The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued the highest number of provincial nominations through its Skills Immigration nomination streams to Indian candidates in 2018, says a new report released by the British Columbia government. The report says that 29 percent of all nominations issued by BC PNP through the Skills Immigration streams went to Indian applicants. Other top countries of origin in terms of receiving high number of nominations are China, Brazil and South Korea.
The report further says that there was a significant increase in the number of nominations issued through the Skills Immigration program of BC PNP in 2018. The number of SI: Skilled Worker candidates who received provincial nomination from BC PNP in 2018 was 1607, compared to 1218 nominations issued by BC PNP through this stream in 2017. There was also an increase in the number of nominations issued through the SI: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category and the International Post-Graduate Category in 2018. The proportion of British Columbia nominations received by technology workers also witnessed a rise from 17.2 per cent to 19.7 per cent in 2018.
Nominations issued under BC PNP Express Entry streams
The number of provincial nominations issued by BC PNP through its Express Entry-aligned streams in 2018 was 3100. Close to 2000 nominations out of these were issued to candidates in the Express Entry B.C. (EEBC): Skilled Worker Category. Another 936 nominations were issued through the EEBC: International Graduate Category.
The number of provincial nominations issued by British Columbia through its Express Entry-aligned immigration streams has increased by 750 in 2018 compared to 2017. Further, 48 percent of all nominations issued by BC PNP in the year 2018 went to Express Entry candidates.
The four immigration categories of BC PNP linked to the federal Express Entry are:
- EEBC: Skilled Worker
- EEBC: International Graduate
- EEBC: International Post-Graduate
- EEBC: Healthcare Professional
The Express Entry candidates who wish to be considered for provincial nomination from British Columbia must first register with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) of BC PNP. The candidates will then receive a score based on various eligibility factors. The highest scoring candidates will receive provincial nomination from British Columbia in the draws that are conducted regularly.
In 2018, BC PNP issued 1987 nominations through EEBC: Skilled Worker category, 806 more compared 2017. The number of invitations issued through the EEBC: International Post-Graduate and EEBC: Healthcare Professional categories also increased in 2018.
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