Canada, through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), has invited a total of 222 international graduates, workers, and entrepreneurs in the province’s latest immigration draw. The draw took place on April 20, 2017, where 16 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to Entrepreneur candidates. The remaining 206 were issued to candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). All individuals who received an ITA in this particular draw are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate. With this certificate, they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.
The SIRS is a points-based system that ranks and selects eligible candidates across a range of sub-categories. When an eligible candidate registers through SIRS, he or she is assigned a points score and enters a selection pool for the category in which he or she has registered. It is important to note that, candidates can register under one category only. The top-ranking candidates are issued ITAs in the periodic draws conducted by the province. Also, note that ITAs issued in the BC PNP are different from the ITAs issued at the federal level in a federal Express Entry draw.
Express Entry BC Stream
This stream of the BC PNP is aligned to the Express Entry system, applications under this stream may also receive priority processing at federal and provincial levels. As a result, individuals in this stream are required to be eligible for one of the three Federal economic programs, and these are the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST).
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
This category is for international workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in management, professional, technical, or other skilled occupations. This category is also aligned to the Federal Express Entry system.
Express Entry BC – International Graduate
This category is for international graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the last two years may be eligible to apply. This category is also open to candidates who graduated from a university or college from any location in Canada and is not confined to BC universities and colleges only.
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
A base category that is open to workers who have a post-secondary education or training and work experience in a skilled position. However, for an individual to be eligible for this category they are required to have a valid job offer from a BC employer.
Skills Immigration – International Graduate
The Skills Immigration – International Graduate is a category for international students who have graduated from a BC university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants are not required to have previous work experience, they are required to obtain a job offer from a BC employer.
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
This is a category that is open to individuals who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs, as it allows certain non-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence status. Candidates in this category are required to work in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries.
This category provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced business people who can establish themselves in BC, invest in and operate a commercially feasible business that can provide significant benefit to the province’s economy.