid for 2 years from the date of issuance at the time you apply.

For English: The IELTS General Training and the CELPIP-General

For French: The TEF  

EEBC applicant: The language requirements will be according to one of the federal economic programs.

Skills Immigrations applicant: If your job offer for an occupation is classified under NOC Skill Levels B, you must submit a valid language test result with a score equal or greater than a benchmark 4 under the Canada Language Benchmark (CLB) in all four competencies includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. If your offered occupation is classified as NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A, you don’t need to submit a valid language test but the BC PNP may require you to submit one to determine your capability to perform the job duties. 

The following list shows the minimum mark in each test to meet the CLB 4:

IELTS General Training: Listening 4.5; Reading 3.5; Writing 4.0; Speaking 4.0.

CELPIP – General: Listening 4; Reading 4; Writing 4; Speaking 4.

TEF: Listening 145; Reading 121; Writing 181; Speaking 181.

4. Have a full-time job offer from a B.C employer

Only job offer for employment classified as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) is considered

Skill Type 0: Managerial jobs

Skill Level A: Professional jobs

Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades

The offer must for an occupation on the list of eligible tech occupation issued by the BC PNP

The duration of the offer needs to be at least 1 year (equivalent with 365 days) and from an eligible B.C. employer at a wage that meets industry standards to work inside British Columbia.

At the time you submit the application, there must be at least 120 calendar days remaining on the job offer at the time of application.

The offer letter from your employer must have the company official letterhead on it and is signed by the one who is authorized to hire in the company. Your signature and the dated that you confirm to accept the offer must be in the letter too.

The content inside must have:

  • Job title and duties
  • Rate of pay
  • Standard hours of work
  • Confirmation of the position is indeterminate* and full-time (at least an average of 30 hours a week, year-round)
  • Discretionary benefits in addition to those required by law (such as pension and medical
  • plans, disability insurance, sick pay, accommodation, and meal allowances, and extra paid
  • vacations)
  • If the position is covered by a collective agreement or a reference to the agreement

These content in the offer will help you to prove your gross annual wage and protect your rights since the program prohibits your employer from deducting your pay (or require you to pay any fees) for recruitment or retention, or any fee that is normally paid by the employer. The salary also needs to meet the industry standards and comparable to the other workers with a similar level of skills in the same occupation.

The BC PNP will not consider bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions, tips/gratuities, overtime wages, housing allowances, room, and board, or other similar payments to be part of your wage. 

In case you claimed a positive  Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the wage you are earning at the time of registration and/or application must be equal to or greater than the wage stated in the offer of employment and on the LMIA.

If you contribute to your employer as an independent contractor instead of an employee in the company then you won’t be able to join in the program of the BC PNP.

Throughout the application process and 5 years in advance from the day you submit your application, the B.C company offers you the employment must have less than 10 percent of ownership/equity stake owned by your and/or your spouse.

Your employment must provide benefits to B.C. For instance:

  • Maintaining or creating jobs for Canadians
  • Transferring knowledge and skills to Canadians
  • Supporting the development of proprietary new products
  • Building the workforce for a major project

5. Education

You must have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past 3 years (For International Graduate category)

The date you submit your registration to the BC PNP must be within 3 years since the date stated on your transcript.

The degree, diploma, and certificate to be from a qualified post-secondary institution in Canada are all acceptable. If you have a Diploma or Certificate, it must be from public post-secondary institutions. The BC PNP considers diploma and certificate from private institutions are not eligible.

Distance education learning programs and language training will not be considered.

You can check the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training website for a list of authorized degree programs offered by private post-secondary institutions and a list of public post-secondary institutions in B.C. 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/post-secondary-education/institution-resources-administration/degree-authorization

Your program must have been at least 8 months (two semesters) of full-time equivalent course work (excluding co-op work terms, practicums, and internships). Co-op work terms, practicums, and internships may be completed, provided the 8-month requirement of coursework has been met. You may be requested to provide a letter from your educational institution that confirms your program meets this requirement. The full-time equivalent study is defined by the post-secondary institution which issued the credential.

6. Have at least 2 years of work experience (For the Skilled Worker category)

Your work experience must be directly related to the offer and from your past paid employment for an occupation classified under the same NOC code. 

If you have experience in paid co-op work then it would be eligible if meets the criteria: the paid co-op work term is full-time (minimum 30 hours per week) and the paid co-op experience is at a NOC skill level equal to or greater than the NOC code of the B.C. job offer. 

You can check the National Occupational Classification (NOC) website to check your previous work experience has the duties in align with the lead statement of the job description. Your experience can gain from within or outside of Canada.

7. Qualify to do your job

The BC PNP will base on the NOC, Work BC or the industry standard to review the minimum qualifications and certificates for an occupation.

Supervisor or management positions are normally only obtained through progressively increasing experience or responsibilities. If you have been offered a supervisor or management position, the onus is on you and your employer to demonstrate that you have obtained experience that qualifies you for the position. You must clearly demonstrate this experience in your resume. If you are unable to demonstrate that you have obtained progressively increasing experience or responsibilities, or if your employer cannot demonstrate that the job offer is bona fide, your application may be refused. Your work experience should be directly related to the offer and from your past paid employment for an occupation classified under the same NOC code.

If the offered position requires mandatory certification, licensing or registration, you must provide documentation at the time of application to the BC PNP, showing that you meet these requirements or capable to do so shortly afterward.

8. Be eligible to immigrate to Canada

The BC PNP program, in general, will not nominate someone who is inadmissible to migrate to Canada. Note-worthy, the federal economic immigration program will refuse your application too if you are in one of these categories:

  • Prohibited from entering Canada
  • In Canada and out of status: an individual whose status has expired, and who has not applied for restoration of status within the 90-day eligibility period, will be considered out of status
  • Currently working in Canada without authorization
  • Has an unresolved refugee claim in Canada
  • Under a removal order in or outside of Canada

Employer requirements

For your employer, there will be standards from the BC PNP which your employer must meet in order to support and be eligible to offer employment. 

1. Requirements: 

These are the basic criteria for an employer’s eligibility

  • Established as an employer in good standing in B.C.

Your employer’s business structures need to be incorporated or extra-provincially registered; registered as a limited liability partnership in B.C.; an eligible public sector or non-profit employer. The establishment must be in B.C in accordance with the federal Income Tax Act. The company should have operated for at least 2 years.

  • Provide full-time, indeterminate (permanent or with no set end date) employment
    • For companies within the Greater Vancouver Regional District: at least 5 indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) in B.C.
    • For companies outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District: at least 3 indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) in B.C.

Your employer may be asked to submit a T4 Summary of Remuneration Paid to demonstrate that this requirement is met.

  • Have a history of good workplace and business practices

Your employer must comply with all applicable B.C. and federal employment, labor, immigration, health, and safety laws and regulations. Your employer may be asked to provide financial statements prepared by a certified professional accountant to prove the financial capacity.

  • Sign an employer declaration

Your employer must sign a declaration, found in the job offer form, that the company meets all of the requirements. The employer contact who signs the job offer form must be an employee or owner of the company and have the authority and consent of the company to support the BC PNP application, including any and all requirements of hiring a foreign worker.

  • Meet domestic labor market recruitment requirements, where applicable

Your employer must demonstrate that genuine efforts were made to recruit from the local labor market and that hiring you will not adversely affect employment or development opportunities for local candidates (Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents).

The BC PNP will assess the genuine effort of the employer on these criteria:

    • The specific efforts made to identify a Canadian or permanent resident for the position.
    • The recruitment methods and duration are consistent with industry standards and practices.
    • The qualifications listed in the recruitment ads are reasonable, are sufficient to allow a Canadian or permanent resident to qualify for the position, do not require a candidate to have a foreign network or foreign work experience and are not specifically catered to a particular candidate.
    • The level of scrutiny exercised when verifying the qualifications of all potential candidates.
    • If the employer has used the services of a third party to conduct the recruitment effort, the third party must meet provincial licensing requirements.
  • Make you a full-time, indeterminate job offer.
  • Offer you a wage in line with industry standards.

2. Restrictions:

If your employer’s company in these circumstances, your application will be refused

  • Involved in producing, distributing or selling pornographic or sexually explicit products, or providing sexually oriented entertainment or services
  • Employment agencies and similar firms, unless they are establishing an employer/employee relationship with the registrant and/or applicant
  • Any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the BC PNP or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute.

3. Responsibilities:

The employer must also fulfill these responsibilities to be considered by the BC PNP program:

  • Provide a written job offer with sufficient content as described below
  • Complete the employer sections of the application forms. 
  • Notify the BC PNP if there are any changes in your employment status, includes promotion or termination, you have been laid off or are on extended leave; circumstances where the business has closed or changed ownership.

4. Eligibility of the public sector and Non-profit Organizations:

The BC PNP will approve an application with an offer from a public sector agency or non-profit organization with a permanent establishment in B.C if they meet the following requirements:

  • Provincial and regional health care authorities and agencies.
  • Public post-secondary education and training institutions.
  • Private non-profit post-secondary institutions that are accredited by, or registered with, The Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC.
  • Institutions supported by the Government of Canada or the Province of B.C. conducting research in natural and applied sciences, engineering, computer and information systems, or health sciences.
  • Provincial/federal/municipal government organizations and agencies.
  • Other non-profit groups registered as charitable organizations and/or incorporated under the Society Act (RSBC 2015) or the Canada Corporations Act, Part II, 1970.

The point table of the BC PNP

The BC PNP will preferentially invite the highest-scoring candidates in each category. 

The maximum point is 200 and they are separated into two major groups: the economic factors (the maximum point is 120) and the human capital factors (the maximum point is 80)

The economic factors include the skill level of the B.C. job offer, the wage in the B.C. job offer and the regional district of employment.

Human capital factors are the experience, level of education and language efficiency that prove the individual’s ability to contribute to B.C’s economy. These factors support successful settlement and integration in the province.

This link will show you the point table in detail.


How to apply

As the Tech Pilot is an exception, not a separate category or pathway in the Skills Immigration and EEBC, the process is aligned with these two programs. There will be 6 stages for eligible applicants:

Let’s check a look at the instructions below for each stage:

Step 1: Registration

Once you have determined your category, access the BC PNP online to create an online profile and complete all of the sections of the registration. You are responsible for updating your contact information in your profile and ensuring that all required information is current and up-to-date.

After you complete your registration, you will receive your registration score and will be entered into a selection pool for the category in which you have registered for a maximum of 12 months since submitted. A confirmation will be sent to your email with the BC PNP registration number. A candidate can only have one active BC PNP registration and/or application at a time. If you do not receive this email, check the junk/spam folder. In case you are still couldn’t find it, log in to your profile, you will have the option of receiving another confirmation link to your email.

If you want to change the information that you have entered in your registration outside of the information captured in your profile, you will need to withdraw your registration and submit a new registration with the updated information by using your existing profile.

As a requirement for the EEBC applicant, you would need to have an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC for one of those three federal economic immigration programs. After choosing a suitable program for yourself, you need to create a profile on the Express Entry System and enter all the information. Once you meet the criteria, an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code will be specifically assigned only to you.

When the IRCC invites you to apply before the BC PNP, make sure to decline it to receive a nomination from the BC PNP. If you do not decline the invitation from IRCC in Express Entry, your BC PNP application will be closed, and a refund will not be provided.

You can find the instructions for how to enter the information on the BC PNP website in this guideline, from page 11 to page 32:

https://www.welcomebc.ca/getmedia/39720579-0f1e-457a-924d-1f3d07301591/BC-PNP-Skills-Immigration-and-Express-Entry-BC-Technical-Guide.aspx

No fee is required to pay for the registration until you are invited to the next step: invitation.

Step 2: Invitation

Eligible candidates in the Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories of the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams are issued invitations to apply in weekly draws. 

The BC PNP will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring candidates. After invited, you have 30 days from the invitation date to submit a complete application via the BC PNP online system. The incomplete application won’t be processed. If you can not submit it only time, your invitation will be canceled. However, your profile will remain so you need to submit another registration. Your previous one has been removed at the time of invitation. 

When you are invited and choose to select the ‘decline’ button, your invitation to apply will be declined. You may submit a new registration at any time, however, re-registration does not mean that you will receive another invitation to apply

Step 3: Application

If your application information differs from your registration information, resulting in a decrease in your total registration score, and your revised registration score is below the minimum draw score at the time you were invited to apply, your application will be refused.

Step 4: Nomination

The BC PNP may refuse to accept an application in these cases:

  • An invitation for an application does not apply to that person
  • The person has retained a representative who does not meet the prescribed requirements, as described in section 4 of the Provincial Immigration Programs Regulation
  • The applicant has had a previous approval canceled by the BC PNP
  • The applicant has, in the 2 years immediately before the date of the application, been found by the BC PNP to have made a misrepresentation in a previous application
  • The applicant has another active application and/or registration

If you are nominated by the BC PNP, you will receive an additional 600 points in the federal Express Entry pool.

Both you and your employer must notify the BC PNP in the event of any changes in your employment status. To submit an online Change of Employment request:

  • Log on to BCPNP Online and select My Dashboard
  • Select View on the applicable case
  • Select Post-Nomination Support
  • Select Change of Employment
  • Upload the required documents & submit your request
    • Copy of your offer of employment (signed and dated by nominee and employer)
    • Detailed job description
    • Job offer form (pages 1 and 3 of this form must be completed)
    • If the offer of employment requires a driver’s license, a copy of a valid B.C. driver’s license (front and back)
    • Copy of the company’s valid B.C. business license
    • Copy of the company’s certificate of incorporation
    • Copy of Canadian immigration records (e.g. work/study/visitor permit/record or application)
    • If your Confirmation of Nomination has expired, proof of permanent residence application submission to IRCC (i.e. verification that you have submitted your application for permanent residence to IRCC before the nomination expiry date, such as confirmation email/letter from IRCC showing that your application for permanent residence was received by IRCC or the first page of the IRCC application for permanent residence including the date stamp, or mail/courier receipt).

If you have these faults, the BC PNP will withdraw your nomination:

  • Violated conditions of nomination
  • Failed to inform the BC PNP of a material change
  • Retained a paid representative who is not qualified under the Act
  • Provided false or misleading information

Step 5: IRCC application

If your application is approved, you will receive a nomination to apply to IRCC for permanent residence. In 180 days (approximately 6 months) from the date on your confirmation of nomination, you need to submit your application. IRCC will assess your application and make the final decision on your visa. With this nomination, you may be eligible to receive a work permit support letter from BC PNP that you can apply to IRCC to obtain or renew a work permit to start or continue working in B.C. for your employer while you await the decision on your permanent residence application. 

As a provincial nominee nominated under the Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) stream, you must wait for IRCC to invite you to apply (called a “round”) via your MyCIC account. Before the IRCC invites you to apply, in case your Express Entry profile expires, you must create a new one and inform the BC PNP.

Step 6: Permanent Residence

When you apply to become a permanent residence, you and your family members must include police certificates, plus the medical examination. To avoid delay, you should start to acquire your police certificate immediately.

For applicants under the EEBC categories: 

The processing time for Express Entry would around 6 months

Once IRCC has issued you an invitation to apply, you will have 60 days to fill out your application for permanent residence and submit all supporting documents, as indicated on your Express Entry profile. Your Express Entry application is completed online, you must print, sign and upload your application form as a supporting document for your permanent resident application. If you have a spouse, your spouse must also sign these forms. IRCC processing fee is paid online through your MyCIC account using a credit card.

If you request an extension of your EEBC Nomination, the BC PNP will only provide it if you can prove that you have submitted the PR application to the IRCC before the expiry date on Confirmation of Nomination.

Steps to request online:

  1. Log on to BCPNP Online and select MyDashboard
  2. Select View on the applicable case
  3. Select Post-Nomination Support
  4. Select Nomination Extension
  5. Upload the required documents & submit your request
    • Copy of Canadian immigration records (e.g. work/study/visitor permit/record or application)
    • Proof of permanent residence application submission to IRCC (i.e. verification that you have submitted your application for permanent residence to IRCC before the nomination expiry date, such as confirmation email/letter from IRCC showing that your application for permanent residence was received by IRCC, or the first page of the IRCC application for permanent residence including the date stamp, or mail/courier receipt).
    • Confirmation/verification that your permanent residence application has been returned or refused (i.e. IRCC R10 rejection letter), if applicable
    • IRCC candidacy letter – which includes the new Express Entry profile number and Job Seeker Validation Code (IMM5786)
    • Copies of your wage statements for the last two pay periods

In cases you unable to meet the application’s deadline, your Express Entry profile will be deleted. If your BC PNP nomination has not yet expired, you can make a new Express Entry profile and submit a post-nomination request as the instructions above. The BC PNP will verify your nomination with the IRCC and you will be eligible for the next draw. 

For applicants under the Skills Immigration categories

In cases the police certificate has not been issued, you can submit the application and then supplement it later. When you send it to the IRCC after that, quote your full name, date of birth and EP + “File’s name”. For the medical examination, only schedule to get the examination once you have received the instructions and IRCC request to do so. 

You should take in the notices for the documents as well:

  • Do not staple your application package together
  • Do not separate sections with plastic page protectors, binders or envelopes 
  • Do remove transcripts from envelopes (if applicable)
  • You and your spouse, if applicable, must both sign the application form

Send your application using regular mail to the following address:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Provincial Nominee Program

Centralized Intake Office

P.O. BOX 1450 Sydney, NS B1P 6K5

Canada

If you use courier mail then send to this address:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Provincial Nominee Program

Centralized Intake Office

49 Dorchester Street

Sydney, NS B1P 5Z2

Canada


Must-have documents

Documents in other languages must be translated to English or French by a certified translator with photocopies of the originals. Documents must be stamped and certified by a person officially authorized to notarize documents as accurate translations

A photocopy of an original document must be readable and certified as a true copy of the original by an authorized person. The person compares the documents and marks on the photocopy with information, includes:

  • Name and signature
  • Position or title
  • The name of the original document
  • The date they certified the document
  • The phrase “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document.”

Normally, a notary public has the authority to do this kind of work.

1. Application to the BC PNP:

For the principal applicant in the Skilled Worker category (Applies to both Skills Immigrations and EEBC program):

Your checklist

  • Copy of Express Entry Candidacy from IRCC (Only for EEBC’s applicants)
  • Copy of Canadian immigration records (if applicable)
  • Valid B.C. drivers license (if required by the employment offer)
  • Copy of biographical page of the passport
  • Current photograph
  • Copy of LMIA (if applicable)
  • Copy of education and/or training certificates
  • Copy of Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) (if applicable)
  • Copy of Official Language Test Results
  • Current resume/CV
  • Spouse or Common-Law partner’s B.C. employment record (if applicable)

Your employer also has the responsibility to prepare these documents:

  • BC PNP job offer form
  • Employer recommendation letter
  • Copy of the offer of employment
  • Detailed job description
  • Company information
  • Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation (or legal equivalent)
  • Copy of the valid municipal Business License
  • Evidence of recruitment efforts (if applicable)

For the principal applicant in the International Graduate category (Applies to both Skills Immigrations and EEBC program):

The applicant checklist:

  • Copy of Canadian immigration records (if applicable)
  • Valid B.C. drivers license (if required by the employment offer)
  • Copy of biographical page of the passport
  • Current photograph
  • Copy of LMIA (if applicable)
  • Copy of education and/or training certificates
  • Copy of official education transcripts
  • Copy of Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) (if applicable)
  • Copy of Official Language Test Results (if applicable)
  • Current resume/CV
  • Spouse or Common-Law partner’s B.C. employment record (if applicable)

The supporting employer checklist:

  • BC PNP job offer form
  • Employer recommendation letter
  • Copy of the offer of employment
  • Detailed job description
  • Company information
  • Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation (or legal equivalent)
  • Copy of the valid municipal Business License
  • Evidence of recruitment efforts (if applicable)

Documents in other languages must be translated to English or French by a certified translator with photocopies of the originals. Documents must be stamped and certified by a person officially authorized to notarize documents as accurate translations

You can check the detailed requirements for the documents in this guideline, from page 58 to page 60:

https://www.welcomebc.ca/getmedia/39720579-0f1e-457a-924d-1f3d07301591/BC-PNP-Skills-Immigration-and-Express-Entry-BC-Technical-Guide.aspx

2. Application to the IRCC’s Permanent Residency

For the Express Entry applicants, the IRCC’s system gives you a personalized document checklist once you’ve completed all of the fields in the online form.

For Skills Immigration applicants, the process is paper-based so you need to follow this checklist:

The Document checklist would provide you guidance and requirements for the documentation. Some forms from the IRCC would require you to open it using the latest version of Adobe Reader. If you couldn’t see in on your internet browser, you just need to download it and open on your computer with the latest version of Adobe Reader.

For IMM 0008 Form:

  • Click the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form. (Note: Validating the form before printing makes sure that you have answered all the questions. This will help you to avoid delays in processing your application.)
  • One or more final page(s) with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  • Print, sign, and date the form.
    For best results:

    • print on white, high-quality and non-glossy paper, and
    • use a laser printer.
  • Place the IMM 0008 form, including the barcode page(s), on the top of your application package.

Cost

You must submit the $700 application fee with your online application before your application will be processed. Incomplete applications will not be approved, and application fees will only be refunded if you withdraw your application before the BC PNP begins to assess it.

You may also be prepared to pay additional costs, includes: translating, language test, ECA, rights of permanent residence fee (if you are invited),…

On the occasion that you are invited to apply for permanent residency, you would need to pay these fees:

  • Processing fee for you/your spouse or partner: $550 CAD 
  • Right of permanent residence fee: $490 CAD
  • Dependent Child: $150 CAD
  • Biometric fees: $85 CAD/person and $170 CAD for a family from 2 person

To pay your fees for your permanent residence application you’ll need a valid email address; access to a printer (you’ll need to print the receipt), and a credit card or Canadian debit card.

Visit the link below and follow these instructions to pay:

  • Go to Online Payment.
  • Follow the online instructions.
  • In the end, click on the print button to print the IRCC official receipt with a barcode. Print two copies.
  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application.
  • Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.

*Notes: Express Entry applicants pay the fees via the online account

Other fees (e.g. the authorized accounting firm fee for the verification report, for interpreters, translating, medical examination,…) will be vary depending on your situation.


After you apply

The processing time for most of BC PNP application is 2 – 3 months from receipt. Tech Pilot applications would usually be processed in a much more shorter time.

You can contact the BC PNP in writing by sending an email to the address [email protected] to withdraw your application and find out if you are eligible for a refund. Make sure in your email, you provide fully your full name, your date of birth, and your BC PNP application file number in your email request. Withdrawal requests submitted in-person or through voicemail will not be accepted.

For the applicant who gets a refusal, you can request a review of the decision within 30 days since being noticed about the decision. You must submit your written review request on the BCPNP online. The reasons for the request must be declared clearly in the review request and you should provide any information the BC PNP requires you. The review fee is $200 CAD and non-refundable.


List of eligible occupation

  1. NOC code 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
  2. NOC code 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  3. NOC code 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  4. NOC code 2131 Civil engineers
  5. NOC code 2132 Mechanical engineers
  6. NOC code 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  7. NOC code 2134 Chemical engineers
  8. NOC code 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  9. NOC code 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  10. NOC code 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  11. NOC code 2173 Software engineers and designers
  12. NOC code 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  13. NOC code 2175 Web designers and developers
  14. NOC code 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  15. NOC code 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  16. NOC code 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  17. NOC code 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  18. NOC code 2281 Computer network technicians
  19. NOC code 2282 User support technicians
  20. NOC code 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  21. NOC code 5121 Authors and writers
  22. NOC code 5122 Editors
  23. NOC code 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  24. NOC code 5224 Broadcast technicians
  25. NOC code 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
  26. NOC code 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
  27. NOC code 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
  28. NOC code 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  29. NOC code 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

 



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