British Columbia opens provincial nominations to 216 select candidates that include Entrepreneurs, Skilled Workers & International Graduates.
All the invitations to apply for provincial nominations went under two ‘enhanced’ & one ‘base’ category: Express Entry, Skills Immigration & Entrepreneur streams.
B.C. holds draws through its various PNP categories and streams on a weekly basis.
With the February 02, 2021, provincial draws, BC PNP has already issued 740 candidates who could later qualify for Canada PR.
Any candidates looking for a provincial nomination to work & settle in British Columbia must first register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Here the applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English, and location of employment.
Further, take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for qualifying for a provincial nomination.
British Columbia activated its entrepreneur stream for the first time in two months.
The province aims to welcome eligible entrepreneurs who either wish to start a business or take over one. They are assessed & evaluated based on criteria such as their business experience, net worth, education, business plan, and the amount of investment in the province.
A total of 8 invitations with a qualifying cut-off score of 122 were invited. Contact our business advisors to get started.
BC PNP Express Entry Stream
Since the launch of Express Entry in 2015, most of the provincial nominee program streams have been aligned with the federal Express Entry pool. It allows these programs to pick & nominate eligible candidates from the federal pool for provincial nominations.
Candidates with a successfully provincial nomination also receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which will effectively guarantee them an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
February 02, 2021, BC PNP draws had a qualifying cut-off score for Express Entry BC subcategories:
- Skilled Worker: 104
- International Graduate: 100
BC PNP Skills Immigration Stream
Candidates who already have a job offer in British Columbia may qualify for permanent residence under this stream.
There are five categories under SI, four of them are aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry system:
- 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 Ph.D. 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 Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category – for entry-level or semi-skilled workers with jobs in tourism, hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled positions living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia. This is the only SI category that does not apply to candidates in the Express Entry system.
The cut-off scores for the three Skills Immigration subcategories in the February 02 draws were:
- Skilled Worker: 98
- International Graduate: 98
- Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 79
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