The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals interested in immigration and settling in their respective locations. In British Columbia, the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) enables the province to nominate individuals that will support governmental priorities, meet BC’s labour market needs, and help grow the economy.
If you are nominated by BCPNP, you can then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence in Canada.
There are three different categories you can apply under:
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There are the following five subcategories under the BCPNP Skills Immigration division:
To qualify for a BCPNP nomination, you must first calculate your Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score. SIRS is a point-based system which helps BCPNP to prioritize candidates who have demonstrated the necessary skills to support the province’s economic growth.
Your SIRS score is based on a variety of things, including your offer of employment, language ability, wage against BC’s labour market needs, education, and location in BC. There is a total of 200 available points under SIRS – 120 is for economic factors whereas 80 is for human capital (Link?)
Once you have created a profile, you will be entered into the pool for selection to apply. Draws are held regularly, depending on the needs of the province. The highest-ranking candidates are then invited to apply for a BCPNP nomination.
Express Entry BC – Skills Immigration
Express Entry BC aligns with the Federal Express Entry system, allowing eligible applicants to receive priority processing.
Along with your valid profile with the Federal Express Entry system, you must also register with SIRS. Once you score above a certain threshold, you will be invited to apply for a BCPNP nomination.
Federal Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from BCPNP are awarded an additional 600 points. This is a significant advantage as it practically guarantees you an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the next Federal Express Entry draw.
To apply under Express Entry BC you must fit into one of the following subcategories:
There are three subcategories you may apply under:
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This points-based system ranks applicants by their points, with applicants who meet the threshold getting invitations to apply under the program. An applicant’s points are determined through various economic factors, such as: age, education level, skilled work experience, and proficiency in one (or both) of Canada’s official languages; English and French.
The Express Entry system is an economic immigration program for skilled and qualified workers to obtain Permanent Residency in Canada. The program has one of the most efficient processing times, with most permanent resident applications being processed in approximately 6 months.
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