222 international graduates, workers and entrepreneurs have been invited to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in the latest immigration draw. From this draw which took place on April 19, 2017, 16 were issued to Entrepreneur candidates. The other 206 ITAs were issued to candidates belonging in one of the sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The candidates who received an Invitation To Apply from British Columbia, can now submit their application for a provincial nomination certificate, and then be eligible to apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.
The Skills Immigration Registration System is a points-based system. It is able to rank and also select the right and eligible candidates across a range of sub-categories. When a candidate registers through the SIRS, she/he is assigned a score of points and then enters a selection pool for the specific category the candidate is registered in.
Express Entry BC Stream
This British Columbia stream is connected with the Express Entry system. That is why; applications under this stream are able to receive priority when processing at the provincial or federal levels. All candidates in this stream should be eligible for one of the three main Federal economic programs. Then, they can enter the federal Express Entry pool:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
All candidates who have a provincial nomination certificate from British Columbia will receive an additional of 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This means they will also receive an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
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