Meet SIRS: BC PNP's Skills Immigration Registration System

Story By: GDMauring

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On January 27, 2016, the government of British Columbia has launched a new intake system for the Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) so it is aligned with British Columbia’s labour market and economic development priorities. The BC PNP is the province’s only direct economic immigration tool for bringing in new British Columbians to assist in filling the nearly one million job openings due to retirements and economic growth.

The BC PNP’s new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is a points-based system that gives candidates a registration score that determines whether they are invited to apply. Their score is based on a number of factors that reflect an individual’s ability to succeed in the labour market and contribute to the provincial economy such as level of education, years of direct work experience and a B.C. employment offer.

SIRS functions as an Expression of Interest – an online registration allows candidates to express an interest to apply to the BC PNP. Transparent and flexible, the system manages application intake more efficiently by aligning intake with processing capacity, avoiding intermittent program closures. As it is a points-based system, each applicant will receive a score based on the information provided. The registration score will determine whether the candidate will receive an invitation to apply under the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.

The BC PNP Skills Immigration and EEBC streams are intended for workers or international graduates with the skills, education and/or experience required for high-demand occupations in B.C. If you are interested in those immigration streams, you will need to create a profile with BCPNP Online and complete the registration which is free of charge.

Once you submit your registration, it will be assigned a score according to the scoring factors applicable at the time of registration. You will receive your registration score and will be entered into a selection pool for the category in which you have registered; a confirmation will be emailed to you.

SIRS scoring is based on key economic factors that support attraction and integration of skilled workers for B.C. employers and labour market, as well as human capital factors which include the skills and experience of candidates to support their settlement in B.C. In short, the score assigned is based on a defined set of factors that reflect an individual’s ability to succeed economically in B.C. Please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide for a breakdown of the points. Review the guide to ensure you understand all program criteria and choose the category that is the best fit for you.

Your registration will remain in the selection pool for a maximum of twelve months from the date of submission. Your registration score will be ranked along with other registrants in the category that you have chosen. Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants from each of the categories that are subject to SIRS to apply. Start preparing the information you will need for your application in the event that you are invited to apply. Please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical Guide for information about how to complete the online registration and application.

If you are invited to apply, your registration will be removed from the selection pool. You will have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via BCPNP Online. Once you have submitted your complete application online and paid the $550 application fee, the BC PNP will assess your application according to program and category-specific criteria. If your application is approved, you will receive a nomination to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. Your application may be refused if the information in your application is different from what you submitted in your registration.