Canada's provincial nominee programme

Canada's provincial nominee programme

Jamaica To Canada

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Dear Mr Brown,

I met with you last week regarding my interest in applying to Northern Lights College in British Columbia. You had mentioned the provincial nominee programme that assists students to obtain permanent residence in that province. I would like for you to go over the criteria for the British Columbia programme again, because I have a place to stay in that province.

— GR

Dear GR:

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada. It is Canada's third most-populous province, with an estimated population of 4.8 million. The annual mean temperature in the most populated areas of the province is up to 12 C (54 F), the mildest anywhere in Canada.

The economy of British Columbia is diverse, with service-producing industries accounting for the largest portion of the province's gross domestic product. The economy of the province is mainly based on resource extraction, such as logging, farming and mining, based on the milder weather near the coast and in certain sheltered southern valleys. It's climate encourages outdoor recreation and tourism.

As previously discussed with you, Northern Lights College would be a good and affordable institution to attend. Please note that diplomas or certificates from private institutions are not eligible. You would not have to worry however as Northern Lights College is a public institution. However, the programme is not eligible if the candidate spent more than one-quarter of the programme time completing a co-op work term or internship.

Express Entry British Columbia International Graduate

The Express Entry British Columbia can assist with obtaining permanent residence for graduates with valid qualification from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last three years.

To qualify for this category, you must have the following:

• An Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the Express Entry system;

• A full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from an employer in British Columbia. The job must be in a National Occupational Classification skilled occupation (Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B);

• The wage offer for the job must be in line with British Columbia wage rates for the occupation;

• Qualification to work in your occupation in British Columbia;

• Be able to support yourself financially;

• Have legal immigration status and authorisation in Canada;

• The completion of a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years;

• Meet minimum language requirements;

• The support of an employer, regarding the application, who meets the eligibility criteria and fulfils certain responsibilities during the application process.

The Express Entry British Columbia stream allows eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their British Columbia Provincial Nominee Programme application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application.

Please visit for additional information on Canadian permanent residence programmes, including Express Entry, the study & work programme, Visas or Appeals, etc.

Antonn Brown, BA, (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an immigration counsel and an accredited Canadian education agent of JAMAICA2CANADA.COM—a Canadian immigration & education firm in Kingston. Send questions/comments to

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