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“What are the requirements for BC PNP for international students?”

If you’re an international student in British Columbia, Canada, you may have heard of BC PNP already. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has some special programs for international students with specific requirements.

British Columbia attracts thousands of international students each year because it is home to some of the best Colleges and Universities in North America. Foreign students who have studied at selected Canadian or British Columbia educational institutions have a chance to obtain permanent resident status through many provincial immigration programs.

This guide will examine each of these BC PNP requirements for international students and help you understand if you can immigrate to Canada through these programs.

What are the different BC PNP Programs for International Students?

There are two main programs that fall under the British Columbia PNP for International students. These are the International Graduate Category and the International Post-Graduate Category.

Each of the above programs also contains a special Express Entry application method that differs from their base program. So there are actually four programs that offer British Columbia PR for international students. These are:

  • International Graduate Category
  • EEBC International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category
  • EEBC International Post-Graduate Category
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International Graduate Category

This stream is for international students that possess a diploma or degree from a recognized Canadian College or University. Students applying through the BC PNP International Graduate category typically need a job offer under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 1, TEER 2 or TEER 3 category.

EEBC International Graduate Category

This stream is also for international students that possess a diploma or degree from a recognized Canadian College or University. These graduates will also need a job offer under NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3 categories.

Additionally, they must also be eligible for at least one of the following Express Entry Programs:

Graduates who wish to apply through this BC PNP program for international students must ensure they have an active Express Entry Profile and have obtained a Job Seeker Validation Code before applying.

International Post-Graduate Category

This stream is for international students that possess a Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in specific fields from a recognized British Columbia College or University. Students applying through this BC PNP International Post-Graduate category do not need a job offer to be eligible.

EEBC International Post-Graduate Category

This stream is also for international students that possess a Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in specific fields of study from a recognized British Columbia College or University. These graduates are not required to possess a job offer to apply.

International Post-Graduate candidates must ensure they are eligible for at least one of the three Express Entry Programs.

Post-Graduates who wish to apply through this program must ensure they have an active Express Entry Profile and have obtained a Job Seeker Validation Code before applying.

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What are the BC PNP requirements for international students?

RequirementsInternational GraduateEEBC International GraduateInternational Post-GraduateEEBC International Post-Graduate
Intention to Live in BCYesYesYesYes
Benefits to British Columbia's EconomyYesYesYesYes
Valid Immigration Status (Study Permit/Work Permit)YesYesYesYes
Education from College or University LocationAnywhere in CanadaAnywhere in CanadaBritish ColumbiaBritish Columbia
Acceptable Education ProgramsAny degree or diploma that is longer than 8 monthsAny degree or diploma that is longer than 8 monthsMasters or Doctrate level programs in specific fieldsMasters or Doctrate level programs in specific fields
Must be eligible for the Express EntryNoYesNoYes
Express Entry Profile No.NoYesNoYes
Job Seeker's Validation CodeNo YesNoYes
Job OfferNOC TEER 1, 2 or 3 Job Offer is RequiredNOC TEER 1, 2 or 3 Job offer is RequiredNot RequiredNot Required

Candidates applying for the above programs must meet some standard BC PNP requirements for international students.

General requirements for all international student BC PNP categories:

  • Having the intention to reside in British Columbia
  • Demonstrating they can benefit British Columbia’s economy
  • Possessing good language skills (CLB 4 or higher)
  • Holding valid immigration status in Canada
  • The additional requirements for each specific program are described below.

International Graduate Category

Candidates who intend to apply through the International Graduate Category must also have the following:

  • Job Offer: A signed letter specifies they have a job offer for full-time employment in a role under NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3. Candidates with a job offer under NOC TEER 0 cannot apply through this category.
  • Education: A diploma or degree from a Canadian College or University under a program minimum of eight months in length. The candidate must have received this education credential no more than three years before applying. Distance education programs do not qualify under this immigration category.

EEBC International Graduate Category

Candidates who intend to apply through the Express Entry British Columbia International Graduate Category must have:

  • Job Offer: A signed letter specifies they have a job offer for full-time employment in a role under NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3. Candidates with a job offer under NOC TEER 0 cannot apply through this category.
  • Education: A valid diploma or degree from a Canadian College or University under a program minimum of eight months in length. The candidate must have received this education credential no more than three years before applying. Distance education programs do not qualify under this immigration category.
  • Eligibility to Qualify for an Express Entry Program: The candidate must ensure they are eligible for one or more Express Entry programs.
  • Express Entry Profile Number: The EEBC candidate must have a valid Express Entry Profile Number. They can obtain this by creating an Express Entry Profile and submitting it to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Job Seeker Validation Code The candidate must obtain the four-digit Job Seeker Validation Code generated by IRCC after submitting their Express Entry Profile.

International Post-Graduate Category

A valid Master’s degree or Doctoral degree from a British Columbia College or University and in one of the following fields:

  • Agriculture, agriculture operations, and similarly related sciences
  • Natural resources conservation
  • Physical sciences
  • Engineering technology and engineering-related fields
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Engineering
  • Health professions or related programs
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services

The candidate must have received this education credential no more than three years before their application. Distance education programs do not qualify under this immigration category.

EEBC International Post-Graduate Category

Candidates who intend to apply through the Express Entry British Columbia International Post-Graduate Category must have:

  • Education: A Master’s degree or Doctoral degree from a British Columbia College or University in one of the fields mentioned in the International postgraduate category. The candidate must have received this education credential no more than three years before their application. Distance education programs do not qualify under this immigration category.
  • Eligibility to Qualify for an Express Entry Program: The candidate must ensure they are eligible for one or more Express Entry programs.
  • Express Entry Profile Number: The EEBC candidate must have a valid Express Entry Profile Number. They can obtain this by creating an Express Entry Profile and submitting it to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Job Seeker Validation Code: The candidate must obtain the four-digit Job Seeker Validation Code generated by IRCC after submitting their Express Entry Profile.
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As you can see, there are many viable routes for PR in BC Canada for international students. If you are interested in applying through any of the programs described above, please contact our experts at ELAAR Immigration.

Our experienced Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are familiar with each of these international student programs and can help you select the right program based on your background. Contact Elaar Immigration today to start the process of settling in Canada.

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