In January 2016, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) implemented the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) as a means of effectively managing skilled immigrant applications for provincial nomination. SIRS functions as a point-based system for registration and application, aiding British Columbia in selecting highly qualified workers who align with the labor market demands. By registering, individuals indicate their interest in applying to the BC PNP, though it is important to note that this registration is not an application for permanent residence. For applicants applying within British Columbia, it is necessary to possess valid full-time employment from an employer in the province. However, if your education is obtained from British Columbia, there is no requirement for a job offer. On the other hand, if your education is from outside British Columbia, a job offer becomes a mandatory requirement.

Factors Affecting Your BC PNP Points

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level: The skill level of your job posting in British Columbia, as determined by the NOC, plays a crucial role in prioritizing professions with high demand. Annual Salary Offered: The salary offered to you also influences your SIRS score, as it is an indicator of your ability to settle successfully in the province.

Job Location: The location of your job within British Columbia is another factor that impacts your SIRS score.

Factors Affecting Your Ability to Settle in British Columbia

Appropriate Work Experience

Directly Related Work Experience: Your relevant work experience in a related field is considered when assessing your ability to settle in British Columbia.


Level of Education: The level of education you have attained is also taken into account as a factor affecting your ability to settle in the province.

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English Language Proficiency: Your proficiency in the English language is evaluated to determine how well you can adapt to the language requirements in British Columbia.

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Note: The SIRS system of the BC PNP is subject to potential changes without prior notice by the program administrators. This includes modifications to scoring grids.

What is the process of SIRS?

Once the applicant meets the required criteria of having a valid full-time employment from an employer in the province, they must proceed to register in the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and submit their application through the BC online portal. The SIRS will evaluate the applicant's skills and allocate a corresponding score. The British Columbia Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducts regular draws where eligible candidates are given an invitation to apply for provincial nomination through different streams. Once a candidate in the Canada Express Entry system receives a provincial nomination, they are awarded 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, significantly boosting their overall CRS score. This increase in points ensures that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is important to note that applications within the SIRS will be valid for a period of one year, similar to the Express Entry pool. After the one-year period, the applicant will be required to create a new profile.

Points allocation according to the SIRS Calculator

Selection factors Points
Skill Level of B.C Job-Offer 60
Annual Wage of B.C Job-Offer 50
Regional district of employment 10
Directly related work experience 25
Highest level of education 25
Language 30

Skill level of BC job offer

NOC Skill Level Points
Skill level A or O 25
Skill Level B 10
Skill level C 5
Skill level D 5

Regional District of Employment

Area of Employment Points
Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary, Alberni-Clayoquot 10
Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Liloeet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay 8
Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay 6
Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George 4
Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan 2
Capital, Fraser Valley 2
Great Vancouver 0

Related Work Experience

Work Experience (In Years) Points
5+ 15
4-5 12
3-4 9
2-3 6
1-2 3
Less than 1 year 1

Level of Education:

Education Level Points
Doctoral or Master's degree 17
Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma 11
Bachelor's Degree 11
Trades Certification 11
Associate Degree 4
Non-trades certification or Diploma 2
High School 0

Bonus Points:

  • 8 points for Post- Secondary education completed in British Columbia.
  • 6 points for Post-Secondary education completed in Canada.
  • 4 points for Education Credential Assessment (ECA) from a qualified supplier.
  • 4 points for Trades certification assessment from the Industry Training Authority.

Language Proficiency

CLB Level Points
10 30
9 26
8 22
7 18
6 14
5 2
4 6
Below 4 0

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