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  • Canada will update its Provincial Nominee Program criteria for British Colombia beginning in 2025

Updates to the Provincial Nominee Program

In January 2025, British Columbia will update its Provincial Nominee Program criteria to boost its economy and support international workers and students. The changes will introduce three new immigration streams to replace the current International Graduate and International Postgraduate streams. These new streams include:

  • The Bachelor’s stream for recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees from eligible post-secondary institutions and a full-time job offer
  • The Master’s stream is for recent graduates with master’s degrees from eligible post-secondary institutions in any field of study with a minimum one-year full-time job offer
  • The doctorate stream is for graduates and candidates of PhD programs from eligible post-secondary institutions

Additionally, the province will raise language requirements for most streams, with a planned minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark level eight for the new graduate streams. Previously, levels varied by occupation/category but were typically lower. British Columbia will also prioritize invitations to apply for residence candidates with job offers in priority occupations such as healthcare, construction, and early childhood education.

Looking Ahead

These changes are expected to start in 2025. For the latest updates and information, continue to check the government of Canada’s website.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: British Colombia, Canada

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