To meet the demand for skilled and qualified health care professionals, British Columbia introduced the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The program was created to expedite the immigration process for health care professionals by providing a pathway to permanent residency.
Health Match BC is here to help. The Health Match BC Navigation team will support you as you navigate your application with BC PNP and obtain permanent resident status in Canada.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
Internationally educated nurses who wish to practice as nurses in Canada, but who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, must have authorization to work in Canada by way of a work permit.
Once applicants have obtained eligibility to practice as a nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and have received an offer of permanent, full-time employment with a public health authority, the prospective employer initiates the immigration process. It is recommended that the applicant connect with Health Match BC before initiating their BC PNP Health Authority Category application. More information about the BC PNP is available here.
In addition to meeting the general requirements, to qualify for one of the pathways of the Health Authority category of BC PNP, you must have:
- An offer of permanent, full-time employment with a public health authority
- Meet the education, training, experience, and qualification requirements outlined by the public health authority
- A written offer of employment on official company letterhead from the employer
- Evidence that you meet the minimum income requirements
- English language proficiency (if applicable)
There is no requirement for applicants to have prior Canadian work experience.
If approved as a provincial nominee, applicants will be able to apply for a work permit and permanent resident status in Canada. Upon receipt of a temporary work permit, applicants will be able to start work while waiting for their permanent residency application to be approved.
Note: This information is subject to change. For the most up to date information, please contact us.