B.C. Invites Express Entry, Entrepreneurs, International Graduates To Apply For Canada PR


The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its third-largest nomination draw in 2021 on April 13. 


The BC PNP issued 452 invitations to eligible immigration candidates in four subsequent draws to apply for provincial nomination. 

A provincial nomination is considered as an alternate pathway to qualify for permanent residency as it remains under the exclusive discretion of the federal government, implemented viz. the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

April 13 BC PNP draws invited a mixed group of candidates including 420 invitations to highly skilled workers, foreign graduates from any university in B.C., 11 invitations to entrepreneurs, and 21 invitations to specific professionals having work experience as retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) and restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631). 

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About BC PNP

BC PNP has conducted 23 rounds of invitations, so far in 2021, to nominate about 3,441 eligible candidates to apply for provincial nominations. 

It aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become permanent residents in Canada through two immigration streams: Skills Immigration and Express Entry. But before that, candidates must register themselves under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) to be considered for nominations under the BC PNP draws. 

Any registered candidates under SIRS are evaluated and assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills. Further, the highest-scoring candidates receive invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in subsequent BC PNP draws.

April 13 BC PNP draws required invited candidates to score between 79 and 95 points for selection. Those nominated under specific occupations had to score a minimum of 113 scores for qualification. 

Additionally, the ‘enhanced’ provincial stream under BC PNP nominates eligible candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool. The Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) stream selects candidates who have qualified for any one of the three federal immigration programs namely, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

Further, on receiving a successful provincial nomination, these candidates are awarded an additional 600 points to their overall profile score. This score is based on a unique Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which also includes core human capital factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency in English or French. 

This will effectively guarantee an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draws. Take a cue from the regular PNP-specific Express Entry draws being held by IRCC. 

Even though the province has tightened travel restrictions in anticipation of the third wave of the pandemic, the federal government has ensured that they remain well on track to meet its ambitious immigration targets of 80,000 new arrivals through the PNPs. 

If you want to understand the process of immigration to Canada based on your profile, otherwise, seek help in documentation for specific visa types or counseling for overseas education, expert consultants at CanApprove are here for your assistance. 

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