BC PNP: STRATEGIC OCCUPATIONS: International Graduates
Who Can Apply
An International Graduate has satisfied the requirements for an eligible degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada within the last two years. Specifically, an application must be received by the BC PNP within two years of the date shown on the final official transcript which indicates that all requirements have been met.
An International Graduate must have accepted an indeterminate, full time job offer from a BC employer. The PNP program does not require that International Graduates have previous work experience.
The requirements considered for your application as an International Graduate are:
- Offer of employment
- Eligible employers
- Ability to become economically established in BC
Nominee applicants in this category must have satisfied the requirements for an eligible degree or diploma – described below – as conferred by a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, before applying to the BC PNP. An eligible degree or diploma program considered under the BC PNP is:
- The degree (undergraduate or graduate) must have been awarded from a post-secondary institution in Canada that:
- If located in British Columbia:
- has been established under an Act of the British Columbia legislature; or,
- has completed the required government-mandated quality assessment process and has obtained Ministerial consent under the Degree Authorization Act.
- If located in Canada but outside British Columbia, Is authorized under the statute of any other province or territory to confer degrees including the undergraduate or graduate degree on which the Nominee Applicant is basing the application to the BC PNP.
- If located in British Columbia:
- Nominee applicants will be required to include in their application the name and contact information of a faculty member or senior administrator of the Canadian post-secondary institution where they studied for their degree. This person shall serve as a reference if required.
A list of degree programs offered by BC public post-secondary institutions is available through Education Planner or directly from each institution.
- A diploma must have been awarded by a Canadian public post-secondary institution.Diplomas from private institutions are not eligible.
- The program of study is normally greater than 12 months of full-time equivalent study.
- Nominee applicants will be required to include in their application the name and contact information of a faculty member or senior administrator of the Canadian post-secondary institution where they studied for their degree or diploma. This person shall serve as a reference if required.
A list of public post-secondary institutions in BC is available on the Ministry of Advanced Education website. A list of programs offered by BC public post-secondary institutions is available through Education Planner or directly from each institution.
The BC PNP uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) to classify jobs according to the duties, formal qualifications and experience required by the employer.
The BC PNP will consider applications for positions under Skill Levels 0, A and B of the NOC Matrix (PDF – 70KB). The BC PNP will also consider applications for positions under Skill Levels C and D of the NOC Matrix where the employer can demonstrate that there is a structured career progression to an occupation at Skill Level 0, A or B.
Applicants to the International Graduates category of the BC PNP are not required to have any previous work experience.
The NOC helps determine whether the job meets the skill levels established for Strategic Occupations, and whether the nominee candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job. The NOC is also used to identify relevant information on wage rates and labour availability for the occupation.
The wage the employer intends to pay the nominee applicant must be at market rate and comparable to that for equivalent jobs in BC, for workers with a similar level of experience and training.
Bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions or similar payments to the employee are NOT considered as part of the wage.
The BC PNP uses information from published and unpublished surveys, industry and professional associations and Service Canada/HRSDC to compare wages. Company size, geographic location, skill and experience levels are used to calculate wage rates.
The nominee applicant must be qualified for the job that the employer is looking to fill. This normally requires several years of directly-related experience in the position the employer is seeking to fill (this is not a requirement for applicants under this category). Program staff will review the nominee applicant’s qualifications and experience to confirm that employment requirements are met. At its discretion, the BC PNP may direct nominee applicants to an independent assessment of their credentials performed by an approved organization to establish equivalency with British Columbia or Canadian standards.
The employer is responsible for determining whether the position to be filled is a regulated occupation that requires mandatory certification, licensing or registration. If this is the case, evidence must be provided in the application that the candidate meets, or is able to meet, these requirements.
Employers must provide the nominee applicant with a written offer of employment which must be signed by both parties.
The offer must state:
- The job title and duties
- The rate of pay
- The employee’s standard hours of work
- That the position is both indeterminate and full-time in nature (a normal probationary period of employment may be specified).
An indeterminate job has no pre-determined end date. Full-time employment means that the employee is expected to work year round and, on average, at least 30 hours a week.
The employer and the nominee applicant must be establishing an employer-employee relationship: applications will not be approved for individuals hired under a contract for service or independent contractor agreement.
If the employer is offering benefits in addition to the statutory requirements, those benefits should be noted in the offer (e.g. pension or medical plans, disability insurance, sick pay, extra paid vacations).
If the position is covered by a collective agreement, that agreement should be referenced.
The written offer must be on official company letterhead and addressed to the nominee applicant. The offer must be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire employees, and also by the nominee applicant, to indicate their acceptance.
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Employers must meet certain requirements to be considered eligible under the BC PNP. As the Strategic Occupations component of the BC PNP is a dual application process, if the employer does not meet the requirements, the application will be refused.
The potential for nominee applicants to become economically established in BC will be assessed according to their income and employment prospects, number of dependants, English language ability and connections to BC or Canada through work, study, residence and family ties.