Immigration to British Columbia for entry level and semi-skilled professionals
Low-skilled workers can immigrate to Canada through the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled program.
People without a university degree or high qualifications can immigrate to Canada through the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream of the British Columbia provincial program.
To be eligible to apply for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream, you must:
- get a job offer from a B.C. employer in one of the appropriate occupations (list below);
- work in B.C. for a minimum of 9 months on a valid full-time work contract;
- have at least a high school education;
- demonstrate the ability to support yourself and dependent family members (see below);
- provide the language test results with a minimum CLB 4 score.
Trucker drivers need a driver's license obtained in British Columbia.
B.C. uses a point scoring system to select candidates. You can score up to 190 points. The most successful candidates receive invitations. B.C. awards points for the following factors:
1. Economic factors:
- profession in the job offer — a maximum of 50 points;
- salary offered — a maximum of 50 points;
- employer's location in British Columbia — a maximum of 10 points.
2. Human capital factors:
- work experience related to the proposed position — a maximum of 25 points;
- education — a maximum of 25 points;
- English or French ability — a maximum of 30 points.
In other parts of the province, only workers in certain professions can apply for immigration under this heading:
- hotel front desk clerks;
- tour and travel guides;
- outdoor sport and recreational guides;
- casino occupations;
- food and beverage servers;
- food counter attendants and kitchen helpers;
- light duty cleaners;
- specialized cleaners;
- janitors, caretakers and building superintendents;
- occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services;
- dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations;
- service support occupations;
- process control and machine operators;
- industrial butchers and meat cutters;
- fish and seafood plant workers;
- testers and graders;
- food and beverage processing workers;
- fish and seafood processing workers;
- long-haul truck driver;
- dental assistants;
- nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates.
*Northeast Development Region
Applicants must demonstrate they have the means to support themselves and their family after the immigration. The amount depends on where the applicant intends to live. The amounts are in Canadian dollars.
|Number of family members||Greater Vancouver area||The rest of the province|
|1||$22 804||$19 006|
|2||$28 390||$23 659|
|3||$34 902||$29 087|
|4||$42 376||$35 316|
|5||$48 062||$40 054|
|6||$54 205||$45 175|
|7 or more||$60 350||$50 296|
How to apply
To apply for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream, candidates must create a profile on the B.C. provincial website, fill out their information and attach documents.
To learn about other BC provincial program streams, see "Immigration to British Columbia — Canada's provincial program (BC PNP)".
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