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BC PNP Skills Immigration: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker (ELSS) Stream


The British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker (ELSS) stream is a category within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) that allows workers in select occupations in the tourism/hospitality or food processing sectors to gain permanent residence in B.C. This category is for individuals currently living and working in B.C. in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries or a NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province. The ELSS stream prioritizes the nomination of immigrants with semi-skilled work experience in the province and a job offer from a British Columbia employer.

General Requirements for the B.C. Skills Immigration Stream:

Applicants in the Skills Immigration Stream must meet the following general requirements, in addition to the specific requirements for the category under which they are applying:

  1. General Requirements:
  • The applicant must be qualified for the offered position, with the BC PNP referring to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), Work BC, or industry standards to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation.
  • The job offer must be in an eligible occupation with a wage rate that meets industry standards and aligns with rates offered by B.C. employers for the same occupation.
  • Applicants must not have an ownership or equity stake of more than 10% in the B.C. company that made the job offer in the five years preceding and throughout the entire BC PNP application process.
  • Benefit B.C. economically through their employment, which may include transferring knowledge and skills to Canadians, building the workforce for a significant project, creating or maintaining jobs for Canadians, and supporting the development of proprietary new products.
  • Meet minimum income requirements.
  • Submit a complete application and the $700 application fee if invited to apply.
  • Applicant’s employment must not adversely affect the settlement of a labour dispute or the employment of anyone involved in a labour dispute.
  • Applicant’s employment must not prevent the training or employment of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Candidates will not receive a nomination if they are:
  • Prohibited from entering Canada.
  • In Canada, without a valid legal status. If an applicant’s status has expired and they cannot demonstrate that they have applied for a restoration of status within the 90-day eligibility period, the applicant will be considered out of status.
  • Working in Canada without authorization.
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada.
  • Under a removal order in or outside of Canada.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) Category under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have received an indeterminate, full-time employment offer from an eligible B.C. employer in an eligible occupation, classified as NOC TEER 4 or 5 under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. ELSS-eligible occupations are divided into three key sectors,

(a) tourism and hospitality,

(b) trucking and

(c) food processing.

  1. Have been employed full-time in an ELSS eligible occupation for at least nine consecutive months immediately before applying with the same B.C. employer supporting the application.
  2. Individuals working in the Northeast Development Region of B.C. in any C or D-level occupation (excluding live-in caregivers) may be eligible for this category. Eligibility is not restricted to professions in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries in the Northeast Development Region of B.C.
  3. Maintain full-time employment throughout the application process.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia. That can be assessed using the income and employment prospects, location of residence in B.C., number of dependents, and English language ability.
  5. Have completed secondary education and any licensing or certification required for the job.
  6. Long-haul truck drivers must have a valid B.C. Class 1 driver’s licence, air brake endorsement, and other certification(s) (such as certification for transporting dangerous goods).
  7. Submit language proficiency test results showing proficiency in English of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in all components (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

Additionally, if the applicant is no longer eligible to work for the supporting employer when receiving an Invitation to Apply for the BC PNP but still has status in Canada (for example, as a visitor) or has left Canada. In that case, the applicant may submit an application as long as meeting the conditions at registration for the BC PNP. The job offer remains valid throughout the application process.

Employers Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible, B.C. employers must meet specific requirements and responsibilities, including:

  • Be established in B.C.
  • Meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements.
  • Offer full-time, permanent employment (except for BC PNP Tech occupations, university professors, lecturers, and post-doctoral fellows working for a public university in B.C.).
  • Offer a wage in line with industry standards.
  • Provide a signed job offer.
  • Complete and sign the employer declaration form.
  • Submit supporting documents about the business.
  • Follow laws and regulations.

Required Supporting Documents:

  1. The nominee applicant must provide the following:
  • Copy of Canadian immigration records
  • Valid B.C. driver’s licence (if required by the job offer)
  • Copy of biographical page of passport
  • Current photograph
  • Copy of Labour Market Impact Assessment (if applicable)
  • Copy of valid language test results
  • Copy of education certificates (diploma, degree etc.)
  • Copy of Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) (if applicable)
  • Copies of any occupational licenses or certificates
  • Current resume/C.V.
  • Copy of spouse’s Canadian Work Permit (if applicable)
  • Copies of the spouse’s two most recent pay stubs in Canada (if applicable)
  • Copy of spouse’s employment offer letter from a Canadian employer (if applicable)
  • Evidence of meeting BC PNP-eligible Professional Designation (if applicable)
  • Evidence of meeting Regional Experience or Regional Alumni (if applicable)


  1. The B.C. employer must provide the following:
  • BC PNP Employer Declaration Form
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of the signed job offer
  • Detailed job description
  • Company information
  • Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation (or legal equivalent)
  • Copy of the valid municipal Business License
  • Copies of wage statements for the previous nine months
  • Evidence of recruitment efforts (if applicable)


Application Process:

The application process for the BC PNP Skill Immigration Stream involves four main steps: registration, invitation, application, and decision. Here is a brief overview of each step:

  1. Create a profile with the BC PNP online application and registration system.
  2. After submitting the registration will receive a score based on your information.
  3. The applicant and employer must complete the BC PNP Semi-Skilled Worker program and all required application forms.
  4. Submit the completed application forms to the BC PNP and the processing fee.
  5. If nominated under the Express Entry category, accept the British Columbia provincial nomination within 30 days of receiving it on your Express Entry profile.
  6. The BC PNP office will review the application.
  7. If the application is approved, B.C. will nominate you for permanent residence.
  8. Apply for Permanent Residence to the federal government (IRCC) within six months of receiving the provincial nomination. Candidates must apply on paper to IRCC, including the nomination documents obtained from BC PNP.


Processing Times and Fees:

The BC PNP Skills Immigration: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) Stream has an application processing fee of $1,475 CAD and can only be paid by a credit or debit card. The processing time is two to three months. However, processing times may vary for complex applications requiring additional documents/information.

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