On April 5, 2017, the province of British Columbia (BC) invited 458 workers and international graduates to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) were issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may be able to apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status. The most recent draw represents the biggest so far in 2017 to be conducted upon the five sub-categories within the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams which are managed through the SIRS.
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 (candidates can register under one category only). Top-ranking candidates are issued with invitations in periodic draws conducted by the province. It is important to understand that an ITA received under the BC PNP is different to one received at the federal level in an Express Entry draw.
Express Entry BC Stream
This stream of the BC PNP is aligned to the Express Entry, and applications under this stream may receive priority processing at the provincial and federal levels. As a result, individuals in this stream must be eligible for one of the three federal economic programs, the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
This category is for international skilled workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, trade, technical, or other skilled occupation. This category is aligned to the Express Entry system.
Express Entry BC – International Graduate
This category is for international students who graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past two years may be eligible to apply under the Express Entry BC – International Graduate.
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
This is a base category that is open to workers with a post-secondary school education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation.
Skills Immigration – International Graduate
This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. Applicants are not required to have prior work experience, however, they are required to have a valid job offer from a BC employer.
Skills Immigration – International Level and Semi-Skilled Category
This is a category that is open to candidates who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs. This category allows for semi-skilled international workers to work in the fields of tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing industries.
This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who are skilled and experienced in business and who can establish themselves in BC and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide significant benefit to the province’s economy.
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