Aspiring to work in the healthcare industry in British Columbia, Canada, and want to apply for the Health Authority stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)? You’ve come to the right place! In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the process of applying for the Health Authority stream of the BC PNP, step-by-step.
Step 1: Find a Job in a B.C. Health Authority
To apply for the Health Authority stream of the BC PNP, you must have a job offer from a B.C. public health authority. The following are the health authorities in B.C.:
- Provincial Health Services Authority
- First Nations Health Authority
- Fraser Health
- Interior Health
- Island Health
- Northern Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Providence Health Care
If you are a physician, nurse practitioner, or midwife who is not directly employed by a B.C. public health authority, you may also be eligible to apply under the Health Authority stream.
Step 2: Ensure Your Job Offer is Eligible
Your job offer may be in any occupation, at any NOC TEER category, with a B.C. public health authority. If you are working in an occupation that is eligible under BC PNP Tech, your job offer does not have to be indeterminate. However, if you are applying under the Health Authority stream, your job offer must be indeterminate, meaning that it must not be temporary or have a defined end date. Additionally, the job offer must be for full-time employment, which the BC PNP defines as at least an average of 30 hours per week, year-round.
The B.C. health authority offering you a job must provide you with a signed job offer on official letterhead that meets the following requirements:
- For an occupation that is eligible under the stream you selected
- Signed and dated by a B.C. employee or owner of the company who is authorized to hire employees
- Signed and dated by you confirming that you accept the job offer
- For a job in B.C.
Step 3: Meet the Eligibility Criteria
In addition to having a valid job offer, you must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply under the Health Authority stream of the BC PNP:
- You must be qualified for the offered position, meaning you must meet the education, training, experience, and qualifications outlined by the public health authority.
- Language proficiency requirements depend on the NOC level of the job offered. NOC TEER 2,3, and 5 jobs require a minimum CLB 4 proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. NOC TEER 0-1 jobs do not require language test results, but submitting valid results may increase your registration score. Accepted language proficiency tests include IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, and TCF, and test results are valid for two years from the date of issuance.
- Your employer must meet the employer requirements listed in he BC PNP Program Guide.
- If you are using the Express Entry BC (EEBC) option, you must have a valid IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code, which indicate that you meet the eligibility criteria for one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to IRCC’s Express Entry system. Please note that only occupations classified under NOC TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 are eligible for consideration under the EEBC option. For more information, see Part 5 of the BC PNP Program Guide.
Step 4: Submit Your Application
Once you have ensured that you meet the eligibility criteria and have all the required documents, you can submit your application to the BC PNP. The application process includes submitting an online application, paying the application fee, and providing all the required documents.
Applying for the Health Authority stream of the BC PNP requires a job offer from a B.C. public health authority, meeting the eligibility criteria, and submitting a complete application. By following the steps outlined in this comprehensive guide, you can increase your chances of success in applying for this program. Good luck!