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PNP FAQ

1. What is the definition of a health care professional?

2. I work as a health care professional, but my position is not listed above. Can I still apply for a nomination under the Skills Immigration – Health Care Professionals stream?

3. I work for a health authority on a part-time basis. Can I still apply?

4. Can I apply for the Provincial Nominee Program – Health Care Professionals outside of Canada?

5. When should I start an application for the Provincial Nominee Program – Health Care Professionals?

6. Is Health Match BC my legal representative for the Provincial Nominee Program – Health Care Professionals pathway?

7. My nomination letter has expired. What do I do?

8. How do I submit an application for Permanent Residency?

 

 

1. What is the definition of a health care professional?

A health care professional is defined as a physician, registered nurse, and other health care workers, working for a BC health authority and applying under the Skills Immigration stream.
 
Health Match BC focuses on assisting:

  • family doctors and specialist physicians
  • registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and nurse practitioners
  • the following allied health professionals:
    • clinical/ hospital pharmacists
    • diagnostic medical sonographers
    • medical laboratory technologists
    • medical radiation technologists
    • occupational therapists 
    • physiotherapists
  • midwives

 

2. I work as a health care professional, but my position is not listed above. Can I still apply for a nomination under the Skills Immigration – Health Care Professionals stream?

You may be eligible to apply for a nomination if you work directly for a publicly funded health employer in BC. For more information, please contact the BC PNP office directly.


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3. I work for a health authority on a part-time basis. Can I still apply? 

You may be eligible to apply if the position is indeterminate and full-time (at least an average of 30 hours a week, year-round).

 

4. Can I apply for the Provincial Nominee Program – Health Care Professionals outside of Canada?

Yes. You must however meet the eligibility requirements for the program.

 

5. When should I start an application for the Provincial Nominee Program – Health Care Professionals?

You should start your application as soon as you accept a formal job offer with one of the sponsoring health employers and/or UBC.


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6. Is Health Match BC my legal representative for the Provincial Nominee Program – Health Care Professionals pathway?

No. Authorized Representatives are immigration consultants who are full members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, or lawyers who are members in good standing of the Law Society of BC or another law society in Canada. Please note that you do not have to use a representative – such as an immigration consultant or lawyer – to apply to the BC PNP. The program is designed for you to be able to complete the process on your own.
 
The BC PNP assesses all applications equally, regardless of whether they were prepared with the assistance of a representative. Your application will not receive special attention, faster processing, or a more favourable outcome if it was submitted using the services of a representative. Some people choose to use a representative to provide immigration advice or offer assistance with the application process. 

 

7. My nomination letter has expired. What do I do?

The BC PNP may extend nominations on a case-by-case basis. If your nomination certificate has expired please contact Health Match BC for more information.

The BC PNP will only provide a nomination extension if you are able to demonstrate that you submitted your application for permanent residence to IRCC before the nomination expiry date listed on the Confirmation of Nomination, or in other extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

 

8. How do I submit an application for Permanent Residency? 

NOTE: After receiving your BC PNP nomination certificate and work permit support letter (if applicable), you are responsible for submitting a complete application for permanent residence to the IRCC . This must be prior to the expiry date listed on your nomination certificate. Please note that this is an online application. 

For more FAQs, please visit the the BC Provincial Nominee Program website.
 
 
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