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Various types of skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs have been invited to submit an application to British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) following draws that took place on August 31 and September 6.

Some of the invited candidates are now in a position to submit their BC PNP provincial nomination application through one of the enhanced sub-categories aligned with the federal Express Entry selection system. If and when these candidates receive a BC PNP nomination certificate, they will be awarded 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the pool. It should be noted that an ITA issued through BC PNP is not the same as an ITA received at the federal Express Entry level. The other portion of invitees will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside Express Entry after recieving a nomination from BC.

The September 6 BC PNP 'tech-only' draw is part of a new initiative started by the province last May. BC PNP launched the Tech Pilot to allow the technology sector in BC to target and retain the talent it needs to grow the technology sector in the province.

The Tech Pilot does not only benefit skilled workers, but also international graduates who have aquired tech-based credentials in BC.

Eligible individuals interested in applying for immigration to Canada through the various categories of the BC PNP, including five of the six categories through which candidates were invited in these draws, are required to enter into the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) pool. Candidates are assigned a score upon entering the pool. This score is based on civil status, education, work experience, and other factors. The highest-ranking candidates in the SIRS pool are issued ITAs in draws conducted periodically by the government of BC.

In addition to these SIRS-based categories, nine candidates were invited through the BC Entrepreneur immigration stream.

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued

August 31, 2017

(Includes tech-only draw on September 6)

EEBC – Skilled Worker 74 372
EEBC – International Graduate 69
SI - Skilled Worker 74
SI – International Graduate 69
SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 40
August 31, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 120 9


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.

Learn more about the Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category.

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.

Learn more about the Express Entry BC – International Graduate category.

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.

Learn more about the Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker category.

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.

Learn more about the Skills Immigration – International Graduate category.

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.

Learn more about the Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category.

Entrepreneur Immigration

This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced business people who can establish themselves in BC 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 BC 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. 

Learn more about the Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

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 today.