Express Entry Visa – BC, Canada – International Post Graduate

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26th February 2015 |

Individuals with graduate degrees in the sciences are highly sought after by employers in the technology, health care and other sectors.

If you have recently graduated from a B.C. post-secondary institution with a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences, you may be eligible for the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

If you are applying in this category, you do not need a job offer from an employer.

Am I eligible?

To apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) under the Express Entry British Columbia -International Post Graduate category, you must have the following:

A CIC Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker Validation Code that indicates you meet the criteria for one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to CIC’s Express Entry system:

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

A master’s or doctoral degree received within the past two years from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C.

  • Your master’s or doctoral degree must be from an eligible B.C. post-secondary institution. (See the Education Planner for a list of degree programs offered by B.C. public post-secondary institutions. See the Ministry of Advanced Educationwebsite for a list of degree programs offered by B.C. private post-secondary institutions.)
  • Your graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) must be in one of the following programs of study in the natural, applied or health sciences:
    • 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
  • Further details regarding the classification of these programs of study can be found on Statistics Canada’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) website

Evidence that you intend to reside in B.C.

  • You must provide us with evidence that you intend to live and work in B.C. once you obtain your permanent resident status in Canada. This evidence may include:
    • the length of any previous and/or current period of residence in B.C.,
    • your connections to B.C. through work, study or family, and
    • a description of any actions you’ve taken to settle in B.C., such as finding a job or place to live.

Have or be eligible for legal immigration status in Canada.

  • The PNP will not nominate you if:
    • you are prohibited from entering Canada,
    • you have not been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently reside,
    • you are in Canada illegally,
    • you have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada, or
    • you are under a removal order in Canada.

Courtesy – welcomebc