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British Columbia Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate Stream (BCIPG)

British Columbia Skills Immigration - International Post-Graduate Stream

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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The BC’s International Post-Graduate Stream is for applicant with recent master’s or doctorate degree in applied, natural or health sciences from a BC university. It gives them the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in British Columbia.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the British Columbia International Post-Graduate Stream:

1- Education in BC

You must have completed a post- graduate degree from an eligible university in BC in the past three (3) years.
Master’s Level Programs

Your Master’s degree must be from a British Columbia university and be in the natural, applied or health sciences:

  • agriculture
  • biological and biomedical sciences
  • computer and information sciences and support services
  • engineering
  • engineering technology
  • health professions and related clinical sciences
  • mathematics and statistics
  • natural resources conservation and research
  • physical sciences
Doctoral Level Programs

Your Doctoral degree must be from a public British Columbia post-secondary institution and could be in any field of study. You may also be eligible to apply to this stream if you are a PhD student you have been admitted to candidacy.

Qualified B.C Universities
To qualify for the BC International Post-Graduate Stream, your master’s or doctorate degree must be from one of the universities listed below:
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Trinity Western University
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Royal Roads University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of British Columbia – Okanagan
  • University of British Columbia – Vancouver
  • Thompson Rivers University

A complete listing of eligible programs of study is available at (➨

2- Ability and Intent to Live and Work in BC

You must demonstrate by providing any number of following evidence, your ability and intent to reside in BC after graduation:
  • The length of any previous and/or current period of residence in BC
  • Your connections to BC through work, study or family
  • A description of any actions you’ve taken to permanently settle in BC, such as finding a job or place to live
  • Current employment in BC
  • Employment search details (prospective employers, applications, networking efforts, business development, etc.)
  • Community involvement
  • Ability to financially support yourself in BC
  • Your plan to obtain or maintain legal authorization to work in BC

3- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the BC International Post-Graduate Stream if:

  • 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
  • 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.

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Step 1: Complete Your Studies in BC

In order to apply under the BCPNP International Post-Graduate Stream, the first step is to complete a master’s or doctorate degree from an eligible university in British Columbia.

A complete listing of eligible programs of study is available at (➨ You need a study permit (➨Page) in order to study in Canada. Before you apply for a study permit, you need an acceptance letter from one of the eligible universities.

Step 2: Submit Application to BCPNP

Under this stream, you do not need to register or submit and Expression of Interest (EOI) and may proceed directly to the application via BCPNP Online. 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 (➨

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. 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 Application
Submit Online Application:
Official Program Guide:
BCPNP Application Fee:
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

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[email protected]

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the Province of British Columbia, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

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 and your PR application is not finalized, 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.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 4: 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.

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