This week, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program expanded the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category ("ELSS") to include all National Occupational Classification ("NOC") C & D occupations where the employment is within the geographic boundaries of the Northeast Development Region. The change will provide a path to permanent residency for hundreds, if not thousands, of temporary foreign workers working in north-eastern British Columbia.

The change is for two years, and is being called the Northeast Pilot Project.

Some of the cities in the Northeast Development Region are:

- Fort Nelson
- Hudson's Hope
- Fort St. John
- Taylor
- Dawson Creek
- Chetwynd
- Tumbler Ridge
- Pouce Coupe

In addition to the occupations that the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category encompasses province wide, applicants from the Northeast Development Region will be eligible for provincial nomination if they work in any NOC C or D occupation, and meet the other requirements of the ELSS.

Some of the occupations unique to the North-East Development Region include:

- Clerks
- Any occupation supporting health services
- Sales Representatives
- Babysitters
- Cashiers
- Security Guards
- Construction helpers
- Taxi drivers
- General labourers
- Farm workers
- Many more occupations

In order to apply under this category, applicants must have worked for their employer in the Northeast Development Region for any NOC C or D position full-time for a period of at least nine consecutive months prior to the date that they submit their BC PNP application.  They must also maintain continous full-time employment with the BC employer throughout the application process.  There are numerous other requirements for the program that are beyond the scope of this bulletin.  

In deciding when to submit your application please note that in June the BC PNP will be introducing language testing to the ELSS.

Article courtesy of Steven Meurrens, Canadian Immigration Lawyer based in Vancouver BC.
Contact details: - 1-604-681-9887.

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