Express Entry British Columbia is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, which should result in significantly reduced application processing times.

The British Columbia Express Entry (EEBC) stream allows eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application. Potential Express Entry candidates are required to meet minimum provincial eligibility criteria for one of the following categories under the BC PNP:

In addition, candidates must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs in order to enter the Express Entry pool:

The federal economic immigration programs require candidates to meet a mandatory language proficiency level and demonstrate sufficient funds to support the applicant and their family on arrival in Canada. Candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program are also required to submit the results of an Educational Credential Assessment.

EEBC — Skilled Worker Category (including Health Care Professionals Category)

The 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. The candidate’s occupation must be classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) matrix as skill level 0, A, or B.

Candidates applying under the Skilled Worker category must have a full-time permanent qualifying job offer in a skilled occupation from a B.C. employer. Candidates with a job offer in a regulated occupation that requires mandatory certification or licensing must demonstrate that they meet provincial requirements for the particular occupation when they make their application under this category. Experience in paid co-op work placements is accepted as work experience, if it was full-time and at an NOC level equal to or greater than the level of the job offer.

 

Category Employment Occupation Experience Education Other requirements
EEBC —Skilled Worker Full-time indeterminate job offer* from an eligible B.C. employer Occupation Skill Level 0, A or B Minimum two years of directly-related (or full-time equivalent) work experience Applicable credentials or qualifications

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

EEBC —Health Care Professionals Full-time job offer from a Public Health Authority in B.C. Physicians, specialist physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and allied health professionals Minimum two years of directly-related full-time work experience Applicable licensing or registration

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

Candidate must meet all the requirements of the BC PNP Skills Immigration - Health Care Professional Category

*Please see the BC PNP Tech Pilot page for the “indeterminate job offer” exception for eligible tech occupations.

Apply without a job offer to the EEBC — International Post-Graduate Category

B.C. employers have made it known that they are seeking workers with graduate degrees in the sciences, and the government of B.C. has reacted accordingly.

Individuals with a master’s or doctoral degree in the sciences received within the past three years from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C. may be eligible to apply under the International Post Graduate category, as long as the post-graduate degree was obtained in one of the following natural, applied or health sciences:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Natural resources conservation and research
  • Physical sciences

Candidates must provide evidence of their intention to reside in B.C. This evidence may include:

  • the length of any previous and/or current period of residence in B.C.;
  • connections to B.C. through work, study or family; and/or
  • a description of any actions taken to settle in B.C., such as finding a job or place to live.
Category Employment Education Other requirements

EEBC — International Post Graduate
Job offer not required Master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible B.C. institution. Only open to natural, applied or health sciences graduates.

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

List of eligible programs of study

Private post-secondary institutions 

Institution Program name
New York Institute of Technology Master of Science in Information, Network and Computer Security
New York Institute of Technology Master of Science in Energy Management
Trinity Western University Master of Science in Nursing

Public post-secondary institutions 

Program name
Master’s Degree - Building Eng/Building Sc
Master’s Degree - Building Science
Master’s Degree - Ecological Restoration
Program name
Master’s Degree - Environmental Education And Communication – MA
Master’s Degree - Environmental Practice – MA
Master’s Degree - Environmental Practice - Msc
Master’s Degree - Environment And Management - Msc
Master’s Degree - Environment And Management – MA
Program name
Doctorate - Resource And Environmental Management PhD
Doctorate - Computing Science Dual Degree PhD
Doctorate - Computing Science PhD
Doctorate - Interactive Arts And Technology PhD
Doctorate - Engineering Science PhD
Doctorate - Mechatronic Systems Engineering PhD
Doctorate - Biological Sciences PhD
Doctorate - Molecular Biology And Biochemistry PhD
Doctorate - Mathematics PhD
Doctorate - Statistics PhD
Doctorate - Chemistry PhD
Doctorate - Earth Sciences PhD
Doctorate - Physics PhD
Doctorate - Health Sciences PhD
Master’s Degree - Pest Management MPM
Master’s Degree - Resource Management MRM
Master’s Degree - Resource Management (Planning) MRM
Master’s Degree - Big Data MSc
Master’s Degree - Computing Science Dual Degree MSc
Master’s Degree - Computing Science MSc
Master’s Degree - Computing Science Non-Thesis MSc
Master’s Degree - Interactive Arts And Technology Ma
Master’s Degree - Interactive Arts And Technology MSc
Master’s Degree - Engineering Science MASc
Master’s Degree - Engineering Science MEng
Master’s Degree - Mechatronic Systems Engineering MASc
Master’s Degree - Mechatronic Product Realization MEng
Master’s Degree - Mechatronic Systems Engineering MASc
Master’s Degree - Biological Sciences Msc
Master’s Degree - Molecular Biology And Biochemistry MSc
Master’s Degree - Environmental Toxicology MET
Master’s Degree - Ecological Restoration MSc
Master’s Degree - Mathematics MSc
Master’s Degree - Statistics MSc
Master’s Degree - Chemistry MSc
Master’s Degree - Earth Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Earth Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Earth Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Physics MSc
Master’s Degree - Health Sciences Mph
Master’s Degree - Health Sciences MSc
Master’s Degree - Population And Public Health MSc
Master’s Degree – Master of Digital Media
Program name
Master’s Degree - Master Of Science, Environment
Master’s Degree - Master of Nursing
Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Environmental Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Civil Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Electrical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mechanical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Interdisciplinary Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Environmental Sciences
Master Of Applied Science
Master Of Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Civil Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Civil Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Electrical Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Electrical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Mechanical Engineering
Master Of Science In Biology
Master Of Science In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Master Of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master Of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies
Master Of Science In Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Science in Computer Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master Of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies
Master Of Science In Medical Physics
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Nursing

Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Integrated Studies In Land And Food Systems
Doctor Of Philosophy In Animal Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Applied Animal Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Food Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Plant Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Soil Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources Management and Environmental Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Resource Management and Environmental Studies with Université Montpelier
Doctor of Philosophy in Resource Management and Environmental Studies with Universite de Versaille
Doctor Of Philosophy In Forestry
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry in Zoology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Computer Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biomedical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Civil Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Electrical & Computer Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical & Computer Engineering with Univ. de Valenciennes et du Haina
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical & Computer Engineering with Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Doctor Of Philosophy In Materials Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mechanical Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mining Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Geological Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Botany
Doctor Of Philosophy In Cell And Developmental Biology
Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Cell Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Microbiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Microbiology And Immunology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Zoology
Doctor Of Philosophy in Genetics 
Doctor Of Philosophy In Medical Genetics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Genome Science And Technology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Reproductive And Developmental Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pathology And Laboratory Medicine
Doctor Of Philosophy In Interdisciplinary Oncology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmacology And Therapeutics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmacology And Therapeutics with University of Groningen
Doctor Of Philosophy In Bioinformatics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience In Cell And Developmental Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics with University of Melbourne
Doctor Of Philosophy In Statistics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Astronomy
Doctor Of Philosophy In Atmospheric Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry with Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry with Université Paul Sabatier
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry with University of Groningen
Doctor Of Philosophy In Geological Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Geophysics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Oceanography
Doctor Of Philosophy In Oceanography
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Audiology And Speech Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Craniofacial Science
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Endodontics
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Orthodontic
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Dip In Periodontics
PhD In Craniofacial Science/Dip In Prosthodontics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Experimental Medicine
Doctor Of Philosophy In Experimental Medicine with São Paulo State University
Doctor Of Philosophy In Experimental Medicine in Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Doctor Of Pharmacy 
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmaceutical Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Pharmaceutical Sciences with University of Copenhagen
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In Population And Public Health
Doctor Of Philosophy In Population And Public Health with Université Paris Marie Curie
Doctor Of Philosophy In Population And Public Health with University of Birmingham
Doctor Of Philosophy In Health Care And Epidemiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Occupational And Environmental Hygiene
Doctor Of Philosophy In Measurement, Evaluation & Research Methodology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Rehabilitation Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physical Therapy
Doctor Of Philosophy In Nursing
Master Of Food And Resource Economics
Master Of Science In Applied Animal Biology
Master Of Food Science
Master Of Science In Food Science
Master Of Science In Plant Science
Master Of Science In Integrated Studies In Land And Food Systems
Master Of Science In Soil Science
Master Of Land And Water Systems
Master of Arts in Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Master of Science in Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Master of Arts in Resources Management and Environmental Studies
Master of Science in Resources Management and Environmental Studies
Master Of Forestry
Master Of Applied Science In Forestry
Master Of Science In Forestry
Master Of Sustainable Forest Management
Master Of International Forestry
Master of Data Science
Master Of Software Systems
Master Of Science In Computer Science
Master Of Science In Computer Science Sub-Specialization In Human-Computer Interaction
Master Of Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Naval Architecture And Marine Engineering
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Advanced Materials Manufacturing
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Green Bioproducts
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Integrated Water Management In Urban Systems
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Integrated Water Management
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Naval Architecture And Marine Engineering
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Urban Systems
Master Of Applied Science In Biomedical Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Biomedical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering 
Master of Engineering in Structural and Earthquake Engineering
Master Of Science In Chemical And Biological Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Civil Engineering
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Dependable Software Systems
Master Of Applied Science In Electrical & Computer Engineering
Master Of Applied Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering Sub-Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction
Master of Engineering In Electrical & Computer Engineering In Mechatronics Design
Master Of Engineering In Electrical & Computer Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mechatronics Design
Master Of Applied Science In Engineering Physics
Master Of Applied Science In Materials Engineering
Master Of Science In Materials Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Biomedical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Mechanical Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mechanical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In Mining Engineering
Master Of Management In Operations Research
Master Of Applied Science In Geological Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Geological Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Geological Engineering In Mining Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mining Engineering
Master Of Engineering In Mechatronics Design
Master Of Engineering In Clean Energy Engineering
Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings
Master of Engineering Leadership in Resource Engineering Management
Master Of Engineering Leadership In Clean Energy Engineering
Master Of Science In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Master Of Science In Botany
Master Of Science In Cell And Developmental Biology
Master Of Science In Microbiology And Immunology
Master Of Science In Zoology
Master Of Science In Genetics
Master Of Science In Medical Genetics
Master Of Science In Genome Science And Technology
Master Of Science In Reproductive And Developmental Sciences
Master Of Science In Pathology And Laboratory Medicine
Master Of Science In Interdisciplinary Oncology
Master Of Science In Pharmacology And Therapeutics
Master Of Science In Bioinformatics
Master Of Science In Experimental Medicine
Master Of Science In Neuroscience
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Statistics
Master Of Science In Astronomy
Master Of Science In Atmospheric Science
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Geological Sciences
Master Of Applied Science In Geophysics
Master Of Science In Geophysics
Master Of Science In Oceanography

Master Of Science In Physics

Master Of Science In Physics In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Audiology And Speech Sciences
Master Of Science In Craniofacial Science
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Endodontics
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Diploma In Orthodontic
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Dip. In Pediatric Dent
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Dip. In Periodontics
Msc In Craniofacial Science/Dip In Prosthodontics
Master of Science in Dental Science
Master Of Health Administration
Master Of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care
Executive Master Of Business Administration In Healthcare Management
Master Of Science In Cell And Developmental Biology
Master Of Science In Genetic Counselling
Master Of Science In Pharmaceutical Sciences
Master Of Science In Population And Public Health
Master Of Health Science
Master Of Public Health
Master Of Public Health/Dip in Dental Public Health
Master Of Public Health/Master Of Science Nursing
Master Of Science In Occupational And Environmental Hygiene
Master Of Rehabilitation Science
Master Of Occupational Therapy
Master Of Physical Therapy
Master Of Science In Rehabilitation Sciences
Master Of Nursing
Master Of Science In Nursing
Master Of Nursing Nurse Practitioner
Master of Health Leadership and Policy Health Leadership
Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Natural Res & Env Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In Health Sciences
Master Of Arts In Environmental Studies
Master Of Arts in Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism
Master Of Arts Occupational Health And Industrial Hygiene
Master Of Natural Res & Env St In Master Of Natural Resources And Environmental Studies
Master Of Science In Environmental Science
Master Of Science In Recreational Resource Management
Master Of Science In Forestry
Master Of Science In Computer Science
Master Of Engineering In Integrated Wood Design
Master Of Science In Biochemistry
Master Of Science In Biology
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Physics
Master Of Arts In Disability Management
Master Of Science In Health Sciences
Master Of Science In Nursing
Master Of Science in Community Health And Preventive Medicine
Master Of Science In Nursing In Family Nurse Practitioner
Program name
Doctor Of Philosophy In Environmental Studies
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Computer Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Civil Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Computer Engineering
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Electrical Engr
Doctor Of Philosophy In En: Mechanical Engr
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Biochemistry
Doctor Of Philosophy In Microbiology
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience (Medical Science)
Doctor Of Philosophy In Neuroscience (Biology)
Doctor Of Philosophy In Mathematics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Statistics: Stat
Doctor Of Philosophy In Chemistry
Doctor Of Philosophy In Earth & Ocean Sciences
Doctor Of Philosophy in Geology/Earth Science
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics - Concentration In Astronomy
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics - Concentration In Medical Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Physics - Concentration In Ocean Physics
Doctor Of Philosophy In Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Doctor Of Philosophy In Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Rn, Asn, Bsn, Bscn, Msn, MScn)
Master Of Arts In Environmental Studies
Master Of Science In Environmental Studies
Master Of Arts In En: Computer Science
Master Of Science In En: Computer Science - Concentration In Industrial Option
Master Of Applied Science In En: Civil Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In En: Computer Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In En: Electrical Engineering
Master Of Applied Science In En: Electrical Engr - Concentration In En: Software Engineering
Master Of Engineering In En: Electrical Engr - Concentration In En:Software Engineering
Master of Engineering: Telecommunications and Information Security
Master Of Applied Science In En: Mechanical Engr
Master Of Engineering In En: Mechanical Engr
Master Of Science In Biology
Master Of Science In Biochemistry
Master Of Science In Microbiology
Master Of Science In Neuroscience (Medical Science)
Master Of Science In Neuroscience (Biology)
Master Of Science In Neuroscience (Psychology)
Master Of Arts In Mathematics
Master Of Science In Mathematics
Master Of Arts In Statistics: Stat
Master Of Science In Statistics: Stat
Master Of Science In Chemistry
Master Of Science In Earth & Ocean Sciences
Master Of Science in Geology/Earth Science
Master Of Science in Physics
Master Of Science In Physics - Concentration In Astronomy
Master Of Science In Physics - Concentration In Ocean Physics
Master Of Science In Physics - Concentration In Medical Physics
Master Of Science In Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Master Of Public Health In Public Health (Mph, Dph)
Master Of Nursing In Nursing in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Rn, Asn, Bsn, Bscn, Msn, MScn)
Master Of Nursing In Nursing -Concentration in GS: Nurse Practitioner
Master Of Nursing In Nursing Science (Ms, MSc, PhD)

EEBC — International Graduates Category

International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past three years may be eligible to apply under the International Graduates category. Candidates applying under the EEBC — International Graduates category must have a full-time permanent qualifying job offer in a skilled occupation from a B.C. employer.

Candidates eligible under this category must have a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. Candidates with an undergraduate or graduate degree must have obtained the degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution authorized to grant degrees. Candidates with a diploma or certificate must have obtained the diploma or certificate from a public post-secondary institution in Canada. Diplomas or certificates from private institutions are not eligible. The program must have entailed at least eight months (two semesters) of full-time study. The program is not eligible if the candidate spent more than one-quarter of the program time in a co-op work term or internship.

Category Employment Occupation Experience Education Other requirements
International Graduate Full-time indeterminate job offer* from an eligible B.C. employer Occupation Skill Level 0, A or B Not required Eligible degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university

Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Candidate must meet minimum income requirements (see below)

*Please see the BC PNP Tech Pilot page for the “indeterminate job offer” exception for eligible tech occupations.

Minimum Income Requirements

The following are the minimum income thresholds depending on family size. Applicants must show that their - and their spouse's, if applicable - annual wage in B.C. meets the income threshold. Bonuses, commissions, tips, living allowances, or overtime in the calculation of the annual wage.

 

Family Income Threshold by Area of Residence
Size of Family Greater Vancouver Regional District Rest of B.C.
1 $22,804 $19,006
2 $28,390 $23,659
3 $34,902 $29,087
4 $42,376 $35,316
5 $48,062 $40,054
6 $54,205 $45,175
7 or more $60,350 $50,296

 

When Not to Apply

Candidates should not apply if they:

  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • Are currently in Canada and are out of status;
    • If an applicant's status has expired and he or she cannot demonstrate that they have applied for a restoration of status with the 90-day eligibility period, the applicant will be considered out of status.
  • Are currently working in Canada without authorization;
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada; or
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada.

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