A total of 494 invitations were issued to eligible candidates by British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in two separate draws held on February 16. All the invited candidates belonged to the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of BC PNP.
Further, a total of 459 invitations to apply for provincial nominations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams in the first draws. The remaining 35 invitations went to candidates having work experience as retail and wholesale trade managers, restaurant and foodservice managers in another draw.
BC PNP in its press release mentioned, “both occupations have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System.”
The minimum qualifying scores for these draws ranged between 85 and 104 points.
Lifted The Temporary Suspension Of 31 Occupations
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, almost every PNP introduced strict measures to avoid letting the pandemic ruin their plans to welcome new immigrants.
British Columbia will now start inviting candidates in the tourism, hospitality, retail and personal services occupations that it has been excluding from recent draws. This announcement is in sync with the overall target to welcome over 80,000 new immigrants in 2021 through various PNP streams.
With nine draws held by BC PNP in 2021, the total number of invitations issued to date equals 1,308 provincial nominations.
Even you may receive such a nomination soon. Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility.
How To Qualify For Canada PR Under BC PNP?
British Columbia stands to be one of the most popular destinations for foreign skilled immigrants in Canada. The BC PNP has two immigration streams to attract eligible foreign workers namely, Skills Immigration and Express Entry.
Both streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Therefore, any interested candidate some apply only through the SIRS in order to accepted for nomination.
All registered candidates are evaluated and ranked based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills. Further, the highest-scoring candidates from each sub-category are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination to apply for permanent residency in one of the provincial draws.
Additionally, the EEBC stream connects the BC PNP nomination pool to the federal Express Entry immigration application management system. It gives enough flexibility of choice in terms of desirable candidates to fulfill the local labor demand in the province.
The biggest advantage for Express Entry candidates receiving a provincial nomination is that they are given 600 additional points towards their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It will effectively guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during the subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
So far, in 2021, IRCC had held 3 PNP-specific Express Entry draws resulting in over 2,000 ITAs for permanent residence in Canada.
If you are interested to migrate to Canada, contact CanApprove to guide you through various immigration options and support you with adequate documentation and legal formalities.