Workers and Graduates in BC PNP Express Entry Invitations

On May 10, 2017, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited 364 workers and graduates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. This represents an increase of 77 percent in the number of candidates invited in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), compared to the previous draw on April 19. These individuals have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from BC and are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate, with which 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 point’s score and enters a selection pool for the category in which he or she has registered (Note that candidates are allowed to register under one category only). Top-ranking candidates are issued with ITAs in periodic draws conducted by the province.

The draw on May 10 saw the minimum score a candidate needs in order to receive an ITA drop in the Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker and Skills Immigration – International graduate sub-categories, compared to the previous draw. 

May 10, BC PNP Draw in detail

Stream/Category Minimum Score # Of Invitations Aligned to Express Entry?
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 90 78 Yes
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 85 55 Yes
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 85 114 No
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 80 70 No
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 60 47 No

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.

Entrepreneur Immigration

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. 

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