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BC PNP -Express Entry BC

BC PNP -Express Entry BC

Do you have the skills to fill a high-demand occupation in B.C.? The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) connects to the federal Express Entry system. It’s a faster way for eligible skilled workers to gain permanent residence in B.C.

EEBC — SKILLED WORKER

British Columbia’s growing economy requires skilled workers in high-demand occupations. The Express Entry BC (EEBC) – Skilled Worker category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a faster way to gain permanent residence in B.C.

To qualify, you must first accept a valid job offer from a B.C. employer. You also need relevant training and experience.

Express Entry BC connects to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system to speed up the permanent residence process.

EEBC — HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

British Columbia needs more health care professionals. The Express Entry BC (EEBC) – Healthcare Professional category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) helps physicians, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals put your valuable skills to work in the province and get permanent residence.

Express Entry BC connects to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system to speed up the permanent residence process.

Find opportunities in B.C.

Health Match BC is a free health recruitment and placement service. It can help you find a job in your field with one of B.C.’s health authorities. Health Match BC staff can also answer your questions about the BC PNP and assist you with your application.

EEBC — INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE

Did you graduate with a valid qualification from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last three years? The Express Entry BC (EEBC) – International Graduate category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) can help you gain permanent residence in B.C.

Express Entry BC connects to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system to speed up the permanent residence process.

EEBC — INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE

Do you have a graduate degree in the sciences from an eligible B.C. institution? Consider advancing your career in B.C.’s growing technology, health care, and applied sciences sectors.

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) – International Post-Graduate category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) can help you gain permanent residence in B.C. You don’t need a job offer.

Express Entry BC connects to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system to speed up the permanent residence process.

Which graduate degrees are valid?

You must have graduated in the last three years with a master’s or doctorate (PhD) degree in the 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

EXPRESS ENTRY BC PROCESS

Get an overview of the registration and application process for the Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program .

Stage 1: Registration

The first step is registration with our Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Registering allows us to assess your job, B.C. location, education, language ability and wage. We will review this against B.C. labour market needs.

Registration is free. All registrants must meet minimum program and category requirements.

Who should register with the BC PNP?

Applicants to all other categories must first register through BCPNP Online.

Before you register

Before you register with the BC PNP, you must complete your Express Entry profile with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s with (IRCC) Express Entry system. You must meet the requirements of one of the following immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

If you meet the minimum criteria for one of IRCC’s federal economic immigration programs, you will receive an Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker validation code. You now can register with the BC PNP.

What is SIRS?

SIRS is a points-based registration and application system that helps B.C. select the best workers to meet labour market needs. By registering, you are expressing interest to apply to the BC PNP. It is not an application for permanent residence.

How do I register?

  • Create an online profile with BCPNP online 
  • Complete all sections of the registration
  • Submit your registration

A registration does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply.

What happens next?

You get a registration score based on various factors. You also go into a selection pool for your chosen category. You stay in the selection pool for up to 12 months, or until you receive an invitation to apply.

What factors affect my SIRS score?

Key economic factors include:

  • The National Occupation Classification skill level of your B.C. job offer. This lets us prioritize high-demand occupations.
  • The annual wage you are offered. The right wage helps you settle successfully in B.C.
  • The location of your employment  

Factors that influence your ability to settle in B.C. include your:

  • directly-related work experience
  • level of education
  • English language proficiency

The BC PNP reserves the right to make changes to SIRS without prior notice, including changes to the scoring grids, the length of time your registration can remain in the selection pool, and the number and frequency of registrants invited to apply. 

Stage 2: Invitation

Eligible registrants under the EEBC — Skilled Worker and EEBC — International Graduate categories will receive an invitation to apply under the Express Entry BC stream.

Invitations are issued based on the BC PNP’s annual nomination allocation and processing capacity. However, registration does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply.

How will I be ranked?

We rank your registration score alongside other registrants in the same category. Your score is based on your job, its location in B.C. and your offered wage, as well as your work experience, education and language ability. Periodically, we conduct a draw to invite the highest-scoring registrants to apply.

How many people do you invite?

The number and frequency of invitations is based on annual nomination allocations set by IRCC The number of invitations also depends on our ability to ensure timely processing of applications.

What happens next?

If you are invited to apply, you have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via BCPNP online . An invitation to apply does not guarantee you will be approved for nomination.

What if I am not invited to apply?

We only invite the highest-scoring registrants from the selection pool. If you do not receive an invitation, you can take steps to improve your score. For example, you can improve your language skills or education level.