A. Strategic Occupations

   - Program designed to attract human resources who will contribute to benefiting the BC
   - Developed for public institutions & private company employers
   - Designed for highly skilled workers in fields of chronic labour shortage who have received a valid
     offer of employment

   1) Skilled Workers

   - Application Requirements -
   : NOC Skill Level O,A,B

   NOC Skill Level O - Managers
     eg.)chief executive office, controller, general manager
     - A relevant university degree/college diploma, professional designation, or other management
     training and proven management experience

   NOC Skill Level A - Professionals
     eg.)accountants, engineers
     - A relevant university degree, 2-year college diploma, or professional designation and several
     years of directly related experience

   NOC Skill Level B - Technicians & Technologists
     eg.)computer technician, graphic arts technicians
     - A relevant university degree or 2-year college diploma and several years of directly-related
     experience

   NOC Skill Level B - Skilled Trades
     - 2-5 years of apprenticeship training, apprenticeship or trades certification, and several years of
     directly-related experience

   - Job Requirements -
   Employment in fields of labour shortage in BC is preferred
   Salary/wage must be similar to salary/wage in the same industry

   - Employer Requirements -
   Partnership or corporation
   Established in BC with firm foundation
   Minimum 1-year experience managing a company in BC
   Minimum 5 or more current full-time employees in BC

   2) International Students

   - Application Requirements -
   Students who have conferred an eligible university degree or 2-year college diploma from
     recognized post-secondary institution in BC with an overall mark of at least 70%, and have
     received an offer of employment from their potential employer

   For 2-year diploma, the following fields are acceptable: Applied Sciences / Technologies /
     Engineering, Health Sciences / Technologies, Computer Science / Technologies, information
     systems or digital media, Business / Commerce

   Age, years of experience and/or English test scores are not relevant, but the employer must be
     managing a partnership or corporation for at least 1-year with a minimum of 5 current full-time
     employees

   For more information, refer to:
     http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/provincialnominee/strategicoccupations/welcome.htm


   B. Business/Investment

   - Effective September 26, 2007, BC PNP lowered requirement standards for application approvals
     in the Business component
   - offers accelerated immigration to qualified entrepreneurs in the Business component who wish to
     settle

   1) Business Skills (Lower mainland and Abbotsford metropolitan area)

   - Requirements -
   Proof of successful business management
   Personal net worth of at least $800,000 CAD from legal sources
   Personal investment of at least $400,000 CAD anywhere in BC
   Establishment, purchase or expansion of an eligible business
   Ownership of at least 1/3 of the business equity
   Creation of at least 3 new jobs in the business for Canadians or permanent residents
   Active participation in the management of the business
   Viable business proposal
   Performance Agreement with the Province of BC
   Signature of Deposit Agreement if seeking a Fast Track Nomination

   2) Regional Business (Region excluding lower mainland and Abbotsford metropolitan
     area)


   - Requirements -
   Proof of successful business management
   Personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD from legal sources
   Personal investment of at least $200,000 CAD anywhere in BC
   Establishment, purchase or expansion of an eligible business
   Ownership of at least 1/3 of the business equity
   Creation of at least 1 new job in the business for Canadians or permanent residents
   Active participation in the management of the business
   Viable business proposal
   Sign Performance Agreement with the Province of BC
   Sign of Deposit Agreement if seeking a Fast Track Nomination

   3) Strategic Projects

   - Purpose -
   To assist foreign-controlled companies establish an eligible business in BC
   Allows for timely entry of up to 5 foreign staff (key managerial, professional or technical) who intend
     to become permanent residents of Canada and in BC

   - Requirements -
   Minimum equity investment of $500,000 CAD
   Creation of at least 3 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents in BC for each nominee
     proposed by the company
   Good record of practice and successful business management in the field relevant to the proposed
     business
   Establishment, purchase or expansion of an eligible business anywhere in BC
   Proof that the nominees are qualified and essential to the successful management of the proposed
     business
   Sign Performance Agreement with the Province of BC