The March 14 BCPNP draw was the first of its type. The B.C. government announced changes to the program on March 10 designed to prioritize healthcare workers and early childhood educators (ECE).
The recent round of invitations targeted candidates eligible under one of 36 recently identified priority occupations. A draw was also held for BCPNP Tech candidates for those with a job offer in one of 29 tech occupations.
British Columbia’s nominee streams offer a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for workers and graduates that wish to settle in the province. Most BCPNP Skills Immigration programs require candidates to hold a valid job offer with a BC employer.
This draw invited candidates with a job offer in one of 29 tech occupations.
BC Skills Immigration categories minimum SIRS score:
The following draw targeted candidates eligible under the International Graduate stream with a job offer as an early childhood educator in NOC 4214.
Minimum SIRS score: 85
This draw invited candidates eligible under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams and a job offer in one of 35 healthcare-related occupational codes.
Minimum SIRS score: 85
This draw targeted individuals eligible under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream, with a job offer as a Healthcare Assistant (NOC 3413).
Minimum SIRS score: 63
British Columbia has a high demand for healthcare workers. For this reason, they have implemented priority occupation draws targeting candidates with experience in one of 35 healthcare occupations, including:
|0311||Managers in healthcare|
|3011||Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors|
|3012||Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses|
|3112||General practitioners and family physicians|
|3124||Allied primary health practitioners|
|3125||Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating|
|3132||Dietitians and nutritionists|
|3141||Audiologists and speech-language pathologists|
|3144||Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment|
|3211||Medical laboratory technologists|
|3212||Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants|
|3214||Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists|
|3215||Medical radiation technologists|
|3217||Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.|
|3219||Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)|
|3222||Dental hygienists and dental therapists|
|3223||Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants|
|3232||Practitioners of natural healing|
|3233||Licensed practical nurses|
|3237||Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment|
|3413||Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates*|
|4153||Family, marriage and other related counsellors|
|4212||Social and community service workers|
|*For the purposes of the BC PNP, only health care assistants / health care aides are eligible under NOC 3413.|
British Columbia offers a free recruitment service for healthcare professionals that wish to work in the province. Health Match BC is funded by the government of British Columbia to help bring healthcare workers to the province.
Candidates that meet the requirements for BC’s Skilled Worker, International Graduate, or Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker pathways can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province. Once a candidate creates an EOI profile, they are ranked by the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and given a “SIRS” score. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an invitation from BC to apply for nomination. After receiving an invitation, candidates have 30 days to prepare and submit their online application to the province. Nominated candidates are then invited to apply to the federal government for Permanent Residence.
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