On January 27, 2016, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee
Program (BC PNP) launched its new online intake system, the Skills
Immigration Registration System, or SIRS for short and ended its
temporary pause on intake for Skills Immigration and Express Entry
BC (EEBC) applications.1 With the new intake system, BC
PNP will no longer institute temporary pauses on intake whenever it
gets inundated with applications. Instead, SIRS will allow BC PNP
to have a steady pool of candidates ready to be selected by BC PNP
to be invited to apply.
BC PNP Aimed at Benefiting BC Employers
BC PNP is aimed at assisting BC businesses to attract and retain
their best employees. BC employers who are hoping to keep their
foreign workers on a permanent basis should look into supporting
them for a provincial nomination.
For higher-skilled workers, the value of a provincial nomination
is that it gives an individual an extra 600 points to add his or
her overall score at the federal Express Entry stage, which can
move that person to the top of the permanent resident candidate
pool, resulting in a faster permanent residence application
For lower- and semi-skilled workers, a provincial nomination
will open up a pathway to immigration for individuals with a lower
level of English language skills and less post-secondary education
who are otherwise unable to become permanent residents.
What This Means for Employers
An individual who wants to seek a provincial nomination must
have the support of his or her employer in order to do so. The
general requirements for an employer are as follows:
be in good standing;
have indeterminate, full-time employees;
have a history of good workplace and business practices;
sign an employer declaration;
meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
offer a job for a full-time, indeterminate position; and
offer a market wage rate that meets industry
SIRS: General Requirements and Process
The launch of SIRS will hopefully eliminate any future temporary
pauses on intake. Upon registration, individuals are given a score
based on the information they provide. Then they are placed into
the selection pool for the category for which they registered. The
registration will remain in the selection pool for up to 12 months,
during which individuals at the top of the pool will be selected
and invited to apply for a nomination.2
There are currently 10 BC PNP programs, 6 under the Skills
Immigration stream, and 4 under the Express Entry BC stream (not to
be confused with federal Express Entry).3 General
requirements have not changed from the last update in July 2015
(for more details, see the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry
The major difference between the two streams is that EEBC
requires the individual to fulfill both EEBC and federal Express
Entry eligibility requirements at the same time.4
After a registration is submitted, the registrant is assigned a
score out of 200 based on both economic and human capital factors.
If the overall score brings the individual to the top of the pool,
he or she will receive an Invitation to Apply in the next round
and, at that time, submit a full application with supporting
documentation within 30 days.
If the application is approved, BC PNP will issue a nomination to
the successful applicant, which then can be used by the applicant
to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for final
approval. While it has happened before, a provincial nominee will
rarely be rejected at the federal level.
As SIRS is in its infant stages, it remains to be seen if BC
PNP's latest revamp will achieve its goal of assisting BC
employers in attracting and retaining qualified international
workers and students and whether it will actually meet BC's
labour market needs.
Currently, BC PNP has a backlog from the previous year under the
Skills Immigration stream, which it hopes to clear by May 2016.
There is, however, no backlog under the EEBC stream. We invite you
to contact the author to determine whether BC PNP and which stream
is the right one for you and your employee
3 EEBC includes the following 4 programs: Skilled Worker,
Health Care Professional, International Graduate, and International
Post-Graduate. Skills Immigration has the same 4 programs with the
addition of 2 others: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, and Northeast
The foregoing provides only an overview and does not
constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any
decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal
advice should be obtained.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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