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British Columbia Express Entry – International Graduate Stream (BCEEIG)

British Columbia Express Entry International Graduate Stream

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  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • E.E: Express Entry
  • E.D: Employer-driven
  • E.O.I: Expression of Interest
  • P.S: Point System
  • C.E: Canadian Experience
  • EDU: Education-driven
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SUMMARY

The BC’s Express Entry International Graduate Stream gives recent graduates from a Canadian university or college who has a job offer from BC employer the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in British Columbia.

Only candidates accepted into the federal Express Entry pool (➨page), and have been issued an Express Entry Profile Number are eligible to be nominated.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the British Columbia Express Entry – International Graduate Stream:

1- Eligibility for an active Express Entry Profile

You must have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool. In order to be accepted to the Express Entry Pool, you must meet the eligibility criteria for one of the following three economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (➨Page)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (➨Page)
  • Canadian Experience Class (➨Page)
In your Express Entry Profile, you must have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to British Columbia.

2- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the BCPNP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from a BC employer in an eligible occupation. Your job offer must be permanent (meaning job has no end date). For Tech occupations (Listed below under BC Tech Occupations) you job offer does not have to be permanent.

The position offered must be in National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 1, 2 or 3 (➨Appendix 1) and you must have required qualifications to work in your job in BC. Management occupations (grouped under TEER 0 in the NOC) are not eligible under this category.

In the past five (5) years and throughout the BCPNP application process, you and your spouse must not have ownership of more than %10 in the BC Company that has offered you the job.

3- Education in Canada

You must have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three (3) years.
Undergraduate or graduate degree must be from a Canadian post-secondary institution authorized to grant degrees.
If you have a diploma or certificate, it must be from a public post-secondary institution in Canada. Diplomas and Certificates from private institutions are not eligible. Language training (an ESL program, for example) does not qualify.
Your program must have been at least 8 months (two semesters) of full-time equivalent course work (excluding co-op work terms, practicums and internships).

You must have completed 50% or more of your studies from within Canada. Your education is not eligible if it is a distance education learning program either from abroad or from within Canada.

4- Language Ability

You must have an approved test results taken within the past two (2) years and meet the minimum language requirements for the relevant federal category:

If you are accepted to the Federal Express Entry pool under Federal Skilled Worker Program:

You must have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 7 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

If you are accepted to the Federal Express Entry pool under Federal Skilled Trades Program:

You must have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in Reading and Writing and CLB 5 in Speaking and Listening in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

If you are accepted to the Federal Express Entry pool under Canadian Experience Class:

If your work experience in Canada is in TEER 1 jobs, you must have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 7 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

If your work experience in Canada is in TEER 2 or 3 jobs, you must have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 5 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

5- Income Requirement

You must meet minimum income requirements according to your annual wage in BC (including your spouse’s wage if applicable), location of residence in BC and number of dependants.
Size of Family Unit Minimum Income for Greater Vancouver Minimum Income for Rest of BC
1 person $26,426 $22,024
2 person $32,899 $27,418
3 person $40,445 $33,706
4 person $49,106 $40,925
5 person $55,695 $46,416
6 person $62,814 $52,350
7 persons or more $69,935 $58,284

The income thresholds in this table represent 100% of an amount calculated from the appropriate 2020 Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨Appendix 2) figures set by Statistics Canada.

6- Ineligibility

You may not be eligible to apply under the British Columbia Express Entry – International Graduate Stream if:

  • You are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.
  • You had a previous approval cancelled by the BCPNP
  • You have, in the two (2) years immediately before the date of the application, been found by the BCPNP to have made a misrepresentation in a previous application
  • You have another active application and/or registration with BCPNP

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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CALCULATE YOUR SCORE

If you meet the above minimum requirement, then you must calculate your total score based on the following selection factors. There is no minimum required score. But you will be ranked based upon your points assessment score and placed in an Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.
Candidates will be ranked against each other and only top ranked candidates will be invited to apply. A draw will occur with the top ranked candidates being selected and issued an invitation to apply.
The British Columbia Express Entry International Graduate Stream selection factors may be summarized as follows (➨immilib.com/BCEEIG-Grid):
Selection Factor Maximum Points
Factor 1: Directly Related Work Experience 40
Factor 2: Education 40
Factor 3: Language Ability 40
Factor 4: Hourly Wage of BC Job Offer 55
Factor 5: Location of Employment in BC 25

Factor 1: Directly Related Work Experience

You will be awarded up to 40 points based on the duration of your past work experience as it directly relates to the job you have been offered in BC (same NOC or greater related TEER).
This experience may be from work performed within Canada or abroad. This directly related work experience must have been obtained within the last ten (10) years. For part-time work experience, you will be credited with 50% of the duration of your employment.
Directly Related Work Experience Points
5 or more years 20
At least 4 but less than 5 years 16
At least 3 but less than 4 years 12
At least 2 but less than 3 years 8
At least 1 but less than 2 years 4
Less than 1 year 1
None 0
You can receive additional points if you have at least one (1) year of directly related full-time work experience in Canada (or 2 years part-time):
Additional Points Points
At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada 10
Currently working full-time in B.C. for the employer in the occupation identified in the BC PNP registration 10

Factor 2: Education

Points for education will be awarded (up to 25 points) for your highest level of education. Your education is not eligible for points if it is a distance education learning program.
Additional points for education in B.C. or Canada Points
Post-secondary education completed in B.C., or 8
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of BC) 6
Additional points for professional designation in B.C. Points
Eligible professional designation in B.C. (if you have been offered a related job) 5

Factor 3: Language Ability

To be awarded point for language, you must have taken an approved test results (➨Appendix 5). Test must be taken no more than two (2) years prior to submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) and must also be valid at the time of application.

The lowest score achieved in the four (4) skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening) is your score.

First Official Language

(Lowest score in any of 4 skills)

Points
CLB 9 or more 30
CLB 8 25
CLB 7 20
CLB 6 15
CLB 5 10
CLB 4 5
CLB 4 or less 0
Additional points for professional designation in B.C. Points
Language proficiency in both English and French (Minimum CLB 4) 10
To prove you language abilities you must take any of the following approved tests:
  • English: IELTS General or CELPIP General or PTE Core
  • French: TEF Canada or TCF Canada

To find out the equivalent CLB level for any of the above approved tests go to (➨Appendix 5).

 

Factor 4: Hourly Wage of BC Job Offer

You’ll get points based on the annual wage as outlined in your job offer.
A maximum of 40 hours per week (or a maximum of 60 hours per week for long-haul truck drivers) will be used for the calculation of your annual wage.
Job Offer Hourly Wage Points
$70.00 and above 55
$69.00 to $69.99 54
$68.00 to $68.99 53
$67.00 to $67.99 52
$66.00 to $66.99 51
$65.00 to $65.99 50
$64.00 to $64.99 49
$63.00 to $63.99 48
$62.00 to $62.99 47
$61.00 to $61.99 46
$60.00 to $60.99 45
$59.00 to $59.99 44
$58.00 to $58.99 43
$57.00 to $57.99 42
$56.00 to $56.99 41
$55.00 to $55.99 40
$54.00 to $54.99 39
$53.00 to $53.99 38
$52.00 to $52.99 37
$51.00 to $51.99 36
$50.00 to $50.99 35
$49.00 to $49.99 34
$48.00 to $48.99 33
$47.00 to $47.99 32
$46.00 to $46.99 31
$45.00 to $45.99 30
$44.00 to $44.99 29
$43.00 to $43.99 28
$42.00 to $42.99 27
$41.00 to $41.99 26
$40.00 to $40.99 25
$39.00 to $39.99 24
$38.00 to $38.99 23
$37.00 to $37.99 22
$36.00 to $36.99 21
$35.00 to $35.99 20
$34.00 to $34.99 19
$33.00 to $33.99 18
$32.00 to $32.99 17
$31.00 to $31.99 16
$30.00 to $30.99 15
$29.00 to $29.99 14
$28.00 to $28.99 13
$27.00 to $27.99 12
$26.00 to $26.99 11
$25.00 to $25.99 10
$24.00 to $24.99 9
$23.00 to $23.99 8
$22.00 to $22.99 7
$21.00 to $21.99 6
$20.00 to $20.99 5
$19.00 to $19.99 4
$18.00 to $18.99 3
$17.00 to $17.99 2
$16.00 to $16.99 1
Less than $16.00 0
Maximum Score Available 55

Factor 5: Location of Employment

Based on the regional district of employment (location of your BC work location) you will be awarded points.
Area of employment within B.C. Points
Area 1: Metro Vancouver Regional District 0
Area 2: Squamish, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Mission, and Chilliwack 5
Area 3: Areas of B.C. not included in Area 1 or 2 15
Additional points are available for:
Additional Points Points
Regional Experience, or 10
Regional Alumni (education)
Your Total Score  

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WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Complete Your Studies in Canada

In order to apply under the BCPNP Express Entry International Graduate Stream, the first step is to a post secondary degree or diploma from a publicly‐funded Canadian post‐secondary institution.
You need a study permit in order to study in Canada. Before you apply for a study permit, you need an acceptance letter from one of these institutions.

Step 2: Get a Job Offer in British Columbia

In order to be qualified under the British Columbia Express Entry International Graduate Stream and submit your application, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer in an eligible occupation from a BC employer who is willing to support you through the BCPNP process.
As a foreign worker in Canada, you first need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself. The criteria for your job in BC are explained in “Minimum Requirements”.
If you are currently in Canada, you must have legal status to work and must have a valid work permit for the duration of the application process.

Step 3: Create Express Entry Profile

For a chance to be invited to apply under BCPNP Express Entry International Graduate Stream, you must create an Express Entry Profile (➨page) for yourself. Within your Express Entry profile make sure you have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to British Columbia.

Since you are eligible under one of the three (3) economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class), you will be accepted into the pool of candidates.

Step 4: Submit an Online BCPNP Expression of Interest (Online Registration)

Now that you meet all the requirements, you can register at BCPNP Online portal and complete Expression of Interest (EOI)(➨immilib.com/BCEEIG-Apply) for yourself.
EOI is an online system where you submit information about yourself to the BCPNP.
To complete the EOI, you’ll need information from some documents including passports, language test results, etc. But you don’t need to upload any documents.
Within the BCPNP Online portal you must choose the Express Entry BC – International Graduate Stream and follow the instructions to submit the Expression of Interest (EOI).
For assistance on how to create your EOI profile, please see the EOI Guide (➨immilib.com/BCPNP-EOI).
Recent Draws – BCPNP International Graduate
Date of Draw No. of ITA * Min. Score
Jul 9, 2024 *** <36 80
Jul 9, 2024 35 134
Jul 3, 2024 *** <41 80
Jul 3, 2024 ** 36 122
Jun 25, 2024 *** <33 80
Jun 25, 2024 35 134
Jun 18, 2024 *** <40 80
Jun 18, 2024 ** 35 122
After you submit the EOI, the system will calculate your score based upon the information you enter and your EOI will be placed in a pool for potential selection. The highest-scoring, qualified candidates will be invited to submit an application to the BCPNP.
If you’re not invited to apply within twelve (12) months of submitting your EOI, it will automatically expire and removed from the system. You can still create a new EOI. If you are able to acquire additional points or if you want to make any changes after submitting your EOI, you will need to submit a new EOI.
BC Tech:

The BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech offers an expedited immigration pathway for people with tech skills namely applicants in the following 33 occupations (35 listed tech occupations excluding 2 managerial occupations). Tech draws are being held regularly along with general and targeted draws (➨immilib.com/BCIG-Draws).

NOC

Code

Tech Occupations

(➨immilib.com/BC-Tech)

(Job offer must be at least 1 year in duration and there must be at least 120 days remaining on the job at the time of application)

21100 Physicist and astronomers
21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211 Data scientists
21220 Cybersecurity specialists
21221 Business systems specialists
21222 Information systems specialists
21223 Database analysts and data administrators
21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
21231 Software engineers and designers
21232 Software developers and programmers
21233 Web designers
21234 Web developers and programmers
21300 Civil engineers
21301 Mechanical engineers
21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21320 Chemical engineers
21399 Other professional engineers
22110 Biological technologists and technicians
22220 Computer network and web technicians
22221 User support technicians
22222 Information systems testing technicians
22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
51112 Technical writers
51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52112 Broadcast technicians
52113 Audio and video recording technicians
52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

I am not sure if the occupation are correct. Last one is TEER 5 and not eligible. Also I counted the number of jobs as 36 vs previous 29

Weekly invitations to apply are issued to qualified skilled tech workers, minimizing the wait for employers and their prospective employees.
Tech applications are prioritized during processing to meet the sector’s fast-paced demands.

To be eligible for expedited processing and weekly invitations, if you apply with a valid job offer under one of the 33 eligible occupations, your job offer must be for at least one year (365 days), and the job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.

Other Targeted Draws:

Applicants with a job offer in one of the following occupations may benefit from targeted invitations to apply that are held regularly along with tech draws and general draws (➨immilib.com/BCIG-Draws).

NOC

Code

Childcare Occupations

42202 Early childhood educators and assistants

NOC

Code

Construction Occupations

(With a related valid trade certificate issued by, or an apprenticeship registered with SkilledTradesBC)

22114 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
72102 Sheet metal workers
72103 Boilermakers
72104 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
72105 Ironworkers
72106 Welders and related machine operators
72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201 Industrial electricians
72300 Plumbers
72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
72302 Gas fitters
72310 Carpenters
72311 Cabinetmakers
72320 Bricklayers
72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72500 Crane operators
73100 Concrete finishers
73101 Tilesetters
73102 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
73110 Roofers and shinglers
73111 Glaziers
73112 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
73113 Floor covering installers

NOC

Code

Healthcare Occupations

(Workers who are employed or supported by a health authority must use the Health Authority Stream (➨Page))

30010 Managers in health care
31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101 Specialists in surgery
31102 General practitioners and family physicians
31110 Dentists
31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31120 Pharmacists
31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
31200 Psychologists
31201 Chiropractors
31202 Physiotherapists
31203 Occupational therapists
31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31302 Nurse practitioners
31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32101 Licensed practical nurses
32102 Paramedical occupations
32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32110 Denturists
32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32120 Medical laboratory technologists
32121 Medical radiation technologists
32122 Medical sonographers
32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
32124 Pharmacy technicians
32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
41300 Social workers
41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
42201 Social and community service workers

NOC

Code

Technology Occupations

(Job offer must be at least 1 year in duration and there must be at least 120 days remaining on the job at the time of application)

10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
20012 Computer and information systems managers
21100 Physicists and astronomers
21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211 Data scientists
21220 Cybersecurity specialists
21221 Business systems specialists
21222 Information systems specialists
21223 Database analysts and data administrators
21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
21231 Software engineers and designers
21232 Software developers and programmers
21233 Web designers
21234 Web developers and programmers
21300 Civil engineers
21301 Mechanical engineers
21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21320 Chemical engineers
21399 Other professional engineers
22110 Biological technologists and technicians
22220 Computer network and web technicians
22221 User support technicians
22222 Information systems testing technicians
22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
51112 Technical writers
51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52112 Broadcast technicians
52113 Audio and video recording technicians
52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

NOC

Code

Veterinary Care Occupations

31103 Veterinarians
32104 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

Step 5: Submit Application to BCPNP

If you are invited to apply, you may submit your application by providing the Application Forms and all supporting documentation and paying the application by credit card in the BCPNP Online Portal (➨immilib.com/BCEEIG-Apply).
You have 30 calendar days after you receive your invitation to submit an application to the BCPNP.
All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded in your online application and you need to submit a complete application online.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This will include your BCPNP file number.
BCPNP Application
Submit Online Application:
immilib.com/BCEEIG-Apply
Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/BCEEIG-Guide
BCPNP Application Fee:
$1475
Processing Time:
immilib.com/BC-PT
Document Checklist:

immilib.com/BCEEIG-doc

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Contact:
604-775-2227
[email protected]
You can check the status of your application through your account in the BCPNP Online system.
If your application is successful, you will receive a Nomination Approval Letter and a BCPNP Certificate of Nomination.
BCPNP will enter the details of your nomination into the Express Entry system. You will then receive a notification of your nomination through your online account where you created your Express Entry Profile.
You have 30 calendar days to accept or refuse the nomination in the Express Entry system.

If you accept, you will receive an additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) (➨page) for being nominated, which means you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from Government of Canada in the next round of invitations, which are usually done every two (2) weeks. You then have 60 calendar days to submit your application for permanent residence.

Step 6: Apply for Permanent Residence

You can only apply for permanent residence (➨page) through Express Entry if you’ve received an invitation to apply.

Your Express Entry invitation to apply is valid for sixty (60) days only.

Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

If you don’t have a work permit or if your work permit is expiring within six (6) months, when you receive a nomination by BCPNP, you may request a work permit support letter so you can apply for work permit (➨page) while your application for permanent residence is in process.

To obtain a work permit support letter, please submit your request to [email protected] with the subject line: Work Permit Support Letter Request.

If you are in Canada on a work permit, once you submit your complete PR application, you may also be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

Step 7: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven’t already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada’ (➨page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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