Invitations to apply for immigration to Canada by British Columbia

In the latest draw for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), which was conducted on 15th September 2016, a total of 477 candidates have been invited to apply for Canadian immigration by British Columbia. Over half of the Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been given to international graduates and the rest were submitted to skilled, semi-skilled and entry level workers.

Only candidates who had previously registered and held an account with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), were able to receive an ITA in this latest draw, the SIRS program was introduced at the beginning of 2016.The SIRS is a flexible points-based system that allows the province to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination.

The points based system allows candidates to receive a score depending on the information they provided during registration, therefore, the candidates overall score from the points determines whether a particular candidate receives an Invitation to Apply. A few other BC PNP categories that are processed under the SIRS system are managed in the same category as the Express Entry immigration selection system. Many other applications are processed outside the Express Entry immigration selection system and they are known as ’base’ categories, whereas those aligned with the Express System are known as ‘enhanced’ categories.

Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

Express entry BC is a skilled worker category that is for international skilled workers who have a post-secondary education or training and work experience in a professional management, technical, trade occupation. The successful applicant in this category will receive 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and at the end of this process, the candidate will receive an ITA at a federal level.

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

The Express Entry BC – international Graduate program is for international graduates who have managed to graduate from a Canadian University or college in any location of Canada (not exclusive to BC University graduates) in the last two years.

Skills Immigration – Skilled worker

This is a base category that is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and work experience in a skilled occupation and a current job offer is required.

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

This is a category for international students who are required to have obtained a job offer from a BC employer, and must have graduated from a Canadian University or college in the last two years, however, candidates are not required to have prior working experience.

Skills Immigration – Entry level and Semi-skilled

A category that is open to candidates who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs. The skills immigration – entry-level and semi-skilled program enables candidates who have no work skills to apply for permanent residence. Candidates are required to work in an eligible occupation within the tourism or hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries.