British Columbia To Launch Three New International Graduate PNP Streams Next Year

British Columbia To Launch Three New International Graduate PNP Streams Next Year

Dear forthcoming neighbour,

Starting January 2025, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) will present three new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams for international graduates. International graduates are students who have received a degree, diploma or certification from an eligible organization in Canada within the last three years. 

– Bachelor’s stream

– Master’s stream

– Doctorate stream

These streams are designed to create pathways for international graduates to achieve Canadian permanent residence (PR) and enhance their employment options in B.C.

The provincial government has announced the following details for this program:
  • Launch date: January 2025
  • Updated Language requirement: Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 8 for all streams
  • Eligibility: Graduates of diploma and certificate programs are excluded from these streams but may qualify for other BCPNP pathways.

B.C. has also announced that more information about these streams, including more precise criteria for each new stream, will be available in late 2024. The province notes that “when the new graduate streams are launched, a revised edition of the BC PNP Skills Immigration Program Guide will be posted with complete stream criteria.

Bachelor’s Stream

– Targeted at recent graduates with Bachelor’s degrees from qualified organizations

– Needs a full-time, indeterminate job proposal

Master’s Stream

– For recent graduates with Master’s degrees from qualified organizations

– Requires a full-time job proposal in a skilled profession, lasting at least one year

Doctorate Stream

– Designed for graduates and PhD candidates from eligible organizations

See below the general eligibility for B.C.’s International Graduate stream

Although each of the latest streamlets will also have special criteria, the following will summarize the general eligibility criteria for all BCPNP International Graduate streams.

To qualify through B.C.’s International Graduate stream, prospects must:

  • Have received a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible Canadian post-secondary organization within the prior three years


  • Have accepted a qualifying full-time job proposal from an employer* in British Columbia.


  • The job proposal must have no defined end date (indeterminate)


  • A job proposal does not require to be indeterminate if it is in a priority technology occupation


  • The job offer must be in one of the following National Occupation Classification (NOC) Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) types: 1, 2, or 3


  • NOC TEER 0 specializations are not eligible for the International Graduate stream


  • Be qualified to work in their preferred occupation in B.C.


  • Have a wage offer “in line with B.C. wage rates for the job they will be performing


  • Prove the ability to support themselves and any qualified dependents


  • Meet minimum language needs


  • UPDATE: B.C. recently boosted the minimum language condition for all BCPNP streams besides its Health Authority stream (which was already previously adjusted)


  • The employer must “agree to support [the candidate’s] application while themselves completing certain Employer-focused requirements.
Important facts about Skills Immigration in British Columbia

Skills immigration, which contains the BCPNP, uses a points-based system to rank and choose eligible immigration prospects. Candidates who receive an ITA through the BCPNP have 30 days to submit their application to the zone. Once an applicant submits their application, they must pay the application fee and submit all needed documents.

The BCPNP scores prospects, through its points system, based on human capital and financial aspects. Human capital factors contain related work experience and proficiency in Canada’s official languages (English, French). Meanwhile, economic aspects include the wage of the prospect B.C. job offer and the candidate’s employment area in B.C.

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