After the work experience requirement for the Canadian Experience Class went from two-years to one, many people have been asking whether they should apply for the BC PNP – Strategic Occupations – Skilled Workers program or the Canadian Experience Class.
The following table shows some of the issues that applicants should be aware with each application. It was part of a larger table comparing the BC PNP to many federal economic immigration programs which I wrote in a paper for the 2013 Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch Annual Immigration Conference.
BC PNP – Skilled Workers
|Is a job offer required as part of the application?||Yes, and the employer must have at least 3-5 employees depending on its location.||No. In fact, there is no requirement that the applicant be employed during the processing of the application.|
|If a job offer is required, can the applicant change employers?||Not until after nomination, and the BC PNP may withdraw nomination if the new position does not meet program requirements.||N/A|
|If a job offer is required, does the employer have to do recruitment?||Yes, although if the employee is a TFW the original recruitment is sufficient.||N/A|
|How much work experience is required?||Several years of directly related work experience.
|1 year of work experience in a NOC 0/A/B occupation in Canada in the 3 years preceding the application.|
|Does self-employment count to experience?||Yes.||No.|
|Can currently self-employed people apply?||No, an applicant cannot own more than 10% of the employer.||Yes. However, they must have one year experience as an employee.|
|Processing times||8-12 weeks at BC PNP, and then varies at CIC||11 months|
|Is language testing required?||No.
If the 1 year experience was in NOC 0/A then CLB 7
If the position was NOC B, then CLB 5
|Is there a minimum necessary income?||Applicants must earn market rate.
Applicant + spouse must earn more than minimum necessary income.
|Do applicants need their credentials assessed?||No.||No.|
|Can an applicant maintain status during permanent residence application processing?||Yes, once they are nominated.
Eligible for bridging open work permit when CIO sends acknowledgement of receipt and work permit expiring in 4 months.
|Eligible for bridging open work permit when CIO sends acknowledgement of receipt and work permit expiring in 4 months.|
|Is age a factor?||No.||No.|
|Policy on reconsideration||Contact the Program Advisor, then Manager, then Director||Reconsideration unlikely, judicial review generally needed.|
|Is it possible to speak with an officer on the phone?||Yes.||Rarely.|
|What if credit card bounces?||Will send an e-mail asking for new details.||Will bounce application.|