British Columbia Draws Invite 353 Workers, International Graduates, and Entrepreneurs

The government of British Columbia continues to invite workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs at low points thresholds in the most recent draws conducted on October 25 and November 1. Through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a total of 353 candidates received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.  Many of the BC PNP categories are managed under BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). For eligible candidates to apply through the SIRS, they are required to first register an account, after which they are assigned a score based on their economic and human capital credentials. Those with the highest scores are then invited to apply when the government of BC conducts one of its periodic draws. It is important to note that all BC PNP categories managed under the SIRS require candidates to have a job offer from an employer in BC.

A portion of the candidates in the most recent draws were invited an Express Entry-aligned sub-category. Those candidates are now in a position to apply for and receive an ‘enhanced’ provincial nomination. A successful nomination results in applicants receiving 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the federal Express Entry pool. An invitation to apply under the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the federal Express Entry level.

The remaining skilled worker, graduate, and entrepreneur invitees will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside Express Entry after they receive a nomination from BC. Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada, and who meet the eligibility criteria for certain categories of the BC PNP, are required to enter into the SIRS pool.

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
October 25, 2017 (Includes tech-only draw on November 1, 2017) EEBC – Skilled Worker 73 341
EEBC – International Graduate 67
SI – Skilled Worker 73
SI – International Graduate 67
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 40
November 1, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 117 12

Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

The Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category is 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. A successful application under this category results in the candidate receiving 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and a subsequent ITA at the federal level.

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past two years may be eligible to apply under the Express Entry BC – International Graduate category. Interestingly, this category is open to eligible graduates who graduated from a university or college in any location in Canada; it is not restricted to graduates from BC universities and colleges. This category is also aligned with the federal Express Entry system.

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

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

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants do not necessarily need prior work experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a B.C. employer.

Skills 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, or in a NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province.

Entrepreneur Immigration

This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced businesspeople who can establish themselves in B.C. and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide significant benefits to the provincial economy. Successful applicants will obtain a work permit and, if the business operation in British Columbia fulfills the requirements of the stream on an ongoing basis, they will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the BC PNP.

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through the BC PNP, use the exclusive CanadaVisa SIRS Calculator to calculate how many points you may be awarded under the system. 

To learn more about your Canadian immigration options through the BC PNP, as well as other programs, please fill out a free online assessment .

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