Skills Immigration - Skilled Worker Category
This category is for individuals with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade, or other skilled occupation.
Minimum Requirements for Applicants
To be eligible under the Skilled Worker Category, applicants must:
- Have at least two years of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation offered to them, and the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
- Be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B;
- For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
- For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary - the BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion.
- Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer;
- Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
- Annual wage in the province;
- Location of residence in the province;
- Number of dependents.
Minimum Requirements for Employers
The employer offering the job must meet the following requirements:
- The business must be established in British Columbia;
- The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
- The business must show a history of good business practices;
- The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
- The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met;
- A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
- The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
- The offer must include:
- A description of job duties;
- The rate of pay;
- The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
- A statement that position is permanent and full time;
- A list of additional benefits; and
- A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
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