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British Columbia Launches new Registration System for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP

The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has launched an innovative new points system for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) will be used for prioritizing newcomers through most BC PNP categories and fast-tracking their arrival to the province.


In addition, the government of B.C. has asked the federal government for a significant boost in the number of immigrants who can come to the province through the BC PNP. The province is asking for its allocation to be increased from 5,500 to 9,000.


The SIRS:



  • Operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) / Invitation to Apply (ITA) model;

  • Is aligned with British Columbia’s labour market and development priorities;

  • Comes into effect immediately;

  • Prioritizes candidates who have obtained a job offer from a B.C. employer;

  • Is used for portions of the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams;

  • Benefits individuals with previous work experience in Canada;

  • Brings into play factors that are not typically seen in other points systems, such as the skill level, wage rate, and location of the job offer; and

  • Guarantees an ITA to individuals who are awarded a certain number of points.


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