Express Entry BC Process

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Overview

If you are interested in immigrating to B.C. and have the skills to fill high demand occupations, the Express Entry BC categories may be a fit for you. You must meet specific eligibility criteria, including being eligible for one the of federal economic immigration programs in IRCC’s Express Entry system.

With the exception of individuals applying with a post-graduate degree from a B.C. university in the natural, applied or health sciences, you must have a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible B.C. employer.

Individuals who meet all of the requirements and are nominated under Express Entry BC receive priority processing of their federal permanent residence application by IRCC.

For complete program requirements, please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
For more information about how to complete the online registration and application, please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical Guide.

Information on the BC PNP website is for general information purposes only. Please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide and the Entrepreneur Immigration Program Guide for complete program information and requirements. In the event of a discrepancy between the BC PNP website and the BC PNP program guides, the information in the program guides shall be considered correct. Please check our website regularly to ensure you are using the most up-to-date version of the applicable program guide.

Registration

What is SIRS?
The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is a dynamic intake management system that allows B.C. to prioritize high-impact candidates to ensure strong economic outcomes for the province. As it is a points-based system, you will receive a score based on the information you provide.
Your registration score will determine whether you will receive an invitation to apply under the BC PNP Skills Immigration stream.

How does it work?
You must create an online profile with BCPNP Online and complete all sections of the registration. Once you submit your registration, you will receive your registration score and will be entered into a selection pool for the category in which you have registered. Your registration will remain in the selection pool for a maximum of twelve months.

What does it cost? 
The registration is free of charge.

Do all categories need a registration?
Please note that if you are interested in the following categories, you do not have to register and can proceed directly to the application via BCPNP Online:  
The BC PNP reserves the right to make changes to the Skills Immigration Registration System without prior notice, including changes to the scoring grids, the length of time your registration can remain in the selection pool and the number and frequency of registrants invited to apply. For more information about how to complete the online registration and application, please refer to theBC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical Guide.

Invitation

Ranking
If you have entered the selection pool, your registration score will be ranked alongside other registrants in the category that you have chosen. Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants from each of the categories that in the Skills Immigration Registration System to apply.

Invitations to apply
The BC PNP will regularly draw from the selection pool to invite candidates from the selection pool for each category to apply. The number and frequency of invitations to apply is based on annual nomination allocations and the BC PNP’s processing capacity to ensure timely processing of applications.
Registrants who are invited to apply will have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via the BCPNP Online system.
An invitation to apply does not guarantee that your application will be approved for nomination.

What if I am not invited to apply?
A registration in the Skills Immigration Registration System is not an application to the Skills Immigration stream and does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply. The BC PNP will only invite the highest-scoring registrants from the selection pool.
If you have not been invited to apply within the 12 months of your registration date, your registration will be automatically removed from the selection pool. You may submit a new registration.
You may wish to improve your score and register again. For example, you may try to improve your language score or obtain a higher level of education. You must meet the minimum program and category requirements and there is no guarantee that you will be issued an invitation to apply.

Draws
For information about invitations to apply including date, number of invitations issued and minimum ranking scores, please refer to the Invitations to Apply page

Application

If you receive an invitation to apply, you will have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application and pay a $550 non-refundable BC PNP processing fee.
For more information about how to complete the online registration and application, please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical Guide.

Application Assessment
The BC PNP will assess your application according to program category-specific criteria. If your application is approved, you will receive a nomination for permanent residence.
The BC PNP may refuse your application if the information in your application is different from what you submitted in your registration.

Nomination

If your Express Entry BC application is approved, the BC PNP will nominate you through the federal Express Entry portal. You must accept the nomination through the federal Express Entry portal before you can receive a federal Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from IRCC.

If IRCC approves your application for permanent residence, you will be issued a Canadian permanent resident visa. Please see IRCC’s website for information on the Invitation to Apply process.

Work Permits
If you intend to work in B.C. while awaiting the processing of your permanent residence application, you are responsible to maintain legal immigration status while in Canada and apply for a work permit from IRCC until you become a permanent resident.
Nomination by the BC PNP does NOT authorize you to work while awaiting processing of your permanent resident visa.
If you do not have a work permit, or your work permit has expired (or is about to expire), and you intend to work or continue working in B.C., you must apply to IRCC for a work permit. Current IRCC processing times are found on IRCC's website.
 
Work Permit Support Letters
To obtain a work permit support letter, please submit your request to PNPInfo@gov.bc.ca with the subject line: Work Permit Support Letter Request.
Your email request must include:
  • your full name
  • your date of birth (DD/MMM/YYYY) e.g. 01 JAN 1981
  • your Provincial Nominee File Number
  • a scanned copy of your pay stubs for the last two pay periods
  • a scanned copy of your current work permit
  • evidence that you have submitted your application for permanent residence to IRCC within the six-month period after you have been nominated
The BC PNP may only accept requests for work permit support letters from provincial nominees if ALL of the following are met:
  • you have been nominated by the BC PNP
  • you have submitted your application for permanent residence to IRCC within the six-month period after you have been nominated
  • you continue to meet the conditions of nomination
  • your current work permit expires within 120 days
The BC PNP cannot apply for a work permit on your behalf. You must apply to IRCC for your own work permit and include the BC PNP work permit support letter with your work permit application.