Provincial Nominee Worker Program

Most nominee programs now include applications for semi-skilled workers who have been in Canada and been working in the position for a minimum period of time (usually six to nine months in service positions or long-haul trucking). This means that applicants can apply in any of the aforementioned occupations and are not limited to the occupations or quota established by the Federal Skilled Worker programs, unless indicated. There are also no language tests or interviews required for NOC 0 and A applicants. Semi-skilled workers will have to pass a language test showing they are able to communicate in English or French.


Applicants must meet:

  • the requirements of the trade

  • must have worked a minimum of six to nine months in the position in Canada, before they can be sponsored by their employers through one of the nominee programs

  • minimal English or French language requirements

  • Otherwise, their applications are processed in the same way as with the skilled worker nominees.

    Processing Time

    Applications can be approved by most nominee programs within 12 to 18 months, after which their permanent residence visa applications can be approved by the consulate in about one to two years.

    Some provinces has also introduced Express Entry stream under their provincial nominee program, which significantly reduces the application processing time. Most of these nominee’s PR application will be processed in 6 months.

    After Nomination

    While their PR applications are being processed, nominee programs will provide applicants with a letter asking the Federal immigration department to renew their work permits without the need for approval of a labour market impact assessment by the Federal Human Resources department.

    In all cases, the applicant must remain in the employment of the sponsoring employer until they receive their permanent residence visa. If they change employers for any reason, they will normally be required to substitute their new employer as sponsor and submit all the requisite documents.


    BC PNP is a points-based system, and you will receive a score based on the information you provide. Your registration score will determine whether you will receive an invitation to apply under the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

    If you achieve or exceed 135 points, you are guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply, at this time. BC PNP selects some of the highest ranked registrants and invite them to submit a full application, the minimum score can be viewed from here.

    Contact our office to assess your score.

    General Requirements

    your employer has offered, and you have accepted, permanent, full-time employment in tourism and hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing occupation.
    See the complete occupation list here.

    You must have been and continue to be employed full-time by your B.C. employer in an eligible occupation for at least 9 consecutive months
    o Work experience that is part of a program of study (such as co-op) or obtained using an Off-Campus Work Permit does not qualify

    you must demonstrate English or French language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level 4. Test result is only valid for 2 years.

    you must not have an ownership stake of more than 10 % in your employer’s business

    Employer Requirements

    Your employer must have operated in B.C. for at least 2 years

    Your employer must have permanent, full time employees
    o If your employer is located within Metro Vancouver, he/she must have at least 5 indeterminate, fulltime employees (or full-time equivalents) in B.C.
    o If your employer is located outside of Metro Vancouver, he/she must have at least 3 indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) in B.C.

    For more details, please contact our office or complete an online enquiry form.