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International Post-Graduates Pilot Project

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The International Post-Graduates (IPG) Pilot Project, which has been active over the past three years, has now become a permanent category of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

To be eligible, IPG applicants are required to fulfil the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree in natural, applied or health sciences from a British Columbia post-secondary institution. To date, the PNP has nominated more than 730 post-graduates under the IPG pilot.

“With the expectation of a million new jobs by 2020, we know that British Columbia will require an increased number of highly skilled workers. We want to retain the best and the brightest minds in our workforce to support the BC Jobs Plan, both British Columbian and international post-grads,” says Shirley Bond, minister of jobs, tourism and skills training and minister responsible for labour.

A recent look at the international post graduate pilot project shows positive results:

  • 67 per cent of nominees are employed and 24 per cent are pursuing further advanced studies (mainly master’s graduates enrolled in a PhD)
  • 88 per cent of employed nominees work in an occupation directly related to their graduate degree
  • average income for employed nominees was $45,645 in 2012
  • 93 per cent of IPG nominees continue to live in British Columbia

Here are the answers to some of your questions:

I have a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health​ sciences

Individuals with graduate degrees in the sciences are highly sought after by employers in the technology, health care and other sectors.

If you have recently graduated from a British Columbia post-secondary institution with a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences, you may be eligible for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

If you are applying in this category, you do not need a job offer from an employer.

Am I eligible?

To apply to the PNP as a recent graduate of a master’s or doctoral program, you must have the following:

A master’s or doctoral degree received within the past two years from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C.

  • Your graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) must be in one of the following programs of study in the natural, applied or health sciences:
    • Agriculture
    • Biological and biomedical sciences
    • Computer and information sciences and support services
    • Engineering
    • Engineering technology
    • Health professions and related clinical sciences
    • Mathematics and statistics
    • Natural resources conservation and research
    • Physical sciences
  • Further details regarding the classification of these programs of study can be found on Statistics Canada’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) website.
  • Your master’s or doctoral degree must be from an eligible B.C. post-secondary institution. (See the Education Planner for a list of degree programs offered by B.C. public post-secondary institutions. See the Ministry of Advanced Educationwebsite for a list of degree programs offered by B.C. private post-secondary institutions.)

Evidence that you intend to reside in B.C.

  • You must provide the B.C. PNP office with evidence that you intend to live and work in B.C. once you obtain your permanent resident status in Canada. This evidence may include:
    • the length of any previous and/or current period of residence in B.C.,
    • your connections to B.C. through work, study or family, and
    • a description of any actions you have taken to settle in B.C., such as finding a job or place to live.

Have or be eligible for legal immigration status in Canada.

  • The PNP will not nominate you if:
    • you are prohibited from entering Canada,
    • you have not been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently reside,
    • you are in Canada illegally,
    • you have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada, or
    • you are under a removal order in Canada.

How do I apply?

  1. You complete and submit the application forms to the B.C. PNP office, along with the processing fee of $550.
  2. The B.C. PNP office shall review your application.
  3. If  the B.C. PNP office approves your application, they will nominate you for permanent residence. You will then need to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a permanent resident visa. You will have six months from the date of your nomination to apply to CIC.

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