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BC PNP Skills Immigration: Health Authority Stream


One of the streams within the BC PNP is the Health Authority stream, which provides a permanent residence pathway for individuals working for a health authority in B.C. This stream is particularly relevant for physicians, midwives, and nurse practitioners, who may also be eligible to apply under this category.

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 qualify for this stream, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Job Offer:
  • Have a full-time, indeterminate job offer (the job offer must not be temporary or have a defined end date) from a B.C. public health authority.
  • Alternatively, have a letter from a health authority or midwife practice group that confirms that you are a physician, nurse practitioner, or midwife in British Columbia.
  1. Meet the general BC PNP requirements.
  2. Meet the education, training, experience, and qualification requirements outlined by the public health authority.
  3. Express Entry BC Option:
  • To use the Express Entry BC option, applicants must have an IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code and meet the federal minimum language requirements.

Required Supporting Documents:

  1. The nominee applicant must provide the following:
  • Copy of Express Entry Candidacy from IRCC (if using Express Entry BC)
  • Canadian immigration records (if applicable)
  • Copy of biographical page of passport
  • Current photograph
  • Valid B.C. driver’s licence (if required by the employment job offer)
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (if applicable)
  • Copy of Official Language Test Results (if applicable)
  • Current resume/CV
  • Education certificates (diploma, degree etc.)
  • 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)


  1. The B.C. Health Authority must provide the following:
  • BC PNP Employer Declaration Form
  • Midwives can upload their confirmation letter from the practice group instead of an Employer Declaration Form.
  • For physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives who are not direct health authority employees, the recommendation letter must provide information about the qualifications and work location by confirming that soon will be working in B.C.
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of the signed job offer.


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. If the applicant meets the requirements for the Health Authority streams, does not have to submit a registration and can apply directly to BCPNP Online.
  2. Create a profile with the BC PNP online application.
  3. After submitting the registration will receive a score based on your information.
  4. Apply to the Health Authority stream by submitting your application through BCPNP online (filling in forms and uploading required documents).
  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. 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 stream: Health Authority 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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