Full Time Vacancy
If a BC. employer has a vacancy for a full time permanent job where there is a shortage of qualified Canadians, the employer can apply under the Provincial Nominee Program. The employer finds a qualified non-Canadian and applies to the provincial program on behalf of the non-Canadian to determine if the person qualifies. The program encourages employers to nominate qualified non Canadians who are in demand. At present, some of the areas of interest are high technology, bio technology, aerospace, university and college educators, skilled trades people and healthcare professionals.
Employers Outside Metropolitan Areas
This avenue is especially advantageous for employers who are outside the Greater Vancouver and Victoria metropolitan areas. Employers from smaller centers may be able to nominate successfully a non-Canadian for a position that normally would not qualify if a person were nominated within the urban centres. The provincial government understands that it is hard to recruit and retain staff in more remote areas than in the urban centres.
If an employer can identify a job for you in a new and developing area of industry with a critical skills shortage, the nominee program will do a preliminary examination of the position. This process is of great service to employers who are not sure if their staffing needs are suitable for the program. As well, it avoids the unnecessary preparation of a complex application only to be rejected later. The key factors in any nominee application will be a demonstration that the job either fills a critical skills shortage or that it is a new and developing area of industry where specialized expertise is in demand. The employer must demonstrate that there is a shortage of qualified Canadians and the employer has done its best to recruit a qualified Canadian.
Entry Time Reduction
The benefit for you, the potential employee, is that the entry time for the immigrant can be reduced to 4-6 months for a work permit rather than waiting 18 months or more for permanent residency. However, while you are working here, a permanent application can be started.
Fill out the following application to determine whether you qualify under this category: