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Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP: A Gateway to Permanent Residency in British Columbia

Updated: Apr 10

The Complete Guide to Understanding the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP Stream.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a pivotal part of Canada's immigration policy, with provinces like British Columbia (BC) using it to meet specific labor market needs. This comprehensive guide focuses on the BC Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) category of the BC PNP, offering a pathway to permanent residency for workers in certain sectors.

PNP Overview and BC PNPs Introduction

Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada offer a unique and strategic pathway for immigration, tailored to meet the individual economic and labor market needs of each province. These programs empower provinces to nominate candidates for immigration who have the skills and potential to contribute significantly to their local economies.

In British Columbia, the Provincial Nominee Programs are diverse and multifaceted, designed to attract a wide range of individuals, from skilled workers and entrepreneurs to those in more specialized categories. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Programs offer various streams to accommodate the distinct needs of its labor market. These include pathways for individuals with high-demand skills, entrepreneurs looking to establish themselves in the province, and semi-skilled workers who play a crucial role in specific sectors of the economy.

The focus of our guide is on the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category. This category is particularly tailored to meet the needs of sectors where there might be a shortage of locally available workers, ensuring that industries crucial to British Columbia’s economic growth continue to thrive by welcoming capable individuals ready to contribute to the province’s success.

Understanding the BC Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP

The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program offers a unique and valuable pathway for workers in select industries to achieve permanent residence in the province. This stream is specifically tailored for those employed in the tourism/hospitality sector and the food processing industry. The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP stream targets workers in the tourism/hospitality and food processing sectors, offering a route to permanent residence for those in specific occupations. Here's a closer look at what this stream entails and the opportunities it presents:

The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP stream targets workers in the tourism/hospitality and food processing sectors.

General Requirements for Applicants

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a BC employer in eligible occupations (NOC TEER 4 or 5).

  • Have worked for their employer in BC for at least nine consecutive months.

  • Meet language proficiency requirements at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4.

  • Have completed secondary education, evidenced by a diploma, certificate, degree, or transcripts.

  • Demonstrate a wage offer in line with BC standards and the ability to support dependents.

  • Ensure their employer agrees to support the application and meets certain requirements.

Broader occupation eligibility applies in Northeast Development Region, where applicants can be employed in any NOC TEER 4 or 5 occupation, except for live-in caregivers.

Eligible and Excluded Occupations

For those applying through the BC Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP, it's essential to understand which occupations are eligible. This stream specifically targets job roles in the tourism/hospitality and food processing sectors. Here's a detailed breakdown of eligible occupations:

Occupations in Travel and Accommodation:

  • Hotel Front Desk Clerks (NOC 64314): These professionals are the first point of contact for guests and play a key role in hospitality management.

Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations:

  • Tour and Travel Guides (NOC 64320): They lead and guide visitors through tourist attractions, providing information and ensuring a memorable experience.

  • Casino Workers (NOC 64321): This includes various roles within a casino setting, contributing to the gaming and entertainment industry.

  • Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides (NOC 64322): These individuals guide outdoor activities, enhancing the tourism experience in natural settings.

Occupations in Food and Beverage Service:

  • Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses (NOC 64300): They manage the front of house, ensuring guest satisfaction in dining establishments.

  • Bartenders (NOC 64301): Professionals skilled in mixing and serving drinks at bars and similar venues.

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 65200): Waitstaff responsible for serving food and beverages.

  • Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Support Occupations (NOC 65201): This includes various roles assisting in food preparation and service.

Cleaners (Employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts):

  • Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services (NOC 65210)

  • Light Duty Cleaners (NOC 65310)

  • Specialized Cleaners (NOC 65311)

  • Janitors, Caretakers and Heavy-Duty Cleaners (NOC 65312)

Other Service Occupations (Employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts*):

  • Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations (NOC 65320)

  • Other Service Support Occupations (NOC 65329)

*Note: For the purposes of the BC PNP, a resort is defined as an accommodation facility associated with recreational activities like skiing, golfing, boating, fishing, biking, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, nature-based or interpretive tours, etc.

Food Processing Occupations:

  • Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing (NOC 94140)

  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers (NOC 94141)

  • Fish and Seafood Plant Workers (NOC 94142)

  • Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing (NOC 94143)

  • Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing (NOC 95106)

For applicants in the Northeast Development Region of BC, the eligibility extends to any occupation under NOC TEER 4 or 5.

Excluded Occupations:

The program specifically excludes live-in caregivers from eligibility, regardless of the sector or region.

Application Process and Steps

The process involves registering with the BC PNP, meeting the specific stream requirements, and if successful, receiving a nomination for permanent residency.

Interested candidates should begin by ensuring they meet all the eligibility criteria, then gather necessary documents before registering with the BC PNP.

Key Points for BC Entry Level and Semi-Skilled PNP Applicants

  1. Flexibility in Employment Changes: The BC PNP permits changes in your employment from one eligible occupation to another within the same employer during the nine-month qualifying period, offering flexibility in maintaining eligibility.

  2. Exclusion of Study-Related Employment: It's important to note that employment obtained through a study program, like a co-op, or under a Study Permit, does not count towards the nine-month employment requirement.

  3. Requirement for Ongoing Full-Time Employment: You must maintain full-time employment in an eligible occupation with your supporting employer in British Columbia throughout the application process for the BC PNP.

  4. Immigration Status in Canada: The BC PNP will not nominate individuals who are out of status, working without authorization, have unresolved refugee claims, or are under a removal order.

  5. Language Proficiency Tests: Valid language test results must be from designated testing organizations like IELTS (General Training), CELPIP-General, TEF, or TCF. The test results are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

  6. Definition of Full-Time Employment: Full-time employment, as defined by the BC PNP, is an average of at least 30 hours per week, year-round, and the job offer must be indeterminate, without a defined end date.

  7. Qualification for the Offered Job: You must be suitably qualified for the job offered to you, including meeting any certification or registration requirements in BC.


Understanding the nuances and specific requirements of the BC Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Provincial Nominee Program is essential for those looking to pursue permanent residency in British Columbia, especially in the targeted sectors of tourism/hospitality and food processing.

At Immigrative Visa Services Inc., we are committed to offering personalized support and expert guidance throughout your immigration journey. Our team is well-versed in the complexities of various Provincial Nominee Programs, including BC's unique Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream. We strive to ensure that your application not only meets the specific provincial criteria but also aligns with your individual immigration goals.

Embark on your path to becoming a permanent resident in British Columbia with the assurance that you have a knowledgeable and experienced ally in Immigrative Visa Services Inc. Schedule an initial consultation with our experts today, and take the first step towards turning your Canadian residency aspirations into reality.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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