British Columbia Issues Invitations to Apply for Immigration Across Five BC PNP Categories

The government of British Columbia, a province situated on Canada’s west coast, has issued a total of 319 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on June 29, 2016. These ITAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province.

BC’s ITA-based immigration system operates under what is known as the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which came into operation earlier this year. The SIRS is a dynamic intake management system that allows the province to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination. As it is a points-based system, candidates receive a score based on the information they provide upon registration. This score will determine whether a candidate receives an ITA.

Certain BC PNP categories that operate under the SIRS are aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, while applications made to certain other categories are processed entirely outside the Express Entry system. These latter categories are collectively known as ‘base’ categories, as opposed to ‘enhanced’ categories that are aligned with Express Entry.


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