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The immigration authorities in British Columbia issued nominations to 3,100 candidates in the federal Express Entry system seeking permanent residence in 2018 by using the provincial nominee program.

The details

Also, the statistics of the PNP illustrate that the skilled overseas workers received the majority of nominations (1,999) in the Express Entry of BC. Additionally, it is open to them when they have work experience and a job offer in the eligible and top demand occupation. Moreover, 936 nominations were issued to candidates in the International Graduate category and 165 to International Post-Graduate category. The EE system manages the pool of candidates for three Federal economic immigration programs. These are:
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Class,
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Class and finally,
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Categories and additional details

Moreover, the EEBC categories in BC permit its PNP, in selecting eligible EE candidates. It nominates them to seek the PR. The advantage of obtaining the provincial nomination for such candidates is the addition of 600 points towards the CRS score. This also serves as an effective guarantee to get the ITA for a Canadian PR. The eligibility norms for the EEBC: SW category and the EEBC: IG category, are having a full-time, permanent job offer in the province. It is also open to EE candidates who complete the graduation from a Canadian university/college during the past three years.


Furthermore, International Post-Graduate category does not require a job offer to receive an EEBC nomination. Additionally, it is open to global graduates from eligible institutions in B.C. who obtain a master’s/doctoral degree in a scientific discipline. All EE candidates who wish to seek the provincial nomination through the EEBC: SW and EEBC: IG categories must also register by using the provincial Skills Immigration Registration System. It is based on points and also helps the province in selecting most suitable workers for fulfilling the needs of the labor market.

Formalities in SIRS

The applicants registering in the SIRS get a score that is based on the job offer, location, and annual wages. Additionally, there are Points for education, associated work experience, and English proficiency. The potential employer also needs to satisfy all specific eligibility requirements. Candidates not belonging to the EE pool can also seek the nomination through one of the provincial Skills Immigration streams. These nomination streams issued 3,339 nominations during 2018. 1,699 candidates belonged to the Skills Immigration: SW category. 61 Candidates received nominations in the provincial Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.

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