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Moving to British Columbia

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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

There are several steps involved in moving to British Columbia to work as a physician, and Health Match BC staff will guide you through each one. Our free navigation services mean that our skilled staff will assess your unique circumstances and help you understand what might be required.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, but have been deemed eligible for registration and licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC), you will need to obtain authorization to work in Canada in the form of a work permit.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, once you accept a formal job offer in BC, your health authority must sponsor you either through the BC PNP (recommended) or by requesting a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Once you have received the required documentation, you can apply for a temporary work permit in person at the nearest Canadian consulate, or on-line.

Under the Health Authority category of BC PNP, applicants may be eligible for either the Skills Immigration or Express Entry pathway.

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In addition to meeting the general requirements, to qualify for one of the pathways of the Health Authority category of BC PNP, you must have:

  1. An offer of permanent, full-time employment with a public health authority
  2. Meet the education, training, experience, and qualification requirements outlined by the public health authority
  3. A written offer of employment on official company letterhead from the employer
  4. Evidence that you meet the minimum income requirements
  5. English language proficiency (if applicable)

There is no requirement for BC PNP applicants to have prior Canadian work experience.

If approved as a provincial nominee, you will be able to apply for a work permit and permanent resident status in Canada. Upon receipt of a temporary work permit, you will be able to start work while waiting for your permanent residency application to be approved.