Canada Invites 377 Workers and Graduates for Immigration to British Columbia

Canada has invited a total of 377 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, and have been invited to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on March 8, 2017. This represents the third time such a draw has taken place in the last three weeks, following draws held on February 17, and February 23.

All Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued on March 8 were issued across a range of BC PNP sub-categories managed under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a unique system used to rank and select candidates under certain BC PNP sub-categories.

Some of the individuals issued with an ITA are now in a position to submit their BC PNP provincial nomination application through one of the enhanced BC PNP sub-categories aligned with the federal Express Entry selection system. The remaining candidates will have their applications processed outside the Express Entry system at the federal level.

Graduates continue to benefit

As was the case with previous draws, the majority of ITAs issued on March 8 were issued to international graduates who had completed their studies in Canada.

Express Entry BC Stream

This stream of the BC PNP is aligned to with the Express Entry system, and applications under this stream may receive priority processing at the provincial and federal levels. Consequently, individuals in this stream must be eligible for one of the three Federal economic programs – Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST), in order to enter the Federal Express Entry pool.

Express Entry BC-Skilled Worker

The Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category for international skilled workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade, or other skilled occupation. Candidates must be eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool. This category is also aligned to the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While candidates do not necessarily need prior working experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a BC employer.

Skilled Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

This category is open to candidates who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs, as it allows certain non-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. Candidates must work in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries.