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British Columbia Express Entry Categories

To qualify under British Columbia Express Entry Categories, you must hold a validated offer of full-time indeterminate employment from a British Columbia employer

The Government of British Columbia promotes its own Express Entry stream, enabling the province to nominate qualified candidates for admission to Canada under the federal Express Entry immigration system.  A sponsoring employer is required.

To qualify under the British Columbia Express Entry, you must first meet the minimum eligibility criteria for one of the applicable federal Express Entry programs below and you must include a mandatory language proficiency level.  In most cases an independent assessment of your education against Canadian standards must also be included. 

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

In addition, potential candidates must qualify for one of British Columbia Express Entry Categories:

The British Columbia Express Entry Categories are aimed at selecting applicants who have the education, experience, language proficiency and adaptability to successfully establish in British Columbia and contribute to the province's prosperity. The potential candidates must intend to reside in British Columbia.

An advantage of applying under the British Columbia Express Entry Categories is that priority processing will be given to the PNP application, and if nominated, the permanent residence application.

Skilled Worker British Columbia Express Entry Category

To be eligible under the Skilled Worker BC Express Entry Category, applicants must meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • Meet the minimum criteria for one of the CIC’s Express Entry Programs and have been accepted into CIC’s Express Entry pool: you must have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
  • Have work experience in a high skilled occupation (NOC “0”, “A” or “B”);
  • Have the appropriate educational credentials to qualify for your work position;
  • Have an offer of full-time indeterminate employment from an eligible employer;
  • Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds to support yourself and your dependents in British Columbia.

Health Care Professionals (physicians, nurses, midwives, etc.) may apply under this category if they have, in addition to the above requirements:

  • an offer of full-time indeterminate employment from the Public Health Authority in BC, and
  • appropriate licensing or registration.

International Graduate British Columbia Express Entry Category

To be eligible under the International Graduate BC Express Entry Category, applicants must meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • Meet the minimum criteria for one of the CIC’s Express Entry Programs and have been accepted into CIC’s Express Entry pool: you must have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
  • Have the appropriate educational credentials: degree, diploma or certificate from a Canadian post-secondary educational institution;
  • Have an offer of full-time indeterminate employment from an eligible employer, that requires your educational credentials;
  • Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds to support yourself and your dependents in British Columbia

International Post-Graduate British Columbia Express Entry Category

This category is only available to natural, applied or health sciences graduates. An offer of employment is not necessary under this category

To be eligible under the International Post-Graduate BC Express Entry Category, applicants must meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • Meet the minimum criteria for one of the CIC’s Express Entry Programs and have been accepted into CIC’s Express Entry pool: you have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
  • Have the appropriate educational credentials: masters or PhD degree from a Canadian post-secondary educational institution, in the following domains:
    • 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
    • Demonstrate that you intend to reside in British Columbia.

Under British Columbia Express Entry, the Government of British Columbia in 2015 plans to increase its provincial nominations quota under the federal Express Entry system by 1350 to 5500.

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Canada’s New “Express Entry” Immigration System

 

Article Audio: Learn On The Go!
Attorney Colin R. Singer
Montreal / Canada

The Canadian Government will launch its new Express Entry Immigration System on January 1, 2015.  Immigration Lawyer Colin Singer, Managing Partner of Immigration.ca and Global Recruiters of Montreal (www.grnmontreal.com), shares insight into what potential immigrants and Canadian employers can expect.

How do you anticipate Express Entry will operate?

The Federal Skilled Worker Program, FSWP the largest component of Canada’s Economic Class previously functioned under a first in/first out, point based system that attempted to measure the potential “human capital” contribution of an immigrant to Canada.

Under the new Express Entry system, Canada’s Immigration Minister will promote an Employer Driven selection model by taking on a matching, facilitator approach to recruitment.  Canada’s immigration department will become an online electronic interface between foreign national applicants and potential hiring employers in Canada.

Under Express Entry, qualified applicants across many occupations will be invited to submit their profile to an Express Entry Pool and to the Canada Job Bank.

Employers will be encouraged to review candidates with the highest ranking and provide a job offer to the candidate of their choice.

Applicants with an approved job offer or those selected by a province or with “Provincial Nomination” will be considered a “match” and will be invited to formally apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The profiles of the remaining applicants will be ranked for consideration without a “sponsor” or hiring employer. Using a point system according to a number of selection factors such as Age, Education, Language, Experience and other factors, the highest ranked candidates will be considered for their potential “human capital” contribution to Canada.

Immigration authorities will then decide which of the highest ranked applicants will be invited to apply for permanent residence.  This will take place across applicable economic class programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and other programs.

The 10 provinces and territories will retain autonomy to continue selecting immigrants under their immigration programs.

How long will this process take?

Applicants who are invited to apply for permanent residence will have 60-days to submit a full application.  The government promises a selection decision in 6-months or less in most cases.

Applicants who receive a selection decision will then undergo medical and security formalities which could take another 6 months to conclude after a positive decision.  Overall processing time will likely range 6-12 months for the majority of applicants.

Under Express Entry, will applicants be dependent on a job offer from a “sponsor” Canadian employer?

Annual levels for 2015 have been raised to between 260,000 - 285,000 which will represent Canada’s highest immigration levels in 5 years.  From this level approximately 170,000 will comprise Economic Class immigrants and their dependants.  A qualified job offer from an employer in Canada is a significant benefit but is not a requirement. The numbers of applicants who are expected to succeed in securing an approved job offer under Express Entry will likely be modest.

Will the Federal Skilled Worker Program continue under Express Entry?

The FSWP will continue to comprise the largest number of admissions to Canada.

Will Express Entry succeed?

As immigration lawyers and professionally licensed recruiters on behalf of Canadian employers, we believe that most small and mid-sized employers will be reluctant to take on the task of direct recruitment.   Many employers will continue to rely on the services of skilled recruiters.

Employers with pressing hiring needs will unlikely wait a period of 6 months or longer for a candidate to begin employment.

The Canada Job Bank under the new Express Entry system may become a marginal or secondary source of potential candidates for recruiters.  At best, this could account for a modest number of applicants selected by employers under the new system.

However for the remaining candidates without a job offer from a Canadian employer, immigration authorities will invite the highest ranked candidates to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program and other federal programs.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program will continue to represent the largest number of Economic Class immigrants to Canada with most being selected under the human capital contribution assessment approach.

Express Entry will succeed to the extent that the inventory of potential candidates and the processing of applications for permanent residence by the Canadian government will be easier to manage than previously.

How is immigration.ca positioned for Canada’s new Express Entry Immigration System?

We strongly believe that employment recruitment and individualized search consulting assistance is an important consideration for all immigrant applicants to Canada.  In 2007, we acquired Global Recruiters of Montreal (www.grnmontreal.com) an independently owned franchise of Chicago based Global Recruiters Network.  GRN Montreal provides search consulting expertise that applicants and employers require.  For the past 7 years we have provided all our immigration clients with invaluable, search consulting services from our in-house trained recruiters.  We believe our clients have the best chances to succeed in their immigration projects under the new Express Entry Immigration to Canada.

Online IELTS Courses

Applicants applying for permanent residence to Canada are required to prove language skills by taking a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

IELTS is known as the International English Language Testing System. It is the world's premier English language test recognized by CIC.

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Free Online IELTS Courses

Applicants applying for permanent residence to Canada are required to prove language skills by taking a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

IELTS is known as the International English Language Testing System.  It is the world's premier English language test recognized by CIC.

We are pleased to offer our clients 250 hours of continuous, uninterrupted
online IELTS English language courses, without charge.

Following the free trial period, applicants may subscribe to further online IELTS English language courses of their choice, at applicable rates.

Click here to start your free online IELTS course

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