Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) – BC PNP

Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) – BC PNP

The SIRS is a points-based system that helps the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, prioritize candidates who demonstrate the required skills to support the province’s economic growth.

What is SIRS?  

SIRS means Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) which  is a dynamic intake management system that allows British Columbia to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination to the province.

How do the SIRS work? 

To apply for most BC PNP immigration categories, potential candidates must first register for free to the SIRS by completing all sections of the online registration. An offer of indeterminate, full-time employment* from a B.C. employer is necessary before registering to the SIRS. 

Candidates may proceed with the registration if they and their employer meet the program requirements and the employer is prepared to support the application process. Once registration is complete, a candidate is assigned a registration score based on an assessment of the offer of employment, location in B.C., education, language ability and wage.

By registering to the SIRS, candidates are making an expression of interest to apply to the BC PNP for a provincial nomination; they are not yet applying for permanent residence. 

A candidate’s registration score determines whether or not a candidate will be issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination. Periodically, the BC PNP conducts draws to invite the highest-scoring registrants under each category to apply for a provincial nomination.

How SIRS Scoring works?

The factors outlined below determine the number of points allocated to a candidate who has registered under SIRS. All the information provided in the registration will be verified against the information provided in the application.

 

 

Scoring Sections

Maximum Points

Economic

Factors

(120)

Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer

60

Wage of the B.C. Job Offer

50

Regional District of Employment

10

Human Capital

Factors

(80)

Directly Related Work Experience

25

Highest Level of Education

25

Language

30

Total Points Available

200

Skill Level of the B.C. Job OfferPoints
NOC Skill Level A (including Skill Type 0)25
NOC Skill Level B10
NOC Skill Level C5
NOC Skill Level D5
Bonus points:
Occupation is a “00” NOC15
Occupation identified in the B.C. High Demand Occupations List based on in the BC Labour Market Outlook 2018 Edition10
Currently working in B.C. for the employer in occupation identified in the BC PNP registration10
Maximum Score Available60

2) Annual wage of the B.C. job offer

Annual Wage of the B.C. Job Offer

Points

$100,000 and above

50

$97,500 to $99,999

38

$95,000 to $97,499

37

$92,500 to $94,999

36

$90,000 to $92,499

35

$87,500 to $89,999

34

$85,000 to $87,499

33

$82,500 to $84,999

32

$80,000 to $82,499

31

$77,500 to $79,999

30

$75,000 to $77,499

29

$72,500 to $74,999

28

$70,000 to $72,499

27

$67,500 to $69,999

26

$65,000 to $67,499

25

$62,500 to $64,999

24

$60,000 to $62,499

23

$57,500 to $59,999

22

$55,000 to $57,499

21

$52,500 to $54,999

20

$50,000 to $52,499

19

$47,500 to $49,999

18

$45,000 to $47,499

17

$42,500 to $44,999

16

$40,000 to $42,499

15

$38,750 to $39,999

14

$37,500 to $38,749

13

$36,250 to $37,499

12

$35,000 to $36,249

11

$33,750 to $34,999

10

$32,500 to $33,749

9

$31,250 to $32,499

8

$30,000 to $31,249

7

$28,750 to $29,999

6

$27,500 to $28,749

5

$26,250 to $27,499

4

$25,000 to $26,249

3

Less than $25,000

0

Maximum Score Available

50

3) Regional district of employment

Regional District 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-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shushwap, 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

Greater Vancouver

0

Maximum Score Available

 

Human Capital Factors

1) Directly related work experience

Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job Offer

Points

60+ months

15

48 to 59 months

12

36 to 47 months 

9

24 to 35 months

6

12 months to 23 months

3

Less than 12 months

1

None

0

 Bonus points: 

At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada

10

Maximum Score Available

25

2) Highest level of education

Education

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: 

Post-secondary education completed in B.C

8

Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.)

6

Education Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier

4

Trades certification assessment from the Industry Training Authority

4

Maximum Score Available

25

3) Language

Canadian Language Benchmark Level

Points

10+

30

9

26

8

22

7

18

6

14

5

10

4

6

Below 4

0

No test

0

Maximum Score Available

30

What is Invitations to Apply?

Candidates who have entered the selection pool will be ranked alongside other registrants in the chosen category. Periodically, the BC PNP will invite candidates from the selection pool for each category to apply. The number and frequency of Invitations to Apply is based on annual nomination allocations and processing capacity.

Candidates who are invited to apply will have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via the BC PNP online system. Candidates who are invited to apply but do not submit a complete application within 30 days will have their registration removed from the selection pool and invitation cancelled.

An invitation to apply does not guarantee that an application will be approved for nomination.

The BC PNP may refuse an application if:

  • the information in the registration is different from the information submitted in the application;
  • the candidate is not eligible to receive the points assigned to him or her at the time of registration; or
  • The application does not meet applicable category requirements in effect at the time the application was made.

Candidates who have not been invited to apply within 12 months of registration will be automatically removed from the selection pool. A new registration may be made at this point.

Application and Nomination 

 Candidates who are invited to apply will have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via the BC PNP online system. If the application is approved, candidates then have six months from the date of confirmation of the provincial nomination to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status.

Candidates who have obtained a provincial nomination from the BC PNP may be eligible to receive a work permit support letter so that they can apply to IRCC to obtain or renew a work permit to start or continue working in B.C. for their employer while awaiting the decision on their permanent residence application.

The BC PNP may only accept requests for work permit support letters to provincial nominees if ALL of the following conditions are met:

  • The candidate has been nominated by the BC PNP;
  • The candidate has submitted an application for permanent residence to IRCC within the six-month period after he or she was nominated;
  • The candidate continues to meet the conditions of nomination; and
  • The candidate’s current work permit expires within 120 days.

The BC PNP cannot apply for a work permit on behalf of a candidate. The candidate must apply to IRCC for his or her own work permit and include the BC PNP work permit support letter with the work permit application.

 

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