Express Entry British Columbia PNP – Skilled Worker

Express Entry British Columbia PNP – Skilled Worker

  • The Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program, is one of the quickest ways to gain permanent residence in B.C.

To qualify for this category, candidates must:

  • be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class) and create an Express Entry profile
  • have accepted a full-time, permanent job offer in a skilled position (National Occupational Classification 0, A or B) from an employer in BC
  • qualify to work in the job offered
  • have a wage offer in line with BC wage rates for the occupation
  • have at least two years of directly-related work experience
  • show they can support themselves and their dependentshave at least two years of directly-related work experience
  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • meet minimum language requirements according to the federal immigration program requirements

Employer requirements

  • There are certain requirements for the employer as well. The employer must:
  • be established as an employer in good standing in BC
  • provide full-time, indeterminate (permanent or with no set end date) employment
  • have a history of good workplace and business practices
  • sign an employer declaration
  • meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements, where applicable; and
  • offer a wage in line with industry standards

Skills Immigration Application process

Stage 1: Registration

Submission of federal Express Entry profile. If you meet the requirements of one of the federal programs listed above, you may submit an Express Entry profile with IRCC and receive an Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker validation code.

Stage 2: Invitation

Registration with SIRS. The BC PNP operates a Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for its immigration program. It is a dynamic intake management system that allows BC to prioritize high-impact candidates. Interested candidates for BC Express Entry streams must register a free expression of interest via BCPNP Online system.

Stage 3: Application

 Invitation to apply. SIRS operates under a points-based system which gives candidates a registration score that determines whether they may be invited to apply. The score is based on a number of factors — such as level of education, years of direct work experience and the skill level of the BC employment offer — that reflect an individual’s ability to succeed in the labour market and contribute to the provincial economy. Highest-scoring profiles receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination (not to be confused with the ITA received within the Express Entry pool from the federal government).

Stage 4: Nomination

Application After receiving an ITA, the candidate must submit a complete application through the BCPNP Online within 30 days and pay the $700 application fee. When the Nomination is approved, candidates receive the provincial nomination enabling them to apply for permanent residence. A provincial nomination receives 600 points in the federal Express entry system, effectively guaranteeing that the candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. In order to work in BC while a PR application is in progress, an interested candidate may request a support letter from BC PNP.

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