BC PNP Semi-Skilled Category

Immigrate to British Columbia, Canada as a semi-skilled entry-level worker through BC PNP Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Category (ELSS). Apply for BC PNP Semi-Skilled Worker category.


The BC PNP Semi-Skilled Category is a special program in British Columbia’s Skills Immigration category. This provincial program offers an excellent immigration pathway for workers in specific entry-level and semi-skilled occupations. This immigration guide will offer an overview of the BC PNP Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled and its requirements.

About BC PNP Semi-Skilled Category

The Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) stream is a unique program that allows foreign workers working for British Columbia employers in specific occupations and industries to receive permanent residence. This includes tourism, hospitality, food processing, healthcare, and long-haul trucking occupations.

The ELSS BC PNP stands out because it offers an immigration pathway for people that may not be eligible for other skills-based immigration programs.

BC PNP Semi-Skilled Category Requirements

Prospective skilled worker applicants must meet the following requirements to qualify for the BC PNP ELSS stream:

1. General Requirements

These are the general eligibility requirements that apply to all BC PNP Skills Immigration categories include:

  • Intention to Live in BC
  • Economic Benefit to British Columbia
  • Minimum Language Requirements (CLB 4)
  • Valid Immigration Status in Canada

2. Job Offer

Applicants must possess a signed job offer letter for full-time employment in any NOC TEER 4 or 5 occupation other than live-in caregivers (NOC 44100) that falls under the specific ELSS-eligible occupations list.

3. Education

ELSS applicants must have obtained a high school diploma inside or outside Canada.

4. Work Experience

Applicants must have worked in an ELSS-eligible occupation for the employer supporting their application for a minimum of nine months.

Long-haul truck drivers applying through this program must have two years of work experience in the last three years.

5. Proof of Minimum Income

Applicants must offer proof that they have earned income above a certain threshold in the past. This minimum annual income requirement is $26,426 CAD if their job is in Metro Vancouver Regional District. This requirement is $22,024 CAD if their job is in other parts of British Columbia.

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BC PNP Semi-Skilled Eligible Occupations

The occupations that qualify under the ELSS are listed below:

TEER CategoryNOC CodeOccupation
464314Hotel front desk clerks
464320Tour and travel guides
464321Casino workers
464322Outdoor sport and recreational guides
464300Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses
565200Food and beverage servers
565201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
565310Light duty cleaners
565311Specialized cleaners
565312Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
565210Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services
565320Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
565329Other service support occupations
494140Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
494141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
494142Fish and seafood plant workers
494143Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
595106Labourers in food and beverage processing
494142Fish and seafood plant workers

How ELAAR can help you?

Prospective immigrants who plan to immigrate to British Columbia through the BC PNP Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category should contact Elaar Immigration. Our experienced team of Regulated Immigration Consultants understands the requirements for this program and can guide you through the application process.

Apply for BC PNP Semi-Skilled Category

Get Canadian PR as a skilled worker through British Columbia’s BC PNP Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Category.