British Columbia issues ITA’s to Semi-Skilled Workers & International Graduates

Following the last draw, the Canadian province of British Columbia has issued a total of 194 Invitations To Apply (ITA’s). This has been extended to a variety of candidates for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) through two categories: Express Entry B.C. – International Graduate and Skills Immigration – Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled. These invitations were issued on the 2nd of June.

The abovementioned categories both function under one system – the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which was introduced earlier in this year. This newly introduced system (SIRS) has been described as “a dynamic intake management system that allows British Columbia to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination to the province”. Because it is points-based, candidates will be marked on the data they provide upon registration and consequently the final ranking will determine whether the candidate will receive an ITA for nomination from BC PNP through the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams.

Of the 194 ITA’s that were issued in this round of invitations, 126 were issued under the Express Entry B.C. – International Graduate category. Peculiarly, the eligibility requirements in this category did not bound international graduates who graduated from Canadian universities/colleges in the last two years to apply under this category. The category was therefore not only restricted to education institutions in British Columbia but it did require that the candidate have a full-time permanent qualifying job offer in a skilled occupation from a B.C. employer.

The International Graduate stream is an enhanced PNP stream and awards candidates who obtain a nomination certificate with 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) as well as an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence from the following draw from the pool.

(N.B! The Invitation to Apply to the BC PNP and the Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence are different entities.)