British Columbia PNP Program

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Express Entry BC Process

The process of registering and applying for permanent residency under the Express Entry BC of the BC PNP consists of several stages. Understanding the requirements on every step and making sure you have the necessary documents ready will help you obtain your Canada PR successfully.

Stage 1. Registration
During the first stage, you will be required to register with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), allowing the BC PNP to assess your information, including the job offer, education and work experience, language skills and wages. This will ensure that you meet the basic program and category requirements.

If you are applying under the EEBC – Skilled Worker and EEBC – International Graduate categories, you will need to register with the SIRS. EEBC – Healthcare Professional and EEBC – International Post-Graduate applicants should apply directly through BC PNP Online.

Before you register with the BC PNP Online, you must create an online profile with the IRCC Express Entry System. You must be acceptable to one of the following immigration programs:

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

When you receive an Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code, you will be able to create an online profile with the BC PNP, complete all the registration sections and submit your registration. The registration indicates your interest to apply through the BC PNP. However, it’s not yet an application for Canada immigration.

Your registration information enters a selection pool of candidates and stays there for up to 12 months or until you are invited to apply. The registrants are chosen based on their score that is affected by the following factors:

  • The National Occupation Classification skill level of your job offer.
  • The wage you are offered for your work.
  • The location of your potential employment.
  • Work experience that is directly relevant to your job.
  • Your education level.
  • Your language abilities.

Stage 2. Invitation
If you are a candidate with one of the highest scores, you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry BC stream. Invitations are issued based on the annual quota for BC PNP nominations set by the IRCC. You can check the official BC provincial nominee program website for more information regarding the draw dates, number of invitations and minimum scores.

Once you receive an invitation, you will have up to 30 calendar days to submit your complete application through BC PNP Online. Please note that an invitation to apply doesn’t guarantee that your application will be approved.

If you are not invited to proceed with your application, you can work on improving your scores and re-entering the pool of candidates again later.

Stage 3. Application
You will be given 30 days to apply through BC PNP online. You will be required to complete the application forms and provide all the necessary documents to support the application. You will also need to pay a $700 application fee.

The BC PNP will process your application according to the Provincial Immigration Programs Act and Provincial Immigration Programs Regulation as per the specific criteria to your Express Entry BC category. If it is approved, you will receive a provincial nomination and apply for permanent residence.

Stage 4. Nomination
Once you receive a provincial nomination, you will be able to apply to IRCC for permanent residence in Canada via the Express Entry system. You must accept the nomination to receive a federal invitation to apply for permanent residence as a provincial nominee from IRCC.

Receiving a nomination from the BC PNP doesn’t authorize you to work while IRCC is processing your application for Canada PR. If you plan to work in BC during this time, you will have to obtain or extend your work permit. You must apply to IRCC for your work permit.