International Students Easily Migrate to British Columbia
International Student Perks: Easier Immigration to British Columbia
One of the perks of completing your studies in Canada is that you open the door to so many possibilities for permanent immigration! Today we’re going to show you the ranges of unique immigration options available to international students who want to move to the province of British Columbia. Located on Canada’s west coast and known for its natural beauty, British Columbia is Canada’s second-most popular destination for new immigrants!
BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (BC PNP)
All provinces of Canada have their own immigration programs, called Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), which allow them to nominate people for Canadian permanent residence. PNPs are designed to target immigrants who fit the needs of a specific province, so they usually look for people who have the skills needed to thrive in the local workforce, secure good jobs and make lasting contributions to Canada.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a PNP organized by the western province of British Columbia. The PNP mostly seeks skilled workers or people with experience in Canada. A big part of the PNP is seeking international students who completed their education in Canada. Why? International students with Canadian education have a high rate of success in Canadian workplaces, so they make excellent choices for new immigrants!
Below are the streams of the BC PNP which target international students. Take a look to see if you are eligible!
Have you recently graduated from a Canadian college or university? If so, the BC International Graduate stream could be a great fit for you!
This stream is for graduates of any institution in Canada who wish to live and work in British Columbia. In order to apply a person has to meet a few eligibility criteria:
Completed a Canadian post-secondary educational credential (diploma, certificate, degree) within the three years prior to application;
Has a job offer from a BC employer for a skilled position.
Notably, the BC PNP does not require a job offer to be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An LMIA is a document showing that hiring a foreign national will have a positive impact on Canada’s labour market. It’s a pain to get a hold of an LMIA, so because BC doesn’t require one, it makes the PNP a great option for a lot of international students.
The BC International Graduate stream is pretty competitive. Just because you meet the minimum requirements it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll receive a provincial nomination, but depending on the rest of your qualifications it could be an excellent choice!
INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE STREAM
Did you recently graduate from a Master’s or Ph.D. program in BC? If so, the BC International Post-Graduate stream is a great option for you!
This stream requires that an applicant have completed graduate level studies while residing in the province of BC. If you have earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree from one of BC’s approved institutions within the last three years, then you are likely eligible for this program.
This PNP stream doesn’t require a job offer, it doesn’t require work experience, and anyone who meets the minimum requirements is welcome to submit an application. For those who haven’t yet applied to study in Canada, please bear in mind that completing graduate studies in BC will open many doors for permanent immigration!
OTHER OPTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Outside of the BC PNP, international students in Canada have a range of possible immigration options. Most international graduates are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which allows you to work for any employer in the country. Some graduates are eligible for federal immigration programs through the Express Entry system, including the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Worker program (FSW). We’ve put together an article reviewing all the options for international students looking to become Canadian permanent residents!