What is Welcome BC?
Mission Community Services offers settlement support through Welcome BC for people who are studying, working, or emigrating to BC.
The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers an economic immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs who can contribute economically to the province. Individuals nominated by the BC PNP are eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence for themselves and their dependents.
Temporary Foreign Workers:
Each year, employers in B.C. hire temporary foreign residents from countries around the world. These temporary foreign residents help B.C. meet the demand for short-term labour and keep projects moving forward. Temporary foreign residents have the opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience that can help them move to permanent residency.
Post Secondary International Students:
Each year, thousands of students from around the world come to British Columbia to study and to learn English. If you plan to study in B.C. for more than six months in a row, and if you are not a permanent resident, you will need a study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
When you first arrive in B.C. as a person with refugee status, there are steps you will need to take to help you settle in quickly, and services to help. As a refugee, you are eligible for a wide range of services through the federal government’s settlement services – these services will help you settle into your new community.
If you have obtained Canadian citizenship through naturalization, you can continue to access some of these free services if you need further help to integrate into Canadian society and workplaces. If you are a naturalized Canadian looking for work, we can help you access services and supports offered through Work BC employment centres across the province.