On August 24, 2016, 598 applicants received Invitations to Apply (ITA) for immigration to British Columbia (BC) to the British Columbia Provincial Program (BC PNP). Most applicants who received the ITA were in the categories of the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration (SIRS) and the Entrepreneur Immigration category. Since the program started, the required score to receive an ITA has decreased in almost all categories making it easier for applicants to receive ITA.
Skills Immigration Registration System
Introduced early in 2016, the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is a system that allows the province to nominate applicants who qualify for this category based on the applicant's work experience and connection to the province. Applicants will receive a score based on a point system once the applicant has successfully registered.
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
Open to international skilled workers who have a tertiary education and/or training from the workplace in a skilled occupation the category allows applicants to apply for the province's most in-demand job sectors. To qualify for the Express Entry BC –Skilled Worker category applicants need to be adequate to enter the Federal Express Entry pool.
Express Entry BC – International Graduate
The Express Entry BC allows international students who have studied and graduated from any Canadian university or college to apply for this category. Note that you would have to be a recent graduate who has graduated within the past two years to qualify for the Express Entry BC – International Graduate.
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
Open to international skilled workers, this category is for applicants who have a tertiary education and/or training from the workplace in a skilled occupation. To qualify for this category, the applicant needs to be a skilled job the province is in need of which can be found under the National Occupation Classification (NOC).
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
The Skills Immigration category is for applicants who are living and working in BC in an in-demand field. Currently, BC’s in-demand jobs fall in the tourism and hospitality sector, food processing sector, and long-haul truck driving. This category allows applicants who do not meet the regular immigration requirements to apply for permanent residence in BC. Applicants need to be working in these in-demand jobs that BC requires.
The process provides a way to Canadian permanent residence for people who are qualified in business and will be able to adapt and create a life in BC. Businesses would need to operate and provide a sustainable contribution to the provincial economy. Applicants will receive a work permit allowing them to work in BC and if all requirements are met they would then be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the program.