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International Graduate Category

The British Columbia International Graduate stream is one of several immigration streams contained within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of British Columbia. BC International Graduate prioritizes the nomination of immigrants who have an offer for skilled employment and who have completed post-secondary education in Canada.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the BC International Graduate program will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates do not require an Express Entry profile to be eligible for this stream. However, candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and who have an active Express Entry profile may be able to apply to the stream through Express Entry for accelerated processing. Candidates with experience in certain tech occupations may be eligible for accelerated processing and other benefits through the BC Tech Pilot.

Program Requirements

Requirement 
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceWork Experience
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyNone for NOC 0, A, or B
CLB 4 for NOC C
Level of EducationPost-secondary,
1 year minimum
Work ExperienceEmployed in Alberta
Investment RequirementNone

Express Entry Requirement

To be eligible for the BC International Graduate stream, candidates do not require an Express Entry profile. However, candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for this stream and who have an active Express Entry profile may be able to apply to the stream through Express Entry for accelerated processing.  

 

Job Offer

Candidates must have a valid job offer for full-time, indeterminate employment from a BC employer. The wages for the position must be competitive when compared to average provincial wages for the occupation. The offer of employment must be for work at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. Notably, the BC PNP job offer does not need to be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

*If you are applying through the BC Tech Pilot, job offer requirements will vary.  

 

Language Proficiency

Candidates with a job offer at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level B must provide language test results proving English or French language proficiency at CLB 4 or higher. Candidates with job offers at NOC Skill Level 0 or A are exempt from the language proficiency requirement.  

 

Level of Education

Candidates must have completed a post-secondary educational credential in Canada in the past three years. Note that if the candidate has completed a graduate degree at an eligible institution in BC they may be eligible for the BC International Post-Graduate stream.  

 

Work Experience

Candidates must have at least two (2) years of work experience in the same occupation as the BC job offer. The candidate must also have any qualifications required to perform the job in BC.  

 

Settlement Funds

All candidates for this stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.  

Employer Requirements

In order for an applicant to apply to most BC Skills Immigration programs, they must have a valid job offer from an eligible BC employer. Under these programs, the employers must meet certain general requirements in order for their job offers to be considered valid.  

 

Job Offer Requirements

The employer must offer a full-time, indeterminate position with a wage that meets industry standards. As well, the position must meet BC’s minimum wage requirements as per the applicant’s annual wage, location of residence in BC, and number of dependent family members.  

 

Business Requirements

The business must be established and in good standing in British Columbia with a history of good workplace and business practices. The business must also meet minimum employee requirements:

  • Inside Vancouver: At least five full-time employees.
  • Outside Vancouver: At least three full-time employees.

 

Recruitment Requirements

The employer must demonstrate that reasonable efforts were made to recruit a Canadian to fill the position prior to offering the position to a foreign national. Notably, under the BC PNP, employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order for their positions to be valid.

Application Procedure

The British Columbia International Graduate stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates who meet the minimum stream requirements can register a profile using the BC’s online immigration portal. Candidates must indicate on this BC profile whether they are applying through the accelerated Express Entry system, or the regular Skills Immigration system. Once the profile has been submitted, candidates will be assigned a score and ranked against one another using the BC Skills Immigration Ranking System. The highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply to the stream in one of the stream’s periodic intakes.

Candidates must submit a complete application to the stream within 30 days from when they receive the invitation to apply. The BC International Graduate stream charges a $700 CAD application fee per applicant. If the application is approved, the candidate will be issued a provincial nomination for permanent residence from BC. Candidates can also request to receive a letter of support for a temporary work permit, so that they can begin working in Canada while their application for permanent residence is processed. Applying for a work permit with a letter of support from a province represents a separate application to IRCC.

If the applicant indicated on their BC profile that they were applying to the BC Skilled Worker stream through Express Entry, they will receive a notification of nomination on their IRCC online account. After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will increase by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.

If the applicant indicated on their BC profile that they were applying to the BC International Graduate stream through the regular Skills Immigration system, the applicant has six months to submit an official application for permanent residence. They must prepare a paper-based application and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.

British Columbia Skills Immigration Ranking System

FactorMaximum Points
Economic Factors (120)Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer60
Wage of the B.C. Job Offer50
Regional District of Employment10
Human Capital Factors (80)Directly Related Work Experience25
Highest Level of Education25
Language30
Total Available Points200

Skill Level of Job Offer

Skill Level of the B.C. Job OfferPoints
NOC Skill Level A (including Skill Type 0)25
NOC Skill Level B10
NOC Skill Level C5
NOC Skill Level D5
Bonus points:
Occupation is a “00” NOC15
Occupation identified in the BC High Demand Occupations List in the BC Labour Market Outlook 2018 Edition10
Currently working full-time in B.C. for the employer in the occupation identified in the BC PNP registration10
Maximum Score Available60

Annual Wage of Job Offer

Annual Wage of the B.C. Job OfferPoints
$100,000 and above50
$97,500 to $99,99938
$95,000 to $97,49937
$92,500 to $94,99936
$90,000 to $92,49935
$87,500 to $89,99934
$85,000 to $87,49933
$82,500 to $84,99932
$80,000 to $82,49931
$77,500 to $79,99930
$75,000 to $77,49929
$72,500 to $74,99928
$70,000 to $72,49927
$67,500 to $69,99926
$65,000 to $67,49925
$62,500 to $64,99924
$60,000 to $62,49923
$57,500 to $59,99922
$55,000 to $57,49921
$52,500 to $54,99920
$50,000 to $52,49919
$47,500 to $49,999 18
$45,000 to $47,49917
$42,500 to $44,99916
$40,000 to $42,499 15
$38,750 to $39,99914
$37,500 to $38,74913
$36,250 to $37,49912
$35,000 to $36,24911
$33,750 to $34,99910
$32,500 to $33,7499
$31,250 to $32,4998
$30,000 to $31,2497
$28,750 to $29,9996
$27,500 to $28,7495
$26,250 to $27,4994
$25,000 to $26,2493
Less than $25,0000
Maximum Score Available50

Regional District of Employment

Regional District of EmploymentPoints
Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary, Alberni-Clayoquot10
Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay8
Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay6
Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George 4
Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan2
Capital, Fraser Valley2
Greater Vancouver0
Maximum Score Available10

Related Work Experience

Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job OfferPoints
60+ months15
48 to 59 months12
36 to 47 months9
24 to 35 months6
12 months to 23 months3
Less than 12 months1
None0
Bonus points:
At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada 10
Maximum Score Available25

Education

EducationPoints
Master’s or Doctorate/PhD17
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma*11
Bachelor’s Degree11
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Trades)**11
Associate Degree4
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Non-trades)2
Secondary School (High School) or Less0
Bonus points:
Post-secondary education completed in B.C.8
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.)6
Educational Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier 4
Successfully completed the Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC’s) challenge certification process 4
Maximum Score Available 25

Language

Canadian Language Benchmark LevelPoints
10+30
926
8 22
7 18
6 14
5 10
46
Below 40
No test 0
Maximum Score Available 30

British Columbia International Graduate - Recent Draws & Invitation History

Below is the information regarding recent British Columbia Skills Immigration draws under the International Graduate categories.

BC Express Entry - International Graduate Draws

DateMinimum Score
9 July 2019105
2 July 201990
25 June 201990
18 June 2019104
11 June 201990
4 June 2019104
28 May 201990
21 May 2019105
14 May 201990
7 May 2019105
30 April 201990
23 April 2019105
16 April 201990
9 April 2019105
2 April 2019105
26 March 2019105
19 March 201997
12 March 201997
5 March 201997
26 February 201994
19 February 201994
12 February 201994
5 February 201995
30 January 201995
23 January 201995
16 January 201995
9 January 201995
2 January 201995
19 December 201895
12 December 201895
5 December 201895
28 November 201890
21 November 201890
14 November 201890
7 November 201889
31 October 201889
24 October 201890
17 October 201890
10 October 201891
26 September 201891
19 September 2018
91
12 September 2018
(tech pilot draw)
91
5 September 201891
30 August 2018
(tech pilot draw)
91
22 August 201891
15 August 201891
8 August 201891
1 August 201891
25 July 201891
18 July 201896
11 July 201896
4 July 201896
27 June 201896
20 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
96
13 June 201896
6 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
95
30 May 201895
23 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
92
16 May 201892
9 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
91
2 May 201891
25 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
89
18 April 201889
11 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
89
4 April 201889
28 March 2018
(tech pilot draw)
82
21 March 2018105
28 February 201882
14 February 201875
31 January 201870
17 January 201870
3 January 201870
20 December 201775
6 December 201775
22 November 201767
8 November 201767
25 October 201767
11 October 201767
27 September 201767
13 September 201767
31 August 201769
16 August 201770
2 August 201775
19 July 201780
27 June 201780
7 June 201777
24 May 201780
10 May 201785
19 April 201785
5 April 201770
22 March 201770
8 March 201770
23 February 201770
17 February 201780
3 February 201785
21 December 201680
8 December 201680
17 November 201670
10 November 201670
3 November 201670
28 October 201680
12 October 201680
27 September 201685
15 September 201690
4 August 2016105
29 June 2016105
2 June 2016105
8 April 2016105

BC Skills Immigration - International Graduate Draws

DateMinimum Score
9 July 2019105
2 July 201990
25 June 201990
18 June 2019100
11 June 201990
4 June 2019100
28 May 201990
21 May 2019100
14 May 201990
7 May 2019105
30 April 201990
23 April 2019105
16 April 201990
9 April 2019105
2 April 2019100
26 March 2019100
19 March 201997
12 March 201997
5 March 201997
26 February 201994
19 February 201994
12 February 201994
5 February 201995
30 January 201995
23 January 201995
16 January 201995
9 January 201995
2 January 201995
19 December 201895
12 December 201895
5 December 201895
28 November 201890
21 November 201890
14 November 201890
7 November 201890
31 October 201890
24 October 201891
17 October 201891
10 October 201891
26 September 201891
19 September 201891
12 September 2018
(tech pilot draw)
91
5 September 201891
30 August 2018
(tech pilot draw)
91
22 August 201891
15 August 201891
8 August 201891
1 August 201891
25 July 201891
18 July 201896
11 July 201896
4 July 201896
27 June 201896
20 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
96
13 June 201896
6 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
95
30 May 201895
23 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
92
16 May 201892
9 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
91
2 May 201891
25 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
84
18 April 201884
11 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
84
4 April 201884
28 March 2018
(tech pilot draw)
82
21 March 2018100
28 February 201882
14 February 201875
31 January 201870
17 January 201870
3 January 201870
20 December 201775
6 December 201775
22 November 201767
8 November 201767
25 October 201767
11 October 201767
27 September 201767
13 September 201767
31 August 201769
16 August 201770
2 August 201775
19 July 201780
27 June 201780
7 June 201772
24 May 201775
10 May 201780
19 April 201785
5 April 201770
22 March 201770
8 March 201770
23 February 201770
17 February 201785
3 February 201790
21 December 201680
8 December 201680
17 November 201670
10 November 201670
3 November 201670
28 October 201670
12 October 201680
27 September 201690
15 September 2016100
29 June 2016105

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