British Columbia held a nomination draw on September 28, resulting in 422 invitations to eligible immigration candidates to apply for provincial nominations.
With this new provincial draw, British Columbia had already invited a total of 9,083 invitations through various British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) streams, including streams that target candidates working in the technology sector.
The Canadian province continued holding two rounds of provincial nomination draws simultaneously: one general draw and another occupation-specific draw.
In the first draw, the province invited 386 candidates under Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories. A mix of candidates belonging to Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams were nominated.
The minimum required score for candidates varied by category. The cut-off scores for EEBC & SI subcategories draw ranged from 69 and 90.
The second specialist draw was also conducted under SI and EEBC categories and targeted candidates whose occupation falls under retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) and restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631). The draw resulted in 36 invitations to apply for provincial nominations with scores of 105.
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Qualify for Upcoming BC PNP Draws
To apply for a provincial nomination from British Columbia, immigration aspirants must register themselves on the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). All the registered profiles are assessed and ranked on education, work experience, and language skills.
Skills Immigration (SI) category under BC PNP allows eligible foreign workers who usually already have a job offer in B.C. to apply for provincial nomination. However, some sub-categories are aligned with the federal Express Entry pool who may not have a job offer in the province:
- Skilled Worker Category – for people who have a job offer and several years of experience in a skilled occupation;
- Healthcare Professional Category – physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals with job offers in one of 11 eligible occupations may apply for this category;
- International Graduate Category – for workers who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college in the last three years;
- International Post-Graduate Category – Master’s or PhD graduates from eligible B.C. post-secondaries in the natural, applied, or health sciences may apply for this category without a job offer;
There is a separate pathway for entry-level or semi-skilled workers with jobs in tourism, hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking. This is the only SI category that does not apply to candidates in the Express Entry system.
Upon receiving a successful provincial nomination, candidates can apply for permanent residence in Canada, issued by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
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