New British Columbia Canadian Immigration Stream – British Columbia Launches new Registration System for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP
Exciting news; a new British Columbia Canadian Immigration stream is now available! The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has launched an innovative new points system for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) will be used for prioritizing newcomers through most BC PNP categories and fast-tracking their arrival to the province.
- Operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) / Invitation to Apply (ITA) model;
- Is aligned with British Columbia’s labour market and development priorities;
- Comes into effect immediately;
- Prioritizes candidates who have obtained a job offer from a B.C. employer;
- Is used for portions of the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams;
- Benefits individuals with previous work experience in Canada;
- Brings into play factors that are not typically seen in other points systems, such as the skill level, wage rate, and location of the job offer; and
- Guarantees an ITA to individuals who are awarded a certain number of points.
Why the SIRS for British Columbia Canadian Immigration?
The government of B.C. has been quick to point out the rationale behind the new system, with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond, stating that “We need to bring high-demand skilled workers and investment-ready entrepreneurs to B.C. to continue to grow our diverse economy.”
“We’ve heard from the businesses that are helping drive our economy to be the best in Canada. They tell us that having immigration programs be timely and efficient to bring the right people into B.C. is what they need to keep their businesses growing.
“And for those skilled immigrants applying to the BC PNP, they need a transparent system that’s easy to understand and gets them working in B.C. as soon as possible. Our government believes the targeted changes we’ve made to the BC PNP will keep our economy moving forward.”
How does the SIRS work for British Columbia Canadian Immigration?
Following the implementation of other EOI systems across the Canadian immigration landscape, B.C.’s SIRS system gives candidates a registration score that determines whether they are invited to apply.
Once a candidate submits a registration through SIRS, he or she will receive a registration score and will be entered into a selection pool for the category in which he or she has registered (candidates may register under one category only). The registration, which is free of charge, will remain in the selection pool for a maximum of 12 months from the date of submission.
Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants from each category to apply for British Columbia Canadian Immigration.
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