British Columbia has always been a popular place amongst citizens looking to migrate for better work-life opportunities. The province is extending an offer to graduates, workers and entrepreneurs to make British Columbia a place to live and settle in. There are numerous entry systems under the Provincial Nominee Program and around 450 invitations were extended under the Entrepreneur Immigration stream on 17 February, the last draw. A whooping 440 more invites were extended under other categories such as the Express Entry and Skills Immigration streams (under Skills Immigration Registration System).
The Skills Immigration Registration System is a point based system allowing the province to select applicants, applying under various categories. These applicants who were issued and application of interest are now eligible to apply to the Provincial Nominee Program under the enhanced sib categories. The remaining applicants have the option to apply outside the Express Entry at the numerous Federal levels.
Let’s take a look at the various points of entry:
- Express Entry British Columbia
All applicants under the Express Entry British Columbia stream receive a beneficial priority for processing under both provincial and federal levels. The applicants must be eligible for any of the three federal economic programs, namely: Canadian Experience Class, Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class.
- Express Entry – Skilled Worker
All international skilled workers with a post secondary education, or a relevant training and employment experience can apply under this category. It is aligned to the express entry system.
- Express entry – International Graduate
All international students who have successfully graduated from any of the Canadian Universities or college, within the past 2 years, are eligible to apply under this stream.
- Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
All workers with a post secondary school education or relevant employment experience can apply under this stream.
- Skills Immigration – International Graduate
All international students who have successfully graduated from any of the Canadian Universities or college, within 2 years of application to the Provincial Nominee Program are eligible under this stream. Prior work experience is not mandatory but a valid job offer from a British Columbian employer must be presented.
- Skills Immigration – International Level and Semi-Skilled
If you are not eligible under any other stream, this is the entry point for you. Under this stream, semi-skilled international workers can work for the tourism or hospitality industry, food processing industries or long haul trucking.
- Entrepreneur Immigration
All experienced and skilled individuals in business, who have the capacity to establish their business in British Columbia, invest in and operate a profitable business that enhances the province’s economy, can apply under this stream.