In August, after a three-year pilot project, British Columbia revealed the International Post-Graduates (IPG) pilot project will become a permanent category of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP conducted an evaluation of the IPG pilot project, which was introduced in 2010 to attract international graduates with B.C. masters or doctoral degrees in natural, applied or health sciences. Based on an independent survey of 462 nominees, the PNP found a positive labour market along with other outcomes.
“With the expectation of a million new jobs by 2020, we know that B.C. 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.
In order to be eligible under the IPG route, applicants must satisfy the requirements for an eligible masters or PhD degree from a recognized institution in British Columbia. An application must be made within two years of the date shown on the final official transcript from the institution. Individuals who completed their studies more than six months before applying are expected to have obtained a valid temporary work permit.
The BC PNP also operates a separate International Graduates category for individuals who have been offered full-time, permanent employment by an employer in the province. Our Vancouver immigration law firm can help you achieve your goals in this beautiful province.